POSTCARD PORTS OF CAPE COD & CANADA

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Postcard Ports of Cape Cod & Canada

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Bar Harbor, Maine



5 HRS

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Bar Harbor, Cranberry Islands
You will begin with a 30-minute scenic drive along a portion of Acadia National Park’s Park Loop Road designated one of America’s Most Scenic Byways before stopping at a scenic stop along Maine’s rocky coast. Continue to Northeast Harbor and embark the Sea Princess for a 2 ½-hour cruise fully-narrated by your local professional naturalist. A cruise to the Cranberry Islands is the ideal way to experience the beauty of Maine’s rugged coastline featuring lighthouses, seals and seabirds. Your cruise will include a 45-minute stop at the picturesque harbor town of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island to visit the Islesford Historical Museum and/or explore the island on your own. Operated by the National Park Service, the museum features ship models, tools, and photographs that reveal island life during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and will provide a glimpse of the hearty inhabitants that carved out a unique lifestyle on the island.  After visiting Little Cranberry Island, continue your cruise into the fjord of Somes Sound. Throughout your cruise, your naturalist will discuss the relationship between people and the sea, and search for wildlife. 

Please note:     This tour operates rain or shine. Dress in layers and bring a hat and raincoat or umbrella.


price $135
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2.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

sightseeing
Bar Harbor, Discover Acadia National Park With A Ranger
Entering the National Park, your journey along 27-mile Park Loop Road will take you along the ocean’s edge passing Sand Beach, Schooner Head Overlook, and the High Seas Estate, a beautiful mansion built by a wealthy gentleman whose wife perished on the Titanic before ever stepping foot in her dream home.  Continuing past Otter Cliffs and the Gulf of Maine with beautiful views of the off shore islands, you will travel through pine wood forests and past the Jordon Pond House where you will have a beautiful view of the Penobscot Mountains and Bubbles Hill. With much of the land donated by John D. Rockefeller, you will see the romantic stone-cut bridges and evidence of the elaborate carriage trails built by this family at the turn of the century. Home to over 50 species of mammals keep your eyes peeled for white tail deer as you make your way around the Park Loop Road.  Your tour will culminate (weather permitting) with a photo stop from atop the 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on North America’s Eastern seaboard.  With a 360-degree panoramic view, you will see how glaciers carved through the granite cliffs to form a beautiful landscape of lush forest, lakes and valleys.

Please note: This tour operates rain or shine. Dress in layers and bring a hat and raincoat or umbrella.



price $129
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6 HRS

Moderately
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Bar Harbor, Grand Tour Of Acadia National Park & Lobsterbake
The undeniable beauty and majesty of Acadia National Park is just a short hop from Bar Harbor but it probably feels like another world. After boarding your air-conditioned transportation at the pier, you'll travel along the Park's scenic Loop Road that encircles Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park. Stop at the Hull's Cove Visitor Center and explore the extensive diorama of the park, collect maps, and trace the route you are about to take before setting off into the reserve. Sit back and relax as you pass by the many beautiful carriage roads and hand-cut stone bridges. You'll continue past famous sights including Jordan Pond House, and Otter Cliffs, before arriving at Cadillac Mountain, named for French explorer Sieur de la Mothe Cadillac, who migrated from France and settled in Maine during the 17th century, (and later moved west and established a little town called Detroit).  Cadillac Mountain rises 1,532 feet above Mount Desert Island. It's not only the tallest mountain in Acadia but is the highest point along North America's eastern seaboard and from October to March it's the first spot in the U.S. to see the morning sun. It may be windy up at the top but a walk up to the summit rewards you with dramatic 360-degree views of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the Cranberry Islands. Then it's on to another natural wonder: Thunder Hole. This small inlet is famous for the thunderous clap that occurs when seawater crashes into the tiny inlet and water is forced out. If you decide to take a photo, be prepared to get soaked, the waterspout can explode as high as 40 feet! On your way to the restaurant you'll travel through picturesque Seal Beach. Once at the restaurant you'll enjoy a buffet lunch that includes lobster (steak is available for those who do not prefer lobster), clam chowder, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, and your choice of blueberry dessert or cake. After lunch, another must see photo stop is on the itinerary before you return to your ship. In the heart of the Park is the Jordan Pond House with a beautiful view of the Penobscot Mountains and Bubbles Hill as you explore the grounds. 

Please note: Dress in layers and bring a hat and raincoat or umbrella.


price $169
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada



3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

refreshments

culture

walking
Halifax, Craft Beer Experience
Stretching back to its naval beginnings, Halifax has long been known for its lively pub scene. It is said that Halifax has the greatest number of bars, per capita, in North America!   In a city filled with amazing pubs, Halifax is currently experiencing a craft beer renaissance with new craft and micro-breweries sprouting up around many corners. Your Craft Beer Experience will be led by a kilted guide who will enlighten your sightseeing with story-telling while visiting two popular pubs in the downtown area. Your first thirst quenching stop will be at a local brewpub where you are treated to samples of six locally produced craft beers.  See the on-site brewery, where staff will enlighten you on how the beverages are hand-crafted.  You will wind your way through the city streets arriving to the second venue, famous for its variety of beers on tap, you will sample four beers brewed by local micro-breweries.  Enjoy libations and stories all while relaxing in a traditional Irish pub atmosphere. With a variety of toe-tapping tunes, animated commentary and sample tastings of local craft beers at both locations, this afternoon will be a lively and memorable time for all.
 
Please note:  Guests must be minimum 19 years of age to participate in this excursion. Wear comfortable walking shoes & dress in warm layers.  Photo ID should be on hand.


price $69
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
Halifax, Scenic Peggys Cove
Beautifully situated, Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse has long been an inspiration to artists and photographers.
You will embark on a scenic 60-minute drive along the winding coastal highway of the lighthouse route, passing picturesque fishing villages to Peggy’s Cove. Upon arrival  you may choose to join your kilted guide on a 20-minute optional walking tour of the Lower Cove, or simply enjoy approximately 1 hour of free time to explore this lovely village independently.  Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the stunning scenery of the world famous Peggy's Cove Lighthouse perched on the granite shores of the cove.  Another "must see" on site is the deGarthe Monument, found among a mass of boulders, this life-size granite carving depicts the life and the people of the area, created by local artist William E. deGarthe through the late 70s and early 80s.  Enjoy free time to peruse the quaint shops, stroll the picturesque harbor and photograph colorful clapboard cottages and fishing shacks. Returning to Halifax, you will take a short drive around the city to familiarize yourself with its many highlights.

Please note: Dress in warm layers, including a jacket to protect you from Atlantic mists.


price $79
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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada



7 HRS

Easy

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Charlottetown, Confederate Bridge, Green Gables & Island Tour
You will enjoy a scenic 45-minute drive to the quaint village of Victoria-by-the-Sea.  There will be a stop so you can take pictures of the lighthouse, small fishing harbor and heritage houses.  Then you will head for the Confederation Bridge.  At 8 miles long it is the longest bridge in the world built to withstand sea ice.  You'll be able to get pictures of the bridge and a lighthouse.  Then it's off to Green Gables National Heritage Site to tour the house and farm made famous in Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel Anne of Green Gables.  You'll have a light lunch there of a sandwich, coffee/tea/water.   Your next stop will be Prince Edward Island National Park.  At the Oceanview  Lookoff you'll see the famous Cavendish Beach and the iconic red sandstone cliffs that rise above the ocean.  You'll follow the ocean on your way to North Rustico, which is one of the Island's largest lobster fishing harbors.  It's a great spot for pictures of fishing boats. On the way back to the seaport, you'll be travelling through rolling farmland where the world famous Prince Edward Island potatoes are grown.

Please note:  Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen and your camera.


price $119
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1 hour

Moderately
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culture

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Charlottetown, Historic Walking Tour
Relive the past on one of Canada's most famous streets, where every building and street corner has a story to tell, where you might just bump into a Victorian statesman or John Hatch, the town crier. This classic Charlottetown tour will be guided by a costumed Father of Confederation and will take visitors down one of only two national historic streets in the country -the very walk that the founding fathers strolled in 1864.  This 60-minute experience will include stops at Confederation Landing Park, St. Dunstan’s Basilica, the Great George Hotel (where some of the Fathers famously stayed), and concludes between two national historic sites – Confederation Centre of the Arts and Province House, where the Fathers actually met. You can either take the 10-minute walk back to the seaport with the "Father" or wander the downtown on your own. 

Please note:  Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen and your camera.

price $39
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
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Charlottetown, Mussels & Lobster Shore Boil
You will enjoy a scenic 45-minute drive through Eastern Prince Edward Island on your way to the shores of the beautiful Boughton River.  You'll meet Jim Conohan, who's been a fisherman all his life catching lobster and tuna and harvesting mussels.  Jim will show you how to find shellfish like clams and oysters along the shore, then, he'll bring in a mussel sock from the river and explain how Prince Edward Island has become the largest producer of mussels in North America. You will help open the sock, take out the mussels and clean them.  Jim will then cook the mussels and other shellfish you harvested and a 1-1/4 pound lobster for you.  As you enjoy your meal overlooking the river, Jim will tell you stories of fishing for Giant Bluefin Tuna.  After lunch, you'll take another scenic route on the way back to the seaport.

Please note:  Wear weather appropriate clothing, waterproof/ water resistant footwear and bring sunscreen.

price $199
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3 HRS

Easy

outdoors

refreshments

culture
Charlottetown, Oyster Lovers Experience
Board your motor coach for a scenic 30-minute tour through rolling farmland with coastal views on your way to the Pinette River Oyster Farm.  You will meet the oyster fisher and his wife at their home.  Learn about oyster production and you will have the opportunity to try using tongs to harvest oysters.  Learn how to shuck oysters and enjoy fresh shucked oysters and grilled hard shell clams.

Please note:  Wear weather appropriate clothing, and bring your camera.

price $189
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

walking
Charlottetown, Taste The Town - A Culinary Walking Tour
If you're a Foodie and a history buff, you'll love this Taste the Town culinary walking tour; a leisurely 3.5- hour stroll through historic downtown Charlottetown.  Sample some of the Island's most unique foods and beverages while also meeting some of the people who produce or prepare them.  Try oysters, mussels, lobster, craft beer, hand-cut Island French fries and more.  You'll learn about the positive effects food, and food production have had on the development of the Prince Edward Island economy and your taste buds will be tantalized at each stop along the way.

Please note:  Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera.

price $65
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Gaspe, Quebec, Canada



5.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

wildlife

walking

boating
Gaspe, Percé & Cruise around Bonaventure Island & Percé Sectors
One of the most popular activities in Percé is the 1.5-hour boat tour around the Parc National de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, which will take you to both sides of the famous Percé Rock and then out to see the thousands of birds nesting on the cliffs of Bonaventure Island. Bonaventure Island is home to a spectacular congregation of 300,000 sea birds, including razorbills, gulls, murres, and puffins. The island has 223 species of avian wildlife and the colony of 120,000 northern gannets is the most important and accessible in the world. You will disembark your boat and have time to walk around Percé Rock, exploring on your own on e. Here is one of the world’s largest and most spectacular natural arches and a proud testament to Gaspé’s geological heritage.  An unshakable mass of rock and limestone that is 375 million years old, it measures 1,420 feet in length, 295 feet wide, and 289 feet at its highest point.  Its weight is estimated at 5 million tons. The arch itself is 49 feet high.  

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests must be able to walk about 1.5 miles over both flat and uneven surfaces with some steps. The sequence of sites visited may vary.

price $155
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

walking

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Gaspe, Walking in Forillon National Park
This easy walking tour informs guests about Gaspésie’s unforgotten past and fishing families’ way of life. A visit to Forillon National Park is sure to be a unique adventure. The tip of Forillon, which was declared a Canadian national park in order to preserve the wild beauty of its coast, reveals various geological formations and phenomena up to 450 million years old. Its majestic landscapes cover a 152 square mile-area that is carved out of the sea, cliffs and mountains. Here, where the land joins the sea, are born pebble beaches, dizzying cliffs, small coves, rocky capes and fine sand beaches. The presence of 10 different rock formations, colonies of seabirds and arctic-alpine plants give this park its unique character. The trail called Une Tournée Dans Les Parages (A Walk Around the Area) will start near the fishing harbor, at the Grande-Grave Heritage Site, where the Hyman & Sons store, the warehouse and the Blanchette House reveal an unforgotten past and attest to the way of life of fishing families. You will be taken back through fields and woods to a number of old houses and barns. Outdoor exhibits along the way recount the history of Grande-Grave. The bracing sea air and Forillon’s magnificent panoramas are sure to make your walk all the more pleasant!

Please note: Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots (no sandals!) and appropriate outdoor clothing; rain gear if needed.


price $135
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Gaspe, Whale Watching
This will be an exciting and informative whale-watching excursion! Perched atop steep cliffs, Gaspé and Percé are breathtakingly beautiful, and the bus ride that joins the two locations is an unforgettable experience.  As the bus winds slowly along the more than 62 miles of rugged cliffs and past sweeping bays, you can admire the most extraordinary panoramas in Eastern Canada.  The Bay of Gaspé, the cliffs of Forillon National Park, the Barachois de Malbaie (sand bar), the unique precipices along the coast in Percé, and, of course, its legendary rock offer an unending feast for the eyes. Then you will board your covered boat for your whale watching expedition. The waters of the Bay of Gaspé and the Gulf of the St. Lawrence are home to eight different whale species. Accompanied by a guide, you will observe these giant mammals and learn about the environment in which they live. Depending on the season and the food available, the following species may be observed in the Gaspé-Percé area: blue whales (the largest mammals in the world), spectacular humpback whales, as well as fin whales, minke whales, white-sided dolphins, harbor porpoises and seals.

Please note:  Wear warm appropriate outdoor clothing; rain gear if needed.

price $189
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