Eastern Canada & The Cabot Trail NQS20

Resort: Eastern Canada & The Cabot Trail NQS20
Operator: Great Rail Journeys
Destination: Canada
Price From: £2995.00

Overview

Discover the rugged eastern coast of Canada on a remarkable tour
that combines the dynamic cities of Quebec City and Halifax with
captivating coastal scenery in Nova Scotia. See cascading
waterfalls at Niagara Falls, walk on the ocean floor at the
stunning Hopewell Rocks, and experience an exciting whale watching
cruise, all on this unique Canadian tour.

Highlights

  • Toronto
  • Niagara Falls
  • Qubec
  • Whale watching in Baie St Catherine
  • Moncton
  • Hopewell Rocks
  • Sydney, Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail
  • Halifax and Lunenburg
  • Mahone Bay and Peggy’s Cove

whats Included

  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • 10 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on The Ocean’s Sleeper Plus Class service
  • Scheduled flights from London to Toronto and Halifax to London
  • 1 night on The Ocean’s Sleeper Plus Class service
  • All rail and coach travel as described
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish

Itinerary

Day 1 – To Toronto

We depart from London Heathrow and fly direct to Toronto,
arriving mid-afternoon. Our hotel for two nights is the welcoming
Chelsea Hotel, situated in the very heart of Toronto, an excellent
base from which to explore the city. Toronto is a multicultural
melting-pot with an inviting, laid back atmosphere . The city looks
out across mesmerising Lake Ontario from its position on the
northern shore, and is overlooked by the CN Tower, one the world’s
tallest structures. This evening is at leisure to explore this
exciting city.

Day 2 – Niagara Falls

Our day begins with a brief introductory coach tour of Toronto,
as we head south from the city for today’s excursion, a visit to
the incredible Niagara Falls. A collection of three waterfalls
which sit on the border between Canada and the United States,
Niagara Falls is truly one of the natural wonders of the world.
During our time at the Falls you have time to experience the
awesome power of crashing waters, either from the viewing area or
at the foot of the thundering Falls on board the boat here (payable
locally).

Day 3 – To Quebec

Today is spent travelling from Toronto to Qubec City. We begin
our day with a coach transfer to Union Station, before continuing
by rail. We journey to Montreal where you have some time at leisure
to stretch your legs, before continuing onwards to Qubec City,
arriving this evening.

Day 4 – Discovering Quebec

Our day begins with a guided tour of Qubec, including the
Citadel and the ‘Plains of Abraham’, the site of the battle between
British and French forces during the Seven Years’ War. This
afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Qubec has a wealth of
historic and cultural sites you may wish to visit including the
Basilica-Cathedral of Notre Dame, or rue Saint-Jean, Saint-Louis
and Saint-Paul, all lined with restaurants, boutiques and souvenir
shops.

Day 5 – Whale Watching in Baie St Catherine

This morning we embark on a stunning scenic drive, passing
Montmorency Falls, an awe-inspiring waterfall that stands at almost
30 feet higher than Niagara Falls, and the spectacular Charlevoix
Coastline. We arrive in the small town of Baie St Catherine this
afternoon. The area is a coastal paradise for nature lovers, filled
with rocky creeks, beautiful natural beaches and imposing fjords.
From here, we experience a unique encounter with nature as we
embark on an unforgettable whale watching cruise.

We spend three hours on board on what is undoubtedly one of the
highlights of our trip, hoping to catch an up-close view of these
magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. After our cruise,
we transfer by coach to the resort town of La Malbaie, situated on
the northern shores of the Saint Lawrence River, where we have time
at leisure for dinner. The town boasts a myriad of restaurants,
bistros and cafs, offering a delicious mix of seafood, French and
international cuisines.

This evening, we transfer by coach to Qubec, where we board The
Ocean service for our overnight journey to Moncton, New
Brunswick.

Day 6 – Arriving in Moncton

After an overnight journey on The Ocean in comfortable Sleeper
Plus Class carriages, we arrive into the city of Moncton this
afternoon. As the largest city in New Brunswick, Moncton is known
as a transport hub and railway town, as well as a rising cultural
city with a wealth of attractions, dining and heritage. We transfer
to our Moncton hotel, where we stay for the next two nights.

Day 7 – Hopewell Rocks

Today’s full day excursion is to the fascinating Hopewell Rocks.
Also referred to as the Flowerpots Rocks or The Rocks, the site is
a stunning natural rock formation caused by thousands of years of
tidal erosion. The tides here are among the highest in the world,
and our full day trip allows us to see the area at both high and
low tide, both equally impressive sights. At low tide, it is
possible to walk on the ocean floor, with an expanse of beach and
coves to discover. After an unforgettable day in this awe-inspiring
coastal location, we return to our hotel this evening.

Days 8-9 – To Sydney, Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail

Today, we bid farewell to Moncton and travel by coach across
Nova Scotia to Sydney. On Day 9 we enjoy a full
day guided tour of Cape Breton along the famous Cabot Trail,
possibly Nova Scotia’s most famous activity. Regarded as one of the
world’s most stunning scenic destinations, the Cabot Trail is a
spectacular 186 mile highway that cuts through the breathtaking,
natural beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands and completes a loop
around the northern-most tip of the island.

On our memorable drive today, we wind through verdant,
tree-covered hills which slope dramatically to meet the azure
coastal waters. We pass isolated rocky bays and charming, quaint
fishing villages as we drive through the mountainous coastal
terrain, all the while being treated to spectacular views across
the forested canyons of Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the
rugged Nova Scotia coastline.

We make a stop during our scenic adventure to visit the
Alexander Graham Bell Museum, a historic site dedicated to the
renowned inventor and scientist of the same name, who is credited
with inventing the first telephone.

Days 10-13 – Halifax, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Peegy’s Cove

We transfer from Sydney to Halifax today, where we enjoy a city
tour. Founded in 1749, Halifax boasts the title of the first
British town in Canada, and is known for its magnificent
waterfront, craft beer culture, and thriving arts scene. Discover
the city at your own pace this afternoon and on Day
11
. Why not visit the famous, starshaped fortress of the
Citadel, or uncover the secrets of the Titanic at the Maritime
Museum of the Atlantic?

We enjoy a magnificent sightseeing tour of the province’s
maritime treasures on Day 12, which includes the
wonderful Peggy’s Cove. This charming working fishing village is
crowned with one of the most iconic and photographed lighthouses in
Canada, Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. Built in 1915, this classic white
and red lighthouse is still active today, regularly casting out
majestic beacons of light over rocky St Margarets Bay. Next, we pay
a visit to picturesque Lunenburg. Founded in 1753, it is considered
to be one of the best surviving examples of a British colonial
settlement in North America. Its quaint waterfront and original
buildings with colourful wooden faades, have earned the town
UNESCO World Heritage status, a testament to its fascinating
history. Finally, we visit Mahone Bay, a town rich in tradition and
famous for its three heritage churches: St James’ Anglican, St
John’s Evangelical Lutheran, and Trinity United, located on the
historic harbourfront.

This evening, we bid farewell to eastern Canada, transferring to
Halifax airport for our scheduled overnight flight to London, where
we arrive on Day 13.

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