The Canadian Maritimes

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Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island make for a scenic and history-infused journey. We explore fishing villages and port cities, French fortifications and colonial British settlements, and travel to secluded Prince Edward Island and rugged Cape Breton on this classic route.

Pricing from
$6,095

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Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Aug 25, 2024 - Sep 5, 2024

HOTELS

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax / Days 1-2, 11 / Superior First Class
The Four Points by Sheraton Halifax enjoys an ideal location in the city’s waterfront district, which features an abundance of shopping and dining options.  Halifax’s only hotel with direct waterfront access, the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront offers a restaurant and bar with outdoor patio seating, coffeehouse, indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private marbled bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.
Delta Hotels Saint John, Saint John / Days 3-4 / Superior First Class
Set in the historic Uptown neighborhood of Saint John, Delta Hotels Saint John provides easy access to several of the city’s attractions, including Saint John City Market, New Brunswick Museum, and King’s Square.  This comfortable hotel offers a restaurant and bar overlooking the Bay of Fundy, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms offer plenty of space to spread out, and have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.
Hotel Shediac, Shediac / Day 5 / Not rated
The Hotel Shediac offers a comfortable and elegant stay in the center of the port town of Shediac, the “Lobster Capital of the World.”  The 60-room hotel boasts an Irish-themed restaurant and bar, fitness center, indoor swimming pool and solarium, 24-hour convenience store, spa and salon, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Guest rooms are air conditioned and have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.
Rodd Charlottetown, Charlottetown / Days 6-7 / First Class
Sitting in the very heart of PEI’s capital of Charlottetown, Rodd Charlottetown offers a perfect location from which to explore this highly walkable city.  The hotel was built in 1931 as one of Canada’s National Railway Hotels, and its red-brick exterior, vaulted lobby, and classic décor exude an air of elegance.  Nearby attractions include the vibrant Victoria Row waterfront area, a host of restaurants and cafes, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and lovely Victoria Park with its harborside walking paths.  The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant and bar, seasonal dinner theater, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, dry-cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.
The Simon Hotel Sydney, Sydney, Nova Scotia / Days 8-10 / First Class
The Simon Hotel Sydney owns an ideal location in the center of Sydney’s downtown waterfront district, directly on the shores of the city’s Sydney River. Amenities of the hotel include a restaurant and lounge, rooftop patio, fitness center overlooking the water, laundry and dry-cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Each guest room has a private bath with hair dryer, coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

 

EXTENSIONS

Halifax, Nova Scotia –On Your Own
3 days/2 nights for $375 total price
Single Supplement: $295

Experience more of this regional and cultural capital, with a diverse mix of historic and contemporary sights.

Your Tour Price Includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Halifax Marriott Harbourfront (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to Halifax airport

AIRFARE

Discounted airfare available!

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Final payment due at 95 days prior.

  • Cancellations received prior to 60 days before departure will receive a full refund of all monies paid to Odysseys Unlimited;
  • Cancellations received 59 to 30 days before departure will receive a future tour credit for the full tour cost to be used on another National Trust/Odysseys Unlimited tour departing in 2022 or 2023;
  • Cancellations received 29 to 0 days before departure will receive no refund (as per our existing terms).

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    Depart U.S. for Halifax, Nova Scotia

    We arrive today in Halifax, capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and a bustling center of commerce and shipping. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.

  • day 2

    Halifax/Lunenburg/South Shore

    This morning we encounter Nova Scotia’s South Shore, setting out early for the tiny hamlet of Peggy’s Cove. Our destination: Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, one of Canada’s most photographed landmarks, the red-and-white beacon perched on a granite outcropping. Then we continue on the coastal road to Lunenburg, a UNESCO site. Settled by the British in 1753, this historic town represents Canada’s finest surviving example of a planned British town. We take a walking tour then have time for lunch on our own. Later, weather permitting, we make a photo stop in Mahone Bay, known for its three centuries-old churches. Late this afternoon, we return to Halifax for tonight’s welcome dinner. B,D

  • day 3

    Halifax/Saint John, New Brunswick

    Leaving Halifax this morning, we travel to the scenic Annapolis Valley, a network of farms, fields, and forests lying between two mountain ranges in Nova Scotia’s northwest. We stop to tour Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, featuring a prized collection of rhododendron, azalea, roses, and more, in a tranquil setting overlooking a tidal river valley. The Gardens also showcase gardening methods, designs, and materials representing more than 400 years of Canadian history, including a reconstructed Acadian house circa 1671. Next, we visit Grand-Pré National Historic Site, dedicated to the memory of the area’s original French Acadian settlers.  Then we travel to the coastal village of Digby, the “Scallop Capital of the World,” where an option for lunch will include this Maritime delicacy. Late afternoon we board a ferry and cross the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, where dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

  • day 4

    Saint John/St. Andrews

    This morning we embark on a walking tour of Saint John, the first incorporated city in present-day Canada. We begin on King Street, the steepest main street in Canada; and pass by landmarks including the Loyalist House, one of Saint John’s first homes; and the Old City Market, Canada’s longest-running farmer’s market. Then we make our way down the coast to St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. From here, we embark on a whale watching cruise in the Bay of Fundy, where we’re on the lookout for the bay’s 12 species of whales. B,D

  • day 5

    Saint John/Shediac

    We travel today to the head of the Bay of Fundy to tour Hopewell Rocks, famous for having the world’s highest tides. Formed over the millennia as the seaside sandstone cliffs were slowly worn away by a combination of wind, surface water, and tide, these “Flowerpot Rocks” range from 40 to 70 feet tall. We spend time here to view the formation, then continue on to Shediac, the “Lobster Capital of the World.” Here we enjoy an authentic lobster dinner on board a working lobster boat and learn about this vital industry. B,L,D

  • day 6

    Shediac/Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

    This morning we cross the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge connecting mainland Canada to Prince Edward Island (PEI). Many PEI residents trace their lineage back to the area’s first French and English settlers, and we learn about this rich historical tradition at our first stop on the island: Village Musical Acadien, which hosts cultural events, concerts, and community theater. We continue on to Charlottetown, PEI’s capital and our home for the next two nights. Known as the “Birthplace of Confederation,” Charlottetown hosted the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, which paved the way for Canada’s eventual independence from Britain. Our tour passes the Greek- and Roman-influenced Province House, seat of the PEI Legislature since 1847; and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, home to Canada’s longest-running mainstage musical, Anne of Green GablesB,L

  • day 7

    Prince Edward Island

    After a morning at leisure in Charlottetown, early this afternoon we travel to the island’s scenic North Shore, where we admire the red cliffs, white-sand beaches, gently sloping dunes, and green fields of Prince Edward Island National Park. Along our drive we stop to tour Green Gables Heritage Place, the restored 19th-century farm (and National Historic Site) that was the setting for the Anne of Green Gables novels. Then we enjoy afternoon tea at The Dunes Studio Gallery and Café, with its lovely gardens and outstanding collection of Canadian crafts. We dine tonight at a local restaurant. B,D

  • day 8

    Charlottetown/Sydney, Cape Breton Island

    This morning we board a ferry for the return trip to the mainland then travel to Cape Breton Island, one of Canada’s most beautiful spots. Our first stop here: Baddeck, set on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake, where we tour the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Then we continue on to our hotel in Sydney. B,D

  • day 9

    Sydney/Cabot Trail

     It’s a day of outstanding scenery as we drive the world-famous Cabot Trail. Named for Venetian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497, this 185-mile route loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, passing through the rugged and beautiful Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Here, steep cliffs repel the crashing surf, river canyons carve out routes to the sea, and mountainsides covered in deep green pines provide stunning photo opportunities. B,L,D

  • day 10

    Louisbourg

    Today we visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the reconstructed fortress that is now a living history museum. Then we return to Sydney, Cape Breton’s largest town, where we have free time to explore as we wish followed by dinner at at local restaurant. B,D

  • day 11

    Sydney/Halifax, Nova Scotia

    On the way back to Halifax today, we stop for lunch at the Masstown Market near Truro, a produce and fish market popular with locals. We have some free time upon our return to Halifax before we gather tonight for a farewell dinner to celebrate our Maritimes adventure.. B,D

  • day Day 12

    Depart for U.S. from Halifax

    We transfer to the Halifax airport today for our flights home. B

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