Welcome to Halifax! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2: Halifax. Excursion to Peggy’s Cove & Lunenburg.
This morning, visit PEGGY’S COVE, one of Canada’s most charming fishing villages. Enjoy a [LF] traditional Nova Scotia breakfast, where you can choose local specialties like fish cakes and fish hash. Make sure to have your camera ready for spectacular shots of this famous lighthouse and picturesque setting. We then venture to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your free time here, explore the quaint Main Street, shop for souvenirs, or spend time at the Fisheries Museum to learn more about this major fishing port. Returning to Halifax, visit the CITADEL with its early 19th-century, star-shaped fort. The rest of the day is at leisure. Maybe visit the Maritimes Museum, which explains the area’s seafaring past, or perhaps tour Alexander Keith’s Brewery, which has been making the home-grown favorite since the early 1880s. (B)
Day 3: Halifax–Moncton.
This morning, enjoy an orientation of Halifax, including the public gardens and harbor area. Before arriving in New Brunswick we’ll stop at SUGAR MOON FARM to enjoy a [LF] Maritime sugar camp lunch, along with a guided tour and traditional sugar camp treat. We spend the evening in Moncton, originally founded by a group of Acadians and then Pennyslvania Dutch immigrants from Philadelphia. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for the best way to spend your evening. (B,L)
Day 4: Moncton–Hopewell Rocks–Charlottetown.
This morning, travel to HOPEWELL ROCKS and learn about the highest and wildest tides in the world, which rise and fall up to 52 feet. Time and tide have carved from the cliffs and coves distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees. Many of the formations have nicknames inspired by their appearance. Learn more about the region’s nature and wildlife with a visit to CAPE JOURIMAIN. Drive across the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge and cross onto Price Edward Island. Tonight, enjoy a [LF] LOBSTER SUPPER at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5: Charlottetown.
A guided tour of the island includes a drive to the fishing port of North Rustico Harbour to see the sand dunes and lovely beaches of PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND NATIONAL PARK, along with a visit to GREEN GABLES farmhouse. Later, enjoy lunch at PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PRESERVE COMPANY, and be treated to a traditional [LF] CEILIDH—a folk music and storytelling party. You are sure to be entertained and to get your toes tapping! The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, do some shopping, or relax in one of Charlottetown’s fine restaurants. (B,L)
Day 6: Charlottetown–Ceilidh Trail–Baddeck.
This morning, board a FERRY that whisks you across the Northumberland Strait to Pictou, known as the “Birthplace of New Scotland.” It was here that the first boatload of Scottish Highlanders landed in Nova Scotia in 1773. Then, travel along Ceilidh Trail, where Scottish traditions and Gaelic folklore come alive. Upon arrival in Baddeck, visit the ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL MUSEUM, where exhibits trace the achievements of the great inventor who spend his last years on Cape Breton. (B,D)
Day 7: Baddeck. Excursion to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Travel along the CABOT TRAIL, considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Proceed along the coast, savoring magnificent vistas of the rocky shoreline and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enter CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK, a landscape that strikingly resembles Scottish coastal regions. At the Acadian village of Cheticamp, enjoy a [LF] demonstration on how the famous hand-hooked rugs are made, along with a traditional Acadian lunch. Tonight, perhaps join in a local Ceilidh in Baddeck. (B,L)
Day 8: Baddeck–Jeddore Oyster Pond–Halifax.
Cross over the Canso Causeway and travel along the scenic Marine drive south along the Atlantic shoreline. Stop at the FISHERMAN’S LIFE MUSEUM in Jeddore Oyster Pond. The museum showcases a typical Nova Scotia fisherman’s house from the early 1900s. Tonight, join your Tour Director and new friends at a festive farewell dinner—the perfect finale to your Maritimes vacation. (B,D)
Day 9: Halifax.
The tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (B)