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Begins and Ends: Halifax
Book a vacation in Canada with Caravan Tours to see the Canadian Maritime Provinces and your all inclusive trip will include a guided tour of Nova Scotia.
Spearheads and stone knives used by the Paleo-Indians are the oldest evidence of human presence on Nova Scotia. The artifacts have been radiocarbon dated to around 10,600 years BC! Mostly the Mi’kmaq tribe subsequently inhabited Nova Scotia and during the first 150 years of European settlement, colonies consisted of Mi'kmaqs and Catholic Acadians.
Latin for New Scotland, Nova Scotia eventually evolved into one of the four founding provinces of Canada in 1867.
The varied wildness of the landscape here is home to some of the most hospitable people you’ll every meet. Music and dance are also an inherent part of the culture and many legendary musicians like Hank Snow, Anne Murray, and Sarah McLachlan have their roots in Nova Scotia. Alexander Graham Bell and equestrian jumper Ian Millar were also both from Nova Scotia.
This Maritime province is home to countless artisans who work in leather, glass, wood, pottery, pewter, and stained glass. As well, pulsing strongly just beneath the surface, Nova Scotia is alive with authentic Canadian art, Acadian music, and live theatre.
From the Bay of Fundy and the Cabot Trail to the seaside vineyards and restored fortress towns, Nova Scotia has a flavour all its own. Nova Scotia is home to two national parks and three UNESCO world heritage sites including the Old Lunenberg, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, and the Grand-Pré National Historic Site. The province is also noteworthy for its famous museums celebrating maritime traditions.
Bay of Fundy – This bay between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick has the world’s highest tides (ranging from 55 to 70 feet). It is also one of the few places in the world that has 2 high tides and 2 low tides every 24 hours! It’s not unusual to witness a “tidal bore” where the tidal wave travels up river, against the natural flow of the river.
Sable Island – Located about 190 miles southwest of Halifax, Sable Island is a small 12 square mile island that is famous for the wild Sable Island horses that roam there. There are over 550 wild horses that are protected from human interference by the National Park Reserve.
Peggy’s Cove – Although just a small rural fishing community, Peggy’s Cove, which is just 26 miles southwest of Halifax, is famous for the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse is still active and will be 150 years old in 2018.
Cape Breton Island – This large island is located at the mouth of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on the Northern tip of Nova Scotia. Cape Breton makes up nearly one fifth of the province and is connected to the mainland Nova Scotia by near-mile long Canso Causeway.
Cabot Trail – Wonderfully scenic and stretching 185 miles, Cabot Trail is the highway that loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island. The highway where the mountains meet the ocean is named after John Cabot, the famous explorer who first visited the Maritime coast in 1497, just 5 years after Christopher Columbus.
Halifax - Dominated by a star-shaped Citadel, the city of Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia. Known for having more clubs and pubs per capita than almost any other city in Canada, Halifax is a perfect location to tip a pint to Alexander Keith. Keith was the legendary and historical brew master who was also mayor of Halifax not once, but three times. Use your beer to wash down one of Nova Scotia’s famous donairs — the official food of Halifax — as you marvel over the waterfront boardwalk alongside the second largest ice-free harbour in the world.
Surrounded by over 3,800 coastal islands, Nova Scotia is home to puffins, otters, harbour seals, and quite often, whales that can be seen in the Bay of Fundy.
On land, the Nova Scotian wildlife includes snowshoe hares, woodchucks, northern flying squirrels, beaver, muskrats, porcupine, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, black bears, mink, cougar, lynx, white-tailed deer, and moose.
Started in 1952, Caravan Tours now offers fully guided, all inclusive tours in Canada, the United States, and in the Central American countries of Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. We are now a second-generation family run Chicago based Tour Company.
To learn more about our Caravan Maritime Provinces tour that also includes guided tours of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, please call Caravan Tours Toll Free at 1-800-Caravan (227-2826) or:
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|Double||$ 1395||$ 1495||$ 1595|
Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $195; Triple $185; Single $214
Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.
$99 Travel Protection Plan
Caravan’s $99 travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.
Meals included are shown by:
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Hilton Garden Inn
Prince Edward Island
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
Baddeck, Cape Breton
Auberge Gisele's Inn
Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Master Card, Visa, or check.
Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.
Hilton Garden Inn, Halifax Airport
Halifax is the gateway to the Canadian Maritimes. The Hilton Garden Inn is a mid-rise hotel located near the Halifax airport. The hotel offers a 24 hour free airport shuttle. Each room has complimentary wired and wireless internet access, two phone lines, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, and hairdryer. The Hilton Garden Inn has an indoor pool and fitness center. The hotel has the Great North American Grill Restaurant (6AM to 10PM), evening room service (5PM to 10PM) and a late night bar menu (10PM to Midnight).
The North Winds, Brackley Beach, is located in rural Prince Edward Island just minutes from Prince Edward Island National Seashore and Brackley Beach. The hotel has an indoor pool. All rooms have modern amenities, including air conditioning, refrigerator, cable TV, hair dryer, and an iron/ironing board.
Laurie's Inn is located in the heart of the Acadian village of Chéticamp, along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. Chéticamp is the rug-hooking capital of the world and a 200 year old traditional fishing village. Enjoy the invigorating sea air of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and see picturesque fishing boats bobbing at anchor. Laurie's Inn is close to the boardwalk which runs along the harbor's edge. The inn is also know for its lively Acadian step-dancing and music.
Auberge Gisele's Inn
The inn is located in the quaint town of Baddeck, which is the official starting point of the Cabot Trail. Baddeck's waterfront, a short stroll away, has a vibrant array of maritime shops, cafes and restaurants. The famous Bell Bay golf course is a short drive.
Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
The Marriott Harbourfront Hotel is located on the downtown waterfront boardwalk of Halifax. The hotel is adjacent to the historic properties, and is connected to the downtown indoor pedway system. The rooms have all the modern amenities. There is a casino, fitness center, spa, swimming pool, and whirlpool for you to enjoy.
Caravan's arrival hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport, provides arrival transfers every half hour on the hour, 24 hours a day from Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ). On your arrival at the baggage claim area, call the Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport using the courtesy hotel phones or call 1-902-873-1400. (Transfers are available for pre-tour arrivals too).
U.S. citizens traveling between the United States and Canada must carry a passport, valid for at least six months past your entry date into Canada. Non U.S. citizens, please check your passport and visa requirements. Beginning in 2016, Canada requires non US citizens and Visa exempt foreign visitors to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to travel to Canada. This requirement also applies to Permanent Residents of the US (Green Card holders). More information can be found at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp
Children under 18 years old, traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, should carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent’s death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws.
Caravan's vacation packages include departure transfers from the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront to the Halifax Airport (YHZ) in Halifax, Canada, on the last day of the tour. Please reserve your transfer time the day before your departure with your Tour Director. Allow for a 30-45 minute drive to the airport, depending on traffic. Taxis cost approximately $60.00 (Canadian Dollars).
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:
|Air Canada, Air Saint Pierre, Airtransat, American Airlines, American Eagle, Canadian Affair, CanJet, Condor Airlines, Continental, Delta, Maritime Air Charter, Provincial Airlines, Skyservice, United Airlines, Westjet, Zoom Airlines|
|Prince Edward Island|
This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual.
Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.
Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.
From the dramatic coastlines of Nova Scotia to the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, Caravan has a tour for every one. Passengers requiring special assistance must be accompanied by an able companion.
A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.
Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the ships, trains, and motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.
Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals in Latin America are included. Most meals are included in the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.
As of November 2010, the Canadian Dollar is worth $0.98 U.S. Dollars.
“Our motor coach driver was EXCELLENT! He takes care of his motor coach extremely well. He handled our luggage as if it were his own and made sure it was all there as we came and went to our hotels. EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT!”Mr. & Mrs. A.C., Auburn, Massachusetts
“I was very impressed with Caravan and hope to travel with you again. I will recommend you to my friends. Thanks for a wonderful week in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.”Ms. A.H., Shelby, Ohio
“There were several people on our tour who had traveled with Caravan and sought Caravan for their Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island vacation. I fully understand why and will certainly travel with Caravan again.”Mr. & Mrs. K.D., Albuquerque, New Mexico
“The new friendships we made were an added bonus.”Mr. & Mrs. M.Z., Shelby, Ohio
“Our tour director and driver made a great team. We chose this tour for our honeymoon because we wanted something scenic, relaxing and stress free. Your people helped make it everything we expected and more. We will definitely be going on tours with Caravan in the future.”Mr. & Mrs. M.B., Rhinedorf, New York
“Caravan Tours was excellent and Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are a must see!”Ms. N.F., Osler, Saskatchewan Canada
“Its nice to leave the driving and all of the arrangements to someone else and just enjoy the sights.”Mr. & Mrs. N.A., Arlington, Texas
“I have traveled extensively with several different tour companies and am very pleased with my experience with Caravan. They deliver what they promise and provide a pleasant and hassle-free vacation.”Ms. A.R., Ventura, California
“The hotel in Halifax was beautiful with great service. The restaurant was great as well.... The tour was well organized and the sightseeing tours were beautiful. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. I fell in love with the East Coast and would like to retire there some day in Prince Edward Island.”Ms. S.R., Toronto, Ontario Canada
“The hotel in Halifax had an excellent location. The guides at the Fort and Prince Edward Island were very helpful. They added the local color and knowledge, which added to the pleasure of the visit. Looking forward to our next Caravan tour. This was our second very enjoyable trip with Caravan Tours.”Mr. & Mrs. J.B., Bradenton, Florida
“I have no further comments that I would like you to share other than to go on Caravan Tours and have a great time! Caravan rocks!”Ms. C.R., Toronto, Ontario Canada
“The hotel in Halifax was a really nice hotel that I enjoyed very much. The meals are good there and the location of the hotel was perfect. The North Winds, even though it’s not a big hotel, it’s still clean and comfortable so that you’ll enjoy the situation there with such pleasant staff.”Ms. C.L., Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
“I really didnt think that I would enjoy this trip as much as I did. We had an exceptionally nice group and we made some good friends. My husband and I have been on a lot of tours and we were very impressed with our trip to Nova Scotia. Cant wait until our next one. I will certainly recommend Caravan to all my friends.”Mr. & Mrs. G.B., South Daytona, Florida
“The tour director was very helpful in working out a couple of situations we encountered. The Halifax guide was excellent. The Prince Edward Island guide was very good. Cape Breton guide was knowledgeable. This was our first tour. Thanks to Caravan and its staff for making it a very enjoyable experience. We recommend this tour to anyone.”Mr. & Mrs. R.D., Rochester, New York
“The hotel in Halifax had wonderfully comfortable rooms, close to the action as well.... The sightseeing and activities were as they were described in brochures and as shown in online videos. You will enjoy a comfortable and relaxing trip through the beautiful and not crowded Canadian Maritimes.”Mr. & Mrs. E.S., Rochester, Minnesota
“The hotel in Halifax had excellent accommodations, food and service. We enjoyed the pool and associated facilities. The North Winds Hotel was clean and comfortable. Also, dinner was excellent.... Everything was well planned and there was a lot of additional information provided to us for us to see and do on our own. It was an outstanding tour that I would recommend to anyone. Hotels, meals, guides and tour route were fantastic. Please pass on my commendations to all of the special guides.”Mr. & Mrs. C.L., Lompoc, California
“It was a great trip. I regret not having a bathing suit. I was not aware of pool and workout facilities available.”Mr. & Mrs. M.H., Manasquan, New Jersey
“We were a group of people and it was our first motor coach tour. We are planning another one in the spring with your company. Keep up the high standards.”Mr. & Mrs. J.L., Great Neck, New York
“I would love to go on this trip again. The trip was well planned. I enjoyed it very very much.”Ms. J.S., Birmingham, Alabama
“Id go again in a heartbeat.”Ms. M.C., Birmingham, Alabama
“Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Highlands are beautiful areas and we are glad we saw them by motor coach with Caravan rather than trying to do it on our own.”Mr. & Mrs. C.D., Seattle, Washington
“Caravan is a real excellent value for the price. I had a wonderful time and do hope you can keep your rates at the same level. Thank you.”Ms. R.F., Doylestown, Pennsylvania
“I have been on lots of different tours and the tour director on this tour was exceptional. She was easy to listen to and knew how to relate to people. She was very educated and well-versed on all aspects of the tour.”Ms. B.F., Fergus Fall, Missouri
“This was our first tour and already looking to go on another next year. I will recommend Caravan to all.”Mr. & Mrs. W.R., Flanders, New Jersey
“This was our fourth Caravan tour. As always, it was fun, educational and enjoyable.”Mr. & Mrs. R.H., Wheat Ridge, Colorado These are only the first 25 reviews of this tour... Read all 85 Reviews »
Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel.
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.