ATLANTIC MARITIMES

13 days departing BOSTON from

Style: Active
Destination: USA / Canada
Tour Code: PAM

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Trip Overview

Rugged, unspoiled and off the tourist trail, Northern New England and Canada's Maritime Provinces reveal their unique charm, rich history and hidden secrets to the intrepid traveller. Stunning natural beauty serves as a backdrop to coastal communities defined by their strong cultural identities. From hiking a portion of the famed Appalachian Trail in Baxter State Park to an included sea kayaking trip at Cape Breton Highlands, the Northeast Coast promises a unique adventure with something to entice all interests. Get off the main thoroughfare and discover the REAL highlights!

Included Highlights
  • Sea kayaking at Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Enjoy dramatic coastal views
  • Explore historic fishing villages
  • Discover Acadian maritime culture
  • Guided walks and hikes
  • Two scenic ferry journeys
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg
  • Full day in Baxter State Park
  • Fundy National Park
  • Two nights on Prince Edward Island
  • Towns of Halifax & St Johns
  • Two nights in Acadia National Park
  • Walking tour on Boston's Freedom Trail
  • Iconic views of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
  • Visit to Hopewell Rocks
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 12 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wifi: Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (USA only)

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.


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Optional Activities (paid locally)
  • Sea kayaking in Acadia US$39-$50
  • Museums in Halifax US$9-$15
  • Float plane flight in Baxter State Park US$85
  • Rent bikes on Prince Edward Island US$12 per hour
  • Fishing Trip from Acadia US$100
  • Fishing Trip from Halifax US$100
  • Whale watching at Bar Harbor/Acadia NP US$59
  • Rock Climbing in Acadia US$50-$270
  • "Green Gables" tour US$8
  • Canoeing in Baxter State Park US$1


Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

Day 1: Boston to Baxter State Park

After leaving Boston, we travel north through New Hampshire and into the state of Maine. Our destination is Baxter State Park - a large wilderness area in Piscataquis County in the northern central part of the state and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. On arrival we check into our hotel for a two night stay.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 2: Baxter State Park

We have a whole day free to explore the wonders of Baxter State Park, which is the largest and most remote natural preserve in eastern USA. It was named after its donor and former Maine governor, Percival P. Baxter, and covers an area of 809 square kilometres. At its heart lies Mount Katahdin which is a mountain with many peaks. At 5267 feet one of these peaks, Baxter Peak, is the highest point in Maine. There are many optional activities that you can enjoy here. Hiking, canoeing and scenic flights are but a few ways to enjoy this rare and wonderful wilderness.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 3: Fundy National Park

We cross the border into Canada and stop at coastal Fundy National Park in the province of New Brunswick. The main features of this park include the seaside habitats and the highland Acadian forests. We get the chance to enjoy a walk in these forests and perhaps even stop by some waterfalls. The Bay of Fundy is known to have the highest range in tide levels of anywhere in the world with an average variance of 47.5 feet and an extreme variance of an amazing 53.5 feet.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 4-5: Prince Edward Island

This morning we visit the beautiful Hopewell Rocks where these incredible rock formations make for some amazing pictures. From here we drive past forests and farmlands of New Brunswick, we cross the Gulf of St Lawrence to Prince Edward Island. This is the smallest of all the Canadian provinces with a total population of 141,000. Often referred to as 'PEI', the province actually consists of one major island called Prince Edward Island as well as a collection of smaller islands. It is also referred to as the 'Birthplace of Confederation' as the Charlottetown Conference held in 1864 was one of a few events that established the framework that led the British colonies to confederation in 1867.

We enjoy free time here to relax and choose from various activities at this popular summer retreat such as biking and beach combing. Prince Edward Island was the childhood home of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose best-selling novel, 'Anne of Green Gables' (published in 1908), was also set here. It is possible to join a tour of the Green Gables House, as well as stroll around on the Balsom Woods and Haunted Hollows trails that feature in the book.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 6-7: Cape Breton Highlands National Parks

From Prince Edward Island it is a short ferry ride to Caribou Provincial Park. We then drive towards the impressive headlands of Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the province of Nova Scotia - Canada's second smallest province. Sheer cliffs rising from the sea at the base of the coastal range help to form the spectacular coastline. Enjoy your included sea kayaking adventure with a careful balance of gentle coves filled with tiny sea creatures and the thrill of paddling on the sea! You can see waterfalls, rugged coastline, moon jelly fish, soaring eagles and the sheer beauty of this untamed area.

During our time here we can hike beside the many forested lakes and to the top of the various rugged peaks for outstanding views, or take to the sea for some fantastic kayaking along the remote and beautiful coastline. Consisting of Acadian forests and boreal forests this park is home to various species of wildlife such a black bear, coyote and moose. If we are lucky we may even see some bald eagles flying overhead or perched high up in the trees.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 8-9: Halifax

Next we travel onto Nova Scotia's provincial capital and largest city, Halifax, we have two nights. With its large natural harbour, Halifax has historically been one of the busiest ports on the eastern seaboard. We have time to enjoy some of the many parks, museums, landmarks, art galleries and waterfront cafes of Halifax. The Maritime Museum in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) tells the story of the city's seafaring origins whilst the fortress on Citadel Hill with its iconic Town Clock overlooks the modern glass towers of the city, providing that link between the past and the present.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 10: Lunenburg & St John

This morning we drive to the iconic area of Peggy's Cove where we can see the lighthouse which is always a prominent feature in pictures of the area and makes for excellent holiday pictures. Next we travel to the World Heritage listed historic town of Lunenburg. A walk down the streets of Lunenburg is sure to remind us of a journey back to a bygone era with its unique architecture exemplified in the colourful wooden structures that date back to colonial times, reflecting the towns position as a seaport and a centre for shipbuilding. We then catch an afternoon ferry across the Bay of Fundy to St John, the largest city in New Brunswick. Tonight we have the chance to sample some of the cities night life.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 11-12: Acadia National Park

Leaving Canada, we travel back to USA and the verdant State of Maine. Our destination is Acadia National Park - the only national park in New England. Situated on a series of rocky coastal islands, this reserve was originally named Lafayette National Park in 1919 and took on its present name in 1929. It's a perfect place to enjoy trekking and mountain biking, or there is also the chance to partake in an optional deep sea fishing excursion. Maybe catch something for dinner or haul up a lobster?
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 13: Acadia National Park to Boston

We make our way back to Boston where we recommend that you stay on after the tour ends and book yourself a few extra nights' accommodation to explore the many attractions of one of America's oldest cities. Founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists, it has been in the forefront of American history and in particular the country's fight for independence. Events like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party played pivotal roles in that struggle and have become part of American Folklore. Faneuil Hall has been a government centre and a market place for centuries and even today it makes the hive of activity in the city centre. By walking on the Freedom Trail, we get to visit many of these historic sites and learn about the story of America's own road to independence. Some may wish to pay a visit to Harvard University, located in the suburbs of Boston. New England is renowned for its delicious seafood, in particular the thick seafood soup known as New England clam chowder.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Fall Foliage special departures

Fall Foliage Special Departures

New England's Fall foliage is legendary all across the world. During September and October the leaves turn from green to gold, crimson and orange. It's one of the most beautiful times of year to visit, and perfect for hiking and taking some unique photographs.

Book trips departing throughout September 2014 and 2015.


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Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.


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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Holiday Inn Bunker Hill

BOSTON - HOLIDAY INN BUNKER HILL
This hotel is ideally located between Cambridge and downtown Boston with easy access to public transportation and the airport.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.


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Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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