ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to the City by the Bay! Take your complimentary transfer to the hotel, perfectly situated right on the Embarcadero waterfront. Gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow adventure-seekers for a Kick-off Party at 6 p.m.Kick-Off Party
SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME
Let's see if you'll leave your heart in this great city! See the many city sights, including Pier 39's sea lions, known as the "Sea Lebrities," the "Painted Ladies" of Alamo Square and so much more! One of the most exciting spots in town is the California Academy of Sciences—an aquarium, a planetarium and a natural history museum all rolled into one. You'll be among the 40,000 creatures that creep, crawl, fly, slither, waddle and swim in this one-of-a-kind museum. Dinner this evening is a delicious Chinese banquet Highlight Dinner in Chinatown. But first, explore the many alleys and stop by the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. You're in luck—these famous Local Specialities are as fresh as they come!Full Breakfast,Highlight Dinner
SAN FRANCISCO – SACRAMENTO – LAKE TAHOE
Head toward Sacramento and the California State Railroad Museum. Tour the 21 meticulously restored locomotives and cars and numerous exhibits illustrating how railroads shaped people's lives, the economy, and the unique culture of California and the West. Later, continue to Lake Tahoe, where you'll be treated to heavenly views from the Lake Tahoe Gondola. Save some pixels on that camera, because coming up is the 9,123 foot-high (2,781 metre) observation platform on The Deck.Full Breakfast
LAKE TAHOE – MONO LAKE – YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)
Now it's time to venture to another planet—or at least a place that looks like another planet. Mono Lake seems to come from another place, thanks to its odd-looking limestone formations called "tufa towers." Learn about the lake's history at the Mono Lake Visitor Centre and get interesting accounts about its history, geology and rich birdlife from an expert naturalist. Next, travel over the Tioga Pass (weather permitting) to Yosemite National Park. Gather ‘round a Local Expert and learn about the park's famous black bears and why you'd better not leave out any picnic baskets.Full Breakfast
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yosemite National Park is awesome! You and your wide-eyed compadres are introduced to Yosemite Valley's most famous icons as you ride aboard a private open-air tram while a Park Ranger gives you the scoop on the park's history, geology, and plant and animal life. Be sure to take the easy hike to the Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in the United States. This afternoon is free to pursue your own interests! You might want to take a bike ride on 12 miles (20 kilometres) of paved trail, rent a raft for a float down the Merced River or attend one of the many ranger presentations offered daily. Your Travel Director will be on hand to help you plan your day! This evening, after a yummy barbecue Highlight Dinner, enjoy gooey s'mores around the campfire.Full Breakfast,Highlight Dinner
YOSEMITE – SALINAS VALLEY – CARMEL – MONTEREY (2 NIGHTS)
Head west today into Salinas Valley, also known as the "Salad Bowl of the World," where you join an agricultural education tour with a Local Expert to discover what makes Monterey County the number one vegetable growing region in the world. Later, when approaching the breathtaking California coast, look out for the Lone Cypress Tree along 17-Mile Drive, a stunning coastline rich in marine life and beautiful mansions. Drive along the top-ranked Pebble Beach Golf Links and wonder how anyone can focus on their swing with such amazing views to distract them! Spend some free time exploring the village of Carmel, where quaint cottages look like they've been plucked from the pages of a storybook. Travel on to Monterey, where John Steinbeck's life and work come alive at Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf.Full Breakfast
MONTEREY SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME
There's something special in store for you today—a private behind-the-scenes look at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Before the aquarium even opens, this exciting tour gives you a chance to interact with staff and see the marine life in a whole new way. Afterward, enjoy free time to take in the aquarium's various exhibits at your own pace. Discover the Giant Octopus which, in the open ocean, can grow up to 30 feet (9 metres) long and weigh nearly 600 pounds (272 kilograms); the Kelp Forest, one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world; the stunning one-million gallon Outer Bay, home to giant tunas, sharks and turtles; or maybe explore the ocean at Splash Zone, where you can dive into a kelp forest and see sharks and penguins. After departing the aquarium, you have a choice of included activities—you might take a kayak for a paddle on Monterey Bay or hop on a bicycle and pedal from Cannery Row to the Pacific Grove Lighthouse! Tonight, gather up the gang and head to the beach for a Farewell Dinner complete with grass huts, tiki torches and a roaring bonfire. Enjoy a scrumptious barbecue and ice cream sundae bar, followed by delectable s'mores and games of beach volleyball and bocce!Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner
MONTEREY – ROARING CAMP – DEPART SAN FRANCISCO
Heading inland towards the Santa Cruz Mountains, arrive at Roaring Camp, the coolest train depot this side of the Mississippi. Ride into the past aboard an authentic narrow-gauge steam train that takes you over trestles and through towering California Redwood groves. Along the way, conductors narrate the history of the railroad and surrounding giants of the forest. As the train hisses to a stop, it's time to disembark into the 21st century and conclude your amazing California adventure. A complimentary transfer will take you to San Francisco International Airport and, for guests extending their stay, back to the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. Please do not schedule any flights before 4:30 p.m.Full Breakfast
17-Mile Drive Admire the spectacular coastal scenery as you journey along this famous scenic road.
Carmel Discover this California coast jewel, a top-ten destination in the USA.
Lake Tahoe Ride the Lake Tahoe Gondola for the best views of the lake.
Mono Lake Experience breathtaking vistas and learn from an expert naturalist about this otherworldly lake and natural wonderland.
Monterey Join an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium; go kayaking or explore by bicycle; enjoy a classic California Beach Party.
Sacramento Rail Museum Visit North America's most popular railroad museum and experience the lavishly restored trains and engaging exhibits.
Roaring Camp Ride aboard an historic steam train and admire the giant California Redwood trees.
Salinas Valley Visit one of the most productive agricultural regions in California.
San Francisco Explore the city; visit the California Academy of Sciences.
Yosemite National Park View and learn about the park's stunning waterfalls and monoliths with a Park Ranger aboard a private open-air tram; spend two nights soaking up the park's wildlife and scenery.
A Rejuvenated Warsaw
On arrival at Warsaw Airport, your airport transfers depart for the tour hotel at 10:30, 12:30 & 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception / Welcome Dinner)
In the morning, a guided tour of the Polish capital reveals just how well the city was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II - largely due to the amazing detail in Canaletto’s paintings! Pass the ‘wedding cake’ Palace of Culture and stroll through Lazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Now some time to reflect at the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Finally, walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. The rest of the day is at leisure. Don’t miss the Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski - Victor of Vienna, or perhaps an exclusive private recital of Chopin music by a celebrated Polish pianist?(Buffet Breakfast)
On to Vilnius, Venerable Capital of Lithuania
Pass lakeside Augustow and Suwalki on a scenic drive through Mazuria, a region richly endowed with lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius.(Buffet Breakfast / Three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffets)
Vilnius & the Island Castle of Trakai
After a restful night’s sleep, sightseeing starts at the baroque church of St Peter and St Paul before moving on to see the neo classical cathedral. Join a local expert for a leisurely walking tour through the Old Town. See the Jesuit University, the Gates of Dawn and the former Soviet KGB headquarters, a reminder of grim and relatively recent events. Finally, enjoy a highlight visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai, originally built in the 13th century.(Buffet Breakfast)
Siauliai & the Art-Nouveau Nirvana of Riga
Head north to visit the unusual ‘Votive Hill of Crosses’ near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation. Then it’s on to the Latvian capital of Riga, a melange of Teutonic-inspired spires, stylish cocktail lounges and some of the world’s most remarkable art-nouveau architecture.(Buffet Breakfast)
Riga Sightseeing & Tallinn
A tour of Riga’s Old Town includes a visit to the Domkirk and shows you the city walls. See the House of the Three Brothers as well as the Swedish Gate and the castle of the Livonian Knights. Now drive along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and cross the Estonian border to reach Tallinn, hailed by travel aficionados as the ‘New Prague’.(Buffet Breakfast)
Surrender to the Magic of Tallinn
Next morning, drift back through 800 years of history as you amble through the cobbled streets of the Old Town, a scene straight out of a fairy-tale. Visit the market square with its old German Weighing House, Pharmacy and Town Hall. The energetic can walk up Toompea Hill to the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Then enjoy some time to browse Tallinn’s shops which are famous for fine amber and silver jewellery. For your Dine-Around this evening, you are invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants situated around the picturesque market square.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine-Around)
The Road to St Petersburg
Head east to the town of Narva, dominated by the mighty Hermannsburg fortress. The river Narva at this point forms the border with Russia, which you cross on your way to St Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703.(Buffet Breakfast)
The Imperial Grandeur of St. Petersburg
In the morning, embark on a guided tour of the city. Travel down St. Petersburg’s main avenue, Nevsky Prospekt, for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan. See the fortress of St Peter and Paul and the gilded dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral. Then cruise BY HYDROFOIL along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great ’s summer residence of Petrodvorets, which for over 200 years was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Alight to explore the fabulous gardens and cascading fountains.(Buffet Breakfast)
The Hermitage Museum
Another day, another highlight - a guided tour of the Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest museums, housing a superb collection of priceless art. Then there’s free time to shop along the bustling Nevsky Prospekt or perhaps visit Catherine the Great’s favourite palace?(Buffet Breakfast)
High Speed Train to Moscow
A city of incomparable architectural, historic and artistic interest, St Petersburg is all yours this morning to enjoy as you wish. This afternoon, board your high-speed Sapsan train to the capital and transfer to your hotel for a leisurely three night stay.(Buffet Breakfast)
Moscow, a Russian Revelation
Moscow is a city which has captivated the imagination of travellers for centuries. A morning sightseeing tour takes in Red Square, seeing St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Tomb. Walk inside the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals before exploring the opulent Metro stations. Perhaps gaze at the treasury of the Tsars this afternoon?(Buffet Breakfast)
Moscow at Leisure
Today is completely at leisure in the Russian capital. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an optional excursion to Zagorsk - renowned as a centre of ancient Russian art and architecture? This evening enjoy good food, good wine and good company at an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
Departure transfers arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport at 05.00, 08.00 and 11.00 and Domodedevo airport at 05.00, 10.00 and 13.00.(Buffet Breakfast)
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
Warsaw: See the Palace of Culture, the Chopin Monument in Lazienki Park, the Ghetto Memorial and walk through the Old Town.
Vilnius: See the church of St Peter and St Paul and the cathedral. Walk with a guide through the Old Town to the Jesuit University, Gates of Dawn and the former Soviet headquarters of the KGB.
Siauliai: Visit the astonishing ‘Votive Hill of Crosses’.
Riga: Visit Domkirk and see the city walls, House of the Three Brothers, Swedish Gate and the castle of the Livonian Knights.
Tallinn: Stroll the cobbled streets of the Old Town to see the Weighing House, Pharmacy and Town Hall in the Market Square.
Narva: See the Hermannsburg fortress.
St Petersburg: See the great dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral, the fortress of St Peter and Paul and the cruiser ‘Aurora’. Drive down Nevsky Prospekt to see the Cathedral of Kazan.
Moscow: Tour Red Square, seeing St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s tomb.
PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
The 5-star Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel is situated in the heart of Warsaw's business district.
Step on to Radisson Blu Astorija's veranda overlooking the Vilnius Town Square.
Providing stylish accommodation in the heart of Latvia's capital, the Radisson Blu Ridzene occupies a superb city centre location near the historic Old Town district.
The stylish Crowne Plaza offers supremely comfortable accommodation and modern facilities in the heart of the Moscow business district.
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
Trakai: Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.
Petrodvorets: Cruise by hydrofoil to visit the epic formal gardens of Peter the Great’s Summer Palace, bursting with thunderous cascades, sparkling fountains and golden statues.
St Petersburg: Tour the spectacular Hermitage Museum, one of the world's great repositories of European art and housed in the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars.
High Speed Train: 'Sapsan' in Russian means 'falcon'. Relax in modern luxury and comfort while you swoop by rail from St Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.
Moscow: Walk inside the walls of the Kremlin to visit one of the cathedrals and see the largest bell in the world!
Moscow: The capital's Metro stations offer a trip of a different kind. Not simply a system of transport but a monument to Soviet grandeur and power.
Tallinn: You are offered a selection of restaurants around the picturesque market square in the old town to choose from on your Dine-Around evening.
Moscow: Join in a fun-filled Celebration Dinner that straddles the culinary East to West divide and includes drinks to toast to your new found friends.
Chartwell, Hever Castle & Winchester
Leave London and make your way into the Kent countryside. At the pretty village of Westerham, Winston Churchill watches over the neat village green and you visit his nearby residence of Chartwe ll next. Continue through brilliant yellow and green pastures to Hever Castle, home to the tragic tale of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. Cross the moat to explore the fortified manor house and stroll in the delightful gardens. Move on to your hotel in the cathedral town of Winchester, where King Alfred stands guard in the High Street. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception, with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Dinner)
Excursion through the New Forest
Excursion through the New Forest to Beaulieu. After a good night’s rest, take a scenic drive through the woods and glades of the New Forest to Beaulieu Abbey, once a Cistercian Abbey, now the stately home of Lord Montagu. Tour the Palace House, Abbey ruins and visit his lordship’s collection of cars in the National Motor Museum. Return to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps walk down to the Norman cathedral containing Jane Austen's grave or visit the Great Hall with King Arthur's legendary Round Table?(Full Breakfast)
Avebury, Sudeley & Shakespeare's Stratford
Travel to Salisbury to see the tallest spire in the land atop the 13th century cathedral. The country roads of Wiltshire lead you past pretty villages to Avebury, which is partially situated in a huge prehistoric henge monument of several stone circles. Wander among the stones of the inner circles and the great outer circle, and witness the immense bank and ditch. Next visit the gardens of Sudeley Castle, former home to one of King Henry VIII’s wives, Katherine Parr. The award-winning gardens have been lovingly restored to complement the tranquility of the castle and its ruins. Continue on to pretty Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Your hotel is set in its own grounds just a short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the town’s wealth of black and white timber framed buildings.(Full Breakfast)
Blenheim & the Villages of the Cotswolds Excursion
An enchanting day awaits in the morning! Cross the beautiful Cotswold hills, a chocolate box scene of golden stone villages with roses round the doors. Tour the magnificent house and gardens of Blenheim Palace, the greatest building of the English Baroque. Return to Stratford for a look through the birthplace of William Shakespeare, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. This evening you are offered a fine selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure, each with its own ambience and cuisine.(Full Breakfast / Dine Around)
Ludlow, The Welsh Marches & on to the Lake District
Travel through the orchards of Worcestershire to elegant Ludlow, where 18C mansions rub shoulders with half-timbered Tudor buildings. The town is dominated by its castle, rich in tragic royal history. Explore the lanes and hidden courtyards, before continuing through the remote Shropshire hills. Pass by Wenlock Edge, as celebrated in the poetry of AE Housman, to reach Ironbridge Gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. From the eponymous 200-year-old bridge, the smooth motorway carries you north to the English Lake District. Your traditional country style hotel is set in the pretty village of Bowness-on-Windermere, right on England’s largest lake.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)
English Poets & the Lake District
The next day is devoted to this scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters - an inspiration to a host of English poets. Visit Wordsworth’s grave in the small churchyard at Grasmere, then free time to relax and admire the vast expanse of Windermere. Perhaps even consider a cruise on its limpid waters? Across the road from your hotel is St Martin’s Church built in 1483, well worth a look, and don’t miss the area behind the church, the oldest part of Bowness, a delightful web of narrow streets known as Lowside.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Over the Border to Edinburgh
Cross the Scottish border at Gretna – for years the destination of eloping English lovers, before continuing through the Southern Uplands to Edinburgh. Discover the wonders of the plant kingdom in the Botanical Gardens, a remarkable haven of tranquillity in the south of the city, as well as a world renowned centre for botanical science.(Full Breakfast)
Edinburgh, Athens of the North
The next day, a local expert guides you through Edinburgh Castle containing the Honours of Scotland, the oldest Royal regalia in the British Isles. Follow the Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace where Mary Queen of Scots lived. Drive along Princes Street, past the ornate Scott Memorial, to the 18th century ‘New Town’ with its classical Adam facades. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, selected departures attend the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo.(Full Breakfast)
Abbotsford & Brontë Country
Travel through the Borders region to Abbotsford House, the 19th century estate of Sir Walter Scott, which now serves as a museum for the Scottish memorabilia and artefacts collected throughout his lifetime. Head south past ruined Jedburgh Abbey and over the border to visit Hadrian’s Wall, boundary of the civilised world in Roman times! Stay for the next two nights in a grand Victorian hotel, set amidst a landscape that fuelled the imagination of the Brontë sisters in writing their classic novels.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Excursion to York & Harewood House
After breakfast, drive to York, one of Britain’s most historic cities. Walk within the town walls to see the huge Minster, Britain’s largest medieval cathedral, and explore the maze of narrow streets, including the Shambles. Head out now through rich farmland to Harewood House, one of Britain’s finest stately homes, magnificently set in the Yorkshire countryside. Built in the 18th century, Harewood boasts outstanding art collections, splendid State Rooms and a fascinating ‘Below Stairs’ exhibition. Later this evening, raise your glasses with friends and enjoy traditional Yorkshire hospitality at your finalé Celebration Dinner.(Full Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
The Colleges of Cambridge & London
Hear legendary tales as you journey towards ‘Robin Hood Country’ even though little remains of his beloved Sherwood Forest. Now a glimpse of Britain's ancient tradition of learning as you visit Cambridge. Enjoy free time to explore the tranquil quadrangles of the colleges and stroll beside the river Cam for superb views of King's College Chapel. Your journey concludes on return to London’s Thistle Marble Arch Hotel.(Full Breakfast)
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
Westerham: See Winston Churchill’s statue on the village green.
Winchester: Visit the cathedral town.
Salisbury: See the highest spire in England.
Avebury: Visit the famous stone circle
Ludlow: See the ruined castle and Jacobean timbered buildings
Ironbridge: Enjoy an introduction to the engineering miracle that spawned the Industrial Revolution
Lake District: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave in Grasmere
Edinburgh: See Holyroodhouse Palace and the 18th century ‘New Town’
Borders: See Jedburgh Abbey and stop at Hadrian’s Wall
York: See York Minster, city walls and medieval “Shambles”
Cambridge: Walk among the historic colleges
Scenic drives: Cotswolds, New Forest, Lake District
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
Chartwell: It’s still 1939 inside the home of Sir Winston Churchill, laid out with his many possessions.
Hever: Enjoy the lovely gardens and cross the drawbridge at the castle where Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn.
Beaulieu: The 14C Palace House is home to the National Motor Museum, lovely gardens and even a monorail.
Sudeley: Nestled in the Cotswold Hills, Sudeley Castle’s unique gardens are amongst the finest in England.
Blenheim Palace: Witness a masterpiece of the English Baroque brimming with priceless art and tapestries.
Stratford: Venture inside the timber-framed building where William Shakespeare was born and grew up.
Edinburgh: Visit the Botanical Gardens, a haven of peace with good views of the castle and Arthur's Seat.
Edinburgh: Walk with an expert within the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels.
Edinburgh: For a limited time in August, you are witness to the breathtaking spectacle of the Military Tattoo.
Abbotsford: Visit the historic country estate where novelist, Sir Walter Scott produced his literary classics.
Harewood House: Renowned for its stunning architecture exquisite Adam interiors, furnished by Chippendale and landscaped by Capability Brown.
You are offered a selection of Stratford’s restaurants to choose from on your Dine-Around evening.
For the real taste of Yorkshire, a pint of bitter is highly recommended with your Celebration Dinner!
With scenic views and tranquil surroundings, the historic grand Victorian Marriott Hollins Hall is set in 200 acres of Brontë Country.
In pretty Bowness-on-Windermere, nestled on the shore of England's largest lake, experience traditional country house charm at The Old England Hotel.
Welcome to Boston! Upon arrival at Boston Logan International airport, your airport transfer takes you to your downtown hotel. Later join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and an opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine(Welcome Reception and light meal / Welcome Dinner)
Coastal New England, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park
After a brief Boston orientation tour, travel northwards into Maine. Stop in Portland to explore the restored 19th century buildings and historic Old Port. Continue to Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. After a night’s rest, take in the surrounding beauty of Acadia National Park, with its dramatic rocky shoreline, beaver ponds and spectacular views from the top of Cadillac Mountain. Then time to enjoy Bar Harbor at your own pace. This evening feast on authentic Maine lobster with all of the traditional ingredients.(Full Breakfast / Full Breakfast / Dinner)
The 'Loyalist City' of Saint John
Travel across the Canadian border into New Brunswick. See the amazing Reversing Falls before reaching Saint John. After the American revolution, Saint John welcomed some 14,000 American British supporters and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1785, making it Canada’s first incorporated city. Your hotel is located right on the harbour.(Full Breakfast)
The King of Tides, Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island
The phenomenal Bay of Fundy is home to the world’s highest and wildest tides. Depending on when you visit, the Hopewell Rocks could be stories high or nearly swallowed by the sea. Drive across the modern Confederation Bridge to the Prince Edward Island capital of Charlottetown. This evening, you are offered a selection of local restaurants for your dining pleasure. The next morning walk through the ‘Time Travel Tunnel’ of Founders’ Hall and enjoy a guided walking tour of Charlottetown. Travel up the north shore to the wind-swept dunes, beaches and broad inlets of Prince Edward Island National Park. Take a guided tour of the farm house that inspired the setting for L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables.” The evening is at leisure.(Full Breakfast / Dine Around / Full Breakfast)
Ingonish Beach, the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Ferry across the Northumberland Strait to charming Pictou. See the full-sized replica of the three-masted ship Hector, commemorating the voyage of the first Scottish immigrants in 1773. Continue across the Canso Strait before reaching Ingonish Beach at the foot of the Cape Breton Highlands. Settle into your hotel, superbly located on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. After dinner, learn about the diversity and ecology of Nova Scotia’s coastal and inland habitats at an enlightening slide-show presentation by a naturalist. The following day is devoted to the Cabot Trail, one of the most spectacular drives on the continent. Travel the full length enjoying stunning vistas of rust-coloured cliffs, the deep blue ocean and postcard-perfect fishing harbours. Explore Cape Breton Highlands National Park, an exceptional wilderness area where you may spot a moose among the lakes and streams.(Full Breakfast / Dinner / Full Breakfast)
Halifax, the quintessential Maritime Destination
Travel to Baddeck Bay and tranquil Bras d’Or Lake. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site where models, photo displays, artifacts, and films commemorate the genius of the great inventor. Travel south to Halifax, Nova Scotia’s lively harbour-front capital. This evening is entirely at leisure. Enjoy a sightseeing tour the next morning, including the Public Gardens, waterfront and Spring Garden Road. Learn about the Halifax Explosion and the city’s connection to the Titanic. Towering over downtown Halifax, the Citadel is a testament to the city’s military past. Visit this National Historic Site and marvel at the panoramic views. Continue to the picturesque seaside village of Peggy’s Cove situated on the scenic Lighthouse Route. Upon your return to Halifax, perhaps explore the boutiques and restaurants nestled in the three square blocks of Historic Properties, Canada’s oldest shipping warehouses. Tonight, raise a glass to your newfound friends and your Maritimes sojourn at a lively Highlight Dinner.(Full Breakfast / Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
Downeast Hospitality by the Sea
This morning visit Fort Beausejour National Historic Site, a former important 18th century military outpost. Continue to the maritime resort town of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea and your elegant resort overlooking picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay. This evening enjoy dinner at one of the resort’s excellent restaurants.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Bangor and Scenic Kennebunkport
Return to the United States and visit Bangor, former “Lumber Capital of the World” and fictional setting for many stories by Stephen King. Continue to the delightful resort of Kennebunkport, where a scenic drive along Ocean Avenue provides stunning views of the coast and the palatial homes of the rich and famous, including the Bush family compound. Tonight, raise your glasses at a Celebration Dinner of seasonal and local influence with wine.(Full Breakfast / Celebration Dinner with wine)
A Salem Witch Hunt and back to Boston
Enjoy more scenic coastline on the way to historic Salem, home to the infamous witchcraft trials of 1692. Board a narrated trolley and experience this beautiful city’s unique and colourful past, fine architecture and maritime heritage. Your tour draws to a close with a departure transfer to Boston Logan International Airport or the Boston tour hotel for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule flights before 4 p.m.(Full Breakfast)
Additional Included Highlights
Boston: Walk part of the Freedom Trail. Orientation tour.
Portland: View the historic Old Port and waterfront district.
Bay of Fundy: Visit the Reversing Falls and Hopewell Rocks.
Prince Edward Island: Cross the 9-mile-long Confederation Bridge. Take a ferry across the Northumberland Strait.
Pictou: See the replica of the ship Hector.
Halifax: Discover its highlights on a morning sightseeing tour; Visit the picturesque village of Peggy’s Cove.
Bangor: View sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
Scenic Drives: The Cabot Trail. Drive along Kennebunkport’s scenic Ocean Drive and see the local elite’s grand estates.
Premium Inclusions and Dining
Experience the natural beauty of Acadia National Park.
Turn back the pages of history in Charlottetown - visit Founders’ Hall and enjoy a walking tour of the town.
Explore Prince Edward Island National Park and visit the Green Gables farm house.
Join a local naturalist for an informative presentation about Nova Scotia’s coastal and inland habitats.
Explore Cape Breton National Park blessed with spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Explore the world of one of history’s leading figures at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.
Wander the Citadel’s corridors and learn about the fortress’ history and Halifax’s involvement in major wars.
Visit the star-shaped military fortification of Fort Beausejour National Historic site.
Salem’s rich and colourful history comes to life during your narrated trolley tour.
Choose from a selection of restaurants in Charlottetown for your Dine-Around evening.
Get together for a fun Highlight Dinner in Halifax.
Enjoy an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine in Kennebunkport.
Split to Hvar
With a warm welcome from our Contiki Rep, jump on board our exclusive sailing boat and settle into your cabin, complete with your own ensuite bathroom.
The first port of call is one of Croatia’s most popular islands, Hvar.
This place sports the region’s hottest nightlife and a port packed with yachts from all over the world. You’ll soon understand why Hvar is a hot spot among the rich and famous.
Check out the town’s stunning square and 16th century theatre. The hilltop fortress rewards you with full-blown views over Hvar’s gorgeous harbour. This is picture perfect stuff - the island’s unique coastline, pine-covered slopes and vineyards offer photo opportunities galore.
Tonight, discover Hvar’s nightlife and bars.
Meals: Lunch (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Hvar to Korčula
Kick start your day late, with a swimming stop in a remote cove and afterward, a long lunch on deck.
Next stop: Korcula, home of the famous adventurer, Marco Polo. It’s all about location with a prime position right on the water. This walled fishing village is filled with pretty buildings and has fascinating Venetian architecture, designed to protect the Old Town from wind and sun. Walk along the stone streets, past defensive towers and get a feel for this special spot.
Tonight, try some locally produced white wines and get some tips from your Tour Rep on where to go for a cute, atmospheric bar that is popular with the locals.
Meals: Lunch (1) day, Breakfast (1) day
Korčula to Dubrovnik
Today we head to Dubrovnik, known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. With Baroque buildings, museums and monasteries, this eye-catching UNESCO World Heritage site is great to explore on foot. Get lost in the walled city’s web of winding streets.
For full scale views of the area, wander along the 2km of old town walls or hike up Mt Srj. Take a moment to remember Croatia’s recent history at an open-air exhibition and war memorial.
With a night off, pull up a table in the pedestrian district of the old town. Try out some fantastic seafood or spicy beef stew at one of the many local restaurants before a fun night out in this gorgeous town.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Today, head back into the pretty city or catch some sun on one of Dubrovnik’s awesome beaches.
You can also try out our optional kayak excursion around the old city walls, and get another look at this stunning city from the water. A perfect trip for exploring, head to a secluded bay for a swim.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Dubrovnik to Trstenik
Sail past the Elaphite Islands, known for the palms, cypresses, olive trees, citrus plantations and colourful reefs found there.
Tonight, we’ll dock in the unspoiled village of Trstenik, set on one of Croatia’s most beautiful harbours. With views of the Korcula archipelago back towards the Adriatic, this is the perfect spot for our optional Captain's dinner on deck. After some fantastic food, party and dance the night away with your new friends.
Meals: Lunch (1) day, Breakfast (1) day
Trstenik to Makarska
A day’s sailing means time to catch up on postcards, read a book, or work on your tan. Listen to you MP3 player, enjoy a siesta, chat with friends and just relax.
This afternoon, we dock at Makarska, which sits at the foot of a massive cliff face. It’s got a super long sandy beach and a long promenade – just right for stretching your legs on land. For a bit of local action, head to the main square and check out the fruit and flower markets.
Tonight, maybe eat some grilled fish or a mixed seafood platter with some of your travel buddies at cute, local restaurant. If you’re up for a big night out, your Tour Rep will give you some pointers before you hit the town.
Meals: Lunch (1) day, Breakfast (1) day
Makarska to Split
After drifting past the wind-surfer’s paradise of Brac, we cruise on to Split. Get up close to real Roman heritage when you wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace in the city centre, complete with 220 buildings and a huge cathedral.
Make your last night one to remember with your friends. Soak up Split’s Mediterranean vibes and get amongst it at a waterfront bar. Later, head back into the maze of streets within the palace walls to find a whole lot of cool cafés and pumping clubs.
Meals: Lunch (1) day, Breakfast (1) day
The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
See the Arsenal and the Venetian Fortress
Visit the fortified Old Town
See the fortified city & the Old Port
Sail past the Elaphite Islands
See Mt. Biokovo
See Diocletian's Palace in Split