Time stands still in the Canadian Maritimes... preserving a way of life that honors the land and sea - and a cultural mix of early French, Irish, Scottish and English influences. Halifax invites reflection with gracious Victorian parks and gardens. Fishing hamlets in Nova Scotia celebrate their rich seafaring heritage. Diverse cultural influences are chronicled in Lunenburg; in Acadian rug-making traditions that produced "talking" works of art chronicling the struggles of pioneer families; and at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts. Culinary specialties are on the menu from fresh lobster on Prince Edward Island to a Nova Scotia oyster shucking demonstration to a "Kitchen Party" at the Keltic Lodge. Tauck's New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia tour immerses you in the lure and lore of this down-to-earth, mystical world of mountain lakes, eagles, whales, fishermen, and the sea.
Day 1 Arrive Halifax Meals D Tour begins: The Prince George Hotel at 5:30 PM.
A transfer is included upon arrival from Halifax Airport to The Prince George Hotel in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of the beautiful Public Gardens. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at the Citadel, a 19th-century fortress on a hilltop overlooking the city and the harbor.
Lodging The Prince George Hotel
Day 2 Seaside Lunenburg and picturesque Peggy's Cove Meals B, D
From cosmopolitan, eclectic Halifax, drive to the nearby fishing village of Lunenburg for a walking tour with a local guide. Old Town Lunenburg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the best surviving examples of a planned British Colonial settlement in North America. This town once excelled at wooden shipbuilding, and its masterpiece was the Bluenose, a fishing schooner that was a legendary racer. Enjoy free time to explore before the drive to Mahone Bay, a picture-postcard maritime town, and Peggy's Cove - population 76. Peggy.s Cove is a place on this Nova Scotia tour that is truly a world apart; nestled on a rocky coastline with stunning vistas, it is a magnet for artists and photographers. Return to Halifax this afternoon and have dinner at your leisure at the hotel this evening.
The Prince George Hotel
Day 3 A Nova Scotia cruise in Halifax and on to Moncton Meals B, D
Begin the day with a tour of Halifax, a city with its eyes on the future and feet firmly in the past. Fresh sea air enhances its exhilarating mix of modern towers and colonial brick buildings, avenues lined with hip cafes, shops and galleries, surrounded by gracious Victorian parks and gardens. Then, a guided cruise on Halifax Harbour views the city's significant landmarks from a unique perspective - and provides unusual insights, such a look at its raucous privateering history. Lunch is on your own; later, embark on a journey through central Nova Scotia's beautiful and diverse landscape and on into New Brunswick. Arrive late afternoon in Moncton, "the crossroads of the Maritimes" on the Petitcodiac River. Your hotel is the Delta Beausejour in the historic downtown area, where you'll dine a la carte tonight in the hotel's restaurant, Windjammer, awarded three Michelin stars for fine dining.
Lodging Delta Beausejour
Day 4 Nature at Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy and lunch at a New Brunswick village inn
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Torrential tides and surface water carve towering rock formations out of the cliffs at Hopewell Cape on the Bay of Fundy; at low tide, they stand on the beach like sculptures in a vast outdoor gallery. View firsthand this land of giants to feel the awesome power that shapes these stones, tunnels through them, and covers them at a depth of 50 feet or more when the tide comes in. Continue onward for a photo-op at one of the regions' picture-perfect covered bridges, then on to Alma for lunch at a New Brunswick inn before returning to Moncton for dinner and an evening spent as you please.
Lodging Delta Beausejour
Day 5 Prince Edward Island and its capital, Charlottetown
Meals B, D
Cross the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island, truly a storybook setting where you'll find yourself immersed in picturesque, inspirational scenes of Victorian farmsteads, green rolling fields, and red sand beaches reposing between seas and skies of vibrant blue. Today's final destination is Charlottetown, known as "The Birthplace of Canada" and the capital city of Prince Edward Island. Your accommodations for the next two nights are in the heart of Charlottetown at the Delta Prince Edward, overlooking the downtown harbor. Just steps away from the winding boardwalk and adjacent to the many shops of Peake's Wharf, the hotel enjoys an ideal location from which to explore the sites on your own. Have dinner at your leisure tonight at the hotel.
Lodging Delta Prince Edward
Day 6 P.E.I. National Park and landscapes of "Anne of Green Gables" Meals B, D
Red-sand beaches line the shores of Prince Edward Island National Park, along with wind-sculpted dunes, salt marshes and broad inlets that provide safe harbor for seabirds and seafarers. Explore the park after spending the morning at leisure, taking note of its fragile ecosystem and gentle beauty. Continue on to the fishing village of North Rustico Harbour to see its iconic lighthouse and scenic views, embodying a way of life that has flourished on the island since 1790. Step back in time on a visit to Green Gables Heritage Place, the site of the home and farm that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery's literary masterpiece, Anne of Green Gables. Go inside "Anne's" home and view rooms set up as they were described by the author. Stroll the grounds to learn more about rural life in the early 20th century, before savoring a taste of island life at a local restaurant renowned for its lobster dishes.
Lodging Delta Prince Edward
Day 7 Cape Breton Island, Bras d'or Lake and a remote hotel Meals B, L, D
Ferry to mainland Nova Scotia, where you'll drive over a causeway to Cape Breton Island. Known to the French as "Isle Royale," this island changed hands between colonial powers several times, creating a unique culture that blends Acadian and Gaelic traditions. Journey through a dramatic landscape that echoes the Highlands and the great shoreline cliffs of Brittany in France; enjoy some panoramic views of the Canso Causeway at lunch today. Travel along the coast of Bras d'Or Lake, which is an inland sea ringed with cliffs and rolling mountains - it's a favorite fishing spot for bald eagles. Drive north to Ingonish and the Keltic Lodge, nestled on a cliff surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The setting for your three-night stay is picturesque, remote, dramatic - and wildly beautiful.
Lodging Keltic Lodge
Day 8 A day as you please at Ingonish Beach, and a little taste of Cape Breton Island
Meals B, D
Your day begins with a presentation by a naturalist who educates you on the indigenous wildlife, then the remainder of the day is spent as you please at your lodge at Ingonish Beach. You may join us for an optional afternoon "walkabout" that spotlights the fascinating history and spectacular setting of the lodge. Or, there are a variety of optional activities at the historic lodge (some at an additional cost), including links golf, tennis, and whale watching; hike the beach or the nature trail, or perhaps enjoy some time at the spa. Prior to dinner this evening you'll get a good "taste" of what Nova Scotia cuisine is all about at a cooking demonstration; of particular note is the unique "oyster shucking" as demonstrated by a local resident.
Lodging Keltic Lodge
Day 9 The beauty of the Cabot Trail and Acadian rug-making... then it's "Kitchen Party" time
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Experience breathtaking coastal landscapes on the Cabot Trail, a serpentine highway that is one of the world's most exciting and scenic drives. The winding road is carved into the side of mountains along unforgettable ocean vistas, ascending to the plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Drive through a landscape rich in rugged barrens, waterfalls, cliffs, and panoramic views of canyons, highlands, and seacoast. Photo stops in Acadian fishing communities lead the way to a rug hooking museum, a showcase for "talking" rugs that speak volumes about a pioneer art that was grown from seed and quietly discloses the trials and tribulations of the women who challenged the wilderness with their families and settled in new frontiers. Then stop in Cheticamp, an Acadian fishing community on Cape Breton Island, for lunch and a taste of their long-cherished cultural heritage. Return along the Cabot Trail to the Keltic Lodge where this evening you'll take part in a unique, lively Cape Breton tradition - a "kitchen party" featuring local cuisine, regional spirits, tastings, and Celtic music.
Lodging Keltic Lodge
Day 10 A little Gaelic culture and Bell's legacy in Baddeck Meals B, L, D
A highlight of this trip is today's visit to the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts at Englishtown, where you'll learn about Nova Scotia's Scottish Gaelic culture. Watch a kilt-making demonstration, and learn a little Gaelic - through song - while learning about the fabric milling tradition. Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell summered in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, after he and his family moved to Canada from Scotland, later setting up his laboratory in this picturesque village. Today's tour of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site includes exhibits showcasing his inventions, from the telephone to ingenious kites, hydrofoils, airplanes and even the metal detector. Have lunch at the Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay and perhaps some free time before continuing on for an overnight at a lovely rustic resort tucked into a wooded setting overlooking the Liscomb River. A cooking demonstration shows you the secrets of making the perfect planked salmon, a specialty of the house at the Liscombe Lodge Resort; then join us for a farewell reception followed by dinner at the resort.
Lodging Liscombe Lodge Resort & Conference Centre
Day 11 Journey home Meals B
Depart Liscombe Lodge Resort to this morning and return to Halifax; travel along one of the most scenic drives in North America, stopping en route in Lake Charlotte to visit a general store that takes you back in time. Tour ends at Halifax International Airport at 12 noon. Arrange flights for after 1.30pm. For guests wishing to extend their stay in Halifax, we can arrange additional nights at The Prince George Hotel; a transfer to Halifax International Airport is included for these bookings. Allow a minimum of two hours for check-in.
A private reception and dinner in Halifax at the Citadel, its treasured 19th-century fortress
A "Kitchen Party" at the Keltic Lodge, with local cuisine and lively Celtic music
A Cruise of Halifax Harbour to explore its unique features and dramatic history
A visit to the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts on Cape Breton Island to learn about Nova Scotia's Scottish Gaelic culture and watch a demonstration in the art of kilt making
A Visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck
Learn about oyster shucking and Nova Scotia's regional cuisine at included demonstrations
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
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