Poised on Cape Breton Island, Sydney is your gateway to the scenic and historic attractions of the Cape Breton Highlands, and the incredible Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Canada’s largest historical reconstruction. Once known as the “Gibraltar of the New World”, the Fortress of Louisbourg, site of momentous 18th-century battles between the competing empires of France and Great Britain, has been restored to exactly as it looked in 1740. Sydney charms the traveler with harbor views along The Boardwalk and at the nearby summer home of Alexander Graham Bell, now an enlightening museum.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 8 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 8 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Sydney By Harbour Hopper

    Settle into an open-air amphibious vessel for an enlightening tour of downtown Sydney and then drive straight into the harbor to enjoy a different perspective of the city.

    After departing from the pier in an amphibious Harbour Hopper, you will begin an enlightening drive through Sydney. You won’t have to travel far before seeing the first attraction; Sydney’s iconic 50-foot-high Celtic fiddle is right at the cruise terminal.

    Continuing on into downtown, you can expect to pass verdant parks, a statue that honors the Merchant Marines and the 19th-century Bank of Montreal building, which has been converted into a museum. A former steel plant has also been turned into a museum that showcases how steel production once drove the economy of Cape Breton Island.

    Victoria Park Armouries, the oldest still-operating defense base in Canada, is another noteworthy historical highlight. For an insight into the First Nation culture, you will pass through Membertou, a community named for a 17th-century leader of the Mi’kmaw tribe.

    In time, true to its amphibious nature, the Harbour Hopper will drive right into the harbor and become a boat. From this unique perspective, you will enjoy a sweeping view of Sydney’s beautiful coastline and skyline. Be sure to look for water birds, which are abundant. You might spot great blue herons, belted kingfishers and arctic terns, a species that may migrate farther than other birds, as many of them travel between the Arctic and Antarctica.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Strollers and walkers are not allowed. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. All Guests on tour, including infants, must have a ticket due to marine regulations

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  • Alexander Graham Bell Museum & Village of Baddeck

    Discover inventor Alexander Graham Bell's many remarkable contributions to the world in his namesake museum in Baddeck, a lovely village that you will also visit.

    Starting off from the pier, you will head for Baddeck, which lies due west of Sydney. Because of Cape Breton Island's many rivers and waterways, you will be treated to a lovely circuitous route to Baddeck, passing over Seal Island Bridge and stopping to take photos at Kelly's Mountain (weather permitting). Arriving at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, you will be struck by its unusual design, which is based on the tetrahedron form that the inventor used in his flight test kites. Although Bell is renowned for inventing the telephone, that groundbreaking accomplishment only touches upon his scientific achievements. The Scotsman Bell earned 18 patents alone and collaborated on another 12 in areas such as medicine, genetics, electricity, sound, speech, aeronautics and marine engineering. Following a brief orientation, you will have 1-hour to explore the museum at your leisure, viewing numerous original artifacts, photographs and exhibits.

    After touring the museum, you will re-board your coach and drive into Baddeck where you will have some free time to discover the heart of this charming town. The village perches on the shores of Bras d'Or Lake and is wonderfully scenic, adding to its reputation as a fine resort town. During your visit, you might walk along the waterfront or stop in one of the quaint restaurants for lunch. Seafood, especially fresh Atlantic lobster, is a favorite. Afterwards, you will transfer back to the pier in Sydney.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate guided walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are various gradients and surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Rain resistant layered clothing; sun cap; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Casino Ceilidh

    Celebrate Sydney’s cultural history by watching a céilidh performance that combines Celtic music, step dancing and storytelling.

    After departing from the pier, you will begin a leisurely walk through downtown Sydney, a city founded in 1785 and named after Britain’s Lord Sydney. Although steel and coal production once drove the economy, today Sydney is known as a hotbed of Celtic music. An iconic 50-foot-high Celtic fiddle at the cruise terminal honors that history.

    Still, the best way to understand the significance and relevance of Sydney’s Celtic roots is by watching a céilidh performance that combines Celtic music, step dancing and storytelling. You will have that opportunity at the Casino Nova Scotia Sydney, where you will watch a live céilidh show in the aptly named Céilidh Room.

    You can expect it to be an exciting show that celebrates the Celtic culture that is so prominent throughout Cape Breton Island. The music will be cheerful and lively, as the musicians play instruments such as fiddles, flutes and tin whistles. It’s said that the island has more fiddlers per capita than anywhere else in the world, so imagine their level of skill.

    Other performers will step dance, a form of dancing where the arms remain somewhat motionless compared to the feet. Think “Riverdance” but Cape Breton-style.

    Following the show, you will enjoy free time in the casino, where you may try your luck gaming and browse the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame before walking back to the pier.

    Please note: This program does include approximately 1 hour of walking time over varied terrain with some inclines. Guests are encouraged to use their discretion as to their mobility and stamina. This program is not suitable for guests utlizing a wheelchair or other mobility device. Guests must be at least 19 years of age or older to take part in Casino Gaming.

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  • The Bras D'or Lakes Grand Tour

    "Ciad mile failte"- a hundred thousand welcomes await you. Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland, and nowhere is the aptness of this name more evident than on Cape Breton Island. This picturesque excursion takes you on a circular tour of the very heart of Cape Breton Island and includes some of the island's most dynamic scenery on the shores of the famous Bras d'Or Lakes.

    Your tour makes a stop at the geographical center of Cape Breton Island to visit the Nova Scotia Highland Village, a 50-acre historical site overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes. Take a chronological journey through 180 years of Cape Breton's Scottish architecture, hosted by costumed staff trained in conversational Gaelic and local history.

    Afterwards, you'll make your way to the community of Whycocomagh for lunch before heading to the Village of Baddeck. Baddeck was the home of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and Cape Breton's most famous resident. Before heading back to Sydney, there will be a short visit at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum which houses the world's most extensive collection of Bell artifacts.

    Please note: There is considerable walking at Highland Village; however, guests can choose to remain on the coach and enjoy the views. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Historical Sydney Walking Tour

    Meander through the charming streets of Sydney, discovering much about its early history and residents by touring several architectural gems, including a house built in 1787.

    Start your walking tour at the pier, following a guide in period costume, who will elaborate on Sydney's fascinating past and lead you through its most historic buildings. Founded in 1785 and named after Britain's Lord Sydney, the town took shape around the growing coal industry. By the early 20th century, it was home to one of the world's largest steel plants. However, by mid century, both the coal and steel industries struggled and today neither is operating. Still, many of the most significant buildings from the boom years remain.

    First, you'll walk uphill to see St. Patrick's, a Roman Catholic Church built in 1828. It is now a museum displaying artifacts from Sydney's earliest years. Then, it's on to the city's North End, where you will stop in the Jost Heritage House, Sydney's oldest original wooden building. It has been lovingly restored to feature items from several centuries, including a beehive bake oven, models of ships, and an apothecary. At the Cossit House, the oldest residence in Sydney, you will gain great insight into the life of Reverend Ranna Cossit, who built the colonial-style house in 1787. His wife died there at age 47, during the birth of their 13th child. Finally, at the Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science, you will be able to browse the hundreds of displays devoted to the island's culture and enjoy a snack of homemade oatcakes and tea.

    Following your guided walking tour, you may choose to walk back to the pier or linger in town to do some further exploring on your own or some shopping.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 miles of moderate walking. There are various gradients and surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests should be in good physical condition. Rain resistant layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Highland Village Highlights

    Travel through the heart of the Bras d'Or Lakes region of Cape Breton to the Iona Peninsula, located in the centre of Cape Breton.

    Iona is home to the Highland Village, a living history museum and cultural centre that celebrates the Gaelic experience in Nova Scotia. Step back to a bygone era as you stroll around the 43-acre hillside, overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes. The village is studded with period buildings, including houses, a mill, a forge, a store and a church - all representative of a Gaelic community from the late 1700's to the end of the 1800's. Meander through the village and enjoy demonstrations by the costumed guides, showcasing the art of weaving, quilting and rug hooking. Discover Nova Scotia's rich Scottish Gaelic cultural history and learn a little Gaelic from the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Cape Breton is the only place in North America where Gaelic is still spoken, a legacy of those who arrived here from the highlands of Scotland. Thigibh air chéilidh or as they say in English - come and visit!

    Please note: Walking on site at the Highland Village is at the discretion of the guests, however guests cannot remain on the tour vehicle during the time on site. Terrain at the Highland Village is varied, including greavel & dirt roadways & paths, wooden surfaces, grassy areas. Layered clothing including a jacket or sweater, hat & sunglasses are recommended.

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  • Sydneys Sweet Side

    See some of Sydney’s most historical architectural treasures and then learn to make rich, creamy fudge during a hands-on class at a confectionery downtown.

    After departing from the pier, you will begin an enlightening walk through Sydney, a city founded in 1785. The guide will provide commentary as you pass historical buildings such as St. Patrick’s, an early 18th-century Roman Catholic Church that features a pleasing Pioneer Gothic style of architecture.

    You will also see Sydney’s oldest wooden building, known as the Jost House for the merchant that once lived there, and the Cossit House, the city’s oldest residence. Built for Reverend Cossit shortly after Sydney was founded, the house reflects a colonial design.

    Continuing on, you will soon arrive at the Cape Breton Fudge Company, which is renowned for making fudge often infused with unexpected flavors. For instance, Tiger Blood fudge contains jalapeno peppers, while Breton Whisky fudge features spirits from a local distillery.

    During your hands-on fudge-making experience, you will learn some of the secrets that the confectioners use to make their signature sweets so extraordinarily creamy. Real butter and cream are only part of the recipe. Following class, you will be given a half-pound of fudge.

    More treats await you at the 19th-century Bank of Montreal building. Under the direction of the Old Sydney Society, the bank or BMO as it’s known locally, has been converted into a museum. It’s a wonderful setting for you to enjoy traditional oatcakes and tea.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking over varied terrain & inclines. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Fortress Louisbourg - National Historic Site

    Travel back in time to 1744 and discover what life was like at Fortress Louisbourg, a re-creation of a French fort that is so impressive it has become a National Historic Site.

    Departing from the pier, your tour begins with a 45-minute drive south across pristine Cape Breton Island that includes crossing over the Mira River which is the longest navigable river in Nova Scotia. In time, you will arrive at the Fortress of Louisbourg, a meticulous reconstruction of the 18th century fortress that once stood here. The original settlement was founded in 1713, and it thrived for decades as a center of fishing and trade until it was destroyed by the British in the 1760s. While there are many theories as to why the fortress failed, it's thought that it was a combination of superior British sea power and the Fort's weak defensive design on the inland side.

    Upon arrival at the Fortress you will have an introduction and participate in a brief guided tour. You are then free to explore this fascinating historic site on your own, taking in the beauty of the exterior architecture of the buildings and visiting some of the exhibit buildings that will be open for your viewing pleasure.

    Adding to the experience, there will be a trio of rotating workshops offering many opportunities to explore a place that time has forgotten. Rub shoulders with local characters, the De Gannes and the Chief Engineer's servants, as they provide a rare glimpse into the exciting challenges faced by the resilient residents of the 18th century town. Revel in the magnificence of the King's Bastion while you hear stirring tales of soldiers testing their mettle in an unfamiliar new environment. And for pure indulgence, treat yourself to the elegant bliss of our chocolate demonstrations, delighting in a first-hand experience making hot chocolate the "old fashioned" way.

    The Fortress of Louisbourg offers quiet opportunities for visitors to imagine life in the toughest of conditions almost 300 years ago with beautiful visuals in static display as they stand on the Fort's history-laden grounds surrounded by the beauty of the architecture of the buildings, an ideal place within which to walk, reflect and ponder life long ago.

    After spending approximately 90-minutes at the Fort, you will rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier in Sydney.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate wwalking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are various gradients and surfaces to negotiate, including gravel. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Rain resistant layered clothing; sun cap; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Sydney Pub Tour

    Sample a beer in three downtown pubs, all of them offering a selection of local brews and imported favorites from Ireland and England.

    After walking from the pier, you will soon reach the Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, the first of three pubs where you will sample a beer. The alehouse offers nearly two dozen different brews, ranging from Guinness Irish Stout to an India Pale Ale known simply as Keith’s.

    The Old Triangle also serves several local beers such as Breton Brewing’s Sons of Hector dark brown ale and a Canadian lager called Barking Squirrel. Whichever beer you choose to sample, you can be sure that the atmosphere will be inviting as you mingle among the locals.

    It’s only natural that this pub tour begins at an Irish alehouse, as Sydney has deep Celtic roots. The city’s iconic, 50-foot-high Celtic fiddle at the cruise terminal honors that history.

    Your second stop will be the Crown & Moose Pub, located in a waterfront hotel. This pub has an English flair, which is reflected in the selection of beers. The atmosphere is casual and inviting, an ideal setting to sip another brew.

    Then it’s on to Daniel’s Restaurant & Bar, home to cold brews, great food and good times. Enjoy a beer from a selection of Nova Scotia brews, or perhaps something that reminds you of home. Afterwards, you will walk back to the pier or you may remain in town and return to your ship at leisure, if you prefer.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking and/or standing. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Tour is open to guests of all ages, but must be 21 years of age or older to partake in alcohol samples - photo ID may be required. Casual, layered, weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses and flat walking shoes are suggested. Please note that the order of venues visited may vary.

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