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Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick Featuring the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Festival

Nova Scotia International Tattoo Festival
Nova Scotia International Tattoo Festival Grand Pre National Historic Site - Photo Credit Nova Scotia Tourism Agency Peggy's Cove; Photo credit Destination Halifax Confederation Bridge

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Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST

Enjoy a vacation filled with rich heritage, scenic wonders, and historic landmarks. Experience the annual Royal Tattoo Festival, one of the world's premiere cultural and entertainment events featuring world-class Canadian and international military and civilian performers.


9 Days/8 Nights

Meals Included:

8 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners


$1,499.95 Per Person

NOTE: Itinerary subject to change

Day 1:
Travel to Portland, ME
Lunch on own en route
One overnight at Best Western Merry Manor
Dinner on own

Day 2:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out
Travel to St. John, New Brunswick
Stop at US/Canadian Border to clear customs
Note: Time change to Atlantic Time-on hour ahead of EST
One overnight at St. John Hilton
Dinner on own

Day 3:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out
Step on Guided Tour of St. John, New Brunswick
Lunch on own
One way Ferry crossing from St. John, NB to Digby, NS
Travel to Wolfville, NS
One overnight at the Old Orchard Inn
Dinner at Old Orchard Inn
Performance of Lloyd Smith "Town Crier"

Day 4:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out and travel to Grand Pre, NS
Visit Grand Pre National Historic Site
Travel to Peggy�s Cove, NS
Visit Peggy�s Cove
Lunch on own at the Sou�Wester Restaurant
Travel to Halifax, NS
Two overnights at Courtyard Marriott

Day 5:
Breakfast at hotel
Free time on own to explore Halifax
Lunch and dinner on own
Admission to the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Festival at Halifax Metro

Day 6:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out
Travel to Woods Island, PEI
Lunch on own
Ferry from Caribou, NS to Woods Island, PEI
Travel to Georgetown Royal, PEI
One overnight at Rodd Brudenell River Resort
Travel to Cardigan, PEI
Lobster supper at Cardigan Lobster Supper
Return to hotel

Day 7:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out
Travel to Park Corner, PEI
Admission to Anne of Green Gables Museum, Carriage Ride, Tea and Potato Planting Demonstration
Travel to St. John, NB
Lunch on own
Confederation Bridge Crossing from Borden, PEI to Cape Tormentine, NB
One overnight at St. John Hilton
Dinner on own

Day 8:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out
Travel to Andover, MA
Stop at US/Canadian Border to clear customs at Calais, Maine
Lunch on own
One overnight at Doubletree Boston Andover Hotel
Dinner on own

Day 9:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out
Travel home
Lunch on own en route

Every Starr trip includes deluxe motorcoach transportation and overnight accommodations.
Guided Tour St. John, NB
Enjoy a step on guided tour of Saint John, New Brunswick, the oldest incorporated city in Canada.

Your tour will include the historic uptown area including the Loyalist Burial ground and the City Market. The oldest continually operating market in Canada is the perfect chance to buy souvenirs and perhaps try a local delicacy such as dulce. Travel along tree lined streets and learn how this vibrant city had to recover from a devastating fire that nearly destroyed the entire city in the late 1800s. Near the entrance to the harbour stands an iron lamp known as "The Three Sisters". It has guided mariners into the harbour since 1848.

Have several picture opportunities including Fort Howe overlooking the uptown core. Learn about the Loyalist's that arrived looking for a new home in the new world.

No tour in Saint John would be complete without a visit to Reversing Falls. Learn more about the phenomena of the tides of the Bay of Fundy.

One Way Ferry from St. John, NB to Digby, NS
Enjoy a scenic one way ferry crossing from St. John, NB to Digby, NS aboard the MV Fundy Rose.
Relax in the main lounge where you can catch the daily featured movie presentation. If you are an outdoor enthusiast then feel free to stroll the decks, feel the wind in your face and search the bay for a sighting of the endangered right whale or other sea life.
The MV Fundy Rose offers the Mid Ship Cafe for a Starbucks and Light Fare, grab a drink at the Crow�s Nest, or visit the Acadia Eatery, featuring a full daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu.

The sailing is approximately 2 hours.

*A list of names is required prior to sailing.

Lloyd Smith, "Town Crier"
Lloyd Smith, "Town Crier", will induct each passenger into "The Order of Good Cheer". This is a ceremony that began in 1605 and is sanctioned by the Province of Nova Scotia. Each visitor will be inducted and receive a certificate stating such. Fully Costumed, Lloyd will meet our group at the Old Orchard Inn at dinner time.

Grand-Pre National Historic Site
Grand-Pr� National Historic Site is a park set aside to commemorate the Grand-Pr� area of Nova Scotia as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755, and the deportation of the Acadians which began in 1755 and continued to 1762.

A commemorative church houses exhibits, paintings & stained glass window.

Outside the church is a Statue of Evangeline, the fictional heroine of Longfellow's famous poem.

The park is wheelchair accessible.

Peggy's Cove
Located Southwest of Halifax, this tiny, picturesque village lies nestled in a snug harbor where lobster fishermen live & work. This area is surrounded by bold granite outcroppings where, during a storm, the sea dashes against the shoreline.
One of the many lighthouses dotting the Lighthouse Route, extending southwest from Halifax to Yarmouth may be seen in this artist's haven.
The Sou'Wester Restaurant and Gift shop is also located at the world famous Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Tattoo Festival
Featuring over 2,000 world-class Canadian and international military and civilian performers, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Festival lives up to its reputation as one of the world's premiere cultural and entertainment events.
The Tattoo strikes a unique balance, featuring pipes and drums, military and civilian bands, historic re-enactments, dancers, acrobats, choirs, military displays and competitions, drama and comedy in a number of innovative acts.

Ferry from Caribou, NS to Woods Island, PEI
Northumberland Ferries offers what is simply the best way for you and your vehicle to travel between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The Confederation and the Holiday Island Ferries proudly ply the waters between Caribou and Wood Islands in just 75 minutes and, in the process, offer you a unique opportunity to park your vehicle, relax and enjoy the beauty of the sea and the sky.

Anne of Green Gables Museum
The Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush, Park Corner has a treasure around every corner. On this 110-acre property you will find a museum, an antique shop, a craft shop with the finest Anne of Green Gables products available, a tea room with a view of the Lake of Shining Waters, Matthew's Carriage Rides, a playground for the children, and some of the most beautiful scenery found on Prince Edward Island.

L.M. Montgomery chose to be married in front of the fireplace in the parlour of the Campbell homestead on July 5, 1911. The same organ and furnishings that were used at the time of L.M. Montgomery's wedding are still used today when young couples from around the world come to the Campbell home to be married.

Enjoy a scenic carriage ride on the grounds of the Museum.

See a Potato Planting/Digging demonstration.

Also, enjoy fresh tea and cookies in the tea room!

Confederation Bridge Crossing
The Confederation Bridge joins the provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Canada and forms part of the Trans Canada Highway-making travel to and from the mainland fast and simple. At 12.9 kilometers, it is the longest bridge over waters that freeze in the world.

Cardigan Lobster Suppers
5 courses include: homemade seafood chowder and hot rolls, small tossed garden salad with house dressing, bowl of Island Blue cultivated mussels, 1 1/4 lb. lobster in the shell with side plate of potato and veg, homemade dessert, tea or coffee, soft drink, sweet ice tea, lemonade.
If you would prefer unsweetened ice tea, please let me know in advance.
The 1888 Pub is available in the same building if your guests would like to purchase an alcoholic beverage before their meal.

Allergies/entree alternative available. Customers can tell Tour Director on coach.

Main entree alternative: Chicken, Steak (served medium) or Vegetarian.

Accommodations Day 1: Best Western Merry Manor, Portland, ME

The Best Western Merry Manor Inn offers convenient access to many local attractions, shopping and dining options in and around Portland.

The hotel features a year-round outdoor heated swimming pool, indoor children's swimming pool, hot tub with therapeutic waterfall and fully equipped exercise facility.

The Maine Table located at the hotel is open for breakfast and dinner. There is also a cocktail lounge on site.

Guestrooms include Iron/Board; Coffeemaker; Hairdryer; Microwave & Refrigerator.

Accommodations Day 2 and 7: St. John Hilton, St. John, NB

The Hilton Saint John is conveniently located downtown and is connected by indoor pedway to Market Square & Brunswick Square Shopping Complexes. Hotel offers 12 floors with elevator access, interior corridors and a full service restaurant and lounge, indoor pool and fitness center. Rooms feature coffee makers, hair dryers and mini bars.
Hotel has only two rooms that are wheelchair accessible rooms. Cots available at no charge.
Church directory is available at the front desk.
Restaurants within walking distance include Seafood, Mexican, and Indian.

Accommodations Day 3: The Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, NS

The Old Orchard Inn Resort and Spa welcomes all guests to a gentle world of Natural beauty and modern amenities, a travel destination for all seasons.

The Acadian dining room also proudly presents seafood as the menu highlight. The restaurant also offers lighter selections.
The Acadian Lounge is also open for your favorite cocktail before dinner or after a day of exploring the countryside. The Lounge also provides access to our rooftop sundeck for fresh air and photo opportunities.

The hotel offers a Fitness Room, Indoor Pool, Hot Tub and Sauna

Guestrooms include coffee maker, hairdryer and iron/board

The Main Hotel building is Non-Smoking

Accommodations Day 4 and 5: Courtyard Marriott, Halifax, NS

The newest hotel in Halifax provides first-class service and amenities. The hotel features an indoor pool, whirlpool & fitness center. The Courtyard Cafe and CUT Steakhouse offer breakfast, lunch & dinner. Guest rooms feature, beautiful harbour views, hairdryer, iron/board and coffee maker.
Located within walking distance to several restaurants; enjoy nearby theatres, museums and art galleries. Also within walking distance to the Metro Centre, Pier 21 and Cunard Centre. 100% Non-Smoking.

Accommodations Day 6: Rodd Brudenell River Resort, Georgetown Royal, PEI

The Rodd Brudenell River Resort located in the tranquil setting within Brudenell River Provincial Park, the resort offers a wide variety of activities including the picturesque Brudenell River Golf Course.

The resort features an indoor and outdoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness centre, spa boutique and marina.

Dining options include Club 19, a casual pub-style restaurant and bar open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and nightlife!
Stillwaters is open for dinner and offers cozy bistro style dining.
The Pool Deck Bar offers your favorite drink and light snacks.

Guestrooms include coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron/boar.

Each room has a view of the Brudenell River or the Golf Course.

Accommodations Day 8: Doubletree Boston Andover Hotel, Andover, MA

The hotel features an Indoor Pool, Whirlpool and Fitness Room.

Dining options at the hotel include 189 Prime Steak & Seafood Restaurant and Characters Sport's Bar and Grill. Snack Shop and Room Service are also available.

Guestrooms include Hair Dryer, Iron/Board and Coffee Maker.

The hotel is Non-Smoking.
Rollaway beds are available upon request for $15 per day.

-New Brunswick Customs require passenger's full names and birth dates two weeks prior to departure.

Ferry Crossing from St. John, NB to Digby, NS requires full names of passengers prior to sailing.

Day 8 at US/Canadian Border in Calais, ME will need passengers full names, birthdates & citizenship two weeks in advance.

We strongly recommend that your passport be valid for six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip.

-Ferry Crossing from Caribou, NS To Woods Island, PEI--Wheel chair access from the vehicle decks to the passenger deck is available through an elevator from the car deck. All passenger amenities are on one level.

Starr has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

-For travel to Canada, a Passport Book or Passport Card is always needed when leaving or returning to the U.S. by motorcoach. Children 16 and under can cross the Canadian border using only a U.S. Birth Certificate (original or copy) with both parents named listed. Children under 18 not traveling with both parents must have special notarized approval from both parents.

We strongly recommend that your passport be valid for six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. In addition, we recommend that you make at least two photocopies of your passport; one to be left with someone at home who will assist you in the event your documents are misplaced, lost or stolen and one to be kept in the safe in your room while traveling.

Special Notes: Anyone with a criminal record (including misdemeanors or Driving While Impaired (DWI)) may be barred from entering or removed from Canada and must obtain a special waiver well in advance of any planned travel. To determine whether you may be inadmissible and how to overcome this finding, please refer to the Canadian citizenship and immigration website:

Those persons traveling to Canada, who are not U.S. citizens, may have additional requirements for border crossing.

Starr Transit Co. Inc. cannot accept liability for any passenger refused entry into any country due to failure of the passenger to carry correct documentation.

For further information on entry requirements, travelers may contact the Canadian Embassy at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20001, tel. (202) 682-1740; or the Canadian consulate in New York at (212) 596-1600

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