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11-Day Canada & New England Fall Foliage

 
 
11-Day Canada & New England Fall Foliage
Starting from $6,999*

Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Boston, Massachusetts, US


Ship: Seabourn Quest


Departure Date :

Aug 31 2020 | Oct 04 2020

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Departs 05:00 PM
"Montréal, Canada is a city of contrasts, one that defies a simple description or a catchy tagline. It sits on the New World’s St. Lawrence River, yet it has an undeniable Old-World French flair. It is a historic city, founded in 1642, and the streets of Old Montréal are lined with sights that range from a 17th-century seminary to grand commercial buildings erected in the 19th century. But Montréal is also home to contemporary architectural masterpieces—most notably those erected for Expo 67, including Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere. Montréal is at once the cultural capital of the Québecois and a decidedly global and cosmopolitan city, attracting migrants from around the world. The walls of its galleries and museums showcase leading artists from the province and the rest of Canada, while the city hosts festivals that feature the best international films, musicians and performers. Many of its restaurants serve traditional specialties—poutine, bagels and smoked meats; others are helmed by some of the continent’s most innovative chefs. Montréal is a vibrant urban center, with buzzing streets and attractions, yet crowned by peaceful, leafy Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (also responsible for New York’s Central Park). Whichever of the city's many aspects appeals to you most, you are sure to be charmed by this unique city and find many things to do in Montréal. "
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
 
 
Day Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Arrives 07:00 AM
"Few places in North America are as steeped in history as Québec City, Canada. Older than Jamestown and founded before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, it is the only city north of Mexico whose original fortifications remain intact. The Québec City historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is still home to religious orders and hospitals that date back to the 17th century. Its Place-Royale would look familiar to the explorer Samuel de Champlain, even with its modern attractions of gift shops and cafés. On the Plains of Abraham, you can walk the battlefield where, in 1759, the French forces under General Montcalm were decisively trounced by the British, led by General Wolfe. The British took control of all of New France within a year of that 1759 battle, but even so French culture still lives on here in Québec City. More than 95 percent of Québec City's population speaks French as its first language, though it's easy to sightsee and navigate the city in English. As you tour the museums and historic sights of Québec City that celebrate Québecois history and dine at restaurants that serve its distinctive cuisine, you'll discover a remarkable culture that has survived and thrived into the 21st century. "
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
 
 
Day Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Departs 06:00 PM
"Few places in North America are as steeped in history as Québec City, Canada. Older than Jamestown and founded before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, it is the only city north of Mexico whose original fortifications remain intact. The Québec City historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is still home to religious orders and hospitals that date back to the 17th century. Its Place-Royale would look familiar to the explorer Samuel de Champlain, even with its modern attractions of gift shops and cafés. On the Plains of Abraham, you can walk the battlefield where, in 1759, the French forces under General Montcalm were decisively trounced by the British, led by General Wolfe. The British took control of all of New France within a year of that 1759 battle, but even so French culture still lives on here in Québec City. More than 95 percent of Québec City's population speaks French as its first language, though it's easy to sightsee and navigate the city in English. As you tour the museums and historic sights of Québec City that celebrate Québecois history and dine at restaurants that serve its distinctive cuisine, you'll discover a remarkable culture that has survived and thrived into the 21st century. "
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
 
 
Day Scenic cruising Saguenay Fjord / Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
Cruising / Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
"Located north of Québec City and emptying into the St. Lawrence River, Saguenay is the most southerly fjord in the Northern Hemisphere. The fjord and its surrounding dense woodlands supported native peoples for centuries, but it only took about 50 years for European settlers to deforest most of it in the late 19th century. In 1970, the Québec government began purchasing tracts of land along the fjord with the intention of protecting the region as the Saguenay Fjord National Park (Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay), finally established in 1983. The park is divided into three principal areas—the Baie-de-Tadoussac near the mouth of the fjord, the Baie-Sainte-Marguerite and, farthest inland, the Baie-Éternité. Its spectacular setting, with the wide Saguenay River overlooked by steep wooded cliffs, makes the fjord a popular year-round destination for kayaking, hiking and cross-country skiing. The fjord is also the foundation of a fascinating ecosystem that supports several varieties of migrating cetaceans, making it a prime spot for whale-watching. On its conifer-covered shorelines, the park protects populations of beavers, black bears, lynx and moose. "

Saguenay, Quebec, Canada

"The quaint waterfront town of Saguenay is situated in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean—a stunning region named after two standout geographical features that were formed by glaciers: Lake (or Lac) Saint-Jean and the Saguenay River, which winds through one of the longest fjords in the world. These natural glories allow visitors to Saguenay access to a number of seasonal outdoor activities, from kayaking on Lac Saint-Jean and hiking and biking in Saguenay Fjord National Park to winter sports galore. Saguenay merged with the former paper- and pulp-making town of Chicoutimi in 2002. The role of the region in Québecois history is celebrated at nearby preserved villages, a theatrical show called La Fabuleuse Histoire d'un Royaume and at the Chicoutimi Pulp Mill, a museum dedicated to Chicoutimi’s paper-making past. (The museum’s collection includes a Canadian national treasure: the home of artist Arthur Villeneuve.) Saguenay is also a gateway to whale-watching opportunities along the majestic St. Lawrence River at Tadoussac, where you have the chance to see up to 13 species of whales. Shoppers: Don’t forget to explore La Route des Artisans (Craftsmen Road), home to 90 small local artisans that specialize in different fields, including paper, textiles, glassblowing and ceramics."
Scenic cruising Saguenay Fjord / Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
 
 
Day Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence
Cruising Only
The Gulf of St. Lawrence is an incredibly diverse and complex marine and estuary ecosystem and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It’s a busy and productive part of the ocean that has unique species, some that live there year-round, and others, like whales, which travel long distances just to visit this special spot. The area is made up of freshwater from the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes basin and the St. Lawrence River system emptying out into the Atlantic Ocean, where it combines with the cold Labrador Current from the Arctic and the warm Gulf Stream from the tropics.
Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence
 
 
Day Cap-aux-Meules, Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada
Arrives 10:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
This island in the archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence offers scenic fishing villages and wind- and water-sculpted coastlines of eerie beauty. The church of St. Pierre at Laverniere was constructed from the wreckage of ships that foundered on the offshore shoals. A lighthouse now warns others away.
Cap-aux-Meules, Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada
 
 
Day Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
"Charlottetown is the capital of Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, as well as its largest city, though it has fewer than 35,000 residents. Despite its modest size, the city has an impressive number of Victorian houses and buildings and great parks waiting to be explored. For Canadians, it is perhaps most famous as the Birthplace of Confederation. It was here, mostly at Province House, that an 1864 conference led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada. Prince Edward Island is linked to New Brunswick on the mainland of Canada by the 13-kilometer (eight-mile) Confederation Bridge that soars over the Northumberland Strait. A remarkable feat of engineering, the bridge opened in 1997 and is the longest in the world over icy waters. Sites within downtown Charlottetown include the lovely Victoria Row, which becomes a pedestrian mall each summer, and other historic buildings, some of which are now museums. Nearby Prince Edward Island National Park is home to white-sand beaches and hiking and biking trails—plus fans can see the house and farm that inspired the beloved book Anne of Green Gables. During your visit, you can also learn about the daily lives, past and present, of residents on lighthouse and boat tours. "
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 02:00 PM
The ports of New England and eastern Canada bear witness to fascinating histories and vibrant cultures that continue to thrive to this day. Approaching these cities from the sea offers a memorable perspective: For many immigrants to North America, their first glimpse of their new lives would be from the decks of ships sailing into these harbors. While the fishing villages of New England and Canada's Atlantic Provinces embody a long seafaring tradition, neither region is frozen in time. World-class museums and celebrated restaurants sit side by side with historic sites. Whether you want to explore the early days of Canada and the United States or see what the future holds for their metropolises, a journey along North America’s Atlantic coast promises to be unforgettable.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
 
 
Day Bar Harbor, Maine, US
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
"Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine, Bar Harbor is the quintessential New England coastal town. Picturesque and charming, it is a scenic and walkable town with streets lined with restaurants and boutiques. Dining on lobster is a must, as is a scoop or two at one of the town’s homemade ice cream shops. Boat tours explore the waters and islands that surround Bar Harbor, with seasonal opportunities to see wildlife—including whales—and lighthouses along the way. Bar Harbor is surrounded by the magnificent Acadia National Park, making the area an adventurer’s playground. The park, which is celebrating its centennial in 2016, is home to sites such as Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States and the first place in the country to see the sun rise. Guests can hike, bike or take a horse-and-carriage ride to explore Acadia’s lakes and striking coastline. Take advantage of the best bargain in Bar Harbor during your visit: The free Island Explorer buses take guests to Acadia’s major sites and to other nearby destinations. "
Bar Harbor, Maine, US
 
 
Day Provincetown, MA, USA
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 09:00 PM
P-Town, as the locals call it, is tucked into the curlicue of Long Point, the curving extreme end of Cape Cod. The point is dotted with lighthouses, and the town is a venerable haven for artists and craftspeople who sell their wares seasonally in its many shops and galleries. This was the actual first landfall of the ship Mayflower, where the English Puritan pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact before repairing to the site of Plymouth across the bay. The towering Pilgrim Monument was built in the early years of the 20th century. It was a famous fishing and whaling harbor, and still is, although whales are now pursued just for the thrill of seeing them. Much of the peninsula is actually protected wilderness as part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Visit the Race Point Lighthouse, peruse the cozy Provincetown Museum and stroll the compact Historic District, or travel a short way to Race Point or Herring Cove beaches.
Provincetown, MA, USA
 
 
Day Boston, Massachusetts, US
Arrives 07:00 AM
The ports of New England and eastern Canada bear witness to fascinating histories and vibrant cultures that continue to thrive to this day. Approaching these cities from the sea offers a memorable perspective: For many immigrants to North America, their first glimpse of their new lives would be from the decks of ships sailing into these harbors. While the fishing villages of New England and Canada's Atlantic Provinces embody a long seafaring tradition, neither region is frozen in time. World-class museums and celebrated restaurants sit side by side with historic sites. Whether you want to explore the early days of Canada and the United States or see what the future holds for their metropolises, a journey along North America’s Atlantic coast promises to be unforgettable.
Boston, Massachusetts, US