Down East Tours
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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. Private guided tours from Halifax, Nova Scotia that are flexible and customized to allow you to enjoy local culture on the scenic routes without the crowds of the big tour buses. You’ll enjoy the ‘must see sights’ and you’ll LOVE the ‘hidden gems’ of the places we explore. Great sights, food & drink. Tours avg 5-6hr with longer day and multi-day tours available. Please contact us with any questions that you may have.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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trishk315
Alexandria, Virginia16 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Mel did great! Very interesting, knowing lots of history. He’ll work with you to do whatever you want. We are geocachers, and he took us around to find them. He’s got geocaching experience, so he was helpful. Highly recommended!
Written September 25, 2023
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Thank you so much for the review and getting me back in to, and hooked, into geocaching. Such fun. !
Written November 28, 2023
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123Familytraveller
Brisbane, Australia174 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We arranged a multi-day tour with Mel Zilkowsky, not just for Nova Scotia, but also PEI and New Brunswick. Mel was happy to work with us to tailor a special itinerary. His communication was fantastic. What we wanted to do was quite complicated, including pick-ups and drop-offs of local relatives, and he accommodated everything. For anyone who has a bit of extra time in Nova Scotia, I would thoroughly recommend trying a multi-day tour option. There is so much to see in the general area, within easy driving distance. In particular, don't miss Cape Breton.
Written August 9, 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. Such a wonderful number of days on tour with so many highlights. From the many waterfalls that we chased down, the beautiful coastlines of PEI to the amazing time exploring the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks. The weather seemed to clear where ever we went ... he said that would happen. Cape Breton was amazing with the weather, taking in the views from the top of Cape Smokey and not to mention all the music and dancing. It was my privilege to be able to guide all of you on such a special trip, connecting with family and history. All the best in the future travels as I know there are plans .. take care ! Cheers MEL
Written September 16, 2023
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Chantal M.
2 contributions
Apr 2023
I had a fantastic time on the Peggy's Cove Tour With Down East Tours. Our guide, Mel Zilkowsky, has a wealth of knowledge, and great sense of humour. He was very attentive, and made sure that we were comfortable, and made the day memorable.

We left for Peggy's Cove, from Fishermen's Cove in Eastern Passage, and visited several places along the way. Starting with a stop at Needham Park, the Titanic Grave Site, Terrence Bay, S.S. Atlantic, and Peggy's Cove. I learned an incredible amount of history .

If you are considering taking a tour, I HIGHLY recommend Down East Tours. Mel is wonderful and you will have a fabulous experience!
Written April 13, 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I had such an amazing time on tour and it was my pleasure to be able to show you just a small bit of the beauty of Nova Scotia. All the best ! Cheers !
Written April 14, 2023
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Missydevs
Ottawa, Canada14 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends


Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of taking the Peggy’s Cove Tour with Down East Tours. What an amazing day! Mel is such a knowledgeable tour guide with a great sense of humour. We were super comfy and very well taken care of.  We left from the gorgeous Fisherman’s Cove and got to visit so many great stops around Halifax before hitting the road in the direction of Peggy’s Cove. Some of the stops included Fort Needham, Titanic Gravesite, Terence Bay and of course Peggy’s Cove. It was so nice to see the incredible beauty of Nova Scotia while learning about the unbelievable amount of history held here.

 

I learned so much in such a short period of time and am already planning another tour when we have friends and family come to visit.

 

I HIGHLY recommend Down East Tours for any and ALL of your tour needs! Mel is absolutely fantastic and will take such good care of you!!

 

Written April 12, 2023
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Thank you so much for the comments and taking the time to leave a review. A perfect day for touring and i really enjoyed sharing the history and sights with you. I hope you are able to tour again in the future ... Cheers !
Written April 12, 2023
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selsliger
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Business
What a fantastic way to spend the day and learn more about Nova Scotia and its rich history. Mel Zikowsky shared so much information on every stop and along the journey. This tour not only allowed me to see the endless beauty Nova Scotia has to offer but also hear the enriching stories it has to tell.

Mel is not only a great storyteller but someone who really cares about making the day one that will be remembered for a lifetime!

I highly recommend Down East Tours! Whether you are a group of visitors, a team of business colleagues, some local friends, or new to Nova Scotia, this experience will be an amazing, and unforgettable, way to spend the day!!
Written April 12, 2023
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Thank you so much for the review and taking the time to leave it. Such a fun fun day touring with all of you. The day was perfect with the weather, sights, food and beverages. ! I hope you are able to tour with us in the future. All the best .. cheers !
Written April 12, 2023
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Shannon B
1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Business
All I can say about the day we just had with Down East Tours is WOW!! Six hour tour which included several sites and a stop for lunch on a beautiful April day!

So impressed with the wealth of history our driver Mel Zilkowsky had about the sites we visited today, Fort Needham, Titanic Gravesite, SS Atlantic and Peggy’s Cove. I love learning about historic events, but love seeing the sites for myself even more and the combination of both made for a PERFECT day!

Would HIGHLY recommend Down East Tours for any type of group and for either a day tour or multiple day tour!! You could not go wrong. Mel was a fantastic host for the day!
Written April 11, 2023
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Thank for taking the time to leave a comment. SO much fun on tour with the history, sights, food and beverages ... two words sum it up ... Woot Woot .. I hope you are able to tour with us in the future. All the best .. cheers !
Written April 12, 2023
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Mark F
6 contributions
Jun 2022
Did a sibling vacation in Halifax and toured with Mel , on a private guided tour with Down East Tours! Absolutely amazing! Beautiful scenery and Mel fit right in with our Family! 😊 Highly recommend Down East Tours!
We couldn’t find a car rental but this was much better! Mel knows the area . We didn’t have to worry about a thing! He was very knowledgeable and knew exactly where to take us!
We will definitely be back and will definitely call on Mel!
Thank you Mel for such a wonderful experience!
He can also customize your tour! Since it was our first time we just let him take us where he thought we would enjoy! It was perfect!
I would say don’t rent a car! Call Down East Tours instead! Worry free!
Written July 19, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. It was a lot of fun to be able to spend time with all of you and be made part of the 'family' Waiting for your return to explore more areas that Nova Scotia has to offer ... take care ! MEL
Written April 14, 2023
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Debbie E
Beavercreek, OH23 contributions
Sept 2019
We recently were on a cruise which stopped at Halifax and opted to take a local tour with Mel. Wow, what a great time we had....Mel was amazing. He took us to local villages and scenic coves that big buses wouldn't never make it through. The Halifax explosion memorial and the Titanic gravesite were very interesting due to Mel's narrative with specific details and information. This was an outstanding tour and highly recommended to anyone who visits Halifax.
Written October 5, 2019
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Thank you so much for your comments. Such a wonderful day exploring the history of Halifax and our coastal drive experiencing the beauty of Nova Scotia. All the best !
Written October 10, 2019
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Mkgreene
Bay City, MI19 contributions
Sept 2019 • Couples
On our Princess cruise through New England and Canada, we decided to book a private tour with Mel from Down East Tours. There were 6 of us and the vehicle was comfy enough. We chose Peggy’s Cove and the Titanic graveyard as a must see for the tour and left the rest to Mel. He didn’t disappoint. We had plenty of bathroom breaks, great scenery, good storytelling and a wonderful lunch at a great local restaurant. We avoided most of the “big bus” crush because Mel knows how to time your stops for maximum enjoyment. One of the highlights of our trip so far!
Written September 30, 2019
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Thank you so very much for the comments. Loved showing all of you the sites and hoping you return to explore more of Nova Scotia in the future. Cheers !
Written October 2, 2019
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FloridaTraveler71
The Villages, Florida5 contributions
Sept 2019
Mel was amazing, personable and knowledgeable; he shared history, customs and local faire. We stopped when we wanted and Mel ensured us if a fabulous visit to Peggy's Cove followed by a delightful meal at a local restaurant, The Rhubarb.

Having toured with Mel, allowed us to enjoy the area without the crowded bus of cruisers! Book with Mel and enjoy a leisurely tour!
Written September 18, 2019
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Thank you for your review. I love showing my guests the sites away from the crowds and of course enjoy the local flavours of Nova Scotia !
Written September 19, 2019
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