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I would definitely do another Odysseys tour – great company, great value.

Nancy Huntley
Springfield, IL

We continue to be amazed at the value and quality of these trips.

Peg & Ray Dutcher
Wellesley, MA

Love your company and feel like we get excellent value.

Eugene & Carol Simpson
Raleigh, NC

The small group (20) was perfect.

Jacqueline Meyer
Foster City, CA

Love small group tours.  Odysseys does it right!

Kathy Root
Grafton, OH

I loved the small group...I felt safe and well cared for.

Deborah Miles
Denver, CO

Odysseys is our #1 choice for group travel.

Karin Knutsen
Chagrin Falls, OH

It was a truly first-rate experience in every way.

Enid & Jerry Liess
Annandale, VA

Each of our four tours with you has been outstanding!

Howard Sosne
Raleigh, NC

Our first experience made us loyal customers.

Doug Bates
The Villages, FL

First-rate tour. Odysseys Unlimited came highly recommended.

Carol & Michael Ferraris
Massapequa Park, NY

The small group is wonderful and the quality of tour directors is exceptional.

Bill Jones
Vancouver, WA

All that was advertised was delivered. Consider this tour to be a real value as to sites visited, itinerary, hotels, and travel between sites.

Susan & Paul Krupp
Georgetown, TX

Odysseys does everything with style, but without pretension. Beautiful meals and hotels. Excellent guides.

Barbara Schoetzau
New York, NY

We like the model – small groups, excellent tour directors, solid hotels, good mix of group/independent activities.

Roger Soder
Seattle, WA

We love the small group experience.

Dave & Alice Wilson
Williamstown, MA

Odysseys tours are just right for us: great value, nice group size, complete trips, sufficient free time.

Laurin & Phyllis LeTart
Shepherdstown, WV

It was the best value in travel we’ve ever had. It was a wonderful experience.

Trish Merrill & Mac White
Austin, TX

This was my 7th trip with Odysseys and they keep getting better and better.

Merle Frank
Miami, FL

Love the small group format and the ease of traveling with arrangements made for us.

Ken & Carolyn Helm
Newburgh, IN

Tour exceeded my expectations having never taken a group tour. An excellent experience – can’t wait for my next one!

Ronni Goldberg
New York, NY

Absolutely the best bang for the buck – organization, quality, consistency.

Harvey Wine
Dallas, TX

Because of the group size and outstanding guides, you make travel easy for us!

Sharon Irwin & John Akamatsu
Kent, OH

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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Iconic Peggys Cove Lighthouse
  • UNESCO site of Lunenburg
  • Scenic Annapolis Valley and Grand-Pré National Historic Site
  • Bay of Fundy whale watch
  • Dinner aboard a lobster boat
  • Prince Edward Island touring
  • Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site
  • Full-day Cabot Trail drive
  • 18th-century Fortress of Louisbourg
Day-by-Day Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Halifax, Nova Scotia We arrive today in Halifax, capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and a bustling center of commerce and shipping. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.

Day 2: Halifax/Lunenburg/South Shore This morning we encounter Nova Scotia’s South Shore, setting out early for the tiny hamlet of Peggy’s Cove. Our destination: Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, one of Canada’s most photographed landmarks, the red-and-white beacon perched on a granite outcropping. Then we continue on the coastal road to Lunenburg, a UNESCO site. Settled by the British in 1753, this historic town represents Canada’s finest surviving example of a planned British town. We take a walking tour then have time for lunch on our own. Later, weather permitting, we make a photo stop in Mahone Bay, known for its three centuries-old churches. Late this afternoon, we return to Halifax for tonight’s welcome dinner. B,D

Day 3: Halifax/Saint John, New Brunswick  Leaving Halifax this morning, we travel to the scenic Annapolis Valley, a network of farms, fields, and forests lying between two mountain ranges in Nova Scotia’s northwest. We stop to tour Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, featuring a prized collection of rhododendron, azalea, roses, and more, in a tranquil setting overlooking a tidal river valley. The Gardens also showcase gardening methods, designs, and materials representing more than 400 years of Canadian history, including a reconstructed Acadian house circa 1671. Next, we visit Grand-Pré National Historic Site, dedicated to the memory of the area’s original French Acadian settlers.  Then we travel to the coastal village of Digby, the “Scallop Capital of the World,” where an option for lunch will include this Maritime delicacy. Late afternoon we board a ferry and cross the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, where dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 4: Saint John/St. Andrews This morning we embark on a walking tour of Saint John, the first incorporated city in present-day Canada. We begin on King Street, the steepest main street in Canada; and pass by landmarks including the Loyalist House, one of Saint John’s first homes; and the Old City Market, Canada’s longest-running farmer’s market. Then we make our way down the coast to St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. From here, we embark on a whale watching cruise in the Bay of Fundy, where we’re on the lookout for the bay’s 12 species of whales. B,D

Day 5: Saint John/Shediac We travel today to the head of the Bay of Fundy to tour Hopewell Rocks, famous for having the world’s highest tides. Formed over the millennia as the seaside sandstone cliffs were slowly worn away by a combination of wind, surface water, and tide, these “Flowerpot Rocks” range from 40 to 70 feet tall. We spend time here to view the formation, then continue on to Shediac, the “Lobster Capital of the World.” Here we enjoy an authentic lobster dinner on board a working lobster boat and learn about this vital industry. B,L,D

Day 6: Shediac/Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island This morning we cross the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge connecting mainland Canada to Prince Edward Island (PEI). Many PEI residents trace their lineage back to the area’s first French and English settlers, and we learn about this rich historical tradition at our first stop on the island: Village Musical Acadien, which hosts cultural events, concerts, and community theater. We continue on to Charlottetown, PEI’s capital and our home for the next two nights. Known as the “Birthplace of Confederation,” Charlottetown hosted the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, which paved the way for Canada’s eventual independence from Britain. Our tour passes the Greek- and Roman-influenced Province House, seat of the PEI Legislature since 1847; and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, home to Canada’s longest-running mainstage musical, Anne of Green Gables. We dine tonight at a local restaurant. B,L,D

Day 7: Prince Edward Island After a morning at leisure in Charlottetown, early this afternoon we travel to the island’s scenic North Shore, where we admire the red cliffs, white-sand beaches, gently sloping dunes, and green fields of Prince Edward Island National Park. Along our drive we stop to tour Green Gables Heritage Place, the restored 19th-century farm (and National Historic Site) that was the setting for the Anne of Green Gables novels. Then we enjoy afternoon tea at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company.  B

Day 8: Charlottetown/Sydney, Cape Breton Island This morning we board a ferry for the return trip to the mainland then travel to Cape Breton Island, one of Canada’s most beautiful spots. Our first stop here: Baddeck, set on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake, where we tour the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Then we continue on to our hotel in Sydney. B,D

Day 9: Sydney/Cabot Trail It’s a day of outstanding scenery as we drive the world-famous Cabot Trail. Named for Venetian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497, this 185-mile route loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, passing through the rugged and beautiful Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Here, steep cliffs repel the crashing surf, river canyons carve out routes to the sea, and mountainsides covered in deep green pines provide stunning photo opportunities. B,L,D

Day 10: Louisbourg Today we visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the reconstructed fortress that is now a living history museum. Then we return to Sydney, Cape Breton’s largest town, where we have free time to explore as we wish followed by dinner at at local restaurant. B,D

Day 11: Sydney/Halifax, Nova Scotia On the way back to Halifax today, we stop for lunch at the Masstown Market near Truro, a produce and fish market popular with locals. We have some free time upon our return to Halifax before we gather tonight for a farewell dinner to celebrate our Maritimes adventure.. B,D

Day 12: Depart Nova Scotia We transfer to the Halifax airport today for our flights home. B

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking up hills or stairs, and on uneven or cobblestone streets. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 11 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class, First Class, and unrated hotels
  • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
2023 Tour Dates & Prices

2023 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

May 21
Sep 24
Sep 27
Jun 4
Aug 20
Sep 3
Sep 10
Sep 17
Jun 25
Jul 9
Jul 16
Jul 30*
Chicago, New York$5,497$5,597$5,697
Atlanta, Balt, Char,
Cincinnati, Cleveland,
Detroit, Wash, DC
Dallas, Den, Houston,
Los Angeles, Miami,
Minneapolis, Orlando,
Philadelphia, Tampa
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $102, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $1,195. Your $475 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2023 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

*Accommodations:  Days 3-4:  Hilton St. John (St. John)

2024 Tour Dates & Prices

2024 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

May 22
Sep 22
Sep 25
Jun 2
Aug 11
Aug 18
Sep 1
Sep 8
Sep 15
Jun 23
Jul 7
Jul 24
Chicago, New York$5,897$5,997$6,097
Atlanta, Balt, Char,
Cincinnati, Cleveland,
Detroit, Wash, DC
Dallas, Den, Houston,
Los Angeles, Miami,
Minneapolis, Orlando,
Philadelphia, Tampa
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $102, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $1,295. Your $475 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

    Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax / Days 1-2, 11 / Superior First Class

    The Four Points by Sheraton Halifax enjoys an ideal location in the city’s waterfront district, which features an abundance of shopping and dining options.  Halifax’s only hotel with direct waterfront access, the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront offers a restaurant and bar with outdoor patio seating, coffeehouse, indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private marbled bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Delta Hotels Saint John, Saint John / Days 3-4 / Superior First Class

    Set in the historic Uptown neighborhood of Saint John, Delta Hotels Saint John provides easy access to several of the city’s attractions, including Saint John City Market, New Brunswick Museum, and King’s Square.  This comfortable hotel offers a restaurant and bar overlooking the Bay of Fundy, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms offer plenty of space to spread out, and have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Shediac, Shediac / Day 5 / Not rated

    The Hotel Shediac offers a comfortable and elegant stay in the center of the port town of Shediac, the “Lobster Capital of the World.”  The 60-room hotel boasts an Irish-themed restaurant and bar, fitness center, indoor swimming pool and solarium, 24-hour convenience store, spa and salon, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Guest rooms are air conditioned and have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Rodd Charlottetown, Charlottetown / Days 6-7 / First Class

    Sitting in the very heart of PEI’s capital of Charlottetown, Rodd Charlottetown offers a perfect location from which to explore this highly walkable city.  The hotel was built in 1931 as one of Canada’s National Railway Hotels, and its red-brick exterior, vaulted lobby, and classic décor exude an air of elegance.  Nearby attractions include the vibrant Victoria Row waterfront area, a host of restaurants and cafes, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and lovely Victoria Park with its harborside walking paths.  The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant and bar, seasonal dinner theater, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, dry-cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    The Simon Hotel Sydney, Sydney, Nova Scotia / Days 8-10 / First Class

    The Simon Hotel Sydney owns an ideal location in the center of Sydney’s downtown waterfront district, directly on the shores of the city’s Sydney River. Amenities of the hotel include a restaurant and lounge, rooftop patio, fitness center overlooking the water, laundry and dry-cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Each guest room has a private bath with hair dryer, coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference. Unrated hotels may be too small, too new, or too remote to be listed.
Post-Tour Extension

Halifax, Nova Scotia –
On Your Own

3 days/2 nights for $375 total price
Single Supplement: $295

Experience more of this regional and
cultural capital, with a diverse mix of historic
and contemporary sights.

Your Tour Price Includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Halifax Marriott Harbourfront (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to Halifax airport
Tour Directors
Kim Colizza

“Kim went above and beyond in many ways, adding little surprises, making bus time more fun, [she was] so positive and upbeat.”
Greg & Lisa Shea
Saline, MI

Warwick Driscoll

“Warwick is an exceptional tour guide. I have never laughed so much in my life. He is fabulous, wonderful, great, funny, and efficient.”
Kathy Hamby
Crestline, CA

Heather Patenaude

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Anne Matheson

“Anne looked after everyone, watching out for our special needs. She talked about local culture and history, and played [music from] local musicians from the area.”
Robert & Louise Amyot
Greenfield, MA

Darcie Reynolds

“Darcie was extremely knowledgeable, humorous, responsive, flexible, and patient.”
Ken & Beth Mraz
Fenton, MO

Sandi Wheaton

“Sandi went far beyond what was expected for a tour director. She exhibited care, safety, invention, enthusiasm, personal time, and energy for all of us!”
Steven Klingler
Idaho Falls, ID

Destination Insight
Suggested Reading for Your Vacation

John Demont
The Long Way Home, A Personal History of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia’s premier journalist John DeMont distills years of travel, research, and meditation in this memoir, which dives deep into the history of the oldest part of Canada. A profound account, appreciated by Nova Scotians themselves.

Alistair MacLeod
No Great Mischief
A novel covering 200 years in the history of a family of Scottish immigrants living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. MacLeod creates a modern saga of the immigrant experience, familial bonds and life in coastal Canada.

Harry Thurston
The Atlantic Coast, A Natural History
Thurston illuminates the geology, plant and animal life and nature of the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland and Labrador through the Maritime Provinces and the Northeastern United States south to Cape Hatteras in this illustrated, engaging survey.

Andrew Hempstead
Moon Handbook Atlantic Canada
A comprehensive guide to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. With regional maps and detailed descriptions of St. John’s and other points of interest, along with an overview of the people, wildlife and history of the region.

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Map
This provincial map (1:400,000) includes Prince Edward Island and adjacent New Brunswick.

Dana Vanveller, Lindsay Anderson
Feast, Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip
The diversity and complexity of Canada are represented in this collection of favorite dishes and drinks, collected on a 23,000- mile road trip across the Great White North.

Maya Jasanoff
Liberty’s Exiles, American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
A spirited history of why (and how) thousands of Loyalists left the fledgling United States at the close of the War of Independence.

John Bacon
The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism
New York Times bestselling author John Bacon tells the binge- worthy story of the WWI-era Halifax Explosion, the third-largest man-made blast in history behind the atomic bombs dropped in Japan. When a munitions ship erupts off Halifax’s Atlantic coast, the explosion vaporizes the ship in a fraction of a second, levels its surroundings, and claims 11,000 casualties.

Robert Bothwell
A Traveller’s History of Canada
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.

Sally Ross
Acadians of Nova Scotia, Past and Present
This thorough study of Acadian history follows the French immigrants from the earliest days of settlement through the Expulsion and Grand Derangement to the present-day. Winner of the Dartmouth Book Award for non-fiction.

Simon Winchester
The subtitle tells it all — Winchester squeezes “Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories” into the covers of this latest entertaining and digressive tale.

Derek Hayes
Canada, An Illustrated History
Grand and far-reaching, this visual compendium provides a full view of Canada and its story. Hayes presents trivia and historical anecdotes alongside 450 illustrations, over 200 photographs and historical maps. A dramatic miscellany recommended for Canadians and non-Canadians alike.

David Hackett Fischer
Champlain’s Dream
In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life.

Derek Hayes
Historical Atlas of Canada: Canada’s History Illustrated with Original Maps
Covering over 1,000 years of Canadian history (from above), this historical atlas includes previously unpublished maps, charts and illustrations, newly discovered in archives and libraries from around the world.

Robin Bates, Ian McKay
In the Province of History, The Making of the Public Past in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia
Using archival sources, novels, government reports, and works on tourism and heritage, this history looks at how state planners, key politicians and cultural figures distorted Nova Scotian history to boost its tourism industry.

Will Ferguson
Why I Hate Canadians
This is the 10th anniversary edition of Ferguson’s wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek.

Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables
This Norton Critical Edition of the immensely popular 1908 novel includes excerpts from Montgomery’s journals, letters and juvenilia, as well as selections by Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron and Louisa May Alcott. As you might remember: the immensely popular children’s novel is set on Prince Edward Island. Anne, an 11-year-old orphan, moves to the small town of Avonlea when she is adopted by an elderly brother and sister.

Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of the Island
Eighteen-year-old Anne goes off to college in Kingsport and discovers life on her own terms, as well as surprises that include a marriage proposal, the sale of her first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Longfellow’s epic poem of Evangeline and Gabriel, two lovers separated because of the 1755 Acadian deportation from Nova Scotia by the English. The story follows the Acadians’ journey from Grand Pre to Louisiana, and Evangeline’s search for Gabriel down the Mississippi. The heroine Evangeline has remained an icon of Acadian identity throughout North America ever since the poem’s publication in 1847.

Alistair MacLeod
Island, The Complete Stories
Raised in Cape Breton, Alistair MacLeod writes of family, the pull of old Gaelic traditions, love and the landscape and folkways of Nova Scotia in this collection of 16 stories. Winner of the Pen/ Malamud Award.

D.R. Macdonald
The Ice Bridge
A Stanford professor raised in Nova Scotia, MacDonald sets this lyrical romance on a on isolated Cape Breton island in the 1990s, bringing to the fore the Scots heritage of the region, its wild landscapes and threats to local communities.

Mark Kurlansky
Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World
A sparkling extended essay on the cod, looking at the importance of the fish to cuisine and history, as well as to Scandinavian, American and Canadian commerce.

Philip Hoare
The Whale
A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale — not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick, but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores.

Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch (Illustrator)
A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
A comprehensive pocket guide to commonly encountered marine mammals, seabirds and other marine life of Northeastern North America, from North Carolina to Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes.

Kevin Sullivan (Director)
Anne of Green Gables
The fun, beloved miniseries adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (CND39), the tale of a feisty orphan who moves to Prince Edward Island and charms the locals. Starring Megan Follows in the titular role. 199 minutes

Kevin Sullivan (Director)
Anne of Green Gables, The Sequel
Megan Follows reprises her role as the loveable Anne Shirley in this sequel to the first adaptation, also set on Prince Edward Island.

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