Newfoundland Discovery

from £1360
excluding flights *
13 nights May-Sep

Overview

With 14 days, this itinerary allows a leisurely-paced exploration of Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province. As well as time to visit some of the regions remote highlights and two UNESCO World Heritage sites, you’ll also encounter coastal villages, abundant wildlife and beautiful national parks. This is scenic Canada at its best.

Who for? Those looking for wildlife, unique cultures and rugged landscapes.

Highlights

  • Search for minke, fin & humpback whales on a whale watching excursion
  • See icebergs drifting south along Iceberg Alley
  • Relax in one of Canada’s most photogenic corners, Quidi Vidi Village
  • Explore the remains of a Norse village at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
  • Marvel at the scenery in Gros Morne National Park

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 10 breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout
  • Whale Watching cruise
  • Iceberg boat cruise
  • Western Brook Pond Cruise
  • Historic Sites Pass
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Visit North America’s most easterly point on this well-paced touring holiday which offers the convenience of pre-booked accommodation en route. St Jonh’s is your entry point into a raw and beautiful region that serves up easily accessible wilderness adventures and diverse culture in abundance.

On this holiday you’ll enjoy a boat trip in Bay Bulls to go in search of whales and the Atlantic Puffin, you’ll learn about the way of life in remote fishing villages and gain an insight into Viking legend with a visit to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Visit the enchanting white and pastel coloured clapboard houses of Trinity, marvel at ancient icebergs as they float through Iceberg Alley and spend time hiking in Gros Morne National Park. This is a great opportunity to see a different side to Canada!

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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. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category* Twin Prices (pp)
24 - 31 May 2019 13 nights Intermediate £1,360
01 Jun - 08 Sep 2019 13 nights Intermediate £1,434
09 Sep 2019 13 nights Intermediate £1,360

*Add on GPS from £45

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 10 breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout
  • Whale Watching cruise
  • Iceberg boat cruise
  • Western Brook Pond Cruise
  • Historic Sites Pass including admission to Cape Spear, Castle Hill, Gros Morne National Park, L’Anse aux Meadows, Terra Nova National Park, Port au Choix, Ryan Premises, Signal Hill
  • Travel documentation including detailed itinerary and vouchers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1: St. John’s

Arrive in St. John’s and pick up your rental vehicle. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: St. John’s

A morning of sightseeing in St. John’s. Discover ‘the Rooms’, drive up Signal Hill for spectacular views and take a trip out to Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America. Visit one of the province’s most photographed places, Quidi Vidi Village just 3 km from St. John’s. You may want to stop at Quidi Vidi Brewery for a drink.

Day 3: St John’s - Avalon Peninsula - St John’s

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 shore’s edge, including thousands of northern gannets. Return to St John’s this evening.

Day 4: St John’s - Bonavista Peninsula - Trinity

Today embark on your journey to the Bonavista Peninsula. Visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site, a 19th century replica fish processing factory. Other attractions include 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 5: 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 (Wed & Sat only), a walking theatre that meanders through the village enticing viewers to live the history of the area.

Day 6: 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 7: Trinity – Twillingate

Enroute to Twillingate, pass through Terra Nova National Park, home to coniferous forests, ponds, and a plethora of walking trails. Continue towards Twillingate. In Boyd’s Cove make another stop at the Beothuk Interpretive Centre and visit an ancient Beothuk village discovered by archaeologists in the 1980s. Arrive in Twillingate, grab your camera and head out on the ocean with the afternoon Iceberg Watch boat tour, where you will have an opportunity to see icebergs, whales, sunsets and many other spectacular views that the beautiful island of Twillingate has to offer.

Day 8: Twillingate - Norris Point

Bound for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park, words do not give the vistas justice. The park is populated by little villages, bare topped mountains and forests populated by moose and caribou.

Day 9: Norris Point - Western Brook Pond

The morning is free to explore the area with your rental car. Enjoy a boat tour of the freshwater fjord of Western Brook Pond. The landlocked fjord is a rare sight. Carved by glaciers, and home to plenty of waterfalls and wildlife, it's worth the trip alone. The rest of the day is free to explore the sites of the Gros Morne National Park.

Day 10: Gros Morne National Park

Enjoy a day exploring Gros Morne National Park on your own, viewing glacial valleys, intriguing rock formations, magnificent sea arches and numerous types of wildlife. Ensure you take a hike on the Lookout trail which provides panoramic views of the park, or take the Tablelands Hiking Trail, a 4 km track that cuts across the barren rock.

Day 11: Norris Point - St. Anthony

Heading toward St. Anthony, make a stop in Port Au Choix and Port Au Choix National Historic Site where three ancient cemeteries of the Maritime Archaic People were discovered. The Visitor Centre gives great background to this culture with exhibits and artefacts.

Day 12: St. Anthony - L'Anse aux Meadows

Visit the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site comprising the remains of the earliest European settlement in the Americas. The colony of Vinland was excavated in the 1960s and the artefacts are on display supported by a film. Walk to the original village and discover the full scale replicas of Norse buildings. Return to St. Anthony for the night.

Day 13: St. Anthony - Steady Brook

Make your way back down the peninsula to Steady Brook. This picturesque community is surrounded by beautiful mountains with the Humber River flowing through its heart.

Day 14: Steady Brook - Deer Lake

Upon check out of your hotel drive to Deer Lake. Return your rental car and depart from Deer Lake Airport (local one way drop off fee applies).

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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Neddies Harbour Inn

Canada

Grade: Standard

Type: Unique And Boutique

Stay in the heart of Gros Morne National Park at this award winning boutique hotel, located on the waterfront of Bonne Bay.

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Other Information

Please note: for 2019, the itinerary will change as follows:

Days 1 - 8: as per the original 2018 itinerary
Day 9: Western Brook Pond cruise is included
Day 10: Full day exploring at Gros Morne National Park
Day 11: Norris Point to St. Anthony, with a stop in Port Au Choix and Port Au Choix National Historic site
Day 12: Visit L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
Day 13: St. Anthony to Steady Brook
Day 14: Itinerary ends

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