Wonders of the Maritimes & Scenic Cape Breton with Ocean Train to Montreal
Discover the heart of Canada’s Atlantic seacoast on this wonderful vacation.
Begin your trip with a visit to Peggy’s Cove, a charming fishing village, before heading to Lunenburg, a picturesque town on the coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also see the sights in Halifax before moving on to Moncton, New Brunswick. A definite highlight of this vacation will be your visit to Hopewell Rocks, home to the wildest tides in the world that can reach as high as 52 feet! Then, taking the 8-mile long Confederation Bridge, enjoy views of the Northumberland Strait, and arrive at Prince Edward Island, welcomed over a lobster dinner. The provincial capital of Charlottetown on this island envelops you with coastal beauty. Prince Edward Island, setting for the popular Anne of Green Gables novel, paints a picture you’ll never forget. Discover the Ceilidh Trail, where the first Scottish Highlanders made their mark, and then on to Cape Breton, which bears a surprising resemblance to Scotland’s landscape and seacoast. Keep your camera ready as you embark on the Cabot Trail, one of the most scenic drives in the world, and take in the Acadian culture and pride carried on the fresh island breeze. On your way back to Halifax, enjoy the scenic drive, stopping at Jeddore Oyster Pond to learn about the fisherman’s culture here. After a night in Halifax, board VIA Rail’s Ocean train for gorgeous views and a smooth overnight ride to Montreal. Spend a half day seeing the sights in this cosmopolitan city and enjoy its many charms and two overnights here—an incredible vacation!
Highlights and Inclusions
- Halifax to Montreal onboard VIA rail
- Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 three-course dinners including a lobster dinner in Charlottetown
- Peggy's Cove
- Halifax City Tour including Citadel Hill
- Sugar Moon Farm guided tour
- Hopewell Rocks
- Charlottetown tour including visit to Green Gables
- Prince Edward Island sightseeing
- Alexander Graham Bell Museum
- Cape Breton Highlands
- Fisherman's Life Museum
- Montreal Hop -on/Hop-off Trolley
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage Handling
Day 1 - Arrive in Halifax
Welcome to Halifax! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 - Excursion to Peggy's Cove & Lunenburg
This morning, visit Peggy’s Cove, one of Canada’s most charming fishing villages. Enjoy a traditional Nova Scotian Breakfast, where you can choose local specialties, like fish cakes. Have your camera ready for spectacular shots of this famous lighthouse and picturesque setting. We then venture to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your free time here, explore the quaint Main Street, shop for souvenirs, or spend time at the Fisheries Museum to learn more about this major fishing port. The rest of the day is at leisure. Maybe visit the Maritimes Museum, which explains the area’s seafaring past, or perhaps tour Alexander Keith’s Brewery, which has been making the home-grown favorite since the early 1880’s. (B)
Day 3 - Halifax - Moncton
This morning, enjoy an orientation of Halifax, including the public gardens and harbor area. Before arriving in New Brunswick, we'll stop at Sugar Moon Farm to enjoy a Local Favorite Maritime sugar camp lunch, along with a guided tour and traditional sugar camp treat. We spend the evening in Moncton, originally founded by a group of Acadians and then Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants from Philadelphia. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for the best way to spend your evening. (B, L)
Day 4 - Moncton - Hopewell Rocks - Charlottetown
This morning, travel to Hopewell Rocks and learn about the highest and wildest tides in the world, which rise and fall up to 52 feet. Time and tide have carved from the cliffs and coves unique sandstone formations topped with trees. Many of the formations have nicknames inspired by their appearance. Learn more about the region's nature and wildlife with a visit to Cape Jourimain. Drive across the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge and cross onto Prince Edward Island. Tonight, enjoy a Lobster Supper at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 5 - Charlottetown
A guided tour of the island includes a drive to the fishing port of North Rustico Harbor to see the sand dunes and lovely beaches of Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, and be treated to a traditional Ceilidh, a folk music party. You are sure to be entertained and to get your toes tapping! The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, do some shopping, or relax in one of Charlottetown’s fine restaurants. (B, L)
Day 6 - Charlottetown - Pictou - Ceilidh Trail - Baddeck
This morning, board a ferry that whisks you across the Northumberland Strait to Pictou, known as the “Birthplace of New Scotland.” It was here that the first boatload of Scottish Highlanders landed in Nova Scotia in 1773. Then, travel along Ceilidh Trail, where Scottish traditions and Gaelic folklore come alive. Then continue northeast to the vibrant little village of Baddeck for a 2-night stay. (B)
Day 7 - Excursion to Cape Breton Highlands National Park
This morning, visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, where exhibits trace the achievements of the great inventor who spent his last years on Cape Breton. Then, travel along the Cabot Trail, considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Proceed along the coast, savoring magnificent vistas of the rocky shoreline and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enter Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a landscape that strikingly resembles Scottish coastal regions. Tonight, perhaps join in a local Ceilidh in Baddeck. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Baddeck - Halifax
Cross over the Canso Causeway and continue across Nova Scotia to Halifax. Upon returning to Halifax, visit the Citadel with its early 19th-century, star-shaped fort. Tonight, join your Tour Director and new friends at a festive farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 9 - Halifax - VIA Rail Ocean Train to Montreal
This afternoon, board VIA Rail’s Ocean train. Travel while sleeping in comfort and awaken in a different region of Canada! Ride across New Brunswick to Québec’s largest city, Montréal. Accommodation on the train is in a private Sleeper Plus car.(B, L, D)
Days 10 & 11 - Montreal
Morning arrival and transfer to your hotel for the next two nights. During your stay, enjoy a hop-on/hop-off trolley tour of the city. With your leisure time, you may want to discover the excellent restaurants, lively nightspots, and charming boutiques and galleries. Visit Notre Dame Basilica, stroll the historic streets of Old Montréal, or try your luck at the Casino de Montréal. (Day 10 - B, Day 11 - B)
Day 12 - Montreal
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Montréal International Airport. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.
Hotels include the Westin Nova Scotian, Delta Beausejour, Delta Prince Edward, Silver Dart Lodge, Marriott Montreal Chateau Champlain.
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