Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes - Insight Vacations

Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes (Summer 2018)

Duration: 12 days Visiting: Canada

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  • Optional experiences
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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.




  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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).


  • 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.


  • 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.



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
10664 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 12 July, 2018


    Trip: It was a terrific itinerary. We particularly enjoyed the experiences into the cultures and history of the provinces. We were pleased to also have some "open" time to explore as we wished. It was a delightful itinerary and we will be recommending this tour to others.

    Service: Well planned event. Since this was our first experience with a tour group, we would have benefited from more contact from Insight three months or so ahead. Several times we contacted our travel agent with questions.

  • 08 July, 2018


    Trip: gorgeous scenery. a very in-depth tour of the area

    Service: knowledgeable, caring, friendly tour director. exciting, comprehensive itinerary. absolutely will recommend to others

  • 05 July, 2018


    Trip: Great scenery & destinations!

    Service: Great tour guide, Max Davidson, & bus driver, Jim!

  • 04 July, 2018


    Trip: Very educational and enlightening experiances

    Service: Very well thought out experiences to keep everyone captivated.

  • 04 July, 2018


    Trip: It was very educational and informative. Could have left off the Invernary Hotel (I don't think I spelled it correctly) they need to update there bathrooms. The bathroom had black mold around the baseboards. Food was mediocre at best. The people working there were very nice and helpful.

    Service: The tour director was very knowledge and very informative. Had a great personality. The drive was very good and helped to step down from the bus. Overall great experience.

  • 04 July, 2018


    Trip: Loved the places visited, a good mix of history and gorgeous landscapes, and the locals were so inviting and friendly!

    Service: Our trip director Max Davidson did a great job, very thorough with information and entertaining! Really went the extra mile for his guests! The Westin in Halifax was the noisiest hotel I think I’ve ever been in! No sound proofing between rooms, all the room doors slammed shut, and many drunk and loud guests from other groups going to their rooms and partying after the bar closed at midnight. Got very little sleep when we really needed it from traveling. Sadly, The Inverary Resort in Cape Breton needs to be dropped until they make repairs from their fire damage. Too many employees working in positions they are unfamiliar with. The rooms had lots of bugs and some mold too.

  • 04 July, 2018


    Trip: Fantastic scenery, the boat excursions were extremely well done.

    Service: Excellent itinerary, could use some minor tweaking on hotel choices

  • 08 October, 2017


    Trip: We had a 1 1/2 days of Free Time in Charlottetown, with only an included breakfast. There should have been included planned activity. We were told there had been a planned activity on the previous tours but they dropped it. We paid, but felt we didn't get the full itenary. If Insight drops an activity or execution, they should replace it with another activity!

    Service: The trip was very enjoyable. Our tour Director Karen L. was professional, interesting, knowledgeable, super organized, cheerful, humorous, and treated us all very well! She gets A+!!! Our bus driver Jim was excellent as well. Had a bit of trouble booking our Insight trip, but we got those issues resolved. If an Insight representative would like to call us, we would be glad to explain.

  • 07 October, 2017


    Trip: If you are looking for a laid back itinerary, this is it. However, since there was no optional tour for PEI, perhaps should shorten our stay there instead of giving us 1 1/2 day free time in Charlottetown.

    Service: I would most definitely use Insight again should we decide to take another land tour. I will also recommend Insight to my friends. They've done a good job taking care of the details like special request for room equipped for disabled person.

  • 04 October, 2017


    Trip: The Itinerary was perfect, although some days were very busy. I found that the free time provided was needed for things like laundry and just looking around on my own.

    Service: Insight customer service was excellent, both during the booking process and the trip. Every detail was well organized.

  • 04 October, 2017


    Trip: Great history of the Provicences - time in each day to tour on our own after the wonderful presentations. Definitely would recommend.

    Service: Definitely would recommend Insight. Great Customer Care, planning to minute details, friendliness of staff and step-on guides, knowledge of great director, extra length on coach a plus. One of the reasons we chose Insight Also the step up quality of hotels.

  • 04 October, 2017


    Trip: We hit all the high points when they were at their peaks

    Service: It was all very well coordinated

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