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Discovering Eastern USA & Canada

5th May to 5th June 2018 – 31 Days 2018

Personally escorted by Jacquey Turner

 

YOUR TOUR ESCORT

Jacquey Turner is a highly-experienced travel agent and tour escort with more than 30 years’ industry experience. Jacquey’s attention to detail and personal care ensure that everyone travelling in her group will have a most enjoyable USA and Canada holiday experience.

 

USA BASED TOUR DIRECTOR Bill Eakins grew up on the East Coast (Delaware) and has been a tour director for over 10 years. In addition to travel directing, he also works for a motorcycle mapping company, producing printed maps for motorcycle touring and guides motorcycle tours. An avid hiker & bicyclist he always wants to know what's over the next hill. On a personal note, Bill is married and has a beautiful 8-year-old daughter, Maya. “I'm excited to be showing your group some awesome places in this great country.”‚Äč


TOUR COSTS:

Based on Ocean View Stateroom (Category C) on Cruise:
$20,990 per person on a twin share basis
$5,341 Single supplement
$1,630 Upgrade to Verandah Suite (category A) – per person twin share
$3,645 Upgrade to Verandah Suite (category A) single cabin

Please note only limited verandah cabins are available
Upgrade to premium economy or business class – cost on application

** Option to join the tour on 8 May 2018 in Philadelphia – cost on application
** Options to extend your time in USA and Canada – details on application

Payment Details:
Full Deposit: $1000 per person due Friday, 16 June, 2017 (non-refundable after this date)
Final payment: due Tuesday, 6 February, 2018


YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Personally escorted throughout the entire tour
  • Melbourne to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Melbourne economy airfare and taxes
  • Los Angeles/Toronto, Toronto/Philadelphia and Montreal/Los Angeles airfares and taxes with American Airlines/Air Canada.
  • Coach transfers from Gippsland to Melbourne Airport and return
  • 4 & 5 star hotel accommodation in twin or double bedded rooms with private facilities
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary including shore excursions in Charlottetown and Quebec.
  • Local guides in Toronto, Amish Country, Washington, New York, Mt Washington State Park
  • Holland America Cruise Ship Outside Ocean View Stateroom (category C) including port charges
  • Orientation walks escorted by Jacquey in every port during the cruise
  • Shore Excursions escorted by Jacquey in Charlottetown and Quebec City
  • Experienced and knowledgeable Tour Director from Philadelphia to Boston
  • Luxury 45 seat air-conditioned coach travel with reclining seats and rest room
  • 61 Meals as per itinerary 29 Breakfasts (B), 13 Lunches (L), 19 Dinners (D)
  • Porterage (one suitcase per person)
  • Tipping of the Tour Director, coach drivers and restaurant staff at included meals
  • Tipping of local guides
  • Tipping of cruise staff
  • Maximum of 25 tour participants

COST EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance. Please note that it is a condition of our tour that all participants have comprehensive travel insurance. All details are available from our office.
  • US Visa Waiver-current cost US$14 per person
  • Canada visa waiver – current cost CAD$7.50 per person
  • Holland America Cruises shore excursions (except Jacqueys tours in Charlottetown and Quebec)
  • Any meals not included in the itinerary
  • Telephone calls, laundry and any expenses of a personal nature

SPECIAL NOTES
Flight schedules are subject to change.
The order of the sightseeing may vary depending on local conditions.
CANCELLATION FEES
Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Gippsland Travel Centre.

No of days prior to tour departure  Cancellation fee
17 June 2017 to 6 February 2018 $1000 pp deposit non-refundable
7 February to 5 March 2018 55% of tour cost non-refundable
6 March 2018 onwards 100% non-refundable

Costs based on exchange rates prevailing
on 6 June, 2017.


Holland America Line – MS Veendam
Verandah Suite (Category A)

Vista Suites

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 283 sq. ft. including verandah. Room Amenities Include all the stateroom amenities, plus:

  • Teak-lined private verandah
  • A variety of firm, medium and soft pillows
  • Premium duvet; oversized bath towels; and soft, cotton bathrobes and slippers
  • No-host mini-bar for easy entertaining
  • Personalized cruise stationery
  • One-touch telephone concierge service
  • Fresh flowers
  • Umbrellas for your use on the cruise
  • Our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed featuring a plush Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens
  • Luxurious bathrobes for use during your voyage
  • 100% Egyptian cotton towels
  • Premium massage showerheads
  • 5 X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
  • Complimentary fresh fruit on request
  • Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
  • Flat-panel TV and DVD player
  • Complimentary DVD library
  • Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service

Holland America Line – MS Veendam
Ocean View State-rooms (Category C)

Large

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower. Approximately 174–255 sq. ft. 

Room Amenities:

  • Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens
  • Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage
  • 100% Egyptian cotton towels
  • Premium massage showerheads
  • 5 X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
  • Complimentary fresh fruit on request
  • Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
  • Flat-panel TV and DVD player
  • Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service

            

This tour is full of contrasts-scenery,
culture and history!

 

 

 
Departs Melbourne: 5th May 2018
Concludes: 5th June 2018
MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Tour Itinerary

Saturday, 5 May  Melbourne to Toronto  In Flight Meals

We shall have a morning departure from Gippsland to Melbourne for our flight to Toronto via Los Angeles. On arrival, we shall be met and transferred to the OMNI KING EDWARD HOTEL, or similar, for the next three nights.

Sunday, 6 May Toronto Sightseeing  

We shall start the day with an orientation tour of cosmopolitan, multi-cultural Toronto, viewing Casa Loma, the massive castle residence built by a Toronto financier during the early 20th century; sprawling Queens Park; the lively entertainment district; stately University Avenue and the Provincial Parliament Buildings. We shall have lunch at the top of the iconic CN Tower. The remainder of the day will be yours to explore this exciting city on your own.

 

Monday, 7 May Toronto – Niagara Falls  

Today we will experience the majesty of one of the world's great natural wonders. After breakfast, we depart our hotel and travel through the lush wine-growing region between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario before arriving at Niagara Falls. Here we will enjoy a panoramic view of the falls before boarding the Hornblower Niagara Cruise for an exhilarating boat ride to the base of spectacular Horseshoe Falls. There is time for shopping and picture taking on the Canadian side of the falls.

 

We shall visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario that has a long and distinguished history and was the site of the old Neutral Indian village of Onghiara.
There will be free time to explore its many attractions including historic sites – Fort George and the Historical Society Museum, the marina, the heritage business district for shopping, parks and agricultural markets. On our return to Toronto, dinner will be at your leisure.
  

Tuesday, 8 May Toronto – Philadelphia  

After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and transfer to the Toronto Airport for our flight to the historic city of Philadelphia, ‘Birthplace of a New Nation’. On arrival, we will transfer and check into to the MONACO HOTEL, or similar, for two nights. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

Wednesday, 9 May Philadelphia

Today on our sightseeing tour, we shall visit Independence Hall, the location of both the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Constitution. We shall view Liberty Bell, visit the National Constitution Centre, enjoy a horse and carriage ride and take a trolley ride through the city. The afternoon is at your leisure.
 

Thursday, 10 May Philadelphia – Lancaster Country  

This morning we leave Philadelphia and on our way visit Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine Museum which showcases the art of Andrew Wyeth, a major American realist painter. His father, N.C. Wyeth was an illustrator of many children’s classics. We drive on to Lancaster County, home of the Amish and Mennonite communities whose religious faiths stress humility, family, community, simple living and separation from the world. We shall have ample opportunity to experience the Amish culture as we shall spend the next two nights at the LANCASTER ARTS HOTEL, or similar.

 

Friday, 11 May Lancaster County   

We visit an Amish family and their farm, where we will learn more about this faith and culture. A local guide will join us and we shall have the chance to visit their barns and the Farmer’s Market, see their miniature horse farm, learn about their homemade quilts and crafts and sample some delicious treats and enjoy lunch hosted by an Amish family.

Saturday, 12 May Lancaster County – Washington  

We say goodbye to our Amish hosts and drive to Gettysburg. Here we shall visit the National Military Park and the most interesting Visitor Centre where exhibits and multimedia presentations tell the poignant story of one the Civil Wars costliest and most significant battles. We continue on to Washington and check into the WILLARD INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, or similar, for a three-night stay.

Sunday, 13May – Monday, 14 May Washington   

On our guided tours over the next two days, we shall see the White House and visit the National Mall, home to such attractions as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther Memorial and several war memorials – including the National World War II Memorial. We shall visit Arlington National Cemetery – a famous military resting place, established during the American Civil War.

You will have free time to visit the many treasures of the Smithsonian Museum, such as the Air and Space Museum and the Museum of National History. While in Washington we shall also visit Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington. This historic plantation offers a chance to understand America’s first hero.

 

Tuesday, 15 May Washington – New York  

After we check out this morning we shall head to the train station for our train journey to New York City, where we will check into the RENAISSANCE NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE HOTEL, or similar, and spend the next two days exploring this most famous city.

 

Wednesday, 16 May & Thursday, 17 May The Big Apple   

We shall take in the landmarks of New York including bustling Fifth Avenue, Empire State Building, Times Square, Broadways Theatre District, the Lincoln Centre, home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Greenwich Village, the former bohemian capital of the city, artistic Soho, and the Financial District including Wall Street. We shall view the Statue of Liberty from a Circle Line cruise, and head up to the Observation Deck at the top of the Rockefeller Centre to take in incredible views of this spectacular city and take some time to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero.

Before we take a horse and carriage ride around the expansive gardens of Central Park, we shall have a back-stage tour of Radio City Music Hall, an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center. There will free time to go shopping at the famous department stores, or to wander through New York’s varied neighbourhoods such as Chinatown and Little Italy or maybe enjoy a show on Broadway.

Friday, 18 May New York – Woodstock  

We leave the Big Apple today and drive to Woodstock.  On the way we shall stop at the small Quechee Village where we shall have lunch at the Simon Pearce Glass Blowing factory. This site, which is powered hydroelectrically by the Ottauquechee River, and has become a showroom, restaurant, and glass-blowing demonstration facility’.  In the afternoon, we will check into the WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT, or similar, for a two-night stay. 

 

Saturday, 19 May Woodstock

Woodstock has been the highly-dignified seat of scenic Windsor County since 1766. Many grand houses surround the oval village green, and four of Woodstock's churches can claim bells cast by Paul Revere.   Woodstock is still very beautiful and very wealthy. We will spend some time walking around the green, the town’s central square, surrounded by Federal and Greek Revival homes and public buildings, or along the Ottauquechee River, spanned by three covered bridges. The Rockefellers and the Rothschilds own estates in the surrounding countryside, and the wellto-do come to stay at the grand Woodstock Inn & Resort.

About five minutes' drive east of Woodstock, the small Quechee Village is home to Quechee Gorge – Vermont's diminutive answer to the Grand Canyon – as well as some outstanding restaurants. 

Sunday, 20 May Woodstock – Vergennes    

This morning we drive to Vergennes, overlooking Lake Champlain with views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, where we will check into the BASIN HARBOR CLUB, or similar for an overnight stay.  The Basin Harbor Club’s lake resort guestrooms are unique, charming and memorable. Built in the 1920s and ’30s, each private lake cottages have its own history. Weather permitting, we shall take a short cruise on Lake Champlain.  Tonight, we will have dinner at one of the resort’s restaurants. 

 

Monday, 21 May Vergennes – Stowe     

Shelburne Heritage Park in Vermont is one of the country's most diverse museums with a unique collection of over 150,000 works including Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20thcentury artefacts. It showcases buildings from around New England and New York, including an 1890 railroad station, a lighthouse, a stagecoach inn, and an Adirondack lodge.  We will have a chance to explore the museum before we continue on to Stowe for a two-night stay.  During the afternoon, we will check into THE TRAPP FAMILY LODGE, a historic mountain resort built in the European tradition by the Von Trapp family that inspired ‘The Sound of Music’. 
 
The lodge is managed by Sam von Trapp, son of Johannes von Trapp and we can learn about their remarkable story and how it became an American legend.  We shall have two nights at The Trapp Family Lodge and enjoy a traditional dinner in the restaurant. 
 

Tuesday, 22 Stowe     

Today we will have a chance to explore the historic village of Stowe, home to Vermont's highest peak, Mount Mansfield.  In the valley where the West Branch River flows into the Little River and mountains rise to the sky, the Vermont village of Stowe (founded in 1794) bustles quietly. The town's long-standing reputation as one of the East's classiest mountain resorts continues to draw well-heeled urbanites from Boston, New York and beyond. A bounty of inns and eateries lines the thoroughfares leading up to stunning Smuggler's Notch, a narrow rock-walled pass through the Green Mountains just below Mt Mansfield (4393ft).  During our time in Stowe we will have time to visit Ben & Jerry's world-renowned ice cream factory. 

Wednesday, 23 Stowe – Mt Washington     

We leave Stowe this morning, and have a stop in Montpelier, where we will visit a maple syrup and sugar farm before we continue on to Mt Washington.  We will spend the next two nights at the WHITE MOUNTAIN HOTEL, or similar. 

 

Thursday, 24 May Mt Washington   

Mount Washington State Park, a 60.3-acre parcel perched on the summit of the Northeast's highest peak, is surrounded by the extensive 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. On a clear day, views from the 6,288-foot summit extend beyond New Hampshire as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean. 
 
This morning we shall travel to the summit of Mt Washington.  Mount Washington, called Agiocochook by some Native American tribes, is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288.2 ft (1,916.6 m) and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. We shall also see many waterfalls and historic covered bridges. During our stay, we shall enjoy a presentation by a local naturalist. 

Friday, 25 May Mt Washington – Boston   

This morning we will leave the White Mountains National Forest and head through North Conway to the famous scenic Kancamagus Highway to Lincoln.  We then continue on to Boston and on arrival in the early afternoon will check in to THE LENOX HOTEL, or similar, for an overnight stay.  This afternoon we shall board our “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle for a sightseeing tour of Boston with a difference.  After our tour we shall check in to THE BOSTONIAN HOTEL, or similar, for two-night stay.  Time to freshen up before we have dinner at a local restaurant. 

 

Saturday, 26 May Canada & New England Discovery cruise   

After breakfast, we shall take a short walk along the Freedom Trail before transferring to the Port of Boston to embark on our 7-day cruise to Montreal on the ms Veendam. We shall say farewell to Boston in the mid-afternoon. 

Please note Holland America shore excursions in Bar Harbour, Halifax or Sydney are not included in the tour cost during the cruise.
However, Jacquey will offer an orientation walk in each port of call and in Charlottetown and Quebec tours have been included.

Sunday, 27 May Bar Harbor   

For much of the year, sunlight touches the United States first at Cadillac Mountain on the Maine Coast. From the granite-slabbed summit, light tiptoes down across the rest of Mount Desert Isle, Acadia National Park, the town of Bar Harbor and then the rest of the country.
The raw coastal scenery attracted Hudson River School painters in the 1840s, and their art in turn lured visitors to the area. Lots of them. Before you know it, Bar Harbor was a haven for the East Coast glittering class and bejewelled with grand mansions and immaculate gardens. Cruise visitors can walk the streets of town, relax on the Village Green, or climb Cadillac Mountain. You'll see that the grandeur abides.

 

Monday, 28 May Halifax   

It's big enough to be the economic and cultural capital of eastern Canada, but small enough to be easy going and hospitable. Halifax residents have it good, the city is located on one of the planet's great natural harbors and adorned with landmarks like the Citadel fortress, Pier 21 (Canada's Ellis Island), and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Outside the city, cruise visitors can discover the weather-beaten landscape of Nova Scotia's south shore. See craggy coastlines, the bouldered topography of Peggy's Cove, and the German village of Lunenburg, so meticulously restored it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tuesday, 29 May Sydney   

A hundred thousand Gaelic welcomes await you in Nova Scotia, Latin for "New Scotland." At the northeast end of the province sits Cape Breton Island, whose wild and lovely topography includes Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Bras d'Or Lake, and miles of rugged coastline. Sydney is the gateway to it all. There are highland villages, the scenic Cabot Trail, and the Fortress of Louisbourg – where every barn, barracks and pipe and drum corps appears just as it did when King Louis' troops occupied the site in 1744.

 

Wednesday, 30 May Charlottetown (tour included)   

Canada's smallest province is an island that seems to be tethered to New Brunswick by the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge, Charlottetown's Victorian architecture, abundance of parks, and harborside location make it an idyllic stop. We shall take a memorable city tour of historic downtown Charlottetown, visit the coastal fishing village of North Rustico and we shall have plenty of time to sample homemade island jams, visit the Anne of Green Gables homestead.

Our tour will also include a visit to the Anne of Green Gables museum and see the Confederation Bridge which spans 12.9 kilometres and is the world’s largest multi-span bridge over a tidal current waterway. We can relax and enjoy the picturesque landscape on the drive back to the city.

Thursday, 31 May Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence   

The largest estuary in the world, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence fringes the shores of half the provinces of Canada and is a gateway to the interior of the entire North American continent. Geographically, the Gulf is defined by stunning coast line and beautiful islands, including Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands. Thousands of migratory birds make this area their home during the spring and fall migration period. And be sure to keep an eye out for whale, porpoise and seal sightings.

Friday, 1 June Quebec City (tour included)   

The singular image of the city is a hotel surrounded by cannons. Built to evoke a mountain castle, Chateau Frontenac sits atop a cape above the St. Lawrence River. The hotel is part of the city's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with all the stone buildings and winding streets, you'll think you're in Europe. We shall take a horse and carriage ride through the city centre and then enjoy coffee and cake in a local restaurant.

 

Saturday, 2 June Montreal – disembark Cruise – Los Angeles  

This morning we will disembark our cruise ship. The cultural capital of Canada, Montreal always seems to show up on "most liveable city" lists and has been named a UNESCO City of Design. Montreal is built around Mont Royal, from where the city received its name. Mont Royal Park, located on the mountain, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same person who designed New York City's Central Park. No building in Montreal can be taller than the famous Cross found on Mont Royal! We shall have a sightseeing tour of the city before transferring to the airport in the afternoon for our flight to Los Angeles where we shall be transferred to the SOFITEL BEVERLEY HILLS, or similar, for an overnight stay. Included will a be light dinner on our arrival at the Sofitel.

Sunday, 3 June Los Angeles –Melbourne  

This morning we shall have a sightseeing tour of the city which will include the sights of Hollywood and Rodeo Drive. We will have the use of our hotel rooms until this evening when we transfer to the airport for our flight to Melbourne, so there will be plenty of time for more souvenir shopping.

Tuesday, 7 June  Arrive Melbourne In Flight Meals

We arrive in Melbourne in the early morning and shall be transferred back to Gippsland by coach.