AVMM MARITIME MOSAIC TOUR

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island

AVMM MARITIME MOSAIC TOUR
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Halifax City Tour; Whale and Wildlife Cruise; Maritime Museum of the Atlantic; Peggy's Cove; Lunenburg Fisheries Museum; Grand Pre National Historic Site; Saint John City Tour; Kingsbrae Gardens; Fundy Discovery Museum; Fredericton City Tour; Hopewell Rocks; Shediac Bay Lobster Cruise; Charlottetown City Tour; Green Gables Heritage Place; Cavendish National Park; Cabot Trail; Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.


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How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s).

Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

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I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

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What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing, by letter, e-mail, or by fax immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted.

Insurable risks may be covered under trip cancellation insurance policies, if purchased. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason.

All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated. We may cancel departures if forced to do so by circumstances such as war, civil or political unrest or what is commonly referred to as force majeure. In these instances we will refund all passengers in full if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date.

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date; or, if circumstances do not permit, an alternative will be offered at that time. We will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline change fees, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage under such circumstances.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given approximately 60 days prior to departure.

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Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sun 11 Jul 2021Fri 23 Jul 2021 $3898 USD
Sun 05 Sep 2021Fri 17 Sep 2021 $3898 USD
Sun 10 Jul 2022Fri 22 Jul 2022 $3898 USD
Sun 04 Sep 2022Fri 16 Sep 2022 $3898 USD

A 15% Canadian tax (HST) will be levied on the tour price, single supplement (if chosen), and extras nights (if any) and is not included in tour price.

Optional Single Supplement: $1133 USD (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


Regions visited: North America
Countries visited: Canada


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What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

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Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary


Day 1 Arrival in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Today we arrive in the beautiful harbour city of Halifax.

This Atlantic Ocean port city is dotted with heritage buildings, public parks and some first-rate museums. Part of what makes Halifax special is it’s small size and easy-going atmosphere, combined with the perfect balance of rural and urban, all wrapped into one.

Overnight in Halifax.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Halifax: City Touring
After breakfast we will enjoy a city tour, taking in historic properties, Province House, the Old Town Clock and more. We will tour the Victorian Public Gardens which were officially founded in 1867. At the Titanic Grave Sites one takes pause at the final resting place of 121 victims of the RMS Titanic.

We then get to experience Halifax from a different viewpoint on a nature and whale watching tour. During our time here we will visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic where we learn about the history, stories, events and people that define Nova Scotia.

In the afternoon you will have some free time to explore the harbourfront and walk along the promenade.

Overnight in Halifax.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Halifax & The Western Shores
This morning we say farewell to Halifax and travel the rugged south shore of Nova Scotia to the world famous Peggy’s Cove village and lighthouse. This graceful lighthouse sits high upon the smooth wave-worn granite of the coast and is Nova Scotia’s most well-known lighthouses and perhaps the most photographed in Canada.

We will make a stop at the family owned and operated Acadian Maple Products, the largest producer and exporter of maple syrup in Nova Scotia. Once in picturesque Mahone Bay we will see the line of 3 elegant churches gracing the sheltered harbour. From here we will head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, one of Nova Scotia’s most historic and beautiful towns and home of the Bluenose II.

Today we will also visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic where we learn about the history of commercial fishing in Atlantic Canada.

Overnight in Western Shores.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Western Shores - Saint John, New Brunswick
Today we travel to the beautiful waterfront community of Annapolis Royal. Originally inhabited by a strong Mi’kmaq community, in 1605 the area became home to some of North America’s earliest European settlers. Situated along the Evangeline Trail, here one finds over 150 heritage buildings including the oldest wooden house in Canada.

We will visit the Grand Pre National Historic Site. Located in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grand-Pré National Historic Site was once the epicentre of Acadian culture and is now the most significant memorial to their tragic upheaval.

Later in the day we will board the Digby Ferry for a scenic crossing on the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, New Brunswick.

Overnight in Saint John.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Saint John - St. Andrews by-the-Sea
We start our day with a city tour of Saint John, including a stop at Reversing Falls – a series of rapids on the Saint John River. Here the river runs through a narrow gorge before emptying into the Bay of Fundy.

A short drive brings us to the quaint village of St. Andrews by-the-Sea. Here we find a treasure trove of beautiful architecture, unparalleled scenery and rich marine life. St. Andrews is one of New Brunswick’s oldest and most distinctive settlements, and is a classic example of colonial town planning. Everything about this place is special, including its status as a National Historic District, one of the oldest and loveliest in the Maritimes.

We will visit the 27 acre Kingsbrae Gardens, with over 50,000 perennials in many themed gardens.

Overnight in St Andrews.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 St. Andrews by-the-Sea - Fredericton
This morning, we tour the Fundy Discovery Aquarium, which showcases the local marine life found in the Bay of Fundy. We will see harbour seals through the windows of an underwater viewing area, and see and some more in the gigantic touch pool. Before reaching Fredericton, we will visit the Kings Landing Historical Settlement, an authentic village, depicting the 100 year transformation of a young colony into the young nation of Canada. Enjoy a guided tour of the Historical Village and Museum, followed by some free time to explore the 40 exhibits with over 70,000 artifacts on your own. We then continue to New Brunswick’s capital city of Fredericton on the banks of the Saint John River.

Time-permitting this afternoon or on the following morning, we suggest a visit to Fredericton’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery to see some master art works and Dali’s Santiago el Grande (viewed best by laying on the floor and looking up). Fredericton has a thriving arts and cultural scene with more artisans per capita than anywhere else in Canada.

Overnight in Fredericton (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 Fredericton - Moncton
This morning we will have an entertaining and informative city tour with a local guide, discovering Fredericton through local eyes and all it has to offer. This afternoon, we travel through the Fundy National Park to the incredible Hopewell Rocks, home of the Flowerpots, peculiar rock formations that are shaped by tidal erosion and stand some 40-70 feet tall. These rocks are forested islands at high tide and resemble flowerpots at low tide.

After visiting this incredible area, we continue to Moncton, located in southeastern New Brunswick, where we have the evening at leisure. Moncton boasts over 32 large scale contemporary murals in and around the heart of the city, a wonderful outdoor gallery, created by a mix of international and local muralists. At Resurgo Place, you will be able to visit Moncton Museum and Transportation Discovery Centre as well as take advantage of a variety of free services such as travel assistance, advice, access to maps and tourism guides, information about events, attractions, and festivals.

Overnight in Moncton.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Moncton - Summerside, PEI
Today we continue to the town of Shediac, known as the "Lobster Capital of the World", where we see the World's Largest Lobster before embarking on a lobster cruise to learn about lobsters and the local fishery while we savour a freshly cooked lobster lunch.

Following our cruise, we make our way to the province of Prince Edward Island crossing on the Confederation Bridge. The curved, 12.9 km (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, linking mainland New Brunswick with Prince Edward Island, and continues to be one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century. After four years of construction using more than five thousand local workers, the Confederation Bridge opened to traffic on May 31, 1997. We arrive in the capital city of Charlottetown and have the remainder of our evening at leisure.

Overnight in Summerside (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 Day Trip to Charlottetown
Today we will enjoy a tour of Charlottetown. Charlottetown might be a small city, but it’s bursting with big energy and infectious island vibes. Canada was born (or perhaps more accurately, conceived) in Charlottetown when the Fathers of Confederation met at Province House National Historic Site in 1864 to plot out the creation of Canada.

At Cavendish National Park one discovers miles of sand dunes, barrier islands, sandstone cliffs, wetlands, and forests. The beaches of Cavendish are part of Prince Edward Island National Park. The road through the park leads to a choice of many access points to the beach which offer a safe place to park and enjoy a walkway to the water.

Green Gables is the name of a 19th-century farm in Cavendish, and is perhaps one of the most notable literary landmarks in all of Canada. The Green Gables farm and its surroundings are the setting for the popular Anne of Green Gables novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Today the site is also known as Green Gables Heritage Place, and the he house was designated a National Historic Site in 1985.

At the end of our day we will stop at the fishing village of North Rustico. Strongly connected to its proud fishing tradition, North Rustico residents pride themselves on their closeness to both land and sea. The village of North Rustico was founded in 1790 around a small natural harbour along the Gulf of St. Lawrence coast.

Overnight in Summerside.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Summerside - Sydney, NS
Today we will travel back across the Confederation Bridge to the mainland where our destination is Sydney on Cape Breton Island. As the largest urban area on Cape Breton and the island’s historical capital, Sydney is the perfect mix of metropolitan charm and down home hospitality. As with many Nova Scotian communities on the ocean, the heart of Sydney is its waterfront.

Overnight in Sydney.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Day Trip to Cabot Trail
Today we will experience the picturesque and world-renowned Cabot Trail. Rising from the sea and clinging to mountains, the 298-kilometer-long Cabot Trail is a winding mix of roadway, paths, stairs, and stunning beauty that takes one from unreal ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages. A great place for a ‘time out’ is at Margaree Valley, is a small community on Cape Breton Island. The original name here was Frizzleton, but this was changed to Margaree Valley in 1961.

We will continue to tour the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. As we hug the world-famous Cabot Trail coastline, we will wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where lush, forested river canyons carve into the ancient plateau, edged by rust-coloured cliffs. The cool maritime climate and rugged landscape of the park permit a unique blend of Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats, plants and animals.

Along the way we will stop at Lone Shieling, Pleasant Bay and Neil’s Harbour with spectacular seascapes, sweeping beaches, rare plants and abundant wildlife.

Overnight in Sydney (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12 Day Trip to Louisbourg
Today we will visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site located on Cape Breton’s rocky shoreline east of Sydney. A visit here brings you back to French colonial life between 1713 and 1758 when Louisbourg was a major fishing centre and cosmopolitan town situated on the trade routes between North America and Europe. Nova Scotia’s colonial history was largely shaped by decisions far across the Atlantic.

We will also see Cape Breton’s Miners’ Museum which pays tribute to the region's long and rich coal mining history and is home to the famous choir of miners - The Men of the Deeps. Here we will take an underground tour of the Ocean’s Deep Colliery beneath the Museum’s building.

Overnight in Sydney.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Departure from Sydney
Your Maritime adventure has come to an end, make your own way to the airport (Airport code YQY) for your return flight home.

FOND FAREWELL!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Cambridge Suites Halifax

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Halifax
Country: Canada

In downtown Halifax, this chic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of restaurants, shops and the Halifax Citadel National Historic
... and 12 minutes from the harbour. Modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks, as well as minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers
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Hampton Inn & Suites

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Saint John
Country: Canada

This modern hotel is an 8.4-km drive from the Cherry Brook Zoo and a 15.2-km drive from Irving Nature Park
... the Bay of Fundy. Classic rooms include free WiFi and custom-designed beds, plus desks, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs with HD channels.
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Delta Fredericton

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Fredericton
Country: Canada

Straddling a waterfront trail on the south bank of the St. John River, this sleek hotel is 1.2 km from
... city centre and 2.8 km from Route 8. Modern rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, in addition to minifridges, coffeemakers and work desks.
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Rodd Moncton

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Moncton
Country: Canada

Overlooking the Petitcodiac River's tidal bore from the downtown business district, this classic hotel is 850m from Champlain Place mall,


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Loyalist Lakeview Resort

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Summerside
Country: Canada

Set 2 km from Credit Union Place, this straightforward waterfront hotel is also 9 km from the Acadian Museum and
... km from Chelton Beach Provincial Park.
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Cambridge Suites Sydney

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Sydney
Country: Canada

This waterfront all-suite hotel with a brick exterior in Downtown is 5 minutes' walk from Casino Nova Scotia, 6 minutes'
... from the Highland Arts Theatre and 2.2 km from the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.

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Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast daily & most dinners, some lunches (hotels & local restaurants) as listed in tour itinerary. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters (if available). Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

Exclusions

Airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

PLEASE NOTE: The land price, single supplement, and any extra nights are subject to a 15% Canadian Tax. This amount is not included in the listed pricing.

Seasonality and Weather

The late summer months usher in pleasant weather and busier sites. Average highs hover in the 20's C (70s F) from July though September.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Ground transport provided by mid-size touring coach.

This is a busy tour, but not strenuous. One must be prepared for some early starts and full (scenic!!) travelling days. Roads are excellent, but some slow and winding sections should be expected.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation

All accommodation is no less than 3-star standard. We always receive great reviews about the hotels’ cleanliness, service, accessibility, and convenience/location. In two locations, we are limited to the accommodation and select the best that is available.

Please click on the "Map & Hotels tab for more information.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, driver/s, local guides as necessary/appropriate.

Group Size

Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

AVMM TRIP DETAILS

DURATION13 days

TOUR STARTHalifax

TOUR ENDSydney

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