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Maritimes Coastal Wonders

11-day tour with Collette

Collette Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Halifax, Nova Scotia - Tour Begins
Welcome to Canada’s Maritimes region – an area of rugged and pristine beauty.

Day 2: Halifax - Peggy’s Cove - Halifax
Explore Halifax’s charming downtown on a scenic tour of the city highlighting the waterfront, Public Gardens, Spring Garden Road and the famous Citadel. Later, enjoy a visit to one of the most picturesque spots in all of Canada – beautiful Peggy’s Cove. Its historic lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean provides one of the most memorable views you will ever see. This evening, enjoy dinner along the waterfront.(B,D)

Day 3: Halifax - Cape Breton Island - Baddeck
En route to Cape Breton, enjoy a visit to the Glooscap Heritage Centre to learn about the Mi’kmaq heritage and Glooscap legends, see artifacts including stunning quill and bead work, and learn some words from the Mi’kmaq language. Continue your journey along the Canso Causeway to stunning Cape Breton Island. Enjoy a scenic drive by the pristine shores of Bras d'Or Lakes, Canada’s only inland sea. Upon arrival in Baddeck, explore the amazing variety of inventions on display at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.(B)

Day 4: Cabot Trail
Stop at the famed St. Peter’s Church in Cheticamp. Then, explore the Cabot Trail and fall in love with its rugged terrain and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the Acadian Museum to learn how to make a hooked rug. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Cape Breton Highlands National Park located in the valley along MacIntosh Brook. Even more fun awaits as you stop at fishing communities along the coast, including lovely Neil’s Harbour. Next, stop at the Gaelic College. Watch North America’s first Gaelic language short film: Faire Chaluim MhicLeoid the Wake of Calum Macleaod. Afterwards, learn how the Great Kilt was made during a brief kilt-making demonstration. Learn a few handy Gaelic phrases and join in the fun of a milling frolic. Practice a Gaelic song while sitting around a table and beat a large loop of woolen cloth in rhythm. This evening, savor a taste of Cape Breton with dinner featuring local flavors, music and a historic show of this region. Later, we’ve arranged an old-fashioned bonfire (weather permitting) with music. It’s the perfect chance to dance the night away under the stars.(B,L,D)

Day 5: Baddeck - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
This morning, enjoy a short ferry ride to Prince Edward Island, the “Island Cradled in the Waves.” Upon arrival, venture to charming seaside Charlottetown for a walking tour along its narrow streets lined with quaint homes and hidden treasures. This evening enjoy a demonstration dinner with a local chef showcasing the flavors of the island in a four-course culinary masterpiece using fresh island products, prepared right in front of you. Of course Prince Edward Island blue mussels, island berries and local tenderloin will be among the items you will be able to taste.(B,D)

Day 6: Prince Edward Island
Today you will come to know the rolling landscapes of Prince Edward Island, the backdrop of the acclaimed novel, “Anne of Green Gables.” Visit Rustico’s celebrated wharf dotted with fishing boats and lobster traps. Arrive in delightful Cavendish and visit Cavendish National Park’s picturesque beaches. Visit the Anne of Green Gables House. At Prince Edward Island Preserves, see local berries blended with a “secret” ingredient to create a unique island taste.(B)

Day 7: Charlottetown - Saint John, New Brunswick
This morning, leave Prince Edward Island behind as you cross the stately Confederation Bridge. Travel along the sea-sprayed shoreline to the amazing Hopewell Rocks.* A New Brunswick icon, these flowerpot-shaped rocks carved by the Fundy tides seem to rise four stories high at low tide only to disappear into tiny islands when the tide is high. Enjoy a traditional maritime lobster feast as you look out upon Daniel’s Flats. An expert teaches you how to crack and eat lobster like a local. Continue your journey through New Brunswick to the city of Saint John. Enjoy a two-night stay in the bustling waterfront area.(B,L)

Day 8: Saint John
Explore the awe-inspiring Fundy Trail, marveling at the spectacular views of the famous tides. You can even sample Fundy seaweed! Journey to Hearst Lodge, a remote fishing lodge accessible only by 4x4 vehicles, for an exclusive salmon barbeque complete with fiddleheads! Before returning to the city, view some of St. Martin’s famous covered bridges. The evening is at leisure in the city of Saint John.(B,L)

Day 9: Saint John - Western Shore, Nova Scotia
Experience local life at the celebrated Saint John City Market** as it comes alive with the aroma of fresh food. You may shop for maritime crafts and witness local artists at work. Later, board a ferry bound for Digby, Nova Scotia. Harborfront accommodations await in charming Western Shore. Upon arrival you may wish to stroll along the beach with views of Oak Island, home of a pirate’s treasure still waiting to be found.(B)

Day 10: Western Shore - Lunenburg - Western Shore
Visit the small fishing village of Mahone Bay before stopping at Amos Pewter to learn about the intricate artistry that goes into each piece. Next, travel along the beautiful Lighthouse Route towards Lunenburg. Explore this fishing village and discover how early settlers turned to the sea for survival. Visit with a local fisherman to learn all about scallops and how to shuck them! Next, return to the days of Rum Runners and prohibition. Lunenburg was once the center of “bottle fishing.” Complete this experience with a tasting at the Iron Works Distillery. Also, enjoy a visit to the Fisheries Museum where you may choose to try its marvelous touch tank filled with local species. Start your evening along the waterfront sampling local mussels, oysters, and their world-famous scallops prior to a spectacular farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.(B,D)

Day 11: Western Shore - Tour Ends
Today you depart the Maritimes, taking home countless memories.(B)
Tour Map
Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a day exploring the beauty and culture of the Cabot Trail.
  • Visit the amazing four story high flowerpot-shaped Hopewell Rocks and enjoy a lobster lunch.
  • Explore Rustico's celebrated wharf on Prince Edward Island, dotted with fishing boats and lobster traps.
  • Discover the amazing accomplishments of Alexander Graham Bell during a visit to his museum in Nova Scotia.
All This Included
Join us as we uncover the treasures of the Canadian Maritimes. From the rugged Cabot Trail to the amazing Fundy tides, fun and adventure awaits. Marvel at the incredible views at Halifax’s Peggy’s Cove. See the four-story high flowerpot-shaped Hopewell Rocks and enjoy a lobster lunch. In Prince Edward Island, visit the Anne of Green Gables House. Learn about the region’s Gaelic heritage and experience local culture at the celebrated Saint John City Market. Be inspired by the many inventions of Alexander Graham Bell at his museum. Savor a salmon barbeque at a remote fishing lodge on the Fundy Trail. Travel along the striking Lighthouse Route. Don’t miss the rugged beaches, picturesque fishing villages, and rich seafaring history of this amazing region.
  • 17 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D). (Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.)
  • 10 nights accommodations.
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home.
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling.
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip. 
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees."
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour.
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway).
Accommodations on this Tour
Halifax: Westin Nova Scotian
Baddeck: Inverary Resort
Prince Edward Island: Rodd Charlottetown
Saint John: Hilton Saint John
Western Shore: Atlantica Hotel and Marina Oak Island
Notes
  • Airfare is additional and is available
  • Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.


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