Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes - Insight Vacations

Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes (Summer 2018)

Duration: 12 days Visiting: Canada

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Recharge on this seaside escape, with striking ocean vistas, colourful harbours, and intriguing insights into the history of Canada’s Eastern Maritime provinces.

  1. Day 1

    Arrive in Halifax.

    Welcome to Halifax, the quintessential Maritime destination. On arrival, a transfer will take you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with drinks.

  2. Day 2

    Historic Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove.

    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 to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Hear tales of the sea and the fishing industry's impact on the region. On return to Halifax, stop in picturesque Peggy's Cove, situated on the rocky cliffs of St Margaret's Bay.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Sightseeing and Relaxation in Halifax.

    (Relaxed Start) The day begins at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Your Local Expert will engage you in stories of key historical events, including the Halifax Explosion and the Titanic. Later, explore eclectic Halifax with a Local Expert. Travel to the local cemetery, where many of the Titanic victims were laid to rest. Visit the Public Gardens and the bustling harbourfront. Stop at the massive Halifax Citadel before enjoying a free afternoon. In the evening, savour a Highlight Dinner of local seafood at The Restaurant at Five Fishermen, a local institution.

  4. Day 4

    Cape Breton Island and Blooming Baddeck.

    In Truro, visit the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Center to learn about Mi'kmaq heritage and Glooscap legends. Learn a few words of the Mi'kmaq language and view intricate artefacts. Continue to Cape Breton Island, home to Gaelic traditions. In Baddeck, embark on a boat cruise across Bras d'Or Lake (weather permitting). In the evening, experience Cape Breton-style home cooking at your hotel.

  5. Day 5

    The Natural Beauty of The Cabot Trail.

    Immerse yourself in a unique experience at The Gaelic College, devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic and Celtic cultures. Learn about the fabric milling and kilt making tradition. Travel along the Cabot Trail, one of the world's most scenic drives. Keep an eye out for moose and bald eagles, as you travel past breathtaking Cape Breton Highlands National Park. In the evening, engage in traditional music and song at the Celtic Evening of Smiles.

  6. Day 6

    Baddeck and Charlottetown.

    In the morning, embark on an insightful visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Go behind the scenes and dive into the private life of one of the most influential figures in human history. Led by a guide, you’ll uncover Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell’s story through artefacts and photographs from their time together. Cross the Northumberland Strait to magical Prince Edward Island and quaint Charlottetown. In the evening, enjoy dinner with your travelling companions.

  7. Day 7

    Charlottetown Sightseeing.

    Discover Prince Edward Island with a Local Expert. Begin at picturesque Prince Edward Island National Park. In Cavendish, visit the Green Gables House, the fabled house that provided inspiration for L.M. Montgomery's children's classic, 'Anne of Green Gables'. Return to Charlottetown, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Leisure Time in Charlottetown.

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a full day to explore or relax and appreciate the delightful city that is Charlottetown.

  9. Day 9

    The Tides of Hopewell Rocks.

    Cruise the waters of Shediac Bay on-board a lobster boat (weather permitting) and get a glimpse into the fascinating world of these sea creatures while feasting on a Highlight Lunch with wine. Travel to Hopewell Rocks and the Bay of Fundy.

  10. Day 10

    Loyalist Saint John to Digby.

    Explore Saint John's vibrant past on a morning tour through the charming streets and along the beautiful waterfront. Board a ferry bound for Saint John's sister community of Digby. Share experiences over dinner at your hotel in the evening.

  11. Day 11

    Delightful Digby and Annapolis Royal.

    Begin your day with a whale watching cruise (weather permitting) on the Bay of Fundy. Journey to the historic town of Annapolis Royal and with a costumed interpreter, stroll through the centuries of one of Canada’s oldest thoroughfares and walk along the boardwalk bordering the historic Annapolis River. Discover a cultural mosaic of history in this former capital of Acadia and Nova Scotia. Return to Digby and enjoy a ‘Scallop 101’ experience and Celebration Dinner in the evening – a culinary demonstration featuring the highly prized seafood.

  12. Day 12

    Farewell Halifax.

    In the morning, 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.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Halifax: Wander the Citadel’s corridors with a Local Expert and learn about the fortress’ history and Halifax’s involvement in major wars.
  • Truro: Discover Mi'kmaq heritage and Glooscap legend, gaze upon the giant statue of Glooscap, and meet aboriginal interpreters for a guided tour of the stunning displays.
  • Baddeck: Go behind the scenes with an expert to unravel the stories behind one of history's most influential members at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.
  • Annapolis Royal With your Local Expert, a costumed interpreter, visit the scenic National Historic District and learn about the cultural heritage of Annapolis Royal.
  • Halifax: At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, your Local Expert will engage you in stories of key historical events, including the Halifax Explosion and the Titanic.
  • Lunenburg: Join a Local Expert for an exploration of this eclectic port city and the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Baddeck: Learn about the tradition of fabric milling and see a kilt making demonstration at The Gaelic College.
  • Cape Breton: Attend an evening of traditional local music and song at the Celtic Evening of Smiles.
  • Cavendish: Explore the National Park and visit the Green Gables farm house that inspired the beloved children's classic, 'Anne of Green Gables'.
  • Bay of Fundy: Embark on a whale watching cruise (weather permitting) to potentially spot rare species of whale and learn about these majestic sea mammals.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prince Edward Island: Cross one of the longest bridges in the world, the 9-mile-long Confederation Bridge. Take a ferry across the Northumberland Strait from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island and from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia.
  • Halifax: Discover its highlights on a morning sightseeing tour; Visit the picturesque village of Peggy’s Cove
  • Scenic Drives: The Cabot Trail.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Halifax: Enjoy a special Highlight Dinner of local seafood at one of the city's best local restaurants, The Restaurant at Five Fishermen.
  • Shediac Bay: Enjoy a fisherman's lobster feast and Highlight Lunch, as you cruise the waters of the bay, taking in the scenery and warm Acadian hospitality.
  • Digby: Meet a former scallop fisherman for a culinary demonstration and Celebration Dinner par excellence, featuring Digby's famous scallops.
  • Included Quality Dining: 11 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L) with wine (LW), 6 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Halifax: The Westin Nova Scotian offers luxury and Four Diamond service in the heart of Halifax.
  • Baddeck: Waterfront resort facilities meet Cape Breton's warm hospitality at The Inverary Resort.
  • Charlottetown: The Delta Prince Edward is Charlottetown’s only waterfront hotel, just steps away from charming shops and restaurants.
  • Saint John: The Hilton Saint John offers a prime location on the harbourfront of New Brunswick's largest city.
  • Digby: Overlooking the Bay of Fundy, Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect location for exciting activities, or the utmost in relaxation.

ADDITIONAL 5 STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from and to Halifax International Airport are available only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

The Westin Nova Scotian Halifax

Halifax (Traditional) - Canada

Inverary Resort Baddeck

Baddeck (Resort) - USA

Delta Prince Edward Charlottetown

Charlottetown (Contemporary) - Canada

Delta Prince Edward – the city’s only 4 Diamond waterfront hotel - offers stunning water views, newly renovated guest rooms and lobby. Step out of the hotel’s front doors and stroll along the waterfront boardwalk, enjoy wonderful vistas or browse the unique Island shops of Queen Street and Victoria Row. The hotel’s restaurant is renowned for culinary delights and inspired menus using local purveyors of farm and garden products.

Hilton Saint John

Saint John (Contemporary) - Canada

The Hilton Saint John is one of the most convenient hotels in Saint John, NB, on the harbor front of New Brunswick's biggest city. Take a stroll down the wharf and hear live music from outdoor patios in summer, or relax in your spacious room featuring plush top bedding, a work desk with an easy chair, a 32-inch HDTV, marble bathroom, luxurious bath amenities and panoramic views of downtown of the harbor. Swim some laps in the heated indoor swimming pool, savor local specialties at York Bistro or sip a martini or local beer in the pub or on the seasonal harbor-side patio.

Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa

Digby (Traditional) - Canada

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10949 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 21 September, 2018

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    Trip: Sights, meals and tour guide and driver were excellent

    Service: Yes I would travel with you again. The only disappointment I had was at The Westin in Halifax. I requested 2beds. Upon arriving was given a room with one bed. If it had been a king that would have worked. When traveling with you in the past I have always received requested accommodation. This was a 4star hotel but the room was in need of an update, one bed, phone not working properly, dirty, and wallpaper coming off wall under window. I would think that your company would have enough clout that their clients would receive their request and a room that was of higher standards.

  • 21 September, 2018

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    Trip: It was really good considering this is a small area.

    Service: Isabelle and driver Jim are 2 lovely people who relate so well to people and are more than happy to help with any request and Isabelle gives a lot of commentary and spoils us with songs and treats and friendliness. Superlatives for both.

  • 20 September, 2018

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    Trip: I enjoyed the pace of this itinerary. I liked that we spent 3 days in a couple of the hotels, which were all very comfortable. I always enjoy about Insight that we receive a tour of the city and then have an opportunity to investigate points of our own interest. Isabelle and Jim gave us suggestions for when we had lunch and dinner on our own, and were all very satisfying. I didn't know much about the Maritimes, but because of this itinerary, I came away with more knowledge and happy memories of this beautiful part of Canada.

    Service: Our tour director, Isabelle, was outstanding. She was knowledgable, friendly and very organized. I liked that Isabelle used the laminated information sheet and passed it around on the coach for us to take a picture of it with our cell phones. She kept us entertained with her music, stories and pleasant attitude. Our driver, Jim, was also outstanding. His driving kept us safe and on-time. I enjoyed the new coach. My son is 6'3" and appreciated the leg room, as we have on all our Insight Tours (this was my sixth). I also appreciated the bottle water that we received on the coach. All the local guides we had were also very passionate, especially Bob at the Halifax Museum and John, the local Halifax Mguide. The guides at Lunneburg and Prince Edward Island were also very good. I liked all the hotels, but really enjoyed the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa. Looking forward to booking our next Insight Tour.

  • 20 September, 2018

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    Trip: Overall very good. A bit too much free time with 2 1/2 days on our own

    Service: Outstanding Tour Director and Bus Driver

  • 20 September, 2018

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    Trip: Loved that we had some free time to explore the cities on our own and experience the local culture.

    Service: I would definitely travel with Insight again.

  • 20 September, 2018

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    Trip: The pace was excellent! The locations included real indoor learning experiences as well as opportunities to take in the breathtaking beauty of The Canadian Maritimes. I LOVED this trip from the wonderful museums (and the speakers!) to the opportunities to explore natural areas. Isabell Meheux, tour director, and Jim Thorne, bus driver are THE BEST I have ever experienced--and I have been on about a dozen bus tours! They thought of EVERTYTHING! What a fantastic experience we had in celebrating our 50th anniversary! Thank You Insight Vacations for arranging such wonderful travel experiences! And, thanks to our AAA Planner, Vanessa, at AAA Toms River, NJ!

    Service: The trip organization, rest stops, and presentations at selected locations was planned exceedingly well.

  • 20 September, 2018

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    Trip: We wish there had been less free time and/or more optional excursions, especially in PEI.

    Service: This is our third trip with Insight and we have always found the company to provide excellent customer service, from our initial contact requesting specific information or clarification to the guides and drivers who have all been tops!!

  • 20 September, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed each stop especially the docents commentaries and insights as to the historical significance of each place or person .

    Service: The tour director, Isabelle *personal information removed by Feefo*, and the bus driver, Jim *personal information removed by Feefo*, did a fantastic job in guiding and driving the tour group. The scenery was beautiful, the places we stayed where lovely, the staff at the hotels/resorts were so helpful and pleasant that we were delighted to encounter each. I was particularly stressed because of the death of my brother during the trip. Isabelle and Jim were sensitive to my situation and did all they could to help my husband and I be comforted without burdening the other travelers w/the situation at our request. We were traveling w/2 couples who are life long friends who provided our support system. We truly appreciate the professionalism of our tour director and bus driver. We'd travel w/them again anytime.

  • 12 September, 2018

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    Trip: See above...……………...mnhytre

    Service: The tour guide was outstanding, the bus was comfortable, and the places we visited were unique and interesting. WE learned a lot about Canada and the role of Maritime Provinces in its founding.

  • 12 September, 2018

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    Trip: Interesting and enjoyable

    Service: Our tour director was excellent as was our driver. The Digby Pines was a great spot and our whale watch was very special.

  • 12 September, 2018

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    Trip: good pace, comprehensive but not overwhelming with too much detail

    Service: great tour director and driver

  • 12 September, 2018

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    Trip: I loved the trip. We went on so many excursions which was great.

    Service: I like the many places we went too. The only thing would be more appreciated is to have more meals included. Traveling as a family, it would be nice to of had us together on the same floor and on the bus. Overall, it was a great trip and glad I went. Yes, I would travel on insights again. :)

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