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Atlantic Canada Explorer

Private Travel | General interest | Self-drive 14 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £1595

Tour Canada’s scenic Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, staying in superior accommodation throughout. Beginning in Halifax, this leisurely self-drive itinerary explores the individual charms of each region. Hike trails in national parks, search for wildlife on land and sea, stroll around coastal towns, and discover historic sites.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in small hotels chosen for their charm & character
  • Take a cruise in search of endangered whales, including humpback, finback & right whales
  • Follow scenic walking trails in the Cape Breton Highlands
  • Whale watching at Brier island
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Halifax

Arrive into Halifax in the province of Nova Scotia and collect your hire car. Stay 2 nights at The Lord Nelson Hotel. (N)

Day 2: Halifax

Today is at leisure to explore Halifax, a city that combines both modern and heritage buildings, and has one of the world’s largest natural harbours. We recommend pre-booking a city tour to visit the Citadel National Historic Site and the Victorian public gardens. For more information, please contact one of our Canada travel consultants. (N)

Day 3: Peggy's Cove • Lunenburg

Drive to Lunenburg visiting Peggy’s Cove en route, a small coastal village with houses built right into the granite rock. On arrival in Lunenburg, check in to the Boscawen Inn for 1 night. During the afternoon we recommend exploring the Unesco-listed old town of this delightful fishing village. (B)

Day 4: Annapolis Royal

Cross the peninsula to the quaint seaside town of Annapolis Royal. En route, we suggest visiting Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its wilderness of lakes and rivers. Stay 2 nights at Hillsdale House Hotel. (B)

Day 5: Bay of Fundy

Drive to Brier island (approximately 2.5 hours) for a shared whale-watching cruise* in search of the vast array of marine wildlife found in the nutrient-rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. (B)

Day 6: Wolfville

Drive to Wolfville, stopping en route at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, commemorating Acadian settlement and deportation. The Domaine de Grand Pré winery is also well worth a visit. Stay 1 night at the Tattingstone Inn. (B)

Day 7: Charlottetown

Travel over the 13-kilometre-long Confederation Bridge to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island. On arrival, stay 3 nights at The Great George. (B)

Day 8: Charlottetown

Spend the day exploring Charlottetown. We recommend visiting Province House National Historic Site, where the meetings were held that led to the formation of Canada in 1867. (B)

Day 9: Charlottetown

Day at leisure to explore the Prince Edward Island National Park – see sand dunes, beaches and Green Gables, the fictional home of Anne Shirley, the character created by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery and loved by millions worldwide. (B)

Day 10: Baddeck

Take the ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia then drive to Cape Breton Island, renowned for its spectacular highlands. Stay at the Inverary Resort for 3 nights. (N)

Day 11: Baddeck

Day at leisure to explore the impressive landscapes along the renowned Cabot Trail. We recommend visiting Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a beautiful park with more than 20 walking trails. (N)

Day 12: Baddeck

This morning, head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, an outstanding living museum with the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Also visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man, who spent his summers in Baddeck. (N)

Day 13: Halifax

Return to Halifax today, travelling along the scenic Bras d’Or Lakes drive to the Canso Causeway. On arrival in Halifax, stay overnight at The Lord Nelson Hotel. (N)

Day 14: Onward travel

Return your hire car to the airport today and fly home, or continue your holiday in Canada. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.


International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please speak to your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

* Bay of Fundy cruise:

Available from mid-June to September.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Great George
    The Great George

    The Great George is located within walking distance of Charlottetown Waterfront, St Dunstan's Basilica Church, Province House, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Victoria Row and several shops, boutiques and restaurants. The property is a unique cluster of 14 award-winning heritage buildings located in the heart of Charlottetown's historic district. Each building has a character and story of its own. Whatever your choice, you will experience the ambience of a small luxury hotel which has preserved its historical charm, elegance and inn-keeping spirit of the 1800s. Features: 59 rooms, restaurant, gym, Wi-Fi, parking, fitness room. Room amenities: Television, hairdryer, iPod docking station, safe, air conditioning.

  • Tattingstone Inn
    Tattingstone Inn

    Set on an acre and a half of gardens and lawns, Tattingstone Inn is a registered heritage property built circa 1874. The nine guestrooms are split over three buildings and each have individual and traditional decor complimented with modern amenities including complimentary wireless internet access. Breakfast is included daily but the property does not offer dinner. There are a number of excellent dining options just a short drive from the hotel.

  • Hillsdale House Inn
    Hillsdale House Inn

    Just minutes from one of the oldest European settlements in the New World, Hillsdale House Inn is a charming bed and breakfast property. The inn is conveniently located in the historic town of Annapolis Royal, a short drive from the Bay of Fundy and a short walk from local restaurants, shops, the King's Theatre and art galleries. The inn offers a combination of Victorian charm and timeless hospitality with modern living and is set on a 4-hectare estate with manicured lawns, stately trees and numerous gardens. The guestrooms are furnished with fine antiques and paintings and feature modern amenities.

  • The Boscawen Inn
    The Boscawen Inn

    Set on the hillside in Lunenburg, The Boscawen Inn is a Queen Ann style mansion that overlooks the harbour and old town. The property was built in 1888 and its heritage has been preserved to provide accommodation with character. Guest rooms are comfortable with either ocean or park views.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £1595 per person

High season from £1845 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4-star accommodation
    • 14 days' car hire based on an Intermediate Automatic (Volkswagen Golf or similar, including GPS)
    • Excursions as specified
    • Admission to nine historical sites