Canadian Maritimes

Begins and ends in Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • June to October

Your escorted tour includes:

  • Round trip scheduled flights
  • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
  • Classic tour

 

From £3645 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices are available on request.

Day 1

Arrive Halifax

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon arrival, transfer to The Prince George Hotel. This evening, join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner at Citadel, a 19th-century fortress on a hilltop overlooking the city and the harbor. 

The Prince George Hotel
Day 2

Halifax / Pegg's Cove / Lunenburg

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.

The Prince George Hotel
Day 3

Historic Halifax / Moncton

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.

Delta Hotels Beausejour
Day 4

Hopewell Rocks

Torrential tides and surface water carve towering rock formations out of the cliffs at Hopewell Cape. At low tide, the formations stand tall 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. Continue onward for a photo-opportunity at one of the region’s picture-perfect covered bridges, then on to Alma for lunch at a New Brunswick inn before returning to Moncton for an evening spent as you please.

Delta Hotels Beausejour
Day 5

Landscapes of "Anne of Green Gables"

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. 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. Have dinner at your leisure tonight at the hotel.


Day 6

Prince Edward Island National Park

Red-sand beaches line the shores of Prince Edward Island National Park, along with wind-sculpted dunes, salt marshes and broad inlets that provide a safe harbour for seabirds and seafarers. Explore the park after spending the morning at leisure, taking note of its fragile ecosystem and gentle beauty. Continue on 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. Step back in time on a visit to Green Gables Heritage Place, the site of the home and farm that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s literary masterpiece, Anne of Green Gables. Go inside Anne’s home and view rooms set up as they were described by the author. Stroll the grounds to learn more about rural life in the early 20th century, before savoring a taste of island life at a local restaurant renowned for its lobster dishes.

Delta Prince Edward

Day 7

Cape Breton Island / Bras d'or Lake

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.

Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
Day 8

Ingonish Beach

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 at your lodge at Ingonish Beach. You may join us for an optional afternoon “walkabout” that spotlights the fascinating history and spectacular setting of the lodge. Or, 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.

Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
Day 9

The Cabot Trail

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. Photo stops in Acadian fishing communities lead the way to a rug hooking museum, a showcase for rugs that speak volumes about a pioneer art that was grown from seed and quietly discloses the trials and tribulations of the women who challenged the wilderness with their families and settled in new frontiers. Later stop in Chéticamp, an Acadian fishing community on Cape Breton Island, for lunch and a taste of their long-cherished cultural heritage. Return along the Cabot Trail to the Keltic Lodge where this evening you’ll take part in a unique, lively Cape Breton tradition, a ‘kitchen party’ featuring local cuisine, regional spirits, tastings, and Celtic music.

Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
Day 10

Deddeck

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. Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell summered in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, after he and his family moved to Canada from Scotland, later setting up his laboratory in this picturesque village. Today’s tour of the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site takes you inside the Bell estate, named Beinn Bhreagh, to see exhibits showcasing his inventions, from the telephone to ingenious kites, hydrofoils, airplanes and even the metal detector. Have lunch at the Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay and perhaps some free time before continuing on for an overnight at a lovely rustic resort tucked into a wooded setting overlooking the Liscomb River. A cooking demonstration before dinner shows you the secrets of making the perfect planked salmon, a specialty of the house at the Liscombe Lodge Resort!

Luscombe Lodge Resort

Day 11

Journey Home

Depart Liscombe Lodge Resort this morning on your transfer back to the airport for your flight home from Halifax. Travel along one of the most scenic drives in North America, stopping en route in Lake Charlotte to visit a general store that takes you back in time.


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