Private Halifax Introduction
Private Halifax Introduction
Discover Halifax, Nova Scotia's vibrant capital city and the business, educational and cultural center of the Canadian Maritimes. A significant port city since its founding in 1749, Halifax is unique for its architecture, stunning 18th and 19th-century buildings that are interposed with ultra-modern glass towers, all framed by the backdrop of Halifax Harbour, the second-largest year-round harbor in the world.
Your private tour affords you and your family or friends an intimate and personal experience while in port. Your local and knowledgeable driver/guide will introduce you to Nova Scotia's city by the sea. Explore the largest city and provincial capital and cultural hub in Nova Scotia where the nearly 4 kilometer (2.5 mile) long harbor-front boardwalk is lined with shops, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment. Offering a multitude of unique dining, shopping, live music venues and nightlife, there is something for everyone in this culturally rich and panoramic city.
After your guided tour of the city, enjoy a walk along the Halifax waterfront boardwalk that follows the water's edge alongside the world's second largest ice-free harbor. Stretching from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the gateway into Canada for over one million immigrants, to Casino Nova Scotia, you will pass unique shops, restaurants, and a bustling working harbor.
This relaxing excursion highlights Halifax's multifaceted character, churches and institutions of higher learning, as well as its gracious parks, notable monuments and richly historic buildings. Included is a stop at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, location of some of the 150 victims of the Titanic that are buried in Halifax. Your driver/guide will explain the connection that Halifax had with the sinking of this historic ship disaster.
From the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, your tour winds its way through bustling downtown Halifax along the waterfront to the North End site of the Halifax Explosion. A collision in 1917 between two ships in Halifax harbor, one a French munitions ship, leveled the North End of Halifax killing or injuring thousands.
You can also visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (self-guided tour), showcasing Nova Scotia's connection with the Atlantic Ocean through historical exhibits and models, and the Halifax Public Gardens, Canada's oldest Victorian style gardens.
Complete your introduction to Halifax with a drive around Citadel Hill, now a national historic site, it was once the main focal point of British defenses in the city. From the Citadel you will be afforded magnificent and panoramic views of Halifax Harbour and the downtown skyline.
This private tour will be the highlight of your time in Halifax as you learn, see and experience beautiful Nova Scotia!
Please Note: Admission to Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is included as well as gratuity. Transportation available for this private tour can accommodate groups of up to 3 or 5 guests maximum. Groups with more than 5 guests may be accommodated upon request. Please take this information into consideration when booking.
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.
We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.
Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.