Day 1 - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Welcome to Canada's Atlantic Coast and the Canadian Maritimes, a land blessed with stunning natural beauty and a relaxed way of life. Visit all three of Canada's Maritime provinces: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. On arrival, transfer by hotel courtesy shuttle from the Halifax airport. Rooms are available for check-in after 3:00 p.m. Join the tour operator for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing.
Day 2 - Cape Breton Island
On your journey to Cape Breton Island this morning, visit with the First Nation people of Nova Scotia at the Mi'kmaq heritage center. Learn about their history, legends and present day life. Continue to Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail, one of the most beautiful drives in the world. See inspiring mountain and coastal scenery en route to Chéticamp. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at this French-speaking Acadian fishing village, in the heart of the Cabot Trail. The fun-loving Cape Bretoners are renowned for celebrating with traditional Celtic and Acadian music and dance. Enjoy dinner. BD
Day 3 - Whale Watching
This morning, enjoy a thrilling whale watching cruise (weather permitting). Cape Breton Island's rich waters are the seasonal home to many species of whales. Look for fin, minke, and pilot whales. You may also see dolphins and porpoises. Your afternoon is at leisure in Chéticamp. B
Day 4 - Cabot Trail, Baddeck
A grand adventure awaits you today on the Cabot Trail. Drive through forests, mountains and valleys in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Breathtaking ocean scenery unfolds as you follow the trail from Pleasant Bay to Cape Smokey. See rugged cliffs and wonderful ocean views. Then to Baddeck to visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, dedicated to the inventor of the telephone. Bell once said, "I have traveled around the globe ... and for simple beauty, Cape Breton Island outrivals them all." Bell made his home here. Stay a relaxing two nights in the resort town of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island. Dinner tonight. BD
Day 5 - Fortress of Louisbourg
Morning visit to the crown jewel of the Canadian Park Service, the Fortress of Louisbourg. Enjoy a fun stroll through this 18th century fortress as actors bring to life colorful characters and events from Louisbourg's glorious past (limited services in October). Return to the charming town of Baddeck. Your afternoon is at leisure. B
Day 6 - Prince Edward Island
Travel south this morning to mainland Nova Scotia and board a short ferry to the picturesque province of Prince Edward Island. Pass over gently rolling farmlands en route to Prince Edward Island National Seashore. Enjoy vistas of red sand beaches and bluffs. Watch for red fox and great blue heron. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your nearby country inn. Dinner tonight. BD
Day 7 - Prince Edward Island
This morning enter the magical and enchanting world of Anne of Green Gables. Visit the Anne of Green Gables House in Cavendish. Stroll through Lover's Lane and other settings from the literary classic. Mark Twain called the novel "the sweetest creation of childlife yet written." This afternoon, join the tour operator for a brief sightseeing tour of Charlottetown followed by leisure time in the downtown. B
Day 8 - New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy
Travel over the 8 mile long Confederation Bridge this morning to the province of New Brunswick. See New Brunswick's most famous geological feature, the Flowerpot Rocks at Hopewell Cape. Observe the gradual rise or fall of the Bay of Fundy tides, an average change of 6 to 8 feet per hour. The Fundy Tides are the highest on earth and rise and fall an astounding 50 feet. Twice each day one-hundred-billion tons of water flow into the Bay of Fundy. This creates the phenomenal Fundy Tides, which overpower the rivers flowing into the Bay of Fundy and reverse their direction two times a day. Next, to the lively oceanfront town of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your ideally located waterfront hotel. B
Day 9 - Peggy's Cove, Halifax
Morning visit to the idyllic fishing village and artists' retreat of Peggy's Cove. Photo stop at the classic red and white lighthouse. Then, enjoy a sightseeing drive of Halifax, including a visit to the 17th century fort, Citadel Hill. Afternoon at leisure in Halifax to explore the many fun attractions within walking distance of your hotel. Enjoy dinner. BD
Day 10 - Halifax
Your tour ends after breakfast. The tour operator provides transfers throughout the day to the Halifax airport. Thanks for vacationing with us. B
Hotels used for the tour:
Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.
Days 1 - Halifax
Hilton Garden Inn, Halifax Airport
Halifax is the gateway to the Canadian Maritimes. The Hilton Garden Inn is a mid-rise hotel located near the Halifax airport. The hotel offers a 24 hour free airport shuttle. Each of the rooms has complimentary wired and wireless internet access, two phone lines, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, and hairdryer. The Hilton Garden Inn has an indoor pool and fitness center. The hotel has the Great North American Grill Restaurant (6AM to 10PM), evening room service (5PM to 10PM) and a late night bar menu (10PM to 12 Midnight).
Days 2,3 - Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
Laurie's Inn is located in the heart of the Acadian village of Chéticamp, along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. Chéticamp is the rug-hooking capital of the world and a 200 year old traditional fishing village. Enjoy the invigorating sea air of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and see picturesque fishing boats bobbing at anchor. Laurie's Inn is close to the boardwalk which runs along the harbor's edge. The inn is also know for its lively Acadian step-dancing and music.
Days 4, 5 - Baddeck, Cape Breton
Auberge Gisele's Inn
The inn is located in the quaint town of Baddeck, which is the official starting point of the Cabot Trail. Baddeck's waterfront, a short stroll away, has a vibrant array of maritime shops, cafes and restaurants. The famous Bell Bay golf course is a short drive.
Days 6, 7 - Prince Edward Island
The North Winds, Brackley Beach, is located in rural Prince Edward Island just minutes from Prince Edward Island National Seashore and Brackley Beach. The hotel has an indoor pool. All rooms have modern amenities, including air conditioning, refrigerator, cable TV, hair dryer, and an iron/ironing board.
Days 8,9 - Halifax
Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
The Marriott Harbourfront Hotel is located on the downtown waterfront boardwalk of Halifax. The hotel is adjacent to the historic properties, and is connected to the downtown indoor pedway system. The rooms have all the modern amenities. There is a casino, fitness center, spa, swimming pool, and whirlpool for you to enjoy.
Airport Transfer Information:
The tour operators arrival hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport, provides arrival transfers 24 hours a day from the Halifax Airport (YHZ). On your arrival at the baggage claim area, call the Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport from the courtesy hotel phones and arrange for your transfer. (Transfers are available for pre-tour arrivals too). To enter Canada, you will need a valid U.S. passport. Non U.S. citizens, please check passport and visa requirements. Note: It is recommended that children under 18 years old traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent's death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws.
The tour operators vacation packages include departure transfers during the morning, afternoon and evening from the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront to the Halifax Airport (YHZ) in Halifax, Canada, on the last day of the tour. These transfers are also available post tour for tour members staying additional days in Halifax. Please reserve your transfer time the day before your departure. Allow for a 30-45 minute drive to the airport, depending on traffic.
What is included in the tour price?
Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.
What is not included in the tour price?
Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour's price.
Are meals included?
Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Most meals are included in the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.
Prices are based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates. Plus Taxes and Fees: Double $149 US; Single $155 US
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