Eastern Canada & The Cabot Trail NQS21

Resort: Eastern Canada & The Cabot Trail NQS21
Operator: Great Rail Journeys
Destination: Canada
Price From: £3095.00

Overview

Discover the rugged eastern coast of Canada on a remarkable tour
that combines the dynamic cities of Qubec 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 holiday.

Highlights

  • Journey to Hopewell Rocks, a stunning natural rock formation caused by thousands of years of tidal erosion. When the tide is low, it is possible to experience an exhilarating walk on the ocean floor
  • Discover the sights of Qubec and Halifax, including Qubec Citadel and the ‘Plains of Abraham’. We also enjoy lunch in a sugar shack.
  • Delight in a whale watching cruise, hoping to catch a glimpse of beluga, fin, humpback, sperm and blue whales
  • Enjoy a full-day’s guided tour of Cape Breton, travelling along the famous Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia’s most famous road
  • Visit one of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls situated on the border of the United States and Canada

whats Included

  • 3-4* Accommodation
  • 10 nights’ 3 and 4-Star hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on The Ocean’s Sleeper Plus Class service
  • Flights from London Heathrow to Toronto and from Halifax to London Heathrow
  • 1 night on The Ocean’s Sleeper Plus Class service
  • All rail and coach transfers
  • UK Tour Manager from start to finish

Itinerary

Day 1 – To Toronto

We depart from London Heathrow and fly directly to Toronto,
arriving midafternoon. Our hotel for 2 nights is the welcoming
Chelsea Hotel, situated in the very heart of 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.

Day 2 – Niagara Falls

Our day begins with a brief introductory coach tour of Toronto,
as we head south for today’s excursion, a visit to the incredible
Niagara Falls. A collection of waterfalls which lie on the border
between Canada and the United States, Niagara Falls is truly one of
the natural wonders of the world.

Days 3-4 – Discovering Qubec

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

Day 4 begins with a guided tour of Qubec, that
includes the Citadel and the ‘Plains of Abraham’ – the site of a
battle between British and French forces during the Seven Years’
War. This afternoon we enjoy lunch in a Sugar Shack.

Day 5 – Whale Watching in Baie St Catherine

We arrive in Baie St Catherine this afternoon, a coastal
paradise for nature lovers filled with rocky creeks, natural
beaches and impressive fjords. From here, we experience a unique
encounter with nature as we embark on a whale watching cruise,
undoubtedly one of the highlights of our trip. We spend 3 hours on
board, hoping to catch an up-close view of these magnificent
creatures in their natural habitat. Resident species include
beluga, fin, humpback, sperm and blue whales.

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

Days 6-7 – Moncton and Hopewell Rocks

After an overnight journey on The Ocean in comfortable Sleeper
Plus Class cabins, we arrive in 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 being a rising cultural
city with a wealth of attractions, and heritage. We transfer to our
hotel, where we stay for the next 2 nights.

Our excursion on Day 7 is to the fascinating
Hopewell Rocks. Also referred to as the Flowerpots Rocks or just
‘The Rocks’, this 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 high and low tide, both equally impressive sights. At
low tide, it is possible to walk on the ocean floor, with a vast
expanse of beach and coves to discover. After an unforgettable day
in this awe-inspiring coastal location, we return to our hotel this
evening.

Please note: the structure of this day is subject to change
due to tidal variances.

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

Today, we bid farewell to Moncton and New Brunswick, travelling
by coach to Sydney in Nova Scotia.

On Day 9 we enjoy a full-day’s guided tour of
Cape Breton, following the famous Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia’s most
famous road. Regarded as one of the world’s most stunning scenic
destinations, the Cabot Trail is a spectacular 186-mile highway
that cuts through the natural beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands,
completing a loop around the northern-most tip of the island. We
make a stop during our panoramic adventure to visit the Alexander
Graham Bell Museum dedicated to the renowned inventor and scientist
of the same name, who is credited with inventing the first
telephone.

Days 10-11 – Halifax, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Peggy’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
.

Days 12-13 – Halifax and London

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 by one of the most iconic and photographed lighthouses in
Canada, Peggy’s Point Lighthouse.

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 3 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
Heathrow, where we arrive on Day 13.

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