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Highlights

  • Explore Halifax, Atlantic Canada's largest city
  • Take an impossibly scenic self-drive along the Cabot Trail
  • Relax on the shores of the Bras d'Or Lakes
  • Step back in time at the Louisbourg National Historic Site
  • See the Green Gables at Charlottetown

This is the perfect introduction to the charms of Atlantic Canada. From breathtaking scenic drives such as the Cabot Trail, to picturesque villages on quiet shorelines, there's plenty to fall in love with here. Along the way, admission is included to ten historic sites, including the Louisbourg Fort, while a whale-watching cruise brings you up close to the nation's favourite marine mammal. Spend your nights in heritage properties across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, after long days spent soaking up the scenery and breathing in the fresh Atlantic air.


Days 1 – 2

UK to Halifax

You'll begin this journey in suitable style with private chauffeur service to the airport and VIP lounge access before your flight to Halifax. Your accommodation for the evening is a historic, early-20th-century property, opposite the charming public gardens in the centre of the city. Make the most of included entrance to the Citadel National Historic Site with a walk within its fortified walls, pausing to watch the hourly sentry change at the front gate. This evening, take a wander along the waterfront boardwalk and dine with views over the harbour before returning to your hotel for the evening.

Stay: Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax (Superior)

Halifax Waterfront, Atlantic Canada

Halifax waterfront


Day 3

Annapolis Royal

After collecting your hire car today you'll hit the open road along the famed Lighthouse Route, renowned for its coastal views and, of course, its classic red-and-white landmarks. At Lunenburg, a UNESCO-listed Victorian old town, marinas are lined with bright red houses set against a backdrop of forested hills. You also have included entrance to Kejimkujik National Park, where hiking trails follow the river past thousand-year-old petroglyphs marking an ancient indigenous past. Tonight, you'll stay in Annapolis Royal, in a charming 19th-century inn surrounded by peaceful country gardens.

Stay: Hillsdale House (Superior)

Lunenburg harbour, a UNESCO world heritage site

Lunenburg harbour, Nova Scotia

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia


Day 4

Annapolis Royal

From your base in Annapolis Royal, you're ideally located to make the quick, scenic drive along the Digby Neck peninsula. An included whale-watching experience in the Bay of Fundy offers the chance to spot everything from humpbacks to fin backs in the surrounding waters. This afternoon, enjoy included admission to Fort Anne, a 17th-century military stronghold designated as Canada’s very first historic site. A leisurely walk through Annapolis Royal’s tree-lined streets showcases the highest concentration of heritage buildings in Canada.

Stay: Hillsdale House (Superior)

Whale, Bay of Fundy, Atlantic Canada

Bay of Fundy, Atlantic Canada


Day 5

Charlottetown

Today, you'll traverse the spectacular eight-kilometre Confederation Bridge, crossing the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island. After a lunch stop in Wolfville, surrounded by picturesque rivers, ocean, valleys and hills, enjoy included entrance to the Grand-Pré National Historic Site. Natural meadows and villages bring to life the history of the region, telling the sobering story of the deportation of the Acadians in the 1700s. Tonight, you'll stay in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island's quaint capital.

Stay: The Great George (Superior)

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


Day 6

Charlottetown

Today you have an entire day to explore Charlottetown. A cultural hub, it's often referred to as the birthplace of Canada – Province House was the site of the meetings that led to the country’s establishment in 1867. It's perhaps even more famous for being the home of Anne of Green Gables – and you can visit Anne's house while you're here. For the outdoor explorers, PEI National Park is a maze of gentle hiking trails between picture-perfect beaches and tranquil bays. Tonight, return to your heritage hotel, in the heart of the city's National Historic District.

Stay: The Great George (Superior)

Lighthouse, PEI

Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island

Green Gables, Prince Edward Island

Green Gables, Prince Edward Island


Day 7

Cape Breton Island

Depart Charlottetown and head onwards via Orwell Corner, a meticulously restored 19th century village. An included island hop on the Woods Islands Ferry brings you back across to Nova Scotia, ready to drive over the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island. You'll wind your way through the mountainous interior to Baddeck, nestled on the shores of the great inland sea known as the Bras d'Or Lakes, where your resort accommodation is set on 11 acres with views across the water.

Stay: Inverary Resort (Superior)

Cape Breton Island, Atlantic Canada

Cape Breton Island


Day 8

The Cabot Trail

The world-famous Cabot Trail awaits, looping around Cape Breton among cragged coastlines, deep canyons and rugged mountains. As you drive, search the skies for eagles and keep an eye out for the native Canadian moose. Hiking trails abound – the Skyline Trail is a highlight, clifftop paths hug the cragged coast, and there are chances for seasonal whale sightings. There's also the Glenora Distillery, the Acadian Cultural Centre and the Music Interpretive Centre to visit, if you have the time.

Stay: Inverary Resort (Superior)

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton

The Cabot Trail winding up the Nova Scotia coast

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton


Day 9

Louisbourg

Today, head north to the largest living museum in North America – the Louisbourg National Historic Site. Your included admission gives you access to this 18th-century French garrison town, where everything from traditional food and drink to historic battle re-enactments recreate the events and atmosphere of a bygone era. Further included admission to the The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, featuring full-scale replicas of his work, rounds off the day.

Stay: Inverary Resort (Superior)

Fort Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada

Fort Louisbourg, Nova Scotia


Day 10

Halifax

This morning, you'll return to Halifax via the scenic Bras d’Or Lake Drive, with an opportunity for lunch in one of many pretty coastal towns along the way. Once in Halifax, visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – which includes a fascinating exhibition on the Titanic – before relaxing with a beer at Keith's Brewery, one of the oldest in North America. Finish off your trip with some fresh seafood on the waterfront as the sun sets.

Stay: The Lord Nelson (Superior)

Bras d'Or Lake, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada

Bras d'Or Lake, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax Harbour. Credit Tourism Nova Scotia

Halifax Harbour


Days 11 – 12

Return to the UK

You have an evening flight, so there's a little more time to soak up the fresh Atlantic air before dropping off your hire car at the airport. Once again, enjoy airport lounge access before your overnight flight to the UK, where a private driver will see you home.


About the itinerary

"Atlantic Canada is one of those rare destinations where clients can still get lost away from the tourist crowds. There's a quiet, serene beauty to this region, best taken in on a self-paced self-drive. With included admission to everything from the Citadel Historic Site in Halifax to the Louisbourg Fort, there's so much to see. A great introduction to the charms of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £2,125 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £2,125 pp
High Season from: £2,235 pp

Includes
  • Complimentary UK private chauffeur drive transfers
  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return international flights
  • 10 nights accommodation, in Historic Inns and Boutique accommodation
  • 9 days Compact car hire
  • Bay Ferry Tolls - Wood Islands to Caribou
  • Brier Island Whale watching tour

Admission to Historic sites

Nova Scotia

Alexander Graham Bell, Fort Anne, Grand Pre, Halifax Citadel, Fortress of Louisbourg, Kejimkujik, Port Royal

Prince Edward Island

Green Gables House, Prince Edward Island National Park

  • Ferry between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia 


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