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Begins and Ends: Halifax
Caravan Tours offers affordable all inclusive vacations in Canada including a tour of the Canadian Maritime Provinces with a trip to Halifax Nova Scotia, the Province’s capital city.
Originally occupied by the Mi'kmaq People, the French European settlers were the first to establish a colony in Halifax in the early 1600s. Halifax was incorporated as a town in 1749, and then designated a city in 1842.
In 1996 the area was re-established as the Halifax Regional Municipality to include the town of Dartmouth, which is just across the Halifax Harbour. A single tier regional government now oversees the complete area.
The city of Halifax Nova Scotia is steeped in history from the lengthy harbour boardwalk, to Citadel historic park overlooking the port. The locals — known as Haligonians — take pride in their seaworthy heritage.
On December 6, 1917 the infamous Halifax explosion was one of the world’s all-time worst maritime disasters. A French cargo ship carrying high explosives collided with a ship from Norway. The ensuing explosion left nearly 2,000 dead, another 9,000 injured and destroyed buildings up to half a mile away, decimating the Richmond Community.
Today, working tugs and fishing boats tie up next to cruise ships and flamboyant yachts in a poignant representation of east coast hospitality, where the contemporary and the traditional peacefully coexist.
Theatre, art, music, and food have been fundamental to the region since the first settlers set foot on these Nova Scotian shores. There’s a flavourful mix of culinary cuisine, classic east coast entertainment, and thirst-defying beverages at almost at every turn.
The Victorian-era Historic Properties near the Halifax waterfront — restored buildings from the 1700s — house delightful popular restaurants, and a varied collection of craft breweries.
Don’t forget to order lobster! It’s everywhere. Classic lobster dinner, lobster chowder, steamed lobster, lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese, lobster…mania.
After the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, the victims of the Titanic disaster were taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia because Halifax was the closest city to the disaster.
For the historically curious, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic hosts a collection of Titanic artifacts, and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 exhibit photos and personal artifacts relating to the immigrants who shaped Canada into the cultural blend it is today.
Next to the Immigration Museum is North America’s longest running Farmer’s Market, which has been in operation since 1750! A few blocks away are the Halifax Public Gardens that have been in operation since 1867 and were designated a National Historic site in 1967.
In 1952, Caravan Tours began as a family owned and operated tour company. Now, over 65 years later, we are a second generation family owned Tour Company based out of Chicago IL. Caravan Tours offers affordable, all inclusive fully guided tours throughout the United States and Canada, plus Panama, Guatemala, and Costa Rica in Central America.
Along with a guided tour of Halifax, our Caravan Maritime Provinces tour also includes tours of the three Maritime Provinces including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. For more information or to book a Maritimes tour, 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.
“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 know 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 that will be remembered and cherished always. We had adequate time to take photos and videos, and the accommodations were 5 star. We had an awesome sail with bald eagles flying overhead. 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 on our eight 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, and she made sure we saw when the tide filled the red banked rivers and bay. 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, sailing with our captain in 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 whale boat was so exciting as we watched whales breach in symphony. The Cabot Trail is so incredible 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. The Mi’kmaq people had much to teach us 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
“Our director was an absolute joy. She was very well informed about the history and culture if the areas we visited, super organized and obviously loved what she was doing. Well chosen examples, I learned lots about Acadian history and enjoyed the Cape Breton Tour, spectacular scenery. We loved sailing, so much fun! ”Ms. M.D., Columbia, Missouri
“I traveled single along with my parents, sister and her husband. All five of us enjoyed our tour. Beautiful countryside, clean comfortable nice hotels. My favorite was the sailing. Thank you kindly! ”Ms. D.J., Huron, Ohio
“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
“If you love a quiet peaceful place with lot of beautiful lakes, then Nova Scotia is for you. The air is unbelievably fresh, crisp in the mornings and evenings, and then warm during the day. The seafood is bountiful and they love tourists. Many interesting historical places to learn more about the people and culture of Nova Scotia.”Mr. & Mrs. W.G., Edison, New Jersey
“You won't go wrong with Caravan. We will definitely use them again. We saw everything that was a 'must see' in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. We would have taken two or three weeks to see the same on our own. Caravan provides the best value and quality for your money for this tour. It's funny, I saw other tour motor coaches from other agencies at all the stops we went. I noticed their prices they advertised were twice Caravan's prices! The Marriott Harbourfront Hotel had a great room, super great dining, and helpful staff. There were great views of the waterfront, especially at breakfast where the buffet was outstanding! The sightseeing and activities were well organized. ”Mr. & Mrs. E.D., Trappe, Maryland
“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
“We have just returned from our third Caravan tour and enjoyed it very much. The scenery was so beautiful, different in each province as we covered Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island, into New Brunswick, returning to Nova Scotia and Halifax. The number of meals provided was most ample. It was good to have some meals on our own. The hotels were just excellent choices. Our guide and driver both proved to be courteous, informative and helpful men whose attitude provided a positive feeling the entire tour. All three tours that we have had with Caravan were filled with wonderful memories and experiences. Best wishes for continued standards of excellence with present and future tours.”Mr. & Mrs. J.K., Lafayette, Louisiana
“We checked out other tours to the Maritimes and found Caravan not only less in money, but much more in content, and thoroughly enjoyable. Your hotels were excellent and the meals delicious, not one with a problem. Your sightseeing and activities were very well orchestrated, interesting and informative. Your rest and photo stops were a good choice for photo stops and exceptionally thoughtful for bathroom stops. Your tour director was informed regarding areas, caring, concerned, available, and a pleasant person. Thanks!”Mrs. & Mrs. F.C., Valrico, Florida
“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
“This tour packed a lot into a short time but in a way that gave one a lot to see and a lot to learn which to me is ideal. It made want to return to spend more time in several of the locations I saw. I enjoyed the locations for sightseeing very much. I appreciated seeing more of the Maritimes than I would have on my own. I was pleasantly surprised by the Fortress of Louisbourg since I did know that history. Both our director and driver did their utmost to make this trip enjoyable for everyone. ”Mrs. R.M., Ithaca, New York
“This was our third Caravan tour and we will definitely do more. Always interesting. Ideal selections to provide optimum information about Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and excellent scenic views. Each hotel was first rate, quiet, comfortable and decorated and furnished in an attractive way that set a pleasant and restful mood. ”Mr. & Mrs. J.K., Omaha, Nebraska
“Everything about this tour was wonderful. The people on the tour were fun to get to know. We saw so much and did so much. No way a person learns all this information if you went on your own. Ours was a superb director, his living in the area makes for an outstanding experience. We have wonderful memories of this tour, thank you. ”Mr. & Mrs. F.B., Kewaskum, Wisconsin
“This was my first guided tour and my first Caravan tour. I went alone and made many new friends. Our group seemed like family by the time we were finished. The sites were outstanding. My favorite was probably the the sailboat trip in Baddeck. There was a great variety; each a new adventure! Also loved Anne of Green Gables, and sightseeing in Halifax. Loved the fort, and Acadian music! The Marriott Halifax was excellent. I loved everything about the tour and will definitely plan another Caravan tour. ”Ms. M.D., Two Rivers, Wisconsin
“This was my sixth Caravan trip and it was again an excellent experience. The itinerary was well-planned, the food and hotels were great and you attract a very friendly clientele. Your directors and drivers are the best. I enjoyed everything, it was a great trip. Thank you, next trip to Guatemala in January. ”Ms. J.C., Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
“I’m almost eighty with a bad knee, and I had not planned to do anymore big trips. My friends encouraged me to come along and I’m so happy I did. This was my first Caravan tour. Way too much beautiful scenery to remember and process. Very nice stops at various museums that were not always expected. We got to mingle and get to know each other, and our director was wonderful. I would recommend Caravan to anyone wanting to see the places you offer. ”Ms. J.S., Greendale, Wisconsin
“Again, I was so impressed on a Caravan Tour. Love traveling with your company. This was my fifth trip and I have one planned later this fall. We had such an informative guide and I learned so much about the Acadian, Cabot Trail, French, Irish, Scottish in that region. All the guides were so proud of this region. Bay of Fundy, National Park in Cabot Trail, our director went out of his way to help all of us, kudos to him. ”Ms. N.H., Port Clinton, Ohio
“It was good to be in Canada again and experience its charm and friendly people. Glad I took this trip. Loved the sailboat excursion and also enjoyed Halifax, the Harbour and the Maritime Museum. Visiting the Titanic cemetery was very moving. Our director took such good care of us, terrific. ”Mr. & Mrs. J.L., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
“This was only our second trip Caravan and it certainly will not be our last. As with our wonderful director in Guatemala, our Nova Scotia director, besides being calm, well-organized and patient, she was also flexible, witty and knowledgeable. She literally thought of everything the entire time we were together. Excellent, varied and unique sites with adequate time, considering all the places we visited!! ”Mr. & Mrs. J.P., Williston, Florida These are only the first 25 reviews of this tour... Read all 134 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.