HALIFAX, SHEDIAC, CHARLOTTETOWN & CAPE BRETON
As you journey from Halifax, to Shediac, Charlottetown and Cape Breton, you’ll travel across coastal marine highways, pass through picturesque fishing villages, witness wide sandy beaches and sheltered harbors. You’ll learn why Nova Scotians are called “Bluenosers” and you’ll embrace the magic of Prince Edward Island — renowned for its red sandstone cliffs and white sand dunes punctuated by lush green fields. And you’ll traverse one of the most famous autoroutes in Canada while you take in the magnificent scenery along the Cabot Trail. Your Eastern Canada adventure awaits!
- 3 nights in Halifax
- 1 night in Shediac
- 2 nights in Charlottetown
- 2 nights in Cape Breton
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- Porterage (1 bag per person)
- 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking Tour Director
Arrive in Halifax
Welcome to Eastern Canada! You’ll meet your Tour Director in the lobby of your hotel and he/she will give you suggestions about how you can fill your afternoon. You’ll then meet all of your fellow travelers this evening during a welcome dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant in walking distance.
Hotel Halifax or similar | Dinner
Today you’ll explore the coastline and small fishing communities along Nova Scotia’s “Lighthouse route” and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg. This town is renowned for her fleets of Grand Banks’ fishing schooners where you’ll experience one of the most remarkably preserved colonial settlements in the New World. After some leisure time in Lunenburg, you will continue to Peggy’s Cove, a quaint fishing village with a celebrated landmark lighthouse, characteristic of the communities that line the Atlantic Coast.
Halifax’s tourism industry showcases Nova Scotia’s culture, scenery and coastline. It is located on one of the world’s largest natural harbors and has a proud maritime heritage. This morning, you will enjoy a city tour of Halifax with your Tour Director. On the tour you will visit the Public Gardens, Titanic Cemetery, the waterfront area and much more. You will also stop at the Halifax Citadel, a hill-top fortress overlooking the city. Next, you’ll leave Halifax and head past many scenic rivers and lakes and cross the provincial border into New Brunswick where you’ll land…
Today our first destination is Hopewell Rocks “Ocean Tidal Exploration Site”. At Hopewell Rocks see where the world’s highest tides have gouged four-story sculptures from cliffs. At low tide, the Rocks look like giant flowerpots and the group can walk on the ocean floor (subject to the tides at the time), around the base of the rocks. At high tide, they practically disappear. Later you will continue to Prince Edwards Island via the Confederation Bridge, the world’s longest continuous multi-span bridge. At the base of the bridge is Cape Jourimain, an important birding and nature…
The day starts with a brief orientation tour of Charlottetown with your Tour Director, before continuing on a day of touring this magical island. You’ll depart for Cavendish, PE. where the Green Gables House has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale of fiction, Anne of Green Gables. Prince Edward Island National Park is renowned for its red sandstone cliffs, fine white sand beaches and dunes, and lush green fields. You will return to Charlottetown in late afternoon for some leisure time to explore Canada’s…
Today you will travel to Woods Island and take a scenic ferry ride to Caribou in Nova Scotia. You will pass by Antigonish, which is home to the St. Francis Xavier University and the oldest continuous Highland games outside of Scotland. You’ll then travel onwards to Port Hawkesbury and cross the Canso causeway to reach Cape Breton Island and Baddeck, N.S, situated on Bras D`Or Lake. When you arrive, you will visit the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site, which commemorates Bell’s life and work.
Inverary Resort or Trailsman Lodge or similar | Breakfast
The magnificent scenery along the Cabot trail awaits you today. This is one of Canada’s prettiest drives! It is named after the explorer John Cabot who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497. The scenic roadway takes a loop around the greater part of Cape Breton and is one of the most famous autoroutes in Canada. It cuts across the top of the island through Cape Breton Highlands National Park and closely following the western and eastern coastlines past ancient fishing villages and settlements that trace their roots to Scotish and Irish ancestors. The route curves around sea swept…
This morning you will skirt the shores of Bras d’Or Lake and leave Cape Breton Island via the Canso Causeway. At Sherbrooke Village, you will enjoy the sights and sounds of horse-drawn wagons creaking down a gravel road of this 19th Century open air museum, as you stroll through this former lumbering and shipbuilding community’s 25 buildings. You will then travel the coastal marine highway, passing picturesque fishing villages, wide sandy beaches and sheltered harbors. You’ll take a trip in time to 1940’s Nova Scotia at Memory Lane Historical Village. You’ll then…
It’s time to bid adieu to breathtaking Canada. You’ll enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel and then leave to begin your journey home.
- Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ideally situated in the heart of downtown, Hotel Halifax invites you to spoil yourself while savoring stunning views of the Halifax Harbour.
Scotia Square, 1990 Barrington St., Halifax, NS B3J 1P2
- Shediac, New Brunswick
Nestled in the heart of downtown Shediac, Lobster Capital of the World, the newly-constructed Hôtel Shediac is a full service 5 star 60 room hotel. Designed with a contemporary flair, it is also inspired by the architectural concept of the iconic Shediac Inn built in 1853, now demolished.
222 Belliveau St. , Shediac, NB E4P 0M2
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Built in 1931, the Rodd Charlottetown features the luxurious characteristics and details synonymous with Canadian National Railway Hotels.
5 Kent St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Ideally located, this modern hotel features guest rooms with free WiFi, parking, HDTV, microwave, mini-fridge, hair dryer, air conditioning and coffee maker. After a day of touring, relax at the hotel’s indoor pool or visit the fitness room.
14 Capital Dr, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8C2, Canada
- Nova Scotia, Baddeck
In the heart of Cape Breton on the sparkling shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes, this resort hotel is at the start and end of the world famous Cabot Trail!
368 Shore Road, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0
- Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Located on Bras d’Or Lake, relax on the lodge’s private beach or at the outdoor pool after a day of sightseeing. Guest rooms feature free WiFi, cable television, a refrigerator and coffee maker.
10003 Highway 105, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0 Canada
TRANSPORTATION & ACCOMMODATIONS
Airfare is not included on this tour. Upon independent arrival in the destination, please make your own way to the hotel.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid at the time of entry, and your passport must contain at least one blank page. For U.S. passport holders, a tourist visa is not required for stays less than 180 days however you must carry proper identification and meet basic eligibility requirements. Some people are inadmissible under Canada’s immigration law. For more information about what it means to be inadmissible, please click here and here. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
Before you depart, we’ll send you detailed tour information including directions, meeting times, routes, places of interest, recommendations, and more. We look forward to being your trusted guide on this remarkable journey.
Please make sure you arrive in Halifax by the afternoon in order to attend the orientation meeting and Welcome Dinner at approximately 7pm. The smarTours Tour Director will be available in the hotel lobby during the afternoon of Day 1 to assist with local sightseeing or answer any questions. Further details will be provided on the final travel documents.