October 6-16, 2012
With tour leaders John & Naomi Lederach
Take a magnificent voyage along the breathtaking St. Lawrence River and New England seaboard with John and Naomi Lederach. Stroll through charming historic towns and cities and get to know this history-filled coast at a time when its natural beauty is at its peak.
Tour members will fly from departure cities to Quebec City, where we will transfer to the pier, check in with Princess personnel, and embark our ship, the Emerald Princess. Onboard, you will be greeted by John and Naomi, who will introduce you to your fellow tour members. After you get settled in your comfortable cabin, we will enjoy a welcome dinner together. Our ship will stay docked in Quebec City for the night.
Quaint shops & cafes in historic Quebec City
Quebec City is a lovely city. Its historic walls rise from the shores of the St. Lawrence River and are both beautiful and historic. Today we will tour the city. Be sure to stop by the Rue de Trésors (Street of Treasures) in the upper city to buy or just marvel at works of art by local artists. After wandering the narrow cobblestone streets and visiting boutiques and museums, you will enjoy sitting in a little café, enjoying the delicious French-Canadian cuisine. Be sure to take time to enjoy the views from the Governor’s Boardwalk near the historic Chateau – you can look east along the St. Lawrence River to see where our ship will sail tonight.
Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. As we spend today at sea, traveling around the end of the Gaspé Peninsula and along the coast of New Brunswick, you will see much for which to give thanks to God. You will have opportunity to get to know your fellow tour members and the amenities of the ship, but keep an eye on the water – the waters are home to many species of whales, dolphins, and seals, including the world’s largest creature, the blue whale. You will also enjoy the distinctive shining zinc roofs of Quebecois churches on the shores.
Be sure to watch for whales as we cruise!
Turn your watches one hour ahead this morning as we arrive in our port of call, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. You may be surprised to see the distinctive color of soil in PEI – it’s as red as Anne of Green Gables’ hair! Charlottetown is considered the birthplace of Canadian confederation and is a lovely, historic city, true to its Victorian roots. PEI is well known for its lobster dinners – make sure to try some!
Our port of call this morning is Sydney, Nova Scotia. Located on Cape Breton Island, considered one of the most scenic islands in the world, Sydney is proud of its colorful heritage and history. Cape Breton is known for its distinctive Celtic music which is a combination of Scottish highland music, Acadian tunes, fiddles and folk music. Much of Cape Breton culture will be available to you as soon as you disembark the ship: the dockside pavilion offers a craft market, shopping boutiques, a historic exhibition centre as well as the World’s Largest Fiddle! You can expect Maritime hospitality and a distinctive accent as you visit this town. Nearby is the site where Alexander Graham Bell lived and worked, as well as the reconstructed Fortress of Louisburg , which is a national park and a Williamsburg-style attraction.
We will spend today in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the front porch of British North America, which was once Great Britain’s military base in North America, as well as an excellent shipping and fishing port. As you walk along the beautiful waterfront of this city, be sure to check out the sailing ships in the harbor, as well as the marine museum, the historic Citadel park, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and Pier 21, the historic site that presents the history of the million immigrants who arrived in North America at this pier during the twentieth century.
Our last Canadian port of call is Saint John, New Brunswick. Be sure to check out the famous reversing river rapids, which actually flow upstream, and the historic City Market, the oldest working farmer’s market in Canada. We will travel through the natural wonder that is the Bay of Fundy on our way to and from Saint John.
Bar Harbor, Maine will be our destination today. As we travel by tender to this quaint New England town, we will be sure to admire the rugged beauty of the colorful leaves on the mountains that rise up from the Atlantic in Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor was a fashionable summer resort town for wealthy vacationers, including the Rockefellers. Today it is a lovely place to wander on an autumn afternoon, visiting the shops and restaurants – or just enjoying the views of land and sea. Keep an eye out for the distinctive, unique lighthouses that have long guarded Maine’s rocky coast.
Hailed as the "Cradle of American Independence," Boston is filled with historic sites. Today you can retrace the Freedom Trail to visit 16 sites of the Revolutionary War, including the site of the Boston Tea Party, the route of Paul Revere's famous ride, and the bridge where Minutemen fired “the shot heard 'round the world." You can also visit Harvard Square or the Public Garden, the first botanical gardens in the United States.
Gilded Age mansion, Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island, is home to elaborate 19th century “cottages”, which are more accurately described as Gilded Age mansions. You will enjoy seeing these cottages, homes to Vanderbilts and Dukes, as well as taking a cliff walk along the majestic rocky shore that made this area so popular. Onboard the ship this evening, we will enjoy our final dinner together.
When we wake up this morning, we will be in bustling New York City. We will bid farewell to our ship and our fellow tour members and will transfer to the airport for our flights home.
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