Newfoundland Adventure – 7 Nights Small Group

Highlights

This small, escorted group tour offers exceptional opportunities to see a broad range of marine wildlife and the world’s largest gathering of humpback whales and icebergs – all amidst giant landscapes. Combining boat trips with land-based excursions, you can expect to view a variety of whale species, seabirds, and wildlife. Although there is no guarantee, numerous whales generally appear between late June and early August. June and July is a good time to see icebergs – once again, no guarantee! By late July, seabird colonies start to thin out, but guillemot, puffin, razor-billed auk, gannet, eagle, and many other species of wildlife are still around. You can also enjoy local museums, lighthouses scenic trails, wildflowers and songbirds. Our guests say that the genuine hospitality of the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians they meet along the way is a highlight of their holiday.

2021 Departure Dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25

 

Included

7 Nights Accommodations
All Breakfasts and Lunches
Ground and Boat Transportation
All Admissions
Airport Pickup/Drop-off
Experienced Guide

Not Included

Transportation to/from Newfoundland
Alcoholic Beverages
Gratuities
Evening Meals
Optional Sightseeing not stated above
Items of Personal Nature
Provincial Sales Tax (15%)

Day 1. Welcome and Orientation
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel, which is conveniently situated in the downtown area. Depending on your arrival time, you may be taken on a short excursion around town. Enjoy your hotel’s ocean view and prime downtown location. Perhaps take a stroll on Water Street, North America’s oldest street. In the morning after breakfast, meet your tour leader and fellow travelers. Your adventure begins!
Overnight Location: St. John’s

Day 2. Puffins and Whales
Your holiday starts with the thrill of being on the ocean to see the world’s largest summertime gathering of Humpback whales! Other whale species including Fin whales, Minkes, and dolphins often make an appearance. Be on the lookout for seabirds, and depending on the time of the year, icebergs! Become mesmerized as tens of thousands of seabirds swirl overhead and cry in chorus. Delight in knowing you have now experienced North America’s largest Atlantic Puffin colony. Perhaps you’ll see a Bald eagle and other exotic seabirds like shearwaters, jaegers, fulmars, and thick billed murres. Be prepared for an amazing and joyful morning. Midday, savour a delicious lunch featuring local flavors and visit one of the New World’s earliest fishing villages before returning to St. John’s for the night.
Overnight Location: St. John’s

Day 3. Seastacks and Wildlife
Today, we travel southwest on the Avalon to Cape St. Mary’s along the scenic Cape Shore; stopping by along the way to Castle Hill National Historic Site in Placentia, or, as the French referred to it, ‘Plaisance’. In the early seventeenth century, this area became the French capital of Newfoundland and the French influence evident today. Vantage points along the way overlook the ocean and expanses of wild country, providing chances for moose and eagle sightings or activity on the water.

You will never forget your time at the Cape! Before modern day’s recognition by the world’s nature-loving community, our famous Cape St. Mary’s had been celebrated locally in myth and song for centuries. Roger Tory Peterson, himself, recognized it as one of our planet’s most dramatic marine wonders. Cape St. Mary’s Seabird Sanctuary, the continent’s third largest gannet nesting site, is an incredible breeding ground for tens of thousands of seabirds, including the world’s most southerly thick-billed murres. Stand only feet away from gannets, kittiwakes, and murres as they tend to their eggs and/or chicks! In season, usually mid-July, sea cliffs act as theatre seating for you to enjoy some of the world’s finest land-based whale watching, as these majestic marine mammals cavort around their northern coastal feeding grounds.

After lunch, continue on your scenic coastal communities’ drive to the Rocky River Salmon ladder. Here, learn about the efforts to introduce Atlantic salmon to this once infertile river., Just a few minutes away, alongside yet another salmon river, your evening destination awaits you. If time allows, you may opt for an evening round of golf at your resort, or a hike along the river.
Overnight Location: Holyrood

Day 4. Coastal Villages
After a scrumptious breakfast, it’s off for a gentle, morning hike through Salmonier Nature Park for an opportunity to view Newfoundland Labrador’s native wildlife up close. Here you will learn about our provincial government’s programs for wildlife rehabilitation, research, and environmental monitoring.

From here, get ready to explore the Trinity/Bonavista region as we hit the road once again! Notice the change in terrain as you travel away from the Avalon region and deeper into the interior of the island of Newfoundland. Taller and varied deciduous trees and richer soils abound. Stay alert for wildlife along the way. After lunch, we are destined for beautiful sea-glass speckled beaches, sea arches, and amazing rock formations. Dramatic waterfalls, scenic vistas and a chance to stretch your legs on local hiking trails taking in woodland and coastline views are all highlights of the day.
Overnight Location: Trinity/Bonavista

Day 5. Towns, Tails and Trails
After a night’s rest in a comfortable bed, this morning we go to sea once again, to enjoy more of the ocean’s wonders. The Trinity Bay area is alive with Bald eagles, whales, and dolphins. When you are rewarded with the sound of Sperm whales through an underwater microphone, as they communicate to each other with vocal ‘clicks’, it is truly a once in a life-time experience!

Your afternoon will feature more of what makes this area so special — trails, moose, osprey, songbirds, dramatic vistas, orchids, shore-birds, and numerous small museums and interpretation centres. Bird watching, icebergs, lighthouses, flower walks, beachcombing, land-based whale watching, photographing the local architecture, and a visit to the local aquarium are all possibilities. Many guests simply enjoy exploring the picturesque and historic community of Trinity on their own or with our knowledgeable and fun guide or, experience the vibrant local theatre scene.
Overnight Location: Trinity/Bonavista

Day 6. The Oldest City
There is so much more to explore in the historic Bonavista/Trinity region! Earlier in the season, magnificent icebergs calved from giant chunks of 15,000 year old Greenland glaciers, meander along the shorelines. Before returning back to St. John’s for the evening, we drop by nearby coastal settlements to experience more of Newfoundland’s unique cultures and flavours. A photographer’s dream! Capture wondrous images around every bend in the road. Abundant wildlife, historic properties, and the crashing, rolling waves upon seascapes.

Once back in North America’s first city, your tour leader can offer suggestions of things to see and do whether it’s local theatre, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, or natural and cultural experiences. Enjoy!
Overnight Location: St. John’s.

Day 7. The Eastern Edge
This morning you’ll drive to Cape Spear, North America’s most easterly point. We can further explore the trails, museums, and attractions of historic St. John’s. Maybe you would like to visit The Rooms – the majestic provincial museum, gallery, and archives, where Newfoundland Labrador history, heritage, and artistic expression come together; or venture through the Johnson Geo Centre – an underground geological interpretation centre that also houses artifacts from the sinking of the Titanic. Perhaps you would like to go shopping or maybe stroll through Harbourside Park where Sir Humphrey Gilbert claimed this land for England in 1583. Maybe fit in an additional boat tour from St. John’s Harbour would be an option to top off your Newfoundland Adventure!
Overnight Location: St. John’s.

Day 8. Farewell to Sea and Sky
Enjoy leisure time in St. John’s until it is time to leave for the airport.

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