Discover the beauty of Atlantic Canada on this dual-country 13-day rail adventure.
Discover the beauty of Atlantic Canada on this dual-country 13-day rail adventure. Begin your journey traveling aboard Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited headed for Boston. From Boston you will head north to St. John, New Brunswick. After a night stay in St. John, journey to the area of Halifax. One of Canada's most commercial areas, spend two days exploring this amazing area, including excursions to Halifax Harbor and Peggy's Cove.
After Halifax, venture to Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tide Exploration Site, where you will be able to walk the beach before heading to the Magnetic Hill in Moncton, this incredible attraction where cars appear to be traveling downhill, when in fact they are actually traveling uphill. From there travel by land and sea to Charlottetown, Prince Edward. Spend the day walking around Charlottetown's waterfront and farmers market.
After Prince Edward Island, head west for a 1 ½ hour ferry ride to Baddeck, where you will have the chance to visit popular sites including the Sunrise Valley, St. Peters Church, Cape North and more. From Baddeck, spend a night in Moncton, where Alexander Graham Bell lived. Continue on south to Portland, Maine, where you will spend the night at leisure. Portland is said to be one of the “most perfect places to live” in the US, and you have the night to discover why first hand. The culture and scenery make this city the ideal location. From Portland, travel to Boston where you will board the Lake Shore Limited for your journey home.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Roundtrip rail transportation from Chicago aboard Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- Select meals (Midwest: 18; East: 12)
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling, taxes, and tips
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Bay of Fundy
- Peggy's Cove
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
- Hopewell Rocks
- Magnetic Hill
- Hector Heritage Quay
- Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- Tantramar Marshes
Day 1 - Depart Chicago
Meet your tour manager and fellow travelers in Chicago's Union Station this evening, where you will board Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited at 8:00 pm and prepare for a scheduled departure of 9:30 pm. Relax in your comfortable onboard accommodations or explore the train. Go to the lounge car for snacks, sandwiches, and beverages and get to know your fellow travelers. (Eastern tour members will depart tomorrow for Boston.) Overnight train.
Day 2 - En Route
The Lake Shore Limited will pass through Toledo, Cleveland, and Erie early this morning. Take advantage of views from the dining car over a hot meal as we continue through New York and Massachusetts to Boston.
Upper New York residents can board at Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and Albany during the day. Lunch and a boxed dinner are included en route to Boston.*
Eastern and Mid-Atlantic travelers will arrive in Boston throughout the day and transfer to our hotel. The Lake Shore Limited is scheduled to arrive in Boston at 9:10 pm. Overnight Boston. (B*, L*, D*)
Day 3 - En Route to Saint John, NB
Following breakfast this morning, we'll board our deluxe motorcoach and travel 385 miles northeast to Saint John, New Brunswick. Enjoy the scenery as we travel through the state of Maine. “On-your-own” stops will be made for lunch and dinner en route. Overnight Saint John. (B)
Day 4 - Halifax
Board a ferry for the noon three-hour cruise across the Bay of Fundy, Canada's Natural Wonder, to Digby, Nova Scotia. Keep a lookout for whales that have been spotted playing in the world's highest tides. Upon arrival in Digby, we'll board a motorcoach for the 142-mile trip to charming Halifax, the Maritimes largest city and one of Canada's most important commercial centers. Check into the hotel, conveniently located near major Halifax attractions, with the evening at your leisure. Overnight Halifax.
Day 5 - Halifax
Spend the day on a sightseeing tour of the greater Halifax area, stopping at a number of historical sites. We'll also enjoy several views of the magnificent Halifax Harbor, one of the most beautiful in the world. We'll follow the rugged coast of St. Margaret's bay to famed and picturesque Peggy's Cove, where a seafood luncheon is an option. You'll find the Maritimes Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax to be fascinating. A number of relics from the Titanic are housed here. A gala evening is planned this evening at the Grafton Dinner Theatre, where each course is followed by one of the acts of a musical or light comedy. Overnight Halifax. (B, D)
Day 6 - Hopewell Rocks/Charlottetown
This morning we travel by coach to the Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tide Exploration Site. Ocean tides have carved the Flower Pot Rocks, pillars of sandstone and conglomerate rock with balsam fir and dwarf spruce growing on top. Visitors may walk the beach below the rocks from three hours before low tide until three hours after low tide. At high tide, the rocks resemble islands. An interpretive center provides viewing decks and multimedia exhibits about the Bay of Fundy. An opportunity for an “on-your-own” lunch is available at the High Tide Restaurant.
This afternoon we visit an unusual attraction in Moncton: Magnetic Hill, where cars appear to be driving downhill when actually going uphill. We'll depart Moncton by mid-afternoon for the 136-mile journey across land and sea to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. On the way we'll cross the nine-mile long Confederation Bridge that connects New Brunswick mainland with Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest province. Overnight Charlottetown. (B)
Day 7 - Prince Edward Island
Today we explore the island. We'll tour northward passing horse farms, potato fields, sandy beaches, dunes, and salt marshes that abound with shore birds. A visit to the home of “Anne of the Green Gables” is scheduled. Additional stops include Charlottetown's waterfront development and farmers market as well as one of the Island's most famous eateries, the New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, where we'll enjoy a family-style supper of lobster, cold ham or beef served at communal tables. Overnight Charlottetown. (D)
Day 8 - Baddeck
This morning we travel west by coach to Wood Island, where we'll board a ferry for the 1 ½-hour crossing of the Northumberland Strait to Caribou. We'll stop in nearby Pictou for lunch on your own. There will be time to visit the historic Hector Heritage Quay. This afternoon we'll continue to Baddeck, a charming village on Cape Breton Island. Overnight Baddeck. (D)
Day 9 - Cabot Trail
After breakfast embark on a circle trip along the Cabot Trail through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The views are absolutely breathtaking as the motorcoach surmounts some of the steepest grades in the world. Watch for picturesque Neil's Harbour, a quiet fishing village; Cape North, where Cabot landed in 1497; the Sunrise Valley; the Lone Sheiling stone hut; Pleasant Bay; Cheticamp, noted for its rug hookers; and, St. Peter's Church. Overnight Baddeck. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Truro
Following an included breakfast we'll board our motor-coach and travel west 162 miles from Baddeck to Truro. An “on-your-own” lunch stop will be made. At 12:31 we'll board VIA Rail Canada's Ocean for Montreal. Most trains feature the new European-style Renaissance cars. A warm and friendly train staff is ready to meet your every need. The Park Car, with its all-glass, bubble-top Vistadome will be the "gathering place.” Enjoy your private accommodations. Dinner aboard the train is included. (B, D)
Day 11 - Montreal
Arrival into Montreal is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Upon arrival we'll depart on a sightseeing tour of this world class city including Notre Dame de Montréal (the most magnificent of French-Canadian churches), Old Montréal, the French Quarter, McGill University and a view of this great city from an observation point atop Mount Royale. Following our tour we'll check into the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, which is located above the train station. Montreal's ever-expanding underground city soars upward, downward, and sideways around our hotel and beyond. You'll have access underground to more than a thousand boutiques, major department stores, and more than 125 restaurants and bars, movie theaters, art galleries, and more. (B)
Day 12 - En Route
This morning we'll descend into the VIA Rail Station and prepare to board Amtrak's Adirondack for our 9:30 a.m. departure for the 222-mile run along Lake Champlain and the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. Arrival into Schenectady is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. You will board the Lake Shore Limited for the 7:31 p.m. departure for Chicago. Eastern passengers will remain on the train until 5:40 p.m. when the train reaches Albany. They will spend the night at Hilton Hotel Albany. (D*)
Day 13 - Arrive Chicago
The Lake Shore Limited is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 9:45 am, where the tour comes to an end. (B*)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Doubletree Club Boston Bayside Hotel, Delta Brunswick Hotel, Delta Barrington, Rodd Charlottetown, Auberge Gisele’s Country Inn, Delta Beausejour, Hampton Inn South Portland. Amtrak accommodations are in Coach class and include a reclining seat with leg rest. Upgrades to Roomette and Bedroom sleeping accommodations are available for an additional fee.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
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*Midwest and upper New York tour members