13 days

Atlantic Maritimes

Atlantic Maritimes

Boston, Massachusetts

Cape Breton National Park

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  • Rugged, unspoiled and well off the tourist trail, USA’s northern New England and Canada’s Maritime provinces reveal their unique charm. Rich in history and full of hidden secrets for the more intrepid traveller, this area features stunning natural beauty that serves as a backdrop to coastal communities that are defined by their strong cultural identities. Historic Boston is our launching pad – a city defined by the pivotal role it played in America's history as much as the vibrant cosmopolitan centre we see today. Heading up over the Appalachian Mountains into Maine and then Canada, we quickly find ourselves in rural splendour, far away from the bustle of the cities. Timeless fishing villages dot the coastline, each of them home to people who have clung on to age-old traditions and customs. Forested lakes and rugged peaks accentuate the overall notion of remoteness as we seek out the abundant wildlife that inhabits this wilderness. We also take to the waters on ferry cruises and a kayaking expedition to view the land and seascapes from another perspective, as well as dine out on delicious seafood. We explore the best of Canada’s New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St Lawrence before returning to the USA.


    Day 1-2 - Boston - Baxter State Park

    • Our tour starts at 7:30 am at our gateway hotel in Boston. As this is an early start we recommend that you book a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be booked at the same time you book this tour.
    • We leave Boston this morning and travel north through New Hampshire and into the state of Maine to our destination - Baxter State Park.
    • The next day is free to explore the park. There are many optional activities on offer including hiking, canoeing and scenic flights.

    Day 3 - Fundy National Park

    • Today you cross the border into Canada and stop at coastal Fundy National Park in the province of New Brunswick.
    • The Bay of Fundy is known to have the highest range in tide levels of anywhere in the world, with an average variance of 15 metres (47.5 feet). The landscapes are also varied, from seaside tidal flats to conifer-covered highlands, home to animals such as moose, deer, beavers, raccoons, black bears, coyotes, hares, bats and squirrels.
    • You have the chance to enjoy a walk in these forests and perhaps even stop by some of the many waterfalls.

    Day 4-5 - Prince Edward Island

    • Driving through the forests and farmlands of New Brunswick, today you cross the Gulf of St Lawrence to Prince Edward Island.
    • Prince Edward Island, often referred to as PEI, is the smallest of all the Canadian provinces, with a total population of only 141,000. The province itself actually consists of one major island called Prince Edward Island, as well as a collection of smaller islands. Prince Edward Island is perhaps best known as the childhood home of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose best-selling novel 'Anne of Green Gables' was also set here. It is possible to tour the Green Gables House, as well as stroll around on the Balsom Woods and Haunted Hollows trails that feature in the book.
    • You have free time here to relax and choose from various activities at this popular summer retreat. If Anne of Green Gables isn't your thing you might instead like to go cycling or beach combing.

    Day 6-7 - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    • From Prince Edward Island it is a short ferry ride to Caribou Provincial Park. You then drive towards the impressive headlands of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
    • Located in the province of Nova Scotia - Canada's second smallest province - Cape Breton Highlands National Park features a spectacular coastline made up of sheer cliffs rising from the sea. The park consists of coniferous and hardwood forests and is home to many species of wildlife including black bears, coyotes and moose. If lucky, it is also sometimes possible to see bald eagles flying overhead or perches high up in the trees.
    • During your time here options include hiking beside the many forested lakes and to the various rugged peaks for outstanding views, or you may like to take to the sea for some great kayaking along the remote and beautiful coastline.

    Day 8-9 - Lunenberg - Halifax

    • Today you travel to the World Heritage listed town of Lunenberg. Lunenberg's unique architecture is exemplified in the colourful wooden structures that date back to colonial times, reflecting the town's position as a seaport and centre for shipbuilding. A walk down the streets here is sure to remind you of a journey back to a bygone era.
    • You then continue to Halifax, Nova Scotia's provincial capital and largest city.
    • With its large natural harbour, Halifax has historically been one of the busiest seaports in Canada.

    Day 10 - Digby

    • "The scallop capital of the world", Digby offers a wide variety of interesting activities, dramatic natural attractions, and is close to the best whale watching in North America. Today is free for you to explore at your leisure.

    Day 11-12 - Acadia National Park

    Leaving Canada, travel back to USA and the verdant State of Maine. Our destination is Acadia National Park - the only national park in New England. Situated on a series of rocky coastal islands, this reserve was originally named Lafayette National Park in 1919 and took on its present name in 1929. It's a perfect place to enjoy trekking and mountain biking, or there is also the chance to partake in an optional deep sea fishing excursion. Maybe catch something for dinner or haul up a lobster?

    Day 13 - Boston

    We make our way back to Boston where we recommend that you stay on after this tour ends and book yourself a few extra nights’ accommodation to explore the many attractions of one of America’s oldest cities. Founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists, it has been in the forefront of American history and in particular the country’s fight for independence. Events like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party played pivotal roles in that struggle and have become part of American Folklore. Faneuil Hall has been a government centre and a market place for centuries and even today it makes the hive of activity in the city centre. By walking on the Freedom Trail, we get to visit many of these historic sites and learn about the story of America's own road to independence. Some may wish to pay a visit to Harvard University, located in the suburbs of Boston. New England is renowned for its delicious seafood, in particular the thick seafood soup known as New England clam chowder.

    Our tour concludes upon arrival back at the Boston hotel at approximately 5 pm. Please inquire when booking your tour if you are planning to book post-tour accommodation in Boston. If you are planning to fly out of Boston tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9 pm (21:00 hrs).

  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Services of a professional tour leader, transport in a customised vehicle, 2 ferry journeys, sightseeing and entrance fees to all national parks visited.

    Not Included

    • International flights, airport transfers, airport departure taxes, visas, insurance, sleeping bag, any optional tours and activities, tips and items of a personal nature.
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Trip Code PNPAM
Start City: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
End City: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Style: Small Group

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