Newfoundland - 10 Days
From $4,395.00 CAD
About St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
June 16, July 13, 16, 27, August 3, 6, 27, 30, 2017
Newfoundland is yours to explore on this dramatic sightseeing tour, offering fabulous folklore, unique culture, and world famous hospitality. DeNureTours has designed this tour with seniors in mind, taking in Newfoundland’s top attractions from the comfort of our deluxe motorcoach.
Your 10-day vacation includes visits many of Newfoundland’s beautiful natural wonders, often named vacation highlights by our guests. Ruggedly beautiful Gros Morne National Park offers countless photo opportunities. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll enjoy the park from the water on a boat trip that will help you appreciate the fjords, waterfalls, and wildlife. Keep an eye out to spot one of the more than 120,000 moose on the island! Board a catamaran for a cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Preserve, home to Canada’s largest population of humpback whales and nearly 500,000 Atlantic Puffins. The Preserve is comprised of four islands which are protected by the Wilderness and Ecological Reserve Act and strict guidelines are in place on boat traffic within the Preserve’s boundaries.
Visits to Newfoundland’s many significant cultural sites will delight history buffs. Spend time in St. Anthony, home of Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s medical mission. Here, learn the story of Grenfell’s influence on the social, medical and economic climate of the early 1900s – Grenfell built the province’s first hospital, created the first co-op lumber mill and built the first orphanage. A tour of L’Anse aux Meadows, North America’s only authenticated Viking settlement, is a dramatic step back in time to 1000 AD. You will have an opportunity to explore three Norse buildings from the 11th century and see ancient artifacts of daily Viking life, including bronze cloak pins, stone oil maps, spindle whorls, iron boat nails, small whetstones and a bone needle.
Every day offers an opportunity to breathe in the refreshing ocean air and immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of Newfoundland, including live theatre performances, delicious local food and drink and tours through quaint fishing villages.
Day 1 – Fly to Newfoundland: Fly to Deer Lake on the west side of the province, and travel a short distance to Corner Brook for the night. Enjoy dinner followed by a musical Newfoundland welcome this evening.
Day 2 – Gros Morne National Park: Depart for the wilds of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village of Rocky Harbour offers a stunning view of the park, which you will enjoy on a boat tour of Bonne Bay. Learn from the crew more about this protected area. Travel to Cow Head for the night. After dinner, enjoy a performance by Theatre Newfoundland & Labrador, a talented group who entertain while sharing the province’s colourful history.
Day 3 – Great Northern Peninsula: Enjoy a leisurely start to the day as you travel up the Great Northern Peninsula, the longest and largest peninsula in Newfoundland. Your journey takes you along the coast with an opportunity to stop and take photos. Along the way, see dramatic rock formations at ‘The Arches’ and visit Port au Choix, a national historic site.
Day 4 – L’Anse aux Meadows: Travel to the tip of the Peninsula to the town of St. Anthony, home to Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s medical mission. A highlight of this day is a visit to the only authenticated Viking site in North America, L’Anse aux Meadows. It was here that Leif Eriksson led his explorers. Three reconstructed Norse buildings are the focal point of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 5 – Grand Falls: Travel through the heart of the province to Grand Falls.
Day 6 – Coastal Drive: Venture off the Trans-Canada Highway through picturesque coastal villages for a view of the ocean, a lighthouse, and perhaps an iceberg. Stop to visit Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre, a private interpretive fishing centre and craft studio created by David Boyd as a tribute to his family’s generations of fishermen. Take time to breathe in the ocean air on this relaxing day of comfortable motorcoach touring.
Day 7 – Bonavista: A day-trip to colourful and quaint Bonavista includes time to explore the iconic lighthouse or stroll along the coastal pathways. At Ryan Premises, learn about the important history of the cod fisheries in Newfoundland.
Day 8 – St. John’s, NL:
Travel into Newfoundland’s Avalon Region for an opportunity to experience all St. John’s has to offer. Enjoy a guided city tour then relax with a free evening to explore this vibrant city.
Day 9 – Whale-watching excursion:
Take a memorable catamaran cruise out of Bay Bulls en route to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. This protected area is home to 500,000 Atlantic Puffins and the largest humpback whale population in North America. There will be many photo opportunities! In the evening, dine alongside fellow travellers, enjoying traditional Newfoundland entertainment.
Day 10 – Fly home:
Transfer to the airport in St. John’s for your return flight home.