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Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes 2023 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 dinner. 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.
    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.
    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.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Cape Breton Island and Blooming Baddeck
    Journey to Cape Breton Island. In Baddeck, embark on a picturesque boat cruise across Bras d'Or Lake with your fellow travellers (weather permitting). 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.
    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, one of the world’s most scenic routes. Keep an eye out for bald eagles as you travel past Cape Breton Highlands National Park.Accommodation: Inverary Resort, Baddeck.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  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.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Prince Edward Island 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." 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.Accommodation: Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Insight Choice in Charlottetown Relaxed Start
    Head for the quaint seaside fishing village of Georgetown in eastern Prince Edward Island. 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. 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. Explore Prince Edward Island with Insight Choice. Choose between a lighthouse tour with a winery visit and tasting. Alternatively, rent a bike and explore the city at your own pace.
    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 on the shores of the bay, ultimately making your arrival in the fun hub city of 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. Board a ferry bound for Digby. Afterwards, head to the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, which overlooks the Bay of Fundy, known for its incredible tides.
    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.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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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.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Prince Edward Island: Choose a guided lighthouse tour as you explore Prince Edward Island's history, followed by a tasting at a local winery producing fruit wines.
  • Prince Edward Island: Choose to go on a scenic bike ride while you explore the magic of Prince Edward Island at your own rhythm.

Authentic Dining

  • Halifax: Relax next to the waterfront before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner at 18:00.
  • 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: 11 Breakfast (B), 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), 1 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.
  • 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.
  • Lunenburg: Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg and meet a Local Expert for a walking tour. Hear tales of the fishing industry's impact on the region before visiting scenic Peggy's Cove.
  • 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.
  • 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 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: Choose a guided lighthouse tour as you explore Prince Edward Island's history, followed by a tasting at a local winery producing fruit wines.
  • Prince Edward Island: Choose to go on a scenic bike ride while you explore the magic of Prince Edward Island at your own rhythm.
  • Shediac: Cruise the waters of Shediac Bay aboard a private lobster boat (weather permitting) and get a glimpse into the fascinating world of these sea creatures while learning about local lobstering.
  • 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 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.
  • Charlottetown: 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.
  • Shediac: Visit one of the seven wonders of North America, the Bay of Fundy. Featuring the highest tides on earth, 169 billion tons of seawater flow in out of the bay twice a day. It's here that you will see the impressive Hopewell Rocks. These unique rock formations are caused by tidal erosion and stand 40-70 feet tall along the shoreline.
  • 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.

Make Travel Matter

  • Prince Edward Island: Stop at the Abegweit Mi’kmaq Nation, the indigenous community living on Prince Edward Island. You will be greeted by Chief Junior Young and taken on a guided tour of the reserve. Learn about the community's projects aimed at developing new skills for the indigenous community. You will then be invited to partake in a Smudging Ceremony, designed to bring positive energy, and will learn about the Seven Teachings, the indigenous principles in the collaboration towards restoration of indigenous cultural values, beliefs, and practices that were forbidden by the government in 1885.

Health and Safety Protocols for Insight Vacations Tours

Insight Vacations has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

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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Questions & Answers

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

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Insight Vacations Tours Customer Reviews

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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
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Value for Money
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Our Insight tour was excellent in every way. The accommodations, meals, bus, were all very high quality. The tour director and bus driver were experienced and friendly. The tour itself was fascinating as were many of the optionals.

Everything about this Insight tour was excellent. Great hotels/locations, wonderful choices for the included dinners and the included excursions were all great. Little or no options needed for this trip. Best of all was the Tour Manager, Keith McKenzie. His time management, knowledge of the areas where the hotels were located and the sites we visited were above and beyond our expectations. He was very knowledgeable and especially entertaining and his love for his job was evident at all times.

Loved my trip with Insight Tours. Absolutely wonderful.

Excellent tour director and driver. Nice hotels that were clean and offered excellent food.

This was my first experience with a tour package. I was very pleased with my experience. I will use this company again in the future and recommend it to others.

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