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Take a tour of Canada's historic cities and natural wonders
Wind your way south from historic Halifax, gateway to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, to the plunging waters of Niagara Falls on this fascinating escorted tour of Eastern Canada. Follow the Cabot Trail through the spectacular, rugged landscape of Highlands National Park, and discover New Scotland's Gaelic heritage, then fly to Montreal - the elegant capital of French Canada - and visit Quebec City, the national capital, Ottawa, and cosmopolitan Toronto.
Nova Scotia Tour Itinerary
Your Eastern Canadian adventure begins as you fly across the Atlantic to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Your Tour Manager will meet you when you arrive this afternoon, and a comfortable coach will be waiting to carry you into the city.
Day One: Fly to Canada
Halifax was once the Royal Navy's North Atlantic base, and stands on the edge of one of the world's largest natural harbours. Why not spend your first evening here dining at one of the restaurants along the historic harbour front?
This morning's guided tour will bring this former British colonial stronghold to life. The fortified, hilltop Citadel houses a fascinating Army Museum, the tree-lined Grand Parade was once the favourite meeting place of the city's great and good, while St Paul's Church at the Grand Parade's eastern end is the city's oldest building.
Day Two: Included Halifax city tour
You'll have the afternoon free to relax or explore. Take a boat trip to the harbour's outer fortification or to neighbouring Dartmouth, or head to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to see remnants of the Titanic, which sank off the coast here. Whatever else you do, don't miss the chance to enjoy local lobster - served hot or cold with melted butter and lemon wedges across the city.
Today we'll head south along Nova Scotia's rugged coast to Peggy's Cove. This haphazard cluster of houses and cottages huddles beneath the watchful gaze of its famous lighthouse. Moving on, our second stop will be Lunenburg, one of the best examples of a planned British Colonial settlement in all of Canada. The town is home to some unique examples of colonial architecture as well as a working replica of the iconic Bluenose - the Queen of the North Atlantic tragically wrecked in 1946.
Day Three: Included Nova Scotia Tour
The scenic countryside once known as 'New Scotland' welcomes us today as we travel across the Canso causeway to Cape Breton Island. We'll spend two nights here, in the yachting town of Baddeck beside the northern shore of Bras d'Or Lake.
Day Four: Coach travel to Cape Breton Island
Baddeck is possibly most famous as the beloved home of Alexander Graham Bell, and your first day here will include a visit to the museum commemorating the Scottish-born inventor and scientist.
Explore Cape Breton Island's stunning landscape as we head to Cape Breton Highlands National Park. We'll follow a section of the legendary Cabot Trail through scenery that has provided continuing inspiration to the region's deep-rooted Scottish musical heritage and some of the world's most celebrated folk fiddlers.
Day Five: Tour Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Today we'll make our way back to Halifax to board our flight westwards to the Canadian Province of Quebec and Canada's undisputed capital of style and sophistication - Montreal.
Day Six: Fly from Halifax to Montreal
We'll head straight to your hotel on arrival, and you'll then be free to relax and enjoy the first of your three evenings in this vibrant city.
Get to know the world's second-largest French-speaking metropolis as our optional city tour explores Montreal's Vieux Port and the lively shops, bars and restaurants of Plateau Mont Royal.
Day Seven: Optional Montreal guided tour
This evening you'll have the chance to step back into Montreal's La Belle Epoque past and dine in style on our optional Maple Delights dinner excursion.
Charming Quebec City is one of Canada's oldest settlements. See the ancient ramparts of the ornate Chateau Frontenac, which rise above the city's historic, UNESCO-listed centre and overlook the stately waters of the St Lawrence. You'll have the chance to discover Quebec's secrets on an optional city tour, before we return to Montreal for a final evening in the city.
Day Eight: Included day trip to Quebec City
Today we leave Montreal behind, and drive through the glorious scenery of the Maple Leaf Trail to Ottawa, Canada's administrative capital. This beautiful city of elegant Victorian houses shelters beneath the rolling Gatineau Hills, and after a guided tour introduces its highlights you'll be free to spend the evening relaxing and exploring.
Day Nine: Coach travel from Montreal to Ottawa
We'll continue our scenic coach journey south west, today. We'll pass lakefront Kingston, beyond which Lake Ontario's Thousand Islands lie scattered across the water, and see where Lake Ontario flows into the St Lawrence River as we head towards Toronto's soaring CN Tower, trendy waterfront developments and ultra-modern malls.
Day 10: Along the Maple Leaf Trail to Toronto
Follow the curve of the Lake Ontario shoreline south, today, as we head to Niagara Falls. Marvel at the astonishing sight of the languid waters of the Niagara River plunging into the foaming cauldron below with a roar that can be heard miles away.
Day 11: Included Niagara Falls day trip
There will be time to take to the skies on an optional helicopter ride through the misty skies, or enjoy lunch in a restaurant overlooking the cascades, before we return to Toronto where you'll be free to make the most of your final evening.
Spend your final morning in Canada relaxing, shopping or sightseeing. Explore Toronto on your own, or on our optional guided tour of this unexpectedly cosmopolitan North American city.
Day 12: Optional Toronto city tour
In the afternoon we'll head to the airport to catch your overnight flight home.
Your unforgettable holiday to Eastern Canada comes to an end, today, as your plane touches down in the UK.
Day 13: Arrive back in the UK