Halifax-New Brunswick-Prince Edward Island-Cape Breton Island-Cheticamp-Cabot Trail-Fortress of Luisbourg-Halifax
Departures 2019 From Halifax/ Nova Scotia/Canada
every other day from May 29 to October 16
10 days / Price: from $1395 +taxes and Fees Single $1929
Day 1 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Welcome to Canada’s Atlantic Coast and the Canadian Maritimes, a land blessed with stunning natural beauty and a relaxed way of life. Visit all three of Canada’s Maritime provinces: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. On arrival, transfer by hotel courtesy shuttle from the Halifax airport. Rooms are available for check-in after 3:00 p.m. Join us for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing.
Day 2 – New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy
Morning drive to the Province of New Brunswick. Cross rivers, streams and marshlands. Visit New Brunswick's most famous geological feature, the Flowerpot Rocks at Hopewell Cape. Observe the gradual rise or fall of the Bay of Fundy tides, an average change of 6 to 8 feet per hour. The Fundy Tides are the highest on earth and rise and fall an astounding 50 feet. Twice each day one-hundred-billion tons of water flow into the Bay of Fundy. This creates the phenomenal Fundy Tides, which overpower the rivers flowing into the Bay of Fundy and reverse their direction two times a day. Next, travel over the 8 mile Confederation Bridge to the picturesque province of Prince Edward Island. Pass over gently rolling farmlands en route to Prince Edward Island National Seashore. Enjoy vistas of red sand beaches and bluffs. Watch for red fox and great blue heron. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your nearby country inn. Dinner tonight. BD
Day 3 – Prince Edward Island
This morning enter the magical and enchanting world of Anne of Green Gables. Visit the Anne of Green Gables House in Cavendish. Stroll through Lover's Lane and other settings from the literary classic. Mark Twain called the novel "the sweetest creation of childlife yet written." This afternoon, join us for a brief sightseeing tour of Charlottetown followed by leisure time in the downtown. B
Day 4 – Cape Breton Island
Enjoy a morning ferry ride from Prince Edward Island back to Nova Scotia. Continue to Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail, one of the most beautiful drives in the world. See inspiring mountain and coastal scenery en route to Cheticamp. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at this French-speaking Acadian fishing village, in the heart of the Cabot Trail. The fun-loving Cape Bretoners are renowned for celebrating with traditional Celtic and Acadian music and dance. Dinner tonight. BD
Day 5 – Whale Watching
This morning, enjoy a thriling whale watching cruise (weather permitting). Cape Breton Island's rich waters are the seasonal home to many species of whales. Look for fin, minke, and pilot whales. You may also see dolphins and porpoises. Your afternoon is at leisure in Cheticamp. B
Day 6 – Cabot Trail, Baddeck
A grand adventure awaits you today on the Cabot Trail. Drive throught forests, mountains and valleys in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Breathtaking ocean scenery unfolds as you follow the trail from Pleasant Bay to Cape Smokey. See rugged cliffs and wonderful ocean views. Then to Baddeck to visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, dedicated to the inventor of the telephone. Bell
once said, "I have traveled around the globe... and for simple beauty, Cape Breton Island outrivals them all." Bell made his home here. Stay a relaxing two nights in the resort town of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island. B
Day 7 – Fortress of Louisbourg
Morning visit to the crown jewel of the Canadian Park Service, the Fortress of Louisbourg. Enjoy a fun stroll through this 18th century fortress. During July and August, actors bring to life colorful characters and events from
Louisbourg's glorious past (limited services in October). Return to charming Baddeck. Your afternoon is at leisure. Dinner tonight. BD
Day 8 – Peggy's Cove, Halifax
Head south this morning across the Canso Causeway and return to mainland Nova Scotia. Visit with the First Nation people of Nova Scotia at the Mi’kmaq heritage center. Learn about their history, legends and present day life.
Continue to the idyllic fishing village and artists' retreat of Peggy's Cove. Photo stop at the classic red and white lighthouse. Next, to the lively oceanfront town of Halifax. Enjoy a sightseeing drive of Halifax before arriving for a relaxing two night stay at your ideally located waterfront hotel. B
Day 9 – Halifax
Join your tour director this morning for a guided stroll along the historic waterfront and enjoy a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The remainder of your day is at leisure in Halifax to explore the many fun attractions within walking distance of your waterfront hotel. Dinner tonight. BD
Day 10 – Halifax
Your tour ends after breakfast. Caravan provides transfers throughout the day to the Halifax airport. Thanks for vacationing with us. B
Airport Transfer Information
Arrival hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport, provides arrival transfers every half hour on the hour, 24 hours a day from the Halifax Airport (YHZ). On your arrival at the baggage claim area, call the Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport using the courtesy hotel phones or call 1-902-873-1400. (Transfers are available for pre-tour arrivals too).
U.S. citizens traveling between the United States and Canada must carry a passport, valid for at least six months past your entry date into Canada. Non-U.S. citizens, please check your passport and visa requirements. Note: It is recommended that children under 18 years old traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent’s death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws.
Vacation packages include departure transfers from the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront to the Halifax Airport (YHZ) in Halifax, Canada, on the last day of the tour. Please reserve your transfer time the day before your departure with your Tour Director. Allow for a 30-45-minute drive to the airport, depending on traffic. Taxis cost approximately
$60.00 (Canadian Dollars)
Included in the tour price
Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.
Not included in the tour price
Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.
Day 7 – Maligne Lake, Jasper Park
Enjoy a scenic morning drive to glacier-fed Maligne Lake, 14 miles long and ringed by dramatic snow-capped peaks. The road to Maligne Lake has some of the
best wildlife viewing in the Canadian Rockies. Look for mountain goat, moose, elk, bear, bighorn sheep, caribou and
bald eagles. Next, visit Maligne Canyon. Then, free time to explore Jasper, a charming small town with many shops. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the natural beauty of Jasper Park. B
Day 8 – Icefields Parkway, Ice Explorer
Another glorious day on the Icefields Parkway, this time travelling south. Each direction offers unique views. Ride across the surface of Columbia Icefield’s Athabasca Glacier on an all-terrain Ice Explorer (weather permitting). The meltwater from the Columbia Icefield feeds streams that flow into three oceans: the Arctic, the Atlantic, and the Pacific. Walk on the Athabasca Glacier. Next, a photo stop at turquoise-colored Peyto Lake. Then, descend to the Great Plains of Canada. Return to Calgary. Farewell dinner. BD
Day 9 – Calgary
The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Calgary Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. B
Glacier Park and Going-To-The-Sun-Highway
During your visit to Glacier National Park, board a world famous “Red Jammer,” the historical red buses that have been a fixture in that park since 1936 (weather and road conditions permitting). Originally built and designed specifically for sightseeing in the National Park System of the United States, these 25-foot-long vintage touring coaches were fully restored in 2000 by the Ford Motor Company and are the only remaining buses of their kind in operation today. With a unique canvas roll back top and individual doors for each row, these charming open-air buses are ideal for absorbing the startling beauty of the high mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and cedar forests that surround the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun-Highway. Keep a lookout for wildlife roaming the mountainsides, including Rocky Mountain Goats. Please be advised that weather can change at any moment, so be prepared with sunscreen, a tie down or secure hat, a jacket if the weather is cooler, and plenty of film or memory for the camera.
When the weather gets cooler, warm wool blankets are provided for your laps, but coats and scarves are advisable.
Your stay in Banff includes a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Your four passenger gondola cabin will transport you to the summit at an elevation of 7,486 feet (2,281m) above sea level. The total ride takes just 8 minutes each way. At the summit, you will enjoy 360 degree views of six mountain ranges comprising the heart of the Canadian Rockies from the roof top observation area and view decks. These are some of the most spectacular mountain views in the world and are why