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Enchanting Canadian Maritimes

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $2,426 per person

Drop anchor and embark on an exploration of Canada's breathtakingly beautiful Maritimes. Enjoy the taste of the salty Atlantic, fresh lobster on the water and the very best Canadian brews as you explore wind-swept sea cliffs, beautiful centuries-old towns and the hearty way of life of the rugged Nova Scotians.

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  1. Welcome to the vibrant city of Halifax. Immerse yourself in the city's rich maritime history or take some time to relax. Gather at the hotel at 6 p.m. with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites Authentic Accommodation
  2. Start the day with a guided visit of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. After, join your Local Specialist for an exploration of this sparkling port city. Travel to the local cemetery, where many of the Titanic victims were laid to rest before a visit to the Victorian-era inspired Halifax Public Gardens and the bustling harbourfront. End at the massive Halifax Citadel. The rest of the day is free to pursue your own interests until the evening when you visit one of the oldest breweries in Canada, located in a massive ironstone and granite building for a Cultural Insight. Animators in period costume and character bring 1863 Halifax to life as they lead you through Alexander Keith's beautifully detailed brew house and taproom, followed by a Regional Meal of traditional Maritimes pub fare and the best brews.
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  3. Head to Truro and visit the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Center and Mi'kmaq Museum celebrating the area's heritage and legends. Learn about the rich history of the Mi'kmaq people as a native Glooscap guides you through their trials, tribulations and triumphs. Drive over the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island, an island which has retained a unique blend of Acadian and Gaelic culture and traditions. Arrive in the quaint village of Baddeck. This evening, enjoy a dinner followed by entertainment.
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    hotel:Silver Dart Lodge
  4. Visit The Gaelic College, a Cultural Insight, and learn how it is helping to promote Gaelic culture and traditions in Nova Scotia. Afterward, get a taste of true natural beauty as you travel along breathtaking Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail, one of the world's most scenic drives. Keep an eye out for moose and bald eagle as you travel in search of whales in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. On the way back to Baddeck, enjoy a light lunch with scenic views.
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  5. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site where the famous inventor chose to build his grand Canadian estate. Cross the Northumberland Strait to magical Prince Edward Island and arrive in picturesque Charlottetown. The evening is free for you to explore.
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    hotel:Rodd Charlottetown Authentic Accommodation
  6. Join a Local Specialist for an insider's tour of Prince Edward Island. Begin your exploration at Prince Edward Island National Park with its sand dunes festooned with gently waving beach grass. In Cavendish, visit Green Gables House, the famous site that provided inspiration for L.M. Montgomery's beloved children's classic, Anne of Green Gables. This evening, enjoy a unique Be My Guest experience as you are hosted by the owners of the PEI Preserve Company for a delicious meal featuring local cuisine and genuine hospitality.

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  7. Savor a full day to appreciate the charms of Charlottetown on your own. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional clamming excursion on a nearby beach.
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  8. Cross back over the Northumberland Strait via the Confederation Bridge, an 8-mile (12 kilometre) long engineering wonder. Once in New Brunswick, head onto the waters of Shediac Bay where you meet your Local Specialist, an expert on all things lobstering. Enjoy a delicious Regional Meal lunch of lobster served local style on board the boat (weather permitting). Get out your Guinness Book of World Records as you join another Local Specialist to visit the magnificently eroded Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy, site of the world's highest tides. Arrive in Saint John this evening.
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    hotel:Delta Saint John
  9. Enjoy a leisurely morning before boarding a ferry for the crossing of the Bay of Fundy and arrive in Digby. Later, head for the southern coast of Nova Scotia and arrive in Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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    hotel:Atlantica and Marina Oak Island
  10. This morning, join a Local Specialist for an in-depth visit of Lunenburg, the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. The inhabitants have managed to safeguard the city's identity for centuries by preserving the wooden architecture of the houses, some that date back to the 18th century. Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic where you have time to browse through the interactive exhibits, aquarium and explore the decks and passageways of real ships. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own before a Farewell Dinner this evening at your hotel.
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  11. This morning, breathe in the fresh ocean air at Peggy's Cove on St. Margaret's Bay, delighting painters and photographers alike. Depart for Halifax and the Stanfield International Airport where your trip comes to an end or choose to extend your stay in Halifax.
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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Cultural Insight

  • Journey back to 19th century beer brewing tradition at Alexander Keith's brew house and tap room to enjoy a traditional maritime pub dinner and the best Canadian brews. Discover how The Gaelic College in Nova Scotia is helping to promote Gaelic culture

Be My Guest

  • Meet the owners of the PEI Preserve Company as they host a delicious meal of local cuisine for you, complete with local hospitality

Authentic Accommodations

  • 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

Local Specialist

  • For sightseeing in Halifax, Charlottetown, Shediac Bay, Hopewell Rocks and Lunenburg

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Halifax, Charlottetown, Lunenburg
  • Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Citadel, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Prince Edward Island, Green Gables House, Hopewell Rocks, Peggy's Cove
  • Cruise on Shediac Bay
  • Scenic drive along The Cabot Trail
Definite Departure
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2 Jun 18 12 Jun 18 checkmark $2,750$2,475pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
9 Jun 18 19 Jun 18 $2,750$2,475pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
23 Jun 18 3 Jul 18 checkmark $2,750$2,475pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
7 Jul 18 17 Jul 18 checkmark $2,750$2,475pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
28 Jul 18 7 Aug 18 checkmark $2,750$2,475pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
4 Aug 18 14 Aug 18 $2,695$2,426pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
11 Aug 18 21 Aug 18 checkmark $2,695$2,426pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
25 Aug 18 4 Sep 18 checkmark $2,695$2,426pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
1 Sep 18 11 Sep 18 $2,725$2,453pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
22 Sep 18 2 Oct 18 $2,725$2,453pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $750.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $118 per person.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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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.

Stratford

Mussel and Lobster Shore Boil

Adult Price: $115.00 | Child Price: $115.00

"Join fisherman Jim Conohan as he harvests fresh mussels from the river and explains how PEI has become the largest producer of mussels in North America.  You'll help him clean them and then he'll cook them along with a 1 1/4 pound lobster.  Add in potato salad and a roll and you have a traditional Island lobster supper in a beautiful setting. Water, coffee or tea will be available for you. If the tide is low you'll also do some clam digging and beachcomb for other shellfish like oysters, rock crab and periwinkles to add to the feast."

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