Enchanting Canadian Maritimes

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10 Days from $2,723 per person
MAY - SEP 2021
Lighthouse, rocks, and tide pool in Nova Scotia, Canada

Countries Visited

Canada ...more Canada

Locations Visited

Halifax (NS), Dartmouth, Baddeck, Truro, Cape Breton Island, Pictou, Wood Islands, New Glasgow, Charlottetown, Cavendish, St Thomas, Saint John, Digby (NS), Lunenburg (NS), Halifax ...more Halifax (NS), Dartmouth, Baddeck, Truro, Cape Breton Island, Pictou, Wood Islands, New Glasgow, Charlottetown, Cavendish, St Thomas, Saint John, Digby (NS), Lunenburg (NS), Halifax
  1. Day 1 Arrive Halifax (2 Nights)

    Learn the art of living the good life as you brace yourself for crisp sea breezes and hearty Nova Scotian hospitality in Halifax, your launch pad to an effortless discovery of Canada's Maritimes. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception at your landmark 'Stay with Stories' overlooking the famous Public Gardens.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites
  2. Day 2 Halifax Sightseeing

    Enjoy a guided visit of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. From small craft boatbuilding to World War Convoys, the Days of Sail to the Age of Steam, the Titanic to the Halifax Explosion, you'll discover the stories, events and people that have come to define Nova Scotia and its relationship with the sea. Then, join your Local Specialist for an exploration of Halifax's sights including the Citadel National Historic Site, built in the mid-18th century to defend the town from various enemies. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Halifax – Baddeck (2 Nights)

    Explore the legends and traditions of the Mi'kmaq people during a visit to the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre. Traverse the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island and arrive in the village of Baddeck. Later, get ready for a foot-stomping Ceilidh celebration this evening as you encounter first-hand the Celtic heritage of the area as you 'Dive into Culture' with an evening of traditional music and songs.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Silver Dart Lodge
  4. Day 4 Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail

    Today, enjoy the dramatic coastal views and highland scenery offering an endless source of artistic inspiration as you wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Unspoiled natural beauty and sweeping coastal vistas provide a mesmerising backdrop for our drive along the Cabot Trail. We keep an eye out for moose and bald eagle as we travel in search of whales in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. Return to Baddeck later for some time at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Baddeck – Wood Islands Ferry – Charlottetown (2 Nights)

    This morning, we pay tribute to one of the world's most famous inventors at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, then cross the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island. Pass pastoral landscapes and gabled farmhouses en route to Charlottetown where we enjoy a full evening at leisure, perhaps to discover the town's vibrant dining scene. Our 'Stay with Stories' was built in 1931 and reflects such luxurious features as barrel-vaulted ceilings and a grand lobby. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Dinner at the PEI Preserve Company.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Rodd Charlottetown
  6. Day 6 Charlottetown Sightseeing

    Join a Local Specialist for an exploration of the 'Cradle of Confederation' - its red beaches, waving beach grass and green pastures that inspired the beloved children's classic Anne of Green Gables. Take a step back in time as we visit the grounds of the historic Shaw's Hotel, a National Historic Site of Canada. When Grandfather Shaw opened his inn on the family's pioneer farm in 1860, he wanted to provide relaxing country lodging for visitors. Today (four generations later), the Shaw family continues to run the property. During your visit you will step back in time to a simpler way of life. 'Connect with Locals' and meet your host, the current proprietor of the Inn, Robbie Shaw, before settling in for a 'Be My Guest' lunch with influences from the land and sea, surrounded by the beauty of Brackley Bay.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  7. Day 7 Charlottetown – Shediac Bay – Hopewell Rocks – Saint John

    We return to New Brunswick, crossing the Northumberland Strait via the engineering feat that is Confederation Bridge. Head to the waters of Shediac Bay, where we'll celebrate all things lobster with our Local Specialist. Get a closer look at Acadian culture while diving into the lobster fishery, learning about old fishing techniques that helped shape the way of life of the region. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch of lobster served local style on board the boat (weather permitting). We journey south to the Bay of Fundy in search of the world's highest tides. Join another Local Specialist to visit the magnificently eroded Hopewell Rocks and enjoy a rare opportunity to walk on the ocean floor (tide permitting). Our overnight stop is in the port city of Saint John.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Hilton Saint John
  8. Day 8 Saint John – Digby – Lunenburg (2 Nights)

    We leave the cliffs and coves of Saint John behind this morning to board a ferry to cross the Bay of Fundy to Digby. Stopping at Grand-Pré National Historic Site, a UNESCO Heritage Site, we delve into the history of the Le Grand Dérangement, a tragic event in Acadian history that has shaped the vibrant culture of modern-day Acadians. Later, we'll'Dive Into Culture' with a tour and tasting at a winery in the LaHave River Valley, one of the earliest grape-growing territories in North America.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Oak Island Resort (Oceanview Rooms)
  9. Day 9 Lunenburg Sightseeing

    Join a Local Specialist who will reveal insights into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg. Delve into the rich fishing heritage of Nova Scotia when you visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic with a guide from the local fishing community, then explore the decks and passageways of real Tall Ships. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Lunenburg – Peggy's Cove – Depart Halifax

    This morning, breathe in the fresh ocean air and share in the inspiration enjoyed by painters and photographers who visit Peggy's Cove on St. Margaret's Bay. We arrive back in Halifax and take our transfer to the Stanfield International Airport where our trip comes to an end or consider extending your stay in Halifax.

    meals Breakfast
Enchanting Canadian Maritimes
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Halifax, Charlottetown, Lunenburg
  • CRUISE on Shediac Bay
  • SCENIC DRIVE along The Cabot Trail
  • VISIT the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Citadel, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Prince Edward Island, Green Gables Heritage Place, Hopewell Rocks, Grand-Pré National Historic Site (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Peggy's Cove, Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Center, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Prince Edward Island National Park
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS over an exclusive Be My Guest lunch at the oldest tourist accommodation on Prince Edward Island, run by the Shaw family for four generations. (Day 6)
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE with a foot-stomping Ceilidh evening celebrating the Celtic heritage and visit a winery in one of North America's oldest grape-growing regions, the LaHave River Valley. (Days 3, 8)
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST For sightseeing in Halifax, Charlottetown, Shediac Bay, Hopewell Rocks and Lunenburg. (Days 2, 6, 7, 9)
  • STAYS WITH STORIES Stay at the legendary Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites, the most historic hotel in Halifax, and at the Rodd Charlottetown, an historic icon built in 1931. (Days 1, 5)

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Cape Breton

Sailing Cruise On Bras D'or Lake

Captain John has been feeding two pairs of bald eagles and their offspring for almost 15 years. The eagles build their nests near the shoreline and when they’re at home, watch them take flight at the Captain’s call. This is a spectacle you need to see to believe! You’ll be awestruck by these majestic birds as they circle the boat, see Alexander Graham Bell's summer mansion and the beautiful Baddeck shoreline. Relax and enjoy an entertaining and educational account of the area from the deck of this unique schooner. We invite you to join us for a sailing experience as special and unforgettable as Cape Breton's Bras d'Or Lakes. Approx. duration: 1 hour
Adult Price: $30


Lighthouses and wine of the Canadian Maritimes

Take in awesome views of the Prince Edward Island coast with this 4-hour trip from Charlottetown. You’ll explore Point Prim Lighthouse and the Keeper’s Cottage, take in the history of the different rooms at the Wood Island Lighthouse, then conclude your journey with a visit to the award-winning Rossignol Estates Winery. At this charming location, you can try a variety of local fruit wines and see how they are produced. Approx. duration: 4 hours
Adult Price: $40

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Randy was immensely helpful answering my questions.
A wonderful trip through a beautiful area.
Linda Pestrak
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Heather Andrews was a perfect guide & Alex, the ultimate bus driver. High energy level & great organization. Perfect combo of travel, touring time, history & free time for exploring on own. The only negative was the Yellow Cab availability from the airport to our hotel. Even though I called 2 days ahead to make a reservation, they took an hour & a half to show up.
Excellent value. Nearly everything was covered. Spent very little additional money.
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