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A glimpse of Nova Scotia self-drive tour

14 days from £2,730pp

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Tour highlights

  • Discover the history of quaint historic towns such as Lunenburg and Annapolis Royal.

  • Drive the famed Cabot Trail in the north of Cape Breton Island.

  • Step back in time and visit Louisbourg's reconstructed 18th century fortress.

  • Explore Halifax's historic buildings and perhaps enjoy an alfresco lunch by the harbour.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Fully insured vehicle hire
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Halifax. On arrival in Halifax make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

  • Enjoy a day exploring the interesting city of Halifax. For history buffs, don't miss Halifax Citadel and the famous Halifax Clock. Alternatively you may wish to take a sailing trip on one of the world's largest natural harbours or simply enjoy a glass of wine in one of the many waterfront pubs.

  • Make your way back to the airport to collect your hire car and drive south, following the indented coastline to the quaint little fishing port of Lunenburg. Don't miss stopping en route at the famous lighthouse at Peggy's Cove. In Lunenburg you may wish to visit the renowned Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

  • Spend a day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg. There are some superb museums and craft shops here, housed in old clapboard buildings, and usually there are old sailing ships moored in the harbour.

  • Drive from Lunenburg through the centre of southern Nova Scotia to Annapolis Royal. You may wish to stop and explore Kejimkujik National Park on the way which is lovely to look for turtles and deer as you explore by canoe.

  • Enjoy a day exploring the richly fertile Annapolis Valley, with its grand old houses and interesting history. From here you can also explore the Bay of Fundy, home to the world's highest tides.

  • Your drive today takes you from southern Nova Scotia to Pictou on the Northumberland Strait. Here you can see a replica of the sailing ship Hector that brought the first Scottish settlers to the province in 1773.

  • Drive north from Pictou to Chéticamp on the western coast of Cape Breton Island. This little village has wonderful sea views and is the perfect place to start exploring the Cabot Trail, one of North America's most spectacular coastal drives.

  • Follow the stunning Cabot Trail north to Ingonish, stopping to look around small coastal villages and admire the breathtaking sea views on the way.

  • Spend a day exploring the northern tip of Cape Breton Island with its indented coastline and bays such as Meat Cove. Make sure you allow time to go walking in the beautiful Cape Breton Highlands National Park to look for wildlife there.

  • Today you drive eastwards, past Sydney and Bras d'Or Lake, to Louisbourg on the eastern coast of Cape Breton Island. This afternoon do visit the reconstructed 18th century fortress there where you can step back in time and learn all about the struggle for power between Britain and France in the New World.

  • Leaving Louisbourg behind, your drive today takes you south, over the Canso Causeway and back to mainland Nova Scotia. Your destination is the little seaside village of Charlos Cove.

  • Drive from Charlos Cove back to Halifax along Nova Scotia's wild and rugged eastern seaboard. You may wish to stop in Halifax en route for some last minute shopping and sightseeing before dropping off your hire car at the airport prior to boarding your onward flight.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Annapolis Royal
Charlos Cove

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