Canada In The Fall Cruise
- Duration: 32 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99871
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
31 nights. August 2019. From £4679.00.
Take a leisurely cruise down the East Coast of England from Newcastle to London Tilbury enjoying the elegance and tradition for which Marco Polo is so renowned, and then strike out across the Atlantic as you begin an unforgettable cruise to Canada. Explore the scenic shores, and remote towns and resorts, of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and visit the cosmopolitan cities of Quebec and Montreal.
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 high-class 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 Newcastle, UK
Day Two - Tilbury, UK
Day Four - Bantry*, Ireland
Day Nine - St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
Day 11 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Day 13 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Day 14 - Gaspe*, Canada
Day 16 - Montreal, Canada
Day 17-18 - Quebec, Canada
Day 19 - Saguenay, Canada
Day 20 - Baie-Comeau, Canada
Day 21 - Havre St Pierre*, Canada
Day 22 - Corner Brook*, Newfoundland, Canada
Day 23 - Cap-aux-Meules*, Canada
Day 24 - Sydney*, Nova Scotia, Canada
Day 30 - Ringaskiddy, Ireland
Day 32 - Arrive Tilbury, UK
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. Please see the Itinerary for further details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions31 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 taxesSingle 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 Marco Polo before she begins her journey east from Newcastle this afternoon. As you skirt the coast, you'll have time settle in to your cabin, and to enjoy the ship's facilities, first-class entertainment programme and excellent five-course dining.
Day TwoArriving in Tilbury this morning, you'll enjoy breakfast on board as another group of fellow adventurers joins you on board.
Day ThreeEnjoy your first full day at sea day relaxing on board. Get to know your fellow passengers and explore the ship's facilities.
Day FourSkirting the coast, Marco Polo heads into exquisite Bantry Bay. Step ashore perhaps to visit Glengariff - a green oasis where sub-tropical plants flourish set against the backdrop of the rugged Caha Mountains, or to take an optional excursion into County Kerry and Killarney National Park, which sits beneath the wonderfully named Macgillycuddy’s Reeks - Ireland’s highest mountain range.
Day Five to EightRelax on board as Marco Polo spends another few days at sea.
Day NineCanada’s historic St John’s was founded on 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 10Spend another restful day at sea.
Day 11Today, 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 12Relax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day 13A 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 land fringed by sandy beaches and picturesque inlets, PEI draws visitors from along the eastern seaboard and beyond to its pretty shores.
Day 14Today’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 hotspot Perce.
Day 15Relax as Marco Polo spends the day cruising the St Lawrence River.
Day 16Montreal, Canada’s second-largest settlement, is also the world’s second-largest French-speaking metropolis. It’s a cosmopolitan melange of high culture, high fashion and high tech, with a waterfront rivalling Vancouver’s for glass and steel, and contrasting with bohemian Plateau Mont Royal and the cobblestones of Vieux Montreal.
Day 17 - 18Charming, 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 19Marco 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 20Discover 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 21A 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 22Cruising back along Newfoundland’s western shore, this morning we’ll call at Corner Brook, beautifully set on the Trans-Canada Highway, at the southern end of idyllic Deer Lake.
Day 23Spend 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 24Don’t miss today’s chance to join an optional shore excursion from Sydney, Nova Scotia. Beyond this former mining town the stunning scenery of Cape Breton Island awaits, home to the scenic Cabot Trail and the Cape Bretons Highlands National Park.
Day 25 - 29Relax on board as Marco Polo spends the next five days crossing the Atlantic.
Day 30Ringaskiddy is gateway to the great Irish city of Cork. Discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland, or perhaps head into the beautiful rolling countryside beyond to fashionable Kinsale, or to Blarney Castle for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and receive "the gift of the gab".
Day 31Spend your final day at sea, reliving the memories of a wonderful Canada cruise.
Day 32Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark in Tilbury at the end of your cruise. Back to top
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 high-class vessel.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.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top