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A botanically themed tour with expert guide.

Explore New York Botanical Gardens
Sail past the Statue of Liberty
See Roosevelt's former home and garden
Visit the Vanderbilt Mansion The Mount, Edith Warton's garden
Travel along the Erie Canal to Thousand Islands
Explore Mt Vernon, home of America's first 'gardening president'
See Winterthur and Longwood Gardens in the Brandywine Valley
Visit Singer Castle in Chippewa Bay
See the sights of Quebec
Visit the Jardin Botanique Roger-Van den Hende Gardens in Quebec
Travel to Montreal City and enjoy a guided tour


 Day 1. Arrive Washington

Be met at the airport and join your fellow travellers for dinner at 6.30pm.
Stay: Two Nights: Washington DC, Marriott Wardman Hotel or similar
Daily Meals Included: * Dinner

 Day 2. Washington and Mt. Vernon

See the sights of Washington including the White House. Visit Mt Vernon, the former home of America's first 'gardening President', George Washington, as well as Arlington Cemetery.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner

 Day 3. Virginia and Philadelphia

Travel through southern Pennsylvania and explore an Amish farm house. Visit Meadowbrook Farm.
Stay: Two Nights: Philadelphia, Sofitel Philadelphia or similar
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner

 Day 4. Brandywine Valley

Visit Winterthur Garden. Spend the afternoon at Longwood Gardens, with 20 outdoor display gardens, as well as lakes, meadows and forest walks.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner

 Day 5. Philadelphia, New York City

Today you will tour the city of Philadelphia and visit Bartram's Gardens. Then continue to New York City where you will board your ship.
Stay: 14 Nights: aboard the comfortable RV Grand Mariner
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner

 Day 6. New York City and Bear Mountain

Begin your morning with a visit to the famed New York Botanical Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, boasting one of the world's greatest collections of flora. Its 250 acres include some of the most beautiful natural terrain, including dramatic rock outcroppings, rolling hills, waterfalls and ponds. It also houses the nation's largest Victorian-era glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. A visit to Kykuit later today, is sure to be amazing. A preeminent Hudson Valley landmark and home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, Kykuit displays magnificent expansive garden terraces, garden ornaments and many fountains, as well as, spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. Your day culminates with a cocktail party atop the deck of your ship as you bid farewell to New York City. Enjoy the unparalleled views of the harbour, the illuminated Statue of Liberty and the iconic city skyline.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 7. Roosevelt Estate and Gardens, Poughkeepsie

A short cruise takes you from Bear Mountain to West Point, New York, located in the heart of the Hudson River Valley. Visit the beautiful West Point Military Academy campus, including its Gothic Revival-style chapel. The Academy is an internationally recognised institution for academic, military and physical excellence. Heading north on the Hudson River you will stop in Poughkeepsie. Enjoy a tour of Historic Hyde Park, including a visit to Springwood, the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, America's only four-term president. Next visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, a National Historic Site. You are sure to enjoy its 211 acres of park land that boast centuries old tree plantings and stunning Hudson River and Catskill Mountain views.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 8. The Mount, Naumkeag Mansion and Gardens

Arrive in Troy early this morning, known for its unparalleled Victorian architecture and abundant Tiffany windows as seen in such films as Martin Scorsese's Age of Innocence. Here, witness the unique feat of lowering the ship's pilot house as we prepare to travel under the low bridges of the Erie Canal. A visit to The Mount is sure to be a fascinating one of historical significance; especially for those interested in women's history. It is a turn-of-the-century home that Edith Wharton designed and built herself. She was an established author of fiction, architecture and gardens. Later visit Naumkeag Mansion and Gardens and experience a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age. Marvel at this rare Berkshire 'Cottage', its magnificent gardens and the incredible panoramic view.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 9. Troy, Erie Canal Lock 11 and Amsterdam

Today your river ship will pass through Lock 11 of the Erie Canal to Amsterdam.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 10. Amsterdam and Sylvan Beach

Today you will enjoy a full day on the Erie Canal taking in the unspoiled beauty of the surrounding countryside. During the day, you may choose to visit Cooperstown and meet the ship later in the day at Sylvan Beach. Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Cooperstown is best known as the Birthplace of Baseball and is home to the renowned Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum houses an astonishing 40,000 items, three million books and 500,000 photographs, and was built in an effort to celebrate one of America's favourite sports. Watch America's history come alive in this picturesque town that combines big-city excitement with small town charm. Tonight in Sylvan Beach, on the shores of shimmering Oneida Lake, a local performer will entertain with the history and period music of the Erie Canal.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 11. Sylvan Beach and Oswego Canal

Cruise along the Oswego Canal to Oswego on the shores of magnificent Lake Ontario. You may choose to take a local shuttle on a panoramic loop around this charming area and view some of the highlights.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 12. Boldt Castle and Garden, Thousand Island and Alexander Bay

Cruise to Clayton. Visit the Antique Boat Museum and the majestic Boldt Castle and Gardens where you will learn of the touching story behind its creation.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 13. Alexander Bay, Dark Island and Ogdensburg

Visit tiny Dark Island in Chippewa Bay and tour Singer Castle. Afterwards, journey on to Ogdensburg where you might like to visit the Frederic Remington Art Museum.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 14. St. Lawrence Seaway

Crossing into Canada, you will cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of locks, canals, and channels dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands, and amazing wildlife habitats.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 15. Quebec City

This morning you have the option to choose one of two impressive garden tours in Quebec; the Jardin Botanique Roger-Van den Hende or a private tour of La Seigneurie de I'ile d'Orleans. Either is sure to be a delight to the eye and soul. In the afternoon, a tour will introduce you to the charms and highlights of beautiful city of Quebec.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 16. Rimouski, Les Jardins de Metis

Cruise north along the St. Lawrence River passing the beautiful Saguenay River en-route to Rimouski. Be sure to look out for whales as this passageway is one of the world's best locales for whale watching. A private visit and guided tour of Les Jardins de Metis (also known as, Reford Gardens) is sure to be a fascinating one. The garden is full of character; it is bold and unique and innovative, yet traditional. Few gardens have been built in such difficult and harsh conditions as the Quebec climate; it is a story of triumph.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 17. Saguenay River and St. Lawrence River

Cruise to the breathtaking Saguenay River, boarded by dramatic cliffs which create some of Canada's most stunning natural scenery. You then cruise south on the St. Lawrence River to your next destination, Montreal.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 18. Montreal

Arrive in Montreal this afternoon and embark on a brief city highlights tour. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Jardin Botanique de Montreal located in the Olympic Park. Here, marvel at over 20,000 species of plants as you explore the 31 gardens over 75 hectares.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

 Day 19. Depart Montreal

Disembark in Montreal and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast