Awesome Acadia National Park and The Magical Maritimes

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall

Tour Length: 10 Days/9 Nights

The landscape of Acadia National Park is marked by woodlands, rocky beaches and glacier-scoured granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States’ East Coast. The Maritimes are Canada’s eastern provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Nova Scotia is known for its long coastlines and artsy capital. New Brunswick encompasses river valleys and the Appalachian Mountains. Between them lies the Bay of Fundy, famous for extreme tides. Prince Edward Island, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, has red-sand beaches, rolling countryside and abundant seafood. Come and discover this fascinating region steeped in age-old tradition and populated by some of the friendliest people you could ever meet. Come along and discover some of the most beautiful and pristine destinations on the East Coast.

Day One:

Arrive late afternoon in Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor has a world renowned ambiance that blends a seashore community, Downeast character with the famous Maine Lobster!

Check in to your AAA, Four Diamond Bluenose Inn and Resort (or similar). You will quickly discover the allure of the rocky Maine coast from the panoramic views of this hilltop property. Enjoy time to explore this exquisite resort, walk along the garden paths or hop in for a refreshing swim in the indoor pool.

Gather for a delicious Welcome Dinner served at a local, seafood lovers’ restaurant. Dine on casual fare with beautiful ocean views.

Return to the hotel and enjoy live entertainment in the Great Room.

Day Two:

Start the day with a hearty breakfast served at the Inn. Breathe in the fresh salt air and witness the amazing views during a morning stroll.

acadia-national-park-248440_640Board the coach and travel a short distance to Acadia National Park, located on Mount Dessert Island. Begin your visit with a Carriage Tour where you will experience the Park’s world-famous carriage roads as designed and built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. This fully narrated, two-hour ride takes you on a leisurely step back in history featuring some of the most remarkable bridge work in America. You may dismount the carriage and explore the Cobblestone Bridge, the first of Mr. Rockefeller bridges. built in 1913. Your trip culminates with a visit to the historic Jordan Pond Gatehouse.

After your ride, relax over a picnic lunch brought from the Inn’s restaurant. After lunch, an official Acadia National Parks Guide will board the coach and lead you on a fascinating tour of the Park’s highlights.

Enjoy time late afternoon to explore the charming town of Bar Harbor. Visit the shops and galleries or sip a refreshing beverage at a shore side café.

Return to the Inn for time to relax and refresh before dinner. This evening is filled with fascinating entertainment and fabulous food.

Tie on the lobster bibs and get ready to savor the flavors of a traditional “New England Clambake.” Dine on chowdah’, steamers and fresh, steamed Maine lobstah’! Of course, there will be selections for the landlubbers.

After dinner, meet Captain John Nicolai, one of Maine’s most knowledgeable and entertaining lobster experts. The Captain has made it his mission to help sustain Maine’s lobster fishery by promoting its rich history and traditions, and teaching the importance of preserving the State’s lobster population. Captain John’s enthusiasm and sense of humor, as well as his great repertoire of tales from the Maine coast, make his presentations as fun as they are informative. The Captain has been featured many times in the national and international media, including the CBS Morning Show, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, PBS, the Outdoor Channel and the Outdoor Living Network.

Day Three:

west Quoddy LighthouseAfter breakfast in the hotel, pack your bags and check out of the Inn. Board your coach and begin your travels to the beautiful Maritimes. Before you depart the USA, there is one stop that you simply cannot miss. Visit the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the easternmost point in the contiguous United States and the closest point to Europe from any point in the 50 states. West Quoddy Head overlooks Quoddy Narrows, a strait between Canada and the United States. Since 1808, there has been a lighthouse there to guide ships through the waterway. The current one, with distinctive red-and-white stripes, was built in 1858. Explore the Visitor’s Center, and listen for frolicking seals in the bay. Make certain to gather for a group photo.

Continue on to Campobello Island in the Bay of Fundy. Campobello was the "beloved" summer retreat for the Roosevelt family, shaping Franklin into a great leader, and encouraging Eleanor to become an independent woman. Today the summer home is the centerpiece of Roosevelt Campobello International Park, and is preserved as a memorial and as a symbol of the close friendship between Canada and the United States. Campobello Island will capture hour heart with unspoiled nature at its best. Begin your visit with lunch on your own at the locals’ favorite eatery, Family Fishery.

teaNext, it’s “Tea with Eleanor.” Enjoy tea and cookies served at the Hubbard Cottage and listen to an expert guide tell stories of Eleanor’s extraordinary life. Leave with a book of Eleanor’s cookie recipes compiled by Eleanor’s granddaughter.

There will be time to tour the Summer Cottage and to visit the Campobello Gift House. This is an ideal spot to pick up souvenirs and gifts.

Depart the island late afternoon and continue traveling along the coastline to Reversing Falls. The phenomenon of the Reversing Falls is caused by the tremendous rise and fall of the tides of the Bay of Fundy, which are the highest in the world. The natural southward-facing opening of the Bay of Fundy receives the on rushing ocean tides directly like a funnel. The tidewater is normal when it enters the bay at its widest point. But the farther up the bay it travels, the more it changes. It is in effect, squeezed by the ever-narrowing sides and the constant shallowing of the bottom, forcing the water higher up the shores. The low tide running out of the bay collides with the new, incoming high tide, combining forces to make a higher wave coming in. The combination of wave forces is called resonance.

Arrive at your St. John hotel and enjoy time to relax after a busy day (Best Western Plus or similar).

Gather for an included dinner and savor the flavors of casual fare in a warm and inviting atmosphere with magnificent views of Lily Lake. This restaurant offers ambiance guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds and relax your mind. It will take you on a gastronomic journey reflective of times gone by injected with a twist of trendy tastes to suite every palate.

Day Four:

 Check out of the hotel after breakfast and travel to Moncton. Arrive mid-morning at the Acadian Museum of the University of Moncton. Discover one of the largest collections in the world of Acadian artifacts. The permanent exhibit entitled “Acadian Adventure,” is a dynamic and innovative way to present the Acadian history of Atlantic Canada and the history of its material culture. It is divided into two parts: a chronological section beginning in 1604, and a theme-based section dealing with domestic life, religion, education, politics, the character of Evangeline, folklore, culture and arts and the world of business.

Arrive in Springhill, Nova Scotia just in time for lunch on your own. You may opt to eat in one of their charming eateries, or pick up a “to go lunch” to enjoy on your ride to Halifax.

Upon a 2:30 pm arrival in Halifax, take an adventure in nature with a visit to the Halifax Public Gardens, Victorian Era Public Gardens established in 1867. The gardens encompass 16 acres in the middle of downtown Halifax. In true Victorian fashion, the Gardens boast ornate fountains, a bandstand, statues, urns and a magnificent wrought iron entrance. Also among their treasures are over 140 different species of trees, including unusual or rare species and some centenarians. Their serpentine, scroll and carpet beds guarantee a bounty of color and fragrance throughout the season.

Arrive at your downtown area hotel, known for its modern, urban atmosphere. (The Atlantica Hotel Halifax or similar.) After you have settled in, relax with a swim in the indoor pool or take in the panoramic views of the Halifax s kyline.

Discover your new favorite restaurant with dinner on your own this evening. There are about 15 eateries all within a 15-minute walk from the hotel, such as Relish Gourmet Burger, Athens, Blue Olive, Phil’s Seafood and Freemans Little New York. Guests may also dine in the hotel’s lovely restaurant, Seasons. After dinner, you may wish to head to the Waterfront Boardwalk in the Historic District. Visit the shops and galleries and watch the boats coming into the harbor.

 Day Five:

peggy's coveAfter breakfast in the hotel, meet your local guide and head out for a day of adventure. Your first destination is Peggy’s Cove. This renowned seaside-fishing village, located on a rugged coastline, is dominated by its famous lighthouses (including the only lighthouse post office in Canada). The original lighthouse was built in 1868.  According to legend, Peggy's Cove was named after the only survivor of a schooner that ran aground and sank in 1800... a woman named Margaret. Local folk called her "Peggy" and her home came to be known as Peggy's Cove. The original lighthouse was built in 1868. Enjoy lunch on your own at the on-site Sou’wester Restaurant.

Follow the coastal route back to Halifax, and embark on a Halifax City Tour. This walking/windshield tour will include the waterfront, the historic downtown, and a drive by St. Paul’s Church, the universities, shops and residential areas. You will also visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and see the location of the Halifax Explosion and the Gravesite of the Titanic victims.

Once your tour ends at 2:00 pm, you will have the remainder of the afternoon to visit sites at your leisure. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada. With a collection of over 30,000 artifacts including 70 small craft and a steamship: the CSS Acadia, a 180-foot steam-powered hydrographic survey ship launched in 1913.

Fisherman's Cove is a picturesque place to visit and relax seaside. The unique waterfront location is full of natural beauty and the gateway to Lawlor’s and McNabs Islands. Fisherman’s Cove is a quaint restored 200-year-old fishing village offering visitors a peek into the past and a variety of activities to enjoy. Stroll the picturesque boardwalk and visit the many shops along the way where you will find Maritime art crafts, unique folk and souvenirs to take home with you to remind you of your visit. Fisherman’s Cove Gallery showcases local artists’ paintings, prints and cards. Enjoy fantastic seafood, or tea and coffee with a tasty dessert.

You also have the option of a relaxing afternoon at the hotel’s indoor pool!

An included dinner is served in an old tugboat repair building! The atmosphere is seconded only by the fabulous, local fare.

Day Six:

 Depart the hotel after breakfast and travel to Antigonish where you will arrive mid morning. Your first stop is at the Saint Ninian’s Cathedral, a beautiful example of 19th century Romanesque architecture. Construction on the cathedral ended in 1874, however the building was not granted cathedral status until 1886. The interior, designed by Parisian educated artist, Ozias LeDuc, contains spectacular frescoes and detailed woodwork. Your visit includes a guided tour where you will learn of the history and observe the amazing craftsmanship.

Depart the Cathedral about 11:00 am and travel to Baddeck. Along the way, stop in Port Hawkesbury for lunch on your own.

Continue on to Baddeck where you will arrive about 2:00 pm at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Cape Breton’s most famous resident, Alexander Graham Bell, once said, “I have traveled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.”

This National Historic Site is situated on 25 acres and is the only museum in the world containing the actual artifacts and documents from Bell's years of experimental work in Baddeck. Exhibits show how he and his associates achieved Canada’s first powered flight with their airplane Silver Dart, produced the world’s fastest boat, advanced recording technology, designed giant kites and, of course, invented the telephone. Original artifacts, films, and family photographs highlight his scientific and humanitarian work. After an orientation, embark on a self-guided tour.

Arrive at your hotel, Lynwood Inn or similar about 3:30 pm. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Baddeck where you will find a variety of unique shops and a beautiful boardwalk.

A delicious buffet dinner featuring local fare and the freshest seafood imaginable is included and served at the hotel.

Day Seven:

Start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast served in the Lodge. Join a local guide and head out on a day filled with adventure and amazing scenery. Before you depart the hotel, pick up your picnic lunches that you will enjoy along the Cabot Trail. Today you will discover first-hand why Conde Nast Magazine readers rated Cape Breton one of the top ten most beautiful islands in the world.

Travel the 186-mile coastline, which makes up the famous Cabot Trail. As you learn about the history of the beautiful island, have your cameras ready for the spectacular photo opportunities. Travel through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and visit the intriguing village of Cheticamp, famous for its crafts and Acadian Culture. You will arrive in Cheticamp about 9:00 am for a morning break and comfort stop.

whaleContinue on to Pleasant Bay for a whale-watching cruise. Arrive at the Seaside Whale and Nature Center and learn about the whales in the Interpretive Center before you actually witness them in the water. Then, climb aboard the 46-passenger vessel and head out on a 2-½ hour cruise to witness whales in their natural setting. Pleasant Bay is famous for the high number of whales that frequent its shores. The types of whales most frequently seen are Pilot, Finback, Minke and Humpback. Occasionally seen are Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins, Basking Sharks and shy, Harbor Porpoises. Hear these magnificent creatures sing along with the boat’s hydrophone!

Board the coach after your cruise and travel a short distance to MacIntosh Brook where you will enjoy your picnic lunch. Continue along the trail to the Skyline area and stop for a short hike.

On your way back to the hotel, stop for dinner at a local’s favorite restaurant.

Return to your Baddeck hotel for a good night’s rest after dinner.

Day Eight:

prince-edward-islandDepart Baddeck after breakfast in the hotel. Today’s travels take you to Prince Edward Island. Arrive in the town of Caribou and board the 11:15 am ferry to Wood Islands, PEI where you will arrive about 12:30 pm. Have lunch on your own in the cafeteria on board the ferry.

Travel into Charlottetown and meet your local guide. Your guide will lead you on a city tour and also to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company where you will have the chance to sample tea, jams and jellies made right on site.

Continue on to Cavendish and arrive at the Green Gables House, the setting for the world famous story, “Anne of Green Gables.” Witness the video presentations and exhibits on site. Stroll down Lover’s Lane or the Haunted Woods. There will be time to shop at the Green Gables Boutique.

Travel a short distance to Cavendish Beach. Stroll along the white sandy beaches and dip your toes into the Gulf of the St. Lawrence River.

Next, enter the Prince Edward Island National Park. The breathtaking scenery of the coastline is second to none in Atlantic Canada. There will be a photo stop at the bluffs that overlook the red cliffs and pink sand of Cavendish Beach.

Travel back to Charlottetown and say goodbye to your guide. Check into your hotel for a one-night stay. (Best Western or similar)

After you have refreshed, gather for an included dinner served at a locally owned restaurant near the hotel. Their local and Mediterranean dishes will quickly make you understand why their motto is “It’s all good!”

Day Nine:

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and prepare to depart Prince Edward Island. Your last stop on the Island is at Cavendish Figurines, the best souvenir/gift shop in Eastern Canada. Not only will you enjoy the shopping, you will have the opportunity for a photo next to the world’s only “Anne” statue. Unique gifts from around the world are displayed in themed sections - large sea shell area with many exotic specimens, a lighthouse and replica ship section, an Anne of Green Gables house full of licensed products, a dog and cat section as well as thousands of T-shirts, caps and jackets. And, best of all, you are invited to get in touch with your inner child, put on red braids and become Anne! This store is so much fun that it has changed its name to Shop and Play.

Depart the shop and travel across the 8-mile Confederation Bridge, the world’s longest multi-span bridge over tidal water, to New Brunswick.

hopewell rocksArrive at Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy. Hopewell Rocks is a place to pause. . .a place to appreciate a remarkable story interwoven through time, tide and the intricacies of nature. The tides are the highest tides in the world! You will arrive at low tide, so you will be able to actually walk on the ocean’s floor and witness the Rocks as they look like giant flowerpots. Your visit includes admission to the Interpretive Center and a guided tour. During your visit, have lunch on your own at the on-site restaurant.

Depart Hopewell Rocks late afternoon and travel to Fredericton, NB.   Check into your hotel, The Fredericton Inn, or similar. After you have washed off “the salt air,” gather for an included dinner served at the Inn.

Day Ten:

After breakfast in the hotel, pack your bags, bid farewell to the Maritimes and begin your travels home.

DETAILS

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall

Tour Length: 10 Days/9 Nights

Your Package Includes:

  • 9 Nights accommodations
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 2 Picnic Lunches
  • 8 Dinners
  • Live entertainment at the Bluenose Inn
  • Carriage Trail Ride at Acadia National Park
  • Guided Tour at Acadia National Park
  • Time to explore Bar Harbor
  • Captain John’s Lobster Presentation
  • Photo op at the West Quoddy Head Light
  • Visit to Campobello Island
  • Tea with Eleanor on Campobello Island
  • Tour of the Roosevelt’s Summer Cottage on Campobello Island
  • Stop at Reversing Falls
  • Admission to the Acadian Museum
  • Visit to the Halifax Public Gardens
  • Locally guided tour of Peggy’s Cove and the City of Halifax
  • Free time to explore downtown Halifax
  • Tour of St. Ninian’s Cathedral in Antigonish
  • Admission to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum
  • Locally guided tour along the Cabot Trail
  • Visit to the Seaside Whale and Nature Center
  • Whale-watching cruise
  • Ferry passage to Prince Edward Island
  • Tour of Charlottetown, led by a local guide
  • Visit to Prince Edward Island National Park
  • Time to shop at Cavendish Figurines, “Shop and Play”
  • Travel across the Confederation Bridge
  • Visit to Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy with guided tour
  • Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations, breakfasts and baggage service for the coach driver
  • Coach entry fees to Acadia National Park and the Confederation Bridge
  • Taxes and gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the coach driver and local guides are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)

Pricing Information:

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