Nova Scotia Escape

14 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

 

£2,030pp

3 star & low season

£2,845pp

4 star & high season

 

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Day 1
Fly from the UK to Halifax today. The boardwalk along the waterfront is the ideal place to start your time here, with a selection of shops, food huts and lovely views of the harbour.
Day 2
You have a full day to enjoy the sights of Halifax. We highly recommend a visit to the Museum of Immigration which tells the story of the European settlers to the province. Later on, have a wander around the lovely botanical gardens or visit the historic Citadel.
Day 3
Collect a hire car from the downtown depot and wind your way along the southern coastline to Charlos Cove. Scenic Highway 7 takes your through a number of remote settlements and past some beautiful sweeping beaches. It’s a long day but take your time and enjoy off-the-beaten-track Nova Scotia.
Day 4
Continue your journey east on to Cape Breton Island, crossing the Canso Causeway and making your way along the southern side of Bras D’Or Lake. Skirt the town of Sydney and make your way to the historic town of Louisbourg, tucked in the south-eastern corner of the island.
Day 5
You have the day free around Louisbourg. The fortress is well worth a visit to learn about the history of the warring English and French settlers and at the other end of town there is a lovely walk from the famous lighthouse along the coastal trail.
Day 6
Backtrack through Sydney and pick up the famous Cabot Trail which takes you along the eastern side of the Cape Breton peninsula. Wiggle your way as far as Ingonish today, where you will see the rolling hills and impressive headlands of the National Park reaching out before you.
Day 7
Spend the day exploring the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton National Park as you wind your way around the Cheticamp on the western side. You will pass a few little settlements where you will find interesting galleries and cafés and have the opportunity to explore a number of fantastic walking trails as you go around.
Day 8
You have the morning free to head back up to the Highlands and visit any bits you may have missed, or, alternatively, visit the lovely little Les Trois Pignons Cultural Centre in Cheticamp. Later on take a whale watching trip to look for these magnificent creatures and other marine wildlife in the Gulf of St Lawrence.
Day 9
Continue your drive today to Pictou on the Northumberland Shore. Take the leisurely road via Inverness Beach and Port Hood before returning across Canso Causeway then heading through Antigonish and New Glasgow to Pictou. This afternoon visit the historic migrant ship Hector.
Day 10
From Pictou you may your way to the impressive Bay of Fundy. Once you have passed Truro we recommend taking a small detour via Burncoat Head which has one of the highest tides in the world. At low tide you can walk on the ochre coloured sands of the ocean floor and look for the myriad tiny marine life in the rock pools. From here continue on to Wolfville.
Day 11
You have a free day in Wolfville. Visit Grand Pre National Historic Site, the site of the first Acadian settlers to the province and a very tranquil spot. There are also a number of vineyards in the area so you could enjoy a tasting at one of these.
Day 12
Meander along the coast to Annapolis Royal. Spend the afternoon exploring some of the charming buildings and historic sites here.
Day 13
Take a drive through Kejimkujik National Park today to Liverpool on the south coast. Take the short detour in to park and enjoy a walk or picnic lunch on Kejimkujik Lake. Once at Liverpool you tun east and wind your way along the coast to Lunenburg. Take an informative walking tour this afternoon.
Day 14
Continue along the coast today and stop at Peggy’s Cove to take a short, sightseeing boat trip around the harbour and take photos at this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards head to Halifax for your evening flight home.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

If you are looking for a holiday with a combination of beautiful scenery, fantastic food and wine, interesting wildlife, a bit of cultural history and friendly locals then Nova Scotia is a great option. The province has lighthouse littered seascapes, rolling inland hills, frolicking whales, fantastic sea-food and a burgeoning wine industry. Additionally its manageable size means you don’t have to drive for too long before discovering the next fantastic spot.

2 nights Halifax – 1 night Charlos Cove – 2 nights Louisbourg – 2 nights Ingonish (Cape Breton) – 1 nights Cheticamp – 1 nights Pictou – 2 nights Wolfville – 1 night Annapolis Royal – 1 night Lunenburg

 

 


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