Atlantic Discovery Self Drive

from £1215
excluding flights *
13 nights Aug-Oct, Jun-Jul

Overview

Enjoy a leisurely journey around charming Nova Scotia and Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island following a circular route from Halifax. With charming fishing villages, scenic hiking trails and fabulous seafood, the Maritime Provinces are the ideal setting for a relaxing self-drive holiday.

Highlights

  • Witness stunning coastlines on a leisurely drive along the Cabot Trail   
  • Enjoy a nostalgic visit to Green Gables House
  • Watch out for whales in the waters of the Bay of Fundy
  • Explore Canada’s birthplace at Charlottetown

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout
  • Brier Island Whale Watching
  • Historic Sites Pass

Full description

From historical Halifax travel south, taking in remote lighthouses and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town Lunenburg. Enjoy a whale watching excursion with the chance to see finback, minke and humpback whales and marvel at the world’s highest tides. During your journey you will learn more about the history of this fascinating corner of Canada, which has been influenced by Acadian, French and Celtic settlers.

Explore Prince Edward Island, perhaps best known for being the home of the fictional character Anne of Green Gables. With red sandy beaches and rolling farmland, this is a picturesque and welcoming island.

Your holiday ends with a scenic drive around Cape Breton’s renowned Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail is just under 300kms in length and follows the coastline of northern Nova Scotia. Tiny fishing villages, local galleries and quirky museums hug the coast, whilst the Cape Breton Highlands National Park stretches right across the island from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Atlantic Ocean, offering numerous hiking opportunities amongst lakes and forests.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Car Category* Twin Price (pp)
27 Jun - 24 Sep 2018 13 nights Intermediate £1,353
25 - 27 Sep 2018 13 nights Intermediate £1,281
11 Jun - 24 Sep 2019 13 nights Intermediate £1,295
25 - 27 Sep 2019 13 nights Intermediate £1,215

*Add on GPS from £45

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout
  • Brier Island Whale Watching
  • Historic Sites Pass including admission to Halifax Citadel, Fortress of Louisbourg, Canso Island, Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site, Grand-Pre, Fort Anne, Port-Royal and Kejimkujik; also Green Gables House and Port-La-Joye-Fort Amherst
  • Ferry tolls
  • Travel documentation including detailed itinerary and vouchers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Halifax

Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s maritime provinces.

Day 2: Halifax

A full day in Halifax to explore the boutiques, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties, or tour the Bluenose II (see the “tails” side of a Canadian dime for a picture of the Bluenose I). Enjoy views over the city from the Halifax Citadel and visit York Redoubt, a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.

Day 3: Halifax - Lunenburg

Head south to Lunenburg, perhaps enjoying a detour to see Peggy’s Cove’s much-photographed lighthouse en route. Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian town that begs you to wander and explore.

Day 4: Lunenburg - Annapolis Royal

Cross the island via Kejimkujik National Park, renowned for its hiking trails and scenic canoeing on 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 to Annapolis Royal.

Day 5: Annapolis Royal

Today drive along 65 km along the Digby Neck to experience a whale watching excursion in the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You may see finback and minkes, humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Return to Annapolis Royal this afternoon, where you may wish to visit Fort Anne.

Day 6: Annapolis Royal - Wolfville

Make time to stop at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, commemorating the Grand-Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755, and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. Also the Domaine de Grand Pré is a fantastic winery in the area well worth a visit.

Day 7: Wolfville - Charlottetown

You will cross the 13km long Confederation Bridge as you head over to Prince Edward Island today.

Day 8: Charlottetown

Explore Charlottetown, site of Canada’s birthplace - Province House was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867.

Day 9: Charlottetown

Spend today exploring Prince Edward Island by car. Visit Prince Edward Island National Park on the island’s north shore, where you will find sand dunes, beaches and Green Gables, the fictional home of Anne, the character created by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery and loved by millions worldwide.

Day 10: Charlottetown - Baddeck

Depart Charlottetown for the Wood Islands ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Continue to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America.

Day 11: Baddeck - Cabot Trail - Baddeck

Allow a full day to drive the scenic Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island today, as you will want to allow time to stop and hike or take in the views. There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in Cape Breton National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish, offering awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St.Lawrence and the Cape Breton Highlands. Points of interest include the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Glenora Distillery and the Acadian Cultural Centre & Museum.

Day 12: Baddeck – Louisbourg – Baddeck

This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg. This living museum is the largest historical reconstruction in North America, and is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700’s. Costumed interpreters re-enact daily life from the French colonial period and you can sample period food in the restaurant, or even take part in a mock battle. Back in Baddeck the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is also well worth a visit, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man - who spent his summers here on the shores of the Bras d’Or.

Day 13: Baddeck - Halifax

A full day for the return trip to Halifax via the scenic shore of the Bras d’Or Lakes and across the Canso Causeway.

Day 14: Halifax

Return your rental vehicle and depart Nova Scotia today.

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