HIGHLIGHTS OF NEWFOUNDLAND & THE MARITIMES
Toronto to Halifax
Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017! On this complete hosted tour you will discover the highlights of Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia’s South Shore, Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail, New Brunswick and the Acadian Coast, PEI and the Red Beaches, plus spend seven days in Newfoundland and visit Gros Morne, the Viking Trail, Twillingate and St. John’s.
• Roundtrip airfare from Toronto
• Transportation in a deluxe motor coach
• Services of a professional guide
• 19 nights' accommodation as listed or similar
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• 28 Meals: 18 breakfasts, five lunches and five dinners
• Merit Tour Host
• Premium Lounge Pass
• All taxes
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Merit Travel Hosted
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Breakfast Incl. (B), Lunch Incl. (L), Dinner Incl.(D)
DAY 1 | Monday Sept. 11, 2017 | Toronto—Halifax, NS (D)
Depart Toronto and fly to the beautiful harbor city, Halifax. Air Canada flight 612 departs Toronto at 10:05 a.m. arrives Halifax at 1:10 p.m. Arrive at the hotel with evening at leisure in the City by the Sea.
Accommodations (2 nights): Cambridge Suites Halifax or similar
DAY 2 | Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017 | Halifax (B)
Meet your tour director at your Welcome Breakfast. Take a city tour of the Victorian Public Gardens, Titanic Grave Sites, Historic Properties, Province House, Old Town Clock and more, then see Halifax from a different viewpoint on a nature and whale watching tour. Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, near the wharf, rich maritime history and discover the stories, events and people that define Nova Scotia. Spend leisure time on Halifax’s harbour front, visit unique shops, walk along the promenade, eat at a local restaurant.
DAY 3 | Wednesday Sept. 13, 2017 | Halifax—South Shore (B, L, D)
Travel the rugged south shore of Nova Scotia, to world famous Peggy’s Cove. This graceful lighthouse sits high upon the smooth wave-worn granite of the coast. Visit Acadian Maple Products, a family owned and operated business, and largest producer and exporter of maple syrup in Nova Scotia. See picturesque Mahone Bay, with the line of three elegant churches gracing the sheltered harbour, then on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, one of Nova Scotia’s most historic and beautiful towns and home of the Bluenose II. Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn the history of commercial fishing in Atlantic Canada. Our overnight stay offers a spectacular seaside setting and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Accommodations: BW Bridgewater or similar
DAY 4 | Thursday Sept. 14, 2017 | South Shore—Saint John (B)
Travel to Annapolis Royal, on the Evangeline Trail, with over 150 heritage buildings including the oldest wooden house in Canada. Visit Grand-Pre National Historic Site and World UNESCO Heritage Site, and learn about the great upheaval of the Acadians. Board the Digby ferry for a scenic crossing on the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, NB.
Accommodations: Hilton Saint John or similar
DAY 5 | Friday Sept. 15, 2017 | Saint John—St. Andrews by-the-Sea (B)
After a city tour of Saint John, including Reversing Falls, travel to the quaint village of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, with a treasure trove of beautiful architecture, unparalleled scenery and rich marine life. Visit 27 acre Kingsbrae Gardens with over 50,000 perennials in many themed gardens. Our stay tonight is the Algonquin Resort, one of Canada’s premium historic seaside resorts, overlooking the picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay.
Accommodations: Algonquin Resort or similar
DAY 6 | Saturday Sept. 16, 2017 | St. Andrews by-the-Sea—Fredericton (B, L)
Tour the Fundy Discovery Aquarium showcasing creatures big and small found in the beautiful Bay of Fundy. See harbour seals through the windows of the underwater viewing area, watch some of the sea creatures in the gigantic touch pool. Continue to Fredericton and arrive at Kings Landing Historical Settlement, a lively, authentic village, depicting the 100 year transformation of a young colony into a vibrant nation.
Accommodations: Delta Fredericton or similar
DAY 7 | Sunday Sept. 17, 2017 | Fredericton—Moncton (B)
Enjoy an entertaining and informative city tour with a local guide, then travel to the Fundy National Park, and Hopewell Rocks to see the Flowerpots, peculiar formations that are forested islands at high-tide and resemble flowerpots at low-tide. Your hotel overlooks the famous Tidal Bore, a natural phenomenon that is the result of the record high tides of the Bay of Fundy.
Accommodations: Rodd Hotel Moncton or similar
DAY 8 | Monday Sept. 18, 2017 | Moncton—Summerside (L)
Witness the coach coasting uphill with no power at Magnetic Hill, and the fishing village of Shediac to see the Worlds Largest Lobster. Board the Ambassador Cruise Ship to learn about lobster and the fisheries and savor a freshly cooked lobster lunch on board. Cross over Confederation Bridge to the province of Prince Edward Island.
Accommodations (2 nights): Loyalist Country Inn or similar
DAY 9 | Tuesday Sept. 19, 2017 | Summerside (B)
Day trip to Charlottetown, PEI: A Tour of Charlottetown, Province House National Historic Site and Prince Edward Island with stops at Anne of Green Gables, Cavendish National Park, and the fishing village of North Rustico. Sample some of the best preserves in the world at the Prince Edward Island Preserves Company.
DAY 10 | Wednesday Sept. 20, 2017 | Summerside—Sydney (B)
Travel Confederation Bridge to the mainland - Sydney, Cape Breton Island, for a three nights' stay. The hotel is located downtown, on the waterfront close to shops and restaurants. Get your picture taken with the world’s largest fiddle.
Accommodations (3 nights): Cambridge Suites Sydney or similar
DAY 11 | Thursday Sept. 21, 2017 | Sydney (B)
Day trip to Cabot Trail, NS: Today experience the picturesque and renowned Cabot Trail and Margaree Valley. Tour Cape Breton Highlands National Park, stop at Lone Shieling, Pleasant Bay and Neil’s Harbour with spectacular seascapes, sweeping beaches, rare plants and abundant wildlife.
DAY 12 | Friday Sept. 22, 2017 | Sydney (B, D)
Day trip to Louisbourg, NS: Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, stepping back in time to a bygone era when the French and English fought for control of the New World and Nova Scotia was the battleground. See Cape Breton’s Miners’ Museum paying tribute to the region's long and rich coal mining history and home to the famous choir of miners - The Men of the Deeps. Take an underground tour of the Ocean’s Deep Colliery beneath the museum’s building.
DAY 13 | Saturday Sept. 23, 2017 | Sydney—Cornerbook (B)
Board the Marine Atlantic Ferry for the 6 hour crossing to Port aux Basques, NL. Travel north through one of the provinces best farming areas - Codroy Valley to Cornerbrook, renowned for its world-famous salmon river, The Humber.
Accommodations: Glynmill Inn or similar
DAY 14 | Sunday Sept. 24, 2017 | Cornerbook—Cow Head (B, L)
Explore Gros Morne National Park with towering inland fjords and lush park walking trails. Moose, caribou, waterfalls and dozens of unforgettable photographic stops add to this UNESCO World Heritage Destination. View Lobster Cove Lighthouse in Rocky Harbour and enjoy a boat cruise of Bonne Bay. Partake in an age-old tradition – a screech in featuring live traditional music, a cod fish, Sou’wester, and a little of the famous Newfoundland screech. Continue to the town of Cow Head, on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland.
Accommodations: Shallow Bay or similar
DAY 15 | Monday Sept. 25, 2017 | Cow Head—St. Anthony (B, D)
Travel the Viking Trail Route to the most northerly tip of Newfoundland, to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, another World UNESCO Heritage Site. See where the Vikings, the first Europeans to reach the New World, landed. Visit the interpretive centre, tour the Viking ruins, and visit the longhouse to discover what life was like for the Viking encampment in 1,000 AD. Overnight in St. Anthony, hub of the great Northern Peninsula.
Accommodations: Hotel North or similar
DAY 16 | Tuesday Sept. 26, 2017 | St. Anthony—Grand Falls-Windsor (B)
A long drive today, traveling to Grand Falls-Windsor, the largest city in central Newfoundland.
Accommodations (2 nights): Mount Peyton or similar
DAY 17 | Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017 | Grand Falls-Windsor (B, L)
Day trip to Twillingate, NL: Visit the infamous Iceberg Alley and historic Twillingate. Tour Long Point Lighthouse and Interpretation Centre, 300 feet above the sea and Prime Berth Fishery and Heritage Centre, a private interpretive fishing centre.
DAY 18 | Thursday Sept. 28, 2017 | Grand Falls-Windsor—St. John's (B)
Drive through Terra Nova National Park, Canada’s most easterly national park, and arrive in Bay Bulls, a small fishing village. Sail out of the sheltered harbour and discover the nautical wonders of the rugged coastline. Conditions permitting, explore the unique natural phenomenon known locally as the Spout, a natural wave-powered geyser. The hotel overlooks St. John’s Harbour.
Accommodations (2 nights): Quality Hotel Harbourview or similar
DAY 19 | Friday Sept. 29, 2017 | St. John's (B, D)
Explore North America’s oldest city, St. John’s on a guided tour. Visit Canada’s second largest National Historic Park, Signal Hill and Cape Spear, home of the oldest lighthouse and most easterly point in North America. Be immersed in the culture at Newfoundland and Labrador's largest public cultural space, The Rooms, showing the history, heritage and artistic expression. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner.
DAY 20 | Saturday Sept. 30, 2017 | St. John's—Toronto (B)
Your Maritime and Newfoundland adventure has come to an end, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Air Canada Flight 693 departs St Johns at 15:50 pm. Arrives Toronto at 17:49 p.m.
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