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Maritime Adventure - Self Drive

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Encounter picturesque fishing villages, red sand beaches and towering cliffs whilst enjoying a leisurely Atlantic Canada road trip around Nova Scotia and Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. Embrace the warmth and coastal charm of the Atlantic Canada community and discover small villages, scenic hiking trails, nautical history, fresh seafood and magnificent coastal scenery.
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Highlights

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg

Drive along Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail

1 Freedom of Choice Activity

Encounter picturesque fishing villages & remote lighthouses

Explore Halifax, the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, with a choice of tours to suit all kinds of travelers. Enjoy a Harbour Hopper Cruise that features the best of Halifax by land and sea or take a Coastal Nature Tour and become acquainted with local mariners, taking part in lobstering and exploring the beautiful working lighthouses. Alternatively take to the streets on an E-Bike and explore the city highlights whilst learning about key historic events.

Head to the restored Victorian town of Lunenburg (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and stop by Peggy’s Cove along the way featuring the renowned Peggy’s Point Lighthouse with impressive views over the Atlantic and small houses built directly on wave-washed boulders.

Cross the peninsula stopping at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, known for its hiking trails and incredible canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers.

Drive along Digby Neck and enjoy a spectacular whale watching excursion and marvel at the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy then take some time to explore the beautiful sea-side community of Annapolis Royal and the impressive Fort Anne.

Discover the historical site of Grand-Pré displaying Arcadian history and perhaps take the time to visit the Domaine de Grand-Pré winery.

Head across the 13km long Confederation Bridge to Charlottetown, the site of Canada’s birthplace, and the capital of Canada’s Prince Edward Island. Take in some fresh ocean breeze on a lobster tour and try your hand at lobstering whilst learning about the world of lobster fishing on Prince Edward Island.

Explore sand dunes, beaches and Green Gables, the fictional home of Anne from the novel “Anne of Green Gables”.

Take a ferry crossing then drive to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America.

Enjoy scenic hiking trails and explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Along the way visit the Celtic Music Interpretive or the Glenora Distillery. Other stops may include Acadian Cultural Centre & Museum (Les Trois Pignons ) or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts.

Discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a “living museum” complete with costumed interpreters who re-enact daily life from the French colonial period. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, a museum dedicated to the life and adventures of Alexander Graham Bell.

Enjoy a full day’s scenic drive back to Halifax where your journey comes to an end.

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Included

2 nights at Lord Nelson Hotel Halifax
1 night at Boscawen Inn Lunenburg
2 nights at Hillsdale House Annapolis Royal
1 night at Tattingstone Inn Wolfville
3 nights at The Great George Charlottetown
3 nights at Inverary Resort Baddeck
Private Car Transfer from Halifax Airport to Hotel
11 days car hire including GPS
Bay Ferry Tolls - Wood Islands to Caribou
Meals Included as per Itinerary
Admission to Canadian Museum of Immigration on Pier 21
Brier Island Whale Watching
Lobster Cruise in Charlottetown (01 Jul- 31 Aug)
Freedom of Choice Days
Admission to Historic Sites in Nova Scotia: Alexander Graham Bell, Fort Anne, Fortress of Louisbourg, Grand-Pré, Halifax Citadel, Kejimkujik (Day Use only), Port-Royal
Admission to Historic Sites in Prince Edward Island: Green Gables House, Prince Edward Island National Park

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes at least one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select your tours on the following day:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 2

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Halifax

Welcome to Halifax! Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred by private car to your hotel. 

Stunning Halifax offers so many spectacular things to do. From the walkable city to charming rural communities, put on your most comfortable walking shoes and follow in the footsteps of princes, privateers and press gangs as you walk through some of Canada's oldest history.

The rest of your day is at your leisure.

Overnight stay in Halifax at Lord Nelson Hotel in a Classic Room.

Day 2
Halifax

Stunning Halifax offers so many spectacular things to do. From the walkable city to charming rural communities, put on your most comfortable walking shoes and follow in the footsteps of princes, privateers and press gangs as you walk through some of Canada's oldest history.

Today you can personalize your day by pre-selecting one of three Freedom of Choice excursions:

  • Harbour Hopper Cruise
    All aboard Atlantic Canada’s most popular tour - an amphibious adventure that shows you the best of Halifax by land and sea! View places of interest such as Citadel Hill National Historic Site, the Halifax Public Gardens, and Spring Garden Road. Then get ready to make the big splash into Halifax Harbour! Cruise past the Halifax waterfront Boardwalk, the stone buildings of Historic Properties. As the best of Halifax unfolds before your eyes, your spirited tour guide will deliver many little-known facts and fascinating insights about our charming city on the water.

OR

  • Coastal Nature Tour
    A Mariner is someone that makes their living from the sea - and this tour lets you see our coastline from their eyes! For generations upon generations in Nova Scotia, Lobstering has been part of our lives, and we are home to some of the oldest still functioning lighthouses in North America - each with their own unique story. This tour will bring you to three of our Harbour’s lighthouses; McNabs, George’s Island and Maugher’s Beach Lighthouse. The crew will pull a live lobster trap, showing you how today’s equipment is used, and explain what was caught.

OR

  • Best of Halifax E-Bike Tour
    This E-Bike tour is designed to showcase the Best of Halifax in approx. 2.5 hours. During this tour, you’ll learn about key Historic Events in our City’s history including the Acadian Expulsion, the Halifax Explosion, our connection to the Titanic and all the reasons why we love this city today. Featuring our favourite Green Spaces, Architecture, Urban Hubs, Night Life, and Hot Spots this tour is all about showing you what it means to be a Haligonian. 


Overnight stay in Halifax at Lord Nelson Hotel in a Classic Room.

Day 3
Halifax → Lunenburg

Pick up your rental car and head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy’s Cove along the way. Peggy’s Cove is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic.

Onward to Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian town that begs you to wander and explore.

Overnight stay in Lunenburg at Boscawen Inn in a Standard Room.
 

Day 4
Lunenburg → Annapolis Royal

Cross the peninsula and make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park, renowned for its hiking trails and incredible canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq pretoglyphs.

Continue along Route 8 to Annapolis Royal, a quaint settlement housing Victorian mansions on the banks for the Bay of Fundy.

Overnight stay in Annapolis Royal at Hillsdale House in a Standard Room.

Breakfast
Day 5
Whale Watching Fishing Villages Exploring

Today you'll drive along the Digby Neck to experience the Brier Island Whale Watching Excursion in the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You will likely see finback and Minkes, humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Spend the afternoon exploring Annapolis Royal and Fort Anne. 

Overnight stay in Annapolis Royal at Hillsdale House in a Standard Room.

Breakfast
Day 6
Annapolis Royal → Wolfville

Make time to stop at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, commemorating the Grand-Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755 and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762.

The Domaine de Grand Pré is a fantastic winery in the area well worth a visit.

Overnight stay in Wolfville at Tattingstone Inn in a Deluxe Room.

Breakfast
Day 7
Wolfville → Charlottetown

Enroute to Charlottetown take time to stop and see the Bay of Fundy, a marvel of nature. You will cross the 13km long Confederation Bridge, the world’s largest continuous multi-span bridge to Prince Edward Island.

Check into your Charlottetown accommodation for a three-night stay. You may want to take in a theatre performance this evening by local entertainers at the Confederation Centre of the Arts or simply enjoy a free evening on the town.

Overnight stay in Charlottetown at The Great George in a Classic Room.

Day 8
Charlottetown

Explore Charlottetown, the site of Canada’s birthplace - Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867.

Today jump aboard for a Lobster Cruise (available between 01 July - 31 August). Catch a buoy, haul a trap and band a claw as you learn about the world of lobster fishing on Prince Edward Island. Enjoy the ocean breeze and watch for seabirds as Captain Mark explains the hard life of a lobster fisherman.

Overnight stay in Charlottetown at The Great George in a Classic Room.

Breakfast
Day 9
Prince Edward Island National Park

You can explore picturesque Prince Edward Island National Park on the island’s north shore - see sand dunes, beaches and Green Gables, fictional home of Anne, the character created by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Overnight stay in Charlottetown at The Great George in a Classic Room.

Breakfast
Day 10
Charlottetown → Cape Breton Island

Depart Charlottetown taking Route 1 to Wood Islands Ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia then drive to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America.

Overnight stay in Baddeck at Inverary Resort in a Traditional Room.

Breakfast
Day 11
Cabot Trail

Allow a full day to drive with time to get out and hike or observe views.

Explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The route winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Along the way visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Route 19 Judique (approx 25 minutes from causeway) or the Glenora Distillery Route 19/Ceilidh Trail, Glenville (between Inverness and Mabou about 30 minutes from Judique). Other stops may include Acadian Cultural Centre & Museum (Les Trois Pignons) or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts.

Overnight stay in Baddeck at Inverary Resort in a Traditional Room.

Breakfast
Day 12
Louisbourg

This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. This incredible “living museum,” largest historical reconstruction in North America, is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s, complete with costume interpreters who re-enact daily life from the French colonial period. You can even sample period food in the restaurant, or take part in a mock
battle.

Also, 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 here on the shores of the Bras d’Or - Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is located on Chebucto Street (Route 205), in a residential area on the east edge of the village of Baddeck.

You may also want to visit the Highland Village Museum in Iona.

Overnight stay in Baddeck at Inverary Resort in a Traditional Room.

Breakfast
Day 13
Cape Breton Island → Halifax

A full day for the return trip to Halifax along the scenic Bras d’Or Lakes Drive to the Canso Causeway to enter mainland Nova Scotia. At the community of Antigonish, travel southwest along Marine Drive to Halifax to drop off your rental car and complete your journey.
 

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Currency
Canadian Dollars
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12 nights
from AUD3,146
per person, twin share
Canada
Halifax
Halifax
Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages
11 June 2021 - 06 October 2021

Hotel options

Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

Halifax
With an incomparable location overlooking the famous Public Gardens, the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites has been a beloved downtown Halifax landmark for over 90 years. Relax and indulge in captivating surroundings, freshly remodeled with the perfect blend of classic refinement and contemporary style. 
 

Boscawen Inn
Boscawen Inn

Lunenburg
Set in Old Town Lunenburg Historic District and overlooking the harbour, this elegant inn set in an 1888 Queen Anne-style mansion is a 4-minute walk from the Lunenburg Art Gallery and 7 minutes' walk from the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Breakfast is served in a bright dining room, and alcoholic drinks are offered in a warm drawing room or on a harbour-view deck.

Hillsdale House Inn
Hillsdale House Inn

Annapolis Royal
On picturesque 12-acre grounds, this stately 1859 inn is surrounded by quaint gardens and villas on a tree-lined street. It's a 10-minute walk from Fort Anne National Historic Site. Ornate rooms with period styling and country touches are in the main inn or a separate carriage house, and are individually furnished with antiques and paintings.

Tattingstone Inn
Tattingstone Inn

Wolfville
On a tree-lined road, this refined guesthouse occupying an 1874 Italianate-style home on landscaped grounds is a 9-minute walk from the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens in the Acadia University campus and 7 minutes' walk from the head of the Wolfville Rail Trail. The elegant rooms in the main house and a carriage house feature Victorian furnishings and include private bathrooms, cable TV and free WiFi.  
 

The Great George
The Great George

Charlottetown
The Great George is an award-winning, historic, boutique property unlike any other in downtown Charlottetown. Adjacent to St. Dunstan's Basilica on a tree-lined street, this refined hotel spans 17 buildings dating from 1846. It's a 2-minute walk from the Province House National Historic Site and a 5-minute walk from Confederation Landing riverside park.

Inverary Resort
Inverary Resort

Baddeck 
In the heart of Cape Breton on the sparkling shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes, Inverary Resort is at the start and end of the world famous Cabot Trail. With a picturesque location and abundance of amenities, Baddeck and Inverary Resort are your best way to experience Cape Breton Island!

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