ESCORTED TOUR – ROUND-TRIP FROM HALIFAX
Explore Canada’s Maritime islands, one of the East Coast’s most beautiful regions. Enjoy fresh salt air, sandy beaches, mountain vistas and much more.
Pass through fields of green, dine on succulent seafood, and travel the world-famous Cabot Trail on this journey to Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island. Spend time in the Oak Island area to learn about the treasure-hunters that have ventured to Nova Scotia for hundreds of years. Get ready for a truly memorable island adventure in the Atlantic Maritimes.
Arrival in Halifax
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.
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 and dinner included.
Halifax to Charlottetown
En route to the bridge crossing to Prince Edward Island, you learn about Mi’kmaq culture at the Glooscap Heritage Centre & Mi’kmaq Museum. Once only accessible by ferry, you cross over to Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge – the world’s longest continuous multi-span bridge. 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. Breakfast and dinner included.
Charlottetown / Prince Edward Island
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
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 you hotel for the evening. Overnight in Baddeck at the Inverary Resort or similar. Breakfast and dinner included.
Baddeck / Cabot Trail
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, creating perfect photo opportunities. Afterwards, you travel to the coast for 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
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
A time for last-minute shopping and farewells. Transfer independently to Halifax International Airport in time to check-in for your flight home.