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Atlantic Charms Fly Drive

  • Halifax
  • Lunenburg
  • Annapolis Valley
  • Wolfville
  • Charlottetown
  • Baddeck
  • 13 nights from
  • £1,979 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-705

Holiday Overview

Atlantic Charms - A self-drive tour of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island

 

A delightful 14 day self-drive tour of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, giving you the opportunity to explore the best of Atlantic Canada. Your itinerary also includes a whale watching excursion in the Bay of Fundy, as well as the chance to drive the Cabot Trail, regularly voted in the top ten scenic drives in the world. And for book lovers, don't miss Prince Edward Island - the setting for Anne of Green Gables. And don't forget to crack open a fresh lobster (or two!) on your way, this part of the world is renowned for its fabulous and fresh seafood.

 

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Atlantic Charms Fly Drive includes:

  • Return Flights from the UK
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Bay Ferry tolls - Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island to Caribou, Nova Scotia
  • Brier Island whale watching
  • Historic sites admission to the following: (Nova Scotia)
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Canso Islands
  • Fort Anne
  • Fortress of Louisbourg
  • Grand-Pré
  • Halifax Citadel
  • Kejimkujik National Park
  • Port-Royal
  • Historic Sites admission to the following: (Prince Edward Island)
  • Green Gables Heritage Place
  • Skmaqn-Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst
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Day 1 - Fly UK to Halifax

Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s maritime provinces.

Featured accommodation

Lord Nelson Hotel

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Day 2 - Halifax Sightseeing

A full day in Halifax to explore boutiques, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties, tour the Bluenose II (see the "tails" side of a Canadian dime for a picture of the Bluenose I). Get a terrific view of the city from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and visit York Redoubt National Historic Site a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.

Featured accommodation

Lord Nelson Hotel

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Day 3 - Travel to Lunenburg (145 km/90 mi)

Head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy’s Cove along the way. Peggy’s Cove (45km) is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Old Town Lunenburg (98km), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian town that begs you to wander and explore.

Featured accommodation

Mariner King Inn

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Day 4 - Travel to Annapolis Royal (133 km/83 mi)

Cross the peninsula and make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its hiking trails and incredible canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq pretoglyphs. Continue along Route 8 to Annapolis Royal. (Breakfast Included)

Featured accommodation

Queen Anne Inn

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Day 5 - Whale watching and fishing villages (206 km/128 mi return)

Today drive along 65 km along the Digby Neck to experience a whale watching excursion in the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You will likely see finback and minkes, humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Spend the afternoon exploring Annapolis Royal and Fort Anne. (Breakfast Included)

Featured accommodation

Queen Anne Inn

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Day 6 - Travel to Wolfville (109 km/68 mi)

Make time to stop at the Grand-Pre National Historic Site, commemorating Grand-Pre area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755 and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. Also the Domaine de Grand Pre is a fantastic winery in the area well worth a visit. (Breakfast Included)

Featured accommodation

Tattingstone Inn

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Day 7 - Travel to Charlottetown (360 km/224 mi)

Enroute to Charlottetown take time to stop and see the Bay of Fundy a marvel of nature. You will cross the 13km long Confederation Bridge. Make time to stop at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, commemorating the Grand-Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755 and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762.

Featured accommodation

The Great George

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Day 8 - Charlottetown Sightseeing

Explore Charlottetown site of Canada’s birthplace - Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867.

Charlottetown is full of energy and life with it's many festivals and events adding to its' picturesque seaside charm. For foodies this city is known for its artisan shops and world-class restaurants This city is a cultural hub, attracting performers from all over.

Featured accommodation

The Great George

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Day 9 - Island Sightseeing (Approx 80-100 km/50-62 mi round trip)

Discover the stunning beauty of the Prince Edward Island National Park, located on the north shore of the Island, featuring seven superivised beaches and over 50km of hiking and cycling trails.  Pay a visit to Green Gables Heritage Place, located in Cavendish within Prince Edward National Park. Green Gables is the fictional home of Anne, the character created by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery and loved by millions worldwide. Anne of Green Gables is visited every day by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.

Take in some of the other many highlights this Island has to offer. You don't want to miss out :

* The land and shores surrounding Skmaqn-Port-la-Joye-Fort-Amherst, which have been part of historic Mi'kma'ki since time immermorial. The first permanent European Settlements on the Island - then called Epekwitk by the Mi'kmaq or Isle Saint-Jean by the French - established here in 1720. 

* The Farmers Bank in Rustico is one of the oldest communities established in "La Nouvelle Acadie" following the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and is the oldest Acadian settlement in Prince Edward Island.   

* Room at 3 Rivers - this historic site brings to life the story of Jean Pierre Roma, the French merchant who in 1732 established an international tradiong post at Trois Rivieres.  

Featured accommodation

The Great George

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Day 10 - Travel to Cape Breton Island (274 km/170 mi)

Depart Charlottetown taking Rte 1 to Wood Islands Ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia then drive to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America.

Featured accommodation

Silver Dart Lodge Baddeck

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Day 11 - Cabot Trail (300 km/187 mi)

Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Cabot Trail Allow a full day to drive with time to get out and hike or observe views. Visit the park visitor center (5 km). There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in the National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish. The most recommended one would be the Skyline Trail which is approximately located about 15 minutes drive from park entrance. Explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The route winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Along the way visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Route 19 Judique (approx 25 minutes from causeway) or the Glenora Distillery Route 19/ Ceilidh Trail, Glenville (between Inverness and Mabou about 30 minutes from Judique). Other stops may include Acadian Cultural Center & Museum (Les Trois Pignons ) or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts.

Featured accommodation

Silver Dart Lodge Baddeck

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Day 12 - Louisbourg Sightseeing (220 km/137 mi return)

This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - This incredible "living museum," largest historical reconstruction in North America, is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700’s, complete with costumed interpreters who re-enact daily life from the French colonial period. You can even sample period food in the restaurant, or take part in a mock battle. Also, don’t miss a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the village of Baddeck, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man - who spent his summers here on the shores of the Bras d'Or - Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is located on Chebucto Street (Route 205), in a residential area on the east edge of the village of Baddeck. You may also want to visit the Highland Village Museum in Iona.

Featured accommodation

Silver Dart Lodge Baddeck

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Day 13 - Travel to Halifax (357 km/222 mi)

A full day for the return trip to Halifax along the scenic Bras d’Or Lakes Drive to the Canso Causeway to enter mainland Nova Scotia. At the community of Antigonish, travel southwest along Marine Drive to your destination.

Featured accommodation

Lord Nelson Hotel

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Day 14 - Fly Halifax to the UK

Conclude your tour by returning your rental vehicle

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