Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, Baggage Handling and more
Departs September 3, 2019
Journey back to when Pilgrims and European settlers first arrived in America and take in all the rich history and culture that Cape Cod has to offer. Spend your first day in Boston, New England’s largest city, and enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow Enrichment Journey travelers. Next, travel south to Cape Cod where along the way you’ll visit a family-run cranberry bog farm and learn all about the growing and unique collecting methods of this holiday staple. In Plymouth, you’ll not only stop at the famous Plymouth Rock, but also board a lobsterman’s boat to learn the hands-on approach of how New England’s signature seafood favorite is harvested from the bay. Those who are daring may roll up their sleeves and help haul in a lobster trap themselves! You’ll drive down the historic and scenic route 6A, the Old King’s Highway, to get a view of the Cape Cod lighthouse and visit the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor’s Center at “Land’s End”—Provincetown. Embark on a whale watching excursion to try and spot Humpbacks in this popular whale feeding location. No trip to New England would be complete without spending a day touring the affluent summer colony of Martha’s Vineyard. With its brightly painted cottages with gingerbread trim, this island day trip acts as the icing on the cake to your New England experience. On the last night, you’ll get to celebrate the journey with your fellow travelers at a farewell lobster dinner. Then, you’ll embark Holland America Line’s ms Veendam and sail to Bar Harbor, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec City and Montreal. This nostalgic journey will take you back to America and Canada’s origin stories. Through the cuisine you’ll taste, the history you’ll learn about and simply enjoying the crisp salty sea air, you’re sure to come back feeling enriched and recharged.
Visits: Boston, Cape Cod and Provincetown, Massachusetts; Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; Montreal, Canada; Holland America Line, ms Veendam; Fall-Journey; SASE
|1||Arrive Boston – Transfer to hotel and welcome dinner|
|2||Boston to Cape Cod – Enroute Tour of Plymouth and Hyannis|
|3||Cape Cod – Provincetown, Whale Watching Cruise and Seashore Center|
|4||Cape Cod – Martha’s Vineyard and Farewell Lobster Dinner|
|5||Cape Cod to Boston – Transfer for embarkation||4:00 PM|
|6||Bar Harbor, Maine||7:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|7||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|8||Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada||10:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|9||Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|10||Cruising the Saint Lawrence Gulf|
|11||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada – Exclusive Shore Excursion & Cruising Saint Lawrence River||7:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|12||Montreal, Canada – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport||7:00 AM|
DAY 1 – Arrive in Boston: Upon arrival at the airport, meet the Enrichment Journey assistant, who will assist with locating your driver for your transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival, there will be an assistant at the hotel to help with check in and any questions you may have. Enjoy free time to relax or explore Boston on your own, the scene of several key events during the American Revolution. Then, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner with one complimentary glass of wine to toast this evening. (D)
DAY 2 – Boston to Cape Cod: Meet your guide after breakfast to depart your Boston hotel and start your journey south to Cape Cod. You will make your first stop along the way at a family-run cranberry bog farm. The local guide will show you examples of an existing bog currently in production and the expert farmers will discuss the stages of the cranberry growing process and the two methods of harvesting. Next, your guide will conduct a tour of America’s Hometown – Plymouth. A photo stop will be made at the Forefather’s Monument, the largest solid granite monument in the United States. Continue to the famous Plymouth Rock, the traditional site of disembarkation of the Pilgrims in 1620, where you will enjoy free time for lunch on the waterfront.
Then, embark on a lobster boat to learn about the many marine animals that live in Plymouth Harbor. During the cruise, those wishing to volunteer will get a “hands on” experience hauling in the lobster traps as the group learns how lobsters are collected from their natural environment. Later this afternoon, you’ll arrive on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, which will be your home base for the next 3 days. Extending some 70 miles into the sea, the Cape is home to quaint colonial villages and stunning natural beauty. You can walk pristine beaches, revel in the arts and culture, and reclaim childhood memories of seashells, sandcastles, and saltwater taffy. Your guide will provide an introductory tour of Hyannis that includes the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and a view of St. Francis Xavier Church, the summer parish of the Kennedy Family. Enjoy dinner this evening. (B, D)
DAY 3 – Cape Cod: Today we will drive along the historic Route 6A, the Old King’s Highway. A scenic byway passing through centuries of Cape Cod history, it winds past hundreds of historic structures which characterize its early development. View the Eastham Windmill, a Cape Cod lighthouse, and stop for a visit at the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor’s Center. Sand dunes and the ocean surround you as you approach “Land’s End” – Provincetown. You are now at the extreme tip of Cape Cod. Formerly known as the “Province Lands,” the Pilgrims first landed here before they settled across the Bay in Plymouth. Take some time to enjoy the wonderful variety of restaurants, shops, and galleries that make this artistic village so unique. Then, board an excursion vessel for an amazing whale watching experience where you’ll try to spot humpback, minke and fin whales who feed in these shallow waters while an onboard naturalist answers any questions you may have. For those not wishing to partake in the whale watching excursion, they may take a sand dune tour along the shoreline of the protected Cape Cod seashore instead. Enjoy dinner this evening in Provincetown before returning to the hotel in Hyannis. (B, D)
DAY 4 – Cape Cod: After breakfast, your guide will escort you to the pier where you’ll board a ferry to the charming island of Martha’s Vineyard. The island’s year-round population is roughly 15,000, but swells to over 100,000 during the summer season. As you step off the ferry into the bustle of the harbor town of Vineyard Haven, notice how this charming village blends the past and present. Your guide will talk about the history and lifestyles of the islanders as you make your way to the historic whaling port and well-to-do community of Edgartown. Here you will have free time for lunch and shopping; make sure to admire the old sea captains’ houses from the 18th and 19th centuries with their well-manicured gardens and lawns.
Complete your day on the island in Oak Bluffs, one of the earliest planned residential communities in the U.S. Take a stroll through “Cottage City” with its brightly painted cottages and decorative gingerbread trim, giving them a storybook look. Nicknamed “gingerbread cottages,” these houses became a tourist attraction in their own right as far back as the late nineteenth century. Board the ferry back to the mainland where no trip to Cape Cod would be complete without a meal including lobster. Tonight, you’ll enjoy this famous New England crustacean at a farewell dinner while reminiscing about your Cape Cod experience with your fellow travelers. Don’t worry, alternative entrée’s will be available for those not wishing to eat shellfish. (B,D)
DAY 5 – Cape Cod to Boston and Embarkation: After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the ms Veendam for a 7-night cruise to Montreal. (B)
DAY 5-11 – Cruise onboard the Ship
DAY 11 – Quebec City Shore Excursion: After breakfast on board, set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Quebec City. This tour combines both historical landmarks and cultural traditions of the region, assuring that you make the most of your day in this historic city. Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985, the city of Québec, capital of the province of Québec, is the only remaining entirely fortified city in North America and dominates the St. Lawrence River. The city’s buildings and monuments are models of its rich architectural history and give Québec its renowned European flair. During the tour, you will see the Plains of Abraham, the Notre-Dame Church, Place-Royale, the National Assembly, the Citadelle and the famous Château Frontenac.
Following the visit of the historic district of Old Québec, you will travel through the rolling hills of the Côte-de-Beaupré countryside to the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. For lunch, it’s off to a sugarshack in île d’Orléans for a typical “sugaring-off” party: a hearty, typical French-Canadian celebration feast. This traditional event dates back to pioneer days to celebrate the end of a hard winter. After lunch, enjoy a visit and tasting at a cider factory. As a real innovator in its field, this factory grows its own apples and makes traditional ciders, ice ciders and sparkling ciders that will give you a taste of the island’s bounty of fresh produce. Before heading back to the port, you will make your way towards the Parc de la Chute Montmorency (Montmorency Falls). Located between the river and the cliffs, it’s one of the province’s most spectacular sites. Taller than Niagara Falls, Montmorency Falls is an impressive natural wonder that dominates the landscape. A stop at the bottom of the falls will let you appreciate the grandeur of this must-see site. (L)
DAY 13 – Montreal Disembarkation: Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the ms Veendam and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing
Bar Harbor, Maine: Bar Harbor has the charm of a quaint, New England fishing village with all the attractions of a major port, and its touristy downtown area is hard to resist. The town is nestled on the east side of Mount Desert Island, sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by Frenchman Bay, and is home to the largest parts of Acadia National Park, including Cadillac Mountain the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada: Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia and a gateway to Atlantic Canada. The city is home to the second largest natural harbor in the world along with many other incredible sites on land. Halifax is known for its breathtaking scenery, rich history and lively town made up of several colleges and universities.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada: The Port of Sydney is also known as the ocean pathway to the beautiful Cape Breton Island. Sydney is recognized for its rich Gaelic heritage and scenic landscapes that are sure to captivate you. The North End of Sydney has a New England vibe with several buildings and steepled churches built in the late 18th century. The city also has its own Heritage Park with a museum and shop of local crafts.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada: The largest city on Prince Edward Island as well as its capital, Charlottetown’s Victorian architecture, abundance of parks and harbor side local make it an idyllic stop for cruise visitors. Guests can walk the cobblestones of Victoria Row, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, see the house that inspired “Anne of Green Gables” or explore the shore of Prince Edward Island National Park. The 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge that connects the island to New Brunswick is quite a sight to behold.
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada: Quebec City was the first European colony founded north of Mexico’s Rio Grande and is often referred to as the most romantic city in Canada. Old Quebec has a unique European charm about it and is the only fortified city in North America, declared a UNESCO international heritage site. Quebec City’s history is represented by the old churches, stone houses, fortifications and canons that surround it.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Montreal was first in North America to be designated a UNESCO City of Design. European charm, a dynamic cultural scene, city parks and radiant architecture are only parts of what makes Montreal worth a stop. Montreal is recognized as a cosmopolitan city with European flair; it is a vibrant metropolis to residents who live along the Saint Lawrence River.
Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in this region, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. Hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.
During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered moderate to active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Those prone to seasickness should note that there will also be boat rides on each day.
Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation.air Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations.
This tour is a truly immersive experience into New England and especially Cape Cod culture. You’ll be learning the rich history of the area that has its roots in shaping the origins of the United States and therefore apart of national history. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region, and you will also be introduced to local culture and artistry of the region. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night during the fall season, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.
Recommended Reading List
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
Nikolsky, by Nicolas Dickner
Summer Sisters, by Judy Blume
Caleb’s Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks
Good Night Canada, by Adam Gamble and Dave Adams
Make Way For Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey
On the Loose in Boston, by Sage Stossel
The Nature of Cape Cod, by Beth Schwarzman
Lonely Planet Quebec, by Steve Kokker
Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod: https://player.vimeo.com/video/226083986
A Day in Quebec City by National Geographic: https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/travel-source/150624-quebec-city
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.
|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|Hyannis – Boston||Motor Coach||1.5 hours|
|Hyannis – Provincetown||Motor Coach||1 hour (with tour stops)|
Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will fly into the Boston airport, the itinerary only includes 1 night in the city with no planned tours. With this optional extension you will arrive in Boston 2 days early and stay in the city, giving you time to explore Boston on your own before the start of your Enrichment Journey program. Note: tours are not included. Price: $449 per person (single supplement $300)
Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Montreal, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Montreal after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price: $499 per person
Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-888-296-1992 for more information and to book!
|9/03/2019||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Obstructed-Ocean View (DD)||$5,332||$3,999||$1,333||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Ocean View (EE)||$5,332||$3,999||$1,333||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Ocean View (FF)||$5,332||$3,999||$1,333||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Verandah Suite (BA)||$6,932||$5,199||$1,733||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Verandah Suite (A)||$6,932||$5,199||$1,733||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Verandah Suite (BB)||$6,932||$5,199||$1,733||CALL FOR DETAILS|
Prices are in USD.
|Atlanta||$200||Houston -Intercontinental||$250||San Diego||$350|
|Boston||$0||Los Angeles||$300||San Francisco||$350|
|Chicago O’Hare||$150||New York-JFK||$200||Tampa||$350|
|Dallas||$250||Orlando – International||$300||Washing-Dulles||$150|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change. While Enrichment Journeys typically uses 4-star hotels and higher, due to the uniqueness of this area and the smaller size of the historical buildings, this Enrichment Journey may include 3-star hotels. To better enhance the guest experience, preference has been given to traditional accommodations rather than modern amenities.
120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 424-7000
Centrally located and exquisitely appointed in the iconic Back Bay neighborhood, The Colonnade Hotel in Boston is the contemporary luxury hotel of choice for the modern traveler. Nestled at the intersection of a quaint residential community and Boston’s main shopping districts in Copley Square and Newbury Street, our Back Bay address offers prime access to the Boston Symphony, Hynes Convention Center, Northeastern University and nearby transit, allowing you to get out and explore the best of Boston.
213 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: (508) 775-4420
Set directly on Hyannis Harbor, this hotel on the water invites you to experience quintessential New England charm and hospitality. From the moment you arrive at our hotel in Cape Cod, you will feel a sense of peace. This shingle style Hyannis hotel was redesigned by a local Cape Cod architectural firm, incorporating a sophisticated New England nautical theme that celebrates the spirit of the coast and its storied maritime heritage.
Cruise Line: Holland America Line
For more than 140 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising. If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, exquisite dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, you’ve come to the right place.
Ship: ms Veendam
The last of Holland America’s Statendam-class ships, Veendam blends a modicum of hipness with the strong traditional flavor that HAL’s known for. The 57,092-ton, 1,350-passenger ship was updated in 2009, gaining new lanai and spa cabin categories, a more contemporary look in public areas and cabins, additional dining options and a revamped theater experience. Veendam’s signature has been its intimate atmosphere and multitude of retreats, where passengers can enjoy a quiet moment or a book. You can still carve out a private space – whether in one of the blissfully comfortable window-facing lounge chairs in the Explorations Cafe, a corner of the Crow’s Nest or Explorer’s Lounge, a padded deck chair on the Deck 6 promenade or one of the many slices of outer decks stepped up the bow of the ship.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.
Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key item to take on your trip:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.
Your Health and Comfort
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.
The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.
Please speak with on of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
While on Tour
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.
Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Canada. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is also wise to e-mail these documents to yourself and someone back home, in the event anything is misplaced. It may also be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your departure date. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Canada.
Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information.
The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your journey will begin by land.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion and consider your personal medical history when deciding on what vaccinations to have. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this Journey:
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel
Canada’s electrical supply and electrical outlets (sockets and wall plugs) are the same as those found in the United States. The electrical supply is 120 Volts and 60 Hertz.
The currency used in Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Many Businesses will accept U.S. Dollar currency; however, you will find that it is set at their own exchange rate (not in your favor). Canadian currency is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.
Canada – Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Gratuities are seldom included in Canadian restaurants and at other service providing businesses. It is customary to tip approximately 15-20% on the total bill before tax.
Gratuities are included for select group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which will be split at the end of the day by all), and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides and drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.
With the tour covering mostly coastal regions, you will most likely come in contact with breezes, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations. Temperatures listed below (in Fahrenheit) can vary within the countries too.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:
Bonjour (Bawn-zhoor): Hello
Au revoir (Ou re’vwar): Goodbye
S’il vous plaît (Sil vu ple): Please
Merci (Mer-see): Thank you
Oui (Wee): Yes
Non (Non): No
Facts and Figures
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
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