Arrive in New York City and board the Yorktown. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.
Sail into Newport, once the summer playground of New York’s wealthiest families. Many of the grand "cottages" they built are now open to the public. See The Breakers, the 70-room mansion of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Also explore the historic center of Newport with its fine architecture and enjoy time at leisure.
Boston is a rich repository of cultural institutions. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, and meander to the recently-added Art of the Americas Wing. Stop at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a Venetian-style palazzo that is home to an exciting collection of European, Asian, and American art.
Before docking, enjoy a panoramic view of the lighthouses along the Main coast. From Boothbay Harbor, often referred to as the boating capital of New England, walk along the town’s quaint streets. Lined with charming shops and restaurants, Boothbay is an enchanting town.
Explore Bar Harbor, one of the loveliest towns along the coast of Maine. Surrounded by Acadia National Park, this quaint fishing village on Mount Desert Island was a fashionable resort town in the late 1800s and the summer home of influential families. 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 Native American culture and history.
Visit the fishing port of Yarmouth to view its Cape Forchu Lighthouse and charming Victorian houses. With its long history of shipbuilding and lobster catching, the town is also home to several cultural centers. Enjoy the opportunity to visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives.
The 18th-century village of Lunenburg is known for seafaring and natural beauty. Take a walking tour of the Old Town and also visit the aquarium at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
Trail, the historic route that linked the isolated Scottish, English, and Acadian communities during colonial times.
Arrive in Halifax, a vital port city teeming with an array of historical and historic delights. Take a driving tour of historic Halifax before visiting Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place of 100 victims of the 1919 Titanic disater. 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 his life.
Prince Edward Island is known as the Garden of the Gulf for its pastoral landscape. Tour the island, including Prince Edward Island National Park, which supports over 200 bird species. Spend time in the charming village of Rustico.
Located on the eastern coast of the remote peninsula of the same name, Gaspe 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 activity, Perce Rock is a continuation of the Appalachian Mountains, which extend from the peninsula south 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 down the St. Lawrence River.
Plan to be on deck as the ship approaches the entrance to the Saguenay River. The stretch of water from the Saguenay through to the gulf of the St. Lawrence provides a sanctuary for numerous marine mammals including porpoise, dolphin, seal, and more than 13 species of whales. In the afternoon, call at Saguenay City, located in the heart of a glacial valley. Saguenay was the site of a French and aboriginal trading post. Here, explore the town and nearby Saguenay Fjord National Park, rich with birch and fir forests and supporting a diverse wildlife population that ranges from black bears, lynx, and moose to seals, beluga whales, and other marine mammals.
With its old city walls, narrow cobblestoned lanes, country squares, copper gables, outdoor cafes, and historic battlements, Quebec City remains one of the most romantic spots in North America. 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, and the Place Royale.
Following breakfast on board, disembark in Montreal and transfer to the airport for your connecting flights.