Atlantic Maritimes Tour

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Atlantic Maritimes Tour

ESCORTED COACH TOUR

A comprehensive tour of the Maritime Provinces including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Discover magnificent coastlines, maritime wonders and east coast energy.

Experience the Maritimes with its own way of life and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of countryside and city. Learn all about the Scottish, Acadian and Native heritage widely celebrated in the Atlantic Provinces.

Get a glimpse of Nova Scotia’s picturesque fishing villages, and see the rugged coastal landscapes along New Brunswick’s shores of the Bay of Fundy. Experience magnificent vistas, thrilling adventures, charming villages and fascinating cities. Highlights include Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, Bras d’Or Lake, St. Andrews by-the Sea, Oak Island and Cabot Trail.

              

Arrival in Halifax

DAY 1

Arrive in Halifax and transfer independently to your centrally-located hotel in this vibrant and cosmopolitan urban centre on the Atlantic Ocean. Meet your tour director and fellow travellers this evening at a welcome reception. Overnight in Halifax at the Cambridge Suites or similar.

              

Halifax to Moncton

DAY 2

Explore the Bay of Fundy and learn about the world’s highest tides as you travel its colourful coastline to New Brunswick’s bilingual city of Moncton. En route, you visit the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See magnificently exposed layers of rock revealing the world’s most complete fossil record of life in the ‘Coal Age’ of 300 million years ago. After crossing into New Brunswick, an unforgettable culinary experience awaits as you cruise the warm waters of Shediac Bay aboard a lobster boat. Learn about the fishing industry and savour a delicious lobster supper. Arrive in Moncton later in the day. Overnight in Moncton at the Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown or similar. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

              

Moncton to Saint John

DAY 3

Experience a true natural wonder this morning as you visit the Hopewell Rocks on the coast of the Bay of Fundy. Marvel at these massive flower-pot-shaped formations sculpted by the highest tides on the planet. You travel through Fundy National Park on to Saint John on the southern New Brunswick coast. After a city tour including the Reversing Falls, you check into your hotel for the evening. Overnight in Saint John at the Hilton Saint John or similar. Breakfast and lunch included.

              

St. Andrews by-the-sea / Saint John

DAY 4

Today you enjoy a day trip to picturesque St. Andrews by-the Sea where the quaint charm of this coastal town captivates every visitor. After a whale-watching boat tour (weather permitting), the afternoon is yours at leisure to experience the friendly people, beautiful architecture, and rich marine life of this seaside gem at your own pace before we return to Saint John. Overnight in Saint John at the Hilton Saint John or similar. Breakfast and lunch included.

              

Saint John to Annapolis Valley

DAY 5

Enjoy free time in Saint John this morning before you take the ferry back to Nova Scotia; be on the look-out for whales as you cross the Bay of Fundy. Arrive in Digby, the scallop capital of the world, where the fresh sea air and passionate Acadian culture combine to form an enchanting and historically rich town. Overnight in Annapolis Valley at the Digby Pines Golf Resort or similar. Breakfast and dinner included.

              

Annapolis Valley to Halifax

DAY 6

Today you depart for Halifax, taking time to learn about the French Acadians who established their first settlement in the early 1600s. Enjoy a local winery tour and tasting before arriving in Halifax for the evening. Overnight in Halifax at the Cambridge Suites or similar. Breakfast included.

              

Halifax to Oak Island

DAY 7

A day of local touring awaits! Discover the rustic charm of the renowned fishing village of Peggy’s Cove where you will enjoy breakfast. Afterwards, journey along Nova Scotia’s South Shore to the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg, home to fleets of Grand Banks fishing schooners. Take a walking tour to fully experience one of the most remarkably preserved colonial settlements in the New World, and visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about the town’s famous seafaring heritage. Overnight in Halifax. Breakfast included.

              

Oak Island to Charlottetown

DAY 8

Once only accessible by ferry, today you arrive on Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge – the world’s longest continuous multi-span bridge. En route, you learn about Mi’kmaq culture at the Glooscap Heritage Centre & Mi’kmaq Museum. You are treated to true Maritime hospitality this evening at a traditional hall-style lobster supper before checking into your hotel for the evening. Overnight in Charlottetown at the Rodd Charlottetown or similar. Breakfast and dinner included.

              

Charlottetown / Prince Edward Island

DAY 9

Enjoy a free morning in Charlottetown or join a complimentary walking tour of the city. This afternoon, your tour of the island drives by red cliffs, white beaches, gently sloping sand dunes and green fields as you make your way to Prince Edward Island National Park. Before returning to Charlottetown, you visit Green Gables Heritage Site, the alluring inspiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables books. You take in a theatre performance this evening by local entertainers at the Confederation Centre of the Arts (a substitution activity may be necessary due to the theatre schedule.) Overnight in Charlottetown at the Rodd Charlottetown or similar. Breakfast included.

              

Charlottetown to Baddeck

DAY 10

After breakfast you board a ferry to cross over the Northumberland Strait back to Nova Scotia and proceed to ‘the Scotland of North America’, Cape Breton Island via the Canso Causeway. You visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck to learn about the many accomplishments of this genius who made his home on the island. Afterwards, you arrive at the Bras d’Or Lake and check into your hotel for the evening. Overnight in Baddeck at the Inverary Resort or similar. Breakfast and dinner included.

              

Baddeck / Cabot Trail

DAY 11

Today’s journey takes you along one of the most stunningly picturesque drives in North America. The Cabot Trail winds around the rocky splendour of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Look-outs offer unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton’s rugged coastline. Afterwards, you travel to the coast where you enjoy a whale-watching boat tour (weather permitting) before returning to Baddeck for the evening. Overnight in Baddeck at the Inverary Resort or similar. Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included.

              

Baddeck to Halifax

DAY 12

You get a look into the early days of colonial life with a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. The vivid history of the region comes alive in this accurate reconstruction of one of the major settlements of circa 1744 New France. Roam the streets and chat with authentically-costumed guides. After your visit you proceed along the shore of the Bras –d’Or Lake to the mainland before continuing on to Halifax for one last night in the Maritimes. Overnight in Halifax at the Cambridge Suites or similar. Breakfast included.

              

End of Tour

DAY 13

A time for last-minute shopping and farewells. Individually transfer to Halifax International Airport in time to check in for your return flight. Continental breakfast included.