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The Rock proudly shows off its rugged geography, dramatic history, distinct culture, and world-famous hospitality – half an hour ahead of Atlantic Standard Time! The Titanic sank off Newfoundland’s wild and foggy coast and the telegraph announced its tragic fate from Cape Race. Cape Spear’s lighthouse sits on the most easterly tip of North America, once a strategic point in WWII’s Battle of the Atlantic.
Watch huge chunks of ice (that break off Greenland glaciers) drift by in “Iceberg Alley.” Gros Morne National Park stuffs camera lenses with boreal forest, bogs, arctic landscapes, waterfalls, and fjords. Take a catamaran cruise to Witless Bay Ecological Preserve, home to Canada’s largest population of humpback whales and nearly half a million Atlantic Puffins. Viking artefacts await at L’Anse aux Meadows, North America’s oldest Viking settlement. Learn of Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s medical mission in St. Anthony, and how he influenced the social and economic climate of the early 1900s. Eat the catch of the day in Newfoundland’s capital St. John’s, North America’s oldest city. In the wee fishing villages, strain to decipher the local dialect and breathe in the salty ocean air of remarkable Newfoundland.
Gros Morne National Park – Choose your own adventure!
Nature pulled out its best for Gros Morne! Two distinct landscapes, the Gulf of St. Lawrence lowlands and the Long Range Mountains, provide views of towering cliffs, waterfalls, glacial fjords, and an amazing collection of wildlife. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, guests can choose one of two cruises:
Bonne Bay (included boxed lunch): A lively narrated cruise of the two connected arms of Bonne Bay (including traditional music by the crew) takes us by Newfoundland’s best. Watch for moose, seabirds, and whales that are known to breach boatside!
Western Brook Pond (guests make their own lunch plans): Carved by glaciers, this landlocked fjord is home to salmon, trout, arctic char, and an unusual colony of cliff-nesting gulls. An invigorating 45-minute walk (3km each way) leads you over the coastal plain arriving at the dock for your cruise of Western Brook Pond. This inland fjord features spectacular views of billion-year-old cliffs and 2,000 foot high misty waterfalls. Be sure to bring good walking shoes!
- Gros Morne National Park: Bonne Bay Cruise or Western Brook Pond Cruise
- The Arches Provincial Park Port au Choix Historic Site
- St. Anthony: Sir Wilfred Grenfell Centre
- L’Anse Meadows National Historic Site
- Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre
- Cape Bonavista Lighthouse
- Ryan Premises National Historic Site
- Cape Spear
- Bay Bulls whale watching cruise
- Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
- Theatre Newfoundland Labrador performance
- Newfoundland screech-in
- St. John’s: guided city tour, choice of The Rooms or Johnson Geo Centre
- Traditional Kitchen Party
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 or Fisherman’s Landing Inn (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)
Fly to Deer Lake, Rocky Harbour
Fly to Deer Lake on the west side of the province. Enjoy an included boxed lunch upon arrival as we cross into by Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a guided tour of the Tablelands. Arrive into Rocky Harbour this evening for the first night of your tour. Enjoy dinner followed by a musical Newfoundland welcome this evening.
Stay: Ocean View Motel or Fisherman’s Landing Inn, Rocky Harbour
Meals: L, D
Gros Morne National Park
This morning you have a choice to enjoy the spectacular views of Gros Morne Park on a boat cruise of Bonne Bay* or embark on a landlocked fjord cruise of Western Brook Pond, which boasts spectacular views of billion-year-old cliffs. Once back on shore, travel to Cow Head for dinner followed by a performance by Theatre Newfoundland & Labrador, where you will be entertained by the province’s colourful history.
Stay: Shallow Bay Motel, Cow Head
Meals: B, D
(*lunch included for Bonne Bay cruise excursion only)
Great Northern Peninsula
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day as you travel up the Great Northern Peninsula, the longest and largest peninsula in Newfoundland. Your journey takes you along the coast with an opportunity to stop and take photos. Along the way, see dramatic rock formations at ‘The Arches’ and visit Port au Choix, a National Historic Site.
Stay: Plum Point Motel, Plum Point
Meals: B, L, D
L’Anse aux Meadows
Travel to the tip of the Peninsula to the town of St. Anthony, home to Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s medical mission. A highlight of this day is a visit to the only authenticated Viking site in North America, L’Anse aux Meadows. It was here that Leif Eriksson led his explorers. Three reconstructed Norse buildings are the focal point of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy exploring the museum to learn of the life and the contributions this remarkable man made to the North Shores of Newfoundland.
Meals: B, L, D
Enjoy a relaxing travel day as you make your way through the heart of the province. After stopping for lunch in Deer Lake, continue on to Gander for your overnight stay.
Stay: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites, Gander
Venture off the Trans-Canada Highway through picturesque coastal villages for a view of the ocean, a lighthouse, and perhaps an iceberg. Stop to visit Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre, a private interpretive fishing centre and craft studio created by David Boyd as a tribute to his family’s generations of fishermen. Take time to breathe in the ocean air on this relaxing day of comfortable motorcoach touring. At lunch today enjoy the hospitality and music of Newfoundland at a traditional shed party.
Stay: Clarenville Inn, Clarenville
Meals: B, L, D
A day-trip to colourful and quaint Bonavista includes time to explore the iconic lighthouse or stroll along the coastal pathways. At Ryan Premises, learn about the important history of the cod fisheries in Newfoundland.
Meals: B, L
Travel into Newfoundland’s Avalon Region for an opportunity to experience all St. John’s has to offer. Enjoy a guided city tour then relax with a free evening to explore this vibrant city.
Stay: Delta Hotel, St. John’s
Take a memorable catamaran cruise out of Bay Bulls en route to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. This protected area is 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. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers and savor a delicious fresh caught 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.