Arrive in Montreal. Embark Yorktown and settle in to your cabin. Familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.
Quebec City remains one of North America's most romantic spots. Explore the city's old walls, narrow cobblestone lanes, outdoor cafes, copper gables, and historic battlements. The authentic, undeveloped charm of Old Quebec's Historic District is what led UNESCO to designate it a WOrld Heritage Site in 1985. Discover the Upper and Lower Towns, the Citadelle, the Plains of Abraham, and the Place Royale.
Plan to be on deck early this morning as the ship approaches the entrance to the Saguenay River. The stretch of water from the Saguenay to the gulf of the St. Lawrence provides a sanctuary for many marine mammals including porpoise, dolphin, seal, and more than 13 species of whales. Enjoy lunch in the heart of glacial valley in port at Saguenay City. Take some leisure time to explore this fascinating spot. Historically Saguenay was the site of a French an aboriginal trading post. Nearby Saguenay Fjord National Park is rich in birch and fir forests and contains diverse wildlife ranging from black bears, lynx, and moose, to seals, beluga whales, and other marine mammals.
Relax aboard Yorktown and attend a program of lectures prepared by your panel of experts as you sail the St. Lawrence River.
From Gaspe, visit the National Park of Bonaventure Island and Perce Rock, rising out of the sea to a height of almost 300 feet. Its neighbor, Bonaventure Island, houses a migratory bird sanctuary with the largest concentration of Northern Gannets in the world.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Prince Edward Island, including Prince Edward Island National Park, which supports over 200 bird species. Spend time in the charming fishing village of Rustico.
From Port Hawkesbury, travel to the idyllic town of Baddeck, once the home of Alexander Graham Bell. Explore the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and view the immense collection that illustrates the life of a great inventor.
Arrive in Halifax, a port city with an array of cultural and historic delights. In the morning, take a driving tour of historic Halifax then visit Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place of 100 victims of the 1919 Titanic disaster. Spend time at the Public Gardens then explore the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
Shelburne was established in 1783 to provide asylum to British Loyalists during the American Revolution. Tour the historic waterfront and visit the Shlburne museum complex as well as the fully-restored historic Ross-Thompson House and Store Museum, where merchants George and Robert Ross carried on international trade in tea, coffee, rum, and wine and sold necessities to the town's residents.
Stop in Nova Scotia's Yarmouth, a fishing port with a long history of shipbuilding and lobster catching. This pleasant town, with its Cape Forchu Lighthouse and charming Victorian houses, is also home to several cultural centers. Visit the Yarmouth County Museum and Archive to learn more about the unique history of this port town.
First inhabited by the Passamaquoddy tribe 10,000 years ago, Eastport offers a long and storied history that continues to present-day. Explore the nearby Roosevelt Campobello International Park, a symbol of U.S.-Canadian cooperation. Tour the island summer cottage cherished by Franklin Delano Roosevelt from his boyhood to the early days of his presidency.
From the ship's deck, enjoy a panoramic view of the lighthouses that line the Maine coast as you approach the town of Boothbay Harbor, often referred to as "the boating capital of New England." Visit the Maine Maritime Museum in the town of Bath, on the banks of the Kennebec River. See the displays on shipbuilding and lobstering. Return to Boothbay Harbor to walk along the town's quaint streets, lined with shops and restaurants or take time to explore the Coastal Main Botanical Gardens, a jewel of rare quality among North American gardens.
Following breakfast aboard Yorktown, disembark in Gloucester and transfer to airport to continue your travels.