Arrive in Salem and transfer to the Yorktown. Board the ship and settle in to your cabin before setting sail.
Call at the Maine Maritime Museum, in the town of Bath, on the banks of the Kennebec River. See the displays on shipbuilding and lobstering, and visit the dock to board the schooner Sherman Zwicker, an example of boats that once cruised the Grand Banks off of Newfoundland in search of cod. Continue to Boothbay Harbor, often referred to as “the boating capital of New England.” From the ship’s deck, enjoy a panoramic view of the lighthouses that dot the coast. Walk along the town’s quaint streets, lined with charming shops and restaurants.
Explore Bar Harbor, set on Maine’s dramatic coast. Surrounded by Acadia National Park, this quaint fishing village was a fashionable resort town in the late 1800s and the summer home of influential families, including the Astors and Rockefellers. In the afternoon, tour Acadia National Park to discover the Wild Gardens of Acadia, showcasing over 300 native plant species. Also visit the Abbe Museum’s collections chronicling Maine’s 10,000 years of Native American culture and history.
Call in Nova Scotia’s Yarmouth, a fishing port with a long history of shipbuilding and lobster catching. This charming town, with its Cap Forchu Lighthouse and charming Victorian houses, is also home to several cultural centers, including art galleries and museums. Among those you will have the opportunity to visit are the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives.
The 19th-century village of Lunenburg is known for seafaring and natural beauty. Take a walking tour of the Old Town and visit the aquarium at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
Arrive in Halifax, a vital port city with an array of cultural and historic delights. In the morning, take a driving tour of the city before visiting Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place for 100 victims of the Titanic disaster. Spend time at the Public Gardens then explore the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
Transfer to the charming town of Baddeck, once the home of the great inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. Explore the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and view the immense collection that illustrates the life of this great inventor.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Prince Edward Island and spend time in the charming fishing village of Rustico.
Gaspé, on the eastern coast of the remote peninsula of the same name, is where Jacques Cartier first claimed Canada for France. From “Land’s End,” visit the National Park of Bonaventure Island and Perce Rock, rising out of the sea to a height of almost 300 feet. Carved by volcanic action, it is a continuation of the Appalachian Mountains, which extend from the peninsula to Alabama. Its neighbor, Bonaventure Island, houses a migratory bird sanctuary with the largest concentration of Northern Gannets in North America.
Relax aboard Yorktown and attend a lecture by one of our onboard experts as you sail into the Saguenay River, which was an important trade route for Canada’s aboriginal peoples, and during the French colonization of the Americas was a major route for the fur trade.
Call in the quaint village of Tadoussac, located at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers. Tadoussac is the oldest surviving French settlement in the Americas, being founded in 1600 and thrived in the seventeenth century as France’s first trading post on the mainland of New France. Enjoy strolling the village, with the Old Chapel, the oldest wooden church in Canada and USA, as well as the rugged beauty of the Saguenay fjord. The meeting of the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers provides an abundance of krill, making the area attractive to whales and you will have to opportunity to participate in whale watching while here.
Quebec City, with its old city walls, narrow cobblestoned lanes, country squares, copper gables, outdoor cafés and historic battlements, remains one of North America’s most romantic spots. The authentic, undeveloped charm led UNESCO to designate it a World Heritage site in 1985. Discover the Upper and Lower Towns; the Citadel; the Plains of Abraham, where General Wolfe claimed the city for England in 1759; and the Place Royale.
Disembark Yorktown and transfer to the airport for return flights home.