Canada & New England

Fall Colour Cruise, New York to Quebec

Base Fare:
$7,260 per guest, double occupancy

Your Journey includes

Hudson River Valley, Boston, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saguenay and more.
All entrance fees during included excursions.
Most meals daily, as noted in itinerary.
Pinnacle Grill dining on board ship.
10 nights aboard the Holland America Line MS Zuiderdam.
1 night in Albany, Desmond Hotel, pre cruise. 1 night in Ottawa, Chateau Laurier, post cruise.
Round trip coach travel from Toronto to Toronto. Convenient pick up locations in Southern Ontario.
Guests from outside our area have 1 free hotel night pre journey.

Canada & New England

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” This sentiment, uttered by L.M. Montgomery’s beloved character Anne of Green Gables, is sure to be on your mind as you journey through New England, Canada’s Maritime provinces—including Anne’s dear Prince Edward Island—Québec, and Ontario. Admire the deep red and gold hues of the leaves as you travel down the Hudson River into New York City. Absorb the rich naval history of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Taste sweet, sticky maple taffy at an authentic sugar shack in Québec. Throughout your journey, the brisk autumn smells and vibrant colours will make you as happy as Anne is to live in a world where there are Octobers.

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Base Fare:
$7,260 per guest, double occupancy

Discover, learn, experience on included shore excursions

  • Hudson River Valley into New York City
  • Historic Boston and Cambridge
  • Acadia National Park & rustic lobster bake
  • Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • The Bras d'Or Lakes Grand Tour
  • The Island's Finest: Anne, Lobster & Scenic Drive
  • Saguenay & Ste Rose du Nord
  • Best of Québec & Countryside with Lunch
  • Enjoy a scenic drive on a luxury coach with large picture windows to New York City and from Quebec City to Southwestern Ontario

Comfortable transportation

  • All taxes on all included items, incl GST, PST, HST & State 

  • Gratuities to all ships staff, Jerry Van Dyke Journey Manager, local sightseeing guides, coach drivers, porters, attraction guides, hotel staff 

  • Entrance fees during sightseeing 

  • Services of a professional Journey Manager 

  • Services of local guides in each city 

  • Convenient pick up locations in Southwestern Ontario or a hotel overnight for out of town guests (must be 100km from closest pick up)
  • Deluxe overnight carry-on bag or backpack
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Full pre trip information and assistance
  • All sightseeing as listed
  • All Port and service charges

Outstanding accommodation

  • The Desmond, Albany, 1 night
  • Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 night
  • Holland America Line MS Zuiderdam, 10 nights

The first ship in our Vista-class series, Zuiderdam began her inaugural season in 2002. She embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system.

At the heart of Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. Other notable pieces include a painting of Queen Beatrix by pop culture artist and icon, Andy Warhol, medallions by Frank Lloyd Wright, cast aluminum elevator doors inspired by the art deco work of the New York Chrysler Building, and a massive floral painting by Charles Ben. You will also discover a large collection of antiques and centuries-old paintings throughout the ship.

Stateroom amenities include:

  • Luxurious beds featuring Sealy®
  • Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens

  • Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage 100%
  • Egyptian cotton towels

  • Premium massage showerheads

  • 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aroma pure
  • Complimentary fresh fruit on request

  • Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in- stateroom beverages
  • Flat-panel TV and DVD player

  • Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

L / INSIDE

  • TWIN: $7,260
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

D / OCEAN VIEW

  • TWIN: $7,400
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

C / OCEAN VIEW

  • TWIN: $7,430
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

VB / DELUXE VERANDA

  • TWIN: $7,920
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

VA / DELUXE VERANDA

  • TWIN: $7,970
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

ALL FARES ARE FOR DEPARTURE FROM TORONTO. OTHER AIR GATEWAYS AVAILABLE.

These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date. 

Travel Insurance 
Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to proect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Cancellation / Interruption Emergency Medical Seniors Emergency Medical Annual Medical Plan All Inclusive Annual Plan Baggage and Personal affects Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.

Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1

NEW YORK STATE

Join us at one of our convenient pick up locations in south western Ontario. Enjoy a scenic drive to Albany New York, the State Capital. Our welcome reception and dinner gives you time to relax and enjoy the company of your fellow guests. (Dinner)
Overnight The Desmond, Albany, NY

Convenience Note – Previous guests have requested no luggage service at either hotel on this journey to make their overnight easier. To accommodate this request, we provide you with a custom made carry on bag for your overnight. This enables you to enjoy more relaxation time by not waiting for luggage to arrive at your door and not having to get up early to set it out again.

Please remember to bring your passport, cruise documents, medications and personal items with you in your carry on. If you prefer to have your luggage delivered, simply advise your Journey Manager.

Jerry Van Dyke Special Dining
The exclusive Pinnacle Dining Room on board the Zuiderdam is truly a treasure at sea. Normally, this dining room commands an extra fee. However, as a special treat to our guests (we really enjoy spoiling you) we are pleased to include dinner in this lovely dining room. Our Journey Manager will arrange a reservation for you.

Day 2

HUDSON RIVER VALLEY INTO NEW YORK CITY

The Hudson River leads us south this morning as we travel through some of the prettiest country in New York State as we make our way into Manhattan were we board the ms Zuiderdam. Settle into your comfortable stateroom and relax. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Overnight, Zuiderdam

Day 3

DAY AT SEA


Enjoy the many luxuries at sea found on board as we cruise all day.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight, Zuiderdam
Day 4

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

There may be no better way to get a sense of the Revolutionary struggle that changed this nation's destiny than with a stroll along Boston's Freedom Trail. Among the country's oldest cities, Boston is most famous for its role in the American Revolution. The Boston area is the hub of New England's cultural and economic life and has a remarkable collection of educational institutions, including Harvard and MIT. For those who enjoy a unique stroll, the Freedom Trail connects such historic sites as the Boston Common, the Charles Bulfinch–designed State House atop Beacon Hill, the Old State House, the Old Corner Bookstore, the Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, and Old North Church and continues to Charlestown to see the USS Constitution, where Old Ironsides resides in the Navy Yard.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 
Overnight, Zuiderdam

Included shore excursion – Historic Boston and Cambridge
Enjoy all the panoramic highlights of the Scenic Boston tour, as well as a short walk through the historic North End. On the city side, your coach will pass some of the scenic highlights of Boston’s Freedom Trail -- Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, Back Bay, Newbury Street, the Public Garden, the Boston Common, Beacon Hill and the Massachusetts State House. Time permitting, you will stop to take a few photos at Copley Square. Cross the Charles River to Cambridge; then, near Harvard Yard, you will stroll past the hallowed halls of America’s oldest and most prestigious university. You will have the choice of returning directly back to the ship, or leaving the coach at Quincy Market and returning to the ship on your own.

Day 5

BAR HARBOR, MAINE

Once the exclusive summer resort of America's fabulously wealthy, Bar Harbor today is an artists' enclave and gateway to the rich natural beauty of Acadia National Park, much of which was donated by the Rockefeller family. From the stonewall lined and tree-covered roads to the sweeping vistas from atop Cadillac Mountain, there is a special mystique to Bar Harbour. Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island and surrounded by Acadia National Park, it is a truly scenic place.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)  
Overnight, Zuiderdam

Included shore excursion - Acadia National Park & rustic lobster bake 
This tour combines the highlights of the Acadia National Park tour with a true Downeast lobster bake. You will first pass through the quaint town of Bar Harbor and drive by opulent summer "cottages" before entering Acadia National Park. A journey along Park Loop Road will take you past the spectacular scenery of Maine’s rocky coastline. Continue past Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs and the Jordan Pond House.
You will then be treated to a true "Downeast" lobster bake in a beautiful setting along the coast. Enjoy succulent Maine lobster pulled fresh from ocean water and drizzled with butter, with all the trimmings, and a blueberry dessert. (Steak is available upon request for non-lobster eaters).

Day 6

HALIFAX AND LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA

Halifax was established by the British to counter balance the French presence in Québec and Acadia, which at the time included present day New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island and the Gaspé Peninsula. For most of its early history, Halifax was the primary North Atlantic base for the Royal Navy. It prospered during times of conflict and languished during times of peace. Our time ashore today takes you to some of the most interesting and famous places in this idyllic city and province. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)  
Overnight, Zuiderdam

Included shore excursion – Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg 
Our shore excursion today is arranged with our dear friends, the MacLean family. Join your local guide for a tour to Peggy’s Cove. Likely one of the prettiest and best known places in Nova Scotia, she has retained her glory and picturesque vistas for many generations. A scenic drive takes us to Lunenburg, home of our famous Canadian Schooners, Bluenose and Bluenose II. This gorgeous town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site to ensure protection for much of Lunenburg's unique architecture and civic design, being the best example of planned British colonial settlement in North America.
The original inhabitants of Lunenburg (mostly Germans from the southern Rhineland, Swiss and French Protestants from Montbeliard) came during the same wave of immigration that produced the Pennsylvania Dutch. They were "Foreign Protestants" encouraged by the British to settle in the area. Many of the original families and descendants still inhabit and influence the development of the town today.

Day 7

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA

In the early twentieth century Sydney became home to one of the world's largest steel plants. The Sydney area was part of the industrial heart of Cape Breton Island because of the steel plant in Sydney and coal mines in the adjoining towns of Glace Bay and Sydney Mines. During World War II, Sydney was a very important port, being one of the harbours from which convoys left North America for Britain. A little known piece of Canadian history were the plans to use Sydney harbour for the majority of the North Atlantic fleet in the event of the loss of the British Isles.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)  
Overnight, Zuiderdam

Included shore excursion - The Bras d'Or Lakes Grand Tour 
‘Ciad mile failte’ - a hundred thousand welcomes await you. Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland, and nowhere is the aptness of this name more evident than on Cape Breton Island. This picturesque excursion takes you on a circular tour of the very heart of Cape Breton Island and includes some of the island’s most dynamic scenery on shores of the famous Bras d’Or Lakes. Stop at the geographical center of Cape Breton Island to visit the Nova Scotia Highland Village, a 50 acre historical site overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. Take a chronological journey through 180 years of Cape Breton’s Scottish architecture, hosted by costumed staff trained in conversational Gaelic and local history.
A lunch stop will be made in the village of Baddeck, the home of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and Cape Breton’s most famous resident. A brief stop will also be made at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, housing the world’s most extensive collection of Bell artefacts.
Please note: There is a fair amount of walking at the Highland Village. However, the tour is very scenic and if you wish, you can enjoy the views from the coach.

Day 8

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARDS ISLAND

PEI may be our smallest province, but it's big on history and attractions. In 1864, one of the most important events in Canadian history took place in Province House, the famous Charlottetown Conference which resulted in the creation of the Canadian confederacy.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)  
Overnight, Zuiderdam

Included shore excursion - The Island's Finest: Anne, Lobster and Scenic Drive 
Welcome to Charlottetown, birthplace of the Canadian nation. Prince Edward Island is a place noted for its friendly people, warm hospitality, rolling farmlands, stunning seascapes, tiny villages and bustling harbours, all of which you will see along the scenic Blue Heron Drive. PEI's North Shore is most famous for the red cliffs of PEI National Park. Here you will also find Cavendish Beach, the Anne of Green Gables Homestead and delicious lobster. Enjoy lunch at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, an island landmark known for its great food. The owners, Bruce and Shirley MacNaughton, have renovated a 1913 butter factory into wonderful showcase of island products including their own world famous preserves. It is located in one of Canada's prettiest villages brimming with island charm and hospitality along with a spectacular view. Your lobster lunch (alternatives are available) will include fresh cooked lobster with traditional island potato salad and coleslaw. Choose island mussels or homemade soup as an appetizer, and for dessert, dive into a luscious slice of divine raspberry pie.

Day 9

ST LAWRENCE RIVER CRUISING

Take the day to relax around the pool or meet with new friends in the Explorer’s Lounge. The understated elegance of this room, with a large maritime mural and intimate surroundings, is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Perhaps some time in the world class spa is more your style. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight, Zuiderdam

Day 10

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC & CRUISING SAGUENAY FJORD

Gorgeous, green and Gallic, this charming village is your gateway to some of the most stunning scenery in North America: majestic fjords, dramatic rocky capes and picturesque hamlets are all here. So are artisans of every ilk, from glassblowers to Angora goat farmers.
A scenic cruise takes us through the Saguenay Fjord, where the waters of the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord combine to create an exceptional oceanographic phenomena promoting significant biological diversity. More than fifteen species of marine mammals have been reported, including the St. Lawrence Beluga, which bears witness to the marine park’s ecological significance. As well, the area surrounding the Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park has a long history of human inhabitation. On this land, First Nations and Europeans came into contact which created a lasting, important impact.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)  
Overnight, Zuiderdam

Included shore excursion - Saguenay & Ste Rose du Nord 
Your tour begins with a scenic drive through La Baie to the Fjord Museum, where you’ll discover the importance of this waterway deeply chiseled through the Laurentian Mountains. You will pass the Ha! Ha! Pyramid where you will learn of the great flood of 1996 that devastated the region. At Arthur Villeneuve’s Place, see the barber/painter’s impressive frescoes that cover almost every square inch of his home. Stop at Le Chevrier du Nord Goat Farm. This small family business produces mohair wool products. The highlight of your day may be a visit to Ste-Rose-du-Nord, one of the most beautiful villages in the province of Québec. This charming little hamlet is nestled on the shores of the Saguenay River, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. You will have some free time to stroll in the village, stop at the quaint little church, or perhaps browse in one of the boutiques on the main street. Place des Artisans features stalls of local arts and crafts and the quay provides a beautiful view of the village and the Saguenay River.

Day 11

QUÉBEC CITY, QUEBEC

In 1608, Samuel de Champlain founded a settlement at Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning ‘place where the river narrows.’ In doing so, he established what would become the first permanent French settlement in North America and one of the world’s most enchanting cities with a tree lined "Champs-Elysées," buttery croissants, the lilt of French and a grand château on the river. Is this Canada, or is it France? It is both. A bastion of French culture in North America where impassioned Québécois hold dear their history, language and culture. Quebec is also the largest walled city in North America.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)  
Overnight, Zuiderdam

Included shore excursion - Best of Québec & Countryside with Lunch 
Learn the fascinating history of Québec as you are whisked back in time to relive the city's 400 year legacy followed by a journey along the St. Lawrence River to one of the most picturesque areas of the Province of Québec known as the Beaupre Coast. You will first visit the Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre Shrine where popular belief says that Ste-Anne saved numerous shipwreck victims off Cap Tourmente. Head over to the Island of Orléans for a scenic drive through pastoral landscapes, and an exquisite lunch in a beautiful setting.
Visit an authentic cabane à sucre (sugar shack) to see how maple products are made and taste sweet maple taffy. As you make your way back to Québec City, stop at Montmorency Falls. Cascading down a 272-foot cliff, the Falls are 11⁄2 times as high as Niagara Falls. See the powerful forces of nature as the water of the Montmorency River roars down the cliff to eventually meet with the St. Lawrence River.
Inside the fortress walls of Old Québec you will discover the strength and beauty of the cradle of the French culture in North America. This city is a remarkable mélange of Amerindian, French and British heritage, evident in its narrow cobblestone streets, stone gates and ramparts. Stop at Dufferin Terrace and the Château Frontenac Hotel, Québec's most famous landmark with panoramic views over the Old City, the Lower Town, the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding countryside.

Convenience Note – As with our first night, we encourage you to use your carryon bag for your overnight tomorrow. If you require your luggage, please advise your Journey Manager tonight so they can coordinate this with the coach driver tomorrow on arrival.

Day 12

QUÉBEC CITY TO OTTAWA

Our disembarkation is leisurely this morning as our private coach waits only for us. Enjoy a scenic, relaxing drive through rural Quebec to our Nation’s Capital, Ottawa. Enjoy a relaxing overnight in one of Canada’s most famous hotels. Our leisurely farewell dinner this evening is the perfect ending to this wonderful journey. (Breakfast, Dinner) 
Overnight Ottawa, Fairmont Château Laurier

Day 13

HOME

We depart Ottawa this morning for a scenic and relaxing drive home through our Nations former Capital, Kingston. We return you to your original pick up locations throughout South Western Ontario. (Breakfast) 

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Journey Highlights





Boston

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston, Massachusetts is perhaps most famous for its role in the American Revolution, being the site of the Boston Tea Party. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich history by walking Boston’s Freedom Trail, which connects such historic sites as the Boston Common, the State House atop Beacon Hill, and the Paul Revere House. Then, enjoy all the panoramic highlights of the city on a coach tour that carries you past other landmarks, including Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and the Public Garden.

Lunenburg

Once home to the famous Canadian schooner Bluenose and now home to its replica, Bluenose II, Lunenburg is a gorgeous seaside town that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town’s unique architecture and civic design is the best example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Spend a pleasant afternoon ambling around the town’s colourful buildings, enjoying the refreshing breeze from the ocean, and meeting with the local people, many of whom are descendants of the original families who inhabited the town.

Charlottetown

In addition to its historic buildings, quaint marinas, and welcoming people, Charlottetown’s main claim to fame is an important event that took place in the town in 1864: the birth of the Canadian nation. Although Charlottetown is the capital of Canada’s smallest province, it is big on history and attractions. Whether you’re strolling down a quaint side street, gazing up at the grand architecture of St. Dustan’s Basilica, or watching boats return from an afternoon of fishing, time spent in this important Canadian city is sure to be unforgettable.

Québec City

The name Kébec is an Algonquin word meaning “place where the river narrows.” Founded in 1608, the first permanent French settlement in North America bore this name and became one of the world’s most enchanting cities. As you stroll down the Québec City’s treelined “Champs-Elysées,” indulge in buttery croissants, and listen to the lilt of French being spoken by the locals, you’ll have to ask yourself whether you’re in Canada or France. The city is a bastion of French culture in North America where impassioned Québécois hold dear their history, language, and culture.

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