A glowing beacon beckons those who dared to reach for unreachable horizons. Diffusing a misty haze, it softens the edges of a jagged coast, revealing a serene, pastel hued palette. A welcome sight for the salt sore eyes of pilgrims, poets, drifters and dreamers, guiding them to a new world beyond rocky shores, where quaint villages harbour a culture of artisans with a distinctly Celtic twist.
A very professionally run tour. Passenger’s needs were considered at all times. Tour escort team were excellent.
J Hoff, The Silk Road by Private Train
With visions of Canada’s Maritime provinces in mind, our Qantas flight takes us across the International Date Line and via Los Angeles on the way to the bright lights of New York City. Touching down in the late afternoon, we head for the Four Seasons Hotel New York, our oasis amid the frenetic buzz of the city for the next two nights.
Upper Manhattan awaits as we set off on a tour of the Upper Eastside including Madison Avenue and Museum Mile.
A Welcome Dinner at the River Cafe tonight celebrates fine dining, New York style.
Syrupy accents, yellow cabs, billboards and hot dog stands on every corner. You’ve no doubt seen New York City on the screen, today we unfold the magic of Lower Manhattan in person. After lunch, we transfer to Silver Whisper ready to take to the water for our discovery of New England and Canada’s eastern coast. After settling in to your suite and familiarising yourself with the ship’s many elegant facilities, we indulge in the first of many sumptuous meals on board.
Arrive 8.00am – Sail 6.00pm
This morning Silver Whisper will dock at the picturesque town of Newport in Rhode Island, the smallest of the US states. We may be on the wrong island, but it feels like we’ve stepped inside the pages of The Great Gatsby as we pass the sprawling mansions of the Vanderbilt, Astor and Morgan families. There’s even a chance to step inside on our through the keyhole tour. Back aboard, we enjoy lunch in the similarly opulent surroundings of our ship.
Arrive 8.00am – Sail 6.00pm
Pillar of revolution and bastion of education, Boston is an intriguing city. We peel back decades of history on the Freedom Trail where the story of the American Revolution will unfold.
Arrive 7.30am – Sail 5.00pm
Of weather beaten shores, whitewashed lighthouses, prim gardens and giant lobsters, this is New England.
In the city of Rockland, we pay tribute to one of the icons of Maine at the Lighthouse Museum and Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light before lunch at a local winery.
Arrive 8.00am – Sail 4.00pm
Due to the amazing rise and fall of its tides, the Bay of Fundy was once shortlisted for recognition as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Every day 160 billion tonnes of seawater flows in and out during one tide cycle, more than the combined flow of the world’s freshwater rivers. We walk from the village of St Martins to the Fundy Trail, among a flurry of late autumn leaves and tawny foliage in the last throes of fall. What better way to warm up from a walk than with a hearty bowl of home cooked clam chowder?
Arrive 12.00pm – Sail 7.00pm
Awaking to a relaxing morning, we soon arrive in the dynamic provincial capital of Halifax. As far as cities go, Halifax is aesthetically blessed and today’s brief encounter promises to be a delight. Did you know that over a hundred victims of the sinking of the Titanic are buried here in Halifax? She sunk just 400 miles off these shores. We visit the cemetery before a tour takes us to the bright parks and monuments of this smart city.
Invigorated by the fresh air on deck and the conversations with new friends on board, we look forward to a day of cruising.
Arrive 8.00am – Sail 1.00pm
Crossing rich fishing waters, we’re on our way to Gaspe, which lays claim to being the Cradle of French America. Setting out to explore Forillon National Park, we learn of the Micmac and Iroquois people before being rendered speechless by the Cap Bon Ami sea cliffs. Passing by Canada’s tallest lighthouse, Cap-des-Rosiers, we return to the ship in a distinctly maritime frame of mind – perfect for an afternoon of cruising.
Arrive 1.00pm – Sail 7.00pm
The Saguenay River region is a playground for whales, and this is a great time of year to see them. Hopefully we will be lucky on our passage today. We dock in Saguenay where an afternoon city tour is complemented by some local wine and cheese.
The night has taken us west along the seaway to Quebec City, Canada’s only walled city. On a tour, admire the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, the citadelle and the old port of Quebec, among other attractions. We visit the cradle of French civilisation in North America at lle d’ Orleans, in the middle of the St Lawrence River. Passing by Montmorency Falls, we return to Quebec City, where Silver Whisper will remain moored overnight. It’s your choice whether to return to the ship or further explore.
Sail 7.00am – Arrive 1.00pm
Indulge in lunch on board as we cruise into the city of Trois Rivieres; ‘Three Rivers’, where an array of delights awaits us on a walking tour. The Gothic cathedral offers panoramic views, before things take a dark turn through the history of the Old Prison, where ghosts of prisoners past still haunt the stone cells.
Farewelling Silver Whisper, we disembark for the final time in Montreal and head straight out of the city on a trip to the Laurentian Mountains. Lunch awaits at Le Grand Lodge Mont-Tremblant, a Scandinavian style log building beside Lake Ouimet. Next up – an ascent by gondola to the top of the highest peak in the Laurentians, before we return to Montreal and check into one of the city’s most exclusive addresses – the lavish Ritz-Carlton Montreal.
After Paris, Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world. A walk through Old Montreal reveals a similar charm to the French capital, especially when we happen upon a basilica called Notre-Dame. Pause to admire the city panorama from Mont Royal, before lunch at a local restaurant and a free afternoon.
The romance of rail travel is apparent during the short train ride to Ottawa, Canada’s capital. On a tour, take in the Parliament Buildings and Government House, as well as the official residence of Canada’s Prime Minister and the UNESCO listed Rideau Canal. Overnight, we settle in to the luxury of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.
The smallest of the Thousand Islands consists of little more than a granite outcrop, while the largest boasts its own postcode. We see the contrasts during a lunch cruise amid the islands that dot the waterways of Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River.Returning to land, we continue onward by road for the delightfully multicultural metropolis of Toronto. Your abode for the next three nights is The Ritz-Carlton Toronto, located in the beating heart of the city.
On today’s city tour, it’s Casa Loma, a grand Gothic Revival style castle located in the city’s midtown, that steals the show. But there’s much more to see in Toronto.
While Niagara Falls needs no introduction, there are few words that can prepare you for a cruise through the mist right up to the base of the falls.
In the heart of Ontario’s wine region, the pretty village of Niagara-on-the-Lake makes for an elegant lunch setting, and you’ll enjoy free time to look around here before returning to Toronto. During a Farewell Dinner atop the iconic CN Tower, a superb culinary experience rivals the twinkling blanket of lights that unfolds before us.
A leisurely day is the perfect way to farewell Toronto, and indeed North America, before a late afternoon flight takes us to Los Angeles to connect with our Qantas flight home.
It’s nearing summer back home when we land but it’s the fresh memories of New England and Canada that are warming our soul.
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Relax by the Pool
There is nothing better after a long day of touring than to soak your worries away in the pool while discussing the days events with new friends.
Your accommodation aboard Silver Cloud is a Vista Suite (included in the tour price), however you may choose to upgrade for the duration of the tour. Aboard Silversea there are no cabins – just spacious suites. Each suite is elegantly appointed, incorporating every home comfort imaginable, including twin or queen size beds, sitting area, writing desk with personalised stationery, walk-in robes, fine bed linens and plush robes, personal safe, flatscreen TV with in suite movies and DVD player, iPod docking station, dressing table and hair dryer, marble bathroom with full size bathtub (not available in all suites), beverage cabinet stocked to your preference and individual climate control.
Presenting a dizzying array of places to explore and things to do, New York is a wildly creative and vibrant city which pulses with energy. With something for everyone, enjoy the serenity and luxury of this five-star modern-deco Manhattan hotel.
Based on per person, twin share in a Vista Suite – from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane flying with Qantas. Prices from other cities are available on request.
Premium Economy Class guests fly Economy Class from Toronto to Los Angeles. Business Class seats between Toronto and Los Angeles are subject to availability. Please enquire for First Class airfares.
Single suites at above prices are limited. For details of other suite upgrades, please contact one of our Tour Sales Consultants.