Day One - Saturday, July 8: Travel en route to Halifax, Nova Scotia
Today will be a travel day so that we will spend the night before our final leg to Halifax, Nova Scotia. This will make it easier to have a reasonable schedule and plan for Canadian customs as efficiently as possible. The final flight schedule will determine where this night will be spent. On other trips it has been Philadelphia or Boston or Montreal. We will stay at an airport hotel and have dinner on our own this evening.
Day Two - Sunday, July 9: Halifax, Nova Scotia (B, D)
Following breakfast, we will transfer back to the airport and fly to Halifax, Nova Scotia! Arrive in Nova Scotia’s seaport capital, Halifax. The heart of Halifax is perfect for exploring, with tree-lined streets, international restaurants, sidewalk cafes, galleries and museums. The world’s second largest natural harbor creates a wonderful backdrop to enjoy Halifax. Ships come to this harbor from every corner of the globe. Discover Halifax treasures such as Historic Properties and the fabulous Maritime Museum of the Atlantic where you will be introduced to the history of Halifax and all of the Maritimes. We will check into our Halifax hotel for two nights and enjoy dinner together.
Day Three - Monday, July 10: Halifax (B, D)
We will enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the hotel this morning. We will visit Peggy’s Cove where the graceful lighthouse sits high upon the smooth wave-worn granite of the coast. The tiny harbor below the lighthouse is a masterpiece of seasoned fish sheds and colorful fishing boats, making it one of the most photographed places in Canada. We will enjoy lunch on our own today. This afternoon we will continue touring the city of Halifax including a visit to the Citadel Fortress, which sits atop the hill overlooking the Halifax Harbor. This 1750’s British fort is in pristine condition. Later today we will also visit Pier 1, Canada’s port of immigration telling the story of the settling of Canada over many generations. It is comparable to Ellis Island in NYC. for more touring including of Halifax during a city highlights tour and discover why it is one of the most unique and captivating cities in North America. We will also visit the Fairlawn Cemetery where the victims of the Titanic disaster lay buried. We will enjoy a dinner in Halifax tonight.
Day Four - Tuesday, July 11: Prince Edward Island (B, D)
Following breakfast at the hotel, today we will depart Nova Scotia for Prince Edward Island. We will take the ferry across the Northumberland Strait, which has the warmest waters north of Virginia. Once we arrive on PEI. we will stop by Prim Point Lighthouse on our way to Charlottetown for an afternoon tour. You will learn what makes this capital city such a historic gem. We’ll see why it’s also a vibrant urban centre that dances to a beat all its own. Canada was born (or perhaps more accurately, was conceived) here when the Fathers of Confederation met at Province House in 1864 to plot out the creation of Canada. Tonight we will check into our hotel for two nights with Dinner included this evening.
Day Five - Wednesday, July 12: Prince Edward Island (B, L)
Today, after breakfast, we will enjoy a full day on this delightful island experiencing all the things residents and visitors alike find so endearing. We will enjoy “Anne’s Land,” including a visit to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, one of the most popular stops in Prince Edward Island, the beautiful setting alone will impress you. We will have lunch included at the Preserve company. Over the last century, millions of readers from around the world have come to know and love Anne of Green Gables™, and Prince Edward Island is where devotees come to celebrate her. Those who love the books or the TV miniseries make their way to Green Gables in pilgrimage-like fashion to visit the many sites that pay tribute to their favourite red-haired heroine and her creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne may be the principal attraction for many, Green Gables Shore has more beauty and mystique up its sleeve. The region is a spectacular piece of Prince Edward Island’s acclaimed scenic landscape composed of red sandstone cliffs, white sand beaches and rolling farm fields. Some of the classic coastline has been protected in the PEI National Park which hugs the central north shore. No visit is complete without a stop at Cow’s Creamery for some very special ice cream! Dinner will be on our own this evening to enjoy downtown Charlottetown.
Day Six - Thursday, July 13: Moncton, Acadian Coast (B, Lobster Lunch Cruise)
Following breakfast this morning we will go to the western end of the island and experience very local Acadian culture with musical entertainment at the Acadian Village. Then we cross the incredible Confederation Bridge, which spans 9 miles of the Northumberland Strait and connects PEI to New Brunswick. Once in New Brunswick, we will head to the resort town of Shediac, New Brunswick, “lobster capital of the world”. Group photo opportunity with the largest lobster in the world! Our friends at Shediac Bay Cruises will take us on a memorable 2 ½ hour lobster lunch educational cruise. “Lobstertales,” as they are locally known, offers the most experiential and educational lobster stop anywhere! Get up close and personal with Captain Ron Cormier, help the crew pull in traps, hear the history and significance of lobster fishing in the region, then learn how to cook, crack and eat your lobster – the New Brunswick way! (BBQ chicken and vegetarian substitutes offered). We will check into our hotel in Moncton for two nights with dinner on our own tonight.
Day Seven - Friday, July 14: Moncton, Bay of Fundy (CB, D)
Following breakfast, we will tour the town of Moncton. Then it is onto one of the greatest highlights of the entire tour and the Maritime’s most famous geological feature – The Hopewell Rocks, in the Bay of Fundy, only a 40-minute drive from the downtown Moncton. We will enjoy lunch on our own at Hopewell Rocks. Here you will walk on the ocean floor at low tide, and learn about the region’s natural history. Today’s visit is during low tide and you’ll sure discover why it was voted one of the two North American finalists in a global competition to choose the world’s top natural wonders, in good company with the Grand Canyon! This is fitting, as the 100 billion tons of sea water that flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy twice a day, every day of the year, and rise an incredible 48 feet, could fill the Grand Canyon! Tonight, we will have dinner in Moncton at the quaint Magnetic Hill Winery with a wine tasting and excellent dinner.
Day Eight - Saturday, July 15: Halifax (CB, D)
After a leisurely morning we will depart New Brunswick and make our way back to Nova Scotia for our final night in Halifax. En route we will visit the Tidal Bore in Truro, Nova Scotia. A tidal bore is a rare natural phenomenon occurring on several rivers emptying into the Bay of Fundy. The surge of the incoming Fundy tide temporarily reverses the flow of these rivers and appears as a crest of water traveling upriver. When we arrive in Halifax, we will visit the sites we may have missed on our arrival days. This evening we will enjoy our final dinner.
Day Nine - Sunday, July 16: Departure Home (B)
This morning, following breakfast, we will make our way back to the airport and our flights home taking with us many fond memories of the World Next Door.
TOUR COST PER PERSON - All land and Air arrangements included:
Per person paying passengers
30+ paying passengers
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