11 SEPTEMBER 2020 • 27 DAYS NORTHEAST USA & CANADA • Fly, Stay, Tour & Cruise Package

  • Pricing

    Book & deposit by 31 October and RECEIVE a further $1,000 OFF PER COUPLE!

    $10,951 per person twin share from (based on an oceanview stateroom)

    • Upgrade to a balcony stateroom from $730 per person

    • Upgrade with a shore excursion package for $670 per person (includes three shore excursions in Saint John – 5hrs, Halifax – 4hrs & Sydney – 5hrs)

    Inclusions

    • Return economy class airfare from Australia to Washington, D.C, return from Boston

    • Airport/hotel transfers x 3

    • 3 nights accommodation total in Washington D.C pre-tour & post-tour, with breakfast daily

    • 8 day Historic Highlights escorted group tour – includes accommodation, all touring & sightseeing as per itinerary, 12 meals – 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, gratuities to driver & guides

    • Economy class flights from Washington D.C to Boston

    • 2 nights accommodation in Boston pre-cruise, with breakfast daily

    • 12 night Celebrity Summit cruise – includes all meals, entertainment & gratuities (based on an oceanview stateroom, upgrade options available).

    • Book & deposit by 31 Oct and receive $500 off per person

     

    *Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment – credit card fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Please note that prices shown are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here (as from 7 Oct 2019) may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. 

  • Itinerary

    DAY 1: WASHINGTON, D.C

    The political heart of America is your gateway to a memorable encounter with the Land of the Free and how it came to be so. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the museums, memorials and monuments of Washington, D.C. Hotel – Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown, 3 nights.

    Map showing route taken, modes of transport and stays during your holiday

    8 Day Historic Highlights Tour Map Itinerary

    DAY 2: WASHINGTON, D.C

    Today is yours at leisure. This evening you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your journey on your 8 day Historic Highlights Tour. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 3: WASHINGTON, D.C – MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS

    Roam the corridors of power, oak-lined avenues and noble tributes to America’s famous sons and daughters, as you explore the nation’s proud heritage today. View the White House, striking Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. Reflect on the country’s darkest days at the Lincoln Memorial and somber memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War. The rest of the day is free to chart your own course through America’s capital city. Meals: Breakfast

    OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE: Washington Illumination Tour – You’ll be wowed by this illuminated overview of the nation’s capital city at night! See the Capitol, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. Visit the Kennedy Center for a rooftop walk and end the evening at the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. (Stops are subject to weather and local restrictions). Approx. duration: 2 hours. Price: $40.00 (guide line only).

    DAY 4: WASHINGTON, D.C – MOUNT VERNON – YORKTOWN – WILLIAMSBURG

    Tread in the footsteps of America’s first president, visiting Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Delve into the history of the American Revolution at the Yorktown Victory Center, experiencing first-hand the dramatic “Siege of Yorktown”. We’ll continue to Williamsburg, founded in 1638 as Middle Plantation, and the former capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This evening, we’ll enjoy a Regional Dinner. Hotel – Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg, 2 nights. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 5: JAMESTOWN – COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG

    Pay tribute to the brave men and women who gave up their homeland to establish a New World. This morning, we venture to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, where we’ll gain insights into the trials that marked the lives of early 17th century colonists. Walk through the life-sized re-creations of the colonists’ crude fort, explore the mock-up of the Native American Powhatan village and climb aboard a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia. We fast forward a few centuries and spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, once Britain’s largest colony in the New World. Chat with blacksmiths, admire a fife and drum parade, and perhaps even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. This afternoon, we ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America’s slavery history to life. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 6: WILLIAMSBURG – RICHMOND – MONTICELLO – CHARLOTTESVILLE

    Visit St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia-the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry’s fiery “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Continue to Charlottesville, where you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Jefferson once sought a quieter existence. The rest of your day is free.  Hotel – Omni Charlottesville, 1 night. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 7: CHARLOTTESVILLE – SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK – GETTYSBURG

    Journey through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park en route to Gettysburg where we’ll delve into the devastation of a four-year civil war pitting North against South. We explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, where our visit ‘Makes a Difference’ by contributing to their efforts to preserve the battlefield. This evening, indulge in a festive Regional Dinner at the “most haunted” 19th century Dobbin House, keeping an eye out for Uncle Abe who may grace the group with his presence.  Hotel – Wyndham Gettysburg, 1 night. Meals – Breakfast, Regional Dinner

    DAY 8: GETTYSBURG – PHILADELPHIA

    Cast your mind back to the pivotal, yet tragic day on which Pickett led his charge on Gettysburg. Join a Local Specialist who will bring to life the events at Gettysburg which turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months later, the battlefield served as the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln’s call for “a new birth of freedom” in his famed Gettysburg Address. We’ll journey to the City of Brotherly Love and site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence next. Stay in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel – Hilton at Penns Landing, 1 night. Meals – Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

    DAY 9: PHILADELPHIA – WASHINGTON, D.C

    Gain insights into the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around the world during this morning’s tour through Philadelphia. We’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to “proclaim liberty”. Your Historic Highlights Tour finishes today in Washington, D.C., where you will transfer the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown, 2 nights. Meals – Breakfast

    DAY 10: WASHINGTON , D.C

    Today is you day at leisure to explore Washington, D.C further. Meals – Breakfast

    DAY 11: WASHINGTON, D.C

    Today is your last day in Washington, D.C., enjoy the day at your leisure. Meals – Breakfast

    DAY 12: WASHINGTON, D.C – BOSTON

    Depart Washington, D.C today with a flight into Boston. Transfer to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, is one of the most historic cities in North America and home to many leading universities, including world-renowned Harvard in neighbouring Cambridge. As one of the oldest established cities in the United States, this cultural capital offers an abundance of historic sites and national treasure to discover. Stroll the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail that connects about 16 of Boston’s landmarks such as Boston Common, the Old Corner Bookstore, and Paul Revere’s House or visit the first-class Museum of Fine Art and Boston Symphony Orchestra and so much more. Head to the Seaport District for fresh seafood, local specialties include cod, steamed lobster, oysters on the half-shell and creamy chowders. Then venture to the birthplace of America’s original craft beer, the Samuel Adams Brewery, to find out how the ales and lagers are made, perhaps sample a few, and learn about this great patriot. There’s such an amazing cross-section of rich history, music, art, literature and theatre to explore. Hotel- Fairmont Copley Plaza, 2 nights. Meals – Breakfast

    DAY 13: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

    The day is yours at leisure to explore Boston. Meals – Breakfast

    12 Night Boston return cruise itinerary map.

    DAY 14: BOSTON – CRUISE EMBARKATION DAY, CELEBRITY SUMMIT

    Board Celebrity Summit today for your 12 night Boston, Maine & Canada cruise today. Disembarkation time is 6:00pm. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 15: AT SEA, CRUISING

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 16: SAINT JOHN (BAY OF FUNDY), NEW BRUNSWICK – CANADA – 7AM TO 4PM

    Founded by Loyalists escaping the Revolutionary War in 1785, Saint John has emerged as a thriving port city. Its restored historic waterfront  and surrounding natural beauty have made Saint John a wonderful  destination. Experience the amazing Reversing Falls Rapids, Saint John’s  best-known attraction, when twice daily the powerful tides of the Bay  of Fundy rise faster than the river can empty. When this happens, the  tide attempts to push the river back upstream, then the tide ebbs and  the river appears to reverse itself and flow over the rocks, creating  the appearance of reversing rapids. Visit St. Martin’s Sea Caves and  Beach, where you’ll see caves carved out by the pounding tides. St. Martins’ twin-covered bridges, harbor area and lighthouse are perennial  favourites with photographers and painters. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 17: HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA  – 10AM TO 4:30PM

    Located on the shores of the world’s second-largest natural harbour, the “City of Trees” adds to the pastoral beauty of Canada’s maritime region. An extensive network of walking trails extends from the waterfront out to a series of beautiful parks and vibrant gardens, inviting exploration. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 18: SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA  – 8:30AM TO 2PM

    Sydney, Nova Scotia lies on the northeast coast of Cape Breton Island and is the largest metropolitan area on the island. Founded in 1785 by the British, this small port city has served as home to many immigrants who arrived on Canadian shores through the centuries, including French Acadians, Eastern Europeans, Scotsmen, and Africans. Sydney is the perfect gateway to the beauty and wonder of Cape Breton Island on a Nova Scotia cruise. Just outside the city limits lies a wealth of sightseeing possibilities, including nature walks and museums. Visit the Louisbourg Fortress, the largest historical reconstruction in North America, and relive the life of the first settlers of this region. Discover Cabot Trail and explore the raw unspoiled nature of Canada, breathtaking coastal vistas, kayaking, hiking and much more. Seafood fresh from the ocean and traditional pub fare are always on local menus. Head to the Big Fiddle Market located inside the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion where you’ll find local arts and crafts for keepsakes and souvenirs. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 19: AT SEA, CRUISING

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 20: QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC – 8AM OVERNIGHT

    Quebec City, Canada was first settled in 1535 by France and is one of North America’s oldest, and most beautiful cities. A captivating sense of French influence still echoes at every turn–from the language to the cuisine and the architecture. There is so much rich history and culture to explore. Walk the quaint streets passed stone houses, churches, cafés, and abandoned military fortifications that at one time helped to hold invading forces at bay.

    The fascinating heritage of Quebec City begins in The Old Town (Vieux-Quebec) district. Located on the city harbor on the bank of the St. Lawrence River, this well-preserved neighborhood was first established over 400 years ago as a permanent French settlement and is also an UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the wonderful historic attractions and landmarks as you make your way along the narrow streets, including Le Chateau Frontenac (1893) and Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec (1647). Sample the best of Quebecois cuisine at one of the many fine dining establishments in the neighborhood with menus that reflect truly Canadian, yet very European-inspired gastronomy.

    Quebec has many museums, but Musée de la Civilisation is by far the most popular in town and definitely worth a visit. Experience the stimulating interactive, participatory exhibits and one exhibit of note explores the cultures of Quebec’s native populations. Dive into Quebecois history with a state-of-the-art 30-minute sound and light show at Musée du Fort. The whole family will enjoy the riveting story of the six sieges of Quebec City and accompanying history lesson. Head to a Quebec City brasserie for classic comfort foods, like traditional Quebecois poutine, Montreal-style bagels, and savory tourtiere (meat pies).

    The enchanted streets of Petit-Champlain District are brimming with European charm. Marvel at the historic architecture along Rue du Petit-Champlain while browsing the many one-of-a-kind craftsman shops and boutiques for unique keepsakes and mementos. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 21: QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC – DEPARTS 9:45AM

    Departing this morning, the rest of the day is at sea. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 22: AT SEA, CRUISING

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 23: CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND – 7AM TO 2PM

    Nestled in the harbor of the same name, Charlottetown exudes both a nautical charm and a Victorian sensibility, with a historic waterfront set against homes that retain much of their original personality. On the south shore of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown’s red soil adds to the area’s natural beauty. No visit would be complete without sampling the local mussels, which are some of the best in the world. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 24: AT SEA, CRUISING

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 25: PORTLAND, MAINE – USA – 10AM TO 8PM

    Portland is one of the prettiest coastal towns and has a rich history and folklore waiting to be explored. Established in 1632 as a fishing and trading settlement by the British, the city still holds its rustic charm near and dear.

    From the beautiful looming lighthouses to the deep blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the quaint brick buildings, and 19th century warehouses, everywhere you look on your cruise to Maine you’ll find enchanting New England splendor. The famous Portland Head Light dates back to 1791 and is by far one of Portland’s most iconic landmarks. Sitting on Cape Elizabeth, the beautiful lighthouse served as a lookout for oncoming intruders (particularly, the British) and today stands as a symbol of Maine’s heritage. It’s the oldest of its kind in continuous use in the States.

    The Portland Museum of Art is well worth a visit. The museum features a broad collection of American and European art, plus an impressive selection of work by notable artists, like Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet and many other greats. Architecture buffs, as well as literary enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the great poet and Portland native, Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow’s childhood home. The Wadsworth-Longfellow House is a National Historic Landmark contains most of the original household items and is the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula.

    Hop on a beer tour on your cruise to Maine and discover what beer experts say is some of the best brews in the United States. The microbrew movement strong in Portland. There are about 17 locally-brewed brands that offer a wide range in flavor profile. Learn all about the fermentation process and sample handcrafted Belgian-style beer, blueberry wheat ale, rich dark stout, and much more.

    Wander along the bustling cobblestone streets and alleys of the Old Port district in the downtown city center for wonderful dining and shopping. This small coastal town boasts many award-winning restaurants that are rooted in the farm-to-table tradition. Talented chefs prepare the freshest New England lobster with hearty, local, organic and plant-based foods on menus. And there’s a host of incredible locally owned boutiques within walking distance for unique, one-of-a-kind mementos. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (onboard)

    DAY 26: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – 7AM

    Your cruise journey ends today with disembarkation from 7am. Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Meals – Breakfast

    EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY – if you would like to extend your stay in Boston or go further afield this is the perfect time to see the fall colours of this region. We can help arrange extra accommodation, touring & flights.

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