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CANADIAN MARITIMES

 

 

12 days from $4,190

Time stands still in the Canadian Maritimes... preserving a way of life that honors the land and sea – and a multitude of cultures. Halifax invites reflection with gracious Victorian parks and gardens. Fishing hamlets in Nova Scotia celebrate their rich seafaring heritage. Diverse cultural influences are chronicled in Lunenburg; at a Cape Breton museum dedicated to the Acadian celebration of La Mi-Careme; and at Gaelic College. Culinary specialties are on the menu from fresh lobster on Prince Edward Island to a “Kitchen Party” at the Keltic Lodge to lunch in the Hall of Great Whales at the New Brunswick Museum. This comprehensive tour of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia immerses you in the lure and lore of this down-to-earth, mystical world of mountain lakes, eagles, whales, fishermen, and the sea.

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    • Attend a private reception and dinner at The Citadel, the 19th-century fortress in the center of Halifax, and a treasured national landmark
    • A “Kitchen Party” at the Keltic Lodge, a Cape Breton tradition that includes a taste of local cuisine, lively Celtic music, and a wee taste of the spirits
    • Cruise of Halifax Harbour to explore its unique features and dramatic history
    • Visit Gaelic College for a look at Scottish influences on Cape Breton Island; learn a little Gaelic, and see a demonstration in the art of kilt making
    • Visit a museum on Cape Breton dedicated to La Mi-Careme, an Acadian celebration of masks, disguises, and dancing that reaches back to the Middle Ages
    • Lunch in the Hall of Great Whales at New Brunswick Museum in St. John, a gallery dedicated to the giant creatures that roam the Bay of Fundy
    • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
    • 23 meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners); service charges, admission fees, taxes and porterage

 

Day 1 – Arrive Halifax
Arrive in Halifax and transfer to the Prince George Hotel, located in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of the beautiful Public Gardens. Join your tour manager and fellow travelers this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at the Citadel, a 19th-century fortress on a hilltop overlooking the city and the harbor, to kick off your Nova Scotia tour.

Day 2 – Halifax Sightseeing
Halifax is cosmopolitan and eclectic, with its eyes on the future and feet firmly in the past. Fresh sea air enhances its exhilarating mix of modern towers and colonial brick buildings, avenues lined with hip cafes, shops and galleries, surrounded by gracious Victorian parks and gardens. Drive less than an hour to Peggy’s Cove – population 76 – a place on this Nova Scotia tour that is truly a world apart – a fishing village with a lighthouse overlooking St. Margaret’s Bay. Nestled on a rocky coastline with stunning vistas, it is a magnet for artists and photographers. You’ll also make a visit to Mahone Bay, a picture-postcard maritime town, en route to the fishing town of Lunenburg. Old Town Lunenburg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the best surviving examples of a planned British Colonial settlement in North America. This town once excelled at wooden shipbuilding, and its masterpiece was the Bluenose, a replica of which draws thousands of visitors each year. Return to Halifax this afternoon and dine on your own this evening; there are over 400 restaurants to choose from.

Day 3 – Halifax Harbour Cruise / Moncton
Take a cruise on Halifax Harbour for a guided look at the city’s significant landmarks and raucous privateering history. Explore the historic waterfront district on your own; find lunch possibilities in interesting places like Privateers Warehouse, where fortunes in plunder were made in centuries past. Later, embark on a journey through central Nova Scotia’s beautiful and diverse landscape and on into New Brunswick. Arrive late afternoon in Moncton, “the crossroads of the Maritimes” on the Petitcodiac River. Your hotel is the Delta Beauséjour in the historic downtown area, where you’ll enjoy dinner tonight.

Day 4 – Hopewell Cape / Sussex / Bay of Fundy
Torrential tides and surface water carve towering rock formations out of the cliffs at Hopewell Cape; at low tide, they stand on the beach like sculptures in a vast outdoor gallery. View firsthand this land of giants to feel the awesome power that shapes these stones, tunnels through them, and covers them at a depth of 50 feet or more when the tide comes in. Drive on to Sussex, “the Covered Bridge Capital of Atlantic Canada,” and pause for a photo-op at one of its picture-perfect covered bridges. Continue to St. John on the Bay of Fundy, surrounded by sheer cliffs and coves. Migrating whales frequent this area, and you'll get acquainted with their role in local history and culture at the New Brunswick Museum – and have lunch in the Hall of Great Whales, an incredible gallery that includes a life-size (in other words, humongous) model of a Right Whale. Take an interpretive walk through the history of New Brunswick at the museum before returning to Moncton for dinner and an evening on your own.

Day 5 – Prince Edward Island
Cross the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island, truly a storybook setting where you'll find yourself immersed in picturesque, inspirational scenes of Victorian farmsteads, green rolling fields, and red sand beaches reposing between seas and skies of vibrant blue. See the scenic fishing town of North Rustico ("Rossicot"), home to a thriving Acadian population. Visit the site ("the wondercastle of my childhood") where author Lucy Maud Montgomery created her beloved fictional orphan Anne Shirley – the house is a museum with rooms preserved as they were in 1908. Have lunch at a family restaurant in New Glasgow specializing in fresh lobster prepared the island way – a favorite among the locals. Today's final destination is Charlottetown, known as “The Birthplace of Canada” and the capital city of Prince Edward Island. Spend the next two nights at the Prince Edward Hotel overlooking the harbor, where there are many fine restaurants to choose from for dinner on your own tonight.

Day 6 – Prince Edward Island National Park
Spend the morning exploring the dunes at Prince Edward Island National Park, where you’ll experience an ecology so fragile that a few wayward human steps could alter the future of the landscape forever. Return to Charlottetown for free time to lunch and explore on your own. There’s a wealth of Victorian houses, a lively waterfront with a boardwalk, art galleries, museums and gorgeous scenery. Tonight, dine at the hotel at your leisure.

Day 7 – Cape Breton Island / Bras d’Or Lake
Ferry to mainland Nova Scotia, where you’ll drive over a causeway to Cape Breton Island. Known to the French as "Isle Royale," this island changed hands between colonial powers several times, creating a unique culture that blends Acadian and Gaelic traditions. Journey through a dramatic landscape that echoes the Highlands and the great shoreline cliffs of Brittany in France; enjoy some panoramic views of the Canso Causeway at lunch today. Travel along the coast of Bras d'Or Lake, which is an inland sea ringed with cliffs and rolling mountains – it's a favorite fishing spot for bald eagles. Drive north to Ingonish and the Keltic Lodge, a Tudor-style château nestled on a cliff surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 8 – Nova Scotia at Leisure
Your day begins with a presentation by a naturalist who educates you on the indigenous wildlife, then the remainder of the day is spent as you please. There are a variety of optional activities at the historic lodge (some at an additional cost), including links golf, tennis, and whale watching; hike the beach or the nature trail, or perhaps enjoy some time at the spa. Prior to dinner this evening you’ll get a good “taste” of what Nova Scotia cuisine is all about at a cooking demonstration; of particular note is the unique “oyster shucking” as demonstrated by a local resident.

Day 9 – Cabot Trail
Experience breathtaking coastal landscapes on the Cabot Trail, a serpentine highway that is one of the world’s most exciting and scenic drives. The winding road is carved into the side of mountains along unforgettable ocean vistas, ascending to the plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Drive through a landscape rich in rugged barrens, waterfalls, cliffs, and panoramic views of canyons, highlands, and seacoast. You'll visit Chéticamp, an Acadian fishing community on the Cabot Trail, and Grand Etang, where you’ll learn about La Mi-Careme, a Lenten celebration involving masks and disguises whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. The Centre de La Mi-Careme offers interactive exhibits about this annual event, as well as art and masks by local artisans. Return to the Keltic Lodge where this evening you’ll take part in a unique, lively Cape Breton tradition – a “kitchen party” featuring local cuisine, spirits, tastings, and Celtic music.

Day 10 – Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts
A highlight of this trip is today’s visit to the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts at Englishtown, where you’ll learn about Nova Scotia’s Scottish Gaelic culture. Watch a kilt-making demonstration, and learn a little Gaelic – through song – while learning about the fabric milling tradition. Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell summered in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, after he and his family moved to Canada from Scotland, later setting up his laboratory in this picturesque village. Today’s tour of the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site takes you inside the Bell estate, named Beinn Bhreagh, to see exhibits showcasing his inventions, from the telephone to ingenious kites, hydrofoils, airplanes and even the metal detector. Have lunch at the Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay and perhaps some free time before continuing on for an overnight at a lovely rustic resort tucked into a wooded setting overlooking the Liscomb River. A cooking demonstration before dinner shows you the secrets of making the perfect planked salmon, a specialty of the house at the Liscombe Lodge Resort!

Day 11 – Lake Charlotte and the Halifax historic district
Depart Liscombe Lodge Resort this morning and head back to Halifax today along one of the most scenic drives in North America, stopping en route in Lake Charlotte to visit a general store that takes you back in time. Arrive early afternoon in Halifax, where a guided city tour includes the Historic Properties District, a waterfront enclave of 18th-century buildings reflecting the distinct seafaring heritage of the great Age of Sail, when merchant ships, privateers and naval ships plied the harbour waters; enjoy lunch on your own and the afternoon as you please in Halifax. Join us this evening at The Prince George Hotel for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.

Day 12- Tour Conclusion

Your New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia tour ends today. Fly home anytime. Individual transfers are available from The Prince George Hotel to Halifax Airport. Allow three hours for check-in.


 

Halifax: Prince George Hotel

Moncton: Delta Beauséjour

Charlottetown: Prince Edward Hotel

Ingonish: Keltic Lodge

 

 

 

Departure Date Twin Single Triple
June 22, 2014 $4,190 $5,219 $3,911
July 13, 2014 $4,890 $5,930 $4,599
July 20, 2014 $4,190 $5,219 $3,911
August 10, 2014 $4,890 $5,930 $4,599
August 17, 2014 $4,190 $3,911 $3,911
September 7, 2914 $4,190 $5,219 $3,911
September 9, 2014 $4,890 $5,930 $4,599
September 21, 2014 $4,190 $5,219 $3,911
September 23, 2014 $4,890 $4,930 $4,599

 

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