Nova Scotia, meaning ‘New Scotland’ in Latin, was one of the original provinces that became part of Canada in 1867. This region has a wonderful mix of cultures, with influences including the native Mi’kmaq peoples and Scottish settlers, who have brought their own culture and traditions. The majority of this small province is surrounded by the ocean. Its capital, Halifax, provides a gateway for exploring the area, which can be accessed by direct flights from London or via train from Montreal.
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Culinary experiences in Nova Scotia
Discover the culinary highlights of Nova Scotia, and sample some of the delicious dishes that have been inspired by the fresh Nova Scotia-grown produce. Try handmade chocolates in the downtown area, and go behind the scenes in the kitchens of popular North End eateries. Nova Scotia is also justly famous for its lobster. Try Shore Club in the small town of Hubbards, which has been serving up lobster suppers for over 78 years, or Hall's Harbour Lobster Pound in the small coastal community of Hall's Harbour, where you can pluck a fresh lobster from the tank, then have it cooked fresh in front of you.
Sunset walk on the Cabot Trail
Join a guide for a hike along a section of Nova Scotia's most celebrated track, the Cabot Trail. This 297-km route covers the northern tip of the island, winding through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park where there are 28 walking trails. The 9km-long Skyline Trail, located 15 minutes from the park entrance, is recommended. Walk through the boreal forest to discover breathtaking scenery where the mountains plunge into the sea. Look out for resident moose, bald eagles overhead, and whales that may surface in the water below. As the darkness gently descends, look out across the horizon for views of the setting sun.
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"Many inspirational moments in spotting wildlife of amazing diversity in the nature reserves and alongside the road, thanks to our hawk-eyed guide. I would also mention the wonderful swim on the beach at Manuel Antonio on the last full day of the tour. You'd have to go a long way to find a better sea-swim.
Mrs Fiona Anderson"
"A good holiday which provided an excellent introduction to Madagascar, in a short space of time. The holiday was well planned, which meant that I was able to see a lot in one week. The tour manager was really excellent - one of the best tour managers I have had on a holiday of this kind.
"I really can't really pick out one moment, all of it was wonderful. Our guide, Tahir, was marvellous. Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful.
Mrs Christine Gregory"
"Diana Driscoll educated us last year on Mughal Uzbekistan. Because of her we booked onto this Mughal India tour to continue our education. She is inspirational and enthuses us with her love of the subject. Everything about the tour was inspirational. If we have to choose just one thing.....it would be The residency at Lucknow. Also, the India based Tour Manager Madhav Das Rathmore was quite superb and liaised well with Diana, especially since this was the first time the tour had run and the first time they had worked together.
Mr Robert Mundell"
"A belated thank you so much for the arrangements you made for our recent trip to South Africa. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our holiday.
"The content of the tour was excellent as were the tour leader and local guide. We very much enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot about the artists and times in which they worked. It was wonderful to visit an Italian stately home and have a private tour by the owner who was very kind and welcoming.
Dr John Saunders"
"A highlight was the Burmese people, who were so friendly. The holiday was a marvellous experience from start to finish.
"I had a wonderful time on your Classical Greece Tour. It exceeded all my expectations. The itinerary was well thought out and included the most important sites of mainland Greece. The hotels were in excellent positions for exploring the sites and museums. Our tour guide, Marina, was amazing. Her personality was delightful. She was entertaining and her knowledge of the history and mythology of ancient Greece was truly remarkable; her passion for the places we visited brought them to life. It was a truly unforgettable experience. I had the best time ever! Thank you Cox & Kings.
Mrs Jan Enwright"
"Standing in the Registan in Samarkand and marvelling at some of the most jaw-dropping and imposing Islamic architecture I've ever seen against a clear as crystal blue sky.
Ms Wendy Proctor"
"We had a great holiday. So thanks for your help and advice in putting that together.
"We planned the trip with Cox & Kings over an extended period and the whole experience surpassed anything that we could have imagined. We have never been treated so courteously, professionally and enthusiastically. It was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
"The first inspirational moment was the sunrise on one side and Kachenjunga mountain on the other at the Tiger's Hill in Darjeeling. The second was at Paro in Bhutan, when we climbed to see the Tiger's Nest Monastery, though we only made up to the first view point.
Mrs Meena Sumarria"
"Our contact Ewen Moore was readily available on the phone and dealt with all enquiries in a pleasant and efficient manner.
"The tour guide Ra'ed was exceptional. He described all aspects of the sites and many interesting facts about his country, it's history, geography, religions and more. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.
Mrs Patricia Stonier"