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Ultimate Nova Scotia Explorer

12 Days / 11 Nights (May be customized)
Bar Harbor, ME - Yarmouth, NS - Halifax, NS, Baddeck, NS, Portland, ME
Start your trip with comfortable Downeaster travel service to Brunswick, ME and you will be whisked away to Bar Harbor, ME, home of Acadia National Park. Enjoy a visit to all the main sites of Acadia before departing on The CAT ferry to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. You will transfer to Halifax with scenic stops along the way featuring Historic Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a lovely night's sleep in Halifax, you will pass through this vibrant city viewing historic buildings and modern high rises lining the street, visit the Victoria Public Gardens, and much more plus an afternoon tour of Peggy’s Cove. From Halifax, travel to Baddeck and take a tour of the Cabot Trail, which has been described as nature’s longest roller coaster. On Day 6 enjoy a tour of the Fortress of Louisbourg, watch French colonial soldiers fire muskets and cannons, smell fresh bread as it comes from the brick ovens, and try your hand at quill writing or lace making. After departing Baddeck for Halifax, you will begin your return to Yarmouth with a scenic tour / transfer via the North coast with stops at Grand Pre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Annapolis and Digby. After a night's stay in Yarmouth, you will ferry back to Portland for a one-night stay in Maine's favorite city. Many will add a night in Boston at the beginning of this adventure. You may also substitute Boston for Portland, ME.

The vacation may be customized to depart from any station, stay less or additional nights and include other destinations.

DELUXE CAR-FREE ITINERARY: (Other versions available)

Day 1 & 2 – Downeaster rail service to Brunswick, ME and transfer to Bar Harbor, ME for a two-night stay. Enjoy a tour of Acadia National Park and a Lobstering Cruise (Overnights in Bar Harbor)
Day 3 – Board The CAT ferry to Yarmouth, NS. Ferry departs at 3:00PM. (Overnight in Yarmouth)
Day 4 & 5 – Tour and transfer to Halifax and enjoy stops in Shelburne, Historic Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. Halifax area tour and a tour of Peggy’s Cove. (Overnights in Halifax)
Day 6 – Transfer from Halifax to Baddeck, NS. (Overnight in Baddeck)
Day 7 – Enjoy a tour of the Cabot Trail. (Overnight in Baddeck)
Day 8 – Enjoy a tour of Sydney with the Fortress of Louisbourg. (Overnight in Baddeck)
Day 9 – Transfer from Baddeck back to Halifax. (Overnight in Halifax)
Day 10 – Tour and transfer from Halifax to Yarmouth with stops in Digby, Annapolis and others. (Overnight Yarmouth)
Day 11 – Ferry return from Yarmouth back to Bar Harbor. Transfer down the coast to Portland, ME (Overnight in Portland) You may choose to overnight in Brunswick or Freeport as well
Day 12 – Depart on the Downeaster for return home.

  • Round-Trip Amtrak Downeaster
  • All transfers throughout*
  • Round-Trip CAT Ferry from Bar Harbor, ME. to Yarmouth, NS
  • Eleven-Nights Hotel Stay - 2 in Bar Harbor, ME - 2 in Yarmouth, NS - 3 in Halifax, NS, 3 in Baddeck, NS, 1 - Portland, ME (You may customize this with less nights if requested)
  • Public tour of Acadia National Park (Private tour available) Lobstering boat excursion
  • Hop on/off Halifax tour, Peggy’s Cove tour, Cabot Trail tour & Sydney with Fortress of Louisbourg Tour
  • Tour / Transfer of Nova Scotia's South Shore and North Shore through Annapolis Valley
  • All taxes and driver's gratuity on private tour / transfers
  • *New in 2019, you may add on a rental car at various points to lower your overall cost. Our deluxe car-free package is by far the best version of our packages due to all driving and touring done by our local partners
Package Pricing
Pricing From Boston* June-July August Sept - October
Deluxe Car-Free $3,609 - $3,809 $3,609 - $3,809 $3,609 - $3,809
Rental Car From Yarmouth $3,129 - $3,339 $3,129 - $3,339 $3,129 - $3,339
Rental Car From Brunswick $2,789 - $2,989 $2,789 - $2,989 $2,789 - $2,989
Self Drive Throughout+ $2,339 - $2,539 $2,339 - $2,539 $2,339 - $2,539
*Prices are per person double occupancy and based on availability. Please call for single or triple rates. Package inclusions may not be available year-round therefore substitutions may be made. Prices are subject to availability and change. Please call, with travel date, for a quote and most up to date pricing. The CAT Ferry operates from late June, 2019 till October 15, 2019. We can customize this itinerary with less or more nights depending upon arrival and departure times. Our staff will work with you to be sure you understand all your options. + If you drive any portion of your itinerary, you are responsible for all car parking charges.