Duration

  • 12 Days

Price

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$3,795
Single
$5,295
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This Atlantic Coast Cruise checks off so many boxes, you’ll feel like it’s three tours in one. From Baltimore’s maritime backdrop, history, and legacy, to the tropical turquoise of the Bahamas, to Charleston’s Antebellum mansions and cobblestone streets, this is a cruise for those who love the ocean, its seafood, and water-hewn cultures. Maritime American, Junkanoo, Creole, and Gullah flavours, artwork, music, architecture, and social scenes stir the senses. We’ll start where the Star Spangled Banner was written and where Baltimoreans raise a Natty Boh at raw bars. In the Bahamas, the Lost City, Junkanoo Beach, and Cococay give us too much to do under the sun—with a Bahama Mama served from beachside straw-roofed huts. Cape Canaveral is a launching pad for America’s astronaut legacy, the best beaches on the Atlantic mainland, swamp culture, and theme parks. And Charleston takes us back in time with moss-draped Angel Oak trees, horse-drawn carriages, pre-Civil War plantations, and Lowcountry gardens—The land of Y’all and grits but with a genteel overlay. You’ll arrive home with bronzed skin that smells like the Caribbean and a warm-country southern drawl.

  • City tour of Philadelphia
  • City tour of Baltimore
  • B&O Railroad Museum
  • Kennedy Space Center

11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners, 8 nights Western Caribbean cruise on the Grandeur of the Seas (Cat 2N cabin), shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, DeNure Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

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

  • Hilton, Scranton (1 night)
  • Country Inn & Suites Hotel, Bel Air/Aberdeen MD (1 night)
  • Cruise: Grandeur of the Seas (8 nights)
  • Best Western Plus Intercourse Village Inn & Suites, Lancaster, PA (1 night)

Day1

Toronto to Scranton, PA

Today we leave Lindsay for Pennsylvania, stopping for lunch in Watertown and arriving at our hotel around 6:00 pm to a welcome reception and dinner.
Stay: Hilton Scranton
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day2

Scranton, PA to Bel Air (Aberdeen), MD

After breakfast, it’s straight to Philadelphia for lunch and a three hour city tour. On to Belair for dinner at Cracker Barrel and our hotel.
Stay: Country Inn & Suites Hotel
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day3

Bel Air to Baltimore

After breakfast we’ll head for Baltimore and enjoy a 2.5 hour tour. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has a rich maritime legacy dating back to 1797. Fort McHenry is the birthplace of the “Star Spangled Banner.” See Mount Vernon’s Antique Row Houses, and shop Hampden’s chic and vintage boutiques. Lunch is on your own and we highly suggest finding a raw bar or ordering Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab washed down with a Natty Boh (NationalBohemian Beer)—a Baltimore lunch staple. We’ll tour the B & O Railroad Museum and make our way to port to board Royal Caribbean’s luxury liner, The Grandeur of the Seas. We set sail at 4:00 pm.
Stay: Grandeur of the Seas
Nights: 8
Meals: B, D

Day4 - 5

At Sea

For the next eight nights, the Grandeur of the Seas serves up adventure, dining extravagance, relaxation, and lively entertainment that takes you from Broadway to Buenos Aires. Go from flat out horizontal at the Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center to high-up vertical on the Rock Climbing Wall. Chop ‘til you drop in a culinary class, brush up your Boleo with Tango Buenos Aires,  or sip a cocktail a the R Bar. 

Meals: B, L, D (2)

Day6

Nassau

Crystal turquoise waters and white sand beaches wrap around The Nassau Straw Market, selling eclectic wares to the beat of a goombay drum. Palm trees sway beside the towering pink buildings of the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. This “Lost City” is the largest water park in the Caribbean(water taxis run from Nassau to Paradise island every 30 minutes). Junkanoo Beach is a hot spot to sip a Bahama Mama and eat conch and guava duff(a dessert made with sweet butter rum sauce).
Meals: B, L, D

Day7

CocoCay, Bahamas

Cabanas, infinity pools, Captain Jack’s Rowboat Bar, and fresh food at the Chill Grill on Chill Island. There’s also the tallest waterslide in North America and the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool at Oasis Lagoon. That’s Cococay. Take a helium ballon up 400 feet in the air, and see what your day in paradise looks like from up there. Then come down for a cocktail!

Meals: B, L, D

Day8

Port Canaveral

Cape Canaveral is Nasa’s rocket launch home base. The Kennedy Space Center showcases America’s astronaut legacy at the U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame. Orlando is an hour away, home to Walt Disney World (shopping is outstanding at Disney Springs), Universal Studios (shop the CityWalk), and Islands of Adventure. Beyond that, the everglades stretches far and flat, home to alligators, miles of swampland, airboat rides, and jungle-like walkways. Just south of Port Canaveral, famous Cocoa Beach pops up rainbow umbrellas for as far as the eye can see. Or for a quieter beach experience, visit Canaveral National Seashore. If neither sand nor swamp rocks your boat, try one of Orlando’s 150 golf courses. And when your stomach calls, Port Canaveral is a great place to try mahi-mahi sandwiches and fish tacos on the breezy porches of waterfront restaurants. Or! make the journey to Mills 50 District in Orlando’s north end for Vietnamese.
Meals: B, L, D

Day9

Charleston, SC

Charming Charleston! Courtyards, barrier beaches, old canopy trees, landscaped gardens, and antebellum heritage. Charleston feels like an antique southern town with its centuries-old mansions and quaint stores. It is the place for a romantic stroll, but the trolley is free if you prefer to ride! Walk the Battery’s Seawall to lovely Waterfront Park. From there, take in the French Quarter and King Street. Broad Street’s Gallery Row and the City Market sells everything from handwoven sweetgrass baskets to finer fares. Take a paddle-wheel riverboat ride in the harbour. Lowcountry dishes are served by award-winning chefs, making Charleston one of America’s top culinary picks. Sample Creole and Gullah at its best! Try Frogmore stew, fresh-shucked oysters, and collard greens—yes’m!

Meals: B, L, D

Day10

At Sea

Want to know what’s grand about The Grandeur of the Seas? The Grandeur. 
Put on a dancing dress, grab a gin martini at the R Bar, then hit the decks for dinner and music. For a VIP experience, Chef’s Table treats you to  a five-course epicurean menu and wine tasting in an intimate setting. Izumi plates a feast from the Far East. Sushi and sashimi with intensity of colour and flavour and gorgeous presentation. It’s time to hit the lights and the volume! Join a chorus of classics led nightly by a live piano player tickling the ivories at the Schooner Bar. Enter stage right as Broadway show tunes transport you to New York City with Rythm and Rhyme. Belt out a classic at the Schooner Bar. Breathe in the ocean air under the stars. That’s a fine night above the waves.
Meals: B, L, D

Day11

Travel to Lancaster, PA

We’ll have breakfast on board then head to the Lancaster Visitor Center late morning. Guests are treated to an in-home Amish Lunch, a country tour, and a visit to the Amish Quilt & Craft Shop. We’ll check in to our hotel around 3:00 pm and then the next 2.5 hours is yours to explore Kitchen Kettle and have dinner on your own. We’ll see the Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theatre and arrive back at the hotel for 10:00 pm.
Stay: Best Western Plus Intercourse Village Inn & Suites
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L

Day12

Lancaster to Toronto

After breakfast we hit the road, stopping for lunch at the Camelot Restaurant & Inn. We’ll stop for Duty Free at the border and start making stops in Gananoque on the way home.
Meals: B

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

 

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

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