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Route B (Jan 21, 2019)
Route C (September 27, 2019)
Follow the early explorers’ route aboard one of Holland America Line’s mid-size ships as it sails along the pretty oceanside towns of the Atlantic Ocean and St. Lawrence River!
Begin in Boston, the oldest city in America. An orientation tour introduces you to this progressive city’s architecture, thriving aahts scene, and countless historic spaahts. Explore the cozy bustle of Bar Harbor, your first port of call and the summer retreat for America’s wealthiest families.
One of the world’s greatest natural harbours, Halifax is a lively waterfront city adorned with landmarks. In Sydney, Nova Scotia’s highlands welcome you with Celtic music and culture. Affordable and isolated, lovely Charlottetown is revelling in a booming culinary scene thanks to the city’s own Culinary Institute of Canada. Learn about the roots of Confederation and enjoy an exclusive full-day excursion.
Cruise along the Gulf of St. Lawrence and experience a picture-postcard tour of the region. In Quebec City, your included excursion explores Old Town. Its stone buildings, gothic architecture, and tiny bistros dot cobblestone streets. This is where 17th century Europe lives in Canada!
End your cruise in Montreal where the DeNure coach awaits. Cap off your journey with a stop for lunch with a view of the Thousands Islands.
DeNure Tours Exclusive Excursions
Charlottetown: Visit the charming PEI Preserve Co. in a renovated 1913 butter factory. Pick up local “celtic blue” pottery, fruit cakes, and rhubarb relish! Tour Green Gables House, the home that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s story. In North Rustico, stop at World Famous “Fisherman’s Wharf,” home of the 60ft salad bar, and all-you-can-eat mussels to go with your lobster!!
Quebec City: History is alive on this city tour with a local guide dressed in period costume. See historic venues such as Place-Royale and the Plains of Abraham. Visit the iconic Chateau Frontenac that was built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1894, and sits atop one of the most scenic areas in the city, the Quartier Petit-Champlain. Enjoy lunch in the manor house overlooking Montmorency Falls. Admire stunning views from the suspension bridge over the Falls or from a cable car ride. Return to Quebec City with time to explore on your own.
• Exclusive shore excursion in Charlottetown, PEI: PEI Preserve Co., Green Gables Heritage Place, lobster lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf
• Exclusive shore excursion in Quebec City, QC: Guided tour of Quebec City and free time to explore, Montmorency Falls cable car ride with lunch overlooking the falls
• Lunch with a view of the Thousand Islands
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, pre/post cruise accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners, 7-day cruise on the ms Maasdam (June 2018), ms Veendam (September 2018), ms Zaandam (2019), in an outside cabin, Category D, shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST and TVQ. Other cabin types may be available, ask for rates.
Albany, NY: Holiday Inn Express (1 night)
Holland America Line: ms Zaandam (7 nights)
Travel to Albany, NY for an overnight stay, allowing for a relaxing drive to Boston tomorrow to board the ship. Enjoy an included dinner this evening with your fellow travellers.
Stay: Holiday Inn Express, Albany
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, then travel to Boston, the cradle of American history. Enjoy a brief orientation tour of this fascinating city before arriving at the port to board your Holland America cruise. Enjoy the magnificent cuisine and be prepared for excellent service from the ship’s crew.
Stay: ms Zaandam, Holland America Line
Meals: B, L, D
Bar Harbor, ME
Once known as the exclusive summer resort of America’s richest families, this quintessential New England coastal town is tucked into a cove in the shade of Acadia National Park. Its raw coastal scenery is what first attracted artists from the Hudson River School in the 1840s and their art in turn lured visitors and the attention of America’s wealthiest families. Take a walk along the pretty streets exploring the grand mansions and immaculate gardens, slip into the quaint shops or simply relax on the Village Green.
Meals: B, L, D
Explore Halifax, the Gateway to Atlantic Canada. This maritime city is big enough to be the economic and cultural capital of eastern Canada, but small enough to be easy going and hospitable. Located on one of the greatest natural harbours, Halifax has a lively waterfront, and is adorned with landmarks like the Citadel fortress and Pier 21, Canada’s Immigration Museum.
Meals: B, L, D
A hundred thousand Gaelic welcomes await you in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia’s highlands. Here you can explore villages, drive the scenic Cabot Trail, or meander the quaint streets of Sydney. Watch for the giant fiddle, a traditional instrument in many local homes and a symbol of welcome to visitors.
Meals: B, L, D
A provincial capital with a distinctly English feel, Charlottetown is the birthplace of Canadian Confederation. Aside from monuments and museums, visitors will find Charlottetown rich in culture, but with a gentle small town feel. Enjoy an included excursion today with your fellow travellers. Travel to New Glasgow and sample the flavours of Prince Edward Island with a visit to the PEI Preserve Co. Housed in a renovated 1913 butter factory, visitors can see, hear, smell and taste Canada’s finest preserves being prepared for market. Then, it’s off to Green Gables House, the home that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s story of a little red-haired orphan, now famous throughout the world. In North Rustico, stop for a lobster lunch at the famed Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant before returning to Charlottetown for a city tour of this quaint and friendly capital.
Meals: B, L, D
Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea lounging by the pool, or browse the many boutiques onboard. With Holland America’s excellent service, magnificent cuisine, and a host of entertaining activities, you’re sure to find lots to keep you busy.
Meals: B, L, D
Quebec City, QC
Explore the rich culture of ‘La Belle Province’ with a visit to Quebec City, the second-oldest existing European settlement in Canada. This historic city is divided by steep bluffs into Upper Town, home to the Château Frontenac and Dufferin Terrace, and Lower Town, where Champlain built his first trading post. Enjoy an included excursion of Quebec City with your fellow travellers. The history of the city comes alive during a tour with a local guide, dressed in period costume. You will see historic venues such as Place-Royale, the Plains of Abraham and the cobblestone streets of Old Town. Journey just outside of the city and enjoy lunch in the historic manor house that overlooks Montmorency Falls. The falls, at 272 feet high, are the highest in the province of Quebec and are in fact 98 feet higher than Niagara Falls. You can admire stunning views from the suspension bridge over the Falls, the many lookout points or from a cable car ride. Return to Quebec City where you’ll enjoy some free time before boarding the ship.
Meals: B, L, D
Our coach will meet you in cosmopolitan Montreal as you disembark the ship. Continue your journey home with a stop for lunch in the beautiful Thousand Islands.
Meals: B, L
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.