Down East Tours

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About Us


About Us
Welcome to DOWN EAST TOURS ! We offer Private Guiding Services to allow you to explore and experience the Best of Nova Scotia and the Maritimes. We will show you all the ‘must see’ sights and allow you to explore many of the Hidden Gems that others miss.

Mel Zilkowsky (owner/operator) is a Nationally Certified Tour Professional, Certified by the Tourism Council of Canada. He has been guiding & working in partnership with other travel tour providers since 2013 and is now offering his services directly with Down East Tours, based out of Eastern Passage (Halifax), Nova Scotia. He has guided many guests from all over the world and loves meeting new people. The majority of our tours are 5 – 6 hours and take you to our most popular sites such as Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Annapolis Valley and Fisherman’s Cove. In 2017 we added a new tour to Oak Island ! (History Channel – The Curse of Oak Island) . Experience what others miss as well as enjoy the locals, the food and the drinks. We often run into people who love to chat about their way of life. There are many great food choices from locally caught fish & chips, fresh salads made from locally grown foods to our famous Nova Scotia Lobster and Seafood Chowders. Additionally, there are plenty of choices of locally made beverages, such as amazing wines, tasty ciders, craft beer and distilled rum, vodka and liquors.

Down East Tours is based out of the Halifax area in Nova Scotia. We offer Shore Excursions for Cruise Guests ensuring you will be back in plenty of time before departure. Pickup is also available from Hotel, Train Station and we can arrange other pick up locations based on your specific needs. All of our tours are customizable and we also offer long day tours of 8 hours+ as well as multi-day trips to areas such are Cape Breton and all areas of Nova Scotia.

The 2020 season is upon us and booking inquiries are coming in.  Don't hesitate and be disappointed as dates will get FULLY BOOKED. Please check out AVAILABILITY Link for dates.  Most tours start in the morning with mid/late afternoon tours available.  Please contact us for most up to date information.   We are actively taking bookings for the 2020 season and do sell out, specifically during the high cruise ship season. Don't be disappointed, BOOK EARLY ! Pricing is hourly based at $80/hr + tax for the Vehicle (not per person) Our vehicle is a very well equipped and very comfortable 2018 Dodge Durango GT with seating for up to 6 passengers. Some key features include Air Conditioning (w/Venting for 2nd & 3rd Rows), Sunroof, Leather Seating, Heated Front & Second Row Seats, Lots of Head & Leg Room, USB Outlets for charging your smart devices and Free On Board WiFi to allow you to stay in touch with family/work.

The vehicle is commercially inspected and licensed as per the requirements of the Motor Carrier Licensing & the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. All required commercial and liability insurance is in place.

Please contact us with any questions that you may have. We look forward to helping you start to plan your adventure!

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Private Tours


All tours are Private and can be Customized

Peggy's Cove & Lighthouse

Peggy's Cove is Nova Scotia's most popular tourist attraction and is a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margaret's Bay in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality, which is famous for the Peggy's Point Lighthouse. This private tour features a drive from Halifax to Peggy's Cove along the Lighthouse Trail. You will stop in Peggy's Cove and tour a variety of surrounding areas.

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Halifax Titanic & Fisherman's Cove

Historic Halifax connection to the Titanic & Discover a local fishing village with our Private Tour from Halifax. Visit the historic Fairview Lawn cemetery, Titanic Graveyard site and learn the Halifax connection and history of Halifax including the 1917 Halifax Explosion. Experience amazing views from high above as you travel across one of the two bridges connecting to Halifax to Dartmouth, traveling to Eastern Passage and Fisherman's Cove.

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Annapolis Valley / Wine Tasting / Bay of Fundy

Explore the beauty of Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley. Home of amazing wines and some of the highest tides in the world! There is so much to see and explore its truly a site to see. You will see how the tides cycle the Minas Basin from a low to a high of over 50ft as we tour throughout the day.

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Lunenburg and the South Shore

Explore the history and beautiful site with your Private Tour & Guide from Halifax. Picturesque Lunenburg lies nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic District, winner of the Communities in Bloom most beautiful small town in Canada. Home of the fishing schooner Bluenose II Travel from Halifax to Lunenberg with return travel via Mohone Bay, Chester Basin and a mix of coastal and highway driving.

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Oak Island and South Shore Coastline Tour

Your Private Tour from Halifax exploring the South Shore & Oak Island Your tour begins from Halifax with some narrative history as we head directly towards The Famous Oak Island. Could it Be ? Yes ! It is a real place ! Depending on tour pickup times & operational hours for the Oak Island Interpretation Centre, we will adjust our route to maximize our time in the Interpretation Centre. Driving will mix highway & coastal making our way to the Famous Oak Island, location for the popular TV series, 'The Curse of Oak Island'. The visit to Oak Island includes crossing the narrow causeway connecting the mainland to the island. This visit to Oak Island is to explore the detailed Interpretation Centre which is full of information and artifacts from that various dig sites on the island. *This tour does not include a tour of the island as those private tours are separate and go on sale Feb 1 2020 and sell out quickly. *

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Customized Tours

What do you want to see and do ? We have listed our main popular tours but we can combine tours and customize one just for you. Perhaps you are up for a full day of touring to Lunenburg and the South Shore, working our way back to Peggy's Cove. We can customize multi-day trips to various areas of Nova Scotia including Cape Breton as well as other locations. Send us an email and we can plan an unforgettable adventure !

Testimonials


Just some of the many reviews from our wonderful guests.

F.A.Q


Frequently Asked Questions Answered Here

To book a tour, please click on the link REQUEST A TOUR and choose a tour that interests you.  Choose a Date and Time and click on REQUEST BOOKING.   Fill out the form and follow the steps.

You can also fill out the form on the CONTACT US page. 

We will respond within 24hrs.

You can also contact us directly at 1-902.222-2934

If there is no answer, please leave a brief message with your name, phone number and message with regards to booking a tour. We will respond within 24hrs.

Thank you.
Tour pricing is listed with each tour and based on a rate of $80 per hour plus H.S.T. (tax) . The rate is for the whole vehicle and not a per person price.   Typical tours are 5 to 6 hours and longer.

H.S.T. - stands for Harmonized Sales Tax and in Canada vary from Province to Province.

In Nova Scotia the H.S.T. is 15%
We accept all major credit cards and take payment at the end of the tour via SQUARE.   All payments are processed in Canadian Dollars

We also accept Cash. 


Send us a message with what you have in mind.  We can customize an existing Tour with a few changes or create one from scratch based on your interests.  We can communicate these changes via phone or email and will send a Customized Tour for your review before confirming your booking.
Spending money can vary depending on if you are shopping for gifts, etc.  I would budget up to $25-$50 for meals/drinks as meal prices vary from an average of $15 for fish and chips to market prices for lobster/meal averaging $30 plus.  Don't forget that Nova Scotia has local tax on most items of 15%

Local currency is in Canadian funds. Most places take US Currency.

**Note many places offer an exchange rate on the US dollar and will likely give change back in Canadian Funds, while other places take funds on par .... which means your one US Dollar is taken as one Canadian Dollar. Most places also take credit cards. Best to ask and confirm beforehand.
Hotels – We offer pickup directly at your hotel location and will generally meet you in the lobby.

Rail - Bus Station - We offer pickup directly at the Via Station/Bus Station -- Your guide will have a sign with your name on it and are usually easy to find.

Cruise Ships – Please note that ships time and local time may vary (we are on local time). Your guide will be waiting for you in a designated area and we keep up to date for docking piers and times. Your guide will have a sign with your name on it and are usually easy to find.

Other Locations – We are extremely flexible in pickup and drop off locations please contact us  directly to arrange a suitable location.
In all pickup locations your guide will be in a visible area with a BLUE SIGN with your name on it.

Cruise Ships – Please note that ships time and local time may vary (we are on local time). Your guide will be waiting for you in a designated area and we keep up to date for docking piers and times. Your guide will have a sign with your name on it and are usually easy to find. If you don’t see one of us right away, don’t worry we may just be parking the vehicle.

Note the following:
Docking at Pier 19, 20 or 21
Guide is normally waiting to the left as you exit the main glass building doors showing Pavilion 20

Docking at 22
Guide is generally directly across the street in the parking lot as you exit the main glass building doors showing Pavilion 22

Docking at 23
Guide is generally direct across the street in the parking lot as you exit the main glass building doors showing Pavilion 23. It is possible that you may be required to walk around the back side of the building and exit the gated/fenced area. Your guide will be in a visible area for you to find, either on the other side of the fenced area or by front of main building.

Docking at Pier 31 or 34
These piers generally requires you to be shuttled to the main port area. Please take the shuttle bus. Your guide will be waiting for you in the designated shuttle drop off area with a sign with your name on it.

We recommend starting the tour within an hour of the ship’s arrival. If your ship is late, don’t worry. We will still be waiting for you.


Our vehicle is a very well equipped and very comfortable 2018 Dodge Durango GT with seating for up to 6 passengers*.

Some key features include Air Conditioning (w/Venting for 2nd & 3rd Rows), Sunroof, Leather Seating, Heated Front & Second Row Seats, Lots of Head & Leg Room, USB Outlets for charging your smart devices and Free On Board WiFi to allow you to stay in touch with family/work.

*One in front, three in middle & two in rear (access with middle seats folded forward). Maximum seating based on typical sized adults/children. Please note that the number of passengers would be reduced for over-sized/taller passengers to ensure comfort and accessibility.

Please note that there is limited storage in the rear. I may or may not be able to accommodate persons with a walker.

I am unable to accommodate wheel chairs.

I am unable to accommodate child/baby car seats. 
All passengers must be able to enter and exit vehicle on their own.  

Please note that there is limited storage in the rear. I may or may not be able to accommodate persons with a walker.

I am unable to accommodate wheel chairs.

I am unable to accommodate child/baby car seats.
Have a question not listed here ?  Please send to us and we will respond and perhaps even add it here !
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