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Atlantic Charm

Atlantic Charm

13 nights from
AU$2,009 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Drive
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    04 Jun 2019
  • Travel Until
    27 Sep 2019
13 nights from
AU$2,009 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Drive
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    04 Jun 2019
  • Travel Until
    27 Sep 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 13-night accommodationActivityActivity Whale watching cruise TourTour Experience the world famous Cabot TrailTourTour Explore UNESCO town of LunenburgTourTour Explore Prince Edward Island including its stunning capital, Charlottetown.

Summary

Experience an epic road trip along the most scenic drives in Nova Scotia. Be sure to appreciate the impressive sights and scenery in Halifax and Lunenburg and spend time in appreciating Cape Breton Island's stunning coastal scenery and vibrant Celtic culture. The historic fortress town of Louisbourg is also yours to explore and discover during your 14-day self-drive experience in Atlantic Canada.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Halifax
  • Atlantic Canada
  • UNESCO town of Lunenburg
  • Annapolis Royal
  • Brier Island Whale watching
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Cabot Trail & Cape Breton Island
  • Louisbourg

INCLUSIONS

  • 13-night accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Ferry Tolls
  • Brier Island Whale Watching
  • Historic Sites Pass

ITINERARY

Day 1, Arrival in Halifax
On your arrival in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s Maritime Provinces.

Day 2, Halifax
You have a full day to explore Halifax. Visit boutiques, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties, the Bluenose II (see the “tails” side of a Canadian dime for a picture of the Bluenose I). Get a terrific view of the city from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and visit York Redoubt National Historic Site, a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.

Day 3, Travel to Lunenburg (145 km/90 mi)
Head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy’s Cove along the way. Peggy’s Cove (45km) is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Old Town Lunenburg (98km), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian town that begs you to wander and explore.

Day 4, Travel to Annapolis Royal (133 km/83 mi)
Cross the peninsula and make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its hiking trails and incredible canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq petroglyphs. You'll continue along Route 8 to Annapolis Royal. (B)

Day 5, Whale watching and fishing villages (206 km/128 mi return)
Today drive along 95 km along the Digby Neck to experience whale watching excursion in the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You will likely see finback and Minkes, humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Spend the afternoon exploring Annapolis Royal and Fort Anne. (B)

Day 6, Travel to Wolfville (109 km/68 mi)
Make time to stop at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, commemorating Grand-Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755 and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. The Domaine de Grand Pré is a fantastic winery in the area which is also worth a visit. (B)

Day 7, Travel to Charlottetown (360 km/224 mi)
En route to Charlottetown make sure to stop and see the Bay of Fundy a marvel of nature. You will cross the 13km long Confederation Bridge. (B)

Day 8, Explore Charlottetown
You'll visit Charlottetown, the site of Canada’s birthplace. The Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867. (B)

Day 9, Island Sightseeing (Approx. 80-100 km/50-62 mi round trip)
You can explore the picturesque Prince Edward Island National Park on the island’s north shore. Be sure to appreciate the sand dunes, beaches and the incredibly famous Green Gables, the fictional home of Anne, the character created by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery that is loved by millions worldwide. (B)

Day 10, Travel to Cape Breton Island (274 km/170 mi)
Depart Charlottetown taking Rte 1 to Wood Islands Ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia, then drive to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America. (B)

Day 11, Cabot Trail (300 km/187 mi)
Allow a full day to drive with time to get out and hike or observe views. Visit the park visitor center (5 km). There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in the National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish. The most recommended one would be the Skyline Trail which is approximately located about 15 minutes’ drive from park entrance. Explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The route winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Along the way visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Route 19 Judique (approx. 25 minutes from causeway) or the Glenora Distillery Route 19/Ceilidh Trail, Glenville (between Inverness and Mabou about 30 minutes from Judique). Other stops may include Acadian Cultural Center & Museum (Les Trois Pignons ) or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts.

Day 12, Louisbourg Sightseeing (220 km/137 mi return)
This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. This incredible “living museum,” the largest historical reconstruction in North America, is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s, complete with costumed interpreters who re-enact daily life from the French colonial period. You can even sample period food in the restaurant, or take part in a mock battle. Also, don’t miss a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the village of Baddeck, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man - who spent his summers here on the shores of the Bras d’Or. The historic site is located on Chebucto Street (Route 205), in a residential area on the east edge of the village of Baddeck. You may also want to visit the Highland Village Museum in Iona.

Day 13, Travel to Halifax (357 km/222 mi)
You have a full day for a return trip to Halifax along the scenic Bras d’Or Lakes Drive to the Canso Causeway to enter mainland Nova Scotia. At the community of Antigonish, you'll travel southwest along Marine Drive to your destination.

Day 14, Checkout
Conclude your tour upon check-out.

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