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Wine, Whales & Whisky Self Drive

Holiday Ref: 15063

Adventures on land and sea await! Sample fresh seafood, whiskey and wine. Hike the Skyline Trail and get great views of the Cabot Trail and you may even spot whales in the Gulf of St Lawrence!

 Departures available – May – September 2017 – Call for details

Itinerary
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Day 1
Halifax

Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s Maritime Provinces.

Day 2
Halifax

A full day in Halifax to explore boutiques, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties, tour the Bluenose II (see the “tails” side of a Canadian dime for a picture of the Bluenose I). Get a terrific view of the city from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and visit York Redoubt National Historic Site a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.

Day 3
Lunenburg

Today head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy’s Cove along the way. Peggy’s Cove (45km) is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Old Town Lunenburg (98km), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian town that begs you to wander and explore.

Day 4
Lunenburg

Travel along the coast road and enjoy spectacular ocean vistas as you head south to Lunenburg.

Day 5
Digby

Cross the peninsula and make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its hiking trails and incredible canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq petroglyphs. Continue to Digby Digby Pines Golf Resort.

Day 6
Digby

Today drive along 65 km along the Digby Neck to experience a whale watching excursion in the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You will likely see finback and minkes, humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Spend the afternoon exploring Annapolis Royal and Fort Anne.

Day 7
Wolfville

Make time to stop at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, commemorating Grand-Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755 and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. Also the Domaine de Grand Pré is a fantastic winery in the area well worth a visit.

Day 8
Pictou

Leave Wolfville this morning and head to the Northumberland Shore, where you can experience the warmest sea waters North of Virginia. Pictou is known as the birthplace of Nova Scotia as it was here in 1733 that the first scots arrived in the province looking for a new life in the new world. The town of Pictou has an excellent interpretive centre with a life-size replica of the Ship Hector, which brought the Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia.

Day 9
Cape Breton Island

Today head to Cape Breton Island,, a little piece of Scotland in North America. As you journey up across the Canso causeway onto the island the scenery becomes more rugged. Your destination for today is the Inverary Resort. Originally built in 1850, this 11-acre resort sits on the shores of the glorious Bras d’Or Lakes.

Day 10
Cabot Trail

Allow 2 days to drive with time to get out and hike or observe views. Visit the park visitor center (5 km). There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in the National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish. The most recommended one would be the Skyline Trail which is approximately located about 15 minutes drive from park entrance. Explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The route winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Along the way visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Route 19 Judique (approx 25 minutes from causeway) or the Glenora Distillery Route 19/ Ceilidh Trail, Glenville (between Inverness and Mabou about 30 minutes from Judique). Other stops may include Acadian Cultural Center & Museum (Les Trois Pignons ) or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts. Your home for 2 nights is Keltic Lodge, a stunning Resort and Spa overlooking the water and right by Highland Links Golf Course rated one of Canada’s finest.

Day 11
Cabot Trail

Allow 2 days to drive with time to get out and hike or observe views. Visit the park visitor center (5 km). There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in the National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish. The most recommended one would be the Skyline Trail which is approximately located about 15 minutes drive from park entrance. Explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The route winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Along the way visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Route 19 Judique (approx 25 minutes from causeway) or the Glenora Distillery Route 19/ Ceilidh Trail, Glenville (between Inverness and Mabou about 30 minutes from Judique). Other stops may include Acadian Cultural Center & Museum (Les Trois Pignons ) or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts. Your home for 2 nights is Keltic Lodge, a stunning Resort and Spa overlooking the water and right by Highland Links Golf Course rated one of Canada’s finest.

Day 12
Liscomb Mills

Today the journey will take you from Cape Breton Island along the scenic Bras d’Or Lakes. Continue to the Canso Causeway to enter mainland Nova Scotia. Travel on the coastal road around Chedabucto Bay, its one worth taking for terrific North Atlantic Ocean views. As you head towards Liscombe, a stop at Sherbrooke Village is advised. The town depicts a typical Nova Scotia village with dwellings from 1860-1910 of which 25 are open to the public and most with costumed interpreters.

Day 13
Halifax

For your last day in Nova Scotia follow the coast road back to Halifax and take in some last minute souvenir shopping before heading out to the Airport for y our return flight back to the UK

12 Nights from £1,459 pp
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Trip Includes
  • Return flights from Glasgow

  • Hotel accommodation for 12 nights: Halifax (2), Lunenburg (2), Digby (2), Wolfville (1), Pictou (1), Baddeck (1), Cabot Trail (2), Liscomb Mills(1)

  • Compact Car, including insurance & one additional driver

  • 6 Meals

Tours: Brier Island Whale Watching Tour

Highlights: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Halifax Citadel

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