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Across Canada by Rail

  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Edmonton
  • Jasper
  • Banff
  • Calgary
  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Halifax
  • 27 nights from
  • £4,669 per person
  • Trip Code: 982

Holiday Overview

A truly amazing Canada rail holiday

 

A fantastic 27 night rail holiday visiting all that Canada has to offer. You will travel from Victoria in Western Canada to Maritime Halifax taking in the very best of Canada and what it has on offer. Also taking in Vancouver, Edmonton, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec. This exciting holiday will see you take in city tours, the Rockies, glacier fed lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and wildlife in abundance. To help you see the best of each area you stay in we have included some terrific excursions such as Whale Watching, Wildlife tour, an Ice Explorer ride, River Cruise and much much more.

Travel by VIA Rail from Vancouver to Edmonton in a semi private cabin (option to upgrade available, please ask for more details) and Business class services from Toronto to Ottawa, Ottawa to Montreal then Sleeper Plus for your overnight trip from Montreal to Halifax, where you will end your trip with a 3 night stay. 

Across Canada by Rail includes:

  • 25 nights hotel accommodation
  • Return flights from UK
  • 2 nights on Via Rail
  • Transfers where mentioned
  • Whale watching tour
  • Hop on Hop off tour Vancouver
  • Maligne Lake walking excursion
  • Ottawa River Cruise
  • Quebec & Montmorency Falls tour
  • Discover Banff and its Wildlife tour
  • Niagara Falls tour with lunch, cruise and winery tour with tasting
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Day 1 - Arrive in Victoria

Arrive into Vancouver and transfer by coach/ferry to Victoria downtown.

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Oswego Hotel

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Hotel Chateau Victoria

Magnolia Hotel & Spa

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Day 2 - Whale Watching excursion

Today we have included a 3 hour whale watching excursion. Please advise at the time of booking if you would prefer a Zodiac or covered boat for this trip. Duration: 3 hours This coastal excursion is an exhilirating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals, and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a comfortable custom-built zodiac that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilirating, safe and intimate whale watching experience. Comments by a certified marine biologist and naturalist are provided.  ZODIAC TOURS: The open zodiacs are for the adventurous at heart. The 12 passenger vessels are recommended for an exhilarating experience complete with sea spray! Designed for high speed these vessels are known around the world for durability, safety, seaworthiness and performance. The zodiacs are equipped with Yamaha 4-stroke engines, world renowned for their quiet operating and low emission levels. Passengers will be provided full body cruiser suits for the tour.

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Oswego Hotel

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Hotel Chateau Victoria

Magnolia Hotel & Spa

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Day 3 - Enjoy Victoria

Spend your last day in Victoria at leisure. Take a stroll around the pictureque Inner Harbour and perhaps even have a picnic in Beacon Hill Park. Be sure to take in the worlds second largest freestanding Totem pole here in Victoria.

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Oswego Hotel

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Hotel Chateau Victoria

Magnolia Hotel & Spa

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Day 4 - Transfer to Vancouver

This morning you will be transferred from downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver by coach/ferry. The ferry crossing takes approx 90 minutes, you will be able to get off the coach and up on deck to take in the beautiful scenery, especially as you pass by the Gulf Islands. Make sure you keep your camera at hand. Once you check in at your hotel spend late afternoon/evening at your leisure in Vancouver.

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Times Square Suites

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Coast Coal Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 5 - Hop on Hop off Vancouver tour

Today is yours at your leisure to explore Vancouver and it's top attractions. To help you do so we have included a 24 hour Vancouver Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Pass. Schedule: May - October: every 20 minutes November - April: every 40 minutes Explore Vancouver onboard clear-top buses and San Francisco-style Trolleys. This flexible Dual Pass combination of the CITY and PARK Routes offers all the highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 29 stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour. This flexible city tour offers up the highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 29 stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour. Take an up close and personal look at Vancouver's urban oasis, Stanley Park, have lunch at Granville Island, visit the historical Gastown or the trendy Yaletown, and don't forget Robson Street to do a little shopping! Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District. Full commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean & Mandarin on the clear top convertible Hop-On, Hop-Off busses. Enjoy Commentary in English onboard the San Francisco-style Trolleys. Both bus types (clear top and trolley) will be travelling on all routes. There is no designated bus type per route. Highlights: - Commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin (clear top buses only) - Convertible clear top buses for stunning views, rain or shine - San Francisco-style Trolleys with live commentary - Hop-Off at any stop in Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Chinatown, Gastown and more - Hop-Off at any of the connecting stops on both routes at Canada Place, False Creek Ferries, Library Square, Chinatown, Sports District, and Gastown - False Creek Ferries Pass

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Times Square Suites

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Coast Coal Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 6 - Enjoy Vancouver

Spend your last full day in Vancouver at your leisure. We recommend hiring bicycles at Coal Harbour and cycling around Stanley Park and the seawall, also be sure to take in a sunset at English Bay - popular with locals and tourists. We also offer the popular day trip to Whistler with a ride on either the Sea 2 Sky gondola or Peak 2 Peak gondola, ask one of our Canada Experts for more details.

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Times Square Suites

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Coast Coal Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 7 - Via Rail journey Vancouver - Edmonton

This afternoon board VIA Rail's "The Canadian" for an unforgettable train journey! Pass through Vancouver's eastern suburbs and into British Columbia's agricultural heartland. Take in the stunning views of the Fraser Canyon as the train winds its way through the Cascade and Coast Mountains perched alongside the mighty Fraser River and past the raging rapids of Hell's Gate. Ride through golden prairie fields, rugged lake country, waterfalls, picturesque towns and the snowy peaks of the majestic Rockies. Take in the view of Mt. Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies. By day, rest comfortably in a wide couch-style seat while enjoying the spectacular views of the landscape rolling by. Public washroom facilities are located in the same car, as well as access to shower facilities. At night, your seat will fold out into a bed, with heavy curtains for privacy. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided.  Inclusions: All meals and non-alcoholic beverages included in the dining car. Complimentary coffee, tea, fruit and cookies in the lounge cars. Based on semi private cabin with upper and lower pullman. Please ask for upgrade details for a Private Cabin.

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Day 8 - Arrive in Edmonton

Arrive into Edmonton early evening and make your own way (not included) to your downtown hotel.  

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Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

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The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

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Day 9 - Enjoy Edmonton

If you have shopping to do make sure you do it in Edmonton at the West Edmonton Mall - the largest shopping mall in North America. The mall is also home to Galaxyland, a Water park, adventure golf course and an ice rink. Alberta also has lower taxes which helps with any buys.  Perhaps even add on a fun Segway tour down near the river valley.  

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Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

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The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

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Day 10 - Transfer to Jasper

This afternoon you will be transferred from either the Airport or West Edmonton Mall to Jasper. The transfer will take approx 4.5 - 5 hours.

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Marmot Lodge Jasper

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The Crimson Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 11 - Maligne Lake & Walking tour

This morning you will be picked up for the Maligne Lake and Walking Tour.

Duration: 5-6 hours This amazing tour is a guided interpretive drive up the Maligne Valley. Our exploration will include a stop at Maligne Canyon for a gentle guided walk to the first two bridges above the gorge, a short stop at the "disappearing" Medicine Lake, and finally Maligne Lake. At this picturesque gem of the Canadian Rockies enjoy a guided walk along the Mary Schaffer Loop (3.2km return).

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Marmot Lodge Jasper

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 12 - Enjoy Jasper

Spend today at your leisure. Relax, Explore, Sightsee the decision is yours. Ask one of our Canada Experts for optional excursions such as the Jasper Tramway - Canada's longest & highest aerial guided tramway, an Evening Wildlife tour or for the more active canoeing, rafting or rock climbing is on offer.

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Marmot Lodge Jasper

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 13 - Transfer to Banff

Duration: 10 hours* *Note: Not all of the regularly scheduled stops on this sightseeing tour are accessible during the Winter, so the length of this tour is shortened during this time. Following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and over 100 glaciers. The entire day is spent in the majesty of Canada's two most famous National Parks, Banff and Jasper. Enroute, make a stop at Athabasca Falls located just outside of the Jasper Townsite. Among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, the Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholed by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. Our next stop is the breathtaking Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier where we will allow time to enjoy a Ice Explorer ride on the Glacier & Glacier Skywalk. Next we continue to the Weeping Wall, Peyto Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier before joining the Trans Canada Highway near Lake Louise where a stop will be made to view the lake and famous Chateau, then continue on the Trans Canada Highway, passing fortress formations of Castle and Protection Mountains to arrive in to Banff late afternoon. Highlights: - A hearty picnic lunch is included and will be enjoyed at a secluded location along the Icefields Parkway. - Glacier Adventure Package (Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk) admissions are included on a separate voucher.

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

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Irwin's Mountain Inn

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 14 - Discover Banff & its wildlife

This morning we have included the Discover Banff and its Wildlife Tour for you.

Duration: 3 hours Build a connection to our World Heritage Site on our trademark sightseeing tour as you visit Banff's landmarks and historic places. Hear how the 11,000 year old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered a hidden natural hotspring. Visit the abandoned mining town of Bankhead, a relic of Banff's industrial past. All the while learn about wildlife behavior, habitat, and their winter survival adaptations as you tour around the area. Your time will be spent enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to view points, on the many stops of the tour. Tour highlights: Bow Falls, Banff Springs Hotel, Bankhead (an abandoned mining town and relic of Banff's industrial past), Surprise Corner, Hoodoos & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Lake Minnewanka, refreshment and maple cookies. Drop off is available at the Banff Gondola. Please advise your driver at time of boarding if you would like to be dropped off there. Spend this afternoon at your leisure.

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

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Irwin's Mountain Inn

The Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

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Day 15 - Enjoy Banff

Spend today at your leisure exploring Banff, the heart of the Rockies. Why not ask one of our Canada Experts for details of optional excursions to help you explore this stunning area.

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

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Irwin's Mountain Inn

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 16 - Transfer to Calgary Airport & Fly to Toronto

This morning you will be picked up by coach and transferred to Calgary Airport for your flight to Toronto. On arrival at Toronto transfer to your downtown hotel (not included). The quickest & best way to get to downtown Toronto is by UP Express train from the airport. The train runs every 15 minutes and only takes 25 minutes, it costs approx $13.

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Novotel Toronto Centre

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Holiday Inn Downtown Toronto

Fairmont Royal York

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Day 17 - Enjoy Toronto

Spend today exploring this terrific city. We highly recommend taking a trip up the CN Tower, an inner harbour cruise or one of the many scrumptious food tours on offer. Ask one of our Canada Experts for details.

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Novotel Toronto Centre

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Holiday Inn Downtown Toronto

Fairmont Royal York

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Day 18 - Niagara Falls Tour

Today you have a spectacular full day trip included to the famous Niagara Falls. See details below :

Duration: 10.5 hours  Travel on our air-conditioned motorcoach for a breathtaking, full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world.  Tour includes:  - Hornblower Cruise or Journey Behind the Falls* - 3-course lunch overlooking Niagara Falls - Free time in Niagara-on-the-Lake  - Winery tour including a wine tasting *Hornblower Cruise operates May through October, weather permitting. Journey Behind the Falls will be substituted from Oct to May. Note: The itinerary may vary in the winter months depending on opening hours of wineries and attractions, and the lunch will either be buffet style or a plated 3-course menu.  Note: Children will be provided with non-alcoholic beverages as a substitute.  

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Novotel Toronto Centre

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Holiday Inn Downtown Toronto

Fairmont Royal York

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Day 19 - Enjoy Toronto

Enjoy your final day in Toronto taking in any of the sights and attractions that you may of missed. We highly recommend exploring the distillery district and having a meal there - Mill Street Brewery is a favourite with our staff.

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Novotel Toronto Centre

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Holiday Inn Downtown Toronto

Fairmont Royal York

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Day 20 - Via Rail to Ottawa

This morning you have your VIA Rail trip from downtown Toronto to Ottawa.   Follow the shores of Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, to Trenton Junction, where the St. Lawrence River flows from the Lake. From Trenton Junction to Ottawa, the landscape is dotted with small villages, surrounded by maple forests and rich pasture land. The journey is approximately four hours. Ottawa was named as the capital of Canada in 1867 with the signing of Confederation by the then Canadian Provinces, establishing an independent Canada. The VIA Rail station in Ottawa is a short taxi ride (not included) to downtown Ottawa hotels.

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Fairmont Chateau Laurier

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Day 21 - River Cruise in Ottawa

We have included a voucher for a river cruise in Ottawa today, no reservations are required. Duration: 1.5 hours (from Ottawa Locks) or 2 hours (from Hull Marina) Aboard the Paula D, you will discover the region from the Ottawa River. An exceptional view of Parliament Hill awaits you! The cruise comes with bilingual commentary.  Historic Sites: Parliament Buildings, Rideau Canal, Life of the Chateau Laurie, Lady Aberdeen Bridge, Canadian Museum of History, Research Council, 24 Sussex Drive, The Prime Minister's Residence, and many more fun facts! The boats leave daily from two locations: 1. The Hull Marina Located on the Quebec side of the River in Jacques Cartier Park adjacent to the Museum of Civilization and Interprovincial Bridge. Parking is available (for a cost). Departures at 10.30, 12.15, 13.30, 15.30, 17.15*, and 19.00* *This departure time is only available from June 15 until September 5. (subject to change) 2. The Ottawa Locks Located at the foot of the Ottawa Locks which can be found between Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel.  Departures at 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 16.00, 17.30*, and 19.30* *This departure time is only available from June 15 until September 5. (subject to change)

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Fairmont Chateau Laurier

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Day 22 - Via Rail to Montreal

Make your own way to Ottawa's VIA Rail station for your journey to Montreal this morning. Depart Ottawa on-board VIA Rail. Your rail journey to Montreal this morning is under four hours, and takes you into rural Ontario, with maple forests and pasturelands, crossing into Quebec at Coteau where the rail line joins the Toronto-Montreal line. Cross the Ottawa River to Dorval Station where a short stop is made before proceeding to Central Station in downtown Montreal. Central Station is located two floors below the Queen Elizabeth Hotel lobby. Spend this afternoon at your leisure exploring Montreal.

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Le Saint Sulpice Hotel Montreal

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Hotel Nelligan

Omni Mont Royal

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Day 23 - Quebec & Montmorency Falls tour

Today we have included a full day tour of Quebec and the Montmorency Falls.

Duration: 12 hours This all-day tour, guided to and from Quebec City, includes your return transportation and sightseeing tour in Quebec with a local licensed guide. This tour will take you back more than 400 years to the historic landmark of the French regime. You will be charmed by the old world atmosphere of Quebec City with its narrow streets, steep hills and numerous historical treasures on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. In the Fall / Winter season, the tour includes a photo stop at Montmorency Falls -- higher than Niagara Falls!

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Le Saint Sulpice Hotel Montreal

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Hotel Nelligan

Omni Mont Royal

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Day 24 - Via Rail Sleeper to Halifax

Spend today at your leisure sightseeing in Montreal.

This evening from Montreal, journey overnight in the comfort of 'VIA Rail's Sleeper Plus Class' through the rural communities of Quebec's south shore to Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

The Sleeper Plus class will give you access to sleeping cars. Most departures offer single, double and double with shower cabins (with upper and lower berths).

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Day 25 - Arrive in Halifax

Arrive into Halifax early evening and transfer (not included) to your nearby downtown hotel.

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Lord Nelson Hotel

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Day 26 - Enjoy Halifax

Spend today in downtown Halifax taking in this beautiful city. Take a stroll along the picturesque waterfront taking in the working port and one of the world's largest boardwalks. Harbour tours, Citadel Hill and the Martime Museum of the Atlantic are popular tourist attractions in Halifax.

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Lord Nelson Hotel

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Day 27 - Halifax Sightseeing

We highly recommend pre-booking a tour to take in Peggys Cove and/or the Lunenburg with Mahone Bay tour. Please ask one of our Canada Experts for more details.

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Lord Nelson Hotel

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Day 28 - Fly Halifax to UK

Transfer (included) from your Halifax hotel to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

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