Best of Canadian Maritimes and Maine: Halifax, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and Portland (August 6-17, 2018)

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Best of Canadian Maritimes and Maine: Halifax, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and Portland (August 6-17, 2018)


TOUR PRICE:  The price for this twelve days, air-inclusive package is $3249.00 per person based on double occupancy (two to a room) and a minimum of 30 passengers. United Airlines air taxes are an estimated $70.00 and are subject to change until ticketing. For those traveling solo and requiring a single room, the single room supplement for the 12 days is $1193.00.00.  The triple occupancy reduction (three to a room sharing two double beds) is $312.00 less per person


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Day 1: Halifax – Arrival, Monday

Upon arrival at Halifax International Airport you will be met by your local guide. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Halifax at the Homewood Suites by Hilton.

 Day 2: Halifax, Tuesday

After breakfast you embark on a sightseeing tour through the historic port city of Halifax. At the waterfront you find the Canadian Museum of Immigration an Pier 21, the gateway into Canada for one million immigrants. Visit the “Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada”, which has long watched over the harbour and the downtown core and “Fairview Lawn Cemetery”, the final resting place for over 100 victims of the Titanic disaster. Stroll through Halifax Public Gardens, one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian Garden in North America. We drive to Peggy’s Cove to see the famous Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, surrounded by rugged beauty of rock formations and one of he most photographed lighthouses in Canada. Return to Halifax for overnight at the Homewood Suites by Hilton. (B)

 Day 3: Halifax – Baddeck, Wednesday

We travel east to Jeddore Oyster Pond and visit the “Fisherman’s Life Museum”. Built in the early 1900’s, this charming homestead was typical for an inshore fisherman’s family.  Travel through Antigonish, home to the oldest continuous Highland games outside Scotland before arriving in Baddeck, the beginning and the end of the world-renown Cabot Trail, which stretches along the shores of the Bras d’Or Lake, Nova Scotia’s inland sea. Overnight in Baddeck at the Inverary Resort. (B)

 Day 4: Baddeck, Thursday

Visit the “Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site” where the inventor of the telephone chose to built his summer home. Today you discover the Cabot Trail. This loop has been described as the most spectacular drive in North America. It winds through the Cape Breton Highlands, climbs 500 metre high capes, skirts and rugged coastal headlands. Here the mountains meet the sea. On the coastline you wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park where lush, forested river canyons carve into the ancient plateau, edged by rust-colored cliffs. The cool maritime climate and rugged landscape of the park permit a unique blend of Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats plants and animals.

There are numerous viewpoints scattered along the Cabot Trail, giving visitors ample opportunities to take pictures and observe wildlife. In particular the look-offs at French, North and MacKenzie mountains offer unforgettable vistas of the coastline, fishing boats in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and purple-hued Cape Smokey. Keep your eyes open for moose and bald eagles. You might even catch sight of a whale breaching the waves in the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Return to Baddeck for overnight at the Inverary Resort. (B)

 Day 5: Baddeck – Charlottetown, Friday

Leaving Baddeck we travel through Nova Scotia’s countryside to the town of Pictou, known as the “Birthplace of New Scotland”. Visit “Hector Heritage Quay”, the home to the Ship Hector, a full-sized replica of the original ship which brought the first wave of emigrants from Scotland to Nova Scotia in 1773.  Step aboard the Hector and re-live the tale of these early settlers and the hardships they faced beginning a new life in a new land.  At Caribou you board a ferry which crosses the Northumberland Strait to Wood Islands in the Province of Prince Edward Island. Near Cavendish we visit the “Prince Edward Island Preserve Company” and learn the secrets of making delicious fruit preserves. Our destination is Charlottetown, the vibrant seaside capital city of Prince Edward Island with lots of historic charm. Overnight in Charlottetown at the Great George Hotel. (B).

 Day 6: Charlottetown, Saturday

Today you tour Prince Edward Island. First we visit “Province House National Historic Site” and explore the historic site of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, which has met here since 1847. (Please note that the Province House National Historic Site is now closed for conservation work, but a replica has been created at the Confederation Centre of Arts next door, which we can see.) Just steps away is “Victoria Row” – this narrow street is closed to car traffic in summer and its charming red brick buildings house an eclectic array of shops and restaurants. Discover Prince Edward Island National Park and the stunning beauty of the Island’s North Shore on the seven beaches and over 50 km of hiking and cycling trails. You visit the “Green Gables” house, located in Cavendish – each year thousands of visitors from around the world visit the site which inspired the setting for L. M. Montgomery to create her beloved tale of a red-haired orphan, Anne of Green Gables. Overnight in Charlottetown at the Great George Hotel. (B)

 Day 7: Moncton, Sunday

We are leaving Prince Edward Island via the “Confederation Bridge” a 8 mile long engineering wonder over the Northumberland Strait to the Province of New Brunswick. In Shediac you embark on a 2.5 hours “Shediac Bay Cruise” to learn all about lobstering and to enjoy a lobster meal on board. Highlight of the day will be a visit to the “Hopewell Rocks”, located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Cape. This attraction is one of the Marine Wonders of the World and is the site of some of the World’s highest tides. At low tide one can walk on the ocean floor in the shadows of the majestic flower-pot rocks, unique formations carved by erosion over thousands of years. Drive to Moncton overnight in the Rodd Moncton Hotel. (B, L)

Day 8: Moncton – Bar Harbor, Monday

After breakfast we head south, cross the border into the United States and drive to Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Today’s destination is Bar Harbor, New England’s premier summer resort in the 19th century. It was home to the largest hotel in North America and to Millionaires Row, a line of summer estates built for America’s richest and most powerful families. Overnight in Bar Harbor at the Hampton Inn by Hilton. (B)

 Day 9: Bar Harbor, Tuesday

Marvel at Acadia National Park’s granite cliffs overlooking dramatic, windswept beaches, graceful stone bridges arching over rushing streams and stands of ancient maples. Afternoon at leisure. Maine lobster dinner. Overnight in Bar Harbor at the Hampton Inn by Hilton. (B, D)

Day 10: Bar Harbour – Portland, Wednesday

After breakfast we are leaving for Portland Maine where you will enjoy a sightseeing tour in this genuine and unpretentious city. With its heady mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures, the seascapes and cityscapes blend harmoniously, perched on a peninsula, jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay. Overnight in Portland at the Hampton Inn by Hilton South Portland. (B)

Day 11: Portland, Thursday

Day at leisure. Overnight Portland at the Hampton Inn by Hilton South Portland.

 Day 12: Portland – Departure, Friday

Transfer from the hotel to the Portland Airport for non-stop flight home.