Nova Scotia & P.E.I.

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Cabot Trail Cape Breton Nova Scotia

Travel the east coast of Canada with Caravan Tours and visit the Maritime Provinces and your trip includes a tour along the world famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.

Named after John Cabot, who first explored the area back in 1497, Cabot Trail is now a 186-mile picturesque highway with remarkable coastal vistas and exceptional highland scenery along the Atlantic Ocean. This area of eastern Canada is renowned for the hospitality of the Acadian population and the area’s rich Celtic history.

Ascend through the Acadian forest of the lowlands up to the Boreal forest of the plateaus. The depth of the vast river canyons here are complimented by the surrounding steep cliffs. It’s easy to understand why Alexander Graham Bell called Cape Breton his home.

What began as a small family owned tour company back in 1952 has since grown to an international tour operator that is stilled owned and operated by the same family. Now, more than 65 years later, Caravan Tours is one of North America’s leading all inclusive tour companies. We now offer fully guided, all inclusive tours throughout the USA and Canada, and to the Central American countries of Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

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Cabot Trail Highlands National Park

The lush forests hugging the coastline along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton have a unique mix of Boreal, Acadian, and Taiga animals, plus many plants and wildlife habitats that are not found anywhere else in Canada.

The old-growth forests here in the Highlands National Park are home to dozens of rare or threatened plant species. There are ample camera opportunities in this spectacular region and don’t be surprised if bald eagles and breaching whales are finding themselves in the center of your lens.

Pleasant Bay and Cape Smokey

Pleasant Bay is Cape Breton’s whale watching capital. Birds and fisherman cling to the perimeter of the harbor, and the fresh salt air beckons you to unplug and enjoy nature.

Cape Smokey is a rest stop and the gem of Cape Smokey Provincial Park where endless photo possibilities present themselves for your consideration.

Baddeck Cape Breton Island

Considered the start as well as the end of the Cabot Trail, Baddeck is a thriving center following the shores of Bras d’Or Lakes. Sample the seafood at a lobster boil and cool off with invigorating beverages while you evaluate the local baked goods.

Baddeck is home to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. This 25-acre holding and museum contains original artifacts and documents from Bell’s research work while he was here in Baddeck. The Bell family even donated artifacts from their personal museum.

Every visitor to Canada should experience Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. Come breath in the Celtic and Acadian traditions that drift through the salt air and bask in the warmth of these friendly maritime people. As Alexander Bell once said of Cape Breton’s beauty, it “outrivals them all!”

About Caravan Tours

What began as a small family owned tour company back in 1952 has since grown to an international tour operator that is stilled owned and operated by the same family. Now, more than 65 years later, Caravan Tours is one of North America’s leading all inclusive tour companies. We now offer fully guided, all inclusive tours throughout the USA and Canada, and to the Central American countries of Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

On this Caravan Maritime Provinces tour you’ll get to explore New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia with a guided tour along Cabot Trail in Cape Breton.

If you would like more Maritimes tour information, or you wish to make a booking, please call Caravan Tours Toll Free at 1-800-Caravan (227-2826) or:

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2021 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, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.


Hilton Garden Inn, Halifax Airport

Day 1 • Halifax

Hilton Garden Inn, Halifax Airport

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)


North Winds

Days 2, 3 • Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island

North Winds

North Winds

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

Days 4, 5 • Chéticamp, Cabot Trail

Laurie's Inn

Laurie's Inn

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

Days 6, 7 • 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 8, 9 • Halifax

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

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). See Travel Tips for more details.

departure Transfers

Caravan's vacation packages include departure transfers from the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront to the Halifax Stanfield 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 (Canadian Dollars). See Travel Tips for more details.

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. This requirement also applies to Permanent Residents of the US (Green Card holders). 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)

HalifaxBrackley BeachBaddeck
TempRainTempRainTempRain
Jan15/135.426/124.329/176.0
Feb31/154.326/113.729/175.0
Mar38/234.934/203.537/245.0
Apr47/314.545/303.546/305.0
May59/404.157/403.658/384.0
Jun68/484.067/503.568/474.0
Jul74/553.875/583.274/554.0
Aug74/564.473/573.673/544.0
Sep67/504.165/513.666/504.2
Oct57/415.455/414.155/435.0
Nov46/325.343/324.945/336.0
Dec35/215.431/194.734/267.0

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
Brackley Beach
temp26/1226/1134/2045/3057/4067/5075/5873/5765/5155/4143/3231/19
rainfall4.33.73.53.53.63.53.23.63.64.14.94.7
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 predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Travel Tips & FAQs

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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.

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 and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

Caravan’s $99 Protection Plan Offers Peace of Mind

Caravan’s 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. The cost is $99.

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 over are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.

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.

Meals

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. Many 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.

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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 Update.

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

In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.

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 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).

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