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Start your experience of the Maritimes in Halifax, continuing on to Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site before crossing the peninsula to Annapolis Royal, famous for its vineyards. Continue to Saint John in New Brunswick and head west along the Fundy Coastal Drive, one of the Marine Wonders of the World before arriving in Saint Andrews, one of Canada’s most beautiful seaside resorts. Discover historic Fredericton and enjoy a stay in Moncton before traversing to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, where you can explore the sandstone cliffs, beaches, made famous by novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery in the popular “Anne of Green Gables” series. Travel on to Cape Breton Island for an incredible visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg and explore the spectacular Cabot Trail, famous for its coastal landscapes.
Holiday Includes :
- Return Glasgow flights
- 17 nights accommodation
- Car Hire
- Bay Ferry Tolls - Digby to Saint John
- Lobster Fishing Cruise with lobster meal (operates daily June 30th to September 1st, price for non operating dates will be adjusted at the time of booking)
- Bay Ferry Tolls - Wood Islands to Caribou
- Historic Sites admission to the following: NOVA SCOTIA - Alexander Graham Bell - Fort Anne - Fortress of Louisbourg - Grand-Pre - Halifax Citadel - Kejimkujik (Day Use Only) - Port-Royal PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - Green Gables House - Prince Edward Island National Park NEW BRUNSWICK - Carleton Martello Tower - Fort Beausejour - Monument Lefebvre - St. Andrews Blockhouse
Day 1 Fly UK to Halifax
Fly to Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia's capital.
Day 2 Halifax Sightseeing
A full day in Halifax to explore the boutique shops, pubs and cafes of privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties. Ge a terrific view of the city from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and visit York Redoubt National Historic Site, a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbor.
Day 3 Halifax to Lunenburg (145 km/90mi)
Head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy’s Cove along the way. Peggy’s Cove (45km) is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Old Town Lunenburg (98km), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian era town that begs you to wander and explore.
Day 4 Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal (133km / 83mi)
Cross the peninsula and make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its hiking trails, wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq petroglyphs. Continue along Route 8 to Annapolis Royal. (Breakfast included)
Day 5 Annapolis Royal to St. Andrews (214 km/132 mi + 3 hr Ferry)
Depart Annapolis Royal and drive to Digby to board the ferry to Saint John, then continue west along the Fundy Coastal Drive. This dramatic scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy, one of the Marine Wonders of the World. Arrive in St. Andrews one of Canada’s most beautiful seaside resorts. Ferry departs twice a day between May 15 – Oct 12. (Breakfast Included)
Day 6 St Andrews
This resort combines historic sites with charming studios and galleries, fine-dining restaurants, and simple cafes, making it a wonderful spot for two days ofrelaxation. In addition tomany attractions, including Kingsbrae Gardens and the Blockhouse National Site, St. Andrews is a popular spot for whale watching, sea kayaking or sailing trips out into the Bay of Fundy.
Day 7 St. Andrews to Saint John (107 km/66 mi)
Drive east to City of Saint John, world-famous for its Reversing Falls Rapids—the colossal, tidal tug-of-war between the Bay of Fundy and the St. John River. Twice daily at high tide, the powerful Fundy waters roar into the Saint John River. The titanic clash of natural forces causes the river to reverse direction.
Day 8 Saint John to Moncton (212 km/131 mi)
The highlight today is the scenic drive along the Bay of Fundy. Witness the power of the world’s highest tides at the Hopewell Rocks. Visit the informative Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Center and learn everything you need to know about the tidal phenomenon. Take a drive through Fundy National Park before reaching Moncton.
Day 9 Moncton to Charlottetown
Before leaving Moncton we suggest a stop at the Magnetic Hill where you can put the car in neutral to experience the illusion of being pulled up hill by a ‘magnetic force.’ Continue to Shediac, known as The Lobster Capital of the World for its lobster fishing, processing plants, live-lobster tanks and the famous Lobster Festival. Enjoy a lobster fishing cruise & dine on fresh lobster. Then follow the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in Canada, to Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Day 10 Charlottetown Sightseeing
Explore Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canada’s confederation. Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867. (breakfast included)
Day 11 Island Sightseeing (80-100 km/ 50-62 mi round trip)
Spend the morning exploring Prince Edward Island National Park where the sandstone cliffs, beaches and reddish sand dunes take your breath away. Then take in the beautiful landscapes made famous by novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery in the popular “Anne of Green Gables” series. (breakfast included)
Day 12 Charlottetown to Baddeck (274 km/170 mi +75 min ferry)
Depart Charlottetown taking Route 1 to Wood Islands Ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Drive the short distance to Pictou & visit Hector Heritage Quay, where a full scale replica of the Hector has been built using traditional ship building techniques. Depart Pictou and continue to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and onto Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes. (breakfast included) Ferry departs several times a day between May 15 – Oct 12
Day 13 Louisbourg sightseeing (220 km/137 mi return)
This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - an incredible “living museum.” As the largest historical reconstruction in North America, it’s an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s. Don’t miss a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the village of Baddeck, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man, who spent his summers on the shores of the Bras d’Or.
Day 14 Baddeck via Cabot Trail to Ingonish (204 km/126 mi)
Today you will follow the famous Cabot Trail clockwise – one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. Follow the route along to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp, which has a distinct Acadian flavour noticeable in the architecture, people, language and music. Continue along the Cabot Trail which winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park has 26 hiking trailsranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes.
Day 15 Ingonish to Liscomb Mills (381 km/236 mi)
Depart Ingonish heading south towards Sydney and continue onto Canso Causeway. From here you will drive along the Eastern Shore and follow the Marine Drive Route where you will find nature, history and culture, as well as rugged coasts, tranquil bays and beaches, unspoiled forest fauna and crystal clear lakes and streams. Be sure to visit the communities en route including Guysborough – an inviting neighbourhood with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay and Sherbrooke, a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860s where most of the interpreters are dressed in period costume. Continue on to Liscomb Mills where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Day 16 Liscomb Mills to Halifax (170 km/105 mi)
Take a leisurely drive back to Halifax, along the way visit Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach the longest beach in the province. (breakfast included)
Day 17 Fly Halifax to UK
Drop of your hire car at Halifax Airport before your flight back to the UK.
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