11 Nights / 12 Days
September 11-September 22, 2022
MIN 20 PAID PAX
HST TAX OF 15%
- Private Motor Coach Transportation & Services of a Professional Driver
Services of a Professional Tour Manager
- Accommodation for 11 nights, Based on maximum 14rooms
- Attractions as listed
- 20 Meals as indicated – 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners, 1 Wine Tasting
- Baggage Handling (Based on 1 main piece of luggage per person)
Tour Does Not Include
- Items of a personal nature
- Gratuities for Tour Manager and Coach Driver
- Meals & Attractions not listed
- Medical or Cancellation Insurance
Day 1 - September 11 / Arrive in Halifax, NS
Welcome to the East Coast of Canada and the beautiful harbour city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the first stop on our in-depth cultural tour through the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Our Tour Manager will greet you at the airport and transfer you on your private coach to comfortable your accommodation in downtown Halifax. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome to Atlantic Canada pre tour briefing and dinner with your Tour Manager and your fellow travellers for the next 12-days.
Overnight: Halifax Cambridge Suites or similar - Meal: Dinner
Day 2 - September 12 / Grand Pre and St. Andrews By the Sea
Our Atlantic Canada adventure starts today with our journey to Grand-Pré National Historic Site and World UNESCO Heritage Site, where we learn about the tragic upheaval of the Acadians, descendants of French settlers, who were expelled from this area. The Grand-Pré site commemorates the area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755. We then travel to Annapolis Royal, on the Evangeline Trail, with over 150 heritage buildings including the oldest wooden house in Canada. We have some free time to explore the area and enjoy local cuisine before continuing our journey to New Brunswick on board the Digby ferry for a scenic crossing on the Bay of Fundy. The 27 km stretch of water separates Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and is home to the world's highest tides. Later in the afternoon we arrive in the quaint village of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, with a treasure trove of beautiful architecture, scenery and rich marine life. The rest of our evening at leisure.
Overnight: St. Andrews by-the-Sea – Algonquin Hotel - Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - September 13 / St Andrews-By-the-Sea and Saint John, NB
Everything about this seaside resort town is special, including their status as a National Historic District and as one of the oldest and loveliest small towns in the Maritime Provinces. We visit the 27-acre Kingsbrae Gardens, with over 50,000 perennials in many themed gardens, before enjoying starting our journey towards the Bay of Fundy. The afternoon is spent exploring Saint John on a city tour where we see the natural phenomenon of the Reversing Falls, a series of rapids and whirlpools on the Saint John River that empties into the Bay of Fundy. The extreme tides of the Bay of Fundy reverse the flow of the falls as the waters rise and falls.
Overnight: Saint John -Hilton hotel or similar - Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - September 14 / Fundy National Park, Hopewell Rocks – Moncton, NB
This morning, we start an amazing journey through the Fundy National Park to the incredible Hopewell Rocks, home of the Flowerpots, peculiar rock formations that are shaped by tidal erosion and stand some 40-70 feet tall. These rocks are forested islands at high tide and resemble flowerpots at low tide. After visiting this incredible area, we continue to Moncton, located in southeastern New Brunswick, where we have the evening at leisure. Moncton boasts over 32 large scale contemporary murals in and around the heart of the city, a wonderful outdoor gallery, created by a mix of international and local muralists. At Resurgo Place, you will be able to visit Moncton Museum and Transportation Discovery Centre as well as take advantage of a variety of free services such as travel assistance, advice, access to maps and tourism guides, information about events, and attractions and festivals.
Overnight: Moncton Rodd Hotel - Meal: Breakfast
Day 5 - September 15 / Moncton – Charlottetown, PEI
This morning we visit world-famous Magnetic Hill, a natural phenomenon unique to this area that completely defies the laws of gravity. We will see our own coach coasting uphill with no power at all. We then continue to the town of Shediac, known as the "Lobster Capital of the World", where we see the World's Largest Lobster before embarking on a lobster cruise to learn about lobsters and the local fishery while we savour a freshly cooked lobster lunch. Following our cruise, we make our way to the province of Prince Edward Island crossing on the Confederation Bridge. The curved, 12.9 km. (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, linking mainland New Brunswick with Prince Edward Island, and continues to be one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century. After four years of construction using more than five thousand local workers, the Confederation Bridge opened to traffic on May 31, 1997. We arrive in the capital city of Charlottetown and have the remainder of our evening at leisure.
Overnight: Charlottetown Rodd Hotel - Meals: Breakfast, Lobster Lunch
Day 6 - September 16 / Charlottetown, PEI
Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island and is located on the southern coast of the province. Our city tour highlights some of the historical buildings including St. Dunstan's Basilica and The Province House National Historic Site, where the Charlottetown Conference was held in 1864. We then explore some of Prince Edward Island's treasures, including Cavendish National Park and the Green Gables Heritage Place, where you can walk through the memory-filled rooms of the beloved fictional character, Anne of Green Gables. We sample some of the best preserves in the world at the Prince Edward Island Preserves Company and visit the fishing village of North Rustico.
Overnight: Charlottetown-Rodd Hotel - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - September 17 / Charlottetown, PEI – Sydney – Iona NS
Today we travel back to the mainland and drive along a scenic route to Sydney, Nova Scotia, a harbour town located on Cape Breton Island. Sydney is the historic capital of the Cape Breton region and largest urban centre on the island. From the harbour front boardwalk complete with buskers, the visiting cruise ships, to the world’s largest fiddle. From Sydney we’ll travel to the shores of beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes and out uniquely charming accommodations overlooking this majestic inland lake. Tonight, enjoy an evening walk or just relax.
Overnight: Iona Heights-Iona Heights Inn - Meal: Breakfast
Day 8 - September 18 / The Cabot Trail
Today we experience the picturesque and renowned Cabot Trail and Margaree Valley. We spend time at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes, where displays showcase the life of Alexander Graham Bell, and give us a look into his mind with many artifacts, photos and replicas of his many inventions. We then drive to the Cape Breton Highlands continuing along the famous Cabot Trail. This 298 km highway weaves through The Cape Breton Highlands National Park, rewarding travellers with spectacular valley and coastal sceneries all along the way. We will stop at Lone Shieling, Pleasant Bay and Neil's Harbour, all with spectacular seascapes, sweeping beaches, rare plants and abundant wildlife. We return to our accommodation and enjoy the evening at our leisure.
Overnight: Iona Heights- Iona Heights Inn - Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - September 19 / Louisbourg National Historic Site
Today we visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, stepping back in time to a bygone era when the French and English fought for control of the New World, and when Nova Scotia was the battleground. We experience what life was like in the bustling French fortified town of Louisbourg in 1744. After a guided tour, we will have some time to explore the area at leisure. This afternoon we visit Cape Breton's Miners' Museum, paying tribute to the region's long and rich coal mining history and home to the famous choir of miners - The Men of the Deeps. We take an underground tour of the Ocean's Deep Colliery beneath the Museum's building before returning to our accommodation overlooking the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake.
Overnight: Iona Heights – Iona Heights - Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - September 20 / Cape Breton to Halifax
Today we return to explore the city tour of Halifax, which includes the Victorian Public Gardens, the Titanic Grave Site, and several historic sites in and around the city. We will also visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Pier 21, a former ocean liner terminal and Canada's last remaining immigration shed, showcasing some of Canada’s immigration history. This afternoon, we visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which is rich with maritime history and stories of the people that define Nova Scotia. The evening is at leisure to explore Halifax's harbour front, walk along the promenade, or sample local cuisine at a city centre restaurant.
Overnight: Halifax Cambridge Suites or similar - Meal: Breakfast
Day 11 - September 21 / Peggy’s Cove, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg
This morning we travel the rugged south shore of Nova Scotia, to the well-known town of Peggy's Cove to visit Peggy's Point Lighthouse, which sits high upon the smooth wave-worn granite of the coast. This is the most photographed lighthouse in Canada. Before departing Peggy's Cove, we will visit the Acadian Maple Products shop, a family-owned business who are the largest producers of maple syrup in Nova Scotia. Continuing along Nova Scotia's rugged coast, we visit picturesque Mahone Bay, showcasing three elegant churches on the sheltered harbour of this quaint village. We then visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, one of Nova Scotia's most historic towns and home of the famed fishing schooner Bluenose II. Here we visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn the history of commercial fishing in Atlantic Canada. In the afternoon we travel into the verdant Annapolis Valley and sample some of the regions famous wines. This evening, enjoy our final dinner together in one of Halifax’s wonderful harbourside seafood restaurants.
Overnight Halifax Cambridge Suites or similar - Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting, Dinner
Day 12 - September 22 / Return Home
This morning transfer by charter coach to the Halifax airport for your return flight home.
Singles wishing to share: We often get requests for single travellers wishing to share accommodation. If you are interested in traveling with a companion please let us know and we can try to match you up with a suitable traveling partner.
Transfers: To and from the airport to your hotel are included on the tour dates. Airport transfers can be arranged for a cost when you purchase extra nights before or after the vacation.
Insurance: Medical insurance is mandatory. Cancellation and trip interruption insurance is optional. Premiums depend on your age, the length of time away and the cost of your tour and insurance will be discussed and quoted at the time of booking.
Tour Deposit: $300.00 per person.
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