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Canadian Maritimes

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): Nova Scotia   New Brunswick   Prince Edward Island  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: July - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3790 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4690 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1

Arrive Halifax

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Tour begins: The Prince George Hotel at 5:30 PM. A transfer is included upon arrival from Halifax Airport to The Prince George Hotel in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of the beautiful Public Gardens. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at the Citadel, a 19th-century fortress on a hilltop overlooking the city and the harbor as Canadian Maritimes begins with our Nova Scotia tour.

Lodging

The Prince George Hotel

Day 2

Seaside Lunenburg and picturesque Peggy's Cove

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B

Halifax is cosmopolitan and eclectic, with its eyes on the future and feet firmly in the past. Fresh sea air enhances its exhilarating mix of modern towers and colonial brick buildings, avenues lined with hip cafes, shops and galleries, surrounded by gracious Victorian parks and gardens. Drive to the nearby fishing village of Lunenburg for a walking tour with a local guide. Old Town Lunenburg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the best surviving examples of a planned British Colonial settlement in North America. This town once excelled at wooden shipbuilding, and its masterpiece was the Bluenose, a fishing schooner that was a legendary racer. Enjoy free time to explore before the drive to Mahone Bay, a picture-postcard maritime town, and Peggy’s Cove – population 76. Peggy's Cove is a place on this Nova Scotia tour that is truly a world apart; nestled on a rocky coastline with stunning vistas, it is a magnet for artists and photographers. Return to Halifax this afternoon and dine on your own this evening; there are literally hundreds of restaurants to choose from.

Lodging

The Prince George Hotel

Day 3

Historic Halifax & on to Moncton

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B, D

A guided cruise on Halifax Harbour views the city’s significant landmarks – and provides unusual insights, such a look at its raucous privateering history. Lunch is on your own; later, embark on a journey through central Nova Scotia’s beautiful and diverse landscape and on into New Brunswick. Arrive late afternoon in Moncton, “the crossroads of the Maritimes” on the Petitcodiac River. Your hotel is the Delta Beauséjour in the historic downtown area, where you’ll dine à la carte tonight in the hotel’s restaurant, Windjammer, awarded three Michelin stars for fine dining.

Lodging

Delta Beauséjour

Day 4

Hopewell Rocks and the New Brunswick Museum in St. John

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Torrential tides and surface water carve towering rock formations out of the cliffs at Hopewell Cape; at low tide, they stand on the beach like sculptures in a vast outdoor gallery. View firsthand this land of giants to feel the awesome power that shapes these stones, tunnels through them, and covers them at a depth of 50 feet or more when the tide comes in. Drive on to Sussex, “the Covered Bridge Capital of Atlantic Canada,” and pause for a photo-op at one of its picture-perfect covered bridges. Continue to St. John on the Bay of Fundy, surrounded by sheer cliffs and coves. Migrating whales frequent this area, and you'll get acquainted with their role in local history and culture at the New Brunswick Museum – and have lunch in the Hall of Great Whales, an incredible gallery that includes a life-size (in other words, humongous) model of a Right Whale. Take an interpretive walk through the history of New Brunswick at the museum before returning to Moncton for dinner and an evening on your own.

Lodging

Delta Beauséjour

Day 5

Landscapes of "Anne of Green Gables" and on to Charlottetown

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B, L

Cross the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island, truly a storybook setting where you'll find yourself immersed in picturesque, inspirational scenes of Victorian farmsteads, green rolling fields, and red sand beaches reposing between seas and skies of vibrant blue. See the scenic fishing town of North Rustico ("Rossicot"), home to a thriving Acadian population. Lucy Maud Montgomery created her beloved fictional orphan Anne Shirley – Anne of Green Gables – based on her experiences in and around Cavendish. Visit Green Gables Heritage Place, highlighting the author's life and works. Have lunch at a family restaurant in New Glasgow specializing in fresh lobster prepared the island way – a favorite among the locals. Today's final destination is Charlottetown, known as “The Birthplace of Canada” and the capital city of Prince Edward Island. Your accommodations for the next two nights are in the heart of Charlottetown at the Delta Prince Edward, overlooking the downtown harbor. Just steps away from the winding boardwalk and adjacent to the many shops of Peake’s Wharf, the hotel enjoys an ideal location from which to explore the sites on your own. Dinner is at your leisure tonight.

Lodging

Delta Prince Edward

Day 6

Exploring Prince Edward Island National Park

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B, D

Red-sand beaches line the shores of Prince Edward Island National Park, along with wind-sculpted dunes, salt marshes and broad inlets that provide safe harbor for seabirds and seafarers. Explore the park today, taking note of its fragile ecosystem and gentle beauty. Drive to the fishing village of North Rustico Harbour to see its iconic lighthouse and scenic views, embodying a way of life that has flourished on the island since 1790. Return to Charlottetown for free time to have lunch, and then spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. You’ll find a wealth of Victorian houses, a lively waterfront with a boardwalk, art galleries, museums and more to explore. Tonight, dine at the hotel at your leisure.

Lodging

Delta Prince Edward

Day 7

Cape Breton Island, Bras d'or Lake and a remote hotel

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B, L, D

Ferry to mainland Nova Scotia, where you’ll drive over a causeway to Cape Breton Island. Known to the French as "Isle Royale," this island changed hands between colonial powers several times, creating a unique culture that blends Acadian and Gaelic traditions. Journey through a dramatic landscape that echoes the Highlands and the great shoreline cliffs of Brittany in France; enjoy some panoramic views of the Canso Causeway at lunch today. Travel along the coast of Bras d'Or Lake, which is an inland sea ringed with cliffs and rolling mountains – it's a favorite fishing spot for bald eagles. Drive north to Ingonish and the Keltic Lodge, nestled on a cliff surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The setting for your three-night stay is picturesque, remote, dramatic – and wildly beautiful.

Lodging

Keltic Lodge

Day 8

A little walking, a little cooking... a little taste of Cape Breton Island

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B, L, D

Your day begins with a presentation by a naturalist who educates you on the indigenous wildlife, then the remainder of the day is spent as you please. There are a variety of optional activities at the historic lodge (some at an additional cost), including links golf, tennis, and whale watching; hike the beach or the nature trail, or perhaps enjoy some time at the spa. Prior to dinner this evening you’ll get a good “taste” of what Nova Scotia cuisine is all about at a cooking demonstration; of particular note is the unique “oyster shucking” as demonstrated by a local resident.

Lodging

Keltic Lodge

Day 9

Travel the beautiful Cabot Trail, celebrate local traditions and attend a Cape Breton "kitchen party"

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B, L, D

Experience breathtaking coastal landscapes on the Cabot Trail, a serpentine highway that is one of the world’s most exciting and scenic drives. The winding road is carved into the side of mountains along unforgettable ocean vistas, ascending to the plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Drive through a landscape rich in rugged barrens, waterfalls, cliffs, and panoramic views of canyons, highlands, and seacoast. You'll visit Chéticamp, an Acadian fishing community on the Cabot Trail, and Grand Etang, where you’ll learn about la Mi-Carême, a Lenten celebration involving masks and disguises whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. The Centre de la Mi-Carême offers interactive exhibits about this annual event, as well as art and masks by local artisans. Return to the Keltic Lodge where this evening you’ll take part in a unique, lively Cape Breton tradition – a “kitchen party” featuring local cuisine, spirits, tastings, and Celtic music.

Lodging

Keltic Lodge

Day 10

A little Gaelic culture and a return to Halifax

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A highlight of this trip is today’s visit to the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts at Englishtown, where you’ll learn about Nova Scotia’s Scottish Gaelic culture. Watch a kilt-making demonstration, and learn a little Gaelic – through song – while learning about the fabric milling tradition. Have lunch along the Causeway before making the return trip to Halifax. Join us this evening at The Prince George Hotel for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.

Lodging

The Prince George Hotel

Day 11

Journey home

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Tauck's New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia tour ends in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fly home anytime. Individual transfers are available from The Prince George Hotel to Halifax Airport. Allow three hours for check-in.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy and may vary on departure dates

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