Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island (#22130)

(October 6-13, 2022)

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Departing from Creston, IA

Discover the scenic beauty of Canada’s eastern lands as we are immersed in spectacular and diverse landscapes at every turn! History will come alive as we learn about Mi’kmaq culture and Lunenburg’s seafaring heritage, travel back in time at the Fortress of Louisbourg, explore the genius of Alexander Graham Bell, and delve into the world of Anne of Green Gables. The area’s natural world will then come front and center as we embark on a whale-watching tour and spend time in a national park!

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Optional travel protection plan:

  • $464 per person, Double
  • $552 per person, Single

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A $500 deposit per person is required with your registration form by May 5, 2022.

Final payment is due August 1, 2022

what’s included

  • Round-trip airport transfers from Creston, IA
  • Round-trip air to Halifax
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • 7 nights’ accommodations
  • 14 meals (7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners)
  • Admission to attractions as stated on itinerary
  • Porter service of one bag per person at hotels
  • Taxes and gratuities for included services
  • Professional tour manager in Canada
Not included in the price of this tour:

Meals/beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, beverages other than tea or coffee with included meals, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, phone calls and faxes from hotels, travel protection plan, passport fees, visa fees (if applicable), current baggage fees at the airport as assessed by the airline, fees related to any COVID-19 requirements for this destination, and any service not listed in the above inclusions.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Today we will board our motorcoach in Creston, IA, and transfer to the airport for our flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon our arrival, we’ll be transferred to our accommodations ideally located in the downtown core of this vibrant and cosmopolitan urban center on the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 2: Friday, October 7, 2022

Discover the rustic charm of the renowned fishing village of Peggy’s Cove where we will enjoy breakfast overlooking one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. Peggy’s Cove is famous for its picturesque and typically East-Coast profile, with houses perches along a narrow inlet and on wave-washed boulders facing the Atlantic. We will then travel along Nova Scotia’s South Shore to the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg renowned for its fleets of Grand Banks’ fishing schooners. Here we will take a walking tour to fully experience one of the most remarkably preserved colonial settlements in the New World and visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about the town’s famous seafaring heritage. We’ll stroll the wharves, soak in the vista, and escape to the past aboard the museum’s two retired dishing vessels. We are then off to picture-perfect Mahone Bay where a trinity of 19th-century-built churches represents an iconic cultural landscape of Nova Scotia. Free time will be available to stroll through the town and chat with the welcoming locals who have been known to share superstitions, legends, and fables that date back to the rum-running days. Afterward, we’ll return to Halifax for dinner together.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3: Saturday, October 8, 2022

Following breakfast this morning, we depart for Prince Edward Island, once only accessible by ferry. En route, we’ll stop to learn about Mi’kmaq culture at the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre. These First Nations people boast a long and fascinating history! We will arrive on Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge, the world’s longest continuous multi-span bridge. Our destination is Charlottetown, the capital and largest city of this Canadian province where our overnight accommodations await. Dinner and a performance of Anne of Green Gables: The Musical or Anne & Gilbert will round out our day (subject to 2022 performance schedule).

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 4: Sunday, October 9, 2022

Enjoy a free morning in Charlottetown or join a complimentary walking tour of the city. Charlottetown is a thriving hub of all things cultural, coastal, and culinary. Local markets, beautiful buildings, and many charming galleries make an unforgettable impression. On a stroll through the historic streets, you will find that many of the friendly craftspeople have working studios that encourage you to go in and experience their talent firsthand. For a picturesque downtown shopping excursion, stroll through the shops on the Historic Charlottetown Waterfront, then up Queen St., and down Victoria Row. For lunch on your own, a delicious meal is not far away, as Charlottetown is increasingly being hailed internationally as a foodie haven. From fine dining to charming pubs and modern lunch counters to cozy tea houses, you are sure to find something to enjoy! This afternoon our group will come back together to drive by red cliffs, white beaches, gently sloping sand dunes, and green fields as we make our way to Prince Edward Island National Park. Here we will visit the Green Gables Heritage Place, the alluring inspiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables books. For dinner this evening, we will experience true Maritime hospitality at a traditional Prince Edward Island lobster dinner before returning to our Charlottetown accommodations.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 5: Monday, October 10, 2022

After breakfast this morning, we say goodbye to Prince Edward Island and board the ferry for a ride over the Northumberland Strait back to Nova Scotia. Once back on land, we will proceed to Cape Breton Island, the Scotland of North America, via the Canso Causeway. In Baddeck we will tour the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site commemorating the genius and compassion of the renowned inventor who made his home on the island. Exhibits show how he and his associates achieved Canada’s first powered flight with their airplane, Silver Dart, produced the world’s fastest boat, advanced recording technology, designed giant kites, and invented the telephone. Original artefacts, films, and family photographs highlight his scientific and humanitarian work. From here, we will head to dinner and check in to our accommodations for the next two nights.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 6: Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Today we’re off to experience one of the most stunningly picturesque drives in North America! The Cabot Trail winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This park is known for its lush, forested river canyons that carve into the ancient plateau. The cool maritime climate and rugged landscape of the park permit a unique blend of Acadian, Boreal, and Taiga habitats, plants, and animals. This special mix of northern and southern species is not found anywhere else in Canada. Along the way, look-offs offer unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton’s rugged coastline, so be sure to have your camera on hand. Weather permitting, we will also have the opportunity to embark on a whale-watching boat tour!

(Breakfast, boxed lunch, and dinner included)

Day 7: Wednesday, October 12, 2022

The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site awaits us today. Words cannot do justice to this reconstruction depicting one-fifth of the settlement of 1744 New France. We’ll pass through Louisbourg’s stone archway into streets, houses, shops, restaurants, and barracks “inhabited” by authentically clad animators living a typical day in the 1700s. French soldiers march down the streets of the town as ladies dance in formal parlors. Cannon fire shakes the ground as harpsichord tunes mingle with the aroma of baking bread drifting from the stone bakery. Chat with fishermen, sailors, and servants. Sip rum and watch lace-making as children play 300-year-old games and stew simmers on an open-hearth fire. Experience lunch on your own in a period restaurant where costumed staff prepare and serve delicious food and beverages based on 18th-century recipes. After this fascinating step back in time, we will proceed along the shore of the Bras d’Or Lake to the mainland and back to Halifax for one last night in the Maritimes. Together we will enjoy a finale dinner at a local restaurant to reminisce on our exciting adventure.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 8: Thursday, October 13, 2022

Following breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our flight home.

(Breakfast included)