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2014 Guarantee Dates: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 6, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 1, 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10
Committed to providing you with an authentic experience, we offer you total immersion – Newfoundland and Labrador style. Visiting people in their homes, chatting with fishermen, enjoying teas and lunches with community groups… whale watching, puffin and iceberg sighting, experiencing the culture… learning about the way of life, the language of the sea and the songs of the ocean.
Our slogan “Let the Locals Be Your Guide” sums up one of the great qualities of our escorted tours. Guides grew up in the province and are the best source for information on the culture, history, music and language that make this area so unique. They know off the beaten path locations where our groups see the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Newfoundland. Your local guide will provide you with an authentic Newfoundland experience that will be both educational and thoroughly enjoyable. Combine this with smaller group sizes, meals that feature local cuisine, two night stays in most hotels and sensibly paced days, and you have what has been deemed by many of our travelers as the best escorted tour of Newfoundland and Labrador available.
Arrive at Deer Lake on the West Coast of Newfoundland and transfer to Corner Brook to begin your holiday. This evening we will enjoy a get together to meet your fellow travellers. Overnight Corner Brook.
This morning we take the Viking trail to beautiful Gros Morne National Park. We will travel along some of the most spectacular coastline in North America and visit the National Historic Park at Port au Choix, which interprets the intriguing history and lifestyle of the Maritime Archaic people who lived here over 3000 years ago. This evening we enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Overnight Plum Point. (Breakfast, Lunch & Welcome Dinner)
Today we travel the coastline to St. Anthony to visit the home of the famous medical missionary, Sir Wilfred Grenfell. The highlight of this day is our visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site at L’Anse aux Meadows, home of Lief the Lucky and the Viking people who settled this area as early as the year 1000 A.D. Overnight Plum Point. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Keep a sharp eye out for whales as we travel across the Straits of Belle Isle to the shores of Labrador. Here we visit the recently discovered Whaling Station founded by the Basques in the early 1500’s, and learn about the “modern techniques” used by these whalers and the hardships they endured. Later we visit the tallest lighthouse in the province at L’Anse Amour. Overnight in L’Anse au Clair. (Breakfast & Lunch)
This morning we return to the island and continue to explore the rugged coastline stopping to visit The Arches and enjoy an interpretation of the many unique and wonderful geological formations for which Newfoundland is so famous. Tonight we will enjoy a traditional Newfoundland dinner. Overnight Rocky Harbour. (Breakfast & Dinner)
This morning we take a boat tour across beautiful Bonne Bay to Woody Point where we spend time in Gros Morne National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the new Discovery Centre and view the famous Tableland Mountains. It is this area that earned the park its UNESCO World Heritage status and its nickname as the ‘Galapagos of Plate Tectonics’. Overnight Rocky Harbour. (Breakfast & Lunch)
This morning we leave the Viking Trail and take a leisurely trip to the central Newfoundland logging town of Grand Falls-Windsor. Here we visit the Exploits River to watch the Atlantic Salmon make their way up one of the fishways on this massive river system. Then it is on to Lewisporte to visit the local craft shop and museum, originally founded by the Women�s Institiute. Here we will enjoy a “Mug Up”. We then travel to Gander, the crossroads of the world. Overnight Gander. (Breakfast & Lunch)
This morning we are off on the “Road to the Isles” before travelling across “Tickles and Runs” to spend time on beautiful Twillingate Island. This is one of Newfoundland’s oldest and most interesting fishing communities. We then travel to Terra Nova National Park to view the vistas of Newman Sound. Overnight Port Blandford/Clarenville. (Breakfast & Lunch)
This morning we travel to the historic village of Trinity, one of the oldest communities in North America, the gem of the Island. Then its out to Cape Bonavista for a chance to walk the cliffs and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. This afternoon we spend in Bonavista, the landfall of John Cabot in 1497. Here we visit the Ryan Premises and have an opportunity to learn about inshore fishing techniques that have allowed this town to thrive for hundreds of years. Overnight Port Blandford/Clarenville. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Today we travel to the Avalon Peninsula to the town of Bay Bulls. From here we take a boat trip to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve where we view thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Murres and other seabirds that nest here in the summer. Witless Bay is also home to many Humpback, Minke, and Fin whales in the summer months so whale sightings are a definite possibility. This afternoon we visit Cape Spear National Historic Park, the most easterly point of land in North America before heading into St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. Overnight St. John’s. (Breakfast & Lunch)
This morning we will tour historic St. John’s, the oldest city in North America. This trip includes a visit to Cabot Tower and Signal Hill where we can view the famous “Narrows” and admire the architecture of old St. John’s. This afternoon is left free. This evening we share our farewell dinner. Overnight St. John’s. (Breakfast and Dinner)
All good things must come to an end and so we bid a fond farewell to our newest yet oldest Province. As you fly homeward it will be with many delightful memories of an authentic Newfoundland experience that will be recalled for years to come. Transfer to St. John’s Airport.