Cape Breton Island
Explore the highlights of Nova Scotia from cornerstone cities Halifax and Sydney, gaining a deep appreciation for the history and picturesque views that define this Maritime region. Embark on a Titanic-themed tour with a private guide, uncovering the link between the famed mega ship's tragic end, and the province which lent a hand during the disaster. Venture out to Peggy's Cove, and immaculate natural landscape and rustic fishing village, resting on the coast of Nova Scotia. Privately tour Lunenburg, a charming port town listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, recognized for its uniqueness as the best example of a planned British colonial settlement. A visit to the Alexander Graham Bell museum will provide insight into this incredibly influential communications visionary who lived out the later years of his life in Nova Scotia. Explore the Fortress of Louisbourg, North America's largest reconstruction project, like a window looking back at an original 18th century French fishing settlement. A private tour of Cape Breton National Park returns you to impressive natural beauty, with majestic highland and ocean vistas along the Cabot Trail. It's time you see what all of the talk is about.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Departing from your hotel, today's private tour with driver and guide encompasses all aspects of Halifax's connection to the sinking of the Titanic, including the historic pier from which cable ships were dispatched to pick up victims, the churches, temporary morgue sites, and Fairview Cemetery, where rows of gravestones mark the final resting place of 121 victims. Immerse yourself in history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which houses an excellent permanent exhibit on the disaster, including photographs, wooden artifacts and the only intact Titanic deck chair in the world. Compare the details of this devastating event to the Halifax Explosion which occurred just five years later. The result of a collision between the Imo and the Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, the explosion leveled the north end of Halifax, and killed or injured thousands. But most importantly, learn of the compassionate relief effort displayed by the world to help this city and its inhabitants overcome their instant and tragic loss, and rebuild their lives. Your tour concludes with a transfer back to your hotel.
Meet your driver and guide at the hotel and board your transportation along the Lighthouse Route, to take in the picture-perfect scenery of the South Shore. You will arrive approximately 45 minutes later at Peggy’s Cove, which has been an artists’ and explorers’ paradise for well over 150 years. This village is located right on the rugged Atlantic shoreline, standing on solid rock above the crashing surf. The coastline is famous for pirates, shipwrecks, rumrunning and sunsets. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the moody cove and village, featuring the weather worn fishing shacks (complete with colourful buoys and lobster traps) still used by local fishermen, and awe-inspiring rock formations that have been carved out by the glaciers of the last Ice Age. You will also view the famous sculpture created by local resident William deGarthe, a beautiful granite carving which depicts the life and people of the area. Afterwards have time to wander the rocks, before rejoining your transportation. Enjoy lunch at the Old Fish Factory (not included) located above the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. This museum contains excellent displays on the history of the commercial fishing industry from the days of sail to modern times. Guests may also wish to tour the shops and galleries found on Main Street. At the end of your tour you will return to your hotel in Halifax. Your tour includes, private vehicle/driver, Peggy Cove visit and admission to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
Meet your driver-guide for a day tour to Sydney via Baddeck. Stop to Baddeck and tour the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada, "a must see" place..Here you can explore the amazing worlds of a lifetime that has touched all of us. You’re in for a pleasant surprise because the telephone was only the beginning of Alexander Graham Bell’s life-long pursuit of knowledge and invention.Discover how air and water captured Dr. Bell’s imagination and how ideas led him to transmit sound on light and create a treadle powered sound recording device, man-carrying kites, airplanes and a record setting-hydrofoil boat.Find out how he bridged the world between sound and silence, participate in experiment, kite-making and kite-flying programs, enjoy hands-on activities designed especially for children and take in a presentation in Mr. Bell Theatre.
Your private driver-guide will begin your trip with a highlight tour of Sydney and a panoramic drive through the historic North End. From Sydney travel to the coast and step back in time to 1744 and experience the Fortress of Louisbourg—the largest fortified town outside of Europe. Louisbourg was once a thriving seaport—the third busiest harbor in North America and one of France's key centers of trade and military strength in the New World. Situated along a rocky Atlantic coastline, the site now serves as an exciting and entertaining lesson in Canadian, American, French and British history. You’ll see a selection of buildings and exhibits as costumed actors reenact the lives of specific individuals residing here during the pre-siege era. Return transfer to hotel included. Please note that actors are seasonal and not all buildings are open during off-season.
Departing the hotel with a private vehicle and guide, you'll go on an exploration of the historic Cabot Trail. You'll drive out into the Cape Breton countryside, to Kelly's Mountain, providing pleasant lookout points over the Bras d'Or Channel, which connects the Cabot Strait with the Bras d'Or Lake, and one over Saint Ann's Bay, a former French fishing port established in 1597. Take a ferry across to the picturesque Cabot Trail, through the Cape Breton highlands. You'll drive through many sparsely populated communities, primarily surviving on fishing and logging industry. You'll continue to Cape Smokey, the highest point along the Cabot Trail which is drivable by car. Continue north to the small fishing village of Neil's Harbor, a quaint and picturesque village settled by early Maritime fishermen. Your tour concludes with a transfer back to your hotel.
Meet your private driver for an airport transfer.
Built in 1928, The Lord Nelson is Halifax’s most historic hotel. Its elegance, charm and Maritime hospitality attracts guest from all over the world. This legendary landmark hotel has been the choice of royalty, politicians and celebrities.
Enjoy a unique experience at Cambridge Suites Hotel, where you can enjoy the special added comfort and spaciousness of a suite without spending more than the price of a hotel room. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Sydney, Nova Scotia, the suites provide an extra measure of comfort during business trips, a leisurely vacation or an extended stay. With far more space than an ordinary hotel, Cambridge Suites Hotel match esthete boldness and diversity of the downtown core. Outside, all that captures the city's unique spirit is just steps away. Step inside a hotel that is at once redefined and playful. Welcome to your downtown Sydney hotel experience.
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