- Canada and USA
Glide through the rivers, lakes and fjords of the northwest, travelling from Montreal to New York as the autumn season paints a picturesque backdrop. Journey along the St Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers, through the Erie Canal and down the Hudson River to New York. Visit Les Jardins de Metis and Jardin Botanique Roger-Van den Hende; discover Singer Castle in Chippewa Bay; cruise through the Thousand Islands and Erie Canal; visit Vanderbilt Mansion, Naumkeag, The Mount and Edith Warton’s garden; see Roosevelt’s former home and garden; sail past the Statue of Liberty; explore the New York Botanical Gardens; explore Mt Vernon, home of America’s first ‘gardening president’ and see Winterthur and Longwood Gardens in the Brandywine Valley.
Day 1. Montréal
Today arrive in Montréal, often referred to as “the Paris of North America”. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.
Fourteen Nights: RV Grande Mariner. (D)
Day 2. Saguenay River
Breathtaking views abound today as you cruise the Saguenay River, boarded by dramatic cliffs which create some of Canada’s most stunning natural scenery. The Saguenay is noted for its majestic fjords and stunning wildlife, including a variety of whales, seals and birds. Be sure to be on the lookout for whales as this passageway is one of the world’s best locales for whale watching, attracting belugas, right whales and even the elusive blue whale. (BLD)
Day 3. Rimouski and Reford Gardens
Start the day with a private visit and guided tour of Les Jardins de Metis, also known as the Reford Gardens. These gardens are full of character, boldness and innovation, yet traditional. You will come to appreciate its uniqueness as you learn of the difficulties in creating a garden in such difficult and harsh conditions as the Quebec climate. Cruise south along the St. Lawrence River to your next port of call, Quebec City. (BLD)
Day 4. Quebec City Sightseeing
With its distinctly French culture, Quebec is considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. Browse the shops and restaurants along the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. This morning you have the option to choose one of two impressive garden tours; the Jardin Botanique Roger-Van den Hende or a private tour of La Seigneurie de I’ile d’orleans. Later, a tour introduces you to the charms and highlights of Quebec City. Tonight, a local pianist entertains you on board. (BLD)
Day 5. Montréal and Jardin Botanique
Arrive in Montréal and embark on a city highlights tour, followed by a guided tour of the world famous Jardin Botanique de Montréal, located in the Olympic Park. Marvel at the gardens’ 20,000 different plant species in 31 specialised gardens. (BLD)
Day 6. Ogdensburg
Cruising south into the United States, travel the St. Lawrence Seaway, the gateway from the Atlantic Ocean to the North American Great Lakes. The Seaway is a system of locks, canals, and scenic channels dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands, and amazing wildlife habitats. (BLD)
Day 7. Ogdensburg, Thousand Islands, Singer and Boldt Castle
Cruise through the splendour and beauty of the Thousand Islands region, stopping to visit tiny Dark Island in Chippewa Bay and tour the stately and elegant Singer Castle. Built as a private home in 1905, the mansion was used for rum-running during Prohibition. Then cruise to Alexander Bay and visit Boldt Castle and Gardens, built for the wife of a hotel mogul but abandoned due to tragedy. (BLD)
Day 8. Oswego and Sylvan Beach
This morning you may choose to take a local shuttle on a panoramic loop around this charming area of Oswego and view some of the highlights such as the H. Lee White Museum, the Richardson-Bates House Museum or Fort Ontario. Your cruise continues along the Oswego Canal on your way to Sylvan Beach, located on the shores of shimmering Oneida Lake. (BLD)
Day 9. Sylvan Beach and Amsterdam
Enjoy a full day on the Erie Canal’s calm blue water and unspoiled surrounding countryside. Perhaps visit Cooperstown and meet the ship later in the day at Amsterdam. Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Cooperstown is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum. (BLD)
Day 10. Amsterdam, Troy, Naumkeag Mansion and The Mount
Today you have the option to continue cruising on the Erie Canal or you can travel through the lovely countryside to visit Naumkeag Mansion and Gardens. Experience this quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age; marvel at this rare Birkshire “Cottage”, with its magnificent gardens and panoramic views. Next, visit The Mount, sure to be a fascinating visit of historical significance, especially for those interested in women’s history. It is a turn-of-the-century home that Edith Wharton designed and built herself. Arrive in Troy, known for its unparalleled Victorian architecture and abundant Tiffany windows as seen in such films as Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Age of Innocence’. (BLD)
Day 11. Troy, Poughkeepsie and Springwood
Heading south on the Hudson River you will stop in Poughkeepsie and enjoy a tour of Hyde Park, including a visit to Springwood, the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, America’s only four term president. Next visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, a National Historic Site. (BLD)
Day 12. West Point and New York City
Cruise to West Point, located in the heart of breathtaking Hudson River Valley. Tour beautiful West Point Military Academy campus with its Gothic Revival-style chapel. Later today, arrive in New York City and enjoy the unparalleled views of the harbour, the Statue of Liberty and the magnificent city skyline. (BLD)
Day 13. New York City Sightseeing
After a leisurely breakfast, start your morning with a visit to the famed New York Botanical Gardens, a national historic landmark, boasting one of the world’s greatest collections of flora. Its 250 acres include some of the most beautiful natural terrain, including dramatic rock outcroppings, rolling hills, waterfalls and ponds. It also houses the nation’s largest Victorian-era glasshouse, the magnificent Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Afterwards, a visit to Kykuit is sure to be amazing. This preeminent Hudson Valley landmark is home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. (BLD)
Day 14. New York City
Today is free to explore New York City at your leisure. You may choose to visit some of the many galleries or museums of the city or perhaps indulge in some shopping at many world renowned stores. Tonight gather with your fellow travellers atop the deck of your ship for a farewell cocktail party. (BLD)
Day 15. New York City and Wilmington.
Depart New York City to Wilmington where we visit Winterthur, home of Henry du Pont.
Two Nights: 5-star hotel in Wilmington, Dupont Hotel. (BD)
Day 16. Brandywine Valley
This morning we visit Bartram’s Garden, the oldest surviving Botanic Garden of North America. Spend the afternoon at the Longwood Gardens. With 20 outdoor display gardens, as well as lakes, meadows and forest walks, there is plenty to explore. (BD)
Day 17. Virginia and Washington
Travel through southern Pennsylvania and explore an Amish farm house. Afterwards, we will visit the extraordinary Meadowbrook Farm.
Two Nights: Washington DC, Marriott Wardman Hotel (BD)
Day 18. Washington and Mt. Vernon
See the sights of Washington including the White House. Visit Mt Vernon, the former home of America’s first ‘gardening President’, George Washington, and Arlington Cemetery. (BD)
Day 19. Depart Washington
Your tour concludes after breakfast this morning with a transfer to the airport. (B)
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Trip Code: BTUS19R
Departure: 12 October 2015
Twin Share: $12,295 per person
Solo Traveller: $17,545
Trip Code: BTUS15R
Departure: 12 October 2015
Twin Share: $8,695 per person
Solo Traveller: $13,045
Prices shown are based on a Category D (Main Deck). See deck plans for more information.
To upgrade, add per person:
Category Deck Twin Share Solo Trav.
F* Lower -$945 -$1,395
E* Lower -$795 -$1,195
C Main $795 NA
B Sun NA $1,195
A Sun $1,045 $1,845
The ship is not as luxurious as our European ships but will allow you to travel where other ships can’t. Travel on the Saguenay River is dependent on weather and overall conditions.
* Lower deck has no windows or portholes.
• Services of a Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
• Transfers on first and last day, tipping, porterage and port taxes
• Wine, beer and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner on the ship
• 49 Meals – 18 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 18 Dinners