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Montreal , Quebec | St. John's , Newfoundland | St. Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory | Corner Brook , Newfoundland | Sydney , Nova Scotia | Saguenay , Quebec | Quebec City , Quebec | Quebec City , Quebec | Montreal , Quebec

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Montreal, Quebec

DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness. Its namesake, Mount Royal is a triple-peaked hill in the middle of the city, so it's literally the city's heart and focal point. After Paris, Montreal is the world's second-largest predominantly French-speaking city. However, nearly 60 percent of the population speak both French and English. Montreal's city center perfectly marries old and new architecture, as you have skyscrapers overshadowing Old (Vieux) Montreal, the city's historic district. Established in the mid-17th century, make time to step inside Notre Dame Basilica and Marche Bonsecours, a local-focused shopping destination.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

THINGS TO DO

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

THINGS TO DO

DAY 4 - DOCKED

St. John's, Newfoundland

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Discover St. John's

From the kaleidoscope of brightly painted houses on Jelly Bean Row to the dramatic coastline you can see from Signal Hill, St. John's is a lively capital city on the edge of wild nature. Board a boat and keep your eyes peeled for puffins. Visit The Rooms for a closer look at the ancient history and modern culture of Newfoundland.

Cliffside homes in St. John's, Newfoundland
A scenic coastal landscape with fishing houses in St. John's, Newfoundland
View of the harbor and coast at St. John's, Newfoundland

From the kaleidoscope of brightly painted houses on Jelly Bean Row to the dramatic coastline you can see from Signal Hill, St. John's is a lively capital city on the edge of wild nature. Board a boat and keep your eyes peeled for puffins. Visit The Rooms for a closer look at the ancient history and modern culture of Newfoundland.

Cliffside homes in St. John's, Newfoundland
A scenic coastal landscape with fishing houses in St. John's, Newfoundland
View of the harbor and coast at St. John's, Newfoundland
Things To Do

in St. John's

A humpback wale splashing its tail

Hit the Bay

Icebergs, humpback whales, puffins... Get out onto the Bay for an exhilarating tour of aquatic life. Or tour the islands that make up the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, where you'll see birds galore, including black-legged kittiwakes, common murres and the largest puffin colony in North America.

View of St. John's harbor through some trees from Signal Hill

Put On Your Walking Shoes

It's a hilly affair, whether you choose to hike the trails or the streets — St. John's boasts over 75 miles of walking trails within city limits. Marvel at the ancient rock cliffs that rise from the St. John's harbor, or amble along the North Head Trail and pick wild blueberries at Signal Hill.

A group of friends toasting beers

Quench Your Thirst

You're in for a toe-tapping good time if you head to historic downtown St. John's. You'll find over two dozen pubs, clubs and bars on George Street. Locals keep the party alive while you get down to an Irish jig, the blues, dance music, country or good old rock n' roll.

A bowl of steamed mussels

Local Cuisine

Newfoundland cuisine is in a category of its own, with unique items like scrunchions (crispy pork rinds) and toutons (fried dough served with mollasses). Try braised rabbit fritters or local blue mussels. Head to the Quidi Vidi district, where you'll find a local farm-to-table restaurant and a brewery featuring lager made from 25-thousand-year-old icebergs.

Assorted necklaces on a cloth

Shopping

Head to Water Street and take a piece of St. John's with you. Heritage Shop goodies include labradorite jewelry, carvings, knitwear and preserves. Get onboard Canada cruises and make your way to Quidi Vidi and check out the Plantation, a destination shopping experience where you can visit artisans in their studios as they work and sell their wares.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

St. Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

ARRIVES:
10:30 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Go Forward

Make like an explorer in Corner Brook's ancient geography that dates back over one billion years. Zip line, hike or ski Marble Mountain, or kayak or cruise the coastline. And be sure to wash all that fun down with a plate of local seafood or a taste of good ol' Newfoundland Screech, the island's signature rum.

An aerial view of the coast of Newfoundland
A pier in Newfoundland with view of mountains in the background
View from Captain James Cook National Historic Site

Make like an explorer in Corner Brook's ancient geography that dates back over one billion years. Zip line, hike or ski Marble Mountain, or kayak or cruise the coastline. And be sure to wash all that fun down with a plate of local seafood or a taste of good ol' Newfoundland Screech, the island's signature rum.

An aerial view of the coast of Newfoundland
A pier in Newfoundland with view of mountains in the background
View from Captain James Cook National Historic Site
Things To Do

in Corner Brook

Two people ziplining over a forest

Go Flying

Adrenaline junkies won't be disappointed on Marble Mountain. Take in the majestic Steady Brook Gorge and Falls while you zip-line hundreds of feet in the air. If nine zip lines aren't enough, challenge yourself with an aerial course that includes three obstacles suspended up to 50 feet above the ground.

A small boat on a beach in Newfoundland

Reel One In

You're not leaving with anything less than a 15-pounder when your guide helps you wrangle a two-handed rod on the Lower Humber. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to set their sights on that 40-pound-fish story of a lifetime.

People hiking through a cave

Go Spelunking

Strap on some snow shoes, and let your tour guide outfit you for a trail trek you won't soon forget. With caves called Dinosaur Teeth and Rat's Crawl, you know you're in for a memorable experience. Spooky stories included.

Toutons with molasses poured on top

Local Cuisine

Newfoundland cuisine is in a category of its own. Try toutons, a local fried-dough pancake, with molasses for a sweet start to the day. Head to a local steakhouse for prime cuts, maple-glazed scallops or cod tongues (actually a cut from the fish's neck) with pork scrunchions, small bits of crisped pork fat that add flavor and crunch. Or treat yourself to a traditional Jiggs Dinner, a hearty meal of salted beef, potatoes and vegetables.

An assortment of honey at a shop

Shopping

You're in for unique finds in Corner Brook. Just off the main drag on Main Street, you'll find quirky concept boutiques dedicated to local goods. Pick up Newfoundland wildflower honey, handspun wools, pottery, soap and jewelry. Snag some moose antler accessories or local sea buckthorn oil.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Sydney, Nova Scotia

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Explore Nova Scotia

Come to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and immerse yourself in multicultural Cape Breton, informed by the influence of the French, the Scotts and the native Mi'kmaqs. Hang out in the French Fortress of Louisburg, sample Gaelic culture at the Highland Village Museum, or take in the ancient art and history of the island at Membertou Heritage Park.

The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a beautiful day
Rocky coastline in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Buildings on a coastal cliff in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Come to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and immerse yourself in multicultural Cape Breton, informed by the influence of the French, the Scotts and the native Mi'kmaqs. Hang out in the French Fortress of Louisburg, sample Gaelic culture at the Highland Village Museum, or take in the ancient art and history of the island at Membertou Heritage Park.

The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a beautiful day
Rocky coastline in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Buildings on a coastal cliff in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Things To Do

in Sydney

An antique black and gold telephone

Answer the Call

Visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, which overlooks the inventor's summer home in Baddeck. Learn how Bell achieved invented only the telephone but also the world's fastest boat, Canada's first powered airplane flight and advanced recording technology. Marvel at his artifacts, films and family photographs.

Close up view of the exterior of Fort Louisbourg

Dance Like It's 1744

Visit the 18th century at the Fortress of Louisbourg. The largest reconstructed French fortified town in North America is alive with music, dancing, cooking and military drills. Don't leave without sipping the Fortress Rum, sold in traditional bottles and sealed in wax.

A historic log cabin in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Celtic Sojourn

Gaelic may not be your first language, but it's worth the trip to Highland Village in the Bras d'Or Lakes region to hear the melodic sounds of Celtic culture. Traditional music, stunning vistas and friendly farm animals backdrop 11 period buildings, a general store and a one-room schoolhouse.

A baked salmon fillet with a side salad on a black plate

Local Cuisine

It's all about fresh and local. Head to one of the many pubs along the downtown waterfront for maple-glazed Atlantic salmon or a lobster dinner. Be sure to try the island's signature mussels before you go. Wash it all down with a mug of Sydney's favorite beer from Big Spruce Brewing.

Bins with local wool

Shopping

It's an artisan extravaganza in Sydney. Head to the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design for affordable hand-crafted lamb's wool apparel, leather, glass and art. Get on Canada cruises to pick up some raw local lambswool or sheep's wool to take home and work with yourself.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Saguenay, Quebec

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Canadian Fjords

Besides touring the Saguenay Fjord, learn more about this natural attraction at the Musee du Fjord. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the fjord's national and historic heritage, through exhibitions and even an aquarium. Speaking of history, another unmissable attraction in Saguenay is La Pulperie de Chicoutimi, a regional museum that delves into the city's history as a mill town.

Chicoutimi river with riverfront houses and forest during sunset, in Saguenay, Quebec
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background

Besides touring the Saguenay Fjord, learn more about this natural attraction at the Musee du Fjord. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the fjord's national and historic heritage, through exhibitions and even an aquarium. Speaking of history, another unmissable attraction in Saguenay is La Pulperie de Chicoutimi, a regional museum that delves into the city's history as a mill town.

Chicoutimi river with riverfront houses and forest during sunset, in Saguenay, Quebec
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background
Things To Do

in Saguenay

View of the Saguenay Fjord with trees, in Saguenay, Quebec

Find the Fjord

Saguenay Fjord is the reason so many people visit Saguenay annually. See the fjord's soaring rocky and pine tree-lined cliffs on either a guided sea kayak tour or a local cruise. If you want to stay on dry land, the next best thing is learning more about the fjord's landscape and history through Musee du Fjord's exhibitions. The museum is also home to an aquarium, where you can handle starfish and sea cucumbers in the touch pool.

La Pulperie de Chicoutimi Regional Museum, located in an old mill surrounded by a large park, in Saguenay, Quebec

Pulp Fiction

La Pulperie de Chicoutimi Regional Museum is located in an old mill and surrounded by a large park. It houses over 26,000 objects. Its permanent exhibitions include displays on the Canadian painter, Arthur Villeneuve and the Chicoutimi Pulp Company. The latter features multimedia and interactive displays on the company that shaped Saguenay. During the summer, the museum also hosts theatrical and comedy performances, and free Music Monday concerts.

La Petite Maison Blanche, the little white house that withstood a disastrous flood and became a symbol of perseverance, in Saguenay, Quebec

Blast From the Past

If this isn't enough, Saguenay has two other historical attractions. The Petite Maison Blanche (small white house) Museum is a Saguenay landmark that survived one of Canada's worst natural disasters — a flood in 1947. Today it's a museum with exhibitions on three floors, as well as a souvenir shop. Then there's Val-Jalbert Historical Village, which resembles a 1920s pulp mill town. It's complete with historic buildings, like a convent school and general store, as well as costumed townsfolk.

Homemade crepes served with fresh blueberries and powdered sugar on a cast iron skilled, from an eatery in Saguenay, Quebec

Local Cuisine

When exploring Quebec, you must try a crepe. Lambert Crêperie has both sweet and savory options, which include everything from homemade chocolate ganache to duck confit. Otherwise, build your own burger at Rouge Burger Bar. It also serves traditional French dishes like moules frites (mussels and fries) and tartare.

Variaous ceramic bowls for sale in Saguenay, Quebec

Shopping

Called the Route Des Artisans, you can follow a trail that includes 90 small businesses that sell products in nine different fields, including wood, ceramics and textiles. Any purchase would make a unique Saguenay souvenir during your Quebec cruise. Alternatively, stop by the gift shop when visiting La Pulperie de Chicoutimi.

DAY 10 - DOCKED

Quebec City, Quebec

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM

STYLE: FORTRESS CHIC

Bat an eye, and you might think you're in a historic French city — but look a little closer, and you'll see there's nothing quite like Quebecois culture. Meander the cobblestone streets, poke your head in a gallery, or shop for artisan or antique treasures. Later, feast on poutine at a traditional bistro, or enjoy farm-to-table fare at one the city's trendy eateries.

Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
View of the Rocher Perce off the coast of Quebec City, Quebec
A row of buildings in Quebec City, Quebec

Bat an eye, and you might think you're in a historic French city — but look a little closer, and you'll see there's nothing quite like Quebecois culture. Meander the cobblestone streets, poke your head in a gallery, or shop for artisan or antique treasures. Later, feast on poutine at a traditional bistro, or enjoy farm-to-table fare at one the city's trendy eateries.

Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
View of the Rocher Perce off the coast of Quebec City, Quebec
A row of buildings in Quebec City, Quebec
Things To Do

in Quebec City

View of the front of the Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre

Take a Pilgrimage

Up for a miracle? Recreate the traditional pilgrimage to St. Anne de Beaupre Basilica, a site renowned for healings and noted for its stunning architecture. Upon your return, pause and marvel at the thunderous rush of Montmorency Falls.

A plate of poutine with chicken

Find Your Inner Foodie

The Quebecois offer a feast of local fare complete with wine pairings. Sample traditional Quebec cuisine with a modern twist, organic rotisserie specialties, the famous Quebec poutine and steamy crepes. The delicious finish line is none other than the Chocolate Museum.

Various buildings within Riyak Square in Quebec City, Quebec

French Village Charm

The illuminated streets of Petit-Champlain and Place Royale let you travel back over 400 years to North America's first permanent French settlement. Jump on a cruise to Quebec City and venture up to the district by way of the staircase, or enjoy the views from atop the funicular, which has run since 1879.

A chef holding a pie

Local Cuisine

The Quebecois are pioneers of farm-to-table cuisine, and you'll find gourmet experiences on every corner. Sample French specialties including pork and venison, or comfort foods like poutine — a plate piled high with fries, brown gravy and creamy cheese curds and tourtieres, a savory meat pie spiced with clove and allspice and topped with a flaky crust. BYOB restaurants are popular in La Vielle Capital.

A storefront window with handbags

Shopping

In Vieux Quebec, seek out fine knits and cashmere, leather and suede clothing, Inuit art, specialty chocolates, maple syrup and gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Along Petit-Champlain and Place Royale, you'll find artisan stone sculptures, boutique designer fashions, fudge and famous Quebec ciders.

DAY 11 - DOCKED

Quebec City, Quebec

DEPARTS:
3:00 PM

STYLE: FORTRESS CHIC

Bat an eye, and you might think you're in a historic French city — but look a little closer, and you'll see there's nothing quite like Quebecois culture. Meander the cobblestone streets, poke your head in a gallery, or shop for artisan or antique treasures. Later, feast on poutine at a traditional bistro, or enjoy farm-to-table fare at one the city's trendy eateries.

Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
View of the Rocher Perce off the coast of Quebec City, Quebec
A row of buildings in Quebec City, Quebec

Bat an eye, and you might think you're in a historic French city — but look a little closer, and you'll see there's nothing quite like Quebecois culture. Meander the cobblestone streets, poke your head in a gallery, or shop for artisan or antique treasures. Later, feast on poutine at a traditional bistro, or enjoy farm-to-table fare at one the city's trendy eateries.

Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
View of the Rocher Perce off the coast of Quebec City, Quebec
A row of buildings in Quebec City, Quebec
Things To Do

in Quebec City

View of the front of the Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre

Take a Pilgrimage

Up for a miracle? Recreate the traditional pilgrimage to St. Anne de Beaupre Basilica, a site renowned for healings and noted for its stunning architecture. Upon your return, pause and marvel at the thunderous rush of Montmorency Falls.

A plate of poutine with chicken

Find Your Inner Foodie

The Quebecois offer a feast of local fare complete with wine pairings. Sample traditional Quebec cuisine with a modern twist, organic rotisserie specialties, the famous Quebec poutine and steamy crepes. The delicious finish line is none other than the Chocolate Museum.

Various buildings within Riyak Square in Quebec City, Quebec

French Village Charm

The illuminated streets of Petit-Champlain and Place Royale let you travel back over 400 years to North America's first permanent French settlement. Jump on a cruise to Quebec City and venture up to the district by way of the staircase, or enjoy the views from atop the funicular, which has run since 1879.

A chef holding a pie

Local Cuisine

The Quebecois are pioneers of farm-to-table cuisine, and you'll find gourmet experiences on every corner. Sample French specialties including pork and venison, or comfort foods like poutine — a plate piled high with fries, brown gravy and creamy cheese curds and tourtieres, a savory meat pie spiced with clove and allspice and topped with a flaky crust. BYOB restaurants are popular in La Vielle Capital.

A storefront window with handbags

Shopping

In Vieux Quebec, seek out fine knits and cashmere, leather and suede clothing, Inuit art, specialty chocolates, maple syrup and gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Along Petit-Champlain and Place Royale, you'll find artisan stone sculptures, boutique designer fashions, fudge and famous Quebec ciders.

DAY 12 - Arrival Day

Montreal, Quebec

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness. Its namesake, Mount Royal is a triple-peaked hill in the middle of the city, so it's literally the city's heart and focal point. After Paris, Montreal is the world's second-largest predominantly French-speaking city. However, nearly 60 percent of the population speak both French and English. Montreal's city center perfectly marries old and new architecture, as you have skyscrapers overshadowing Old (Vieux) Montreal, the city's historic district. Established in the mid-17th century, make time to step inside Notre Dame Basilica and Marche Bonsecours, a local-focused shopping destination.

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