Canada In The Fall Cruise
- Duration: 31 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20338
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
30 nights. September 2018. From £3989.00.
A scenic journey to Eastern Canada
Marco Polo sets sail on a wonderful autumn cruise to Canada. Call at a series of fascinating ports - including stylish Montreal and Quebec City - as you follow a route that recreates one of your vessel's earliest voyages.
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a vessel.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart London Tilbury, England 1600hrs
Day Three - *Glengarriff, Ireland
Day Eight - St John's, Newfoundland
Day 10 - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Day 12 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is.
Day 13 - *Gaspe, Canada
Day 15 - Montreal, Canada
Days 16-17 - Quebec, Canada
Day 18 - Saguenay, Canada
Day 19 - Baie-Comeau, Canada
Day 20 - Havre-St-Pierre, Canada
Day 21 - Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Day 22 - *Cap-Aux-Meules, Canada
Day 23 - *Sydney, Nova Scotia
Day 29 - Cobh, Ireland
Day 31 - Arrive in London Tilbury, England 0800hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Marco Polo. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
What The Price Includes30 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneJoin your fellow passengers at Marco Polo's home port of Tilbury and embark for this afternoon's departure.
Day TwoSpend your first day on board, getting to know the ship and your fellow passengers.
Day ThreeMarco Polo's first point of call is delightful Glengarriff. This green oasis, set against the backdrop of the rugged Caha Mountains, enjoys a balmy microclimate in which sub-tropical plants and even bamboo flourish. There's also a chance to take an excursion into County Kerry, where the Killarney National Park is home to spectacular lakeland scenery looked over by famous - and wonderfully named - Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain range.
Days Four-SevenThese four days are spent at sea, heading west across the Atlantic.
Day EightCanada's historic St John's is a key player in the fishing industry, and its harbour is still a hive of activity. Stroll along Water Street, perhaps visiting the fascinating Newfoundland Museum. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to view Cape Spear, North America's nearest point to Europe, or to Witless Bay, home to North America's largest puffin colony.
Day NineA day is spent cruising off the Eastern Seaboard, with opportunities to spend time on deck watching for bird- and aquatic-life.
Day 10Today, Marco Polo will cruise into the world's second-largest natural harbour, at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Highlights here include the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the fortified Citadel. Further afield, Nova Scotia's rugged coastline and the iconic lighthouse at Peggy's Cove can be explored on an optional excursion.
Day 11Another day is spent at sea as Marco Polo cruises south.
Day 12A morning call at Charlottetown reveals this delightful capital of Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island. The setting for 'Anne of Green Gables', and a gentle, agricultural location fringed by sandy beaches and picturesque inlets, the island draws visitors from along the eastern seaboard and beyond to its pretty shores.
Day 13Today's French Canadian port, Gaspe, brings the chance to explore the surrounding peninsula - a favourite destination for outdoors-loving Quebecois. Enjoy an optional walking excursion into the forested, mountainous Forillon National Park, home to bears and moose, or head to holiday hot-spot, Perce.
Day 14Today is spent cruising southwest from the estuary of the mighty St Lawrence River. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you relax on board.
Day 15Montreal, Canada's second-largest settlement, is also, officially, the world's second-largest French-speaking metropolis. It's a cosmopolitan melange of high culture, high fashion and high tech, its waterfront rivalling Vancouver's for glass and steel, and contrasting with bohemian Plateau Mont Royal and the cobblestones of Vieux Montreal. Discover the city on an optional shore excursion, or plan your own exploration.
Days 16-17Charming, historic Quebec is North America's only walled city. Explore the narrow, cobbled alleyways of the lower Basse Ville, see the monumental Citadelle and the Chateau Frontenac hotel, or perhaps join fascinating optional shore excursions to nearby Montmorency Falls or the pilgrimage shrine at Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre.
Day 18Marco Polo calls today in Saguenay. Explore the pretty city or join a shore excursion into the Parc du Saguenay, an exquisite natural wonderland crowned by the majestic, 270km Saguenay Fjord. In the icy depths beneath its sheer cliffs salt and fresh water mix to create the unique ecosystem that supports the area's whale population.
Day 19Today Marco Polo reaches Baie-Comeau, gateway to a vast, beautiful wilderness. The city boasts a fascinating Glacier Exploration Station where there's a chance to immerse yourself in the science of these wonders of nature. There will also be optional shore excursions into the pristine interior.
Day 20Another morning call, at Havre-Saint-Pierre on the river's north shore, brings an opportunity to visit the otherworldly limestone islands and granite islets of the Mingan Archipelago, home to seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales.
Day 21Cruising along Newfoundland's western shore, we'll call at Corner Brook, beautifully set on the Trans-Canada Highway, at the southern end of idyllic Deer Lake.
Day 22Spend a day in the idyllic Iles-de-la-Madeleine, a remote island group bathed by the warming Gulf Stream. The area's unique culture combines French, English and ancient 'Arcadian' traditions. Marco Polo anchors off principal island Cap-Aux-Meules, and there's an opportunity to head ashore to explore.
Day 23Our final Canadian Maritime call is at Sydney, Nova Scotia. This gateway to the stunning scenery of Cape Breton Island is one of North America's most beautiful spots, and is home to the scenic Cabot Trail and the Cape Bretons Highlands National Park. You'll discover a deep-rooted Scottish musical heritage here that boasts some of the world's most celebrated folk fiddle-players.
Days 24-28These five days are spent at sea, crossing the Atlantic, bringing the chance to reflect on the countless memories of the last few weeks.
Day 29Marco Polo will finish her Atlantic crossing with a short morning call in the historic port-resort of Cobh, gateway to Irish trading city Cork.
Day 30On your final day at sea, Marco Polo steams back into the Western Approaches and heads up the Channel towards Tilbury.
Day 31Disembark in Tilbury, at the end of an epic transatlantic cruise adventure. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
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