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Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes - Classic Group

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Tour Itinerary

Blend the best of land and sea on this 12-Day guided tour of Canada. Explore the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax with a Local Expert, who will tell you the tale of the city’s most historic moment: the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. See the fabled home that served as the inspiration for L.M. Montgomery’s children’s classic, ‘Anne of Green Gables,’ before going to Charlottetown, where a local Knowledge Keeper will welcome you to the Indigenous community of the Abegweit Mi’Kmaw Nation and tell you about their Seven Sacred Teachings. Watch for bald eagles as you travel one of the world’s most scenic routes, Cabot Trail. Board a lobster boat in New Brunswick for an up-close-and-personal look at lobster fishing, then indulge in a decadent lobster lunch. Later, cruise the Bay of Fundy on a whale-watching expedition, where you can see humpback, minke and fin whales.

Countries Visited

Canada

Cities Visited

Baddeck , Charlottetown , Digby , Halifax , Lunenburg , Moncton

  1. Day 1
    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, where you can relax next to the waterfront before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00, for a Welcome Dinner with drinks.Accommodation: Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Sightseeing and Relaxation in Halifax Relaxed Start
    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. This afternoon, enjoy an Insight Choice between a visit to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, the Maud Lewis Gallery, or the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.Accommodation: Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Historic Lunenburg and Peggy's Cove
    Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg. 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. Hear tales of the fishing industry's impact on the region before visiting scenic Peggy's Cove, a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. You'll end the day by heading back to Halifax for the evening, followed by a Highlight Dinner with live music in the heart of the city, at Le Bistro by Liz, a local favorite.Accommodation: Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Cape Breton Island and Blooming Baddeck
    Journey to Cape Breton Island. In the evening, experience warm hospitality and Cape Breton-style home cooking at your waterfront hotel, featuring tempting seafood favourites and hearty dishes that are sure to satisfy. Continue your night with traditional music and song at a Ceilidh, a Celtic Evening where you'll enjoy a night of Acadian hospitality and entertainment.Accommodation: Inverary Resort, Baddeck
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    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, a world-famous scenic highway, which runs along coastal borders on both sides of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, as well as crosses highlands that offer remarkable views.Accommodation: Inverary Resort, Baddeck
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  6. Day 6
    Baddeck and Charlottetown
    In the morning, embark on an insightful visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Ferry across the Northumberland Strait to magical Prince Edward Island and quaint Charlottetown, where you'll spend the next three nights. This little city is a nautical dream, with its colourful fisherman’s cottages and picturesque harbour. The city is also known for hosting the famous Anne of Green Gables musical every year.Accommodation: Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Prince Edward Island Sightseeing Relaxed Start
    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." Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Abegweit Mi’Kmaw Nation, an Indigenous community located east of the city.You’ll be met by your local Knowledge Keeper who will welcome you to the community, before introducing you to the Seven Sacred Teachings and how they guide the Miꞌkmaq people. Be among the select first to gain an insight into ceremony and teachings that have traditionally only been available to community members.Accommodation: Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Flavours of Charlottetown Relaxed Start
    Head for the quaint seaside fishing village of Georgetown in eastern Prince Edward Island. Meet a local fisherman who will regale you with tales of life at sea and teach you all about the area's lobster and mussel industry. Enjoy a delicious Highlight Lunch at the Historic Georgetown Inn featuring delicious Island blue mussels and lunch made with local products. A visit to a maritime province wouldn't be complete without a lighthouse tour - after lunch, head out to the first lighthouse on Prince Edward Island and end your day with a tasting at Rossignol Winery, the first winery on Prince Edward Island specializing in table and fruit wines.Accommodation: Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  9. Day 9
    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, as well as the lobster industry. You’ll also indulge in a delicious seafood Highlight Lunch with wine before traveling on to Hopewell Rocks shores of the bay where you'll meet your Local Expert, ultimately making your arrival in the fun hub city of Moncton.Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Moncton.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  10. Day 10
    Lively Moncton to Digby
    Travel along the Fundy Trail Parkway, which hugs the coast with stunning views in every direction. With it's final portion completed in 2020, the Fundy Trail Parkway provides a coastal access network from Alma to St Martin complete with hiking trails, beaches, scenic lookouts and an Interpretive Centre. Afterwards, head to the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, which overlooks the Bay of Fundy, known for its incredible tides.Accommodation: Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Delightful Digby and Annapolis Royal Relaxed Start
    Begin your day by embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching cruise (weather permitting) on the Bay of Fundy. Move on to the historic town of Annapolis Royal where you'll take a stroll with a costumed interpreter and discover a cultural mosaic of history 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. Considering the economic impact the scallop industry has in Digby, there is no better place to learn firsthand from a local expert and no better place to enjoy a fresh, sea-to-table scallop dinner.Accommodation: Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Farewell Halifax
    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 Marriott Harbourfront Halifax for guests wishing to extend their stay. Airport arrival will be at 12:00.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between three carefully selected activities
  • Halifax: Choose a visit to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site while exploring the history of the fortress and the soldiers who were stationed there.
  • Halifax: Choose a visit to the Maud Lewis Gallery and see the artist's famous painted house, which was carefully restored and conserved by the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Halifax: Choose a visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which aims to inspire Canadians to explore the country's relationship with immigration and encourages a more open conversation on a national scale.

Authentic Dining

  • Halifax: Relax next to the waterfront before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner at 18:00.
  • Halifax: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with live music at Le Bistro by Liz, where old French charm meets lively coziness in the heart of Halifax.
  • Baddeck: In the evening, experience warm hospitality and Cape Breton-style home cooking at your waterfront hotel.
  • Charlottetown: Enjoy a delicious Highlight Lunch of island blue mussel cooked fresh by the fisherman. Then, take a short stroll through the village to the historic Georgetown Inn, where you'll be invited by the owner to continue your meal featuring fresh, locally grown produce.
  • Shediac: Enjoy a fisherman's lobster feast and Highlight Lunch, as you cruise the waters of the bay, taking in the charming 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.
  • Dining Summary: 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), 11 Breakfast (B), 2 Lunch (L), and 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Top Rated Highlights

  • 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.
  • Halifax: Join a Local Expert for an informative exploration of eclectic Halifax.
  • Lunenburg: Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg and meet a Local Expert for a walking tour. End your Lunenburg walking city tour at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic where you'll hear tales of the fishing industry's impact on the region.
  • Peggy's Cove: Journey to scenic Peggy's Cove, a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margaret's Bay and the site of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, an iconic Canadian image.
  • Baddeck: In Baddeck, embark on a picturesque boat cruise across Bras d'Or Lake with your fellow travellers (weather permitting). Sail aboard the Amoeba, a 67ft staysail Schooner that has been gracing the Baddeck Harbour for 30 years. Enjoy an entertaining and educational tour of the Bras d'Or Lakes, where our crew will provide an authentic sailing experience.
  • Baddeck: 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.
  • Cape Breton Island: 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 Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Baddeck: Go behind the scenes with a Local Expert at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic site to unravel the stories behind one of history's most influential members.
  • Prince Edward Island National Park: Discover picturesque Prince Edward Island National Park 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."
  • Prince Edward Island: Head on a lighthouse tour and enjoy a wine tasting.
  • Shediac: Cruise the waters of Shediac Bay aboard a lobster boat (weather permitting) and get a glimpse into the fascinating world of these sea creatures while learning about local lobstering.
  • Hopewell Cape: Travel on to Hopewell Rocks on the shores of the bay, before checking into our hotel in Moncton. The Bay of Fundy is one of 7 wonders of North America. The highest tides on earth, the rarest whales in the world, semi-precious minerals and dinosaur fossils. Twice each day, 160 billion tons of seawater flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy - more than the combined flow of the world's freshwater rivers. Hopewell Rocks, also called "Flowerpots Rocks", are rock formations caused by tidal erosion and stand 40-70 feet tall. You'll have an opportunity to walk down to the water and learn more about these Flowerpots Rocks with your Local Expert. They are located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy.
  • New Brunswick: Travel along the Fundy Trail Parkway, which nestles you between the greens of the forest and the blues of the coast, with stunning views in every direction.
  • Digby: Embark on a whale watching cruise (weather permitting) to in hopes of spotting rare species of whale while learning about these majestic sea mammals.

Insight Choice

  • Halifax: Choose a visit to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site while exploring the history of the fortress and the soldiers who were stationed there.
  • Halifax: Choose a visit to the Maud Lewis Gallery and see the artist's famous painted house, which was carefully restored and conserved by the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Halifax: Choose a visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which aims to inspire Canadians to explore the country's relationship with immigration and encourages a more open conversation on a national scale.

Insight Experiences

  • Baddeck: Experience the fun and hospitality of a traditional Ceilidh (pronounced "kay-lee) at your resort. Join local musicians and engage in an evening of song, dance and storytelling for a unique insight into Acadian culture.
  • Prince Edward Island: Experience a culturally authentic smudging ceremony, honor song, dance and Seven Sacred teaching introduction that will enlighten and enchant.
  • Charlottetown: Head for the quaint seaside fishing village of Georgetown in eastern Prince Edward Island. You will be met by a a great storytelling fisherman who will regale you with tales of life at sea and teach you all about the area's lobster and mussel industry. Enjoy a delicious lunch of Island Blue Mussel cooked fresh by the fisherman. Then, take a short stroll though the village to the historic Georgetown Inn. Built in 1840 as a private residence, you'll be invited by the owner to continue your meal featuring fresh, locally grown foods.
  • Annapolis Royal: Visit the scenic National Historic District and learn about the cultural heritage of Annapolis Royal with help from your Local Expert, a lively costumed interpreter.

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You can travel with Insight Vacations and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Insight Vacations is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Insight Vacations will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Insight Vacations have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Insight Vacations is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Insight Vacations does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Insight Vacations only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Insight Vacations is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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Insight Vacations Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 2008 reviews about Insight Vacations Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

This was our 2nd tour with Insight Vacations and it was a wonderful experience. Michael, our tour director, was excellent!

The Tour Director and Driver were excellent! Very enjoyable.

Insight took care of everything! Great hotels and excursions!

Insight not only provides an educational and cultural experience, but they also lessen the stress that can come with traveling as they provide airport pick ups and drop offs, and just tell us when to have our luggage outside our hotel door. We would definitely travel with Insight again.

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This trip was one of my best. The itinerary was just right. Everything went to perfection

This was my third trip with Insight Tours. It was a very good tour. I chose Insight because of their itinerary for this particular tour.

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Insight took wonderful care of us

We had a wonderful experience, as always. We are excited to plan our next trip with Rachel. We love Insight Tours. They are consistently wonderful, as is Rachel

We love Insight Vacations! This was our 12th tour!

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Great trip, Affordable Tours did an outstanding in booking this trip and was one of the best we have taken. The person that we worked with (Tamara) was very courteous, professional and knowledgeable in getting us get the best price available for the tour.

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