WONDERS OF THE CANADIAN MARITIMES & SCENIC CAPE BRETON TOUR
9 Days Halifax to Halifax from $1,825 US
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Discover the heart of Canada's Atlantic seacoast on this wonderful vacation. This Eastern Canada tour begins and ends in Halifax with overnights also in Moncton, Charlottetown, and Baddeck. Along the way, you'll experience scenic drives, visit beautiful national parks and quaint fishing villages, and enjoy special adventures.
Tour highlights include a visit to Peggy's Cove, a charming fishing village with the picturesque lighthouse (one of the world's most photographed places), and Lunenburg, a small port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the highest and wildest tides at Hopewell Rocks, where time and tides (up to 50 feet) have created distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees. On Cape Breton Island, keep your camera ready as you embark on the Cabot Trail, one of the most scenic drives in the world, and visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park, resembling the Scottish coastal regions. More scenic beauty awaits you in Prince Edward Island National Park, famous for its wind-sculpted dunes and sandy beaches. Also enjoy a ferry ride across the Northumberland Strait.
There are many out-of-the-ordinary experiences throughout this Eastern Canada tour. For example, visit Glenora Distillery for lunch and a tasting at North America's first distillery of single malt whiskey. You'll be treated to a traditional Ceilidh - a folk music and storytelling party - on Prince Edward Island and a traditional Nova Scotia breakfast at Peggy's Cove.
From the gorgeous scenery and quaint fishing villages to the fun experiences, this tour through Eastern Canada is sure to delight all of your senses!
Day 1: Arrive in Halifax
Welcome to Halifax! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2: Halifax. Excursion to Peggy's Cove & Lunenburg
This morning, visit PEGGY'S COVE, one of Canada's most charming fishing villages. Enjoy a traditional NOVA SCOTIA BREAKFAST, where you can choose local specialties like fish cakes. Make sure to have your camera ready for spectacular shots of this famous lighthouse and picturesque setting. We then venture to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your free time here, explore the quaint Main Street, shop for souvenirs, or spend time at the Fisheries Museum to learn more about this major fishing port. Returning to Halifax, visit the CITADEL with its early 19th-century, star-shaped fort. The rest of the day is at leisure. Maybe visit the Maritimes Museum, which explains the area's seafaring past, or perhaps tour Alexander Keith's Brewery, which has been making the home-grown favorite since the early 1880s. (Breakfast)
Day 3: Halifax-Moncton
This morning, enjoy an orientation of Halifax, including the public gardens and harbor area. Before arriving in New Brunswick, we'll stop at SUGAR MOON FARM to enjoy a Maritime sugar camp lunch, along with a guided tour and traditional sugar camp treat. We spend the evening in Moncton, originally founded by a group of Acadians and then Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants from Philadelphia. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for the best way to spend your evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4: Moncton-Hopewell Rocks-Charlottetown
This morning, travel to HOPEWELL ROCKS and learn about the highest and wildest tides in the world, which rise and fall up to 52 feet. Time and tide have carved from the cliffs and coves distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees. Many of the formations have nicknames inspired by their appearance. Learn more about the region's nature and wildlife with a visit to CAPE JOURIMAIN. Drive across the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge and cross onto Price Edward Island. Tonight, enjoy a LOBSTER SUPPER at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5: Charlottetown
A guided tour of the island includes a drive to the fishing port of North Rustico Harbour to see the sand dunes and lovely beaches of PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND NATIONAL PARK, along with a visit to GREEN GABLES farmhouse. Later, enjoy lunch at PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PRESERVE COMPANY, and be treated to a traditional CEILIDH - a folk music and storytelling party. You are sure to be entertained and to get your toes tapping! The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, do some shopping, or relax in one of Charlottetown's fine restaurants. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 6: Charlottetown-Ceilidh Trail-Baddeck
This morning, board a FERRY that whisks you across the Northumberland Strait to Pictou, known as the "Birthplace of New Scotland." It was here that the first boatload of Scottish Highlanders landed in Nova Scotia in 1773. Then, travel along Ceilidh Trail, where Scottish traditions and Gaelic folklore come alive. Visit GLENORA DISTILLERY, where you'll be treated to lunch and a tasting at North America's first distillery of single malt whisky. Arrive in Baddeck for a 2-night stay. (Breakfast)
Day 7: Baddeck. Excursion to Cape Breton Highlands National Park
This morning, visit the ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL MUSEUM, where exhibits trace the achievements of the great inventor who spent his last years on Cape Breton. Then, travel along the CABOT TRAIL, considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Proceed along the coast, savoring magnificent vistas of the rocky shoreline and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enter CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK, a landscape that strikingly resembles Scottish coastal regions. Tonight, perhaps join in a local Ceilidh in Baddeck. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Baddeck-Jeddore Oyster Pond-Halifax
Cross over the Canso Causeway and travel along the scenic Marine drive south along the Atlantic shoreline. Stop at the FISHERMAN'S LIFE MUSEUM in Jeddore Oyster Pond. The museum showcases a typical Nova Scotia fisherman's house from the early 1900s. Tonight, join your Tour Director and new friends at a festive farewell dinner-the perfect finale to your Maritimes vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9: Halifax
Halifax The tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)
Orientation tour with a traditional Nova Scotian breakfast,
Sightseeing; visit Citadel Hill; farewell dinner
SUGAR MOON FARM
Enjoy a traditional sugar camp meal and guided tour
Sightseeing; Cape Jourimain
Lobster supper at a local restaurant; Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Green Gables; Prince Edward Island sightseeing; traditional Ceilidh at PEI Preserves
Tour and tasting
Visit Alexander Graham Bell Museum
Sightseeing; visit Cape Breton Highlands
JEDDORE OYSTER POND
Visit Fisherman’s Life Museum
Halifax Westin Nova Scotia
Moncton Delta Beausejour
Charlottetown Delta Prince Edward
Baddeck Silver Dart Lodge
Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 three-course dinners including a lobster dinner in Charlottetown and a farewell dinner in Halifax
Free Wi-Fi available on your Motorcoach and in most hotels.
TOUR DIRECTOR - JAMES SAUNDERS
Years of Experience: 10 years
Originally from London, I worked at a hotel in Germany and as a Local Guide in northern Italy before becoming a Tour Director. I have conducted tours all over Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia, South America, and all 10 provinces of Canada. Today, I call Toronto home. I love to cook, process the pictures I take on tour, and read. Every day, I wake up and have a wonderful, learning experience awaiting me.
The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.
Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Once you have booked your vacation, we supply the ability to pre-purchase excursions,
Anne of Green Gables - The Musical Canada's longest running musical returns for its 46th season! Anne will touch your heart and your funny bone through drama, song and dance. Loved by millions around the world, this family classic relives the poignant and funny story of Anne Shirley, the spunky, red-headed orphan who comes to Prince Edward Island hoping to find a happy home. Subject to show schedule and availability.
Evangeline- Book, Lyrics, and Music by Ted Dykstra Written and conceived by Ted Dykstra and channeling Longfellow's famous poem, this sweeping historical epic recounts the tale of star-crossed lovers Gabriel and Evangeline, torn apart during the 1755 Acadian Deportation. Inspired by traditional Maritime and Cajun music, Evangeline is driven by a rich-blend of Broadway ballads and lush ensemble numbers, as performed by 34- member cast and 13 piece orchestra.
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