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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!
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.
- 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: orientation city tour, choice of The Rooms or Johnson Geo Centre
- Traditional Kitchen Party
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. Experience a traditional screech in tonight after our included dinner.
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 an orientation 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.
These destinations offer very limited accessibility and guests can expect to experience uneven surfaces (i.e. cobblestones) or hilly ground on a regular basis. This level applies to many of our overseas tours as many historical landmarks tend to demand greater effort to reach. This also applies to our Newfoundland tours as accessibility options are scarce in some remote areas.