Tour begins: 5:30 PM, The Prince George Hotel. A transfer is included upon arrival from Halifax Airport to The Prince George Hotel in the heart of downtown. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at the Citadel, a 19th-century fortress on a hilltop overlooking the city and the harbour.
Picturesque Peggy's Cove & seaside Lunenburg
From cosmopolitan, eclectic Halifax, drive to Peggy's Cove - population 76 - truly a world apart; nestled on a rocky coastline with stunning vistas, it is a magnet for artists and photographers. Enjoy free time to explore before continuing to Mahone Bay, a picture-postcard maritime town, and then the fishing village of Lunenburg for a walking tour with a local guide, or a visit to the Fisheries Museum. Old Town Lunenburg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the best surviving examples of a planned British Colonial settlement in North America. This town once excelled at wooden shipbuilding, and its masterpiece was the Bluenose, a fishing schooner that was a legendary racer. Return to Halifax this afternoon and have dinner at your leisure at the hotel this evening.
Historic Halifax, Millbrook & Moncton
Begin the day with a city tour of Halifax, a city with its eyes on the future and feet firmly in the past. Fresh sea air enhances its exhilarating mix of modern towers and colonial brick buildings, avenues lined with hip cafes, shops and galleries, surrounded by gracious Victorian parks and gardens. Enjoy a guided visit to Pier 21, "Gateway to Canada," where the story of 20th-century immigration to Canada is chronicled through exhibits and a poignant multimedia production, Oceans of Hope. After some time to explore on your own, depart Halifax and head through central Nova Scotia's beautiful and diverse landscapes to Millbrook, for a visit to the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Center, dedicated to Mi'kmaq history, culture and crafts. Continue on into New Brunswick, arriving late afternoon in Moncton, "the crossroads of the Maritimes" on the Petitcodiac River. Your hotel is the Delta Beauséjour in the historic downtown area, where you'll dine tonight in the hotel's restaurant, Windjammer, awarded three Michelin stars for fine dining.
Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy
Torrential tides and surface water carve towering rock formations out of the cliffs at Hopewell Cape on the Bay of Fundy; at low tide, they stand on the beach like sculptures in a vast outdoor gallery. View firsthand this land of giants to feel the awesome power that shapes these stones, tunnels through them, and covers them at a depth of 50 feet or more when the tide comes in. Continue onward for a photo-op at one of the region's picture-perfect covered bridges, then on to Alma for lunch at a New Brunswick inn before returning to Moncton for an evening spent as you please.
Prince Edward Island and its capital, Charlottetown
Depart for Prince Edward Island over the Confederation Bridge, spanning eight miles of blue water. Prince Edward Island is truly a storybook setting where you'll find yourself immersed in soul-stirring scenes of Victorian farmsteads, green rolling fields, and red-sand beaches. Stop for lunch at the PEI Preserves Co., with time to enjoy their preserves production area and gardens. Your accommodations for the next two nights are in the heart of Charlottetown at the Delta Prince Edward, located right on the water's edge at the end of Queen Street, where it overlooks the downtown harbor. Have dinner tonight at your leisure at the hotel.
P.E.I. National Park & landscapes of "Anne of Green Gables"
Red-sand beaches line the shores of Prince Edward Island National Park, along with wind-sculpted dunes, salt marshes and broad inlets that provide safe harbor for seabirds and seafarers. Explore the park after spending the morning at leisure, taking note of its fragile ecosystem and gentle beauty. Continue on to the fishing village of North Rustico Harbour to see its iconic lighthouse and scenic views, embodying a way of life that has flourished on the island since 1790. Step back in time on a visit to Green Gables Heritage Place, the site of the home and farm that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery's literary masterpiece, Anne of Green Gables. Go inside "Anne's" home and view rooms set up as they were described by the author. Stroll the grounds to learn more about rural life in the early 20th century, before savoring a taste of island life at a local restaurant renowned for its lobster dishes.
Cape Breton Island, Bras d'or Lake and a remote hotel
Board a ferry bound for Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Known to the French as "Isle Royale," this island changed hands between colonial powers several times, creating a unique culture that blends Acadian and Gaelic traditions. Drive through a dramatic landscape that echoes the Highlands and the great shoreline cliffs of Brittany in France; you'll enjoy panoramic views of the Canso Causeway at lunch today. Your travels take you along the coast of Bras d'Or Lake; an inland sea ringed with cliffs and rolling mountains, it's a favorite fishing spot for bald eagles. Drive north to Ingonish and the Keltic Lodge, nestled on a promontory surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The setting for your three-night stay is picturesque, remote, dramatic - and wildly beautiful. Dine at your leisure tonight.
A day at Ingonish Beach & a taste of Cape Breton Island
Your day begins with an informative wildlife presentation by a naturalist who shares insights about the animals and birds that call Nova Scotia home. The remainder of the day is spent as you please. Join us for an optional afternoon "walkabout" that spotlights the fascinating history and spectacular setting of the lodge. There are a variety of optional activities available at the lodge (some at an additional cost), including links golf, tennis, and whale watching; hike the beach or the nature trail, or perhaps enjoy some time at the spa. Prior to dinner this evening get a good "taste" of what Nova Scotia cuisine is all about at a cooking demonstration, complete with a unique "oyster shucking" demonstration by a local resident.
The Cabot Trail, Acadian rug-making & a "Kitchen Party"
Experience breathtaking coastal landscapes on a drive along the Cabot Trail, a spectacular 180-mile serpentine highway that hugs the tip of the island and is decked out with sweeping turns and jagged cliffs that make it one of the world's most exciting and scenic drives. The winding road is carved into the side of mountains along unforgettable ocean vistas, ascending to the plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Photo stops in Acadian fishing communities lead the way to a rug hooking museum, a showcase for "talking" rugs that speak volumes about a pioneer art that was grown from seed and quietly discloses the trials and tribulations of the women who challenged the wilderness with their families and settled in new frontiers. Enjoy a midday meal in Cheticamp, the largest Francophone enclave on Cape Breton Island, for a taste of their long-cherished cultural heritage. Back at the Keltic Lodge, more local customs await. Join us for a unique Cape Breton tradition tonight at a "kitchen party" featuring local cuisine, regional spirits, tastings and folk-inspired Celtic music.
A little Gaelic culture & Bell's legacy in Baddeck
Visit the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts at Englishtown, where you'll learn about Nova Scotia's Scottish Gaelic culture and watch a kilt-making demonstration, and continue on to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell summered in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, after he and his family moved to Canada from Scotland, later setting up his laboratory in this picturesque village. Today's tour of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site includes a presentation chronicling Bell's life and work, and a guided tour through the museum's exhibits showcasing his inventions, from the telephone to ingenious kites, hydrofoils, airplanes and even the metal detector. Have lunch at the Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay and perhaps some free time before continuing on for an overnight at a lovely rustic resort tucked into a wooded setting overlooking the Liscomb River. A cooking demonstration shows you the secrets of making the perfect planked salmon, a specialty of the house at the Liscombe Lodge Resort; then join us for a farewell reception followed by dinner at the resort.
Depart Liscombe Lodge Resort this morning and head back to Halifax today along one of the most scenic drives in North America; stop in Lake Charlotte at a general store that takes you back in time. Tour ends at Halifax International Airport at 12:00 noon. Fly home anytime after 1:30 PM. For guests wishing to extend their stay in Halifax, Tauck can arrange additional nights at The Prince George Hotel; a transfer to Halifax International Airport is included for these bookings. Allow a minimum of two hours for check-in.