Spectacular Down Home Newfoundland Tour
July 8 – 20, 2018 (13 Days)
Join us for an Old Time—Down Home Newfoundland Tour from St. Anthony’s to St. John’s. You will experience nothing like it – the unique culture and hospitality of these wonderful people and the scenery & wildlife are amazing!
Sunday July 8: Welcome aboard today as we begin our 13 Days of adventure & excitement as we make our way towards Newfoundland. Making several stops today we will travel as far as Sydney where we will spend our 1st night away from home at the beautiful Hampton Inn. Once we check in we will enjoy a Group Dinner at the lovely Restaurant Kiju’s within walking distance of the Hotel (included). Later in the evening at the Hotel, we will enjoy a “Meet & Greet” with Cake, Tea & Coffee.
Monday July 9: After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel we will make our way to the Ferry Terminal where we will board for the 6 hour crossing to Port Aux Basques.
Once we have boarded you can enjoy onboard entertainment, watch movies, enjoy some fresh air on deck & maybe even do some whale watching as we get closer to the Island. Please make sure you have supper on board prior to debarking as we will have a 3 hour drive to Corner Brook where we will overnight before beginning our awesome journey across Newfoundland.
Tuesday July 10: After a restful night and delicious breakfast, today we will travel eastward across the province passing through Terra Nova National Park before arriving in Clarenville, where we will make our home for the next 2 nights. Reception & Dinner Included this evening.
Wednesday July 11: After another good night’s sleep and breakfast at the Hotel we will welcome aboard with us today a local Tour Guide. You are in for a real treat so get your dancing shoes ready because tonight we will be having an old-fashion Newfoundland Kitchen Party complete with a wonderful buffet of Newfoundland dishes, dancing and of course you will all become “Honorary Newfoundlander’s!!
But first, we have to explore the beautiful village of Trinity where we will have lunch (on your own). We will then continue on to the Town of Bonavista where John Cabot landed in 1497! Don’t forget your Camera’s the scenery will be spectacular.
Thursday July 12: This morning after breakfast we will travel a short distance to St. John’s the Province’s Capital City where we will be staying at the beautiful Delta Hotel for the following 2 nights. Upon arrival you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by free time this afternoon & evening to explore this awesome City on your own. I will have a list of all the great Café’s, Restaurants, shopping etc. for you, as your Hotel is situated in downtown St. John’s overlooking the harbour. Also for those interested in going on a Boat Tour to see Icebergs, Whales & Sea Birds “Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours” is available & within walking distance. I have the information available for you. Enjoy your time here!!
Friday July 13: This morning after breakfast, we will welcome aboard a local guide who will explore this great City of St. Johns with us visiting Signal Hill, Cabot Tower, Quidi Vidi Fishing Village, Government House, Anglican Church, and many other historic sites throughout the city.
We will then head for Cape Spear National Park, the most easterly point of land in North America. This park offers spectacular coastal scenery as well as WW 2 gun emplacements and the oldest lighthouse in Newfoundland. We will then take a drive to the quaintest little fishing village Petty Harbour. Arriving back at the Hotel around 1:00 PM you will have some free time to further enjoy historic downtown St. Johns. This evening I have arranged a Group Dinner for you at our Hotel (included).
Saturday July 14: After a delicious breakfast at the Hotel we will be on our way for another exciting day as we journey back across the Province towards Gander where we will be stopping for lunch (on your own). Early afternoon we will enjoy beautiful scenery with Tickle’s, Runs & Inlets as we head for Twillingate, a.k.a. Iceberg Alley. We will also take time to visit the Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre. After another full day we will drive a short distance where we will overnight in Gander. Supper will be on your own tonight at the Hotel.
Sunday July 15: This morning after breakfast we will explore the Town of Gander before we travel westward across the province to overnight in Deer Lake.
We will first visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum which is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of Gander’s role in the development of transatlantic flight followed by a stop at the Silent Witness Memorial. In 2001 the Town of a Gander became well known for playing an integral role in world aviation in the hours immediately following the September 11 attacks. More flights landed at the Gander International Airport than any other Canadian airport except Halifax. As the morning comes to an end we will have lunch in Gander (on your own) before we continue our Journey westward.
Once we arrive at our Hotel in Deer Lake we will have a little free time before we leave for a Group Dinner (included).
Monday July 16: This morning after breakfast and a good night’s rest we will continue our journey by heading up the Northern Peninsula passing through the beautiful Gros Morne National Park with valleys, spectacular fjords, mountains and stunning scenery. While on our way we will first stop at the Gros Morne Visitor Centre where you will enjoy a short video presentation which will enlighten you with the facts & history of the area. We will then continue to Norris Point to see the Table Rocks a most different rock formation which makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site – layers of Rock formed due to the glaciers. We will then drive through the quaint Fishing Village of Rocky Harbour & then unto to visit the Lobster Cove Lighthouse.
As the morning comes to an end we will travel a short distance for lunch at the Shallow Bay Restaurant in Cow Head (not included).
Following a delicious lunch we will continue our journey up the Northern Peninsula to our final destination in St. Anthony where we will make our home for the next 2 night’s (keep your eyes open for Moose along the way).
A Group Dinner is included this evening at the Hotel.
Tuesday July 17: After breakfast today we will visit the Town of St. Anthony, home of Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, a missionary Doctor who founded cottage hospitals throughout the Province. We will take time to visit the Historic Properties which include the Museum, Hospital & Dr. Grenfell’s Home and you will marvel at the accomplishments of Dr. Wilfred Grenfell. We will also take time to visit the Light House and Craft Store located near the beautiful Harbour. Let’s hope Mother Nature co-operates and provides us with some stunning iceberg formations.
As the morning comes to an end we will stop for Lunch (Included) before heading to the most Northern tip of NL to visit the Statue of Leif Erickson who landed there over 1000 years ago and thus the Viking Settlement was born. We will then make our way to the Norstead Viking Village – a Living History Site. As the afternoon comes to an end we will return to the Hotel. Tonight prepare yourselves for an exciting evening as we join the Vikings for a Feast & Entertainment!!!(Included).
Wednesday July 18: Today after breakfast we head back down the beautiful scenic coast retracing our footsteps and keeping our eyes open for Moose.
After we travel a short distance we will make our 1st stop for the day in Port au Choixreferred to as the “Fishing Capital of Newfoundland” People have been making a living from the sea in this area for over 5000 years. It is known as the French Shore and we will learn more about the history here as we visit the French Rooms Cultural Centre. We will also enjoy watching how they cooked their bread in the outdoor ovens and of course get to sample the freshly baked bread topped with local jams. Yum! Yum! We will also take in a short video of the heritage of the town.
As the morning comes to an end we will depart and travel a short distance to Hawkes Bay where we will enjoy lunch (Included)
We will continue on this afternoon to Corner Brook for our last night on the Island.
Tonight I have arranged a Farewell Dinner at the Hotel. (Included)
Thursday July 19: Breakfast this morning will be at 6:30 AM and departure at 7:30 AM as we will need to be at the Ferry Terminal in Port Aux Basques (9:45 AM) 2 hours prior to the 11:45 AM Crossing. Once we board we will make ourselves at home for the 6 hour Crossing. You may have Supper onboard prior to debarking or have a late Supper at the Restaurant attached to the Hotel in Sydney. We will be making our last night’s stay at the Hampton Inn, Sydney.
Friday July 20: This morning after breakfast we will make our way back home stopping for lunch & shopping at the Masstown Market. We will arrive home late afternoon with wonderful memories of a fun filled vacation on the beautiful Island of Newfoundland.
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Price per person includes: Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation, Maritime Atlantic Ferry Crossing both ways, 12 Night’s Accommodations, 12 Full Breakfast’s, 9 Group Meals including Viking Feast, Kitchen Party & Farewell Dinner, All Museums & Attractions listed in the Itinerary such as Prime Berth Fishing Museum, Grenfell Historic Properties, North Atlantic Aviation Museum, L’anse aux Meadows Gros Morne National Park & Visitor Centre, French Rooms Cultural Centre Port au Choix, Terra Nova National Park, Signal Hill, Cape Spear, Luggage Handling, 2 - Local Tour Guides & all taxes.
$300.00 per Person is required when booking. The Balance is due May 21, 2018. No Refunds after May 21, 2018. Cancellation & Travel Insurance is available upon request.
Motor Coach Departs: Saint John, Quispamsis, Hampton, Sussex, Petitcodiac, Moncton and points along the way.