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Taste of the Atlantic - Aug 31 departure

Taste of the Atlantic - Aug 31 departure

Departing Aug 31 2020

This tour continues to rate very high in our customer satisfaction surveys and sells out quickly. We see most of the top attractions in the short two weeks we are in the Maritimes. We have changed our itinerary slightly from previous year’s to improve some timelines allowing us to show you even more! We use local guides to showcase their own land as well as step on guides in certain areas.

Pricing

  • Single: $5769.00
  • Twin: $4499.00
  • Triple: $4049.00
  • Quad: $None

Pricing is based on number of people in your group. Rates below are for the next upcoming departure date. For pricing details about other departures, please click the "View Prices" link next to your desired date in the Departure Dates block to the right.

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Tour Details by Day

Day 1 – Home Cities to St. John's, NL

Meals Included: None

Board your WestJet flight to Toronto, and then on to St. John’s, where you will be greeted by your local Tour Director and picked up by Coach Atlantic and transported to your hotel for the next 2 evenings where you can get some rest after your long day of travelling.

Day 2 – St. John's Area

Meals Included: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Wake up invigorated and ready to head to our first tour to Cape Spear – North America’s most easterly point, as well as Signal Hill high above town as well as St. John’s City Tour. You will head back to the hotel to freshen up before heading downtown to browse Water Street, and George Street. We will all then meet on Famous George Street at Bridie Malloys for a Screech Inn and Welcome supper.

Day 3 – St Johns to Gander

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we depart St. John’s and head towards Gander. We will stop for a photo stop at Joseph Smallwood’s Lookout, and then the Silent Witness Memorial. Upon arrival in Gander we will visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum where you can try your luck on the flight simulator. As well, you will take in the Beyond Words Tour of the Gander Airport and hear how Gander opened its doors to the World on 9/11 when all North American flights were grounded. From here we will check into your hotel for the next two evenings.

North Atlantic Aviation Museum opened its doors in 1996 and is dedicated to preserving and presenting stories and artifacts highlighting Gander’s role in the development of TransAtlantic Aviation.

In the spring of 2012, the museum completed extensive interior renovations, creating a modern and professional exhibit, with engaging multimedia displays and a brand new flight simulator.

Learn about Gander’s role as an important strategic base during WWII, how the town earned the nickname “Crossroads of the World”, why Gander was known throughout the Eastern Bloc, and finally hear the story of Gander’s unexpected role, in the days following 9/11.

Day 4 – Twillingate Day Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We will enjoy a day trip to Twillingate today. Along the way, we will stop at the Beothuk Interpretive Centre for a video and tour with a chance for a nice stroll through the Ancient Gardens. We will then continue to Twillingate located in the heart of Iceberg Alley for a scenic tour as well as lunch and wine tasting at a local winery. We will then have time to visit the Twillingate Museum and Craft Centre and a short stroll behind to see the cemetery situated on the hill facing the sea. Aboard our coach once again, we will have a short stop at the Long Point Lighthouse poised high in the cliffs. We will then retrace our steps back to Gander for the evening.

Twillingate is a town of 2,269 people located on the Twillingate Islands (“Toulinquet”) in Notre Dame Bay. The islands provide an excellent sheltered harbour and easy access to the rich fishing grounds nearby. In recent years, a causeway named after Walter B. Elliot was built, which connects it to the mainland via New World Island. Labeled as “The Iceberg Capital of the World”, the town is one of the oldest ports on the island. Imagine… a now-extinct people with a unique language and culture, thriving on the rich resources of the land and sea: seals, birds, fish…

Beothuk Interpretive Centre
300 years ago, this site was a Beothuk village. Tour the Interpretation Centre where exhibits and artifacts foster an appreciation for this unique, and now vanished culture.

From the Interpretation Centre, follow a 1.5 km groomed walking trail to the village site – today an outline of housepits is the only evidence of the Beothuk people who once lived here. Along the trail, a sculpture designed by renowned Newfoundland artist Gerald Squires evokes the tragedy of the Beothuks’ demise.

Day 5 – Gander to rocky Harbour

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we make your way to Rocky Harbour, we will stop at King’s Point for lunch and a bit of browsing before carrying on to Rocky Harbour. Upon arrival we have a visit to the Visitor Center for a short video presentation and information on Gros Morne National Park. Then we will check into your hotel for the next 2 evenings with time to freshen up before heading to the evening Anchors Aweigh Show.

No Newfoundland experience would be complete without the music and wit of a group of local performers, and Anchors Aweigh is the very best the Gros Morne region has to offer.

Filled with renditions of popular Newfoundland and Labrador songs, and sprinkled with wit and one-liners, the show has become one of the best attended in the whole province. Almost by accident, and practically overnight, the Anchors Aweigh band has found its way onto the list of ‘things to do’ for local residents and visitors alike.

Day 6 – Gros Morne National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your tour of Gros Morne continues with highlights featuring a visit to the Lobster Cove Lighthouse. Then you will head north to see the Arches and Broom Point, which is a restored traditional fishing premise that gives you a real glimpse into the vibrant lives of inshore fishing families of coastal Newfoundland. Return back to the hotel in Rocky Harbour tonight with some time to check out the lounge again, which almost always hosts some sort of live entertainment.

Day 7 – Rocky Harbour-Corner Brook

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we will depart Gros Morne National Park. We will have a leisure departure today as we are only going as far as Corner Brook. We will enjoy a city tour of Corner Brook as well as check out Captain James Cooks lookout before settling down for the evening and getting a good night sleep for our departure to Port Aux Basques Ferry tomorrow.

Day 8 – Port aux Basques to Baddeck

Meals Included: Breakfast

We leave the Island of Newfoundland today and take the ferry from Port Aux Basques to North Sydney for a 6 1/2 hour afternoon sailing and transport you to our hotel in Baddeck for the next two evenings.

Day 9 – The Cabot Trail

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you will meet your Nova Scotia Guide and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Cape Breton Island as you do a circle tour of the Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail is considered one of the world’s most scenic destinations with stunning ocean views, old growth forests, prehistoric rock scarred by glaciers, and the mysterious Cape Breton Highlands. Enjoy a picture stop and picnic lunch as we travel through Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Day 10 – Baddeck to Charlottetown

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast we will depart for PEI. A short drive will find us at the Canso Causeway where we will have a quick break. From here we will head to Pictou NS to await boarding of the Wood Islands Ferry for a short crossing to PEI
We then check into our downtown Hotel for the next two evenings.

The Causeway crosses the Strait of Canso, connecting Cape Breton Island by road to the Nova Scotia peninsula. Its crest thickness is 40 m (130 ft), carrying the two-vehicle traffic lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway, Nova Scotia Highway 104 on the mainland side, and Nova Scotia Highway 105 on the Cape Breton side, as well as the single track mainline of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway. The Canso Causeway (Cabhsair Chanso in Gaelic)is a 1,385 m (4,544 ft) rock-fill causeway in Nova Scotia, Canada. Constructed in an “S” shape, the causeway has a base width of 244 m (801 ft) in waters having a maximum depth of 65 m (213 ft).

Day 11 – Charlottetown and Anne of Green Gables Museum

*Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, you will have a local guided tour of Charlottetown before departing for a North Shore tour and the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place. We will also be in for a huge highlight and have an authentic welcome to PEI, with a Ceilidh and Oyster shucking demonstration!

Arguably Canada’s most notable literary landmark, Green Gables is the setting for the beloved 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, the global sensation about a young orphan living in an idyllic Prince Edward Island village. The original green-gabled farmhouse, which inspired author Lucy Maud Montgomery more than a century ago, has been carefully restored to reflect the period, right down to the furnishings in the rooms.

Visitors to the National Historic site can tour the house, where guides are on hand to answer questions, and even meet Anne herself, portrayed by an actress wearing red braids. Outside, trails like the book’s legendary Lover’s Lane lead into the surrounding woodlands.

Day 12 – PEI-Saint John

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we depart PEI, Before crossing the Confederation Bridge we will stop at gateway village. Then across the bridge to the mainland where we will have a brief stop at Shediak to view the worlds largest Lobster. We will then board the Croisieres Shediac Bay Cruises for our Lobster Tales 2 1/2 hour dinner cruise. After we will head to our downtown Saint John Hotel for the next two evenings

Day 13 – Saint John City tour and St Andrews by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast

After your complimentary breakfast, you will make your way to the recently opened Saint John Skywalk for a short video presentation and a walk on the skywalk to view the Saint John River and Reversing Falls Rapids. You will then depart for a city tour and an afternoon trip to St. Andrews By-The-Sea.

SKYWALK Saint John is a rooftop attraction at the Reversing Falls Rapids Tourist Centre.
You will enter the elevator to the rooftop theatre. The theatre includes a 13 minute film which explains the Reversing Falls Rapids phenomenon, the geology, history of the area and things to do while awaiting the next tidal extreme. You are welcome to watch the film more than once.

After the film you will enter the large rooftop deck area which includes the SKYWALK SAINT JOHN observation platform. Stop … take a deep breath and SKYWALK out 28′ beyond the 110′ cliff edge on the stainless steel and glass platform. Step onto the five transparent floor panels made of DuPont™ SentryGlas® and feel the thrill !

Day 14 – Saint John to Halifax

Meals Included: Breakfast

We will depart for a drive along the Bay of Fundy which will lead us to the Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site. We will be given a guided tour and then have lunch on our own before we carry on to Halifax for our final two evenings.

*Hopewell Rocks: Time and tide have carved from the cliffs and coves distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees. During periods of low tide, you can walk 2 km of beach and explore several coves filled with these flowerpot rocks.
Many of the formations have nicknames inspired by their appearance. Look for Lover’s Arch, Dinosaur Rock, Mother-in-law and ET, just to name a few. At high tide, these curious formations become small islands, surrounded by water. While many people like to explore the flowerpot rock formations at low tide, there are plenty of activities at high tide as well.

Day 15 – Halifax Area

Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell supper

Today, after a complimentary breakfast, we will head to Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, and tour the city of Halifax. We may have time to stop at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, home of many of the unknown victims of the Titanic disaster. Afterwards, you can explore the boardwalk, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, shop at the many quaint shops on the boardwalk. This evening we will enjoy a farewell supper downtown with plenty of time to visit new friends and reminisce about your last two weeks in Atlantic Canada

Day 16 – Flights to Home Cities

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our last day has arrived. We will enjoy a trip to Pier 21 today where you can check out your ancestors immigration to Canada and some more time on the Pier. We then transport you to the airport where you will have time to say goodbye to fellow travelers and new friends before your flights to your home cities. Enjoy your flight home with fond memories of the past two weeks in Atlantic Canada.