Titanic And S.S. Atlantic Tour

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Titanic And S.S. Atlantic Tour

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Immerse yourself in the history of the Titanic and the sinking that overshadowed it!

This tour includes:
- Private tour
- Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
- Visit to historic sites associated with R.M.S. Titanic and S.S. Atlantic:
- Former location of the White Star line office
- Death wharf
- Stately churches
- Halifax native George Wright's mansion
- Former funeral home
- Fairview Lawn, Mount Olivet, and two other cemeteries
- SS Atlantic Memorial
- Local museum
- A memorable, adventurous day!

Famous for their elegance, style and misfortune the R.M.S. Titanic and the S.S. Atlantic are woven into the history of Halifax!

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, and while the tragedy occurred far from Halifax, the city has become forever linked with the disaster, as this was the base for retrieval efforts. Halifax is the largest single resting place in the world for those who perished aboard the Titanic.

White Star-Halifax's history with shipwrecks runs far deeper than just its connection with the Titanic. On April 1, 1873, one of the company's earliest passenger ships, the luxurious S.S. Atlantic, wrecked on the rocks near Terence Bay (just outside Halifax) and 585 lives were lost. Although notorious in its time, the shipwreck became overshadowed by the infamous Titanic a generation later.

We’ll explore the many Titanic connections in the historic streets of Halifax, including the former location of the White Star line office, the death wharf where the retrieval ships set sail, the stately churches where the funerals and memorial services were held, the millionaire mansion of Halifax native George Wright, and the former funeral home (now a pub!) for first class passengers such as John Jacob Astor and Isidor Straus--two of the wealthiest men in the world-- who were denied permission to enter a lifeboat.

We’ll visit Fairview Lawn and Mount Olivet cemeteries to pay our respects at the gravesites that have drawn visitors from around the world, you’ll learn who the unknown child really is, see the grave of James Dawson (who some say inspired the character of Jack Dawson in James Cameron’s Titanic), and hear the moving story of Alma Paulson and her four children. We’ll relate the little-known story about the “unsinkable” Molly Brown’s 1920 visit to the cemetery, and inspirational tales of the heroic actions of crew, orchestra members, and passengers from every walk of life.

Once in the beautiful coastal community of Terrence Bay, we'll visit the original SS Atlantic Memorial, as well as a local museum filled with artificats that commemorate the wreck of the Atlantic. The tour ends with a visit to local cemeteries that contain mass graves for those that were lost on the Atlantic.

- Please note: All tour times are local port times.
- Please be aware that some ships do not adjust to local time when in port. Halifax is on Atlantic time, so the local time may be +1 hour from ship time. Please double check with your cruise line. Best reference is your daily newsletter delivered to your cabin for port time information or your ships guest relations desk.
- The exact route and itinerary will vary according to the weather and traffic.
- In groups of 6, one traveler will not have a window seat.
- Water will be provided.
- Please notify us in advance if you'll want to stop for lunch during the tour (lunch costs are not included in the tour fee), as this will effect planning for the day's activities. Lunch will either be in a quaint local café or at the pleasant (and spotless) tearoom in the S.S. Atlantic Museum.
- This tour includes short walks on unpaved trails, with occasional uneven ground and the possibility of small wet spots. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Nova Scotia has a maritime climate, producing weather that is changeable, cool, and moist. Temperatures on this trip will rarely exceed 75 F (25 C) and may be much cooler in the autumn. It is usually breezy (or windy) along the coast.
- This tour involves tastings. You'll be able to sample wines and cheeses in limited quantities.
- Dress in layers, and remove or add them during the trip as required.

- This is a private tour, so if you wish to alter the itinerary “on the fly” it will often be possible to do so. We will try to be as flexible as possible.
- The tour vehicle is not adapted for wheelchair use, but if a wheelchair user (collapsible wheelchair, no scooters) is able to transfer to and from a minivan vehicle seat, the tour itinerary can be modified accordingly. There are accessible bathrooms and restaurants along the route. The guide has experience working with visitors with disabilities. You must notify ShoreTrips at the time of booking if someone in your party is in a collapsible wheelchair.

Days offered: 7 days a week

Departures:
  • 08:00 AM, duration: 5 hours It's best to take the first tour possible. To adjust the start time, call ShoreTrips before booking
  • 09:00 AM, duration: 5 hours It's best to take the first tour possible. To adjust the start time, call ShoreTrips before booking
  • 10:00 AM, duration: 5 hours It's best to take the first tour possible. To adjust the start time, call ShoreTrips before booking
  • 11:00 AM, duration: 5 hours It's best to take the first tour possible. To adjust the start time, call ShoreTrips before booking


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