Duration

  • 10 Days

Price

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$4,795
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$5,595
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For those who like salty air in their lungs and the east coast’s best underfoot, tramp over “The Rock” where the wilderness grows as deep as the creases on friendly faces.

Get close to nature on the John Hogan Trail. The boardwalk skirts Torrent River where migrating salmon leap and a waterfall makes it a gorgeous 3km trek! Pretty Port au Choix peninsula is the trailhead for a 7km coastal walk along the Dorset and Point Riche Trails. The gravel path to Crow Head Lookout is fringed with tuckamore and the stairs up the limestone cliffs provide panoramic ocean views.

Vikings stepped off longboats in Newfoundland over 1,000 years ago. Visit L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, North America’s oldest settlement. See a replica Viking ship at the Norstead Viking Village living history museum and hike the fabulous lookout trail before stopping at the Dark Tickle – be sure to pick up partridgeberry jam!

Travel & Leisure magazine gave the 5km Skerwink coastal loop top honours. 5kms of icebergs, seabirds, whales, and sea stacks offer more scenery per linear foot than any other trail in Newfoundland! So join us and explore the nooks and crannies of Newfoundland’s craggy shores!

 

Walk on the wild side

Untamed and ruggedly beautiful, Gros Morne spoils outdoor enthusiasts! From the Gulf of St. Lawrence Lowlands to the Long Range Mountains, “The Great Sombre” offers unmatched beauty. Boreal forest, bogs, arctic landscapes, waterfalls, cliffs, and glacial fjords cram inside the park.

Traverse unusual geography beside blue water that buries shipwrecks and scuttles icebergs down its coast. A guided hike through the ancient Tablelands takes us through a unique bouldered landscape. Bronze peridotite and green serpentine rock from deep within the earth (thrust to the surface thanks to tectonics), makes this flat-topped barren massif an odd beauty and a geological blueprint of the earth.

At Western Brook Pond, we’ll follow a boardwalk trail and see the majesty of this landlocked fjord carved by glaciers. Billion-year-old cliffs and 2,000-foot-high waterfalls are the rewards. Look for the colony of cliff-nesting gulls as well as salmon, trout, and arctic char.

• Gros Morne National Park
• Western Brook Pond Cruise
• Theatre Newfoundland Labrador
• The Arches Provincial Park
• Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre
• Port au Choix Historic Site
• L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
• Norstead Viking Village
• Newfoundland Insectarium
• Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre
• Dungeon Provincial Park
• Cape Bonavista Lighthouse
• Cape Spear
• Guided tour of St. John’s
• Bay Bulls whale watching cruise
• Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Guided Hiking

• Tablelands – 4km (Easy)
• 
Western Brook Pond Trail – 6km (Easy)
• 
John Hogan Trail – 3km (Easy)
• 
Dorset & Point Riche Trail – 7km (Easy-Moderate)
• 
Long Point Lighthouse to Sleepy Cove 6.5km (Moderate)
• 
Skerwink Trail – 5.3km (Moderate-Difficult)
• 
St. John’s (2 hiking options)

Return airfare from Toronto, deluxe motorcoach transportation, 9 nights accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.

• Rocky Harbour: Ocean View Motel (1 night)
• Cow Head: Shallow Bay Motel (1 night)
• Plum Point: Plum Point Motel (2 nights)
• Gander: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites (1 night)
• Clarenville: Clarenville Inn (2 nights)
• St. John’s: Delta Hotel (2 nights)

Day1

Fly to Deer Lake, Tablelands, Rocky Harbour

What better place to begin a 10-day hiking tour of The Rock’s” rugged geography than at the ancient Tablelands! Far from ordinary, a guided hike along this flat-topped massif takes us through an unusual bouldered landscape that is a geological blueprint of the earth. Tectonics had a heyday here, thrusting peridotite and serpentine rock from deep under the earth to the surface adding odd beauty. 

Arrive in Rocky Harbour for dinner and entertainment this evening.

Stay: Ocean View Motel, Rocky Harbour
Nights: 1
Meals: D, L

Day2

Western Brook Pond

A walk along the Western Brook Pond Trail followed by a cruise on this glacier-carved landlocked fjord fills your day with views of billion-year-old cliffs, 2000-foot-high waterfalls, gulls, trout, and arctic char. After the cruise, head to Cow Head for dinner and a performance by Theatre Newfoundland & Labrador.

Stay: Shallow Bay Motel, Cow Head
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day3

The Arches, Torrent River, Port au Choix, Dorset Trail

A drive up the Viking trail starts the day, with a stop at The Arches Provincial Park before our first hike on the John Hogan Trail. Three beautiful kilometres stretch between the Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre and the Torrent River Nature Park. Look for salmon and waterfalls!

After an included lunch head to the Port au Choix National Historic Site for a walk along the limestone barrens of the Dorset Trail. On the way to Crow Head Lookout, which offers panoramic sea views, you’ll see plants and fossils found nowhere else in Canada, as well as tuckamore, birds, and maybe even a caribou! 

Alternatively, the Ben Plowman Gallery and Pointe Riche Lighthouse offer guests a slower pace option before arriving into Plum Point.

Stay: Plum Point Motel, Plum Point
Nights: 2
Meals: B,L, D   

Day4

L’Anse aux Meadows

We’ll travel to the very tip of the Great Northern Peninsula where L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Norstead Viking Village wait for our boots. Lief Eriksson led his explorers here, and today we’ll explore what footprints they left behind along the Norstead look out trail.

A stop at the Dark Tickle for soaps, spreads, and sauces before dinner. Then return to your hotel for the evening.

Meals: B,L, D

Day5

Gander

Today is a driving day so give your feet a rest! We’ll stop at the Insectarium en route to Gander. The main display here features a wide variety of mounted insects from around the world, organized by geographical region.

Stay: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites, Gander
Nights: 1
Meals: B

Day6

Prime Berth, Long Point, The Coves

Spend the morning at Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre, followed by a genuine Newfoundland Kitchen Party lunch. Then hike in the salty east coast afternoon air from Long Point Lighthouse to Nanny’s Cove and Sleepy Cove.

Stay: Clarenville Inn, Clarenville
Nights: 2
Meals: B, L, D

Day7

The Dungeon, Bonavista, Ryan’s Premises, Skerwink

A morning photo stop at Dungeon Provincial Park and the Bonavista Lighthouse before stopping for lunch. We’ll visit Ryan’s Premises National Historic Site, then set off along the 5km Skerwink Trail, rated a top hike by Travel & Leisure magazine, or if you’d rather not hike, you can enjoy free time in Trinitty.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening before experiencing a traditional Newfoundland screech-in!

Meals: B, L

Day8

Petty Harbour, Cape Spear, St. John’s

Pretty Petty Harbour begins the day. Settled since the 1600s, the most photographed town in Newfoundland” is still active in the cod and snow crab fishery. On to Cape Spear to see Newfoundland’s oldest surviving lighthouse at North America’s most Eastern point. In St. John’s you’ll have free time to explore and eat lunch downtown before a city tour with a local step on guide.

This evening you’ll be on your own to explore this unique city from you conveniently located hotel.

Stay: Delta Hotel, St. John’s
Nights: 2
Meals: B

Day9

Witless Bay

A morning cruise with Gatherall’s in Witless Bay Ecological Reserve followed by your choice of afternoon tramps:

• Tinkers Point Path 5 km linear trail  Easy (1.5-2.5 hours)
• Beaches Path 7 km linear trail  Easy (2-2.5 hours)
• Mickeleens Path 7.3 km linear trail  Moderate (2-4 hours)

This protected area is home to 500,000 Atlantic Puffins and the largest humpback whale population in North America. 

This evening enjoy a farewell fresh-caught lobster dinner with your fellow hikers.

Meals: B, L, D

Day10

Return Flight Home

After breakfast this morning transfer to the airport in St. John’s for your flight home.

Meals: B

What to Bring

• Comfortable footwear with a good grip (hiking boots are recommended)
• Waterproof jacket and waterproof over-trousers
• Warm clothing, such as a fleece
• Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed (hat and gloves are recommended)
• Small backpack
• Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
• High-energy snacks
• Walking poles are particularly useful for descents
• Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

 

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