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Behind its sleepy coves and charming lighthouses, Newfoundland & Labrador’s unusual geography cradles a storybook history of Vikings, shipwrecks, and pirates. Get close to the natural wonders of this breathtaking land! History buffs will enjoy Norstead Viking Village, a living history museum trading port with 1000 AD period buildings and a replica Viking ship.
In the wilds of Gros Morne National Park, a local guide points out the unique bouldered landscape of the ancient Tablelands. A catamaran cruise of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve showcases Canada’s largest population of humpback whales and half a million Atlantic Puffins.
In Labrador, explore the history of fishing villages in Red Bay. In small-town capital St. John’s, walk the steep streets of candy-coloured row houses and explore 17thcentury Signal Hill on a guided tour. In Canada’s rugged east coast, the air smells of the sea, accordions compete with bagpipes, and hospitality reigns in the province of kind folks.
Red Bay, Labrador
Red Bay is an illustration of Labrador coastal living – a primaeval landscape of rock at the mercy of Atlantic weather, inhabited by a hearty people with a long and rich history.
From the 1500s to the 1600s, the waters of Red Bay were thick with Basque whaling galleons. One of these sailing ships sank to the seabed during a storm – could it be the San Juan? Preserved in the icy water, the remains and artefacts conserved at the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013), tell a fascinating centuries-old story. Take a hike along the beach and step into the interpretation centre to see an 8-metrelong chalupa, a gondola-type rowboat once manned by five oarsmen. Compare the size of the chalupa to the assembled collections of whale bones on display. And take a moment to cast a glance out over the Bay because, somewhere, local legend tells of buried treasure.
• Performance by local entertainers
• Gros Morne National Park: Discovery Centre, Bonne Bay cruise, Tablelands Earth’s Mantle
• The Arches Provincial Park Port au Choix Historic Site
• St. Anthony: Sir Wilfred Grenfell Centre
• Norstead Viking Village
• Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
• Newfoundland Insectarium
• King’s Point Pottery
• Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre
• Cape Bonavista Lighthouse
• Ryan Premises National Historic Site
• Cape Spear
• Traditional Kitchen Party
• Bay Bulls whale watching cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
• Theatre Newfoundland Labrador performance
• Newfoundland screech-in
• St. John’s: guided city tour, visit to The Rooms or Johnson Geo Centre
Return airfare from Toronto, deluxe motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 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.
• Corner Brook: Glynmill Inn (1 night)
• Cow Head: Shallow Bay Motel (1 night)
• Plum Point: Plum Point Motel (2 nights)
• L’Anse au Clair: Northern Light Inn (1 night)
• Rocky Harbour: Ocean View Motel or Fisherman’s Landing Inn (1 night)
• Gander: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites or Comfort Inn (1 night)
• Clarenville: St. Jude Hotel (2 nights)
• St. John’s: Delta Hotel (2 nights)
Fly to Deer Lake, Corner Brook
Fly to Deer Lake, then travel a short distance to Corner Brook for the night. A fun musical evening and dinner welcome you to Newfoundland.
Stay: Glynmill Inn, Corner Book
Gros Morne National Park, Tablelands
The wilds of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site await your exploration today. Learn about the unique Tablelands during a guided tour. Experience a view of the park from the water on a boat trip of Bonne Bay, where stunning views are accented by informative commentary. Travel to the settlement of Cow Head for the night. After dinner, enjoy a performance by the talented local group, Theatre Newfoundland & Labrador.
Stay: Shallow Bay Motel, Cow Head
Meals: B, L, D
Great Northern Peninsula
Enjoy a leisurely paced start to the day as we journey up the Great Northern Peninsula. Your coastal route offers an opportunity to stop and take photos of the untamed landscape. See dramatic rock formations at ‘The Arches’ and visit Port au Choix, a national historic site where the remains of four ancient cultures have been found.
Stay: Plum Point Hotel, Plum Point
Meals: B, L, D
Norstead Viking Village
The town of St. Anthony is home to Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s medical mission. Enjoy a tour of the museum dedicated to his life work and a visit to his home. In the afternoon you will discover what Viking life was like when you visit the Norstead Viking Village, a living history museum depicting a trading port.
Meals: B, L, D
Ferry to Labrador
Travel to the ferry terminal in St. Barbe to board the MV Apollo for a cruise to Labrador. Journey on to Red Bay to enjoy a tour of the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station. This newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to three Basque whaling galleons and four small chalupas used to capture whales.
Stay: Northern Light Inn, L’Anse au Clair
Meals: B, L, D
Ferry to Newfoundland
Board the ferry to return to the island of Newfoundland. On your journey, you may encounter icebergs, seabirds and humpback or fin whales. Your guide will provide tips on how to spot these amazing mammals – have your camera ready!
Stay: Ocean View Motel or Fisherman’s Landing Inn, Rocky Harbour
Meals: B, D
After breakfast, travel to Reidville and visit the Newfoundland Insectarium. Then it’s on to King’s Point Pottery and the Whale Pavilion and Museum before arriving in Gander for your overnight stay.
Stay: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites or Comfort Inn, Gander
Venture off the Trans-Canada Highway to tour through picturesque coastal villages. A stop at Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre allows you to explore this family-run interpretive fishing centre and craft studio. Lunch today is a traditional Newfoundland shed party where you will enjoy entertainment and hospitality at its best.
Stay: St. Jude Hotel, Clarenville
Meals: B, L, D
A day-trip to lovely Bonavista offers time to explore the town’s famous lighthouse or to stroll along the picturesque coastal pathways. Learn about the history of Newfoundland’s cod fisheries at Ryan Premises.
Meals: B, L
Experience all that St. John’s has to offer with a guided city tour. Relax with a free evening to explore the city’s unique shopping, dining and historical attractions.
Stay: Delta Hotel, St. John’s
Enjoy a catamaran cruise out of Bay Bulls with many photo opportunities en route to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to 500,000 atlantic puffins and the largest humpback whale population in North America. This afternoon you can choose to visit The Rooms or Johnson Geo Centre. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a farewell dinner, including fresh caught local lobster.
Meals: B, D
Transfer to the airport in St. John’s for your return flight home.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.