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Nova Scotia travel: Experience the sensory delights of Canada's hidden gem

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Updated: 12/12/2012 12:06 pm

America's neighbor to the north has a vast array of attractions to please visitors, from cosmopolitan cities to monumental mountain ranges. But one of the country's best-kept secrets lies along its eastern coast - adventurers, gastronomes and those seeking a bit of ocean-side tranquility will all find something to enjoy in their first Nova Scotia travel experience.

The seafaring heart of this province is worn on its sleeve, but those who visit find a treasure trove of cultural experiences, culinary delights and scenic vistas. For many people, Nova Scotia travel also includes a visit to another Maritime province, Prince Edward Island, so it's important to have a well-coordinated schedule. Tauck, a tour company with more than 86 years of experience, offers itineraries that showcase the best that the region has to offer, eliminating the stresses that often come with planning. And because an organized tour like Tauck's offers savings of up to 40 percent over independent travel, it's even easier to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.

For those who want a little bit of everything from their vacations, Nova Scotia travel is a revelation. The ideal itinerary takes in nature, history, culture and cuisine, giving all of your senses something to savor. These are just some of the highlights that Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, have to offer:

* Lunenberg. There are few places that match the charm and atmosphere of Lunenberg, a fishing village renowned for its shipbuilding and maritime traditions. It was founded in the 18th century and its excellent state of preservation has earned it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the best surviving examples of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Take a walking tour to see the harbor-front houses dating to the 18th and 19th centuries, or visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about the history of the area.

* Halifax. The provincial capital of Nova Scotia is the largest city in the Maritime provinces, and offers great sightseeing, accommodations and restaurants. Tauck's tours include an exclusive private tour and dinner at the Citadel National Historic Site, which immerses you in 300 years of history and boasts a spectacular view of the city and its harbor.

* Prince Edward Island. Just a ferry ride away, “P.E.I.” is rich with natural beauty, delicious seafood and literary history. Tour the fragile sand dune habitats of Greenwich Peninsula and the marshlands and coastal bluffs of Prince Edward Island National Park, indulge in a can't-be-missed lobster dinner and visit the Green Gables House, made famous in Lucy Maud Montgomery's famed “Anne of Green Gables.”

* The Bay of Fundy. For a unique opportunity to see the region's indigenous wildlife, a whale watching trip to the Bay of Fundy is hard to beat. Nova Scotia travel with Tauck will allow you to learn from a local wildlife expert who can provide added insight into watching for finback, minke and humpback whales as well as seals and seabirds.

For more information about Nova Scotia travel and discovering all the province has to offer, visit Tauck online to download a free e-brochure.

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