Nova Scotia & Maritimes9 Day Tour from USD $1695#1 In Value

Dear Traveler, Welcome to a great vacation at an affordable price. Your Nova Scotia tour is fully guided and includes all hotels, activities, and some meals. Happy Travels! Caravan
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2024 Daily Tour Itinerary

Day 1 • Halifax, Nova Scotia

Welcome to Canada’s Atlantic Coast and the Canadian Maritimes, a land blessed with stunning natural beauty and a relaxed way of life. Visit all three of Canada’s Maritime provinces – Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Fly to Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ). Transfer on your own on to the Marriott Harbourfront, your hotel on the Halifax waterfront, for a relaxing two-night stay. The hotel is adjacent to the Historic Properties. Shops, restaurants, and music venues are within easy walking distance. Rooms are available for check-in after 4:00 p.m. Join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing.

Halifax Waterfront

Day 2 • Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove

Enjoy breakfast this morning and perhaps a morning stroll along the Halifax waterfront boardwalk, before embarking on a brief sightseeing tour of Halifax. Then travel along the South Shore to the colorful fishing village of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the idyllic fishing village and artists' retreat of Peggy's Cove for free time and a photo stop at the classic red and white lighthouse. Return to Halifax. Your evening is free to explore Halifax.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 • New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy Tides, Flowerpot Rocks

Your day is devoted to exploring the power of the Fundy Tides. Cross rivers, streams, and marshlands on your morning journey to the Province of New Brunswick. Visit Flowerpot Rocks at Hopewell Cape. Observe the gradual rise or fall of the Bay of Fundy tides, an average change of six to eight feet per hour. The Fundy Tides are the highest on Earth and rise and fall an astounding 50 feet. Twice each day, one hundred billion tons of water flows into the Bay of Fundy, overpowering the Bay's rivers and reversing their direction. Continue to the French and English speaking town of Moncton. You’ll stay at the elegant Chateau Moncton on Main Street, close to restaurants and shopping. The hotel overlooks the Petitcodiac River and its famous Tidal Bore and is within walking distance of the Tidal Bore Park and Fundy Tides exhibits. (Tours starting on August 20 and 22 will spend two nights at Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, and no nights at Moncton.)

Meals: Breakfast

Flowerpot Rocks

Day 4 • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables

This morning, you traverse the eight mile Confederation Bridge to the picturesque province of Prince Edward Island. Pass over gently rolling farmlands en route to Prince Edward Island National Seashore with its vistas of red sand beaches and bluffs. Watch for red fox and great blue heron. Then enter the magical and enchanting world of Anne of Green Gables. Visit the Anne of Green Gables House in Cavendish. Stroll through Lover's Lane and other settings from the literary classic. Mark Twain called the novel "the sweetest creation of childlife yet written." Continue to Charlottetown, the capital of the province of Prince Edward Island. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Charlottetown, followed by free time for shopping and exploration of this quaint harbor town. Late afternoon and evening are at leisure at your centrally located hotel by the waterfront, The Prince Edward Hotel.

(Tours starting on September 1, 3, 13 and 15 stay at the Loyalist Country Inn in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 • Ferry, Cape Breton Island, Boat Cruise on Bras D’Or Lake

This morning drive to Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, and enjoy a ferry ride back to Nova Scotia, weather conditions permitting. Continue across the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island, home of the Cabot Trail. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, dedicated to the inventor of the telephone. Bell once said, "I have traveled around the globe... and for simple beauty, Cape Breton Island outrivals them all." Bell made his home here. The fun-loving Cape Bretoners are renowned for celebrating with traditional Celtic and Acadian music and dance. Enjoy a boat cruise on Bras d’Or Lake, Canada’s largest inland saltwater sea, weather conditions permitting. Look for Bald Eagles. Stay a relaxing two nights in the charming resort village of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island. Dinner tonight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 • Cabot Trail, Baddeck

A grand adventure awaits you today on the Cabot Trail, one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Weather and road conditions permitting, you will experience the magnificent Cabot Trail Loop from Baddeck. Drive through forests, mountains and valleys enroute to breathtaking ocean scenery that unfolds as you follow the trail from Margaree Harbour to Cheticamp. Continue along stunning ocean scenery in the Cape Breton Highlands to Pleasant Bay. Enjoy High Tea at the Keltic Lodge. Then, on to Cape Smokey, see rugged cliffs and ocean views. Return to your resort in the village of Baddeck. Evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Nova Scotia

Day 7 • Cape Breton Island to Halifax Sightseeing

Head south this morning across the Canso Causeway and return to mainland Nova Scotia. Visit with the First Nation People at the Mi’kmaq Heritage Center. Learn about their history, legends, and present day life. Next, return to the lively oceanfront city of Halifax for a sightseeing tour of the highlights. See RMS Titanic points of interest. Free time to stroll in the Public Gardens. Arrive at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a tribute to Halifax’s history as a major British military stronghold. Enjoy panoramic views of the city. Return to your hotel along the waterfront boardwalk for a relaxing two-night stay.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 • Halifax

Join your tour director this morning for a guided stroll along the historic waterfront. Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The remainder of your day is at leisure in Halifax to explore the many fun attractions within walking distance of your waterfront hotel. Enjoy a farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 • Halifax

Your tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer on your own to Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ). Thanks for vacationing with Caravan.

Meals: Breakfast

Peggy's Cove

Fall Foliage in Nova Scotia

Fall foliage arrives later in Nova Scotia than in New England. The best fall colors are usually in October. Have your camera ready on the Cabot Trail, where fall foliage can be spectacular.

Flowerpot Rocks
Nova Scotia
Peggy's Cove

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2024 Hotels

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.


Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Days 1, 2 • Halifax, Nova Scotia

Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Halifax is the gateway to the Canadian Maritimes. Your 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.


Chateau Moncton Hotel & Suites, on Main Street facing the Tidal Bore

Day 3 • Moncton, New Brunswick

Chateau Moncton Hotel & Suites, on Main Street facing the Tidal Bore

Chateau Moncton Hotel & Suites, on Main Street facing the Tidal Bore

The elegant Chateau Moncton is conveniently located on Main Street in Moncton, New Brunswick, within easy walking distance to downtown and the shopping mall, as well as the Tidal Bore Park and exhibits. The hotel is situated on the banks of the historic Petitcodiac River and its famous Tidal Bore that comes in twice a day from the Bay of Fundy. All Caravan rooms have a view of the Petitcodiac River. Enjoy breathtaking views also from the deck of Le Galion Lounge. Services and amenities include 42” & 52” HDTVs, iron & ironing board, in-room coffee & tea, free wired and wireless high speed internet, 24 hour fitness room, public use computer, 100% smoke-free.

Please note: tours starting on August 20 and 22 will spend two nights at The Prince Edward Hotel, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and no nights at Moncton.


Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward, by the historic Charlottetown harbourfront

Day 4 • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward, by the historic Charlottetown harbourfront

Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward, by the historic Charlottetown harbourfront

The Prince Edward is the only hotel along Charlottetown’s scenic harbourfront, with easy access to the waterfront boardwalk, within easy walking distance of shops, art galleries and live theater. Scenic walking and biking paths are nearby. Indoor lap pool, fitness facilities and spa. Air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and ergonomic workstations, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini fridge, cable/satellite tv in all rooms. All rooms are non-smoking.

Please note: Tours starting on September 1, 3, 13 and 15 will stay at The Loyalist Country Inn in the charming waterfront town of Summerside.


Auberge Gisele's Inn

Days 5, 6 • Baddeck, Cape Breton

Auberge Gisele's Inn

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

Days 7, 8 • Halifax, Nova Scotia

Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

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.

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Airport Transfers

arrival Transfers

Transfer on your own from the Halifax Stanfield Airport to your hotel on the Halifax waterfront, the Marriott Harbourfront. Airport car services, ride-shares, taxis, and limos are available curbside outside Arrivals for all passengers.

When you arrive at the airport, please proceed to the Ground Transportation desk located in the arrivals area for more information. The drive time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 25-40 minutes, depending on traffic. Taxis and private cars are currently $72 from the airport to the Marriott. You can advise the transportation attendant if you are interested in a ride-share to downtown, to share the cost.

If you prefer to take Regional Transit Bus 320, you will pay with exact change when you board ($4.25 adult; $3 senior). Regional Transit Express Bus 320 connects from the airport to Scotia Square in Downtown Halifax. Scotia Square Shopping Mall is connected to your hotel by an indoor pedway system.

departure Transfers

Transfer on your own from the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel to Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ). Your Tour Director will help you arrange your transfer to the airport. Ubers, taxis and limos are available. The drive time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 25-40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan.

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Passports & Visas

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. More information can be found at www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html. 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). See Travel Tips for more details.

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Weather & Clothing

Temperature °F (high/low) Rainfall (inches)

HalifaxMonctonBaddeck
TempRainTempRainTempRain
Jan15/135.426/094.029/176.0
Feb31/154.329/103.229/175.0
Mar38/234.937/203.937/245.0
Apr47/314.548/313.546/305.0
May59/404.162/413.858/384.0
Jun68/484.072/503.768/474.0
Jul74/553.878/573.874/554.0
Aug74/564.476/553.273/544.0
Sep67/504.167/473.566/504.2
Oct57/415.455/384.155/435.0
Nov46/325.344/293.945/336.0
Dec35/215.432/164.234/267.0

Temperature °F (high/low) Rainfall (inches)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Halifax
temp15/1331/1538/2347/3159/4068/4874/5574/5667/5057/4146/3235/21
rainfall5.44.34.94.54.14.03.84.44.15.45.35.4
Moncton
temp26/0929/1037/2048/3162/4172/5078/5776/5567/4755/3844/2932/16
rainfall4.03.23.93.53.83.73.83.23.54.13.94.2
Baddeck
temp29/1729/1737/2446/3058/3868/4774/5573/5466/5055/4345/3334/26
rainfall6.05.05.05.04.04.04.04.04.25.06.07.0

Clothing Tips

This is a casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for evenings is casual. Suit jackets for men and dresses for women are never required. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Travel Tips & FAQs

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Are meals included?

Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Free bottled water is provided on the motorcoach. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.

Meals

Meals included in the land price are indicated at the beginning of each day by B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner). Dinner, when included, is served at your hotel except when, as indicated in the itinerary, it is at a special restaurant outside the hotel. Coffee or tea is provided at all included meals.

Children on Tour

Children age five (5) and older are welcome on tour when accompanied by an adult. Usually, children travel during the school vacation months of June, July and August, and also during spring and winter school breaks.

Canada’s National Holidays

Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day (3rd Monday in May), Canada Day (July 1), Labour Day (1st Monday in September), and Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in October). Most provinces celebrate a civic holiday on the first Monday in August.

Family Trips

Families are always welcome on any of our tours, but we do not have any programs specifically for or limited to families. Families can make specific requests for connecting, adjacent, triple or quad rooms, when available. Children must be at least 5 years old.

My Tour Price Does Not Include

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porters, visas, phone calls, valet, laundry, all items of a personal nature, extra food and beverages not on the regular menu, and tips to the Caravan Tour Director, driver, and local guides. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

My Tour Price Includes

Virtually everything! Hotels, many 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.

Age of Travelers on a Caravan Tour

Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Caravan Tour. Children age five (5) and older are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.

Forms of Payment

Caravan accepts payment (in U.S. funds only) via MasterCard, Visa, or Discover.

Many Tours Sell Out Each Year

The farther in advance that you book, the more likely it is that your preferred tour will be open. Late bookings are welcome if the space is still available.

Fully Guided Tours Since 1952

Caravan has been offering fully guided tours worldwide under the same family ownership and management since 1952. Caravan understands and truly cares about your great expectations.

Size of Tour Group

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and the capacity of the boats and motorcoaches used. Usually, group sizes range from 30 to 44 passengers.

A Well-Paced Itinerary

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.

Caravan’s $129 Travel Protection

Caravan Travel Protection 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, medical, and quarantine coverage. The cost is $129.

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Customer Reviews

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"The Nova Scotia experience was fantastic. The scenery was something that needs to be experienced first hand and just enjoyed. Having the tour guides to help us along and assist us in understanding and interpreting what we were seeing was probably the most important aspect of taking a guided tour over driving ourselves. On our own, we would not have had half of the experiences we did on this tour - we would never have known what to look for. This was our first guided tour. We were relatively unsure of a group outing after always being on our own. As a result of the experience, we are planning our next tour - with Caravan."

Mr. & Mrs. A.D., Cherry Hill, New Jersey

"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

"A++. We can’t say enough about every aspect of this spectacular 1,300 mile journey. Our tour director and driver were so caring and knowledgeable and they made this journey one that will be remembered and cherished always. We had adequate time to take photos and videos, and the accommodations were 5 star. Every aspect of this trip far exceeded our expectations. We will definitely take another Caravan Tour!"

Mr. & Mrs. R.H., Nashua, New Hampshire

"This was one of the best tours we’ve been on. Saw many things the average traveler wouldn’t. The director and driver worked well together as a team. Our director was an unbelievably kind and informative person. She went above and beyond for all of us."

Mr. & Mrs. K.S., Bassano, Alberta

"Our director enthusiastically greeted and welcomed all us travelers from all parts of the USA. I noted her spontaneous laugh and good humor as we set out on our days ahead in the Maritime Provinces. She told us all about the Bay of Fundy and Bore tide. We walked on the ocean floor among very interesting rock formations. What a miracle of nature. We crossed Prince Edward Island on the Confederation Bridge, and learning how hard and difficult it was to construct made all the difference in appreciating it. All the incredible places and people we met along the way on Cape Breton, balmy weather and seeing a an eagle swoop down in the bay for chicken was such a forever memory. At Cheticamp the latch hook rugs were works of art and such fun to recall Stella Camus creating them from ages 16 to 91! The Cabot Trail is so incredibly beautiful. Halifax’s Maritime museum will be forever remembered. Again, our director did everything possible to make our tour the best, always gave us suggestions and time lines to various outings. She took worry and concerns away as we felt safe and taken care of in her charge. I look forward to traveling again with Caravan and feel sure you have the best travel plans ahead for us."

Ms. C.S., West Linn, Oregon

"We had wanted to take this trip for awhile. It was everything we had hoped for and more. We saw things we had never seen. The ride on the bus provided beautiful, breathtaking scenery. Fantastic tour director, wonderful driver, great group of people, food was great and scenery unbelievable. Caravan does a great tour! It was our first but will not be our last."

Mrs. C.H., Flushing, Michigan

"Caravan did a marvelous job providing an introduction to the Canadian Maritimes. I very much liked the sightseeing and activities. I especially enjoyed the sailing trip near Alexander Graham Bell’s house, the bald eagles with their brilliant antics. I also liked the visit to Louisbourg: what a wonderful restoration. There was much to learn about the environment, spirituality, and human intersectionality. How all these elements coalesced is an astonishment to me. What a superb tour! Ours was truly a brilliant director, the Maritimes meant the world to him and by extension, to us. He is a true national treasure."

Mr. K.M., Ithaca, New York

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Why Travel with Caravan?

Excellence Since 1952

You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.

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In 1959, Pan Am invited Caravan to be the very first tour company to fly their clients on its new line of Clipper Jets.
Vintage Motorcoach
In 1964, Caravan introduced the very first fleet of air conditioned motorcoaches in all of Europe.
Leather Back Turtle Park
Caravan is a proud supporter of the Leatherback Turtle National Park and Costa Rica's efforts to protect this endangered giant.
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Caravan Care

For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Terms of Travel.

Caravan's Proud History

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. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.

Great Hotels

Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.

Meals

Most meals included within Latin America. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. Bottled water is provided on motorcoaches in Latin America.

Complete Sightseeing

Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.

Fully Guided by Tour Directors

All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.

All-inclusive

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.

Shopping Freedom

Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

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.

Trade Association Memberships

Caravan is a member of NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Commerce Marketing Association).

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