The 11-day land and sea adventure, from October 1-11, 2016, begins and ends in New York City, and is priced from $3,295 per person/double occupancy for an inside cabin and from $3,995 per person/double occupancy for an outside cabin, with a choice of 11 suite and stateroom categories.
On Saturday, October 1, guests will board the private vintage Streamliner Montreal Limited at New York's Penn Station. From the comfort of the full length Club Car known for its expansive windows, elegant dining and superb service, striking autumn views will unfold during a daylight journey through the scenic Hudson River Valley and the Adirondack Mountains to the shores of Lake Champlain and onto the chic city of Montreal, where guests will experience three nights at the Marriott Chateau Champlain.
While in Montreal, guests will enjoy a complimentary city tour and a welcome dinner at Le Grand Café on October 2. The following day, October 3, guests are at leisure to explore their choice of Montreal's many boutiques, galleries and museums, or select the optional Via Rail Canada day trip to Ottawa, Canada's capitol city, and experience the fall majesty of Gatineau Park and the storied history of Parliament Hill.
On October 4, guests board Via Rail Canada to travel to the very French-influenced Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following the complimentary sightseeing tour of Quebec City, with visits to Montmorency Falls, the famed Citadel and the charming old town, guests will board the Queen Mary 2. The ship is fresh from her $132 million enhancement that added new dining options, refreshed accommodations and, as the only pet-friendly ocean liner, kennels were expanded and a new owner lounge and playground were added to accommodate 24 dogs and cats. As the ship will remain in port overnight, guests may tour Quebec City at leisure on October 5, returning in time for afternoon embarkation and a glorious evening with a myriad of dining and entertainment options from casual to elegant as the ship sails toward Saguenay, Quebec.
On October 6, guests can explore the stunning scenery and glacier-carved cliffs of Saguenay Fjord National Park as well as the bustling city life of Saguenay. The region is a popular place for whale spotting. Dotted with tiny villages reminiscent of rural France, the area is also known for its many galleries, artist workshops and interpretive centers. The following day, the Queen Mary 2 sails along the striking Gaspé Peninsula, known for dramatic views of Percé Rock and small fishing villages, and breaching whales off the shores of Forillon National Park.
October 8 is a day at sea, ideal for exploring all the Queen Mary 2 has to offer. In addition to multiple dining and lounge options, the ship is home to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club, five heated swimming pools, a Golf Simulator, paddle tennis, shuffleboard, and a fully-equipped gym and fitness center. In the Planetarium at Sea, guests may view the stars, take a virtual ride into outer space or take a course in celestial navigation. Enjoy afternoon high tea or head to the Golden Lion, a traditional pub offering draft ales, pub games and popular quizzes. In the evening, consider dancing to a choice of live music or attending a performance at the Royal Court Theatre.
On Sunday, October 9, the ship docks in Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia. Enjoy a tour of Britain's first overseas government capital with a kilted guide and visits to the Royal Artillery and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic with its wealth of Titanic memorabilia. There are also many shops, galleries and restaurants just a short walk from the ship.
Monday, October 10 is another relaxing day at sea, with ample time to revisit a favorite or create a new experience. It's also a great day to visit the ship's Photo Gallery with many selections of candid images taken onboard or arrange for a photo shoot as the ideal remembrance of this memorable journey.
On Tuesday, October 11, take in the stunning views of lower Manhattan as the Queen Mary 2 prepares to dock. Upon disembarkation, enjoy complimentary transportation to Penn Station or extend your stay with a special rate at the New Yorker hotel in midtown.
Optional pre- and post-tour overnight stays at New York's Art Deco-inspired New Yorker Hotel are available for $145 per person and complimentary or low cost train travel to and from New York is available upon request. Book by August 1, 2016, and enjoy a complimentary shore excursion to the quaint port of Peggy's Cove in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
To reserve or learn more, visit www.uncommonjourneys.com or call 800-323-5893; in Canada, call 800-543-2846.