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The Canadian Maritimes

From $5,847
total price from Boston
$5,595 air & land inclusive plus $252 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
12 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island make for a scenic and history-infused journey.  We explore fishing villages and port cities, French fortifications and colonial British settlements, and travel to secluded Prince Edward Island and rugged Cape Breton on this classic route.

Tour Details

The Canadian Maritimes

From $5,847

total price from Boston
$5,595 air & land inclusive plus $252 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
12 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
12 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island make for a scenic and history-infused journey.  We explore fishing villages and port cities, French fortifications and colonial British settlements, and travel to secluded Prince Edward Island and rugged Cape Breton on this classic route.

Small Group Highlights

  • Iconic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
  • UNESCO site of Lunenburg
  • Scenic Annapolis Valley and Grand-Pré National Historic Site
  • Bay of Fundy whale watch
  • Dinner aboard a lobster boat
  • Prince Edward Island touring
  • Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site
  • Full-day Cabot Trail drive
  • 18th-century Fortress of Louisbourg

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Arrive Halifax, Nova Scotia
Arrive Halifax, Nova Scotia

We arrive today in Halifax, capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and a bustling center of commerce and shipping.  As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.

We arrive today in Halifax, capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and a bustling center of commerce and shipping.  As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.

2
Halifax/Lunenburg/South Shore
B
D
B
D
Halifax/Lunenburg/South Shore

This morning we encounter Nova Scotia’s South Shore, setting out early for the tiny hamlet of Peggy’s Cove.  Our destination: Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, one of Canada’s most photographed landmarks, the red-and-white beacon perched on a granite outcropping.  Then we continue on the coastal road to Lunenburg, a UNESCO site.  Settled by the British in 1753, this historic town represents Canada’s finest surviving example of a planned British town.  We take a walking tour then have time for lunch on our own.  Later, weather permitting, we make a photo stop in Mahone Bay, known for its three centuries-old churches.  Late this afternoon, we return to Halifax for tonight’s welcome dinner.

This morning we encounter Nova Scotia’s South Shore, setting out early for the tiny hamlet of Peggy’s Cove.  Our destination: Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, one of Canada’s most photographed landmarks, the red-and-white beacon perched on a granite outcropping.  Then we continue on the coastal road to Lunenburg, a UNESCO site.  Settled by the British in 1753, this historic town represents Canada’s finest surviving example of a planned British town.  We take a walking tour then have time for lunch on our own.  Later, weather permitting, we make a photo stop in Mahone Bay, known for its three centuries-old churches.  Late this afternoon, we return to Halifax for tonight’s welcome dinner.

3
Halifax/Saint John, New Brunswick
B
L
B
L
Halifax/Saint John, New Brunswick

Today we travel to the scenic Annapolis Valley, a network of farms, fields, and forests lying between two mountain ranges in Nova Scotia’s northwest. We stop to tour Grand Pré National Historic site, dedicated to the memory of the area’s original French Acadian settlers. Next, we visit Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, featuring a prized collection of rhododendrons, azalea, roses, and more, in a tranquil setting overlooking a tidal river valley. The gardens also showcase gardening methods, designs, and materials representing more than 400 years of Canadian history, including a reconstructed Acadian house circa 1671. Then we travel to the coastal village of Digby, the “Scallop Capital of the World,” where an option for lunch will include this Maritime delicacy. Late afternoon we board a ferry and cross the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, where dinner tonight is on our own.

Today we travel to the scenic Annapolis Valley, a network of farms, fields, and forests lying between two mountain ranges in Nova Scotia’s northwest. We stop to tour Grand Pré National Historic site, dedicated to the memory of the area’s original French Acadian settlers. Next, we visit Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, featuring a prized collection of rhododendrons, azalea, roses, and more, in a tranquil setting overlooking a tidal river valley. The gardens also showcase gardening methods, designs, and materials representing more than 400 years of Canadian history, including a reconstructed Acadian house circa 1671. Then we travel to the coastal village of Digby, the “Scallop Capital of the World,” where an option for lunch will include this Maritime delicacy. Late afternoon we board a ferry and cross the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, where dinner tonight is on our own.

4
Saint John/Saint Andrews
B
D
B
D
Saint John/Saint Andrews

This morning we embark on a walking tour of Saint John, the first incorporated city in present-day Canada.  We begin on King Street, the steepest main street in Canada; pass by landmarks including the Loyalist House, one of Saint John’s first homes; and visit the Old City Market, Canada’s longest-running farmer’s market.  Then we make our way down the coast to Saint Andrews-by-the-Sea.  From here, we embark on a whale watching cruise in the Bay of Fundy, where we’re on the lookout for the bay’s 12 species of whales.

This morning we embark on a walking tour of Saint John, the first incorporated city in present-day Canada.  We begin on King Street, the steepest main street in Canada; pass by landmarks including the Loyalist House, one of Saint John’s first homes; and visit the Old City Market, Canada’s longest-running farmer’s market.  Then we make our way down the coast to Saint Andrews-by-the-Sea.  From here, we embark on a whale watching cruise in the Bay of Fundy, where we’re on the lookout for the bay’s 12 species of whales.

5
Saint John/Shediac
B
L
D
B
L
D
Saint John/Shediac

We travel today to the head of the Bay of Fundy to tour Hopewell Rocks, famous for having the world’s highest tides.  Formed over the millennia as the seaside sandstone cliffs were slowly worn away by a combination of wind, surface water, and tide, these “Flowerpot Rocks” range from 40 to 70 feet tall.  We spend time here to view the formation, then continue on to Shediac, the “Lobster Capital of the World.”  Here we enjoy an authentic lobster dinner on board a working lobster boat and learn about this vital industry.

We travel today to the head of the Bay of Fundy to tour Hopewell Rocks, famous for having the world’s highest tides.  Formed over the millennia as the seaside sandstone cliffs were slowly worn away by a combination of wind, surface water, and tide, these “Flowerpot Rocks” range from 40 to 70 feet tall.  We spend time here to view the formation, then continue on to Shediac, the “Lobster Capital of the World.”  Here we enjoy an authentic lobster dinner on board a working lobster boat and learn about this vital industry.

6
Shediac/Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
B
L
D
B
L
D
Shediac/Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

This morning we cross the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge connecting mainland Canada to Prince Edward Island (PEI).  Many PEI residents trace their lineage back to the area’s first French and English settlers, and we learn about this rich historical tradition at our first stop on the island: Village Musical Acadien, which hosts cultural events, concerts, and community theater.  We continue on to Charlottetown, PEI’s capital and our home for the next two nights.  Known as the “Birthplace of Confederation,” Charlottetown hosted the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, which paved the way for Canada’s eventual independence from Britain.  Our tour passes the Greek- and Roman-influenced Province House, seat of the PEI Legislature since 1847; and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, home to Canada’s longest-running mainstage musical, Anne of Green Gables.  We dine tonight at a local restaurant.

This morning we cross the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge connecting mainland Canada to Prince Edward Island (PEI).  Many PEI residents trace their lineage back to the area’s first French and English settlers, and we learn about this rich historical tradition at our first stop on the island: Village Musical Acadien, which hosts cultural events, concerts, and community theater.  We continue on to Charlottetown, PEI’s capital and our home for the next two nights.  Known as the “Birthplace of Confederation,” Charlottetown hosted the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, which paved the way for Canada’s eventual independence from Britain.  Our tour passes the Greek- and Roman-influenced Province House, seat of the PEI Legislature since 1847; and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, home to Canada’s longest-running mainstage musical, Anne of Green Gables.  We dine tonight at a local restaurant.

7
Prince Edward Island
B
B
Prince Edward Island

After a morning at leisure in Charlottetown, early this afternoon we travel to the island’s scenic North Shore, where we admire the red cliffs, white-sand beaches, gently sloping dunes, and green fields of Prince Edward Island National Park. Along our drive we stop to tour Green Gables Heritage Place, the restored 19th-century farm (and National Historic Site) that was the setting for the Anne of Green Gables novels.  Then we enjoy afternoon tea at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, an historic centerpiece in the quaint village of New Glasgow with lovely gardens and an outstanding selection of handmade preserves.  Dinner tonight is on our own.

After a morning at leisure in Charlottetown, early this afternoon we travel to the island’s scenic North Shore, where we admire the red cliffs, white-sand beaches, gently sloping dunes, and green fields of Prince Edward Island National Park. Along our drive we stop to tour Green Gables Heritage Place, the restored 19th-century farm (and National Historic Site) that was the setting for the Anne of Green Gables novels.  Then we enjoy afternoon tea at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, an historic centerpiece in the quaint village of New Glasgow with lovely gardens and an outstanding selection of handmade preserves.  Dinner tonight is on our own.

8
Charlottetown/Sydney, Cape Breton Island
B
D
B
D
Charlottetown/Sydney, Cape Breton Island

This morning we board a ferry for the return trip to the mainland then travel to Cape Breton Island, one of Canada’s most beautiful spots.  Our first stop here: Baddeck, set on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake, where we tour the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.  Then we continue on to our hotel in Sydney.

This morning we board a ferry for the return trip to the mainland then travel to Cape Breton Island, one of Canada’s most beautiful spots.  Our first stop here: Baddeck, set on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake, where we tour the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.  Then we continue on to our hotel in Sydney.

9
Sydney/Cabot Trail
B
L
D
B
L
D
Sydney/Cabot Trail

It’s a day of outstanding scenery as we drive the world-famous Cabot Trail. Named for Venetian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497, this 185-mile route loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, passing through the rugged and beautiful Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  Here, steep cliffs repel the crashing surf, river canyons carve out routes to the sea and mountainsides covered in deep green pines provide stunning photo opportunities.

It’s a day of outstanding scenery as we drive the world-famous Cabot Trail. Named for Venetian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497, this 185-mile route loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, passing through the rugged and beautiful Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  Here, steep cliffs repel the crashing surf, river canyons carve out routes to the sea and mountainsides covered in deep green pines provide stunning photo opportunities.

10
Louisbourg
B
D
B
D
Louisbourg

Today we visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the reconstructed fortress that is now a living history museum.  Then we return to Sydney, Cape Breton’s largest town, where we have free time to explore as we wish followed by dinner at at local restaurant.

Today we visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the reconstructed fortress that is now a living history museum.  Then we return to Sydney, Cape Breton’s largest town, where we have free time to explore as we wish followed by dinner at at local restaurant.

11
Sydney/Halifax, Nova Scotia
B
D
B
D
Sydney/Halifax, Nova Scotia

On the way back to Halifax today, we stop for lunch at the Masstown Market near Truro, a produce and fish market popular with locals.  We have some free time upon our return to Halifax before we gather tonight for a farewell dinner to celebrate our Maritimes adventure.

On the way back to Halifax today, we stop for lunch at the Masstown Market near Truro, a produce and fish market popular with locals.  We have some free time upon our return to Halifax before we gather tonight for a farewell dinner to celebrate our Maritimes adventure.

12
Depart Nova Scotia
B
B
Depart Nova Scotia

We transfer to the Halifax airport today for our flights home.

We transfer to the Halifax airport today for our flights home.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 11 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class, First Class, and unrated hotels
  • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Halifax, NS 58 67 74 74 67 56
Charlottetown, PEI 58 67 74 73 66 55

Average Temperature (°F )

  May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Halifax, NS 58 67 74 74 67 56
Charlottetown, PEI 58 67 74 73 66 55

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

Halifax, Nova Scotia – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$375
+ $295 Single Supplement

Halifax, Nova Scotia – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$375
+ $295 Single Supplement

Experience more of this regional and cultural capital, with a diverse mix of historic and contemporary sights.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Halifax Marriott Harbourfront (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to Halifax airport

Pricing: $375 in 2024; $395 in 2025. Single Supplement: $295 all dates

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Jacqueline LeVert

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Karen Hatcher

"She was vibrant and knowledgeable of the different states…I have traveled all of the world with many different companies but have found Karen Hatcher as an outstanding tour guide."

Audrey Brady
Huntington Beach, CA

Robb McQueen

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Tour Directors

Karen Hatcher

"She was vibrant and knowledgeable of the different states…I have traveled all of the world with many different companies but have found Karen Hatcher as an outstanding tour guide."

Audrey Brady
Huntington Beach, CA

Jacqueline LeVert

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Robb McQueen

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

This was our tenth tour with Odysseys and it was as enjoyable as our previous nine.
Stephen Rogers
Turner, OR
I loved Prince Edward Island. The fortress was an unforgettable memory, and the lobster fishing boat tour was hysterically funny. Outstanding tour! I recommend this tour to everyone!
Sheila Teplin
Los Angeles, CA
I enjoyed seeing all the places we went to – especially the Bay of Fundy. We had such a good group and an excellent guide – it just made the entire trip enjoyable.
Rosemary Jones
Irvine, CA
This was our tenth tour with Odysseys and it was as enjoyable as our previous nine.
Stephen Rogers
Turner, OR
I loved Prince Edward Island. The fortress was an unforgettable memory, and the lobster fishing boat tour was hysterically funny. Outstanding tour! I recommend this tour to everyone!
Sheila Teplin
Los Angeles, CA
I enjoyed seeing all the places we went to – especially the Bay of Fundy. We had such a good group and an excellent guide – it just made the entire trip enjoyable.
Rosemary Jones
Irvine, CA
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