With the freedom of your own vehicle, you’ll take in some of the province’s most impressive natural offerings, from the spectacular tides of the Bay of Fundy, to the undisturbed Tobeatic Wilderness Area and the rural splendour of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Not to mention unforgettable encounters with the region’s enchanting marine life on an exciting whale and seabird cruise.
You’ll visit historic towns and cities like Halifax, Lunenburg and Digby, where you will have the opportunity to delve into Nova Scotia’s colourful history, and walk winding streets past centuries-old buildings.
London – Halifax
Board your overnight flight from London to Halifax. You will be met upon arrival and be privately transferred to your hotel. Perched alongside one of the world’s largest deep water harbours, Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and a treasure trove of historic attractions. You can browse the impressive shipwreck collection at the Maritime Museum, or delve into the country’s immigrant heritage at Pier 21. For wonderful views over the city and waterfront, we recommend venturing to the star-shaped fortress of the Halifax Citadel.
Stay: Two nights in a one bedroom suite at Hollis Halifax
This morning you will pick up your hire car and drive east from Halifax to Lunenburg. With a history dating back to 1753, Lunenburg has the unique atmosphere of being frozen in time. Many of its century-old buildings have been carefully preserved in the ‘Old Town’, and is now one of only two urban communities in North America to be assigned World Heritage status by UNESCO.
Stay: One night in a one bedroom suite at Mariner King Inn – bed & breakfast
Trout Point Lodge
Your journey now takes you to a luxury wilderness lodge on the outskirts of the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. You’ll have a variety of ecotourism activities at your fingertips, as well as the opportunity for guided stargazing and catch-and-release fishing for brook trout on site. Enjoy stunning views of the river from your room.
Stay: Two nights in a junior suite at Trout Point Lodge – bed & breakfast
Perched on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Digby boasts some of the world’s highest tides. You may wish to explore the Admiral Digby Museum, named after Sir Robert Digby who led pioneers to the town back in the 18th century, or pay a visit to the Fisherman’s Memorial Park.
Enjoy a spectacular whale and seabird cruise around the marine-rich waters off Brier Island. You’ll get to observe the giants of the sea at close range, including humpback, fin and right whales, as well as dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds who gather to feed on large schools of herring and mackerel.
Stay: Two nights in a deluxe room at Digby Pines Resort and Spa – bed & breakfast
Located in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, the picturesque town of Wolfville is located in the northeast corner of the Bay of Fundy. Many people come to witness the Bay’s immense tides, but the town also boasts an array of other activities and attractions including some of Nova Scotia’s finest vineyards.
Stay: One night in a king room at Tattingstone Inn – bed & breakfast
Next up on your itinerary is a one night stay on the west coast of Cape Breton Island at the Glenora Inn & Distillery Resort. Known for its award-winning whisky offerings, the property is set amongst the scenic hills of Glenville with rooms that overlook a pretty courtyard. Whilst here you can sample both Nova Scotian cuisine and authentic Scottish dishes.
Stay: One night in an executive room at Glenora Inn & Distillery Resort
Ingonish & Cape Breton
On day 10 you will journey to Ingonish where you will be ideally placed for explorations in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park is rich in interesting wildlife and beautiful scenery featuring woodland, tundra, lakes and streams. There are numerous trails to explore, ranging from leisurely walks to more challenging hikes.
The famous Cabot Trail will take you on a journey around Cape Breton’s northern shore up to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The road is carved into the mountain sides high above the waters of St Lawrence, with numerous lookouts that offer sensational coastal vistas. Be on the lookout for soaring eagles and pods of whales just offshore.
Stay: Two nights in a main lodge room at Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa – bed & breakfast
Your final night in Nova Scotia will be spent at a charming inn situated on a secluded peninsula next to the small village of Charlos Cove. Rooms at the property feature fine art and antiques, and are just steps away from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and excellent coastal walking trails.
Stay: One night in a double room at Seawind Landing Country Inn – bed & breakfast
Halifax – London
Catch your return flight home from Halifax.