Historic Charms of Halifax
About the Trip
An ideal blend of majestic harbour views and historic city charms take you on a trip back in time in Nova Scotia. Compelling experiences unfold at unparalleled Maritime settings – from the colourful 18th century town of Lunenburg to Canada’s oldest Maritime and immigration museums and sites. Discover the epic local stories of the Titanic and the Halifax explosion. Journey by private boat to sublime Peggy’s Cove where lighthouses, fishing sheds and vibrant boats abound. Experience military pageantry – complete with bagpipes, bands and gymnastic feats – at the world-renowned Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Your history-infused celebrations culminate with a literal bang at a magical (and private) Canada Day fireworks display.
We reward all our CAA Members on our Extraordinary Explorations® tours/cruises.
- $25 Beverage card†
- 25 CAA Dollars®^
- 25% savings on CAA Travel Insurance◊
CAA has curated an exceptional experience unique to your tour. Details of this experience are listed below:
A private tour of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, is Canada’s national museum of immigration. In the evening celebrate Canada Day with a private viewing of the fireworks at the hotel.
- Return airfare from Toronto or Winnipeg to Halifax
- 4-night stay in first-class accommodation in Halifax
- Breakfast daily, 1 dinner and 1 snack
- Land transportation via first-class motorcoach
- All bridge and road tolls
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Professional English-speaking tour director throughout
- Hotel porterage of 1 suitcase per person
- Destination transfers
Historic Charms of Halifax: Celebrate Maritime Culture, Canada Day and the Tattoo
Activity Level: Light. From picture-perfect Peggy’s Cove to Halifax's Waterfront to the colourful 18th century town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia’s Maritime history knows how to charm at every turn.
Halifax – Upon arrival to Halifax, meet your kilted tour director. Along the way to your hotel, take in an overview tour of Halifax. Hear stories of the Halifax explosion and the city’s role in the recovery operations after the Titanic disaster. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. D
Halifax – Travel the South Shore to Mahone Bay continuing to Lunenburg. Take time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, travel by private boat to the small community of Peggy’s Cove with its nostalgic fish sheds and colourful fishing boats. Return by coach to the hotel. B
Halifax – Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, attend a performance of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Experience military bands, pipes and drums, gymnasts, dancers, military displays and competitions all under one roof. B
Halifax – This morning, tour the oldest and largest Maritime museum in Canada, The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Later today, enjoy your Extraordinary Experience: a private tour of Pier 21, is Canada’s last remaining ocean immigration shed. This evening, celebrate Canada Day with a private viewing of the fireworks at the hotel. B/S
Enjoy your last morning in Halifax. This afternoon, transfer to the Halifax Airport for your flight home to Toronto or Winnipeg. B
B - Breakfast | D - Dinner | S - Snack
Terms & Conditions
*All CAA Member prices are per person, based on double occupancy, in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated and are subject to change without prior notice until final payment is paid. All prices are correct at press time and apply to new bookings only, based on availability at time of booking. To receive CAA Member-exclusive benefits, there must be one valid CAA Member travelling per booking. Non-members booking Extraordinary Explorations will not receive Member-exclusive benefits.
†Beverage card is one per person, in Canadian funds and has no cash value.
^CAA Dollars awarded per adult Member. To earn and redeem CAA Dollars, you must be a current CAA Member in good standing (CAA Membership dues paid in full by membership expiry date). CAA Dollars will be credited at time of departure. For more information on CAA Dollars, please visit www.caasco.com/caadollars.
◊CAA Travel Insurance is underwritten by Orion Travel Insurance Company, a CAA Company. Twenty-five percent (25%) Member savings is made up of a ten percent (10%) Member savings as well as a promotional fifteen percent (15%) savings when you purchase an Extraordinary Explorations tour through CAA Travel, applies to CAA South Central Ontario and CAA Manitoba Members in good standing (CAA Membership dues paid in full by membership expiry date). This promotional offer is valid until December 31, 2023. Ten percent (10%) Member savings applies to Members in good standing of all other CAA clubs. Savings apply to the total premium excluding applicable taxes. Minimum premium applies. Visitors to Canada Insurance is limited to the promotional savings. Certain exclusions, limitations and restrictions apply. Subject to change without notice. A Medical Questionnaire may be required to purchase travel insurance. Extraordinary Explorations vacations are organized and booked by CAA Travel (South Central Ontario) Inc. and CAA Manitoba (“CAA Travel”) on behalf of CAA Club Group (o/a CAA South Central Ontario and CAA Manitoba). In the event of an increase in any of the cost factors, CAA Travel reserves the right to increase the price whereby the provisions of the Travel Industry Act shall prevail. CAA Extraordinary Explorations packages are 100% non-refundable at final payment. CAA Travel service fee for cancellation prior to final payment varies by program. For full payment terms and conditions, please ask your CAA Travel Consultant. CAA Travel reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements (minimum number of participants) or circumstances beyond its control. Additional fees for checked luggage or other incidentals may be incurred and vary according to itinerary and airline. Air schedules with some tours are not available at press time and may include several connections or forced overnight at passenger’s expense. CAA Travel strongly recommends the purchase of trip cancellation and emergency travel and emergency medical insurance at the time of booking. Please note: Participants must be able to embark and disembark cruise ships and coaches without assistance as well as have a good level of mobility for walking tours in destinations where stairs and traditional cobblestone streets can be challenging. International transportation vehicles and facilities may not meet accessibility standards.
Depart Toronto or Winnipeg to Halifax. Upon arrival, meet your kilted tour director and driver. Transfer by coach to your downtown hotel for a four night stay. On your way to the hotel, enjoy an overview tour of Halifax hearing stories of Halifax during the war years, including the Halifax explosion and the city’s role in the recovery operations after the Titanic disaster.
This evening enjoy dinner at one of Halifax’s finer restaurants; Salty’s Seafood Restaurant. (D)
Travel the south shore of Nova Scotia to Mahone Bay, home to many artisans and famous for its scenic views. Continue to Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy time exploring the town and waterfront – there is so much to see. Later travel to beautiful Peggy’s Cove by charter boat. The tiny harbour below the lighthouse is a masterpiece of seasoned fish sheds and colourful fishing boats, making it one of the most photographed places in Canada. Be sure to see the sculpture carved in the granite rock by well-known artist William De Garthe. (B)
This afternoon, attend a performance of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo which is unlike any other show in the world. Military bands, pipes and drums, choirs, gymnasts, dancers, military displays and competitions offer the most exciting entertainment ever found under one roof. The ten day event features more than 2,000 of the world’s best military and civilian performers in rare form. If you’ve never seen the Tattoo, hold on to your hat. It’s hard to even imagine the spectacle that follows when the lights come up in the 10,000 seat, air-conditioned Halifax Metro Centre arena. Writer Glen Hancock once described it as “Folies Bergere, the Dumbells, the Navy Show, Disneyland and the Charge of the Light Brigade, all rolled into one.” (B)
This morning, enjoy a tour of The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The museum is a member institution of the Nova Scotia Museum and is the oldest and largest Maritime museum in Canada with a collection of over 30,000 artifacts. Later today enjoy a private tour of Pier 21. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is Canada’s national museum of immigration. The museum occupies part of Pier 21, the former ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971. It is Canada’s last remaining ocean immigration shed. This evening, enjoy the fireworks from a special room in the Marriott along with hors-d’oeuvres. (B/S)
This morning is at leisure before your return flight to Toronto or Winnipeg. Transfer to the Halifax airport where you will say farewell to your driver and tour director as you return home with many fond memories of your time in Nova Scotia. (B)
B - Breakfast | D - Dinner | S - Snack