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Duration: 12 days Visiting: Canada
A mix of colourful harbours and sweeping coastlines, this nautical trip allows you to recharge by the sea as you take in some of America's iconic maritime history. From learning about the tradition of fabric milling in Baddeck to discovering the picturesque village of Peggy's Cove, you'll have plenty of time to relax and take in the sea air, as you make your way through Canada’s Eastern Maritime provinces.
Welcome to Halifax.
Arrive in Halifax. A mix of sea breezes and cultural charms, you’ve arrived in your quintessential maritime destination. You’ll be picked up from Halifax International Airport and taken to your downtown hotel. You can relax next to the waterfront before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00, for a Welcome Dinner with drinks.
Historic Lunenburg and Peggy's Cove.
Get your cameras ready for a day of culture and nautical scenes, as you journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg. Here you’ll experience one of the best surviving examples of a planned British Colonial settlement in North America, before meeting a Local Expert for a walking tour and visit to the brightly painted Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Hear interesting tales of the sea and the fishing industry's impact on the region before stopping off in picturesque Peggy’s Cove. Situated on the rocky cliffs of St Margaret’s Bay, this famous fishing village offers scenic photo opportunities. You'll end the day by heading back to Halifax for the evening.
Sightseeing and Relaxation in Halifax.
Delve into Halifax’s nautical history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where your Local Expert will engage you in stories of key historic events, including the Halifax Explosion and the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Join a Local Expert for an informative exploration of eclectic Halifax. Once here you’ll visit Fairview cemetery, where over one hundred of the Titanic's victims were laid to rest, before heading to the Public Gardens and the iconic harbour front. Stop at the impressive Halifax Citadel, a Victorian-era fortress, before enjoying a free afternoon. Whether you fancy looking into the city’s art scene or its culinary offerings, just make sure you save enough room for a Highlight Dinner of local seafood at the superb restaurant, The Five Fishermen, in one of Halifax's historic buildings.
Cape Breton Island and Blooming Baddeck.
Journey to the town of Truro where you’ll visit the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Center to learn about Mi'kmaq heritage and Glooscap legends. The Mi'kmaq are the indigenous people of Mi'kma'ki, Nova Scotia, and their presence is an essential part of the region's past. Learn a few words of the Mi'kmaq language and view intricate artefacts, before continuing on to Cape Breton Island. Home to Gaelic traditions, this beautiful island is packed with Celtic music, pubs and influence. In Baddeck, embark on a picturesque boat cruise across Bras d'Or Lake (weather permitting). In the evening, experience warm hospitality and Cape Breton-style home cooking at your waterfront hotel. This features tempting seafood favourites and hearty dishes that are sure to satisfy.
The Natural Beauty of the Cabot Trail.
Head back to school as you 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 tradition of fabric milling and see a kilt-making demonstration in action. Enjoy a relaxing drive along the Cabot Trail, one of the world’s most scenic routes. Keep an eye out for moose and bald eagles, as you travel past Breton Highlands National Park. Continue your day with an evening of traditional music and song at the Celtic Evening of Smiles, where you'll enjoy a night of Acadian hospitality and entertainment.
Baddeck and Charlottetown.
In the morning, embark on an insightful visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, where you can trace the roots of the modern smartphone to the man himself. 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, where you’ll stay the next three nights.
Have your cameras at the ready for a day of sightseeing. Discover picturesque Prince Edward Island with a Local Expert before heading on to Cavendish. Here you’ll visit the Green Gables House, the fabled home 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, so whether you fancy heading to one of the city’s independent coffee shops or a walk along the harbour, the choice is yours.
Leisure Time in Charlottetown.
Today is your day to explore or relax and appreciate the delightful city that is Charlottetown. Your Travel Director will be able to advise you on places to eat, where to go and sights to see. From exploring Point Prim Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island's oldest lighthouse, to Victoria Park, one of Charlottetown's most beautiful open spaces, make the most of your last day here.
The Tides of Hopewell Rocks.
Journey to New Brunswick where you will cruise the waters of Shediac Bay onboard 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. Options include lobster, chicken or veggie entrée. Travel on to Hopewell Rocks on the shores of the bay before arriving in the pretty port city of Saint John, where you'll be surrounded by rugged cliff tops, coves and natural beauty.
Loyalist Saint John to Digby.
Explore Saint John's vibrant past on a morning tour through the charming streets and along the beautiful waterfront, with your Travel Director. Board a ferry bound for Saint John's sister community of Digby, a harbour town in southwestern Nova Scotia. Once here, you’ll head to the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, a top address with beautiful views overlooking the Bay of Fundy.
Delightful Digby and Annapolis Royal.
Begin your day by embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching cruise (weather permitting) on the Bay of Fundy, where you’ll learn about these majestic creatures and potentially spot one. Move on to the historic town of Annapolis Royal, the former capital of Acadia and Nova Scotia. Take a stroll with a costumed interpreter, who will guide you through the centuries of one of Canada’s oldest thoroughfares and along the boardwalk, bordering the historic Annapolis River. Discover a cultural mosaic of history in this former capital of Acadia and Nova Scotia, before returning to your spa resort in Digby. In the evening, meet a former scallop fisherman for a culinary demonstration and Celebration Dinner featuring the highly prized seafood.
It’s time to wave goodbye to Halifax and your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Stops will be made at Halifax International Airport and The Westin Nova Scotian for guests wishing to extend their stay. Airport arrival will be at 12:00.
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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
Halifax (Traditional) - Canada
Baddeck (Resort) - USA
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.
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 (Traditional) - Canada
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19 October, 2018
Trip: I just told you, they are the best.
Service: They did all things very well
17 October, 2018
Trip: A perfect itinerary for us! We saw so very much and learnt so much new information!
Service: Our tour was excellent which was enhanced by our wonderful tour guide Isabelle and very careful bus driver Jim!
17 October, 2018
Trip: The activities were well organised, varied and provided great memories such as Alexander G Bell’s home, fresh lobsters and ‘chicken of the sea’, breaching whales, Anne of GG musicals, ferry crossings, tasty meals and time to explore on our own.
Service: The tour director Isabelle and our driver Jim were excellent as well the other travellers were great company. The multi stay nights at each location made for a relaxing tour and the variety of outings provided great interest.
07 October, 2018
Trip: Beautiful country. We only missed the Cabot Trail because it was raining with high winds and our driver put our safety first which we appreciated very much. Plan “B” was great.
Service: We had the most wonderful tour director. She went above and beyond. She set the bar so high that I don’t know if anyone will reach her standard. We have already signed up for another tour to Switzerland.
07 October, 2018
Trip: The locations were interesting and scenic. However, at least one of the hotels was not up to Insight standards.
Service: Excellent!! Professional and personable Tour Guides
06 October, 2018
Trip: Excellent well planned schedule. Hotel at Inverary should be replaced. Poor rooms needing updating - v damp. Hard beds. Buffet dinner was v poor and not warm.
Service: V gd
05 October, 2018
Trip: we felt that we were shown the best of Nova Scotia.
Service: Prior to trip, there were a couple of issues and customer service got them handled
04 October, 2018
Trip: A great selection of highlights in history, landscapes and "must see", again made extra special by Isabel and Jim!
Service: The tour was great, wonderful things to see and do. Also very much enjoyed the days of "free time" to do things on our own or see places perhaps not on the tour agenda. A huge part of what made our tour exceptional were our Tour Director Isabel and our Driver Jim, both of them are second to none!
04 October, 2018
Trip: Whale, trip, Schooner trip and lobster trip were the best highlights.
Service: they had a plan "B" when weather was bad. They accommodated the more elderly with mobility problems, by taking caer of the bags, putting us in accommodations that had the least distance to walk. We had the best travel guide ever,( Isobelle) among all our Insight/Trafalger trips.
04 October, 2018
Trip: We liked the idea of staying two to three nights in a place. The excursions were well planned and interesting.
Service: The tour organisation was managed well and staff were friendly and helpful.
03 October, 2018
Trip: Already did. You are making me mad by repeating what I have already done.
Service: Consult survey done at end of trip.
03 October, 2018
Trip: Very easy going trip, did not feel rushed at all. Travel director and bus driver always had a backup plan in place incase there was weather problems.
Service: The booking process was very easy. I received my travel information shortly after booking. There was no problems. The travel director and bus driver were very good. I would recommend insight to others.