enchanting-rail

Enchanting Islands with Rail  | Various Dates  |  11 Days & 10 Nights

Canada’s Maritime islands await you!  Pass through fields of green, dine on succulent seafood, and travel the world famous Cabot Trail on this bus tour of Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island.  Also spend time in the Oak Island area to learn of the treasure hunters that have ventured to Nova Scotia for hundreds of years  Get ready for a truly memorable island adventure in the Atlantic Maritimes.

Dates

2018: June 8*, 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27; August 10, 17, 24*; September 14, 21, 28; October 12

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

Highlights

Round trip transportation with VIA Rail
Atlantic Canadian Tour Director
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
Meet and Greet Event
Peggy’s Cove
Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Glooscap Heritage Centre & 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
Whale Watching Boat Tours
10 night’s accommodation (2 on-board VIA Rail)
19 meals including a lobster dinner

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Toronto/Montreal (D)

Day 2: Arrive Halifax
Today the train will be travelling through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for an evening arrival in Halifax. Check in to your accommodations which are ideally located in the downtown core of this vibrant and cosmopolitan urban centre on the Atlantic Ocean. Relax at the hotel this evening, or check out one of the many restaurants in the area. (B, L)

Cambridge Suites Hotel - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Day 3: Free Day in Halifax
Today is yours to explore Halifax. Ask us about booking sightseeing tours around the city, or for other recommendations. This evening, meet our Tour Director and fellow travelers this evening at a Meet and Greet Event. (CB)

Cambridge Suites Hotel - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Day 4: Halifax to Oak Island
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

Day 5: Oak Island, NS to Charlottetow, 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 your Charlottetown accommodations for a two-night stay. (B, D)

Rodd Charlottetown - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Day 6: Prince Edward Island Touring
Enjoy a free morning in Charlottetown, Canada birthplace, or join a complimentary walking tour of the city. This afternoon, drive by red cliffs, white beaches, gently sloping sand dunes and green fields as you make your way to Prince Edward Island National Park. Before returning to Charlottetown, visit Green Gables Heritage Site, the alluring inspiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables books. 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

Day 7: 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

Day 8: 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. Also enjoy a Whale Watching Boat Tour (weather permitting). (B, Box L, D)

Inverary on Baddeck Bay - Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Day 9: Baddeck to Halifax
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 10: Depart Halifax
The train departs Halifax late this morning. Relax on the journey back home in your personal cabin. (CB, L, D)

Day 11: Arrival in Montreal/Toronto (CB)

2018 Rates

Per person rates in Canadian funds:

From Toronto

TWIN TRIPLE QUAD SINGLE
$4058 $3504 $3803 $4975

Plus HST of 14.7% 

From Montreal

TWIN TRIPLE QUAD SINGLE
$3602 $3048 $3347 $4519

Plus HST of 14% 

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