Welcome to “the Far East of the Western World” full of history, culture, and eccentric character… Your journey through Newfoundland & Labrador will be inspiring… See incredible sea-birds, whales and immense icebergs. Learn about the history of Vikings and world heritage sites… Experience the streets of St John’s and the grand coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean it’s known for. Join us on a journey that will uplift your spirits in “the Far East of the Western World”!
DAY 1 – June 12 – Welcome to Halifax and Canada… The downtown is overseen by the fortress of Citadel Hill with its iconic Halifax Town Clock. Our home for the night is Westin Nova Scotian.
DAY 2 – June 13 – Enjoy a free morning in Halifax before traveling to the Canso Causeway… this massive bridge connects Cape Breton Island to the Nova Scotia peninsula… its crest is 130ft above the water. Welcome to beautiful Cape Breton Island home to dramatic coastal views and highland scenery. After a wonderful dinner we’ll board the Marine Atlantic ferry for a relaxing overnight crossing… the ferry offers two and four berth cabins, a variety of amenities including restaurants and a viewing deck. We should encounter some icebergs as we sail to Port aux Basques. Welcome to Newfoundland… the youngest of the Canadian provinces. Some portion of its coast was undoubtedly one of the first parts of the continent seen by Europeans. Labrador makes up almost three-quarters of the island. Marine Atlantic Ferry (B, D)
DAY 3 – June 14 – Today we’ll be traveling through Codroy Valley… a scenic valley surrounds the large estuary of the Grand Codroy River. We also pass through Gros Morne National Park… known for its peak in the Long Range Mountains. Western Brook Pond is a fjord formed by glaciers and is lined with cliffs and waterfalls, including Pissing Mare Falls. We’ll revisit this spectacular place later in our tour. We’ll stop for a photo op at The Arches Provincial Park… Ancient limestone carved by eons of pounding surf have created the Arches, a natural rock formation known throughout the province. Our home for the night is Hawkes Bay… situated at the mouth of the Torrent River, nestled at the end of beautiful inland Ingornachoix Bay. Torrent River Inn (B, L, D)
Day 4 – June 15 We’ll ferry to Labrador for the day where we’ll visit Red Bay National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the Basques had a whaling station in the 16th century. This mystical place takes the essence of Labrador coastal living and transposes it onto a tapestry of rich culture and history. In the 1500s, the waters of Red Bay were thick with thousands of Basque whalers hunting Right Whales and Bowhead Whales for blubber, which was rendered into oil for export to Europe. We’ll cross back to the mainland and continue on to St. Anthony… known as the iceberg capital of the world, it’s spectacular whale watching, the world’s highest moose population, and seasonal Polar Bear Visits. Our home for the next two nights is the Haven Inn Haven Inn (B, D)
DAY 5 – June 16 Our first stop today is L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site… located at the northern tip of the Peninsula. The remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement are evidence of the first European presence in North America. The excavated remains of wood-framed peat-turf buildings are similar to those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland. the first cultural discovery in the world to receive recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; hear of the Vikings who walked here over a thousand years ago. Next enjoy a boat tour to search for icebergs… When it comes to viewing icebergs, this is one of the best places in the world. On a sunny day, view these 10,000-year-old glacial giants that come in every shape and size. With colours ranging from snow-white to the deepest aquamarine. Haven Inn. (B, D)
DAY 6 – June 17 – Travel back down the Northern Peninsula of the island… First stop Port au Choix National Historic Site…, where we’ll find the crossroads of 6000 years of human history. The sea’s bounty drew Maritime Archaic Indian, Dorset, Groswater Paleoeskimo, and “Recent Indians” here long before Europeans arrived. Seals on passing iceflows were hunted by the Dorset and used for food, shelter and clothing. Discover one of North America’s most fascinating archaeological finds amid a rugged coastline of unique limestone barrens, forests, and bays. Visit ancient burial sites, settlements, and view original artifacts, from slate spears to harpoons. Gros Morne Cottages (B, D)
DAY 7 – June 18 – Today we’ll discover why Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly one of the highlights of your trip… it illustrates some of the world’s best examples of the process of plate tectonics. Within a relatively small area are classic, textbook examples of monumental earth-building and modifying forces that are unique in terms of their clarity, expression, and ease of access. The park also presents an outstanding demonstration of glaciations in an island setting. The fjords, waterfalls, and geological structures of the park combine to produce a landscape of high scenic value. We’ll also take a scenic boat ride on Bonne Bay; be on the look-out for the bald eagles that frequent the deep waters of the fjord. This is an awe-inspiring sight. Some say the scenery that Gros Morne offers is unequaled. Overnight: Rocky Harbour (B, Boxed L, D)
DAY 8 – June 19 – Have your camera at the ready as your time in Gros Morne National Park draws to a close. We’ll travel through Central Newfoundland on our way to Gander… Nestled in the heart of Newfoundland, it offers a range of cultural and recreational opportunities. First stop North Atlantic Aviation Museum which hosts a variety of artifacts and displays chronicling Gander’s role in development of transatlantic aviation. Our home for the two nights is the Quality Hotel & Suites. (B, D)
DAY 9 – June 20 – Enjoy a scenic drive along the rocky coast of Notre Dame Bay… a large inlet of the Atlantic Ocean on the northeast coast. It contains many islands and its shores are indented by numerous coves and smaller embayments. Welcome to the beautiful outport of Twilingate where we’ll visit Long Point Lighthouse… it sits more than 300 feet above sea level, this is a great lookout point with panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Next, we’ll take in the Prime Berth Fishery & Heritage Centre… Experience hundred year old fish stores, stages, and flakes. View life from under the sea with the live underwater camera and more. Quality Hotel & Suites. (B, L)
DAY 10 – June 21 – Today you will experience two quaint, historic towns. First, visit Bonavista, where John Cabot first arrived in North America in 1497… John Cabot may have developed the idea of sailing westward to reach the riches of Asia. By the late 1490s, he was living in England, and gained a commission from King Henry VII to make an expedition across the northern Atlantic. Next we’ll Learn about the hard life of the light keepers at Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site…Built in 1843, the lighthouse is one of the few in the world where you can still climb up the stone tower to see the same seal oil – fueled light. We’ll continuing on to charming Trinity. Stroll the lanes and explore the many historic buildings. Be on the look-out for moose and other wildlife as we travel through Terra Nova National Park. Overnight: Wave Hotel & Fitness Centre (B, L, D)
DAY 11 – June 22 – Today we’ll head to the intriguing old seaport of St. John’s, our home for the next two nights. It’s North America’s oldest city and boasts a stunning location in the granite cliffs and slopes of the Avalon Peninsula. Enjoy a city tour featuring the Victorian architecture, the busy modern waterfront and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist… it was rebuilt following the Great Fire of 1892 according to its original design, the Cathedral is a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture. We’ll also tour the beautiful Confederation Building with its panoramic view from Signal Hill. Our home for the next two nights is the Delta St. John’s Hotel & Conference Centre. The Delta St. John’s Hotel & Conference Centre (B, D)
DAY 12 – June 23 – This morning, visit Bay Bulls for a boat tour in Witless Bay… We’ll cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to the largest Atlantic puffin colony in North America (1/2 a million). Enjoy a spectacular performance by Humpback whales as they frolic, breach, and pectoral fin slap right before your eyes. A show not to be missed! With the
largest population of Humpbacks returning each summer, there are bound to be a few breathtaking moments. Next is
a visit to the most easterly point in North America, Cape Spear National Historic Site… Perched on a rugged cliff at
the continent’s most easterly point. The afternoon is yours to explore St. John’s at your leisure.
Delta St. John’s Hotel & Conference Centre (B)
DAY 13 – June 24 – We’ll say goodbye to this fascinating place with great memories of Icebergs, whales, and more! (B)
$5,242 Double $6,088 Single
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