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Nova Scotia with Dan Splaine

  • Jun 25, 2014 · 10:00 AM

Charge your batteries and bring plenty of memory cards for this fabulous trip to Nova Scotia, one of the most scenic areas on the east coast. Note: you must have a valid Passport

Not just for photographers! Bring your spouse, your friends…

Your tour includes the following and much more:

• Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy which experiences the highest tides in North America

• City tour of Halifax including the Citadel

• Tour and tasting at Luckett Winery overlooking Gaspereau Valley

• Blomidon Look-off Trail – 1 mile long trail offers views of the Minas Basin and Five Islands Provincial Park, 24 km (15 mi.) across the bayPeggy’s Cove, home of the most photographed lighthouse in Canada

• Old Town Lunenburg considered to be the best surviving planned British colonial town in North America

Payment 
$995/person/double occupancy or $1,495/single occupancy

$100 deposit with reservation. Full payment due no later than May 15.  Deposit refundable if canceled by April 25. No refunds after May 15. Trip cancellation insurance available.

Special Note: In these busy times we realize you may want to reserve space closer to the departure date of June 25, however, we must reach our minimum of 30 passengers no later than April 25 or cancel. So please put us on your calendar and reserve as soon as possible.

Price includes photography coaching and personal assistance from professional photographer Dan Splaine throughout tour, bus transportation throughout tour, 4 nights hotel, local Nova Scotia tour guide, NH Tours Director, 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners, all admissions, Nova Star Ferry, luggage handling of one suitcase per person (you’re allowed carry-ons which you are responsible for), all taxes and gratuities.

Registration and Questions:
Click here to register

For more information, visit their website.

If you still have questions  contact Dan Splaine at [masked]


Proposed Itinerary:

Day 1–June 25, 2014 – Arrive Saint John:
BUS PICK-UP TIMES

9:00 a.m.. – Bus departs Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd, Nashua (park in rear lot closest to highway – do not wait in hotel lobby)

9:20 a.m. – Second pick up at Macy’s, 125 South River Rd, Bedford (turn into Macy’s, take first left, use park & ride area)

10:10 a.m. - Third pick up at C+J Bus Station 185 Grafton Drive Portsmouth

We’ll travel 8 hours to St. John, New Brunswick with several rest stops along the way. When we arrive in Saint John we will be joined by our kilted local tour guide.  Overnight in St. John

Day 2 – June 26, 2014 – Saint John to Halifax:
Travel to the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy this morning to experience a true natural wonder.  Marvel at massive flower-pot shaped formations sculpted by the highest tides on the planet.   You will arrive as the tide is just starting to come in and after exploring the site and enjoying lunch on your own, the tide will be at its highest; the contrast will be remarkable and will provide many photo opportunities.  Continue on to Nova Scotia where you will spend two nights in cosmopolitan Halifaxon the Atlantic Ocean.  Enjoy a city tour to learn about the people, places and events that have shaped one of North America’s fascinating cities.  Photography stops will include the view from atop Citadel Hill, the Old Town Clock, theVictorian Public Gardensand much more Also learn of the devastating Halifax explosion and Halifax’s connection to the Titanic Disaster.  Check into your downtown accommodations and where you will enjoy dinner.

(Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 3 – June 27, 2014 – Annapolis Valley Day Trip:
Travel through the heart of the farm land of Nova Scotia, past the rolling hills and pleasant pastoral settings of the lush Annapolis Valley, to visit the land of the Acadians who established their first settlement in the early 1600’s.  Enjoy a tour and tasting at Luckett Vineyards which boosts incredible views of the Gaspereau Valley. Lunch is on your own in Hall’s Harbour, a quaint little fishing community.  One of the highlights of your day will be a picture stop at the Blomidon Look-Offwhere you will capture a panoramic viewst of the Valley.  Dinner this evening is at local pub with an interior is so uniquely Irish that it was built in Dublin and shipped to Halifax.

(Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 4 – June 28, 2014 - Halifax to Yarmouth:
This morning, discover the rustic charm of Peggy’s Cove, an artists’ and explorers’ paradise for well over 150 years.  Located on the rugged Atlantic shoreline, standing on solid rock above the crashing surf, the coastline is famous for pirates, shipwrecks and one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.  Travel on to picture-perfect Mahone Bay where a trinity of 19th century-built churches represents an iconic cultural landscape of Nova Scotia.  Next is the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg, renowned for her fleet of Grand Banks’ fishing schooners and the famed Bluenose.  There will be plenty of time to explore on your own and those who wish, your Tour Director will offer a walking tour to fully experience one of the most remarkably preserved colonial settlements in the New World.  Continue on to Yarmouth for your last night in the Maritimes.

( Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 5 – June 29, 2014 – Depart Yarmouth:
Bid farewell to your kilted tour guide at the ferry terminal where you will board the Nova Star Ferry to Portland, ME.  During the nine hour crossing you can enjoy the ocean views or the three retaurants and casino.  We will arrive in Portland, ME and the bus will return you to your NH pick-up locations.

(Breakfast Included)

Additional Information:

We provide plenty of attention to our guests. 

Our NH TOURS director will be traveling with us and handling the logistics of your experience.  Pro photographer Dan Splaine will coach your photography and we will have a local tour guide accompanying us to inform our travels.  With our team of three you will get comfortable and interesting travels combined with a unique photography learning experience.

Non- photographers are welcome to attend this tour. 

Our itinerary and local tour guide make this a wonderful travel experience. 

From the locations we are visiting to the time of year, all of the details make this an ideal photography adventure.  It is visually rich and the variety of sites and locations we will experience are ideal for photography.

Traveling in late June offers the added advantage of extended hours of daylight which is a photo bonus.  In addition to all of the scheduled tour features you will also have time in the early morning and evening to capture the beauty of Nova Scotia.  Our photo tours often include impromptu sunrise photo walks and nighttime photo adventures.  


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  • aRLENE T.

    Fabulous! Beyond expectations! Dan, Colette and our Canadian tour guide, Paul, were enthusiastic, well organized, generous with their time and attention! The accommodations and all the chosen sites were wonderful. Great group of people, the non-photographers were good sports! Those that skipped this one missed a real opportunity to see New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, thru an experts eyes, as well as being in a Photographer's Heaven!

    July 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We certainly hit up the choice locations of Nova Scotia and had lots of photo opportunity and instruction. I had a great time!

    July 2, 2014

  • aRLENE T.

    We are having a BALL!!

    1 · June 27, 2014

    • John H

      Outstanding!

      June 27, 2014

    • Linda

      It was a great time, from sunrise to sunset.

      1 · June 30, 2014

  • Linda

    Trying to limit my equipment. I rented a 11-16 Tokina and own a 24-70mm nikon, which i am bringing.
    I also have a[masked]mm nikon and a[masked]mm kit lens. Should I bring both? Is anyone bringing a flash?

    June 24, 2014

  • Susan H.

    Thanks so much about the reminder to contact our cell phone company. Pretty expensive to access the Internet and text while in Canada, unless you add a plan to cover it!

    June 24, 2014

  • Colette

    We should be at Hopewell Rocks approx 11 a.m. so the tide will just be coming in. Due to traffic, delays, etc. I can't promise we'll be walking on the ocean floor. See you Wednesday!
    Colette

    June 23, 2014

  • Linda

    Just wondering.......will we be at the Bay of Fundy during low tide so that we can walk down by the water? Thanks

    June 23, 2014

  • Colette

    Richard H. Please email me at [masked] and let me know if you want a single room for the Nova Scotia trip. I have to check with hotels tomorrow to see if any rooms are available but would prefer to wait and hear from you.

    June 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the bus full? Anyone need a roommate to reduce costs?

    June 8, 2014

    • Colette

      We have 6 seats left on the bus but thats not the problem. The problem is that we had to release unused hotel rooms 30 days prior to the tour. If u r serious about going i'll check tomorrow if rooms are available and then contact u for your credit card number for payment. Please send me your email at [masked] and also your cell number. We'll send u an invoice for the single rate if any rooms are still available.

      June 8, 2014

  • Colette

    When driving into Macy's, 125 South River Rd, Bedford, take your first left and park in the park & ride area to the left. Cars may be left overnight, however, we cannot take responsibility for the vehicle or its contents. We depart Nashua at 9:00 a.m. and then travel to Macy's arriving approx 9:20 a.m. Please read above for more details.

    June 2, 2014

  • Linda

    Colette, where and what time does the bus pick up in Bedford, NH for the Nova Scotia trip?

    June 2, 2014

  • Colette

    We only have 6 seats left on the Nova Scotia bus trip June 25 to June 29! Don't wait to register. Several photo groups are participating so this will be fun fun fun!

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Colette

    We're getting close to selling out the Nova Scotia photo trip. There are several photo meetup groups participating. Please don't wait! Take advantage of learning photography from pro photographer & educator, Dan Splaine during the trip.

    April 9, 2014

  • Colette

    At this time the ferry is scheduled to dock in Portland ME at 7 p.m. Our bus will bring us back to Portsmouth, Manchester & Nashua.

    March 18, 2014

  • Linda

    Any idea what time roughly we will arrive back in NH on sunday?

    March 18, 2014

  • Colette

    Please don't wait too long to reserve your seat for this Nova Scotia trip. Several photography groups are attending and the bus is half full.

    March 12, 2014

    • Linda

      Colette, I signed up several weeks ago for 2 people. Hopefully you have me down. How is the count so far?

      March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm lovin' this itinerary...photography and wine! All I need to do is find a yarn shop. I'm so excited; what a great value for all we get. I've been on previous trips planned by Colette and she does a top-notch job with every aspect of the trip.

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Laura

    The description mentions 5 nights hotel accommodations, but it sounds like the trip is only 4 nights? Is the final night on board the ferry?

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Sandy N.

      Has this been answered yet?

      March 12, 2014

    • Colette

      It's 4 nights hotel. I apologize for the misinformation. We won't be on the ferry overnight - it's a day trip from Nova Scotia back to Portland

      March 12, 2014

  • Susan H.

    What bus company is providing the transportation?

    March 6, 2014

    • Colette

      The Coach Company

      March 6, 2014

  • Sharon H.

    I had to change my response to no. My husband got in an accident and his recovery will take months. Maybe another time.

    March 2, 2014

  • Natalie

    Would love this trip but the timing doesn't work out for us. We'll watch for it next year!

    February 25, 2014

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