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Discover North America with Holland America Line – 24 or 28 Days

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March 21, 2018 Flight Option (24 Days): Double: $9,195, Single: $12,895 Train Option (28 Days): Double: $11,995, Single: $15,995 Book by November 17, 2017 and SAVE $150 pp.   Baked sand beaches, hot deserts, rugged sea cliffs, rainforests, and rocky mountains. We invite you to circle the coasts…

March 21, 2018

Flight Option (24 Days): Double: $9,195, Single: $12,895

Train Option (28 Days): Double: $11,995, Single: $15,995

Book by November 17, 2017 and SAVE $150 pp.

 

Baked sand beaches, hot deserts, rugged sea cliffs, rainforests, and rocky mountains. We invite you to circle the coasts of North America on this spectacular voyage. Travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and set sail for 19 days on Holland America’s ms Westerdam.

Sailing southward, take in the stone walls and bright colonial buildings of Cartagena, Colombia. Witness sailing precision as we navigate through the Panama Canal’s 82 kilometres of locks measuring only a few metres wider than your cruise ship! Along the Pacific coast, we stop in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Puerto Chiapas, Mexico. Impossibly green, here you will find waterfalls and misty forests unmatched in biodiversity, and menus that serve up exotic flavours that match the unbeatable scenery. Take in the history of lost cities and pirates, and architecture that ranges from crumbling cathedrals to modern resorts to quaint thatch huts.

We continue north to Cabo San Lucas, the pretty bracelet of Mexico’s Baha California peninsula, and onward to San Diego, California’s pristine beach jewel. Our final ports of call take you to Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, for a city tour of Canada’s waterfront city. Stay overnight in cozy Whistler village before returning to Vancouver to head home by rail or by air.

North America is a spectacular mix of geography, ancient ruins, modern cities, man-made marvels, and natural wonders. “Discover North America” with us and experience this unforgettable adventure!

 

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal embodies the dream of a continent. Just as explorers searched for centuries for the Northwest passage, many searched for a route to replace the treacherous journey around Cape Horn, connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific.

A marvel of modern engineering, ships are raised and lowered 85 feet along three steps of locks that end at Gatun Lake. The water runs downhill into the lock chambers by gravity­ – no pumps! Each lock chamber is only 110 feet wide, which requires a high degree of navigation precision!

 

Choose your own adventure!

Travel back to Ontario with either a flight or a 5-day train journey with VIA Rail.

Experience VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’. At 4,466 kilometres long, this is one of the top-rated train journeys in the world. VIA Rail’s attention to detail is evident in the finely crafted meals, cozy sleeping cabins, and attentive service. Travel from west to east, watching as spring unfolds and the majestic Rockies and lush Prairies awaken from their winter slumber.

 

 

Price Includes

Deluxe motorcoach transportation to Fort Lauderdale, 3 nights accommodation en route, 19 night cruise on the Holland America’s ms Westerdam (outside cabin, Category D), shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program (see page 3) and all taxes. Flight Option: flight to Toronto, 23 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 23 dinners. Train Option: 5-day VIA Rail trip in a private cabin, gratuities for VIA Rail staff, 26 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 27 dinners.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. (Other cabin types may be available, ask for rates.)

 

Highlights

• Circle North America in one trip!
• East to west passage through the Panama Canal
• Tour of Vancouver, BC
• Whistler, BC

 

Ports of Call

• Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
• Cartagena, Colombia
• Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
• Corinto, Nicaragua
• Puerto Quetzel, Guatemala
• Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
• Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
• San Diego, California
• Victoria, British Columbia
• Vancouver, British Columbia

 

Accommodation

Lima OH: Holiday Inn & Suites (1 night)
Marietta GA: Hampton Inn (1 night)
Titusville FL: Holiday Inn (1 night)
Holland America’s ms Westerdam (18 nights)
Whistler, BC: Delta Whistler Village Suites (1 night)
VIA Rail: The Canadian (4 nights)*

*If the train option is chosen.

 

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We Reward Loyalty

Book this trip and earn denuros. Travelled with us before? Redeem denuros and SAVE 5% up to a maximum of $100 pp. For more information about our Denuros Travel Rewards click here.

 

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Discover North America with Holland America Line – 24 or 28 Days

Day 1: Lima, OH

Board the DeNure coach and begin your journey. Stop this evening for overnight accommodation and dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Holiday Inn & Suites, Lima, OH
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day 2: Marietta, GA

After breakfast this morning, begin your travels to Georgia. See the Kentucky Horse Park, which is the heart of the Horse Capital of the World, in Lexington, Kentucky, where the world’s finest Thoroughbred racehorses have been bred for nearly two centuries. You’ll also travel along the Iron Works Pike before getting into Marietta, GA and your hotel for the night.

Stay: Hampton Inn, Marietta, GA
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 3: Titusville, FL

Continue your journey after breakfast stopping in Tifton, GA known as the ‘Friendly City.’ It was named for the second time as one of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America” in 2001. This evening, settle into the Holiday Inn in Titusville, FL and enjoy dinner with your fellow passengers.

Stay: Holiday Inn, Titusville, FL
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 4: Arrive in Fort Lauderdale, Board cruise

Wake up refreshed and excited as you transfer to the cruise terminal and begin your 18-day cruise. The ms Westerdam will be waiting in port to take you on this trip of a lifetime.

Stay: ms Westerdam
Nights: 18
Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Take the Tender over and enjoy the day on the 2,400-acre island is known as Half Moon Cay that serves as a private retreat for passengers. The island houses its facilities on less than 50 acres; much of the remaining land serves as a preserve for migratory birds. The welcome center features an information booth, restrooms, a bar, a Bahamian straw market, an ice cream shop, a post office, a first aid station, an island shop and tram stop.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6-7: At Sea

Today, relax and enjoy the extensive enhancements of the ms Westerdam as part of a $300 million brand initiative. New bar, entertainment and dining venues, plus completely reimagined suites. Rejuvenate at the Greenhouse Spa, attend an engaging lecture, take a cooking class from a master chef, go to a wine tasting or simply relax and unwind.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena has a turbulent history of conquistadors and pirates. Sir John Hawkins besieged the city in 1568 and his nephew, Sir Francis Drake, sacked it 18 years later. In response, Spain poured millions into the port’s defense, building the fortifications that are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From atop “las murallas” see a panoramic view of the harbor. Shoppers will find modern day treasures like emeralds and leather goods along the cobblestone streets.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Transit Panama Canal

Nearly every hard-won mile carved through the jungle here carries a story – of rivers dammed, gigantic lakes dug; of malaria, misery and miraculous powers of will.

Gatun Lake is key to supplying the water necessary to operate the locks system. Formed by an earthen dam across the Chagres River to keep the water 85 feet above sea level, the water runs downhill to fill the locks. No pumps, no power other than the force of gravity! Fact: It will take about 52 million gallons of water to float your Holland America ship through the locks.

Travel to the Gatun Locks for a bird’s eye view of the immense ships passing through the Panama Canal.

*Please note you do not get off the ship while in the Panama Canal.*

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: At Sea

Enjoy the day at your own pace aboard the luxurious ship. With a large variety of entertainment options, you’re bound to find something to suit your fancy.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

The city of Puerto Caldera, on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, has a number of national parks within easy reach for cruise visitors. ‘Skywalk’ on top of the forest across suspended bridges more that half a mile above the ground giving you a birds eye vies of the cloud forest. For those less adventurous an Aerial Tram will fly you through the rain forest canopy. Enjoy a Gondola ride with a naturalist guide or visit the hummingbird garden or a butterfly farm. Discover the Poas Volcano National Park or stroll the streets of San Jose the capital of Costs Rica. There is no end to the diversity you can spend your day exploring.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Corinto, Nicaragua

It’s a land of rum and volcanoes. Puerto Corinto is a small town on the northwest coast of Nicaragua – a region bounded by great lakes to the south, Honduras to the north, and volcanic peaks to the east. In Corinto, cruise visitors can stroll along the Costa Azul for a view of the bay and its islands. In nearby Chinandega, discover Mayan artifacts at the archeological museum. Farther afield explore the ruins of León Viejo, excavated from centuries of volcanic debris.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 13: Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

This port city was constructed in 1984 to help connect nearby cities. Travelers often venture out to Antigua, a 90-minute trek to where 17th century colonial facades beckons and Guatemalan history comes alive. In the cultured little country modern Maya still weave their stories on backstrap looms, and the great stone temples of Tikal stand in silent testament to ancient Mayan ingenuity.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 14: Puerto Chiapas, Mexico

Puerto Chiapas is a unique boutique port of call. Visit the mysterious archaeological Mayan ruin of Izapa and the city of Tapachula. Take a journey to the Ejido Miguel Aleman banana plantation to learn about the growing and harvesting of bananas in Chiapas. Spend several hours at Finca Argovia, one of Mexico’s most famous coffee plantations or take a guided hike in Chiapas’ Sierra Madre mountains. You’ll learn about the local flora and fauna, and get a great view of the Tacana volcano.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 15-16: At Sea

Sit back relax and enjoy your days at sea. With the many amenities on board the ship you will find lots to keep you as busy or as quiet as you wish.

Meals: B x 2, L x 2, D x 2

Day 17: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

It’s desert, beach, blue surf and big fish along the southern tip of Baja California. Cabo San Lucas is the entertainment hub and the end of the road, where the peninsula goes off a cliff into the sea. Stroll the charming galleries and shops of San Jose del Cabo, this old town exudes classic Mexico.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 18: At Sea

Make your day at sea as active or as restful as you choose! Breathe in the fresh air on a stroll around the walking track, sip a cocktail by the pool or indulge in a spa treatment.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 19: San Diego, California

Beautiful, brilliant San Diego has the sun, the beaches, and the climate to die for. But don’t let that fool you – it is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. and a centre for military industry, trade, and biotechnology. Of course, it’s also a great place for cruise visitors. The San Diego Zoo is one of the world’s best, and Balboa Park is both a natural space and a collection of wonderful museums. Or visit Old Town where you’ll find a colorful gaggle of shops and restaurants.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 20-21: At Sea

Sit back and relax with your day at sea for the next few days. Perhaps take advantage of the fitness centre, or simply relax on the lido deck by the pool.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 22: Victoria, BC

Victoria, capital of British Columbia, is one of the top ten islands in the world. The city sits on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island and boasts abundant parkland. It’s British colonial past shows in its Victorian architecture. The city abounds with tearooms, antique shops and galleries as well as other unique shop, coffee bars and restaurants. The city’s blend of old world charm and new world experiences are a delight.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 23: Disembark in Vancouver, BC

Say good bye to the ship this morning and welcome to vibrant Vancouver. You will have a guided tour that highlights the beauty of the city’s parks and attractions, with stops at Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. In the afternoon journey along the famous Sea-to-Sky Highway. Watch the forever changing landscape unfold as scenic ocean vistas, soaring mountains and dramatic waterfalls slip by on your way to Whistler. Enjoy free time to explore the beautiful pedestrian village of Whistler. Enjoy a dinner with your new friends in the evening.

Stay: Delta Whistler Village, Whistler, BC
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 24: Fly home or Free time in Vancouver, Board the train home

Travel south to Vancouver where those guests who chose to fly home will be dropped off at the airport. Those who are continuing on will enjoy some free time in Vancouver to explore on your own before boarding the train. 

Meals: B (D for those going on train only)

Day 25-27: VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ route train journey

Breathtaking landscapes and attentive service make “the Canadian’ one of the world’s most popular train journeys. This leg of your vacation is truly the ultimate travel experience, complete with cozy cabins, classic ambience and savoury fresh meals served each day. Your journey offers the opportunity to experience the beauty of Canada like never before. Traverse the breathtaking Rockies, cross the western Prairies, and behold the immense boreal forest that is reflected in the lakes of northern Ontario.

Meals: B x 3, L x 3, D x 3

Day 28: Arrive home

Disembark the train in Washago, Ontario where the DeNure motorcoach will be waiting.

Meals: B

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