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Canadian Maritimes: Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island

with St. John’s, Newfoundland extension
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Dive into the culture and seaside beauty of the Canadian Maritimes.

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.

Your tour package includes
  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Halifax Public Gardens
  • Lunenburg
  • Bay of Fundy
  • Confederation Bridge
  • Anne of Green Gables Museum
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Halifax, Nova Scotia2 nights
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, Welcome lunch

Join a kilted local guide and head out on a 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)
  • Enjoy a guided visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which pays homage to the many immigrants who have shaped Canada’s history
  • Stroll along the city’s large natural harbor

Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome lunch.

Moncton, New Brunswick1 night
Day 3: Moncton via Peggy's Cove & Lunenburg
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to the city of Moncton, which serves as a major crossroads at the center of the Maritime provinces, making stops en route.

  • 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
  • Admire stunning coastal scenery at Peggy’s Cove, a rural, coastal region in Nova Scotia
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed port town of Lunenburg and enter the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island2 nights
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.

  • Marvel at this feat of engineering, which crosses the Abegweit Passage and is the longest bridge to span ice-covered water
  • Make your way to Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island and home to a variety of historic buildings

Attend an authentic Acadian cultural show this evening. You'll hear traditional music as you enjoy an included dinner.

Day 5: Kensington & Cavendish Beach
Included meal: 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”
  • Visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum located on Campbell Farm
  • Explore the property, which 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
  • Marvel at red dunes and breathe in fresh sea air as you stroll along the boardwalks
Cape Breton Region, Nova Scotia2 nights
Day 6: Transfer to Cape Breton Island
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on to Cape Breton Island, 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 rural area on the Northumberland Strait
  • Stop in the coastal town of Pictou, 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

Sit down for an included dinner in Baddeck this evening.

Please note: The ferry from Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island to Pictou County, Nova Scotia is seasonal and cannot be guaranteed on all departures.

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, and enjoy an included lunch
  • 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 Region, Nova Scotia1 night
Day 8: Halifax Region via the Grand-Pré National Historic Site
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Drive back to mainland Nova Scotia, stopping to enter the UNESCO-listed Grand-Pré National Historic Site to learn about Acadian history along the way.

Later, marvel at beautiful coastal scenery as you continue on to the Halifax region. Then, celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Extension to St. John’s, Newfoundland

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, Newfoundland3 nights
Day 9: Flight to St. John’s, Newfoundland
Included meal: 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.

Quidi Vidi Village & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of St. John’s
Included meal: 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
  • Transfer to Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America, and walk along a stunning cliffside trail to the Cape Spear Lighthouse
Day 11: Free day in St. John’s
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in St. John’s or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Newfoundland Whale Watching Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Dates & prices
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13 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
May 22–May 30, 2020
Extension available
$2,579
Jun 19–Jun 27, 2020
Extension available
$2,879
Jul 17–Jul 25, 2020
Extension available
$2,879
Aug 7–Aug 15, 2020
Extension available
$2,879
Sep 4–Sep 12, 2020
Extension available
$2,679
Sep 18–Sep 26, 2020
Extension available
$2,679
May 21–May 29, 2021
Extension available
$2,579
Jun 4–Jun 12, 2021
$2,879
Jun 18–Jun 26, 2021
Extension available
$2,879
Jul 16–Jul 24, 2021
$2,879
Aug 6–Aug 14, 2021
Extension available
$2,879
Sep 3–Sep 11, 2021
$2,679
Sep 17–Sep 25, 2021
Extension available
$2,679
Reviews
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Halifax in the Hurricane
by 2nd time traveler 

The first day of our trip was blessed with Hurricane Dorian. Our tour director went out of his way to make sure we were safe and comfortable. Each day we completed what we were supposed to and Warrick was always ahead and making arrangements and rearrangements because of power outages. He spent mu...

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by 2nd time traveler 

I enjoyed the tour. Warwick, our tour Director and Cyril, our bus driver, were awesome. On the first full day of the tour, Nova Scotia was hit by a hurricane. Warwick did an excellent job improvising to make sure that we had places to visit and restaurants to eat at because of power outages. My ...

Maritime Tour Sept 6 - 14, 2019
by 2nd time traveler 

This was my first guided bus tour and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Going to the Maritimes had been on my Bucket List for several years. I wan't sure what to expect as it was my first guided bus tour. We were so lucky to have Warwick Driscoll as Tour Guide and Cyril as the driver. The tour was very int...

by 3rd time traveler 

Great tour. My only recommendation for improvement is regarding the travel (flight) arrangements. On the return trip, I only had 1.5 hours to make my connecting flight (Toronto to Chicago). The flight was a half hour late landing, and it took a good hour to clear customs in Toronto - long lines, ...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 09/29/2019

Dear Janet, As avid travelers, we understand how s...

Great time in the Maritimes
by 4th time traveler 

This is my third trip through GoAhead and they keep getting better. This trip was a “bucket list” trip for me, someplace I had always wanted to see but just hadn’t gone to yet. I had a fabulous time. The tour director, experiences, and overall time spent there was one of the best trips I have partic...

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Alt Hotel Halifax Airport

This modern hotel is located in the airport neighborhood. Guests enjoy meeting spaces, a bar, and a pool. Nearby, you’ll find Laurie Park, Shubencadie...

Inverary Resort

This cozy hotel is located on Cape Breton Island. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and spa. Nearby, you’ll find the property's lake and water acti...

The Hotel on Pownal

This modern hotel is located in downtown Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island. Guests enjoy a fitness center, lounge, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll ...

Amsterdam Inn & Suites

This homey hotel is located in the Moncton neighborhood. Guests enjoy conference and banquet facilities, a morning newspaper, and high-speed WiFi. Nea...

Westin Nova Scotian

This comfortable hotel is located on the waterfront in Halifax. Guests enjoy a fitness center, indoor pool, and spa. Nearby, you'll find the Halifax S...

Flights

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Charlottetown, Canada
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • Canadian citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within Canada.
  • In order to enter Canada, U.S. citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times as well as getting in and out of boats and ferries.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Halifax, Nova Scotia (or St. Johns, Newfoundland on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you 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.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A ferry ride from Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia is included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Halifax to St. Johns.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.
  • 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 cdc.gov.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Canadian cuisine closely resembles British cuisine, with elements that will be very familiar to Americans as well. While in Canada, you may want to try local favorites like butter tarts, poutine and anything with maple syrup.
  • 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 of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will 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 mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are on Atlantic Time (AT), which is one hour ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • 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, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is on Newfoundland Time (NT), which is 1.5 hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1:30pm in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Currency
  • The Canadian dollar is the currency you will be using on this tour.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD 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 page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.

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