Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island

Dates: 
Monday, June 19, 2017 to Saturday, June 24, 2017
Price: 

$1,152/PP Double ~ $1,477 Single ~ $956/PP Triple

Itinerary

6 Days / 5 Nights

Day 1~ We depart our office at 5am and head for the waterfront in Portland, ME for breakfast on the bay (7:30am-9am). After breakfast we’ll head up the coast to Calais, ME where we’ll cross over into New Brunswick, Canada. Shortly after crossing into Canada we'll have a picnic lunch at Pagan Point, This natural wayside is on the shores of the Atlantic overlooking Campobello Island. After our lunch we’ll head to Moncton New brunswick and check into the Chateau Moncton. This picturesque hotel is located on the banks of the Petitcodiac river where the tidal bore has been known to travel upriver as high as 2 meters and bellowing out audible roars. Be sure to inquire at the hotel lobby when the expected time of the tidal bore as there is a boardwalk on the banks outside the hotel. You’ll have the evening to explore the city and have dinner on your own. The boardwalk connects the hotel to many restaurants a few blocks away in Moncton.

(breakfast & Lunch included)

Day 2~ We set out to explore Canada’s smallest province as we head over the Northumberland Straits on the 8 mile-long Confederation Bridge into Prince Edward Island. We'll spend 4 hours in Charlottetown where you'll have time to explore the shops, waterfront, Oyster bars and Province House (place Canada declared its independence from Great Britain). In the afternoon we'll journey to Cavendish experiencing the rolling green fields that make way to the visually striking contrast of the red sand cliffs, rolling dunes and white sand beaches made famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Novel Anne of Green Gables. The group will tour Green Gables Farm, the setting for Montgomery’s famed novel. Then you'll have the option to walk the haunted woods trail. En route back to our hotel we’ll have a genuine PEI Lobster supper. 1 ½ lbs of perfectly cooked lobster, mussels, clam chowder or soup, fresh baked bread and strawberry shortcake will leave us with a little less spare room on the bus.

(breakfast, dinner, green gables, and PEI shore Nat'l park entrance included)

Day 3~ Rise and shine! We'll enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then begin our voyage to Bras d'Or Lake in Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. This beautiful region of the world is ranked the #1 Island to visit in North America by Travel & Leisure magazine, MSN Travel's 10 most underrated destinations, and Zoomer's 7 Greatest Road Trips. From the wild lupines dotting the entire region to the rustic villages that turn back the hand of time you are sure to find beauty at every turn. We'll spend the afternoon at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. This museum houses many artifacts and inventions donated by the Bell family including the original HD-4 hydrofoil boat which broke the world speed record in 1919 in Baddeck by surpassing 70 mph. The observation platform on the roof of the museum gives you great views across the bay to Beinn Bhreagh Estate - The home to Alexander & Mabel Bell. We'll stay at the Inverary Resort & Spa on the beautiful shore of Bras d'Or Lake in Baddeck, NS. Here, they have an indoor pool, free kayak rentals, expansive lakefront and on-site restaurant & pub. http://capebretonresorts.com/our-resorts/inverary-resort

(Breakfast, Alexander Graham Bell NHS admission, dinner included)

Day 4~ Cape Breton. Known as the Scotland of the America’s is home to the Cabot Trail. We’ll journey through the morning mist as we climb our way through the rugged terrain to the highest point in the Maritimes. The mountains meet the sea here at Cape Breton National Park where we’ll stop in admiration of the spectacular cliffs and picturesque landscape. We'll take our time as we meander through the national park. Be sure to keep one eye to the sea as whales are commonly seen from the road. We'll make a lunch stop at Cabot's Landing which is home to controversy between the islands of Cape Breton & Newfoundland each of which argue that their island is where John Cabot first discovered North America. We'll also make a stop in the fishing village of Cheticamp which is known for its deep Acadian culture. We should arrive at the resort late afternoon where you'll have some free time to unwind and enjoy life on the lake. We'll have dinner at the resort later in the evening.

(breakfast, picnic lunch at Cabot's Landing, dinner, and entry to Cape Breton Nat'l Park included)

Day 5: ~ we’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Then we’ll venture back to the mainland to visit Hopewell Rocks located at the upper reaches of the Bay of Fundy. Here we’ll tour the shoreline where giant rocks have been sculptured by the tidal exchange and glacial waters from the last ice age. These rocks resemble 70 foot high flower pots therefore have adopted the nickname "Flowerpots Rocks". We'll time our visit to low tide granting us access to the ocean floor. Here you can walk at the base of these massive cliffs in, around and even under the sculptured rocks. If you find yourself a mile away from the staircase with the tide rolling in fast - don't fret. There is an emergency platform at the other end of the beach. But if you get stuck there you'll have a 6 hour wait for the tide to roll back out. We’ll then check back in the Chateau Moncton for our final night in the Maritimes. We'll enjoy a group dinner at one of the area's fine dining establishments.

(breakfast, dinner, entry to Hopewell rock)

Day 6 ~ we’ll pack up and begin the journey home with a stop in Bangor, ME for lunch on the banks of the Penobscot river. ETA to Keene is 8pm

(breakfast & lunch included)

Items you'll want to bring:

Passport (It's a LONG walk back to Keene from Calais, ME)
Sunscreen (There is a thin line between looking savage and spending two days in a bathtub of aloe vera)
Walking shoes (we'll be going to several national parks w/ walking trails)
rain gear (hopefully it will not be needed)
camera (because if you don't have pictures of the trip, it never really happened)
Cash (you may want to exchange at your bank prior to departing- but we will look for a duty free store prior to crossing the border)

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