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Boston & eastern Canada by cruise & train

17 days from £3,825pp

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Tour highlights

  • Explore historic Boston.

  • Cruise to Halifax, Sydney and Charlottetown in Atlantic Canada.

  • Enjoy a walking tour of historic Québec City.

  • Visit Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls.

  • Relax and enjoy the many facilities on board your cruise ship.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Boston. Upon arrival in Boston, make your own way from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax after your journey, or to start exploring this affluent old city.

  • You may wish to start your day in Boston with a guided walk along the Freedom Trail, taking in the city's iconic sights and gaining an insight into its fascinating history. Other prominent sights to take in include Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the red-brick houses of Beacon Hill or the world-famous Harvard University over the river in Cambridge. You might also be lucky enough to catch a Red Sox baseball game during your stay in Boston.

  • Make your own way today from your hotel to Boston's cruise ship terminal to board Holland America Line's ship MS Zaandam. This elegant mid-range vessel accommodates a total of 1,380 passengers and boasts a range of amenities including a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment, a spa, salon and gym. All meals are included while on board and there are a wide variety of shore excursions available to purchase. Having checked in to your cabin, enjoy a celebratory drink as the ship departs from Boston Harbor.

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  • A lush playground for the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Vanderbilts and Fords in the late 1800s, Bar Harbor’s scenic setting attracted America’s most wealthy who built their vast summer estates in the area. Many bought additional land to protect it from development eventually leading to the creation of Acadia National Park. Today, the town of Bar Harbor is surrounded on three sides by the densely forested mountains of the park, and the quaint New England fishing village acts as the regional commercial hub, its downtown core full of lively restaurants and bars, souvenir shops and galleries. Lobster fishermen haul up their catch on the docks, hiking and biking trails lead off along the rocky shoreline to cliffs, forests and beaches, and the Abbe Museum offers an insight into the Wabanaki, who have lived in the area for 12,000 years. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park, go whale watching, marvel at autumnal foliage or indulge in a quintessential Maine lobster bake.

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  • The capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and is the world's second-largest natural port. The city is steeped in sea-faring history and its steep streets lead up from the still bustling port to an expansive 18th-century citadel. Other sights include the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which documents the history of North American immigration, and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which showcases memorabilia from the Titanic, which sank east of Halifax in 1912. There are plenty of good seafood restaurants and several micro-breweries along the waterfront where you will find the city’s most historic buildings. The city is also the cultural hub of the region with concerts and festivals throughout the year, plenty of bustling bars with live music, and a thriving arts scene.

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  • Cape Breton’s only large urban area, Sydney was founded by the British in 1785 and named after the then Home Secretary, Thomas Townsend, 1st Viscount Sydney, for whom Sydney, Australia was also named. The town was once the island’s industrial hub but the closure of the steel mills and coal mines saw a rapid decrease in population. Today, the city is thriving again, the boardwalk along the waterfront is a vibrant meeting point dominated by the enormous sculpture of a fiddle, a symbol of Cape Breton’s lively traditional music scene. In the North End, the city’s historic district, you can visit Cossit House and Jost Heritage House, two preserved heritage homes, and Saint-Patrick’s Church Museum, a 19th-century Pioneer Gothic church. Membertou Heritage Park tells the story of the indigenous Mi’kmaq people, while surrounding attractions such as the Fortress of Louisbourg, the Glace Bay Miners Museum, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and the Cabot Trail are all within easy reach.

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  • The largest town in Prince Edward Island and the provincial capital, Charlottetown, is full of leafy avenues of Victorian clapboard houses evoking a tangible sense of yesteryear. The city is named after the queen consort of King George III, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and had its heyday in the late 19th century. Much of the architecture dates from this period, from grand heritage homes and red-brick shops to Province House National Historic Site where the Charlottetown Conference, the birthplace of modern Canada, was held in 1864. The city’s compact size lends itself to exploration on foot, where you'll find plenty of examples of period architecture such as the neo-Gothic Saint-Dunstan’s Basilica and Beaconsfield Historic House. Charlottetown also has a reputation for good food and fine craft beers. Don’t miss COWS creamery where you can sample the island’s celebrated ice cream.

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  • A massive body of water that borders five of Canada’s ten provinces, the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence is a hugely important marine ecosystem. One quarter of the world’s freshwater empties into the Atlantic Ocean here with the run-off from the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes and the Saint-Lawrence River mixing with cold currents from the Arctic and the warm Gulf Stream. These special conditions mean that marine mammals travel long distances to feed here and biodiversity is high. Much of the shoreline is protected in a series of national parks, the dramatic scenery and many islands providing rich surroundings for outdoor adventurers.

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  • A scenic tableau of historic sites, winding cobbled streets and elegant churches, Québec City was built by the French during the 17th century and its Old Town is one of North America's most captivating destinations. It is the continent's only walled city and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its meandering lanes and boulevards lined with graceful 17th- and 18th-century buildings. Above it all sits the imposing form of the grand Château Frontenac (now a hotel). You’ll get an insight into the long battle between the French and the English for control of the city in Battlefields Park, the Citadelle or Artillery Park. Wander along the clifftop boardwalk on Terrasse Dufferin for sweeping views of the Saint-Lawrence River, step back in time on Place Royale, or browse in the antiques shops and open-air art gallery on Rue Saint-Paul and Rue du Trésor. Whether you see the city on foot, by river cruise or horse-drawn carriage ride, it’s hard to resist its allure.

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  • Disembark from your cruise ship this morning after breakfast and make your own way to your hotel in the historic heart of Montréal. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this cosmopolitan city, which blends French, British and Canadian cultures. You could browse the many chic shops and galleries, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or sample some of the city's superb restaurants.

  • Join a small group guided walking tour this morning. You will learn all about the city's fascinating history, as well as understand its geography and get local tips on where to eat and what to do. The rest of the day is yours to continue exploring. You may wish to take a relaxing Bateau-Mouche cruise along the St Lawrence River, visit the planetarium for an insight into astronomy, stroll around the beautiful botanical gardens or learn about the environment in the distinctive Biosphere Museum. You could also visit the Museum of Fine Arts or go walking in Parc du Mont Royal for excellent views over the city.

  • This morning, make your own way to Montréal Station to board your train to Ottawa. Travel in Business Class and enjoy comfortable seats and a snack and bar service. Upon arrival make your own way to your hotel. Having checked in, spend the rest of the day exploring Canada's compact capital city, home to Canada's Parliament buildings, many superb parks and gardens, as well as the Rideau Canal. There are also a variety of museums and galleries to browse, including the Museum of History, which charts 1,000 years of Canadian history through interesting and atmospheric exhibits. We also recommend visiting the Byward Market, where you're spoiled for choice when it comes to cafés and restaurants.

  • Board your train from Ottawa to Toronto this morning. Business Class travel includes a snack and bar service. Having checked in at your downtown hotel, you have the rest of the day to relax or explore Canada's largest and most multicultural city. There are many museums, shops, galleries and restaurants to browse, or you can head to the top of the CN Tower to take photographs over the cityscape.

  • Enjoy a full day soaking up the sights and sounds of Toronto. You could explore the city's array of galleries and museums, or venture into its quirky, eclectic suburbs. If you're a sports fan, we recommend a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame or the Rogers Centre, home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. Alternatively, take a 15-minute ferry trip over to Toronto Islands, where parks offer a peaceful place to walk or cycle, and you can relax on sandy beaches while admiring the city skyline.

  • Join a full day, small group guided trip to Niagara Falls. The journey takes around two hours, passing the fruit-growing town of St Catherine's and the Niagara Peninsula wine region (you may have the chance to stop at a winery later today for some wine tasting). On arrival at Niagara Falls, you have plenty of time to take in the beauty and power of the cascading water, and an exhilarating boat trip gives you a closer view. After lunch in one of the local restaurants, you're driven along the scenic Niagara Parkway, winding along the Niagara Gorge, before visiting the pretty village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. You may also have time to take an optional helicopter flight over the falls for superb bird's-eye views.

  • There may be time this morning for some last minute shopping and sightseeing before taking a taxi to Toronto Airport for your onward flight.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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