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Garden Cruise to USA & Canada with Jane Edmanson

18
Nights
2017
Oct 11
From
$9995
Including flights, accommodation, guided sightseeing,
tours, meals, entertainment onboard Crown Princess
Definite
Departure

Explore the stunning Autumn Colours of the USA and Canada with Jane Edmanson. Visiting New York City, Newport Rhode Island, Boston, Bar Harbor, USA; Saint John (New Brunswick), Halifax, Charlottetown, Sydney (Nova Scotia), Quebec & Montreal, Canada

Highlights Include

  • A sightseeing tour of exciting New York
  • New York Botanical Garden comprising 101 hectares and 50 speciality gardens
  • Boscobel House and Gardens
  • Kykuit House and Garden - hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family
  • The Breakers, the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages”
  • A city tour with a local guide of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Gardens at Mount Desert Island Maine
  • The quiet and contemplative garden of Asticou Azalea Garden
  • A guided tour of the town Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • The Halifax Public Gardens open since 1875
  • A relaxing walking tour of the Colonial Town of Old Sydney
  • Visit Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silverbush
  • Jane Edmanson will give a talk about her life in the media
  • A sightseeing tour of Quebec
  • A guided tour of old Montreal
  • Chateau de Ramezay built in 1705
  • Montréal Botanic Garden
Garden Cruise to USA and Canada with Jane Edmanson Map

Includes

  • Economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Adelaide/ Perth to New York City and from Montreal back to Australia
  • Travel on Crown Princess in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Crown Princess
  • Private activities on board Crown Princess
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in New York City including breakfasts
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Montreal including breakfasts
  • Welcome dinner in New York and Farewell dinner in Montreal
  • Sightseeing tours of New York City, Newport Rhode Island, Boston, Bar Harbor, USA; Saint John, Halifax, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Charlottetown, Quebec & Montreal, Canada
  • Tour leadership by Jane Edmanson
  • Fully escorted by a professional Travelrite International Tour Manager
  • Port and handling charges on Crown Princess
  • Cruise taxes
  • Air taxes as of 1 October 2016
  • Onboard gratuities
Jane Edmanson

Jane Edmanson

Jane Edmanson is a well-known garden identity, has presented radio 3AW’s The Big Backyard every Saturday and Sunday morning for twenty-seven years. Jane has also been seen regularly on ABC television’s national Gardening Australia for the past twenty seven years. She writes gardening articles for magazines and has given talks on gardening during this time. Jane has been awarded the OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia). This will be the twenty sixth year that Jane has accompanied garden tours for Travelrite International.

Crown Princess Deck plans

Crown Princess

With her beautiful yet simple design, Crown Princess has 19 decks and 1,538 staterooms and lots of public spaces onboard for passengers to revel in. From Vines, the wine bar, where you can catch a snack to the Lotus Spa and Fitness Center, which offers massages that will take all your stress away, this ship has it all. Even if all you want is a great meal, you’ve got lots of options to choose from, including three formal dining rooms and the relaxed and fun Scoops, an ice cream sundae bar. Crown Princess offers a wide range of accommodation options with 80 percent of exterior cabins appointed with private balconies. All staterooms are appointed with minifridges, closets and satellite TVs. Nights are always abuzz with activity, and it’s up to you to choose your pleasure – from live theater and the big screen, to plush lounges and much more. A voyage on Crown Princess is an experience to be savoured and remembered.

Clothing on board the Crown Princess

During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the formal restaurants. During the evening on formal nights, a dinner suit or dark suit for gentlemen and eveningwear for ladies is required in the main restaurants. There are usually two formal nights. Casual nights require a collared shirt for gentlemen. The self-service restaurants are casual.

Day 1
Wednesday October 11, 2017

New York, USA

We depart Australia today on our flight to New York City. We arrive the same day as we depart because we cross the International Date Line. We will be met at the airport by our private coach and transferred to our hotel.

Day 2
Thursday October 12, 2017

New York, USA

This morning we will have a sightseeing tour of exciting New York. We will see the famous Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Ground Zero Area and the United Nations Building. We will have a short walk around Central Park, the “lungs of the city”. This afternoon we travel to Long Island to visit Old Westbury Gardens. Home of the Phipps family, the garden was designed by George Crawley and completed in 1906. The 81 hectares of gardens include formal gardens, lakes, wooded trails all set around a magnificent Charles II-style mansion.

Day 3
Friday October 13, 2017

New York, USA

This morning we travel to New York Botanical Garden comprising 101 hectares and 50 speciality gardens and plant collections. Features include the Bronx River and cascading waterfall, 20 hectares of historic forest and one of the largest Victorian glasshouses in America and more. We continue to Highline Park on Manhattan Island. This 2.3km section of the former elevated rail spur called the West Side Line has been redesigned and planted as an aerial park. It starts with a thicket of shrubs and small trees that leads to an open lawn and an elevated walkway through sumac and magnolia trees. We will enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. Jane Edmanson will welcome the group and outline the wonderful experiences we will have during the tour.

Day 4
Saturday October 14, 2017

New York, USA

Today we visit Boscobel House and Gardens. Visitors are continually drawn to Boscobel’s beautiful grounds and gardens and the breathtaking views over the Hudson River from the property. At the front of the house is a great lawn and on the other side is a rose garden with 150 varieties. There is an orchard, a herb and vegetable garden. There will be time to explore before we transfer to Kykuit House and Garden. This hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we visit the expansive terraced garden, which contains Nelson Rockefeller exceptional collection of 20th century sculptures.

Day 5
Sunday October 15, 2017

New York, USA

We will enjoy free time for independent sightseeing before we are transferred to Cape Liberty, New Jersey to board the Crown Princess for the start of our Garden Cruise to see the Autumn Colours. Make sure that you’re up on deck as the Crown Princess slips her mooring’s and makes her way out of the Hudson with one of the most iconic cityscapes in the world, New York City.

Day 6
Monday October 16, 2017

Newport, Rhode Island

We dock in Newport Rhode Island today. This island is well known as a holiday location for the famous and wealthy and for the summer White Houses, which were used during Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy’s presidencies. We visit the The Breakers, the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages” and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial pre-eminence in turn of the century America. We continue with a visit to The Elms, the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. The elaborate Classical Revival gardens in the grounds were developed between 1907 and 1914 and were recently restored. They include terraces displaying marble and bronze sculpture, a park of fine specimen trees and a lavish lower garden featuring marble pavilions, fountains, a sunken garden and carriage house and garage. Jane will make sure that you get the most out of our visits on Rhode Island.

Day 7
Tuesday October 17, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

This morning we arrive in Boston, known as the cradle of American Independence and is now New England’s centre for finance and technology. The home of Harvard University, the area is among the most varied and interesting in America. We will have a city tour with a local guide. During the tour we will see Paul Revere’s House and Kings Chapel, home to the largest and sweetest-sounding bell. We will also see Faneuil Hall, and the Old Statehouse, which was the seat of Colonial Government from 1713. In the afternoon we visit Long Hill. This Federal-style home was the summer retreat of Mabel Sedgwick. This garden with much interest was a garden for living, with integrated outdoor rooms. The garden is flanked by 40 hectares of woodland.

Day 8
Wednesday October 18, 2017

Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

We travel to Mount Desert Island Maine, after arriving in Bar Harbor, to visit two gardens kept open by the Land and Garden Preserve. We will visit Thuya Garden and Lodge a wonderful blend of semi-formal English border beds and indigenous eastern Maine woodlands. Thuya Lodge was constructed in 1912 and used as a summer house. From 1956 to 1961 Charles Savage created the garden we see today. The herbaceous borders are a pleasing mix of colourful annuals and perennials defining the sides of an expanse of grass lawns, which leads to a shallow reflecting pool. We will also visit Asticou Azalea Garden and enjoy the quiet and contemplative garden. We travel along spectacular Loop Road located in Acadia National Park, where we have glorious views over the Atlantic Ocean. Arcadia National Park is a haven for one thousand one hundred plant species.

Day 9
Thursday October 19, 2017

Saint John, Canada

Located on Canada’s South-Eastern Atlantic seaboard, where the Bay of Fundy meets the mouth of the Saint John River, Saint John is a quaint harbour town of nearly 130,000 residents. It is one of the oldest cities in North America. Throughout the 16th century, ships from European countries used the harbour as a fishing base. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Old Town. We visit the Commissariat House. Dating from 1820, this clapboard house was one of the few buildings to escape the 19thcentury fires. We travel to Signal Hill where Marconi sent the first radio signal. We visit the Johnson CEO Centre, which is built into the rock on signal Hill. One of the exhibits is the Titanic story, which gives an overview of the famous disaster.

Day 10
Friday October 20, 2017

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

This morning we arrive in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest urban area in Atlantic Canada. We will enjoy a guided tour of the town and see some of the historic sites and landmarks such as the Spring Garden Road area, the Province House, Old Town Clock, St Paul’s Church, City Hall, Grand Parade, Government House and Point Pleasant Park. We visit the 19th-century Halifax Citadel National Historic Park, where we will have a spectacular view of the downtown area. Our next stop is the Halifax cemetery where some of those who perished on the Titanic are buried. In the afternoon we will visit the Halifax Public Gardens open since 1875, set out in a Victorian style with three ponds and fountains and two stone bridges. The beautiful trees will be in glorious autumn colours.

Day 11
Saturday October 21, 2017

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Today we will enjoy a relaxing walking tour of the Colonial Town of Old Sydney, founded by Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution. We will see six buildings that were constructed in the late 18th century and another two which were built at the turn of the 19th century. Full of rich storytelling and friendly characters, this tour will also take us to St. Patrick’s, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Cape Breton; Cossit House, built in 1787; and Jost House, offering interesting exhibits from this same period.

Day 12
Sunday October 22, 2017

Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

We dock in Charlottetown, the gracious capital of Prince Edward Island, with street’s lined with colourful planters. The Island is renowned for its food producers. We will visit La Serena farm, which displays wonderful seasonal vegetables. Prince Edward Island is the location for the novels “Anne of Green Gables” and the home of the author. We visit Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silverbush. This is the spacious house where the author Lucy Maud Montgomery visited relatives and where she was married in 1911.

Day 13
Monday October 23, 2017

At sea

Today is free to enjoy the ships facilities. Perhaps enjoy a spa in the beautiful wellness centre. In the afternoon Jane Edmanson will give a talk about her life in the media. We continue with Jane leading a Gardening Trivia competition. We will divide the group into teams with prizes for the winning team.

Day 14
Tuesday October 24, 2017

Quebec, Canada

We arrive in Quebec this morning. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the main sights of this attractive city. The lower town has streets lined with shops and art galleries, which reflect the streets 18th-century heritage. We see the Royal Battery, which has been reconstructed and replicas of 18thcentury canons which are on display. We travel to Place Royal square in the upper town, which was the hub of the city’s economic activity until the mid-19th century. We see the Citadel and Quebec’s fortifications. We return to the ship for our last night aboard Crown Princess.

Day 15
Wednesday October 25, 2017

Montreal, Canada

After disembarking we travel to Montreal. On arrival we will enjoy a guided tour of old Montreal. We see bustling Place Jacques Cartier and the Basilique Notre Dame situated in Place D’Armes. We see the Old Seminary built by Sulpician missionaries in 1685, it is the oldest building in Montreal. The downtown area of Montreal has a North American look with wide thoroughfares winding through a forest of skyscrapers. We check-in to our hotel late afternoon.

Day 16
Thursday October 26, 2017

Montreal, Canada

This morning we visit Chateau de Ramezay built in 1705 as the residence of Montreal Governor Claude de Ramezay. It is now a museum of early Quebec history and the enclosed garden next door has been re-created to look like a vegetable garden of the 17th and 18th century. This afternoon will be free for individual exploration. We enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening to say goodbye to group members.

Day 17
Friday October 27, 2017

Departure

We visit the Montréal Botanic Garden late morning. It comprises 75 hectares made up of 20 themed gardens and ten exhibition glasshouses. We will see trees with gorgeous fall colours. Late afternoon we travel to the airport to depart for our return to Australia.

Day 18
Saturday October 28, 2017

In flight

Day 19
Sunday October 29, 2017

Arrival Australia

The tour group arrives in Australia and the tour concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
IF Inside 5,8,14,15 $9,995 $13,200
IE Inside 8,9,10,11,12,14 $10,195 $13,330
IC Inside 5,8,14,15 $10,365 $13,590
IB Inside 9,10,11,12 $10,430 $13,720
IA Inside 10,11,12 $10,500 $13,850
OZ Outside* 8,15 $10,895 $14,425
OW Outside* 8 $11,095 $14,825
BF Balcony 14,15 $11,895 $16,450
BE Balcony 10,11,12,14 $11,950 $16,525
BD Balcony 10,11,12 $11,995 $16,675
BC Balcony 14,15 $12,050 $16,760
BB Balcony 11,12 $12,110 $16,895
BA Balcony 11,12 $12,150 $16,985
B2 Balcony 10 $12,250 $17,185
ME Minisuite 8,9 $12,685 $18,050
MD Minisuite 9 $12,785 $18,250
MB Minisuite 9 $12,995 $18,690
MA Minisuite 9 $13,815 $20,125
S6 Suite 8,9,10 $15,210 $23,095
S4 Suite 14 $16,650 $25,950
Included port and handling charges $565 $565
Included air taxes as of 1/10/2016 $250 $250
Included cruise gratuities $173 $173

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Adelaide/ Perth to New York City and from Montreal back to Australia
  • Travel on Crown Princess in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Crown Princess
  • Private activities on board Crown Princess
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in New York City including breakfasts
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Montreal including breakfasts
  • Welcome dinner in New York and Farewell dinner in Montreal
  • Sightseeing tours of New York City, Newport Rhode Island, Boston, Bar Harbor, USA; Saint John, Halifax, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Charlottetown, Quebec & Montreal, Canada
  • Tour leadership by Jane Edmanson
  • Fully escorted by a professional Travelrite International Tour Manager
  • Port and handling charges on Crown Princess
  • Cruise taxes
  • Air taxes as of 1 October 2016
  • Onboard gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary. These will be quoted for separately.
  • Passport and visa fees – an ESTA for entry to the USA must be obtained
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship or in hotels and dinners in New York, and Montreal when not listed.

Availability

All cabins are subject to cabin availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

Extending

You can stay longer in Canada and the USA for minimal extra cost. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Tour Operator

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Crown Princess is operated by Princess Cruises and the cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Princess Cruises brochure 2017. All passengers must complete and sign a Travelrite International booking form.

Deposit and Payment

A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete the Princess Cruises online cruise personaliser at www.princess.com. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or Mastercard and 3 % for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

Cancellation Charges

Number of days before sailing.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over90 days Loss of deposit
90 - 61 days 25% of full fare
60 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

Refunds

The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced

Travel Documents

All passengers will require a valid passport. Visas are required for Russia. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite.

Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

Baggage

Passengers qualify for 2 pieces free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise. The coach can only accommodate 1 piece of luggage per person.

Travel Documents

All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

Minimum Tour Numbers

The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 91 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

Tour Organisation

Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour

Refunds

The tour is based on arrangements, which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

Responsibilities

Travelrite International Pty Ltd is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/cruises, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/cruises, or by act of God. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/cruise and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria, Australia. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of Princess Cruises cruise passage contract, detailed on the back of the Princess Cruises reservation form. If you do not have a copy of this form please contact Travelrite International and we will send one to you.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $500 for the Garden Exploration of the Hawkesbury Valley and Blue Mountains.

Postal Booking
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103.

Online Booking
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Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free:1800 630 343
Telephone (03) 8803 6868
Fax (03) 9836 8068
Email balwyn@travelrite.com.au

About Travelrite International

Travelrite International Pty is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years and operating in Victoria for more than 35 years. It has two offices at Balwyn and Heathmont which are also accredited with IATA and ATAS (No.A10538). As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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