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New England Explorer SELF DRIVE Tour & Canada in the Fall, 27 August 2019 (20 nights)

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Cruise Line: Holland America Line
Cruise Ship: Zuiderdam
  • Hotel Included

Holiday Features

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
  • Return UK Flights
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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Fly UK/Boston
2 Boston - Day at 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 Portland, Maine AM PM
10 St. John, New Brunswick AM PM
11 Halifax AM PM
12 Sydney, Nova Scotia AM PM
13 St Pierre and Miquelon AM PM
14 Corner Brook AM PM
15 At Sea
16 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island AM PM
17 Gulf of St. Lawrence - Cruising
18 Baie Comeau AM PM
19 Scenic Cruising Saguenay Fjord
19 Saguenay AM PM
20 Quebec City AM
20 Fly Quebec/UK
21 Arrive in UK

Ship Facilities

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 Zuiderdam

Our cabin was spacious and comfortable. Dining was a pleasure and the ship was easy to manoeuvre around. Loved the talk on the History of Faberge and the chance to see Faberge Eggs - Brilliant. We also enjoyed the BBC Planet Earth programmes.

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I enjoyed cruise but was dissapointed that we didnt see more of Panama Canal. Entertainment on ship not too good. Staff very good and helpful. Pre cruise arrangements good but Collins Hotel in Miami very basic.. Post cruise arrangements awful. Spent all day in Miami Airport. No special assistance organised and very disjointed. All in all would not recommend this cruise to anyone elderly travelling on their own.

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