1 Welcome to Montreal.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Welcome to the Great White North. On arrival at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, you will begin your journey with a transfer to your luxury hotel, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. One of Montreal's most iconic landmarks, the hotel has been boldly decorated to reflect the golden years of Montreal with new, bright and dynamic interiors. Located in the heart of the city's thriving shopping and business district, enjoy a leisurely browse around the stores or simply relax at your hotel before you meet your fellow travellers and Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner in the evening. (DW) Stay: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal.
2 Highlights of Montreal.
Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning before heading out to explore historic Old Montreal with a local guide. Situated on the edge of the Saint Lawrence River, stroll through its cobblestone streets and visit the Old Port, where Montreal founder, Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, is said to have anchored in 1642. Later, visit the dramatic Notre Dame Basilica to see its stained-glass windows. This ornate building was constructed between 1824 and 1829 and was created in a Gothic Revival style. Originally designed by esteemed artist Jean-Baptiste Lagacé, the church's intricate interior decoration was completed in 1880 by architect Victor Bourgeau. After a morning exploring, you'll be driven from Montreal to Quebec City. Once there, you'll be checked in to your hotel for the night, the blissful Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, where you'll be given river-view rooms. Freshen up at your hotel before a delicious dining experience at Chez Rioux & Pettigrew, famous for its authentic cuisine and high-quality seasonal ingredients. (B/DW) Stay: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City (Deluxe Riverview Rooms).
3 Quintessential Quebec.
The day begins with a guided walking tour of Old Quebec. See the Citadel of Quebec, the Latin Quarter, the National Assembly and the Place-Royale, as you explore the city's Old Town. As one of North America's oldest settlements, it also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the Canadian cities with the most French influence. Leave this pretty city behind as you make your way to your VIP experience on Île d'Orléans. Stop at Confiturerie Tigidou, a local artisan jam workshop, where you will be met by your hosts or “sorcerers”, Catherine and Vincent – natives of the island have historically always called themselves “sorcerers”, due to the great numbers of fireflies that appear at night. Be welcomed into their shop by the sweet smell of cooked berries. The couple close the store exclusively for Luxury Gold guests, allowing you to learn more about the delicious jams, their passion for healthy food and life on the island in a private session. You'll be provided with a delicious picnic basket filled with flavoursome goodies to indulge on outside, with views of lush rolling hills and the garden of Tigidou. Back in Quebec City, your evening is at leisure. Ask your Travelling Concierge for recommendations on where to head for dinner. (B/L)
4 Quebec City to Whitefield.
Start the day with a journey to Quebec's area known as the Eastern Townships. Pass the beautiful Memphrémagog region and stop at the Abbaye De Saint-Benoit-Du-Lac for a private guided tour of the cloisters and church. Founded in 1912, this quaint building still houses some 30 monks who live by the rule of St. Benedict. Enjoy a hearty lunch and learn about the cheese and cider that is made at the Abbaye by the monks. Later, move on to Le Vignoble Le Cep d'Argent, where you will indulge in the world of Champagne in the Eastern Townships and learn about the historic controversy of differentiating champagne from sparkling wine. Witness the final steps of the traditional method of making sparkling wine, including a live disgorging by the owner, just before corking. You'll then get to taste the Brut Nature, something exclusive to Luxury Gold guests, before one lucky traveler gets to saber a bottle of the sparkling wine – you'll be given a small course on how to do it first. The experience concludes with the tasting of some of the products that are produced at Le Vignoble Le Cep d'Argent, including l'Archer, a type of Port wine with maple syrup. End the day in your beautiful hotel, Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa. Set high among the spectacular peaks of the White Mountains, you'll have panoramic views of the New Hampshire White Mountain vistas. (B/L) Stay: Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa, Whitefield.
5 White Mountains Sightseeing.
Wake to storybook views at your hotel before heading out for more breathtaking scenery aboard the Mount Washington Cog Railway. This morning journey to the summit of Mount Washington, where you'll find 360° views of the surrounding areas including up to five states, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. Once there explore, take in the summit and head to the Sherman Visitor Centre. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a National Historic Engineering Landmark and part of America's heritage. Later, take time for lunch in North Conway before exploring North Conway Village. This quintessential New England suburb is home to a number of quaint shops, cafes, a beautiful park, historic train station, museums and dining options. Journey along the famous Kancamagus Highway. This 34.5-mile scenic drive in Northern New Hampshire is known as one of the best viewing areas to experience the magnificent orange hues of America's fall in all its glory. Now a designated American Scenic Byway, take in its beauty from the comfort of your luxury coach, as you cut through the White Mountain National Forest, with its breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbaday Falls, Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge. Step outside the deck that overlooks waterfalls and the Koi pond before enjoying a Dinner with Wine with your fellow travellers in the elegant Garden Room of your resort. (B/DW)
6 A Sweet Serving of Stowe.
Today you'll join the Rock of Ages quarry stonemasons as they tell their fascinating stories about creating monument stonework sculptures, mausoleums and civic monuments featured throughout the United States. See how the craftsmen work with Barre granite and view the quarry from where this world-famous stone is taken. Later, you'll move to Woodstock, one of New England's walkable villages. Chartered in 1761, this pretty Vermont destination is known for its artisan culture and American charm. The Woodstock Village Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features its own covered bridge spanning over the Ottauquechee River. In the afternoon, travel through the heart of beautiful Vermont, through state forests and past its famous ski areas and local farms. Check in to your accommodation, the Sagamore Resort on Lake George. Originally built in 1883, the Sagamore is an elegant nod to a bygone era. You'll stay in lakefront rooms in the historic main building and enjoy the hotel's facilities, including award-winning restaurants, pool and waterfront areas. Nourish your taste palates with a delicious Dinner and Wine at one of the resort's eight restaurants. (B/DW) Stay: Stowe Mountain Resort.
7 The Magnificent Adirondacks.
Prepare yourself for another journey of spectacular scenery as you drive through the impressive Adirondack Mountains, a massive, six million-acre natural park. Take in these incredible vistas of towering trees as you make your way to the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. Once here you'll get an insight into people's connections to the Adirondacks through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and culturally rich collections. From the Vanderbilts to the Rockefellers, the Adirondacks were the playground of the rich and famous of the Gilded Age, attracting guests keen for a mountain getaway. The elite would escape the city and “rough it” in luxury compounds, designed to blend into their natural surroundings from the outside. Still in existence, they are now known as the Adirondack Great Camps of the Gilded Age. Take a look inside the most extravagant of them all, the Vanderbilt's Great Camp Sagamore. Built on the shores of Shedd Lake, it is a National Historic Landmark. Dine like a Vanderbilt at the estate for lunch and find out more about the heritage of the region and the Historic Great Camps. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Take in the natural beauty of the area from the hotel's grounds or perhaps ask your Travelling Concierge for tips on where to dine or things to do locally. (B/L) Stay: Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort, Lenox.
8 From Lake George to New York City.
A day made for history and nature enthusiasts, start your morning with a journey along the Hudson River, a place Henry James famously called “The Great Romantic Stream.” Stop off in the capital city of Albany, where you will see the State Capitol Building, a National Historic Landmark that was built in 1899. Continue south to the scenic Hudson Valley. A National Heritage Area, Hudson Valley is known for its picturesque farms, Victorian cottages, apple orchards and old-money mansions built by New York's elite. Unsurprisingly, its beauty became romanticised by the painters of the Hudson River School. In the afternoon you'll visit Hyde Park and the Culinary Institute of America, which is widely recognised as the world's premier culinary college. Enjoy a delicious farm-to-table lunch in the institute's American Bounty Restaurant, which focuses on local produce from the Hudson Valley, paired with New York State wines. Later, take a guided tour of Kykuit. Home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, it was once the residence of John D. Rockefeller, who at one point was the richest man in America. Steeped in history, discover its art collection, architecture and immaculate grounds. It was originally designed as a steep-roofed, three-story mansion but was rebuilt a few years later in a Classical Revival Georgian form. In 1979 it was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Head south into the heart of New York City, where your hotel awaits. Bordering the southern edge of Central Park, JW Marriott Essex House makes for a rejuvenating stay. Now a member of the Historic Hotels of America, this famous venue began construction one day after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, but did not open until 1931. Known for housing celebrities, then presenter of the Saturday Night Live Show, Don Pardo, used to announce that, “Guests of Saturday Night Live stay at the Marriott's Essex House,” during each episode. Your evening is free for you to choose from one of Manhattan's restaurants. Ask your Travelling Concierge for tips on where to head. If you're drawn to the bright lights and exciting shows of Broadway, ask them to help you book an experience in advance. (B/L) Stay: Essex House, New York.
9 Manhattan Sightseeing.
After a relaxed morning, join your Local Expert as you explore the sights and sounds of New York City. Start in Central Park, the most visited urban park in the United States, before making your way through the trendy Upper West Side, past the esteemed Julliard School and Lincoln Center. After passing through Times Square and the Broadway theatre district, make a stop at one of America's great gourmet food halls, Chelsea Market. Take a short walk to the High Line with your local guide and learn how this former freight rail line on Manhattan's West Side was saved from demolition and transformed into a peaceful public park for the local community. Your guide will reveal all the hidden spots and historic sites that surround you as you make your way to the Hudson Yards, an entirely new neighbourhood. Learn more about this ambitious project and be inspired to climb the Vessel, a new interactive structure from which people can enjoy viewsof the city. In the evening enjoy a Celebration Dinner with your fellow travellers at one of New York's acclaimed restaurants. (B/DW)
10 Farewell New York.
Bid farewell to your travelling companions as you are transferred to JFK, LaGuardia or Newark Airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home. (B)