Essential Newfoundland

from £690
excluding flights *
6 nights May-Sep

Overview

This 7-day self-drive holiday through Newfoundland is a truly relaxing way to explore the culture and wilderness of Atlantic Canada. A lesser-visited part of the country, Newfoundland offers the charm of North America’s oldest city, St. John, breathtaking coastal scenery and an abundance of marine and bird life. Get off the beaten track on this week long escape through Canada’s most easterly province.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a drink in one of Canada’s most photogenic corners, Quidi Vidi Village   
  • Explore a replica of John Cabot’s ship   
  • Witness the stunning coastline of the Skerwink Trail   
  • Keep an eye out for whales, puffins and icebergs on a boat excursion along the coast (included)

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout
  • Whale watching excursion
  • Historic Sites Pass

Full description

St John’s claims to be North America’s oldest city, and also the most easterly, and offers a unique blend of history, culture and character. A couple of nights here will enable you to meet some of the locals, soak up the atmosphere and visit nearby Quidi Vidi, a picturesque fishing village home to North America's oldest cottage.

From St John’s you will make your way to Trinity, your base for the next 3 nights. Here, 18th century buildings, museums and galleries provide a backdrop to the Atlantic, and the setting for films and tv series such as The Shipping News and Random Passage.

During your stay in Trinity take a day to explore the Bonavista Peninsula, where the friendly locals retain the distinctive accents of their Irish ancestors. From the shore you may be lucky enough to spot whales and icebergs (until early summer). Also worth a visit are Port Rexton and the Skerwink Trail, an easy walking path over a prominent headland that provides ample opportunities to view numerous seabirds, as well as minke and humpback whales further out to sea. If you don’t see whales from the shore then don’t despair, as a whale watching excursion by boat is included at the end of your week’s holiday.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Car category* Twin Price (pp)
13 May - 15 Sep 2018 6 nights Intermediate £727
13 May - 15 Sep 2019 6 nights Intermediate £690

*Add on GPS from £25

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout
  • Whale watching excursion
  • Historic Sites Pass with admission to the following: Cape Spear, Ryan Premises and Signal Hill
  • Travel documentation including detailed itinerary and vouchers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: St. John’s

Arrive in St. John’s and pick up your rental vehicle.

Day 2: St. John’s

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore St John’s. Discover ‘the Rooms’ – home to the museum and art gallery, drive up Signal Hill for spectacular views and take a trip out to Cape Spear National Park, the most easterly point in North America. Visit one of the province’s most photographed villages, Quidi Vidi, just 3kms from St. John’s. You may want to stop at Quidi Vidi Brewery for a pint.

Day 3: St John’s-Trinity, Bonavista Peninsula (345 km)

Today embark on your journey to Bonavista Peninsula. On arrival in Bonavista visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site, a 19th century replica fish processing factory. In this small village you will also find the red and white stripped Bonavista Lighthouse, and the Matthew Legacy, a replica of John Cabot’s ship which voyaged across the Atlantic to discover land in 1497.

Day 4: Trinity

Explore the enchanting village of Trinity with its restored white and pastel coloured clapboard houses. Set along a dramatic coastline you will discover a sense of Newfoundland’s history and nature. Join the Trinity Pageant, a walking theatre that meanders through the village enticing viewers to live the history of the area.

Day 5: Trinity

Now that you have a sense of the area, venture to Port Rexton today and hike the Skerwink Trail. This easy walking trail will take you along the rugged coastline for spectacular view of the surrounding villages set against the ocean. In the afternoon, make your way to Bonaventure to visit the film set of ‘Random Passage’ a mini-series outlining the story of the trials and tribulations of a settling people.

Day 6: Trinity-St.Johns (345 km)

Drive to Bay Bulls to take a boat excursion to see whales and the Atlantic puffin – if you are lucky you may even spot an iceberg. Along the way explore the little villages that dot the coastline. After your whale watching excursion you may want to continue to Cape St. Mary’s Ecological reserve. The reserve is settled by thousands of sea birds nestled along the rocky shores edge.

Day 7: St John’s

Return your rental car and depart Newfoundland.

Leaside Manor, St John’s

Canada

Grade: Superior

Type: Guesthouse B&B

Full of character, the beautiful Leaside Manor is a restored 1920s merchant's home surrounded by private gardens.

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Artisan Inn, Trinity

Canada

Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse B&B

Located in Trinity on the Bonavista Peninsula, this unique property features a selection of historic shorefront buildings comprising guest rooms and self-catering holiday homes. At the heart of the Inn is The Twine Loft, which houses the reception area, lounge and restaurant.

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