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Canadian Maritimes: Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island

9 days
Enjoy rural scenery and rugged coastal landscapes as you journey off the beaten path to discover one of Canada’s most storied regions. Uncover immigrant history, fascinating Acadian culture and the tranquil lifestyles of quaint fishing villages as you get to know Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Picturesque sea views, small-town charm and a colorful past collide on this breathtaking trip.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

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Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Halifax, Nova Scotia 2 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Halifax

Welcome to Canada! Arrive in Halifax and settle in to your hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Halifax

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head out on a guided sightseeing tour of Halifax, a global city that serves as the capital of Nova Scotia.

• Set off on foot to explore the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where many Titanic victims are buried, and stop at the Victorian-era Halifax Public Gardens (seasonal, early May–mid-November)

• Pay a guided visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which pays homage to the many immigrants that have shaped Canada’s history

• Stroll along the city’s large natural harbor

Enjoy a free afternoon in Halifax or add an excursion.

Tonight, spend quality time with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Optional Excursion - Lunenburg: Historic Nova Scotia $65pp* Details

Head to the southern shores of Nova Scotia and set out to discover the port town of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic District. Then, explore the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, where you’ll learn about the deep-rooted fishing heritage of the Canadian Maritime people as you step inside the museum’s wharfside buildings. Enjoy free time to explore the picturesque town and discover why Lunenburg has won numerous awards for its charm and culture.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Moncton, New Brunswick 1 night Hotel info

Day 3: Moncton via Peggy’s Cove

  Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Moncton, which is nicknamed “Hub City” and serves as a major crossroads at the center of the Maritime provinces. Stop en route at Peggy’s Cove, a rural, coastal region in Nova Scotia.

• Learn how maple sugar is processed during a brief stop at a local sugar shack that has been run by the same family for 100 years

• Set out on the water with a local boat captain at Peggy’s Cove, and use an underwater video camera to look for a variety of wildlife, including whales, seals and leatherback turtles (seasonal and weather-dependent, late May–mid-October)

• After disembarking, follow a local guide on a walking tour of the cove area

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Charlottetown via Hopewell Rocks

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, stop for a guided tour of the intriguing rock formations called Hopewell Rocks, located in the Bay of Fundy.

• Marvel at the power of tidal erosion as you explore Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park

• Take in views of beaches and covered bridges during a photo stop at Mary’s Point, a sanctuary for shorebird species and home to internationally recognized wetlands

• Enjoy free time to explore the Bay of Fundy, a natural wonder that boasts the largest tidal change in the world, where you can walk on the ocean floor during low tide

Later, loop back to Moncton before crossing the Confederation Bridge. This engineering marvel crosses the Abegweit Passage and is the longest bridge to span ice-covered water. Once over the bridge, make your way to Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island and home to a variety of historic buildings.

Day 5: Kensington & Cavendish Beach

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know some of Prince Edward Island’s charming sights on a guided tour.

• Make a short trip to the town of Kensington, the “Heart of Prince Edward Island”

• Pay a visit to the Anne of Green Gables Museum, located in the 19th-century home that served as the inspiration for L.M. Montgomery’s famous novel

• Transfer to Cavendish Beach, which runs for almost five miles along the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, to marvel at red dunes and breathe in fresh sea air as you stroll along the boardwalks

Later, head back to Charlottetown to explore on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tasting Tour of Charlottetown $59pp* Details

Enjoy local food tastings as you explore Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island. Make your way through the city’s oldest seafood market, where you’ll meet the fishermen who pull the lobsters, snow crabs and oysters from the water each morning. Then, continue your tour with craft beer from a local brewery and tastings of specialty chocolate from the area. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs mid-June–October. We recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes and an extra layer or rain jacket in the event of cool weather.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Cape Breton Region, Nova Scotia 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to Cape Breton Island

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on to Cape Breton Island, located in the province of Nova Scotia. En route, make a brief transfer to Wood Islands, a fishing area on Prince Edward Island. Then, board a ferry to Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

• Disembark from the ferry in Caribou, a small, rural area located along the Northumberland Strait

• Stop in the coastal town of Pictou, distinguished as the first place Scottish immigrants landed in the late 1700s

• Transfer to the village of Baddeck, located along the shore of the Bras d’Or Lake on Cape Breton Island and noted as the starting and ending point of the Cabot Trail

• Visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, which pays homage to the life and work of the famous inventor

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Cape Breton Highlands National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Follow an expert guide as you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

• Drive up to Cheticamp, a fishing town located on the Cabot Trail

• Learn about Acadian culture and view a well-preserved collection of traditional hooked rugs and antiques during a visit to Les Trois Pignons Museum

• Enjoy breathtaking views of oceans and mountains as you journey north along the Cabot Trail through Cape Breton Highlands National Park

• Make scenic photo stops at Neil’s Harbour and Ingonish Beach as you drive through the park

Halifax, Nova Scotia 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Halifax via Sherbrooke Village

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive back to mainland Nova Scotia to visit Sherbrooke Village, located in a rural fishing town on St. Mary’s River. The village now serves as an open-air museum where actors dressed in late-19th-century costume show what village life was like more then 150 years ago. (seasonal, June–September)

Later, marvel at beautiful coastal scenery as you make your way to Halifax, where you’ll say goodbye to your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 9: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Add St. John’s, Newfoundland Starting from $899 pp

With a history dating back to the 17th century, St. John’s is distinguished as one of the oldest cities in North America. Despite its strong footing in tradition and title of Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest city, this scenic port still boasts an exciting, modern vibe and quaint, small-town charm. From stunning coastal scenery and natural beauty to an impressive folklore tradition and lively entertainment district, the vibrant “City of Legends” has it all.

St. John's, Newfoundland 3 nights

Day 9: Flight to St. John’s, Newfoundland

  Included meals: Breakfast

After a short morning flight, enjoy free time to explore St. John’s, the capital of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Newfoundland Beer Tasting & Dinner $59pp* Details

Stroll the streets of the charming Quidi Vidi Village, a historic fishing town located along Newfoundland and Labrador’s northeastern coast. Pay a visit to the Plantation Craft Studios where you can watch local artisans create a variety of handmade items, from pottery to woodcut prints, and take some trinkets home for yourself. Then, sip locally brewed beer at the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company, an independent brewery established in 1996, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of St. John’s

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a panoramic bus tour of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador’s historic capital city.

• Pass Government House and the mid-19th-century Basilica of St. John the Baptist

• Take in stunning views of the city during a photo stop at Signal Hill, which is surrounded by 17th-century fortifications and is the site of Cabot Tower

• Enter the Rooms Museum to explore on your own and learn about culture, history and native life in this province 

Enjoy a free afternoon in St. John’s or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Scenic Cape Spear Walk $55pp* Details

Experience the most easterly point in North America as you wind your way along Cape Spear’s stunning cliffside trail. This scenic walk offers breathtaking ocean vistas and the opportunity to spot whales and icebergs off the coast. Enjoy the scenery at your own pace as you make your way to Cape Spear Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province and an iconic symbol of Newfoundland and Labrador’s mariner history. Please note: The dirt path you will traverse is relatively flat but will have varying gradients, so wear comfortable walking shoes.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Day 11: Free day in St. John’s

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in St. John’s or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Newfoundland Whale Watching Cruise $75pp* Details

Discover the waters around Newfoundland and immerse yourself in local insight during a sailing excursion out of St. John’s. The Atlantic is the habitat for a variety of wildlife, so keep your eyes open for humpback whales as well as puffins and other seabirds as you float past stunning icebergs. Take in seaside views of Cabot Tower, an iconic heritage building that sits atop Signal Hill National Historic Site. Then, sail through “The Narrows,” a thin channel that has served as a natural defense against enemy ships entering St. John’s Harbour throughout history. Please note: Icebergs are usually seen between mid-May and late June, and whales can be seen mid-June–August. Please be sure to bring an extra layer in the event of cold weather, and prepare yourself for the possibility of feeling seasick.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Optional Excursion - Culinary Tour of St. John's $75pp* Details

Savor Newfoundland’s specialties, including fresh-caught seafood, wild game and locally farmed ingredients, as you explore St. John’s on a walking tour with a local food guide. Immerse yourself in the area’s food culture while listening to insight about Newfoundland’s culinary scene and learning about the area’s culinary traditions. Then, enjoy the local flavors during several stops at premier foodie spots around town. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs July 2–September 28 only.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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Passport & visa requirements

• A valid, government-issued passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada. 

• If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.

• Your passport expiration date must extend at least six months beyond your return home.

• No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.

• If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact Canada’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

• This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

• If you have any mobility and/or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Relations Team at 800.597.0350 so that we can review all necessary information with you.

Transportation & arrival information

• Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Halifax, Nova Scotia (or depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador on the tour extension).

• When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and will escort you via private motor coach to your hotel.

• Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

• If you did not book your flights through Go Ahead, airport transfers are available upon request and at an additional cost. Please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350 for additional information.

• There is an included flight from Halifax to St. John’s on the tour extension.

• All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach and ferry.

Baggage allowance

• Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Most international airlines impose charges if you choose to check any baggage, and you are responsible for any such costs. Please contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight.

• Go Ahead travelers are allowed only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). 

• Please note there may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. 

• Please label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & packing tips

• We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. 

• For sightseeing and exploring, we suggest bringing a sunhat, sunglasses, sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. 

• Hiking boots might come in handy if you plan to do any extensive walking or hiking. 

• If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire.

Health

• There are no major health risks when traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat.

• Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our included walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who choose to stay behind.

• Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.

• Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, motion sickness medication, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

• If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

• If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Cuisine

• One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling abroad. Most of the food on this tour will be familiar to Americans and Canadians. 

• While on tour, you may want to try local specialties, including Canada’s world-famous maple syrup.

• Be sure to sample food with Acadian or indigenous influences. One popular dish is poutine râpée, or boiled potato dumplings with a pork filling.

• Due to the Maritimes’ coastal location, the seafood in this region is high quality and delicious. Try a lobster roll or dried dulse, a type of seaweed that grows in the area.  

Electricity & air conditioning

• All regions operate on the Canadian standard 110 volts.

• The majority of the hotels on this tour have air conditioning.

• Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed for hotels in more remote locations.

Connectivity

• Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.

• There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 

• Please contact your cell phone provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

• Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island operate on Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

• When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm on tour in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

• On the tour extension, Newfoundland and Labrador operates on Newfoundland Standard Time (NST), which is 1.5 hours ahead of EST.

• When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1:30pm on the tour extension in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Currency

• Canadian dollars will be the currency on your tour. You can find kiosks at the airport with good exchange rates, but the best way to change your money from USD to CAD is simply by using an ATM.

• Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

• At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in your tour country’s currency.

• We recommend tipping between $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. 

• We recommend tipping $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

• If applicable, we also recommend tipping $2USD/ CAD per local guide. 

• Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Purchasing excursions on tour

• If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on your tour. Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD & CAD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.

• Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 

• Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See the “Optional Excursions” sheet for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

O Canada!

Lovely tour. Beautiful countryside, So much history. Alan is a wonderful tour director, full of information. Driver Frank a perfect partner. Met some great people and feasted on lobster, scallops, and mussels. Yum!

 

Hi Jane! It sounds like you enjoyed many aspects of your tour, and we're glad to hear it. We will be sure to share your feedback with our team internally. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Trip

Loved the tour of Nova Scotia. The scenery was gorgeous. The Bay of Fundy and Cape Breton were awesome sights. I went on the optional excursion to Lunenberg and would highly recommend it. If I had to do it all again I'd probably also do the tasting tour of Charlottetown. Alan, our tour director, was outstanding. He had everything running smoothly as well as did Frank, our bus driver. They were a fantastic team and made the tour worry-free and so much fun. Thanks guys!!

 

Hi Debra! We’re delighted to hear that you enjoyed Nova Scotia. We also appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director and bus driver. It’s great to know that they added value and fun to your tour experience! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A PLUS

A GREAT TRIP WITH NICE PEOPLE . THE DOWN SIDE--IT ENDED TO SOON.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Canadian Maritimes with Alan and Frank

While the flights there and back are horrible, it was as expected because it's not simple to get there from "here". At around 1:30 a.m., we were met by our wonderful guide, Alan, and escorted to the hotel. The amazing experience took off in the morning, with Alan leading the way and Frank as our trusty driver. The Maritimes are so dramatically different from region to region and the sights are incredible and I saw views and landmarks I never thought I would get to see in my lifetime. While there are positives and negatives to going on a group tour, I have rarely been disappointed. Not being a fan of "Anne of Green Gables", I would never have made the trek to the author's home....and I would have missed the pastoral beauty of the place. (The only destination that could have been skipped was Sherbrooke Village, in my opinion). I also wouldn't have met the myriad of personalities of the other tour goers. Some crotchety but most fun loving people out to enjoy the trip and all that it entails, good and bad. Alan was super knowledgeable about the regions and had good suggestions for things to do if you weren't part of an optional excursion. He and Frank are very personable - as one would expect - and made the trip that much more enjoyable. I have highly recommended the overall trip to family, friends, and strangers on the elevator.

 

Dear Traveler, Despite the long flight, we are so pleased that you had an amazing time on tour. It sounds like this region did not disappointment, with all the fantastic views and landmarks that it has to offer. We appreciate your feedback on the itinerary itself, and we can understand that there are some activities and sites that will stand out to some more than others. We will be sure to share this feedback with our Operations team. It’s great to know that you enjoyed your fellow group members, as we feel that getting to know them is definitely one of the benefits of group travel. Thank you for your comments on your Tour Director, as well as your bus driver. We appreciate your recommendation very much, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 25, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

First tour ever and was blessed to have Alan as our tour guide - he was awesome. I went on the tour with my sister and had a blast. We experienced a few issues with travel arrangement, Hotels, Restaurants and the bus, but overall I would do it again!!

 

Hi Anita, We’re pleased to learn that you and your sister enjoyed your tour, as well as your Tour Director. We regret to hear that you experienced some issues, and one of our Quality Control members reached out to you to discuss these concerns. If you would like to provide further information, please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350. We’re glad that overall you liked your tour so much that you would do it again. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on your second Go Ahead tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 12, 2016