Northeast U.S. and Atlantic Canada - Exploring Hidden Harbors (Northbound)

New York - Halifax - Québec City

We explore the unparalleled beauty of the rugged coast of Eastern Canada, also known as the Canadian Maritimes. This area is renowned for soaring natural features and charming coastal villages. Cruising up the impressive St. Lawrence River with vast expanses of water before us, we venture into the Saguenay River, with dramatic cliffs and amazing wildlife. Enjoy all this seldom-traveled area has to offer and join us in exploring some hidden gems ashore.

  • Explore the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia
  • Discover two iconic rivers in one voyage – the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay
  • Enjoy culture, history and natural beauty every day of the voyage
  • Visit small, less-frequented ports and colorful harbors

Overview

This voyage begins in the buzzing city of New York, where you can stroll through Central Park, or marvel at the architecture of the Empire State building before setting sail. 

Seaside Gems

Our first stop is Yarmouth – a seaside gem with wonderful coastal scenery and enchanting history.

We then call at vibrant Halifax, a city that manages to blend old and new successfully, with fantastic outdoor activities and a rich cultural life on offer. Next up is Louisbourg, known for its amazing Fortress, constructed by the French in 1740.

Nature and French Culture

Chéticamp (Cape Breton National Park), on the large island of Cape Breton, is our next destination for a day of exploration. Whether you hike, stroll or just enjoy the view – this national park offers plenty for everyone. We follow that up with some time in Îles-de-la-Madeleine to explore Cap-aux-Meules.

As we make our way to Bonaventure Island, enjoy the spectacle of one of the largest gannet colonies in the world.

Baie Comeau is our next port of call.  A hub for logging, this settlement is rich with natural wealth and the hydroelectric dam at Manicougan Reservoir, which produces vast amounts of power for Québec. Heading up the Saguenay River during this picturesque time of year, we will explore the beauty of the river and the city of Saguenay.

Our final stop and where we bid farewell is beautiful Québec City, known as the soul of the province. 

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten expedition in the cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

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Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Departs from New York
Day 1
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Lady Liberty


Location : New York

After embarking MS Fram, join us on deck as we sail past the Statue of Liberty on our way out of the harbor.

Day 2
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Relax at Sea


Location : At sea

A day at sea means you can join the lectures by the Expedition Team, spend time on deck or relax in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travelers. Or, perhaps you'd like a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room and then let your muscles relax in one of our outdoor whirlpools.

Day 3
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A Town Built by Ships


Location : Yarmouth

A lovely historic town built on shipbuilding and trade, Yarmouth boasts fine Victorian homes, museums, churches, wharves and other hidden gems. Join an excursion to see ornate Captain's homes, and the lighthouse that guided sailors safely back home after long journeys at sea. Or take a seaside walking trail to Cape Forchu, and explore the rugged landscape as you take in stunning views.  

Day 4
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Seacoast City with Rich History


Location : Halifax

While the area around Halifax has been inhabited by native Mi'kmaq peoples for millennia, modern Halifax was founded in 1749 as a British military outpost. Today it is Atlantic Canada’s entertainment and cultural capital, melding the old and new worlds. Modern office towers of glass and steel stand beside historic buildings that once stored the booty of privateers. Located on the second largest natural harbour in the world, life here revolves around the sea and the surrounding areas offer plenty of fun activities on land, water and in the air. Spend some time to explore this vibrant urban centre set on the edge of true wilderness.

Day 5
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Where the Past is Present


Location : Louisburg

Sailing along the eastern shores of Nova Scotia, we head for the large island of Cape Breton to reach Louisbourg, home to the historic jewel, the Fortress of Louisbourg. At this National Historic Site, you can experience what life was like in the bustling French fortified town in 1744, then one of the largest European fortifications in North America. As you might expect, the rugged coastal setting offers up plenty of outdoor adventure, with brilliant hiking and biking trails. 

Day 6
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Deep Acadian Traditions


Location : Chéticamp

This traditional fishing village is located on majestic, lush Cape Breton Island on the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  The village dates back to the 1785 and is an Acadian community that has managed to maintain age-old French traditions and culture.  Nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park is perfect for exploring with hiking trails for any level of ability. Enjoy spectacular sea views as you walk through valleys and forests where moose, black bears and bald eagles can be found.  

Day 7
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Home of the Madelinots


Location : Cap-aux-Meules

Twelve islands make up the roughly 60 miles long sand archipelago called Îles de la Madeleine. The six largest of these islands are connected by miles of sand dunes, peppered with fuzzy tufts of grass. Shaped by wind and waves, the iron-rich red and grey sandstone cliffs amaze with their spectacular forms.

The coastline here is dotted with harbors, multi-colored houses and picturesque bays. We dock in Cap-aux-Meules, home to more than half of the archipelago’s population. Long before the arrival of Europeans, native people came to these islands to fish and hunt for seal and sea cows. Preceded by Basque fishermen, Jaques Cartier arrived in 1534, and by 1765, the islands were inhabited by 22 French-speaking Acadians and their families.

The locals who live here today are called Madelinots, and they identify themselves both as Acadians and Québécois. Others are descendants of survivors from the more than 400 shipwrecks on the island. Come ashore and discover this little outpost, where high winds and ocean storms are a part of life. Have a nibble at Café la Côte, Pas Perdu, Café d’Chez Nous or something to drink at Bar Le Central to feel the island’s bohemian pulse. If you feel like being active, you can go kayaking or enjoy a hike in this relatively flat terrain.

Day 8
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Flora, Fauna and Magnificent Birds


Location : Bonaventure Island

Famous as the home for over 280,000 gannets, Bonaventure Island is one of the world’s largest and most accessible gannet colonies. It is also home to numerous grey seals, who enjoy basking on the rocks of this uninhabited National Park. The imposing Percé Rock, at 289 feet high and 1,437 wide, provides a spectacular light show through its natural arch at sunset. Join us as we cruise around the island in our small boats or enjoy one of the numerous hiking trails in the Percé area for spectacular views.

Day 9
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Wildlife and Power


Location : Baie Comeau

Baie Comeau is situated banks of the St. Lawrence and Mancouagan Rivers, making it an ideal location for creating hydroelectricity, and the Manicougan Reservoir Dam produces vast amounts of power for the Québec region.  This area has abundant wildlife and you may just get a glimpse of whales, moose  and reindeer!  Enjoy a hike to really explore the region.  

Day 10
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Beauty and Tranquillity on the River


Location : Saguenay and Saguenay River

We spend the morning cruising up the Saguenay River which was carved by glaciers over 10,000 years ago – featuring cliffs rising up to over 1,300 feet.  Along the river, picturesque villages dot the shores.

The city of Saguenay lies 125 miles north of Québec City with around 150,000 people calling it home.  This lively city is sure to delight you with the sheer number of experiences on offer.  Well-landscaped hiking trails with breath-taking views take you amongst lush forests and ravines. 

Relish in some of the renowned culinary delights of the area – well known for organic produce, microbreweries and cheese.  And of course there is La Fabuleuse – a captivating performance that showcases Saguenay’s fascinating history in a unique sound and visual display.

Day 11
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The Soul of Canada


Location : Québec City

Our last morning and we arrive at Québec City - known as the soul of Québec. Dating back to 1608, the Old Town is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. As one of Northern Canada’s oldest towns, the city is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets with stone buildings and houses from a bygone era. 

The Old Town of Québec is split in two, known as the Upper and Lower Towns. The city is a perfect size for exploring the museums and narrow streets on foot. Perched at the top of the Upper Old Town and located inside the walls of Old Québec are the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel as well as La Citadelle, both with magnificent views of the St. Lawrence River.

Arrival May 02, 2019

Location Québec City
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