Day 1: Australia – – Halifax, Canada
Today, depart Australia for Halifax, Canada. On arrival, please take the hotel shuttle transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Halifax, Nova Scotia (B)
Enjoy a day of leisure to recuperate after the long flight or enjoy some sightseeing in your own time. As the cultural and historical capital of Atlantic Canada, Halifax has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. This vibrant and lively port city embraces its love of the sea, offering a diversity of galleries, cafes and shopping opportunities. This evening at approximately 7 pm, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers.
Day 3: Halifax and Bay of Fundy, Novia Scotia – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (B,D)
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 flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy twice a day – enough to fill the entire Grand Canyon! 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 the ecosystem 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, fresh seafood, and rolling green hills. A welcome dinner with your fellow travellers celebrates your arrival in Charlottetown, the flourishing capital city of Prince Edward Island.
Day 4: Charlottetown – Anne of Green Gables Museum (B)
This morning take an 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 favourite 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 still belongs to 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 village of Cavendish with its red beaches and scenic dune shores. Visit the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, purveyors of fine preserves, teas, and teaware. Walk in the Garden of Hope and learn about the owner’s commitment to the community. The balance of the day is at leisure in Charlottetown. Tonight, be sure to try the fabulous local seafood at one of Charlottetown’s top restaurants.
Day 5: Charlottetown – Baddeck , Cape Breton Island (B,L)
Early departure from Charlottetown crossing the Northumberland Strait in the southern part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Nova Scotia. Continue via the Canso Causeway from Mainland Nova Scotia to the beautiful island of Cape Breton, also known as the ‘Celtic Heart’ of Nova Scotia. On to the charming village of Baddeck, located along the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes. Lunch at a local restaurant before a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum & National Historic Site. Tour a unique exhibit complex where model replicas, photo displays, and films describe the fascinating life and work of Bell, such as his invention of the telephone along with many others. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Optional Tour (at own cost, refer fine print): Sunset Sail on the Bras d’Or Lakes – while cruising, 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
Day 6: Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Baddeck (B,L,D)
Today, discover the magnificent scenery and rich history of Cape Breton’s world-famous Cabot Trail that winds through stunning landscapes along the Margaree River and through the spectacular rugged highlands. Take the opportunity to 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, the 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 for a picnic lunch in the beautiful natural surroundings after visiting the west coast of Cape Breton Island and the Acadian Village of Cheticamp. Here, visit a craft shop featuring locally made rugs and 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. Enjoy dinner together tonight at the hotel
Day 7: Baddeck – Halifax (B)
This morning, depart Baddeck for Halifax. En route stop for lunch, on your own, before arriving in coastal Halifax. Take a tour of Halifax that 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 Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a key naval station built in 1828. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 8: Peggy’s Cove, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (B,D)
This morning, travel to picturesque Peggy’s Cove, a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. Here, view the iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, one of Canada’s most photographed lighthouse. Afterward, return to Halifax to visit the Maritime Museum 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 the deck of the most luxurious vessel in its time. Tonight, enjoy a lovely Farewell Dinner on the last night in Eastern Canada with your newfound friends
Day 9: Halifax – – Australia (B)
Sadly, your holiday has come to an end. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to Halifax airport for your homeward flight.
Day 10: In flight
Day 11: Australia
Arrive home in Australia today.