Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – 8 Days / 7 Nights


This is a Self-Drive Tour.

Fresh salt air, sandy beaches, rocky coves, cosmopolitan cities, remote lighthouses, rich history, warm hospitality, rustic fishing villages, succulent seafood, unspoiled nature, varied activities, first-rate facilities and travel routes…all of these things and more make Canada’s Maritime Provinces one of the world’s most popular destinations. Get a taste of the Maritimes with your self drive tour of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island.

Day 1 – Arrive Halifax
Welcome to Halifax! Your rental car will be ready for pick up at the Halifax Airport. Our choice of the Delta Barrington lets you enjoy delightful water views as the hotel is located in the harbour area, known as the Historic Properties.
Overnight – Delta Barrington

Day 2 – Halifax
Today you might consider a visit to one of the Maritimes sightseeing treasures. You can visit Peggy’s Cove, Canada’s most photographed fishing village. Or visit “New Scotland” Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. Lunenburg is home to Nova Scotia’s largest fishing fleet, Lunenburg Academy, extraordinary architecture, supreme shops and more. From Lunenburg, continue with a drive to Mahone Bay, famous for its churches along the shore and its picturesque beauty. There will be plenty of time for exploring these remarkable seaside towns.
Overnight – Delta Barrington

Day 3 – Halifax to Cape Breton
Today as you travel to beautiful Cape Breton, the wind may carry a Celtic tune. Plan a stop at the Alexander Graham Bell Park in Baddeck. Watch for bald eagles along the Bras d’Or Lakes.
Overnight – Auberge Gisele’s Inn

Day 4 – Cape Breton at leisure
The Cabot Trail needs a full day. Enjoy breathtaking seascapes and experience the warmth and pride of these highland people.
Overnight – Auberge Gisele’s Inn

Day 5 – Cape Breton to Prince Edward Island
Today you are off to the Emerald Isle, home to Anne of Green Gables as well as some of the most charming people in the world. As you have the benefit of frequent ferry service between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, you can relax and enjoy the sights.
Overnight – The Great George

Day 6 – Prince Edward Island at leisure
Prince Edward Island has wonderful beaches. The north shore is warmed by the water of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and boasts 60-foot dunes. The south shore has red sand and calm waters, perfect for swimming or paddling. The island is also the birthplace of the Confederation and visitors can enjoy Province House, the site of the first discussions leading to the formation of Canada.
Overnight – The Great George

Day 7 – Prince Edward Island to Halifax
Once again, we suggest you review your Nova Scotia travel information and select your return routing to Halifax, as you have a complete day to tour and explore.
Overnight – Delta Barrington

Day 8 – Halifax/Home
Thank you so much for selecting a Cartan Tours. We hope this will be one of many visits to this lovely country.

Tour Highlights:

  • 3 nights – Delta Barrington
  • 2 nights – Gisele’s Inn – Cape Breton
  • 2 nights – The Great George – Prince Edward Island
  • Budget compact car for 7 nights, unlimited mileage, pick up and drop off at the Halifax Airport
  • Valuable city maps and sightseeing suggestions
  • Taxes, GST and service charges on applicable items

Dates & Rates – 8 Days / 7 Nights

  • This package is offered daily
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, based on double occupancy
Season Land Only
May 1 – June 30, 2018 $1,399
July 1, – August 31, 2018 $1,499
September 1 – October 7, 2018 $1,399



COMING SOON:  This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.

You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 to 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.