Day 1: En Route from U.S. / Arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Welcome to Nova Scotia! Upon arriving, connect with your kilted Orbridge Travel Director to transfer to the hotel in downtown Halifax. After check in, meet up with fellow travelers at a welcome reception to learn more about the exciting week ahead. The remainder of the evening is yours to relax and become acquainted with this capital city.
Overnight: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel (R)
Day 2: Halifax / South Shore / Halifax
After breakfast, visit the quaint fishing village of Peggy's Cove, which hosts one of the most well-known, and perhaps most photographed, lighthouses in Canada—Peggy's Point Lighthouse.
Afterward, stop in Mahone Bay for a photo opportunity to capture the iconic three stately churches nestled on the waterfront.
Continue across Nova Scotia's pristine south shore with a visit to Lunenburg, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995—and one of only two cities in North America holding this moniker. Colorful homes dot the harbor of this picturesque village, which has been home to fishermen and shipbuilders since the 1700s, as well as home to the famous ship, Bluenose II.
Returning to Halifax, hear an overview of the city's history, and visit Fairview Lawn Cemetery to learn about Halifax's connection to the Titanic.
This evening, join with fellow travelers for a relaxing dinner.
Overnight: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel (B,D)
Day 3: Halifax / Annapolis Valley / Digby
Bid Halifax a fond farewell as today's journey continues northwest to the rural UNESCO World Heritage Site, Grand-Pré (meaning great meadow). Learn about Le Grand Dérangement, a forced exodus of the French Acadians that took place from 1755 to 1762, and view the powerful monument that unites the French Acadian people. This mass expulsion sent the French Acadians to various British colonies, as well as Britain and France, from where many migrated to Louisiana (and became the ancestors of modern-day Cajuns).
Before departing, take the opportunity to photograph the legendary statue of Evangeline that stands before the Memorial Church.
Afterward, meet the vintners at Planters Ridge Winery, housed in a newly renovated barn with a 150-year-old history. Built in 1864 by Enoch Woodworth, the farm remained within the Woodworth family for seven generations until purchased in 2010 by the current owners.
During a tour and tasting, learn how Nova Scotia’s rich soil and mesoclimates create some of the most distinctive, premium-quality grapes in North America.
Next venture to Hall’s Harbour, a pictorial fishing community located along the shore of the Bay of Fundy. Take a tour of the Lobster Pound, which serves as one of the largest lobster holding facilities in Canada with a capacity of up to 65,000 pounds, before sampling a delicious, fresh-made lobster roll. Arrive this evening in Digby and enjoy a relaxing dinner to close out the day.
Overnight: Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa (B,L,D)
Day 4: Digby / Saint John, New Brunswick / Saint Andrews
After breakfast, embark upon a ferry ride to Saint John for a brief panoramic overview of the area before continuing to Saint Andrews—fondly known as St. Andrews-by-the-Sea—designated a National Historic District and one of the oldest and loveliest towns in the Maritimes. Check in to the famous Algonquin Resort and take some time to enjoy the idyllic surroundings at your leisure.
Overnight: The Algonquin Resort (B)
Day 5: Campobello Island
Today's adventures include a boat ride to visit Campobello Roosevelt International Park—providing opportunities for whale watching along the way! The late U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt spent his summers on Campobello Island, filling his days with activities like sailing and hiking. He first visited as a boy, and later with his wife, Eleanor, and their children.
Enjoy a guided tour of Roosevelt's impressive summer home, and explore the exhibits and artifacts in the Visitor Centre before experiencing Tea with Eleanor, an enlightening hour where guides share stories about Mrs. Roosevelt and her accomplishments.
The remainder of the day is yours to indulge in the various amenities and activities back at the resort.
Overnight: The Algonquin Resort (B,L)
Day 6: Saint Andrews / Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
After breakfast, return toward Saint John, first stopping at Fundy National Park—one of the marine wonders of the world. Approaching Hopewell Rocks, gaze in awe at the four-story flowerpot-shaped sculptures the tides have dramatically carved from the cliffs. This remarkable location features the widest range of tides in the world, with high tide reaching 46 feet above sea level. At low tide, visitors can walk along the ocean floor beneath the towering rock formations, a truly unique experience.
Later this afternoon, continue the journey across the renowned Confederation Bridge to captivating Prince Edward Island. One of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century, this eight-mile-long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water.
Overnight: The Great George (B,L)
Day 7: Charlottetown
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Charlottetown before venturing to the Cavendish area to visit the fabled home of Anne of Green Gables, the inspiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novels.
Admire the white sand beaches, red sandstone cliffs, and rolling dunes as you travel through Prince Edward Island National Park. At Cavendish Beach, test the water during a brief stop to dip a toe in the ocean.
Tonight's dinner is a real treat—a traditional Prince Edward Island lobster supper where tasty chowder or soup, delicious locally cultivated mussels, salad, and homemade rolls accompany a one-pound lobster. And, if waistbands allow, indulge in a dazzling array of scrumptious sweets!
Overnight: The Great George (B,D)
Day 8: Charlottetown / Halifax, Nova Scotia
Take a ferry ride across the warmest waters north of the Carolinas—the Northumberland Strait—en route back to Halifax for a guided city tour. Stop at the site of the Halifax Explosion (the 1917 maritime disaster) and the Citadel National Historic Site—a 19th-century star-shaped fortification commemorating the city's role as a key naval station in the British Empire.
This evening, join fellow travelers for a lovely farewell dinner.
Overnight: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel (B,D)
Day 9: Halifax / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to Halifax Stanfield International Airport for flights home. (B)
R = Reception, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
The majority of the program’s activities will take place outdoors and a fair amount of walking on varying terrain is to be expected. It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace, get in and out of a motor coach, and walk up a flight of stairs without assistance.