Wednesday, September 15 - BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
New England's largest city, Boston, Massachusetts, is home to historic sights and modern neighborhoods; stores and restaurants with old-time character; and gracious green spaces as well as a beautiful waterfront. Legendary figures of the American Revolution come alive at buildings and attractions along Boston's Freedom Trail, including the Paul Revere House and Old South Meeting House, and in Lexington and Concord just outside Boston. Pay homage to great U.S. presidents at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and in the town of Quincy, the birthplace of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
Thursday, September 16 - BAR HARBOR, MAINE
Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine, Bar Harbor is the quintessential New England coastal town. Our Bar Harbor cruise takes our guests to this picturesque and charming town with its scenic and walkable 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.
Friday, September 17 - HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
Located on a rocky inlet on the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax-Nova Scotia's provincial capital- is defined by its maritime geography. It's spirited mix of world-class history and nautical-themed museums alongside bunkers and fortresses that guarded the harbor, plus striking public art and sights, funky shops and excellent pubs serving up folk music (and good pints).
Saturday, September 18 - AT SEA
Sunday, September 19 - ST. JOHNS, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA
Closer to London than it is to Canada's west coast, the capital of Newfoundland, St. John's, has long looked east and across the Atlantic. It is the easternmost city in North America, excluding Greenland, and has its own time zone, a half-hour ahead of the rest of eastern Canada. Long before there was a permanent town, established around 1630, British fishermen would set up camp here in the summer. To this day the harbor remains the center of the city, with its oldest buildings and streets (including Water Street, the oldest street in North America) nearby. And although it was primarily fishing and whaling that drove the economy of St. John's for centuries, today the oil and natural gas found beneath the ocean floor is increasingly important.
Monday, September 20, ST. ANTHONY, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA
Near the northern tip of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula, tiny St. Anthony (population: 2,418) predates even the famed navigator and explorer Jacques Cartier. Though he gave the town its name, it was already a seasonal camp used by French and Basque fishermen when he arrived in 1534. St. Anthony's fortunes have long been tied to the sea: those fishermen were followed by whalers, and now tourism has become increasingly important, with whale-watching expeditions among the principal draws. Other opportunities for sightings include moose (the area has one of the world's largest populations of them), polar bears in the spring, and icebergs as they drift south along the Newfoundland coast. For many travelers, however, St. Anthony is the gateway to one of North America's most intriguing archaeological sites. While Christopher Columbus is popularly credited with being the first European to "discover" the New World, Viking explorers were there before him - more than four centuries earlier. The remains of an 11th-century village at L'Anse aux Meadows, located less than an hour north of St. Anthony, are the oldest evidence of a European settlement in North America. Today, the reconstructed sod houses at this UNESCO World Heritage Site give a sense of the hard lives of those early settlers.
Tuesday, September 21 - CORNER BROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA
Corner Brook, a small but bustling city, is on Newfoundland's west coast. Captain Cook initially mapped this area, known as the Bay of Islands, in 1767, and like many other Newfoundland settlements, Corner Brook started out as a fishing village. Later, one of the largest pulp and paper mills in the world was built here.
In the city's downtown core, West Street and Broadway are the centers of the action, thanks to numerous pubs, shops, and restaurants. the local university has renowned fine-arts and drama programs, so you're never too far from entertainment. Corner Brook also has an impressive amount of green space - you're always within walking distance of spark or trail. Nearby Humber Valley and the Marble Mountain offer some of the best skiing in Atlantic Canada, a big enticement for outdoor-adventure junkies. Even if you'd prefer to just take in the scenery, the rolling green mountains and the views overlooking the bay are worth the trip.
Wednesday, September 22 - HAVRE-SAINT-PIERRE, QUEBEC, CANADA
Located on the north shore of Quebec's Saint Lawrence River, Havre-Saint-Pierre offers panoramic views and miles of sandy beaches. It is the gateway to the Mingan Archipelago National park reserve, home to abundant wildlife and limestone monoliths, sculpted over the millennia by the elements.
Thursday, September 23 - QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, CANADA (OVERNIGHT)
Friday, September 24 - QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, CANADA
Few places in North America are as steeped in history as Quebec, 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 Quebec 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 cafes. 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.
Saturday, September 25 - MONTREAL, CANADA
Montreal, 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 Montreal area lined with sights that range from a 17th-century seminary to grand commercial buildings erected in the 19th century. But Montreal is also home to contemporary architectural masterpiece-most notably those erected from Exp 67, including Buckminster Fuller's Biosphere.