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8 Day Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island

8-day tour with Gate 1

Gate 1 Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Canada. Arrive in Halifax and transfer to your hotel on the complimentary hotel shuttle. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation with your tour manager.

DAY 2, Sunday - Halifax, Bay of Fundy, Prince Edward Island
Morning departure from Halifax to the magnificent Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, located along the craggy coast of the Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides. Time and tides have carved from the cliffs and coves distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees. During periods of low tide, you can walk along the beach and explore several coves filled with these "flowerpot rocks." Miraculously, 160 billion tons of water flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy twice a day - enough to fill the entire Grand Canyon! And, at its peak, the Fundy tides can reach as high as a 5-story building. Many of the formations have nicknames inspired by their appearance - look for Lover's Arch, Dinosaur Rock, Mother-in-law and ET, just to name a few. After spending time here, you'll have a deeper appreciation of the fragile complexity of our eco-systems and the simple beauty of this land and seascape. After lunch on your own, continue to scenic Prince Edward Island with its jagged red cliffs, peaceful sandy beaches, impossibly-fresh seafood, creative artisans and rolling green hills. A Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers celebrates your arrival in Charlottetown, the flourishing capital city of Prince Edward Island. (B,D)

DAY 3, Monday - Charlottetown, Anne of Green Gables Museum
Morning orientation tour of Charlottetown. Then, drive to the north coast of the Island to visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum. When the novel Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, most people could only dream of visiting its magical setting. Today, millions of the book's fans have made the trip to Prince Edward Island to discover the land that captivated Anne in Lucy Maud Montgomery's stories. For readers who cannot get enough of their favorite red-headed girl, or the woman who created her, there are Anne-related attractions all over the Island. The Campbell home, that Montgomery called the "wonder castle of my childhood", was built in 1872 and it is still in the Campbell family. Here, the author was inspired to write many novels and it is the setting for Anne's Lake of Shining Waters. Meet with relatives of the author, visit the house, learn about potato planting and digging and enjoy the peacefulness of the place. Continue to the resort city of Cavendish with its red beaches and scenic dune shores; visit to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, purveyors of fine preserves, teas, and tea ware. Walk in the Garden of Hope and learn about the owner's commitment to the community. After lunch on your own at this lovely restaurant, return to Charlottetown for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, be sure to try the fabulous local seafood at one of Charlottetown’s top restaurants. (B)

DAY 4, Tuesday - Charlottetown, Cape Breton Island, Baddeck
Early departure from Charlottetown to reach the ferry back to Nova Scotia, crossing the Northumberland Strait in the southern part of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Continue to Cape Breton Island; lunch on your own. Then, cross the Canso Causeway that connects Cape Breton to the beautiful island of Nova Scotia. On to the charming town of Baddeck on the shores of the Bras d'or Lakes. Upon arrival, visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, a unique exhibit complex where models, replicas, photo displays, and films describe the fascinating life and works of Bell on this site overlooking Baddeck Bay along with artifacts donated by the Bell family’s personal museum. Enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)

 DAY 5, Wednesday - Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Baddeck
Today, discover the magnificent scenery of Cape Breton's world-famous Cabot Trail, with its rich history. Wind through stunning landscapes along the Margaree River and through the spectacular rugged highlands - see some of the last remaining protected wilderness in Nova Scotia. The trail was named after Italian explorer John Cabot sailing on a mission for King Henry VII of England and also commemorates the meeting of Cabot and the Mi'kmaq people, original inhabitants of Cape Breton Island, at Aspy Bay over 500 years ago. The Cabot Trail, completed in 1932, joined previously isolated fishing villages and today connects eight major communities ranging from the Acadian Region to Irish and Scottish settlements. Stop at mid-point for a picnic lunch in the beautiful natural surroundings before reaching the west coast of Cape Breton Island and the Acadian Village of Cheticamp. Here, visit the Acadian Museum with its display of important relics from the Acadian people of this area along with demonstrations of spinning, weaving and rug hooking; the craft shop features locally-made hooked rugs. Stop at the local Catholic church, l'Église Saint-Pierre, an imposing and impressive monument. With its stunning architecture, frescoes and stained glass windows, it is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the Maritime Provinces. Return to Baddeck in the late afternoon. Evening at leisure, or, take the optional Sunset Cruise on the Bras d'Or Lakes*. While cruising, you’ll be able to observe majestic Bald Eagles as they circle the boat, see Beinn Bhreagh, Alexander Graham Bell's mansion, and the stunning Baddeck shoreline. Enjoy the entertaining and educational narrative of the area as you relax on the boat’s deck. (B,L)

Optional: Sunset Sail Along the Coast ($25)

DAY 6, Thursday - Fortress of Louisbourg, Halifax
Today, a unique visit at the Fortress of Louisbourg, the largest reconstruction project in North America. The original settlement was founded in 1713 by the French and developed over several decades into a thriving center for fishing and trade. The site lay untouched until well into modern times, when archaeologists began to reconstruct the fortress as it was in the 18th century. Now, you can experience life in Louisbourg during its heyday. Hundreds of re-enactors populate the streets of the restored fortress working, playing, and living life as they would have in 1744. View daily demonstrations of music, dancing, cooking, military drills, and much more. Visit with the residents and military of Louisbourg; tour their homes and places of work and hear stories about life at Louisbourg in the 18th century. You’ll hear public announcements by the town crier, see military demonstrations and the daily public punishment scene that unfolds at various times throughout the day. Chat with the baker and purchase freshly baked bread in the bakery. Smell the coal burning, step back from the flames, watch in awe as a piece of iron is transformed into a useful tool while the blacksmith recounts his story in the forge. Time for lunch on your own in one of the 18th century restaurants. Then, return to Halifax for an evening on your own to explore the city's lively waterfront. (B)

DAY 7, Friday - Halifax, Peggy's Cove
Morning tour of Halifax begins along the city's historic waterfront. This city combines the international essence of a major port city and a naval base, with the culture and heritage of one of Canada's most historic communities. See the Old Town Clock, St. Paul's Church, City Hall, Government House and Point Pleasant Park. Stop at the lovely Victorian Halifax Public Gardens with its opulent floral displays, and the Citadel National Historic Park, a key naval station built in 1828. Then, travel to picturesque Peggy's Cove, a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. Here is the iconic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, one of the world's most photographed sites. Lunch on your own, with time to discover this charming fishing village or shop at one of the many charming gift shops, galleries and craft shops featuring Canadian and Nova Scotian artists. Return to Halifax to explore the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on your own where Nova Scotia's rich maritime heritage is remembered and celebrated. Learn about the stories, events and people that have come to define Nova Scotia and its relationship with the sea. The permanent Titanic exhibit at the museum relates the tale of this fated ship’s creation and demise, highlighting the key role Halifax played in the disaster. Exhibits also include life aboard the Titanic - sit in a reproduction of a rare Titanic deck chair and imagine what it would have been like to relax aboard deck of the most luxurious vessel in its time. Remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a lovely Farewell Dinner on the last night in Eastern Canada with new-found friends. (B,D)

DAY 8, Saturday - Depart to the USA
Shuttle transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. (B)

Tour Map
Tour Highlights
  • Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick
  • Anne of Green Gables Museum
  • Alexander Graham Bell Museum
  • Cape Breton Island’s Cabot Trail
  • Fortress of Louisbourg
  • Peggy's Cove
All This Included
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers (excluding arrival/departure transfers)
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Accommodations on this Tour
Enfield: Holiday Inn Express Halifax Airport
Charlottetown: Quality Inn & Suites Downtown
Baddeck: Auberge Gisele’s Inn
Halifax: Radisson Halifax
Notes
  • 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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