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Self-Drive Nova Scotia & Maritime Magic Treasures

13 Nights Self Drive Tour from €2,229 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

A self-drive round-trip itinerary exploring the beautiful province of Nova Scotia. Begin in Halifax with its rich maritime history before exploring Nova Scotia’s picturesque fishing villages and rugged coast at the Bay of Fundy. Take the ferry over to Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. Drive to beautiful Cape Breton and take the scenic Cabot Trail. Throughout you will be charmed by the locals, delight in the wonderful local produce and seafood, enjoy learning about the history of the region and admire the wonderful scenery and seascapes.

Highlights

  • Enjoy this circular tour of Nova Scotia, beginning and ending in the charming capital city of Halifax
  • Whale-watching boat tour in the Cape Breton Highlands
  • Tour the Fortress of Louisburg – one of the most historically significant locations in North America
  • Visit the Bay of Fundy, famous for having the greatest tidal rise of water in the world
  • Relax in the picturesque seaside resort of Western Shore

Details

Day 1

Fly to Halifax, Nova Scotia

Arrive Halifax and transfer independently to your hotel for a two night stay. Halifax is situated on one of the world’s largest harbours and has a rich maritime history.

Overnight: Standard – Atlantica Hotel Halifax or Hampton Inn by Hilton; Superior – Delta Halifax or Delta Barrington

Day 2

Halifax

Enjoy a day exploring the museums and waterfront district of Halifax, with its restored Historic Properties. Visit the Citadel that has guarded the city since the 18 century and the lovely Public Gardens dating back to 1867. You could also take a harbour cruise aboard the Bluenose II. Enjoy eating in one of the many restaurants in this charming city – many specialising in seafood but also featuring farm-to-fork and craft breweries.

Day 3

Halifax to Western Shore, Nova Scotia (47 miles)

Pick up your hire car and head of the city westbound. Travel along the northern shore of St Margarets Bay and then arrive in the picturesque Western Shore area, just across the water from magnificent Oak Island. You’ll be spending two nights on the beautiful southern shores of Nova  Scotia with breath-taking views of Mahone Bay.

Overnight: Standard/Superior – Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

Day 4

Western Shore

A full day to enjoy this lovely coastal resort. Take a stroll along the resort’s seaside trail and spot humpback and fin whales as they play off Tancook Island.

Day 5

Western Shore to Digby, Nova Scotia (98 miles)

This morning head west and cross the heart of Nova Scotia and the wilderness that is home to a wide variety of woodland animals. It’s worth setting out early so that you can enjoy time hiking at Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site. The trails, and also canoe routes, are accessible from Kejimkujik Lake  and lead deep into the park’s interior where you will find remote, island-dotted lakes. Later, continue to Digby on the southern shores of the Bay of Fundy, for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Standard - Coastal Inn Digby County or Harbourview Inn; Superior – Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa

Day 6

Digby to Truro, Nova Scotia (184 miles)

Drive along the northern coast of Nova Scotia and admire the Bay of Fundy, world-famous for its extreme tides. The vertical range between low and high tide can be as much as 50 feet. Twice a day the tides carry 100-billion tons of water into the Bay of Fundy. On your way through this beautiful area you can visit historic landmarks such as the Annapolis Royal Area, the Grand Pre National Historic Site and Fort Edward National Historic Site. Continue to Truro where you will spend the night.

Overnight: Standard/Superior – Best Western Plus Glengarry or Super 8 Truro

Day 7

Truro to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (147 miles)

This morning you will visit Pictou – the “Birthplace of New Scotland” and explore the Hector Heritage Quay where the first Scottish settlers arrived in 1773. Here you will take the ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island. This is Canada’s smallest province noted for its peaceful charm and fruitful rolling countryside. Arrive in the lovely town of Charlottetown, the vibrant seaside capital city of Prince Edward Island where you will stay for two nights

Overnight: Standard – Charlottetown Inn or Rodd Royalty Inn; Superior – Delta Prince Edward Hotel or Rodd Charlottetown

Day 8

Charlottetown

A full day to enjoy the charming Victorian houses and elegant squares of Old Charlotte Town. Enjoy browsing the boutiques and or take a Lobster Boil boat trip.

Day 9

Charlottetown to Antigonish, Nova Scotia (215 miles)

Return to Nova Scotia via the Northumberland Strait and drive along the North Shore Drive through tranquil scenery and small communities. Overnight in Antigonish.

Overnight: Standard/Superior – Travelodge Suites New Glasgow or Coastal Inn Antigonish

Day 10

Antigonish to Baddeck (87 miles)

Drive to the eastern reaches of the Northumberland Strait and St Georges Bay, then continue on through gentle rolling fields of the bay area and the beautiful Bras D’Or Lake lowlands. Arrive at the gateway to the Cape Breton Highlands – the town of Baddeck, your home for the next two nights

Overnight: Standard – Inverary Resort or Ceilidh Country Lodge; Superior – Silver Dart Lodge & Macneil House Suites or Inverary Resort

Day 11

Baddeck

Take the scenic drive along the Cabot Trail into the highlands of North Breton, past lochs and glens settled by the Scottish Highlanders and along the scenic coastlines settled by the Acadians. Enjoy the stunning views of sea-swept headlands, plunging cliffs and tranquil beaches as you continue through the rugged Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Then at Cheticamp you will board a comfortable covered boat for a wildlife cruise to spot whales, seals, eagles and other wildlife. Return to Baddeck for the evening.

Day 12

Baddeck to West Bay, Nova Scotia (54 miles)

Today drive south through charming maritime communities that still celebrate their Scottish heritage. Tour the Fortress of Louisburg, where you will enjoy the interactive demonstrations by staff in their historical costumes. You can have lunch here in one of period restaurants serving authentic meals of the original inhabitants. Continue onto Bras d’Or Lake, considered to be one of the best places to sail, and tonight you’ll be staying in West Bay.

Overnight: Standard/Superior – Dundee Resort & Golf Club

Day 13

West Bay to Liscombe Mills, Nova Scotia (95 miles)

Travel through Port Hawksbury and over the Canso Causeway which connects east and west Nova Scotia. Once on the western shore, drive along the rugged southern coastline, passing beautiful beach parks and dramatic shorelines. Reach Liscomb Mills for your final night of the holiday.

Overnight: Standard/Superior – Liscombe Lodge

Day 13

Liscombe Mills to Halifax (109 miles)

Follow the Marine Drive back to Halifax where you will drop your car off at the airport and fly home.

  • International flights
  • Car hire with fully comprehensive insurance
  • Hotel accommodation as described or similar for 13 nights on a room only basis, apart from the last day when breakfast is included
  • Day 11 – Cheticamp Cape Breton Highlands Whale-watching tour (2 hours)
  • Day 12 – admission to Fortress of Louisbourg
  • Roadbook with maps and itinerary highlights


What’s not included?

  • Airport transfer
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Ferry charges and bridge tolls

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