Quebec City, Nova Scotia, & Prince Edward Island

Embark on a 10-day journey to discover the beauty of three of Canada's most legendary provinces.

Tour Description

Your adventure begins in one of North America's oldest European settlements, Quebec City. Home to famous attractions like Place Royale, the Plaines of Abraham and the historic Parliament Building, you will have plenty to do and see during your two-day stay discovering the French culture of the city.

You will then board VIA Rail's Ocean for your overnight journey to the Maritimes. Your first destination is the coastal city of Halifax. Have time at leisure to visit the city's museums, art galleries, unique sidewalk cafes and other loved Halifax attractions before embarking on a day excursion to either the beautiful Peggy's Cove or an exciting tour of Lunenberg and Mahone Beach*.

After your stay in Halifax you will continue your Canadian journey as you take a scenic drive to Cape Breton. Along the way make a relaxing overnight stop at Baddeck, home to the famous Alexander Graham Bell. From Cape Breton you will continue on to the beautiful Prince Edward Island. During your time on the Island indulge in some shopping at one of the many unique boutiques, or dip your toes in the water at one of the Islands many beaches. Your tour comes to an end as you embark on a ferry ride from Prince Edward Island back to Halifax where you will have the night at leisure before starting on your journey back home.

Features & Inclusions

  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • 1 night aboard VIA Rail's Ocean from Quebec City to Halifax in Sleeper Plus in a cabin for 2
  • 6 day car rental with GPS, LDW, and unlimited kilometers
  • Transfer from your hotel to the Ste. Foy rail station
  • Quebec City sightseeing tour
  • Sightseeing excursion from Halifax to Peggy's Cove OR Lunenberg & Mahone Bay* (depending on day of week)

Itinerary

Day 1  Arrive Quebec City
Upon arrival today, transfer independently and check into your hotel and then hit the town. Stroll the streets and visit the city's many shops and boutiques, all just steps away from your hotel. Overnight in Quebec City.

Day 2  Quebec City Sightseeing
This morning, embark on a city sightseeing tour (included) that takes you to some of the most important landmarks including the Plaines of Abraham, the Place d'Armes, the Fortifications, the Parliament Building and Place Royal. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

This evening transfer from your hotel to the Ste. Foy rail station to board VIA Rail's Ocean train to Halifax. Settle into your first class accommodations and prepare for your night aboard the train. Your onboard accommodations include comfortable upper and lower sleeping berths. Overnight onboard the train.

Day 3  Via Rail’s Ocean to Halifax
Awake this morning and enjoy breakfast (included) in the Dining Car. Take the remainder of the day to relax aboard the train. Your first class status gives you exclusive access to the domed lounge car where you can enjoy unparalleled views of the passing scenery. You can also learn about the area from Learning Coordinators who will share their knowledge through entertaining presentations. The Ocean arrives in Halifax late this afternoon.

Transfer to your hotel (not included), located in the Historic Properties harbor area. Drop off your bags and head to downtown Halifax. Here you'll find art galleries, museums, historic sites, sidewalk cafes, spirited pubs, and lively entertainment. Everything you were looking for tonight and then some! Overnight in Halifax.

Day 4  Excursion to Lunenburg & Mahone Bay OR Peggy’s Cove
Today embark on a tour of one of the Maritime's most engaging attractions. Depending on the day of the week, you will either visit Lunenburg and Mahone Bay or Peggy's Cove*.

Join a kilted guide in "New Scotland" for an enchanting tour of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. Lunenburg is home to Nova Scotia's largest fishing fleet, Lunenburg Academy, extraordinary architecture, supreme shops and more. From Lunenburg, continue with a drive to Mahone Bay, famous for its churches along the shore and its picturesque beauty. There will be plenty of time for exploring these remarkable seaside towns.

The alternate excursion takes you to Peggy's Cove. This quaint village stands on granite rock high above the Atlantic Ocean and offers stunning views of the Nova Scotia coastline. It's no wonder artists and explorers have flocked to the area for more than 150 years! You'll enjoy a walking tour of the cove and village, including the famous DeGarthe Sculpture, a granite carving depicting the life and people of the area. There is ample time to explore the area on your own before heading back to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure to discover Halifax on your own. Overnight in Halifax.

Day 5  Drive to Cape Breton
Pick up your rental car this morning (included) and enjoy the scenic leisurely drive to Cape Breton. Upon arrival, plan a stop at Alexander Graham Bell Park in Baddeck. The complex houses the largest collection of Bell's artifacts and inventions including replicas of the first telephone. Climb to the rooftop gardens to get a glimpse of Bell's Canadian estate, Beinn Bhreagh. As you walk back to the car, admire the beautiful views overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes. Keep an eye out for bald eagles! Overnight in Cape Breton.

Day 6  Cape Breton at Leisure
Take the day to explore Cape Breton Island. Your hotel is centrally located in Baddeck, near many of the island's popular attractions. You may wish to travel the Cabot Trail, a breathtakingly beautiful roadway carved into the island's northern highlands, or visit the Fortress of Louisbourg, a National Historic Site where you can relive history in 1744-era New France; the Miner's Museum, which gives underground tours of the Ocean Deeps Colliery; or, St. Peter's Canal, a highlight of the Bras d'Or Lakes scenic drive and the only national historic canal in Atlantic Canada. Overnight in Cape Breton.

Day 7  Drive to Prince Edward Island
This morning set off for Prince Edward Island, the location that inspired Anne of Green Gables and the place where Canada's confederacy was solidified. Take the ferry over to shorten the drive and enjoy stunning views of the area. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and set off to explore Charlottetown. The harbor area offers several boutiques worth browsing, and the downtown area includes beautiful Victorian homes and buildings. Overnight in Prince Edward Island.

Day 8  Prince Edward Island at Leisure
Take the day to explore the Island's offerings. Visit amazing beaches—the north shore boasts 60-foot dunes and the south shore has red sand and calm waters—or popular attractions including Province House, which hosted the Charlottetown Confederation in 1864, and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, which is home to live theater, an art gallery, and the Charlottetown Festival during summer months. Overnight in Prince Edward Island.

Day 9  Prince Edward Island to Halifax
Today return to Halifax by ferry. The day is at your leisure so you can determine your schedule and any stops you make along your route. Upon arrival in Halifax, you may wish to take a short sightseeing excursion or visit some of the town's unique shops and pubs. Overnight in Halifax.

Day 10  Depart Halifax
Your tour comes to a close this morning. You may wish to extend your stay, or transfer to the airport for your return trip home. Return your rental car to the Halifax International Airport.

Accommodation Options

Hotels include Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, The Prince George Hotel, Inverary Resort, The Great George, and The Prince George Hotel. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.

Dates & Prices

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Prices land only, per person. Prices are correct at the time this web page is published; however, are subject to change. * All 2018 departures will visit Peggy's Cove on Day 4
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