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18 Days / 17 Nights
Halifax to Halifax
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Atlantic Canada Self Drive Tours Highlights: Halifax | Annapolis Royal | Prince Edward Island | Cabot Trail | Louisbourg | Explore the main highlights of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & PEI including Halifax, Cape Breton Island's stunning coastal scenery and vibrant Celtic culture, and the historic fortress town of Louisbourg.

  • Explore Halifax's historic buildings and perhaps enjoy an al fresco lunch by the harbour
  • Discover the history of quaint historic towns such as Lunenburg and Annapolis Royal
  • Walk the Ocean Floor - Hopewell Rocks

    (Canadian Signature Experience)

  • Lobster Fishing Cruise with Lobster meal

    (Canadian Signature Experience)

  • Explore picturesque Prince Edward Island
  • Drive the famed Cabot Trail in the north of Cape Breton Island
  • Step back in time and visit Louisbourg's reconstructed 18th century fortress (Canadian Signature Experience)

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Day 1 Halifax Arrival Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital.

Day 2 Halifax Sightseeing A full day in Halifax to explore the boutique shops, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties. 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 Halifax 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 era town that begs you to wander and explore.

Day 4 Lunenburg 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, wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq pretoglyphs. Continue along Route 8 to Annapolis Royal. (breakfast included)

Day 5 Annapolis Royal to St. Andrews (214 km/132 mi + 3 hr Ferry) Depart Annapolis Royal and drive to Digby to board the ferry to Saint John, continue west along the Fundy Coastal Drive. This dramatically scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy one of the Marine Wonders of the World. Arrive in St. Andrews, one of Canada’s most beautiful seaside resorts. Ferry departs twice a day between May 15 – Oct 12

Day 6 St Andrews This resort combines historic sites, with charming studios and galleries, fine-dining restaurants and simple cafes, making it a wonderful spot for two days of relaxation. In addition to many attractions, including Kingsbrae Gardens and the Blockhouse National Site, St. Andrews is a popular spot for whale watching, sea kayaking or sailing trips out in to the Bay of Fundy.

Day 7 St. Andrews to Fredericton (136 km/84 mi) Today you head north inland en route to Fredericton. After your short drive you have ample time to explore the many visitor attractions of this city. We suggest a visit the historic Garrison District. Several of the buildings at this site have retained their original heritage architecture, creating a remarkably old world feel in the centre of a modern city.

Day 8 Fredericton to Saint John (150 km/ 93 mi) Today drive the Lower River Passage route south along 102 highway. The heritage of centuries surrounds you, and pristine unspoiled views of the St. John River open at every corner of the country roads. In Saint John where the river enters the Bay of Fundy visit the world-renowned Reversing Falls.

Day 9 Saint John to Moncton (212 km/131 mi) The highlight today is the scenic drive along the Bay of Fundy. Witness the power of the world’s highest tides at the Hopewell Rocks. Visit the informative Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Center and learn everything you need to know about the tidal phenomenon. Take a drive through Fundy National Park before reaching Moncton.

Day 10 Moncton to Charlottetown Before leaving Moncton we suggest a stop at the Magnetic Hill where you can put the car in neutral to experience the illusion of being pulled up hill by a ‘magnetic force.’ Continue to Shediac, known as The Lobster Capital of the World for its lobster fishing, processing plants, live-lobster tanks and the famous Lobster Festival. Enjoy a lobster fishing cruise & dine on fresh lobster. Then follow the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in Canada to Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Day 11 Charlottetown Sightseeing Explore Charlottetown the birthplace of Canada’s confederation. Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867. (breakfast included)

Day 12 Island Sightseeing (80-100 km/50-62 mi round trip) Spend the morning exploring Prince Edward Island National Park where the sandstone cliffs, beaches and reddish sand dunes take your breath away. Then take in the beautiful landscapes made famous by novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery in the popular “Anne of Green Gables” series. (breakfast included)

Day 13 Charlottetown to Baddeck (274 km/170 mi + 75 min Ferry) Depart Charlottetown taking Rte 1 to Wood Islands Ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Drive the short distance to Pictou & visit Hector Heritage Quay, where a full scale replica of the Hector has been built using traditional ship building techniques. Depart Pictou and continue to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and onto Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes. (breakfast included) Ferry departs several times a day between May 15 – Oct 12

Day 14 Louisbourg Sightseeing (220 km/137 mi return) This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - an incredible “living museum.” As the largest historical reconstruction in North America, it’s an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s. 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 on the shores of the Bras d’Or.

Day 15 Baddeck via Cabot Trail Ingonish (204 km/126 mi) Today you will follow the famous Cabot Trail clockwise – one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. Follow the route along to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp, which has a distinct Acadian flavour noticeable in the architecture, people, language and music. Continue along the Cabot Trail which winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes.

Day 16 Ingonish to Liscomb Mills (381 km/236 mi) Depart Ingonish heading south towards Sydney and continue onto Canso Causeway. From here you will drive along the Eastern Shore and follow the Marine Drive Route where you will find nature, history and culture, as well as rugged coasts, tranquil bays and beaches, unspoiled forest fauna and crystal clear lakes and streams. Be sure to visit the communities en route including Guysborough – an inviting neighbourhood with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay and Sherbrooke, a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860s where most of the interpreters are dressed in period costume. Continue on to Liscomb Mills where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Day 17 Liscomb Mills to Halifax (170 km/105 mi) Take a leisurely drive back to Halifax, along the way visit Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach the longest beach in the province. (breakfast included)

Day 18 Tour End Conclude your tour by returning your rental vehicle

Package Includes

  • Hotel accommodation including provincial taxes for 17 nights
  • Bay Ferry Tolls - Digby to Saint John (100% non-refundable)
  • Lobster Fishing Cruise with lobster meal
  • Bay Ferry Tolls - Woods Island to Caribou (100% non-refundable)
  • Parks Canada Discover Pass with admission to all National Parks and to the following National Historic Sites: Nova Scotia
    • Alexander Graham Bell
    • Fort Anne
    • Fortress of Louisbourg
    • Grand-Pré
    • Halifax Citadel
    • Kejimkujik (Day Use only)
    • Port-Royal Prince Edward Island
      • Green Gables House New Brunswick
      • Carleton Martello Tower
    • Fort Beauséjour
    • Monument Lefebvre
    • St. Andrews Blockhouse
  • Exclusive travel documentation package including personalized maps, itinerary and driving directions, and a Lonely Planet Guide of Canada

Not included:

  • Rental Car
  • Road Tolls

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Halifax - Lord Nelson Hotel (Classic Room)
  • Lunenburg - Boscawen Inn (Standard Room) (breakfast included)
  • Annapolis Royal - Hillsdale House (Standard Room) (breakfast included)
  • Fredericton - Delta Fredericton (Mode Room)
  • Saint Andrews - The Algonquin Resort (Algonquin Room)
  • Saint John - Delta Brunswick (Mode Room)
  • Moncton - Delta Beausejour (Delta Room)
  • Charlottetown - The Great George (Traditional Room) (breakfast included)
  • Baddeck - Inverary Resort (Main Lodge Deluxe)
  • Ingonish Beach - Keltic Lodge (Main Lodge Room)
  • Liscomb Mills - Liscombe Lodge (Standard Room) (breakfast included)

Moderate Grade

Lord Nelson Hotel

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Halifax

Boscawen Inn

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Lunenburg

Hillsdale House Inn

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Annapolis Royal

Delta Fredericton

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Fredericton

The Algonquin Resort

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St Andrews by the sea

Delta Brunswick

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Saint John

Delta Beausejour

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Moncton,Moncton

The Great George Hotel

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Charlottetown

Inverary Resort

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Baddeck

Keltic Lodge

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Ingonish Beach

Liscombe Lodge

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Liscomb Mills

The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation

Day 1 Halifax Arrival Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital.

Day 2 Halifax Sightseeing A full day in Halifax to explore the boutique shops, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties. 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 Halifax 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 era town that begs you to wander and explore.

Day 4 Lunenburg 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, wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq pretoglyphs. Continue along Route 8 to Annapolis Royal. (breakfast included)

Day 5 Annapolis Royal to St. Andrews (214 km/132 mi + 3 hr Ferry) Depart Annapolis Royal and drive to Digby to board the ferry to Saint John, continue west along the Fundy Coastal Drive. This dramatically scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy one of the Marine Wonders of the World. Arrive in St. Andrews, one of Canada’s most beautiful seaside resorts. Ferry departs twice a day between May 15 – Oct 12

Day 6 St Andrews This resort combines historic sites, with charming studios and galleries, fine-dining restaurants and simple cafes, making it a wonderful spot for two days of relaxation. In addition to many attractions, including Kingsbrae Gardens and the Blockhouse National Site, St. Andrews is a popular spot for whale watching, sea kayaking or sailing trips out in to the Bay of Fundy.

Day 7 St. Andrews to Fredericton (136 km/84 mi) Today you head north inland en route to Fredericton. After your short drive you have ample time to explore the many visitor attractions of this city. We suggest a visit the historic Garrison District. Several of the buildings at this site have retained their original heritage architecture, creating a remarkably old world feel in the centre of a modern city.

Day 8 Fredericton to Saint John (150 km/ 93 mi) Today drive the Lower River Passage route south along 102 highway. The heritage of centuries surrounds you, and pristine unspoiled views of the St. John River open at every corner of the country roads. In Saint John where the river enters the Bay of Fundy visit the world-renowned Reversing Falls.

Day 9 Saint John to Moncton (212 km/131 mi) The highlight today is the scenic drive along the Bay of Fundy. Witness the power of the world’s highest tides at the Hopewell Rocks. Visit the informative Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Center and learn everything you need to know about the tidal phenomenon. Take a drive through Fundy National Park before reaching Moncton.

Day 10 Moncton to Charlottetown Before leaving Moncton we suggest a stop at the Magnetic Hill where you can put the car in neutral to experience the illusion of being pulled up hill by a ‘magnetic force.’ Continue to Shediac, known as The Lobster Capital of the World for its lobster fishing, processing plants, live-lobster tanks and the famous Lobster Festival. Enjoy a lobster fishing cruise & dine on fresh lobster. Then follow the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in Canada to Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Day 11 Charlottetown Sightseeing Explore Charlottetown the birthplace of Canada’s confederation. Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867. (breakfast included)

Day 12 Island Sightseeing (80-100 km/50-62 mi round trip) Spend the morning exploring Prince Edward Island National Park where the sandstone cliffs, beaches and reddish sand dunes take your breath away. Then take in the beautiful landscapes made famous by novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery in the popular “Anne of Green Gables” series. (breakfast included)

Day 13 Charlottetown to Baddeck (274 km/170 mi + 75 min Ferry) Depart Charlottetown taking Rte 1 to Wood Islands Ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Drive the short distance to Pictou & visit Hector Heritage Quay, where a full scale replica of the Hector has been built using traditional ship building techniques. Depart Pictou and continue to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and onto Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes. (breakfast included) Ferry departs several times a day between May 15 – Oct 12

Day 14 Louisbourg Sightseeing (220 km/137 mi return) This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - an incredible “living museum.” As the largest historical reconstruction in North America, it’s an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s. 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 on the shores of the Bras d’Or.

Day 15 Baddeck via Cabot Trail Ingonish (204 km/126 mi) Today you will follow the famous Cabot Trail clockwise – one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. Follow the route along to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp, which has a distinct Acadian flavour noticeable in the architecture, people, language and music. Continue along the Cabot Trail which winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes.

Day 16 Ingonish to Liscomb Mills (381 km/236 mi) Depart Ingonish heading south towards Sydney and continue onto Canso Causeway. From here you will drive along the Eastern Shore and follow the Marine Drive Route where you will find nature, history and culture, as well as rugged coasts, tranquil bays and beaches, unspoiled forest fauna and crystal clear lakes and streams. Be sure to visit the communities en route including Guysborough – an inviting neighbourhood with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay and Sherbrooke, a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860s where most of the interpreters are dressed in period costume. Continue on to Liscomb Mills where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Day 17 Liscomb Mills to Halifax (170 km/105 mi) Take a leisurely drive back to Halifax, along the way visit Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach the longest beach in the province. (breakfast included)

Day 18 Tour End Conclude your tour by returning your rental vehicle

Package Includes

  • Hotel accommodation including provincial taxes for 17 nights
  • Bay Ferry Tolls - Digby to Saint John (100% non-refundable)
  • Lobster Fishing Cruise with lobster meal
  • Bay Ferry Tolls - Woods Island to Caribou (100% non-refundable)
  • Parks Canada Discover Pass with admission to all National Parks and to the following National Historic Sites: Nova Scotia
    • Alexander Graham Bell
    • Fort Anne
    • Fortress of Louisbourg
    • Grand-Pré
    • Halifax Citadel
    • Kejimkujik (Day Use only)
    • Port-Royal Prince Edward Island
      • Green Gables House New Brunswick
      • Carleton Martello Tower
    • Fort Beauséjour
    • Monument Lefebvre
    • St. Andrews Blockhouse
  • Exclusive travel documentation package including personalized maps, itinerary and driving directions, and a Lonely Planet Guide of Canada

Not included:

  • Rental Car
  • Road Tolls

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Halifax - Lord Nelson Hotel (Classic Room)
  • Lunenburg - Boscawen Inn (Standard Room) (breakfast included)
  • Annapolis Royal - Hillsdale House (Standard Room) (breakfast included)
  • Fredericton - Delta Fredericton (Mode Room)
  • Saint Andrews - The Algonquin Resort (Algonquin Room)
  • Saint John - Delta Brunswick (Mode Room)
  • Moncton - Delta Beausejour (Delta Room)
  • Charlottetown - The Great George (Traditional Room) (breakfast included)
  • Baddeck - Inverary Resort (Main Lodge Deluxe)
  • Ingonish Beach - Keltic Lodge (Main Lodge Room)
  • Liscomb Mills - Liscombe Lodge (Standard Room) (breakfast included)

Moderate Grade

Lord Nelson Hotel

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Halifax

Boscawen Inn

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Lunenburg

Hillsdale House Inn

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Annapolis Royal

Delta Fredericton

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Fredericton

The Algonquin Resort

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St Andrews by the sea

Delta Brunswick

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Saint John

Delta Beausejour

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Moncton,Moncton

The Great George Hotel

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Charlottetown

Inverary Resort

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Baddeck

Keltic Lodge

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Ingonish Beach

Liscombe Lodge

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Liscomb Mills

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