Creat Atlantic Canadien Experience, 23 Days. Itinerary

Great Atlantic Canadian Experience, 23 Days

Spectacular scenic routing, wind swept shorelines, robust european and first nations history.

ITINERARY:

  1. ARRIVAL IN HALIFAX (Overnight in Halifax)
    Arrive in Halifax and transfer independently to your centrally-located hotel in this vibrant and cosmopolitan urban centre on the Atlantic Ocean. Meet your tour director and fellow travellers this evening at a welcome reception.
    Inclusions: Welcome reception
    Accommodation: Cambridge Suites Halifax
  2. HALIFAX TO MONCTON
    Explore the Bay of Fundy and learn about the world’s highest tides as we travel its colourful coastline to New Brunswick’s bilingual city of Moncton. En route, we visit the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See magnificently exposed layers of rock revealing the world’s most complete fossil record of life in the “Coal Age” of 300 million years ago. After crossing into New Brunswick, an unforgettable culinary experience awaits as we cruise the warm waters of Shediac Bay aboard a lobster boat. Learn about the fishing industry and savour a delicious lobster supper. Arrive in Moncton later in the day. Overnight in Moncton. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Continental breakfast
    • Joggins Fossil Cliffs
    • Lunch
    • Shediac Bay Lobster Dinner Cruise
    Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown
  3. MONCTON TO SAINT JOHN
    Experience a true natural wonder this morning as we visit the Hopewell Rocks on the coast of the Bay of Fundy. Marvel at these massive flower-pot shaped formations sculpted by the highest tides on the planet. We travel through Fundy National Park on to Saint John on the southern New Brunswick coast. After a city tour including the Reversing Falls, we check into our hotel for the evening. Overnight in Saint John. Breakfast, lunch included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Hopewell Rocks
    • Lunch
    • Fundy National Park
    • Sightseeing tour of Saint John
    Accommodation: Hilton Saint John
  4. ST. ANDREWS-BY-THE-SEA / SAINT JOHN
    Today we enjoy a day trip to picturesque St. Andrews by-the Sea where the quaint charm of this coastal town captivates every visitor. After a whale watching boat tour (weather permitting), the afternoon is yours at leisure to experience the friendly people, beautiful architecture, and rich marine life of this seaside gem at your own pace before we return to Saint John. Overnight in Saint John. Breakfast and lunch included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Sightseeing tour of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. Day trip.
    • Lunch
    • Whale watching (weather permitting)
    Accommodation: Hilton Saint John.
  5. SAINT JOHN TO ANNAPOLIS VALLEY
    Enjoy free time in Saint John this morning before we take the ferry back to Nova Scotia; be on the look-out for whales as we cross the Bay of Fundy. Arrive in Digby, the scallop capital of the world, where the fresh sea air and passionate Acadian culture combine to form an enchanting and historically rich town. Overnight in Annapolis Valley. Breakfast and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Ferry to Nova Scotia
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa
  6. ANNAPOLIS VALLEY TO HALIFAX
    Today we depart for Halifax, taking time to learn about the French Acadians who established their first settlement in the early 1600’s. We enjoy a local winery tour and tasting before arriving in Halifax for the evening. Overnight in Halifax. Breakfast included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Winery tour and tasting
    Accommodation: Cambridge Suites Halifax
  7. HALIFAX
    A day of local touring awaits! Discover the rustic charm of the renowned fishing village of Peggy’s Cove where we will enjoy breakfast. Afterwards we journey along Nova Scotia’s South Shore to the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg, home to fleets of Grand Banks fishing schooners. Take a walking tour to fully experience one of the most remarkably preserved colonial settlements in the New World, and visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about the town’s famous seafaring heritage. Overnight in Halifax. Breakfast and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Walking tour of Lunenburg
    • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: Cambridge Suites Halifax
  8. HALIFAX TO CHARLOTTETOWN
    En route to the bridge crossing to Prince Edward Island, we learn about Mi’kmaq culture at the Glooscap Heritage Centre & Mi’kmaq Museum. Once only accessible by ferry, we cross over to Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge - the world’s longest continuous multi-span bridge. We are treated to true Maritime hospitality this evening at a traditional hall-style lobster supper before checking into our hotel for the evening. Overnight in Charlottetown. Breakfast and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Confederation Bridge
    • Glooscap Heritage Centre & Mi’kmaq Museum
    • Lobster dinner
    Accommodation: Rodd Charlottetown or Delta Prince Edward or Holman Grand Hotel
  9. CHARLOTTETOWN / PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
    Enjoy a free morning in Charlottetown or join a complimentary walking tour of the city. This afternoon, our tour of the island drives by red cliffs, white beaches, gently sloping sand dunes and green fields as we make our way to Prince Edward Island National Park. Before returning to Charlottetown, we visit Green Gables Heritage Site, the alluring inspiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables books. We take in a theatre performance this evening by local entertainers at the Confederation Centre of the Arts (a substitution activity may be necessary due to the theatre schedule.) Overnight in Charlottetown. Breakfast included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Walking tour of Charlottetown
    • Sightseeing tour of P.E.I. National Park Anne of Green Gables Heritage Site
    • Confederation Centre of the Arts performance
    Accommodation: Rodd Charlottetown or Delta Prince Edward or Holman Grand Hotel
  10. CHARLOTTETOWN TO BADDECK
    After breakfast we board a ferry to cross over the Northumberland Strait back to Nova Scotia and proceed to ‘the Scotland of North America’, Cape Breton Island via the Canso Causeway. We visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck to learn about the many accomplishments of this genius who made his home on the island. Afterwards, we arrive at the Bras d’Or Lake and check into our hotel for the evening. Overnight in Baddeck. Breakfast and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Ferry to Nova Scotia
    • Alexander Graham Bell National HistoricSite
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: Inverary Resort
  11. BADDECK / CABOT TRAIL
    Today’s journey takes us along one of the most stunningly picturesque drives in North America. The Cabot Trail winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Look-outs offer unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton’s rugged coastline, creating perfect photo opportunities. Afterwards, we travel to the coast where we enjoy a whale watching boat tour (weather permitting) before returning to Baddeck for the evening. Overnight in Baddeck. Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Picnic lunch
    • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
    • Whale watching boat tour
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: Inverary Resort
  12. BADDECK TO PORT-AUX-BASQUES
    Today we travel to Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - a reconstruction depicting the settlement of 1744 New France. In North Sydney we board a Marine Atlantic Ferry for a relaxing overnight crossing to Port-Aux- Basques, your port of entry into.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
    • Ferry – North Sydney to Port-aux-Basques
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: Marine Atlantic
  13. PORT-AUX-BASQUES TO PORT AU CHOIX
    Drive through the Cordroy Valley, framed by the Long Range Mountains, the Anguille Mountains, and the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Our journey continues through Gros Morne National Park and into the fishing community of Port au Choix where we check into our hotel. Overnight on Port au Choix. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Port au Choix National Historic Site
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: Sea Echo Motel
  14. PORT AU CHOIX TO L’ANSE AU CLAIR
    Today we board a ferry at St. Barbe and cross the Strait of Belle Island on our way to Labrador. We visit Red Bay National Historic Site, location of a Basque whaling station in the 16th century. Overnight in L’Anse au Clair. Breakfast and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Ferry – St. Barbe to Labrador
    • Red Bay National Historic Site
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: Northern Light Inn
  15. L’ANSE AU CLAIR TO ST. ANTHONY
    We return to Newfoundland and travel to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, an archaeological site marking the earliest known European settlement in North America. Now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, additional exhibits also showcase Viking artifacts and give a fascinating glimpse into the Viking lifestyle. Overnight in St. Anthony. Breakfast and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: The Haven Inn
  16. ST. ANTHONY TO COW HEAD
    This morning (weather-permitting) we take a whalewatching boat tour hoping for sightings of these giant marine mammals. During certain summer months titanic-sized icebergs can also be spotted. Don’t forget your camera! We then continue on to Cow Head, our destination for the night. Overnight in Cow Head. Breakfast and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • St. Anthony whalewatching boat tour (weather permitting)
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: Shallow Bay Motel
  17. GROS MORNE/COW HEAD
    Today we’ll visit Gros Morne National Park, offering a rich variety of scenery, wildlife, and recreational activities. We embark on a scenic boat tour (weather permitting) where we’ll learn about the geology of the Tablelands, see the whales and bald eagles that frequent the deep waters of the fjord, and engage in the history of the small villages nestled along the shores. Overnight in Cow Head. Breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Boxed lunch
    • Scenic boat tour (weather permitting)
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: Shallow Bay Motel
  18. COW HEAD TO GANDER
    Travel through central Newfoundland towards Gander Arrive in Gander where we’ll check into the hotel for a relaxing evening. Overnight in Gander. Breakfast and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: Sinbad’s Hotel
  19. GANDER / TWILLINGATE
    A scenic drive along the coast of Notre Dame Bay leads us to the beautiful town of Twillingate. At the tip of the island we visit the Long Point Lighthouse and local co-op. Back in Gander, we visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum. Overnight in Gander. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Long Point Lighthouse
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation: St. Jude Hotel
  20. GANDER TO CLARENVILLE
    Our route today takes us along the Trans Canada Highway and through Terra Nova National Park, the most easterly of Canada’s national parks. Keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife! We visit Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Park and the charming town of Trinity. Overnight at Clarenville. Breakfast and lunch included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Park
    Accommodation: St. Jude Hotel
  21. CLARENVILLE TO ST. JOHN’S
    We continue on to the intriguing old seaport of St. John’s, our home for the next two nights. North America’s oldest city and Newfoundland’s capital boasts a stunning location in the granite cliffs and slopes of the Avalon Peninsula. We enjoy a city tour featuring the Victorian architecture of the downtown area, the busy modern waterfront, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Confederation Building, and the panoramic view from Signal Hill. Overnight in St. John’s. Breakfast and dinner included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
    • Confederation Building
    • Signal Hill National Historic Site
    • Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Park
    Accommodation: Delta Hotels by Marriott or St. John’s Conference Centre
  22. ST. JOHN’S
    This morning, we travel to Bay Bulls for one of the highlights of the programme - a boat tour in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve (weather permitting) to search for puffins and other seabirds. Afterwards we visit Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore the neighbourhoods and delights of St. John’s. Overnight in St. John’s. Breakfast included.
    Inclusions:
    • Breakfast
    • Witless Bay Bird Sanctuary
    • Cape Spear National Historic Site
    Accommodation: Delta Hotels by Marriott or St. John’s Conference Centre
  23. END OF TOUR
    Time for last-minute shopping and farewells. Individual transfer to St. John’s Airport in time to check in for your return flight.
    Inclusions: Breakfast

 

Included:

  • Meet and Greet Event
  • Joggins Fossil Cliffs - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Lobster Dinner Cruise on Shediac Bay
  • Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site
  • Fundy National Park
  • Saint John City Tour including Reversing Falls
  • St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea Day Trip
  • Ferry from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia
  • Grand Pre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Annapolis Valley Winery Tour & Tasting
  • Peggy’s Cove
  • Lunenburg - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
  • Glooscap Heritage Center & Mi’kmaq Museum
  • Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island
  • Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place
  • Prince Edward Island National Park
  • Ferry from Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia
  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
  • World Famous Cabot Trail
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
  • Gros Morne National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Lobster Cove Lighthouse
  • Port au Choix National Historic Site
  • Strait of Belle Isle ferry to/from Labrador
  • Red Bay National Historic Site
  • L’anse aux Meadows National Historic Site - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Great Viking Feast at Leifsburdir
  • Grenfell Historic Properties
  • Scenic Boat Tour in Gros Morne
  • North Atlantic Aviation Museum
  • Twillingate
  • Long Point Lighthouse & Prime Berth Museum
  • Terra Nova National Park
  • Bonavista & Trinity
  • Guided Tour of St. John’s
  • Signal Hill National Historic Site
  • Cape Spear National Historic Site
  • Sea Bird Watching Boat Tour
  • "Screech In" Ceremony
  • 3 Whale Watching Boat Tours
  • Land transportation by modern tour coach
  • Experienced tour driver
  • English-speaking local Atlantic tour director throughout dressed in traditional kilt
  • First-class (or best available) accommodation
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal HST