Atlantic Maritimes with Rail   |  Various Dates  |  16 Days & 15 Nights

Begin your journey in Toronto or Montreal and travel to Halifax aboard VIA Rail's Sleeper Plus Class Service, exploring the rolling landscape of Canada's Eastern Provinces. Arrive in Halifax and explore the Atlantic Maritimes via motor coach, visiting top attractions and numerous historical landmarks.


2018: June 3*, 17, 24; July 8, 15, 22; August 5, 12, 19*; September 9, 16, 23; October 7

*Motor Coach portion of tour is a bilingual English/German departure


Departure from Toronto or Montreal
VIA Rail's Sleeper Plus class service - round trip
Two night's sleeping accommodations onboard the train
Transfers in Halifax to/fromt he VIA Rail Station
Atlantic Canadian Tour Director
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
Welcome Reception
Joggins Fossil Cliffs - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Lobster Dinner Cruise on Shediac Bay
Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site
Fundy National Park
Saint John City Tour including Reversing Falls
St. Andrew's by-the-Sea Day Trip
Ferry from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia
Grand Pre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Annapolis Valley Winery Tour & Tasting
Peggy's Cove
Lunenburg - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Glooscap Heritage Center & Mi'kmaq Museum
Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island
Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place
Prince Edward Island National Park
Ferry from Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
World Famous Cabot Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
2 Whale Watching Boat Tours
12 Night's accommodation in hotel including 3 two-night stays
30 Meals including 2 lobster dinners


Day 1: Depart Toronto/Montreal (D)

Day 2: Arrive in Halifax
Travel through New Brunswick for arrival in Halifax in the late afternoon. Your vacation begins at a hotel that is ideally located in the downtown core where you will spend two nights. (B, L) 

Cambridge Suites Hotel - Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Day 3: Halifax Touring
Today is free to explore Halifax. Ask us about booking sightseeing city tours, or other options around the city. This evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers at a welcome reception. (CB)

Cambridge Suites Hotel - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Day 4: Halifax, NS to Moncton, NB
Explore the Bay of Fundy and learn about the world's highest tides as we meander its colourful coastline to New Brunswick's bilingual city of Moncton.  En route, explore the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See magnificently exposed layers of rock revealing the world's most complete fossil record of life in the "Coal Age" of 300 million years ago.  After crossing into New Brunswick, an unforgettable culinary experience awaits as we cruise the warm waters of Shediac Bay aboard a lobster boat; learn about the fishing industry and savour a delicious lobster supper. Arrive in Moncton and check into our downtown hotel for the night. (CB, L, D)

Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown - Moncton, New Brunswick

Day 5: Moncton, NB to Saint John, NB
Experience a true natural wonder this morning as we visit the Hopewell Rocks on the coast of the Bay of Fundy.  Marvel at these massive flower-pot shaped formations sculpted by the highest tides on the planet.  Travel through Fundy National Park on to Canada's first incorporated city, Saint John, on the southern New Brunswick coast.  Enjoy a city tour, including the Reversing Falls, before checking into our harbourfront accommodations for a two-night stay. (B, L)

Hilton Saint John - Saint John, New Brunswick
** June 3 & August 19 departures staying at Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John

Day 6: St. Andrews by-the-Sea
Enjoy a day trip to picturesque St. Andrews by-the-Sea where the quaint charm of this coastal town is sure to captivate.   After a Whale Watching Boat Tour (weather permitting), the afternoon is ours to experience the friendly people, beautiful architecture, and rich marine life of this seaside gem at our own pace. (B, L)

Hilton Saint John - Saint John, New Brunswick
** June 3 & August 19 departures staying at Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John

Day 7: Saint John, NB to Annapolis Valley, NS
Enjoy free time in Saint John this morning before we ferry back to Nova Scotia; be on the look-out for whales as we cross the Bay of Fundy.  Arrive in Digby, the scallop capital of the world, where the fresh sea air and passionate Acadian culture combine to form an enchanting and historically rich town.  We overnight in the Annapolis Valley. (B, D)

Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa - Digby, Nova Scotia
** October 9 departure staying at Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Day 8: Annapolis Valley, NS to Halifax, NS
Travel the lush Annapolis Valley and learn about the French Acadians who established their first settlement in the early 1600's.  Visit Grand Pre World UNESCO Site where fact and fiction blend to reveal the romance of the Land of Evangeline.  Visit a local winery for a tour and tasting before arriving in Halifax for the evening. (B)

Cambridge Suites Hotel - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Day 9: Halifax, NS to Oak Island, NS
Discover the rustic charm of the renowned fishing village of Peggy's Cove where we will enjoy breakfast.  Travel Nova Scotia's South Shore and on to the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg, renowned for her fleets of Grand Banks' fishing schooners.  Take a walking tour to fully experience one of the most remarkably preserved colonial settlements in the New World, and visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about the town's famous seafaring heritage.  We are then off to postcard-perfect Mahone Bay where a trinity of 19th century-built churches represents an iconic cultural landscape of Nova Scotia.  Enjoy some free time to stroll through the town and chat with the welcoming locals who have been known to share superstitions, legends and fables that date back to the rum-running days.  Arrive in Western Shore for the night and learn of legendary Oak Island - home of the world's longest running hunt for lost treasure.  We overnight at a peaceful and serene ocean-side resort. (B, D)

Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island - Western Shore, Nova Scotia
** July 22 & September 9 departures staying at Cambridge Suites Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Day 10: Oak Island, NS to Charlottetown, PE
Once only accessible by ferry, today we arrive on Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge, the world's longest continuous multi-span bridge.  En route, learn about Mi'kmaq culture at the Glooscap Heritage Centre & Mi'kmaq Museum.  Experience true Maritime hospitality this evening at a traditional Prince Edward Island lobster supper before checking into our Charlottetown accommodations for a two-night stay. (B, D)

Rodd Charlottetown - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
** August 12 departure staying at Rodd Brudenell River Resort in Cardigan, Prince Edward Island

Day 11: Prince Edward Island Touring
Enjoy a free morning in Charlottetown, Canada birthplace, or join a complimentary walking tour of the city.  This afternoon, we drive by red cliffs, white beaches, gently sloping sand dunes and green fields as we make our way to Prince Edward Island National Park.  Before returning to Charlottetown, we visit Green Gables Heritage Site, the alluring inspiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables books.  We take in a theatre performance this evening by local entertainers at the Confederation Centre of the Arts (a substitution activity may be necessary due to the theatre schedule.) (B)

Rodd Charlottetown - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
** August 12 departure staying at Rodd Brudenell River Resort in Cardigan, Prince Edward Island

Day 12: Charlottetown, PE to Baddeck, NS
Ferry over the Northumberland Strait back to Nova Scotia and proceed to Cape Breton Island - the Scotland of North America - via the Canso Causeway.  Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck to learn of the many accomplishments of this genius who made his home on the island.  Arrive at our accommodations on the Bras d'Or Lake where we will spend two nights. (B, D)

Inverary on Baddeck Bay - Baddeck, Nova Scotia
** September 16 departure staying at Cambridge Suites Sydney in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Day 13: Cabot Trail Touring
We're off to experience one of the most stunningly picturesque drives in North America.  The Cabot Trail winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton's northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  Look-offs offer unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton's rugged coastline so be sure to have your camera on hand.  Our day is complemented by a Whale Watching Boat Tour (weather permitting). (B, Box L, D)

Inverary on Baddeck Bay - Baddeck, Nova Scotia

** September 16 departure staying at Cambridge Suites Sydney in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Day 14: Baddeck, NS to Halifax, NS
The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site awaits us today. Words cannot do justice to this reconstruction depicting one fifth of the settlement of 1744 New France.  Roam the streets and chat with authentically costumed guides.  Proceed along the shore of the Bras d'Or Lake to the mainland, and back to Halifax for one last night in the Maritimes. (B)

Cambridge Suites Hotel - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Day 15: Depart Halifax
Although you begin journey homeward today, VIA Rail's Sleeper Plus Class service allows you to continue enjoying the best of the Maritimes just a little bit longer! (CB, L, D)

Day 16: Arrive in Montreal/Toronto
Your tour ends on arrival in Montreal at approximately 8:30 AM or connect to Toronto where your tour ends at approximately 3:30 PM. (CB) 


Per person rates in Canadian funds:

From Toronto

$5806 $5139 $5440 $7169

Plus 14.8% HST 

From Montreal:

$5350 $4683 $4984 $6713

Plus 14.3% HST 

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