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Canada Maritimes Rail / Sail Adventure - 2018

  • Canada Maritimes Rail / Sail Adventure - 2018
  • Canada Maritimes Rail / Sail Adventure - 2018
  • Canada Maritimes Rail / Sail Adventure - 2018
  • Canada Maritimes Rail / Sail Adventure - 2018

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Chicago

Rail / Sail Adventure tour members from the West and Midwest will meet in Chicago Union Station this evening. At 8:30 p.m. we’ll board the eastbound Lake Shore Limited. Departure is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Relax in your comfortable coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes and Bedrooms are available for an additional cost. 

Eastern tour members will travel independently to Syracuse, New York.  

Day 2: En Route / Montréal

The Lake Shore Limited will pass through Toledo, Cleveland and Erie. 

Midwestern members are scheduled to arrive in Syracuse at 11:38 a.m.  where they will be joined by the East group.  The combined group will board a deluxe motorcoach and travel to Montréal. Upon arrival we’ll check into the beautiful Fairmont Queen Elizabeth which sits at the center of Montréal’s vibrant cultural and commercial district. 

Montréal is the world’s second-largest French-speaking city. Most people you encounter speak English. This evening you are free to explore, dine, shop, etc. Should weather be inclement, Montréal is probably the most weatherproof metropolis in the world. The ever-expanding underground city soars upward, downward and sideways around our hotel and beyond. You’ll have access underground to more than a thousand boutiques, major department stores and more than 125 restaurants and bars, movie theaters, art galleries and more.

Meal(s):  B*

*Midwest tour members only

Day 3: Montréal / Quebec City

This morning we’ll depart on a sightseeing tour of this world class city you will see Notre Dame de Montréal (the most magnificent of French-Canadian churches), Old Montréal, the French Quarter, McGill University and a view of this great city from an observation point atop Mount Royale. 

Following an “on-your-own” lunch stop we will travel by deluxe motorcoach to Quebec City. Founded in 1608, Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. 

Late this afternoon we’ll board the Norwegian Dawn, our beautiful home for the next seven days. 

Tonight and tomorrow morning we will remain in dock for you to enjoy fabulous Quebec City or relax and enjoy all of the amenities the ship has to offer.

Meal(s):  D

Day 4: Norwegian DawnYou are free until late this afternoon to come and go from the ship to continue to explore Quebec City or stay onboard and enjoy the Norwegian Dawn. This ship is a jewel on the high seas, filled with innovative features and luxurious amenities. Swim in one of the sparkling pools, shop the Galleria boutique or get a massage in the Mandara Spa. Dine in one of the dining rooms or specialty restaurants. Sailaway is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 5: Cruising 

Ahh, now this is relaxation. Do as little or as much as you care to. Melt your cares away with a hot-stone massage at Norwegian’s Mandara Spa. Shop in the extensive Galleria Shops for duty-free liquor, designer clothing and gifts. Head to the internet Café or library. Tee up at the driving range. There is a jogging track and fitness center for those looking to work off some of the fantastic cuisine. Catch up on your favorite team at the Sports Bar. Grab a latté at the Java Café. Try your luck at the Dawn Club Casino featuring a variety of table games, slots (including nickel slots for the not-so-high roller), video poker, etc. Other daily activities include bingo, craft-making, art auctions, pool games, trivia contests, wine and cocktail tasting; and that traditional cruise favorite, shuffleboard! Of course, you can always just curl up with a good book as the pristine waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence drift by.

The evening entertainment is stellar. Don’t miss the colorful production shows and Broadway-style reviews and the venerable Second City® comedy troupe.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 6: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia means New Scotland and the sound of bagpipes is not uncommon here. Early Scottish settlers felt the land resembled home. The most popular excursion is a trip to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park, an amazing re-creation of a 1744 French fortress. Bird watchers will want to venture out to Bird Islands to spot the Atlantic puffin and bald eagle. The sinuous Cabot Trail along the coast offers one of the most dramatic drives in North America. The Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck is another popular attraction.

Sample optional shore excursions may include: Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Fortress of Louisbourg, Spirit of the Fiddle and Scenic Cabot Trail. 

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 7: Halifax, Nova Scotia

As your ship comes into port, a bagpiper will welcome you to Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. The “City of Trees” offers the warmth and charm of a small town along with all the excitement you would expect from a great city. For ocean scenery at its best, nothing rivals Nova Scotia’s south shore. Here you’ll find craggy coastlines, fabled Peggy’s Cove and the striking German village of Lunenburg, so meticulously restored it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Halifax the ramparts of the Citadel and a museum commemorating the Titanic await. 

Sample optional shore excursions may include: Historic Halifax City Tour, Famous Peggy’s Cove Fishing Village, Historical Pubs and Seaside Ceilidh, British Double Decker Bus Tour, Lobsters and Lighthouses, Nova Scotia Drift Fishing Adventure and Tall Ship Sailing Experience.

Meal(s):   B, L & D

Day 8: Saint John (Bay of Fundy), New Brunswick 

Recently designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Bay of Fundy is one of the top natural destinations in Canada. Its coast has been uniquely sculpted by the famous Fundy tides, the highest tides in the world. Saint John’s history is as spectacular as its nature; the downtown historic district is must-see. One of the most scenic areas is the Market Square and Waterfront which have been beautifully restored to the ornate Victorian style stone and brick buildings of the 19th century. There is a beautiful walking path known as Harbour Passage which goes from the Waterfront to the Reversing Falls Rapids. 

Sample optional shore excursions may include: Bay of Fundy Whale and Wildlife Cruise, Hopewell Rocks Tidal Discovery Tour, Moosehead Beer Tasting, Fundy Panoramic Coastal Tour and Murals of Sussex and Covered Bridges.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 9: Bar Harbor, Maine 

USA TODAY lists Acadia among the “10 great places to peep at the peak foliage.” Once the exclusive summer resort of America’s fabulously wealthy, today Bar Harbor is an artists’ enclave and gateway to the rich natural beauty of Acadia National Park, much of which was donated by the Rockefeller family. Beaches, forests and granite cliffs make up some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. You can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park, attend an authentic New England lobster bake, or just explore the numerous shops, museums and art galleries. 

Sample optional shore excursions may include: Acadia Carriage Ride & Cadillac Mountain, Whale Watching Cruise, The Best of Bar Harbor, The Cranberry Islands and Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park & Lobster Bake. 

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 10: Boston / En Route

Upon disembarking from the Norwegian Dawn, we’ll transfer to Boston’s South Station. Midwest travelers will depart at 12:50 p.m. on the Lake Shore Limited. You’ll enjoy the same accommodations you enjoyed on the eastbound trip. Eastern travelers will board trains for home destinations.

Meal(s):  B, L* & D* 

Day 11: En Route to Chicago

Midwesterners will arrive into Chicago at 9:45 a.m. on the Lake Shore Limited. They’ll continue on to home destinations throughout the morning and afternoon.

Meal(s):  B*

*Midwest tour members only

11 Days

Wed., Oct. 17 to Sat., Oct. 27, 2018


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  • The Norwegian Dawn®
  • Montréal
  • Quebec City
  • Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Saint John (Bay of Fundy), New Brunswick
  • Bar Harbor, Maine

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Montréal and Quebec, two world-class cities.  
  • Seven nights aboard the beautiful Norwegian Dawn®.
  • Nova Scotia means New Scotland where the sounds of bagpipes are not uncommon. Two ports o’call are Sydney and Halifax.
  • Saint John, New Brunswick, with views carved by the Bay of Fundy and history-lined streets. This city bustles with maritime charm and nautical activity.
  • Bar Harbor, Maine, surrounded by Acadia National Park, has long been a place of inspiration, relaxation and outdoor activities.
  • Optional shore excursions are available at each port.
  • Travel 1309 miles on the famous Lake Shore Limited.

Tour Package

  • Round-trip transportation by Amtrak and deluxe motorcoach.
  • Reclining coach seat with leg rest on Amtrak for two nights (Midwest). 
  • Inside stateroom on ship for seven nights.
  • First-class hotel accommodations for one night. 
  • Meals: Midwest: 24*; East: 20.
  • Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
  • Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.

Tour Pricing

$2,795 - 11 Days
    Roomette on Amtrak + $545
    Bedroom on Amtrak + $995
    Ocean View Stateroom + $300
    Balcony Stateroom + $750

Single    $3,745
    Roomette on Amtrak + $1,090
    Ocean View Stateroom + $600
    Balcony Stateroom + $1,500

EAST & FLY OPTION Begins in Syracuse / Ends in Boston
$2,475 - 10 Days
Single    $3,425

See above for stateroom upgrades.
America by Rail will be happy to arrange your flights. Air is not included in above price.

All prices are per person/double occupancy unless otherwise stated.

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