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Great Atlantic Canadian Experience

22 Nights Tour from £5,739 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

This combines the Atlantic Maritimes tour and Circle Newfoundland & Labrador tour, to offer a superb exploration of the maritimes provinces of eastern Canada over the course of three weeks. This is a real treat of an itinerary, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery, rugged coastline, stunning seascapes, fascinating history and charming culture of this remote part of the world. The tour includes many visits to national parks and historical sites, several boat trips and a wide variety of meals (including two lobster dinners and a Viking Feast!). You’ll have a dedicated tour manager throughout who will be enable you to appreciate all the highlights of these provinces.

Highlights

  • An epic tour of all the Maritime provinces including three whale-watching tours, lobster dinner cruise, seabird watching cruise and four scenic ferry trips
  • Tour five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Lunenburg and Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  • Explore five National Parks including the Bay of Fundy and Cape Breton
  • Visit six National Historic Sites including Signal Hill and Alexander Graham Bell

Itinerary Overview

23 Day Escorted Tour, fly into Halifax NS and return from St John's NL: Halfax NS 1 night, Moncton NS 1 night, Saint John NS 2 nights, Annapolis Valley NS 1 night, Halifax NS 1 night, Oak Island NS 1 night, Charlottetown PEI 2 nights, Baddeck NS 2 nights, Overnight ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, Port au Choix NL 1 night, L'Answer au Clair NL 1 night, St Anthony NL 1 night, Cow Head NL 2 nights, Gander NL 2 nights, Clarenville NL 1 night, St John's NL 2 nights

Details

Day 1

Fly to Halifax

Arrive in Halifax and transfer independently to your hotel in this great little capital city. Meet with your Tour Director and fellow travellers at an evening welcome reception.

Overnight: Cambridge Suites Halifax

Day 2

Halifax to Moncton

Today sees you explore the Bay of Fundy and learn about the world’s highest tides as you journey along the colourful coastline to the city of Moncton. Along the way you’ll visit the Joggins Fossil Cliffs – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After crossing into New Brunswick you’ll enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience as you cruise the warm waters of Shediac Bay on a lobster boat; learn about the fishing industry and enjoy a delicious lobster supper. You’ll arrive in Moncton later on in the day.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown (Continental breakfast and lunch and dinner cruise included).

Day 3

Moncton to Saint John

This morning you will visit Hopewell Rocks on the coast of the Bay of Fundy – a really inspiring natural wonder. These large flower pot-shaped formations are sculpted by the highest tides on the planet. You’ll travel through Fundy National Park on to Saint John on the southern New Brunswick coast, then take a city tour including the Reversing Falls before checking into your hotel for the night.
Overnight: Hilton Saint John or Delta Saint John (Breakfast and lunch included).

Day 4

St. Andrews-by-the-Sea/Saint John

Take a day trip to picturesque St. Andrews-by-the-sea today – a captivating and quaint destination. Go on a whale-watching boat tour (weather permitting) then enjoy an afternoon at leisure where you can chat to the friendly locals, admire the architecture and explore the rich marine life before returning to Saint John.

Overnight: Hilton Saint John or Delta Saint John (Breakfast and lunch included).

Day 5

Saint John to Annapolis Valley

Spend some free time in Saint John this morning before departing via ferry to Nova Scotia. As you travel, be sure to keep a look out for whales as you cross the Bay of Fundy. Arrive in Digby and be enchanted by this historic town.

Overnight: Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa or Old Orchard Inn (Breakfast and dinner included).

Day 6

Annapolis Valley to Halifax

Today sees you depart for Halifax where you’ll have chance to learn about the French Acadians who established the first settlement here in the early 1600s. You’ll visit the Grand Pre National Historic Site where fact and fiction are combined to reveal the romance of the ‘Land of Evangeline’ and you’ll also take part in a local winery tour and tasting session before arriving in Halifax in the evening.

Overnight: Cambridge Suites Halifax (Breakfast included).

Day 7

Halifax to Oak Island

This morning you’ll head to the renowned fishing village of Peggy’s Cove for breakfast then journey along the south shore of Nova Scotia to the World Heritage Town of Lunenburg. There will be a walking tour so you can fully experience the colonial settlements in the New World, as well as a visit to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about the famous seafaring heritage in the town. Afterwards, you’ll head to Mahone Bay where you can enjoy some free time before continuing on to Western Shore for your overnight stay and Oak Island – home of the world’s longest running hunt for lost treasure.

Overnight: Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island or Cambridge Suites Halifax (Breakfast and dinner included).

Day 8

Oak Island to Charlottetown

Today you’ll arrive on Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge – the world’s longest continuous multi-span bridge. Along the way you’ll learn about the fascinating Mi’kmaq culture at the Glooscap Heritage Centre and Mi’kmaq Museum. In the evening, enjoy true maritime hospitality with a traditional hall-style lobster supper.

Overnight: Rodd Charlottetown or Rodd Royalty Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included).

Day 9

Charlottetown Prince Edward Island

Enjoy a free morning in Charlottetown or join a complimentary walking tour of the city. In the afternoon, the tour takes you by red cliffs, white beaches, sand dunes and green fields as you make your way to Prince Edward Island National Park. Before returning to Charlottetown you’ll head to the Green Gables Heritage Site which was the inspiration for the classic ‘Anne of Green Gables’ books.  In the evening, enjoy a theatre performance by local entertainers at the Confederation Centre of the Arts (subject to schedule – an alternative may be offered)

Overnight: Rodd Charlottetown or Rodd Royalty Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 10

Charlottetown to Baddeck

After breakfast you’ll board a ferry to Nova Scotia and proceed to Cape Breton Island via the Canso Causeway. There will be a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck then arrive at the Bras d’Or Lake where you can check-in to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Inverary Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 11

Baddeck - Cabot Trail

Today you will journey along one of the most picturesque drives in North America – the Cabot Trail. Winding along the rugged splendour of the Cape Breton shore, leading you to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the vistas available are unforgettable. Afterwards, you’ll travel to the coast for a whale-watching tour (weather permitting) before returning to Baddeck.

Overnight: Inverary Resort (Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included).

Day 12

Baddeck to Port-Aux-Basques

Cross over the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island and then in North Sydney board a Marine Atlantic ferry for a relaxing overnight crossing to Port-aux-Basques in the province of Newfoundland.

Overnight: Marine Atlantic ferry (Breakfast & lunch included).

Day 13

Port-Aux-Basques to Port au Choix

Arrive onto the island of Newfoundland and drive through the Cordroy Valley which is spectacularly framed by the Long Range Mountains, the Anguille Mountains and the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue through the stunning Gros Morne National Park and into the small fishing community of Port au Choix, then check-in to the overnight hotel.

Overnight: Sea Echo Motel, Port aux Choix (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Day 14

Port Aux Choix to L’Anse au Clair

Today board the ferry at St Barbe and cross the strait of Belle Island on the way to Labrador. Visit the Red Bay National Historic Site, location of a Basque whaling station in the 16 century.

Overnight: Northern Light Inn, L’Anse au Clair (Breakfast & dinner included)

Day 15

L’Anse au Clair to St Anthony

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. This UNESCO World Heritage Site gives a fascinating glimpse into the Viking lifestyle.

Overnight: Haven Inn, St Anthony (Breakfast & dinner included)

Day 16

St Anthony – Cow Head

Weather permitting this morning you will take a whale-watching boat tour. During some summer months enormous ice-bergs can also be spotted. So fingers crossed there will be some great photo opportunities today! Then travel to Cow Head, where you’ll be staying for the night.

Overnight: Shallow Bay Motel, Cow Head (Breakfast & dinner included)

Day 17

Cow Head - Gros Morne National Park – Cow Head

Today you’ll visit Gros Morne National Park, filled with a rich variety of scenery and wildlife. Embark on a scenic boat tour (weather permitting) on which you’ll learn about the geology of the Tablelands, see whales and bald eagles and discover the history of the small villages nestled along the shores.

Overnight: Shallow Bay Motel, Cow Head (Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner included)

Day 18

Cow Head - Gander

Travel through central Newfoundland towards Gander where you’ll check in for a relaxing evening in this small town with an interesting aviation history.

Overnight: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites, Gander (Breakfast included)

Day 19

Gander – Twillingate - Gander

Take the scenic drive along the coast of Notre Dam Bay into the beautiful town of Twillingate. At the tip of the island, visit the Long Point Lighthouse. Return to Gander and visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum.

Overnight: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites, Gander (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Day 20

Gander to Clarenville

Today’s route is along the Trans Canada Highway through the Terra Nova National Park, the most easterly of Canada’s national parks. You can spot wildlife on the way, whilst admiring the scenery. Visit Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Park and the charming town of Trinity.

Overnight: St Jude Hotel, Clarenville (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Day 21

Clarenville – St John’s

Head to the intriguing old seaport of St John’s, your 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. Enjoy a city tour featuring the Victorian architecture of the downtown area, the busy modern waterfront, the Cathedral of St John, Confederation Building and the panoramic view from Signal Hill.

Overnight: Delta Hotels by Marriott St John’s or Hotel North (Breakfast & dinner included)

Day 22

St John’s

A highlight of the whole tour, today travel to Bay Bulls for a boat tour in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve (weather permitting) to spot puffins and other seabirds. Then visit Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America. You have free time this afternoon to explore the delightful neighbourhoods of St John’s.

Overnight: Delta Hotels by Marriott St John’s or Hotel North (Breakfast included)

Day 23

Depart St John’s

It’s now the end of your epic tour and time to fly home

 

  • International flights
  • Land transportation by modern tour coach
  • English-speaking local Atlantic tour director throughout dressed in traditional kilt
  • Welcome reception, 44 Meals including 2 lobster dinners
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • All ferry crossings between the provinces
  • Three Whale Watching Boat Tours
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


What’s not included?
Airport transfers
 

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