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Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes (Summer 2017)

12 days
22 July, 2017
Tour Type:
Regional Journey

Recharge on this seaside escape, with striking ocean vistas, colourful harbours and intriguing insights into the history of Canada's Eastern Maritime Provinces.This magical maritime journey takes its inspiration from the sea. Starting in Saint John, it sets a mild and comfortable pace with scenery filled days, two relaxing two-night stays (Charlottetown and Halifax) and a relaxing ferry ride to Prince Edward Island.

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Day 1
(1 day)
Halifax, the quintessential Maritime Destination
Welcome to the Canadian Maritimes and the historic coastal city of Halifax. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over drinks and a light meal.(WD)
Day 2
(1 day)
Historic Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove
Today, journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg to experience one of the best surviving examples of a planned British Colonial settlement in North America. Meet a Local Expert for a walking tour and visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Hear tales of the sea and the fishing industry and its impact on this region's people and economy. On return to Halifax, stop in picturesque Peggy's Cove, situated on the rocky cliffs of St. Margaret's Bay, it is a local favourite for artists and photographers. Return to Halifax late afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.(FB)
Day 3
(1 day)
Sightseeing and Relaxation in Halifax
(Relaxed Start) Begin the day at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Your on-site docent will engage you in stories of key historical events that occurred in Halifax, including the Halifax Explosion and the Titanic. Next, join your Local Expert for an exploration of this cosmopolitan, eclectic port city. Travel to the local cemetery, where many of the Titanic victims were laid to rest before a visit to the beautiful Victorian-era inspired Halifax Public Gardens and the bustling harbourfront. Your city tour ends after a visit to the massive Halifax Citadel, formerly one of the principal naval bases of the British Empire. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to pursue your own interests until dinner time. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner of local sea food at The Restaurant at Five Fishermen, one of Halifax's best restaurants and an institution, set in one of downtown's most historical buildings, serving the finest in Nova Scotian cuisine.(FB / HD)
Day 4
(1 day)
Halifax, Cape Breton Island and Blooming Baddeck
Embark on a journey to stunning Cape Breton Island. En route, enjoy a visit to the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Center to learn about the Mi'kmaq heritage and Glooscap legends. Learn a few words from the Mi'kmaq language and view intricate bead and quill artefacts. Continue your journey on the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island, home to friendly people, Gaelic traditions and stunning landscapes. Upon arrival in Baddeck, enjoy a boat cruise on Bras d'Or Lake, Canada's only inland sea (weather permitting). Observe the majestic Bald Eagles as they circle the boat and admire the beautiful shoreline. In the evening, experience Cape Breton-style home cooking at your hotel.(FB / D)
Day 5
(1 day)
The Cabot Trail
Immerse yourself in a unique experience at the Gaelic College, devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic language and Celtic arts and culture. Learn about the fabric milling and kilt making tradition. You will also have an opportunity to learn some Gaelic through song. Get a taste of natural beauty at its peak as you travel along breathtaking Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail, one of the world's most renowned scenic drives, carved into the edge of highlands that slope down to the sea. Keep an eye out for moose and bald eagle as you travel past the majestic cliffs and canyons of Cape Breton Highlands National Park and search for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In the evening, engage in traditional music and song while soaking up local Cape Breton hospitality.(FB / L)
Day 6
(1 day)
Baddeck, the Wood Islands Ferry and Charlottetown
This morning, embark on a special -˜white glove' visit at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Go behind the scenes and dive deep into the the private life of one of the most influential figures in human history. Hold Bell's favourite walking stick and notebook and pick up model kites and airplanes, items used to create Canada's first airplane, the Silver Dart. Travel alongside the scenic Nova Scotian countryside, spot little farms, glittering stretches of blue water and rocky headlands. Cross the Northumberland Strait to magical Prince Edward Island and arrive in quaint Charlottetown. In the evening, enjoy dinner with your travelling companions.(FB / D)
Day 7
(1 day)
Charlottetown Sightseeing.
Set out on a guided tour of Prince Edward Island today with a Local Expert. Begin your exploration at Prince Edward Island National Park with its sand dunes adorned by gently waving beach grass and striking red sandstone cliffs. In Cavendish, visit the Green Gables House, its museums and sites. This fabled house provided inspiration for L.M. Montgomery's beloved children's classic, Anne of Green Gables. Return to Charlottetown, where the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.(FB)
Day 8
(1 day)
Leisure Time in Charlottetown
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a full day on your own to explore or relax and appreciate the delightful city that is Charlottetown. Take some time to walk through Victoria Park and along its beautiful waterfront boardwalk; explore historic downtown further, walk along pedestrian Victoria Row, or head for Peake's Wharf at the Charlottetown waterfront.(FB)
Day 9
(1 day)
The 'Loyalist City' of Saint John
Drive across the modern Confederation Bridge to Shediac where an unforgettable culinary experience awaits, as you cruise the waters of Shediac Bay on-board a lobster boat (weather permitting). Gain insight into the fascinating world of these sea creatures while feasting on a lobster lunch. Afterward, head for the Bay of Fundy and Hopewell Rocks. The Bay of Fundy is home to the world's highest and wildest tides. Depending on when you visit, the Hopewell Rocks can be stories high or nearly swallowed by the sea.(FB / HL / D)
Day 10
(1 day)
Saint John to Digby
After the American Revolution, Saint John welcomed some 14,000 American British supporters and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1785, making it Canada's first incorporated city. Explore its vibrant past this morning with a tour through the charming streets of the beautiful waterfront uptown. Then board your ferry bound for the opposite side of the Bay of Fundy and Saint John's sister community of Digby, Nova Scotia. Digby is famous for its fishing fleet and the delicious scallops harvested from its waters. Enjoy a -˜Scallop 101' experience in the evening-“a culinary demonstration of Canadian haute cuisine, featuring the highly prized local seafood.(FB / SE)
Day 11
(1 day)
Delightful Digby and Annapolis Royal
Begin your day with a whale watching excursion on the Bay of Fundy. This cruise provides you with important information and potential sightings of endangered or rare species of whales like the Humpback, Finback and Right Whales, other species of Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and seabirds. In the afternoon, enjoy a short journey to the small town of Annapolis Royal, rich with Acadian Culture. This historic community nestled in the Annapolis Valley, originally inhabited by a strong Mi'kmaq community, started in 1605 as a home to some of North America's earliest European settlers. Return to your hotel and enjoy a Celebration Dinner to commemorate your Canadian Maritimes adventure with newfound friends.(FB / CD)
Day 12
(1 day)
Au Revoir Halifax
After breakfast, head back to Halifax. Stops will be made at Halifax International Airport and the Halifax tour hotel for guests wishing to extend their stay. Airport arrival will be at 12:00.(FB)

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