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Canadian Fall Foliage

Canadian Fall Foliage

At a glance

Duration: 11 days

Coverage: Toronto ON to Portland, ME

From: $6,890

Season: October

Activities: History, Sightseeing

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Victory Cruise Line

Join this spectacular repositioning cruise from Toronto, across Lake Ontario, entering the St. Lawrence Seaway to visit the jewels of French Canada: Montréal and Québec City. Visit the historic outpost of Gaspé, and then on to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Halifax, Nova Scotia. This rare tour from the Great Lakes to New England will give you an unforgettable view of this region at the height of its fall color.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Toronto, ON

Board the M/V Victory I in Toronto, Ontario, the most culturally diverse city on the planet with over 140 languages are spoken. It is estimated that over half of Toronto’s residents were born outside Canada, yet despite its complex makeup, Torontonians generally get along. Toronto is a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity. Some of the world’s finest restaurants are found here, alongside happening bars and clubs and eclectic festivals.

Day 2 - Scenic Sailing of St. Lawrence River

Delight in this day of cruising aboard the M/V Victory I as we navigate the St. Lawrence River. The spectacular coastline offers unrivaled natural beauties: dramatic cliffs, colorful foliage, historic cityscapes, vibrant with birds and marine life. Take in the changing views as you stroll the wooden decks, tuck into an inviting deck chair, or refresh with a meal or high tea in one of our sophisticated onboard restaurants.

Day 3 - Montréal, Québec

The second largest city in Canada, Montréal takes its name from Mount Royal, a hill in the center of the city with three distinct peaks. A UNESCO City of Design (one of only a few in the world) Montréal boasts over 50 national historic sites, including numerous churches, and a lively downtown arts and cultural scene. The official language of the city is French, though, at home, many speak a version of the language called Québécois French. This evening, gather for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we embark on our Great Lakes journey.

Day 4 - Québec City, QC

Hailed as the most French city outside of France, Québec is a spectacle of history, architecture, and activity. After a light breakfast, we’ll go ashore and immerse ourselves in the charm and character of Old Québec (Vieux-Québec), the last remaining fortified city north of Mexico. We’ll see the public square, known as Place Royale, historic Petit-Champlain, and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. Next, we’ll ride the Old Québec Funicular to the impressive Château Frontenac, perched atop Cape Diamond. Then, we’ll explore the fortress area of the Upper City passing Place d'Armes, the Québec Seminary, and the Convent. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure or on an optional excursion into the surrounding countryside.

Day 5 - Scenic Sailing of the St. Lawrence River

Experience the extraordinary scale of the St. Lawrence seaway as we enter the Gulf of St. Lawrence. For centuries, the St. Lawrence River has served as an important route for trade and travel, connecting the Atlantic maritime traffic with the the world’s largest source of freshwater — the Great Lakes. The river spans 744 miles, beginning at the outflow of Lake Ontario near Kingston and flowing northeast into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enjoy a day of beautiful vistas and serene sailing as we make our way through the Gulf towards the mouth of the river.

Day 6 - Whale Watching / Tadoussac

Tadoussac, where the St. Lawrence River meets the outflow of the Saguenay River, is one of the most exciting whale-watching sites in the world. Between May and October, up to 13 species of cetaceans make their way upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, to become temporary residents in the salty rich waters of the St. Lawrence. These sea mammals include blue whales, the largest animals on the planet, and the impressive humpbacks, which swim up into the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord near Tadoussac to feed. The M/V Victory II makes a rendezvous with our whale watching boat off the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord and guests transfer onto the “Grand Fleuve”, which is staffed by a crew who are experts in whale behaviour.

Day 7 - Charlottetown P.E.I

Located on Prince Edward Island, Canada's tiniest and most charming province, Charlottetown is famous for its red earth and white beaches. During our excursion today, we’ll follow a trail through the same historic streets the delegates walked when they gathered in 1864 for the conference that led to the Confederation of Canada. Then, we’ll drive along the North Shore to Cavendish Bay, Prince Edward Island National Park, and the farmstead that inspired L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Enjoy free time strolling along the shores of the bay before we return to the ship for an exceptional dinner overlooking the sea.

Day 8 - Scenic Sailing of the Atlantic Coast

Enjoy a day of scenic sailing of the Atlantic Ocean as we make our way towards Halifax, Nova Scotia. Enjoy convivial conversation with your fellow passengers or join an engaging discussion with our shipboard experts, well-versed in the history, peoples, and natural wonders of the Canadian Atlantic region.

Day 9 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Our first visit is to the picturesque Citadel, constructed in 1856 as an eight-pointed star defensive structure protecting Halifax from invading forces. It is populated by the 87th Highlander regiment, who regularly perform re-enactments inside the square. We'll visit the Halifax Museum of the Atlantic, which offers an exceptional glimpse into Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage, with an emphasis on small craft and the massive allied World War II convoys assembled in nearby Bedford Basin in the Halifax harbor. On our way out of town, we'll drive past the Fairlawn Cemetery and hear the compelling story of how 100 of the RMS Titanic victims were recovered and buried in this city. We then we continue along the craggy shoreline for the 45 minutes drive to Peggy’s Cove, one of the loveliest maritime villages in Nova Scotia. Located in St. Margaret’s Bay, this active coastal village retains the character and flavor of an active residential community, with a vibrant fishing fleet, quaint multi coloured homes and the iconic lighthouse. Lunch will be taken in one of the local restaurants, after which there will be ample time to stroll through the community, explore the rocks surrounding the lighthouse and shop for typical Nova Scotia souvenirs in the local stores.

Day 10 - Scenic Sailing of the Atlantic Coast

For our day of Atlantic sailing, we'll follow the path of the fishing trawlers who leave the northern extremities of the North American coast, heading out to sea. Unlike them, however, we'll hug the coast of Nova Scotia, passing storied harbors full of maritime history, picturesque coastal towns, and spectacular natural beauty. Elegant dining in two distinctive venues with free-flowing house wine, beer, and spirits will enhance your day at sea.

Day 11 - Portland, ME

After breakfast, guests will disembarck the M/V Victory I and make their way to the airport for their return flights home.

Dates & Rates

Dates Direction E D C B A AA Owner's Suite
Oct 16, 2018 Toronto, ON to Portland, ME $6,890 $7,660 $8,330 $8,760 $9,000 $9,440 $10,100

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. *Not Included: Air & Transfer costs. 2018 Port Charges of $449pp and $15pp per day onboard gratuities. 2019 Port Charges of $459pp and $15.5pp per day onboard gratuities. Standard terms and conditions apply.

Ships

Victory I

Victory IThe intimate 202-passenger M/V Victory I is a small and agile coastal cruising ship that can easily navigate canals, locks and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. The M/V Victory I will take you on these journeys in style and grace, while you enjoy exquisite culinary delights, like regionally inspired dishes, created especially for you by our acclaimed chef, free-flowing non-premium wine and beer and an open bar with house spirits to enjoy throughout your cruise. View ship details...

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