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    Montreal skyline

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    Quebec City street scene

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    Holland America Ship in Quebec City

Canadian Cities, Plus Maritimes and Cruise – 13 Days / 12 Nights

 

After 2 nights in Ottawa and Montreal, set sail on Holland America from Montreal to Boston, calling on exciting Eastern Canada and New England ports. After your cruise, spend one night in Boston.

City stays in Ottawa, Montreal and Boston
Holland America Maritimes & New England Cruise
Montreal to Boston ports of call: Quebec City, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor
Departs on select dates

DAY 1 – ARRIVE OTTAWA
Welcome to Ottawa, the capitol of Canada!  Transfer on your own from the airport to the hotel. Located next door to the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel is a magnificent limestone structure with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French chateau.  This luxury downtown hotel will enchant you with its charm and stateliness.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Laurier

DAY 2 – OTTAWA
Ottawa has many museums and governmental buildings to explore.  Your hop on/off tour will show off the main points of interest, allowing you to stop at the attractions you desire to see in depth.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Laurier

DAY 3 – OTTAWA to MONTREAL
The train ride to Montreal is just under 2 hours.  The station in Montreal is beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
Overnight – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

DAY 4 – MONTREAL
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is centrally located to shopping, restaurants and tourist activities in Montreal.  A hop on/off tour has been confirmed for you to enjoy and discover this cosmopolitan yet historic city.
Overnight – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

DAY 5 – MARITIME & NEW ENGLAND CRUISE
You have most of the day to enjoy Montreal as your cruise departs at 5:00pm.  A short taxi ride to the pier will be necessary.  The staff of the Maasdam will make you feel like a welcomed guest the moment you board the ship.
All Overnights – Aboard Holland America’s Maasdam

DAY 6 – QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC
Bonjour!  Bienvenue to Quebec City!  Quebec City is the most charming city in North America.  You will feel like you are in Europe as you stroll along Quebec City’s quaint streets filled with vendors and cafes.

DAY 7 – SCENIC CRUISING THE ST. LAWRENCE
Sit back and enjoy the lovely Quebec countryside. Chances are good to see whales along this route. There will be many activities offered onboard during this portion of the cruise as well.

DAY 8 – CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Charlottetown is the birthplace of Canada and home to Anne of Green Gables.  Confederation Hall details Canada’s history as a nation and is close to the pier as are many shops and boutiques.

DAY 9 – SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA
Sydney is a mainstay in the Cape Breton region boasting several buildings and landmarks from as far back as 1786.  The walk along the Oceanfront Esplanade has numerous plaques and statues commemorating Sydney’s rich cultural heritage.  Check with the Holland America tour desk for shore excursion information.

DAY 10 – HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
Discover the places and people that make Halifax one of the most captivating cities in North America.  Shore excursions will be available at the tour desk.

DAY 11 – BAR HARBOR, MAINE
The New England coastal town of Bar Harbor is tucked into a cove in the shade of Acadia National Park.  Bike rides, kayaking, lobster bakes and taffy are some of the tempting delights of this lovely port.

DAY 12 – BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
After disembarking the ship, you have the balance of the day and night to enjoy one of America’s most historic cities.  A hop on/off trolley tour is included for you to see all the highlights!
Overnight – Fairmont Copley Plaza

DAY 13 – BOSTON/HOME
Transportation to the Boston airport is included in your package.  We hope you have enjoyed your Canadian city stays and cruise to Eastern Canada and New England.

Tour Highlights:

  • 2 nights – Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  • 2 nights – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth
  • 1 night – Fairmont Copley Plaza
  • VIA Rail – Coach Class between Ottawa and Montreal
  • Ottawa city sightseeing tour
  • Montreal city sightseeing tour
  • Boston city sightseeing tour
  • 7 nights – Holland America Cruise aboard the ms Maasdam from Montreal to Boston
  • Including all meals and entertainment onboard
  • Ports of call: Quebec City, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor
  • Transfer – Boston hotel to Airport
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel taxes and GST where applicable
  • Service charges on included features

Dates & Rates – 13 Days / 12 Nights

  • Begins on select Tuesdays
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Category June 26
July 10, 24
August 7, 21,
2018
September
4, 18, 2018
K – Inside on request on request
E – Inside on request on request
C – Outside on request on request
B – Verandah on request on request

Port Taxes and Government Fees of $495 must be added to the prices shown above.

Please see the Holland America website for deck plan information.

COMING SOON:  This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.

CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

GENERAL DRESS
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

BEDDING REQUESTS
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

VOLTAGE
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

UNUSED SERVICES
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

INCIDENTALS
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

CHANGING MONEY
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

TIPPING 
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.