What better way to commemorate the fall season than with an excursion to explore the autumn foliage in New England? Next fall – from Sept. 26 through Oct. 7, 2017 – join Blue Horizon on a beautiful New England Fall Foliage Cruise Tour traveling through New England states and Canada.
The trip sets out from Boston, where you’ll spend the first few days with an orientation tour of the city, including trips to sites within the Boston National Historical Park, such as Boston Common, the Old State House, Freedom Trail and Faneuil Hall. Next, you will depart for New Hampshire and the scenic White Mountains, where guests will board the Cannon Mountain tramway at Franconia Notch for a ride to the 4,080-foot summit.
On days three and four, the trip moves to Stowe, Vermont, where you will get a tour of the Trapp Family Lodge, owned and operated by the von Trapp family (made famous in “The Sound of Music”). You will continue on to Vergennes, overlooking Lake Champlain, with views of the Adirondack and Green mountains. In Vergennes, you’ll visit Shelburne Heritage Park, which includes one of the nation’s most extraordinary collections of American decorative, folk and fine art.
Before crossing into Canada on day five, you’ll visit a working maple syrup farm to learn about the art of making the sweet treat. From the farm you’ll travel into Montréal, Canada’s second-largest city. Sites will include the Notre Dame Basilica and a drive to Mount Royal to enjoy a panoramic perspective of the city. The day will conclude by transferring to Holland America’s MS Veendam or MS Rotterdam to begin the next seven nights on a scenic cruise.
Day six, the first day aboard, brings you to Québec City, Canada’s only walled city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will see the Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary and ancient Place Royale. On day seven you’ll be cruising on a 200-mile-long natural canal called the Saguenay Fjord, spending the day at leisure aboard the ship. You will spend day eight in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, perhaps taking a trip to Cavendish to visit the famous Anne of Green Gables homestead.
Cape Breton will be the focus of day nine, where you can choose to travel along the scenic Cabot Trail or visit historic Louisbourg Fortress, which recreates life in French-occupied Canada. Once you arrive in Halifax on day 10, you will see lighthouses standing watch on the cliff sides along the shore with ledges featuring tiny villages huddled in rocky inlets. Here you will explore Citadel Hill, with planned trips to walk through the public gardens and visit Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 100 people who perished on the Titanic.
On the penultimate day of the tour, you’ll arrive in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine’s oldest summer resort, where you will stroll around the charming waterfront to visit shops, galleries and boutiques. An optional alternative excursion takes guests to picturesque Acadia National Park, one of America’s most visited parks. The tour ends in Boston on the morning of day 12.
Please note that this itinerary is subject to change until mid-2016, and the final payment for the trip will be due June 1, 2017. Print out a registration form today or call us 800-939-4334 to learn more about this wonderful tour!