New England Explorer SELF DRIVE Tour & Canada, 27 July 2019 (15 nights)

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ms Zaandam
Holland America Line
Depart Date:
27th July 2019
15 nights | View itinerary
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Cruise Type:
Cruise and Stay
  • Hotel Included

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New England Explorer SELF DRIVE Tour
7 Nts Self Drive Tour: Boston, Coastal Maine, White Mountains, Stowe, Green Mountains, Connecticut River Valley, Cape Cod
Rental Car size Large (CDW, Tax)
Tour can be taken on any date so consider pre nights in Boston
Based on Standard Accommodation - upgrades available to Upgraded or Inn accommodation
Overseas Transfers
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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Fly UK/Boston
2 Boston - Day of leisure
3 Boston - Coastal Maine
4 Coastal Maine - White Mountains
5 White Mountains - Stowe
6 Stowe - Green Mountains - Connecticut River Valley
7 Connecticut River Valley - Cape Cod
8 Boston
Historic Boston is a key cruise port for ‘fall foliage’ trips around New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces but anytime is a good time to enjoy this friendly, walkable city - dubbed ‘The Cradle of Liberty’ for its part in the American War of Independence.
9 Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. As of the 2000 census, its population is 4,820. Bar Harbor is a famous summer colony in the Down East region of Maine. Bar Harbor is home to the largest parts of Acadia National Park, including Cadillac Mountain the highest point within 25 miles (40 km) of the coastline of the Eastern United States and, offshore, the Porcupine Islands.
10 Halifax
The huge oddly angled Citadel National is a real highlight. You can also visit the worlds most photographed lighthouse at Peggy's Cove.
11 Sydney, Nova Scotia AM PM
12 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island AM PM
13 Gulf of St. Lawrence - Cruising
14 Quebec City
14 Saint Lawrence River - Cruising AM PM
15 Montreal, Quebec AM
15 Fly Montreal/UK
16 Arrive in UK

New England Explorer Self Drive Land Tour

New England Explorer Self Drive Tour

Choose from Standard, Upgrade or Inn Accommodation for your tour

Day 1 of Land Tour – Boston

Arrive at Boston Airport and pick up your rental car. Drive to your first nights hotel.

Day 2 of Land Tour – Boston

Consider ditching the car and travel into downtown Boston via the Metro system that way there will be no challenge in finding a parking garage or struggling with the heavy Boston traffic. You have a full day to explore Boston, the cradle of American liberty. The Revolutionary era comes to life along the Freedom Trail walking route. Visit the haunts of the patriots who stoked the fires of democracy throughout the Colonies. Spend time around the harbour and be sure to visit the site of the Boston Tea Party.

Day 3 of Land Tour – Boston – Coastal Maine

Along the route north of Boston lies almost four centuries of history, as well as some of the coast's finest beaches and seascapes. First stop is Salem, the location of the infamous witch trials. Then drive along the coast to the charming harbour towns of Gloucester and Rockport. Enjoy the old-time seaport atmosphere of Portsmouth, NH and its wealth of historic buildings before crossing into Maine. Pass through Kennebunkport, summer home to Presidents and enjoy exploring Portland, Maine's largest city before arriving at your hotel between Portland and Kennebunkport.

Day 4 of Land Tour – Coastal Maine – White Mountains

Leaving the coast behind continue inland to the beautiful scenery of the White Mountains ‘the rooftop of New England’. There are 48 peaks in the range and New Hampshire boasts the Presidential range. If you have time take a detour to take the Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington. The area is stunning with thick forests carpeting the hillsides and charming villages and lakes dotted along the way. There are many covered bridges to discover in New Hampshire and there some near North Conway. Accommodation will be in Gorham or North Conway depending on your choices.

Day 5 of Land Tour – White Mountains – Stowe

Today, traverse the White Mountains that divide the New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont. The mountains are home to bears, moose, wild turkey and deer. This route takes you through some of New England's most beautiful scenery. Drive by Lyndonville and see Willey's General Store in Greensboro before continuing through Craftsbury, to Stowe. See picture-perfect villages and some of Vermont's famous covered bridges.

Day 6 of Land Tour – Stowe – Green Mountains – Connecticut River Valley

Your drive today takes you alongside the Green Mountains of Vermont, part of the Appalachian Mountain range that stretches from Quebec in the north to Alabama in the south and through the Connecticut River Valley. Step into Old Sturbridge Village and find yourself transported back in time. In historic households and shops, at water-powered mills and on working farms, explore the everyday tasks and seasonal celebrations of early 19th-century New England. Accommodation is in Mystic, CT.

Day 7 of Land Tour – Connecticut River Valley – Cape Cod

This morning continue along the Massachusetts coast. Many of America's most prominent families - from the Astors to the Vanderbilts - have summered in Newport. Many of their homes are now preserved and open for tours. Continue along the coast on your way to the Cape. Explore magnificent Cape Cod with its high cliffs, rolling dunes, broad beaches, walking trails, picturesque villages and delicious seafood. This peninsula is a beloved vacation spot for visitors and natives alike. Stop in Plymouth, a living panorama of Pilgrim and Colonial times and see the Mayflower II* (*Mayflower II returns to Plymouth for 2020). Accommodation is near Hyannis.

Day 8 of Land Tour – Cape Cod – Boston

The drive to Boston is short, but plan your journey wisely because of the rush hour traffic heading towards Boston. Return your rental car and transfer to the terminal for your flight or further transportation to the port for embarkation.

Documentation: All Self Drive Itineraries include a courtesy phone call on the morning of day 2 to check that everything is okay from our supplier and to remind customers to collect their package from reception if you haven't already.

Documentation will be at your first nights hotel and is a Back-Pack with a North America Atlas, local sightseeing information and detailed itinerary of tour. NOTE: On arrival at hotel ask for 'PACKAGE' in your name. Detailed itinerary can be sent electronically 5-6 weeks before departure for an additional $15 (£12) but does not include the Atlas or local sightseeing information.

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Customer reviews for ms Zaandam

  • ms Zaandam
  • Holland America Line
  • 28 Mar 2019

Unfortunately the ship did not meet our expectations because of the following; a. food was not of good quality and the system they use to have in the Lido (self service ) restaurant of serving you the main course was only for giving you limited quantity of food. b. Food also in the Dine in rest. did not meet our expectations c. entertainment was cheap and childish d. Amenities in the stateroom were limited.(They have left us only one hand soap and one shower cup for almost fifteen days) e. All drinks were very expensive and differed from their issued tariffs in internet But we have to admit that all ship was very clean, the statement also, and public toilets too. Embarkation and disembarkation were done very properly and easy Therefore we will rate the cruise with a 3

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  • ms Zaandam
  • Holland America Line
  • 09 Dec 2018

The fabric and layout of the ship was really good. This however was spoilt by other aspects of the cruise. The food wasn't startling and lacked variety. Service in the dining room was slow and the food was only tepid on arrival. Very little food in the lido was on a help yourself basis. Drinks were expensive with a 15% service charge on top. The excursions were also expensive and when tendering was in process it took up to 2 hours before independent travellers could disembark. The onboard activities were limited with one person delivering the majority of lectures. The house shows were however good as was the cabin service. With no laundrette on board you had to use their laundering service. Unfortunately this seemed to sum up he firms attitude of squeezing as much as it could out of people. A prime example of that was you had to pay for coffee if you wanted it at the end of your meal in the dining room.

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  • ms Zaandam
  • Holland America Line
  • 24 Nov 2018

Thank you Iglu and HAL and all hotels and transfer's the trip was a fantastic experience. AWESOME is a word that these days is used all to frequently however in this case it is most appropriate. The captain of Zaandam sailed 20 miles off cause to sail by an Ice berg we tendered in the Falklands on remembrance Sunday and treated to a service and parade on a lovely sunny day that will live in our memory's for ever. All the ports were Iconic and rounding cape horn to eventually cruise to see a Glaser. Once again our most grateful thanks for the best cruise ever and our 32nd so we have many comparisons.

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