Step back in time as you visit British, Scottish, and French-Canadian maritime ports. Along the way, you’ll revel in spectacular fall foliage, stories of British colonization, the founding of a new nation and the old world elegance of Newport’s summer homes.historians, artists, musicians and naturalists and experience this diverse island through their eyes.
DATE: Oct. 21-Nov. 01, 2017
DURATION: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS
EMBARK: TORONTO, ONTARIO
DISEMBARK: PORTLAND, MAINE
SHIP: VICTORY I
Begin your adventure with an included overnight at a deluxe downtown Toronto hotel. Enjoy the international character, and cuisine, of Canada’s most populous city. Then board the elegant M/V Victory I for an extraordinary voyage of discovery among the historic waters of Maine’s beautiful coast, the rugged Canadian Maritimes, and the great St. Lawrence River. The history-laden ports of Nova Scotia, wave-washed Percé Rock, the Prince Edward Island home of Anne of Green Gables, and the disparate urban attractions of Montreal and Québec City are just a few of the delightful wonders that await.
Day 1 – Arrive Toronto, Ontario
Transfer on own to downtown Toronto hotel. Welcome to the most multicultural diverse city on the planet: over 140 languages are spoken. It’s estimated that over half of Toronto’s residents were born outside Canada, and despite its complex makeup, Torontonians generally get along. Toronto is a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity. Some of the world’s finest restaurants are found here, alongside happening bars and clubs and eclectic festivals.
Day 2 – Embarkation in Toronto, Ontario
Explore the city on you own. Later this afternoon, you’ll embark the M/V Victory I. Tonight you will cruise Lake Ontario, the smallest of the Great Lakes.(D)
Day 3 – Cruise St Lawrence Seaway
Today you will cruise into the St. Lawrence Seaway, the great river and canal project that ultimately takes us to the great Gulf of St. Lawrence. We’ll pass through the picturesque Thousand Islands on our journey. (B/L/D)
Day 4 – Montreal, Quebec
The second largest city in Canada, Montréal takes its name from Mount Royal, a hill in the center of the city with three distinct peaks. A UNESCO City of Design (one of only a few in the world) Montréal boasts over 50 national historic sites, including numerous churches, and a lively downtown arts and cultural scene. The official language of the city is French, though, at home, many speak a version of the language called Québécois French.
Coaches depart for an overview of Montreal on a 3.5-hour in-depth perspective of the city where you will see many of Montreal’s top attractions and historical sites – Notre-Dame Basilica, Chinatown, Mount Royal Park, the Olympic Stadium, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, the atmospheric Old Port and Old Montreal quarters of the city.
After lunch onboard Victory you will have an opportunity to visit this French speaking city on foot, using the shuttle service provided. (B/L/D)
Day 5 – Quebec City, Quebec
Hailed as the most French city outside of France, Québec is a spectacle of history, architecture, and activity. After a light breakfast, we’ll go ashore and immerse ourselves in the charm and character of Old Québec (Vieux-Québec), the last remaining fortified city north of Mexico. Quebec city is the only walled community in North America and is deeply engaged in preserving its history and its unique place in Canada. Coaches depart for the Plains of Abraham at the point where the battle between the invading English forces and the defenders took place as they stormed the upper city and captured the town. Then onward to pretty Place Royale in the lower-town, which in 1759 was bombarded from across the river, as fire ships were dispatched towards the port. We now drive out of Quebec City to see the historical and majestic Montmorency Falls including a cable car ride to the top where you will have magnificent views to the Ile d’Orléans. Coaches arrive back at Victory I.
This afternoon guests are encouraged to stroll out of the port, which is located close to the lower town and visit the Petit Champlain and take the funicular railway to the Chateau Frontenac to stroll the magnificent Dufferin Terrace. (B/L/D)
Day 6 – Cruise St. Lawrence River and Estuary
Enjoy the day cruising the scenic river and estuary. (B/L/D)
Day 7 – Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec
Early this morning we’ll arrive in the quiet, bayside town of Gaspé on the northeastern tip of Québec. Gaspé was claimed for France by Jacques Cartier who took refuge from a storm here in 1534. From this seaside town, we’ll take a scenic one-hour coach ride to Percé where we’ll board a boat and cruise to the Rock of Percé, a dramatic natural rock formation just offshore. Then we’ll continue to Bonaventure Island, a former mecca for poets and painters and home of 293 different bird species – including puffins, cormorants, murres, auks, black-legged kittiwake, boreal chickadees, and one of the largest colonies of gannets in the world. Back on shore, time permitting, we’ll enjoy free time in picturesque Percé before returning to the pier and the ship. (B/L/D)
Day 8 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Located on Prince Edward Island, Canada’s tiniest and most charming province, Charlottetown is famous for its red earth and white beaches. During our excursion today, we’ll follow a trail through the same historic streets the delegates walked when they gathered in 1864 for the conference that led to the Confederation of Canada. Then, we’ll drive along the North Shore to Cavendish Bay, Prince Edward Island National Park, and the farmstead that inspired L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Enjoy free time strolling along the shores of the bay before we return to the ship for an exceptional dinner overlooking the sea. (B/L/D)
Day 9 – At Sea – Cruise through Strait of Canso to the Atlantic Ocean (B/L/D)
Day 10 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
We depart for our day exploring Halifax Our first visit is to picturesque Citadel, which was constructed in 1856 as an eight-pointed-star defense-structure to defend Halifax from invading forces. It is populated by the 87th Highlander regiment, who regularly perform re-enactments inside the square.
The Halifax Museum of the Atlantic offers an exceptional glimpse into Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage, with an emphasis on small craft and the massive allied World War II convoys that were assembled in nearby Bedford Basin inside the inner Halifax harbour. On our way out of town we drive past the Fairlawn Cemetery and hear the compelling story of how 100 of the RMS Titanic victims were recovered and buried in this city. We then we continue along the craggy shoreline for the 45 minutes drive to Peggy’s Cove for lunch and free time.
Peggy’s Cove is one of the loveliest maritime villages in Nova Scotia. Located in St. Margaret’s Bay, this active coastal village retains the character and flavor of an active residential community, with a vibrant fishing fleet, quaint multi coloured homes and the iconic Peggy’s Cove lighthouse. Lunch will be taken in one of the local restaurants, after which there will be time to stroll the streets and explore the waterfront. (B/L/D)
Day 11 – At Sea – Coast of Nova Scotia – Gulf of Maine (B/L/D)
Day 12 – Portland, Maine
Founded in 1632, Portland is a study in contrasts between old and new. The Old Port waterfront features working fishing wharves and converted warehouses with restaurants and shops.
After breakfast, you’ll disembark the M/V Victory I, and make your way to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Toronto to Portland, ME - Victory I
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