Saturday, September 18 - MONTREAL, QUEBEC
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 are 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 masterpieces-most notably that erected from Expo 67, including Buckminster Fuller's Biosphere.
Montreal is at once the cultural capital of the Quebecois 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.
Sunday, September 19 - QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC
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 759, the French forces under General Montcalm were decisively trounced by the British, led by General Wolfe.
Monday, September 20 - AT SEA
Tuesday, September 21 - CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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.
Wednesday, September 22 - SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA
Sydney is the largest city on Cape Breton Island, which is linked by causeway to the rest of Nova Scotia. Sydney's attractions start at the harbor, where visitors can shop for locally made crafts and see the world's largest fiddle, which towers beside the port's cruise pavilion. Some of the city's historic houses and churches date back to the 1700s and 1800s and are open for tours. Restaurants often provide live music (expect fiddles and sea chanteys) along with meals of seafood fresh-caught in nearby waters. Sydney's galleries give visitors a chance to meet local artists and purchase their work.
Cape Breton's natural wonders include the spectacular scenic drive known as the Cabot Trail. Hikers in Cape Breton Highlands National Park will find stunning vistas around every turn, while a boat ride on massive Bras d'Or Lake, which is ringed by wild hills, offers different perspectives on the province. Explore the region's past with a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and learn about the area's First Nations communities at Membertou Heritage Park. If you decide to go deep underground at the Cape Breton Miners Museum, your tour guide is likely to be a man who toiled for years in the island's coal mines and has many stories to tell. Another must-see: the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, where the famous inventor made his summer home.
Thursday, September 23 - HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
Located on a rocky inlet on the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax - Nova Scotia's provincial capital - is defined by its maritime geography. It's a 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 for music (and good pints).
Explore the Halifax waterfront where steamships once anchored to drop off arriving immigrants at Pier 21. Savor the low-key but classy culinary scene for fresh seafood and Nova Scotia specialties-the city has both street vendors and casual joints catering to university students and upscale eateries with elegant settings. Along Nova Scotia's southern shores, the city is surrounded by lush greenery and charming villages that are worth the trip from downtown proper. Snap photos of attractions in the charming fishing village, Peggy's Cove, with its picturesque lighthouse on a Ricky outcropping. Or wander the streets of Lunenburg, whose colorful Old Town is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also soak in the charms and sights of Mahone Bay, home to artists' studios, and a trio of stepped churches.
Friday, September 24 - 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.
A favorite attraction many of our guests enjoy on our cruises to Bar Harbor is the magnificent Acadia National Park, an adventurer's playground. The park 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 sunrise. Bar harbor cruise guests can hike, bike to take a horse-and-carriage ride to explore Acadia's lakes and striking coastline. While on your cruise to Bar Harbor, take advantage of the best bargain in town during your visit: The free Island Explorer busses take guests to Acadia's major site and to other nearby destinations.
Saturday, September 25 - 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 HJohn F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and in the town of Quincy, the birthplace of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
Each of Boston's neighborhoods has its own personality and things to do, whether you're enjoying the food of the North End's Little Italy, admiring the beautiful 19th-century architecture of Beacon Hill, or watching the street performers in Cambridge's Harvard Square. The waterfront offers harbor views, while boat tours allow you to take in the city skyline while sightseeing. In every neighborhood, shopping and dining reveal Boston's true eclectic self, from casual to high-end, but always interesting.