Day 1 ~ ARRIVAL ST JOHN’S
Fly into in St. John’s and pick up your rental vehicle (standard SUV). You may have a late arrival so the rest of the day is at leisure.
Murray Premises Hotel – Standard King Room - 3.5 stars (or similar)
Day 2 ~ ST. JOHN'S / CAPE SPEAR / BAY BULLS /
Depart early to catch the sunrise over Cape Spear lighthouse. Explore Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America. Visit one of the provinces 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.
Continue to Bay Bulls and take a boat excursion (10:30am departure) 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.
Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Home to over 2.5 million seabirds and one of the Atlantic's most productive feeding areas for several whale species, this Reserve is beyond compare in its ability to offer visitors a world class wildlife experience on a consistent basis. Highlights include over 500,000 Atlantic Puffins and upwards of 50 Humpback Whales during mid summer. Icebergs are frequently seen in late spring and early summer. Join the Gatherall Family & Staff aboard the cat for 90 minute wildlife extravaganza - a blizzard of puffins and a carnival of whales - and the best hospitality you're sure to find.
After your whale watching cruise, continue south to Ferryland. If you’re so inclined, watch the sunset over Ferryland Lighthouse, before continuing on to Port Kirwan for the night.
Belle Maison Dine & Dream - 3 stars (B)
Day 3-4 ~ EAST COAST TRAIL
For the next two days you’ll enjoy hiking portions of the East Coast trail.
At Belle Maison in Port Kirwan Newfoundland you'll enjoy all the creature comforts for your unforgettable East Coast experience. We can shuttle you to and from YYT and provide daily shuttle service for all your local attractions including drop off and pick up at the trail heads, Colony of Avalon and Mistaken Point UNESCO site. Your 3 night hiker package package includes all meals, transportation and the all important LAUNDRY SERVICE!
Belle Maison Dine & Dream - 3 stars (B, L, D)
Day 5 ~ ST MARY’S ECOLOGICAL RESERVE / TRINITY
Today you’ll leave early and drive to Cape St. Mary’s Ecological reserve. The reserve is settled by thousands of sea birds nestled along the rocky shores edge.
Afterwards you’ll continue on to Trintiy, on the Bonavista Peninsula.
Artisan Inn – Fisher Cove Room - 3.5 stars (B)
Day 6 ~ TRINITY / BONAVISTA PENINSULA SIGHTSEEING
Explore the enchanting village of Trinity with its restored white and pastel coloured clapboard houses. Venture to Port Rexton today and hike the Skerwink Trail. This very walk-able 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.
Either watch sunrise or sunset over Cape Bonavista OR Fort Point Lighthouse.
Artisan Inn – Fisher Cove Room (B)
Day 7 ~ TRINITY TO TWILLINGATE (309 km/192 mi)
Enroute to Twillingate, pass through Terra Nova National Park. If you feel the need to commune with nature, a stop will introduce you 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 then 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.
Harbour Lights Inn – Standard Queen Room - 3 stars (B)
Day 8 ~ TWILLINGATE TO NORRIS POINT (266 mi)
Arise early and grab your camera to catch the sunrise over Long Point Lighthouse. Then continue on to 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, with its forests populated by moose and caribou. After checking into your hotel in Norris Point you may want to head to Lobster Cove Lighthouse to watch the sunset (8 mi)
Neddies Harbour Inn – Standard Queen Room - 4 stars (B)
Day 9 ~ 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 boat tour can be reached via Route 430, 27 kilometres north of Rocky Harbour. From the parking lot there is a 45 minute to 1 hour walk (three kilometres or roughly two miles) to the dock. The trail carries you over the fragile coastal plain, which was once located below sea level. Along the way, you can examine the variety of plant life, look for wildlife or read the interpretive panels dotted throughout the trail. Located at dockside, you will find a sheltered waiting area, indoor washroom facilities, canteen services, gift shop, and several beautiful picnic areas.
Western Brook Pond fjord in Gros Morne National Park provides a dramatic setting for a boat tour. The Long Range Mountains, the northernmost extent of the Appalachians, contain numerous glacially-carved fjords. One of the most spectacular is the Park's largest lake, Western Brook Pond. This 16 kilometre lake with a depth of 165 metres is home to Atlantic Salmon, Brook Trout, and Arctic Char, as well as an unusual colony of cliff nesting gulls. There is no better way to explore this scenic delight than by taking the Western Brook Pond Boat Tour. On board, behold the spectacular glacier-carved land-locked fjord, waterfalls cascading from 2000 feet that often turn to mist before reaching the pond, billion year-old cliffs, and frequent wildlife sightings.
The rest of the day is free to explore the sites of the Gros Morne National Park.
Neddies Harbour Inn – Standard Queen Room (B)
Day 10 ~ GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a day exploring all of Gros Morne National Park on your own viewing glacial valleys, intriguing rock formations, magnificent sea arches and numerous types of wildlife. Don’t miss the internationally known Tablelands, a rare outcrop of the Earth’s mantle pushed skyward half a billion years ago.
In Gros Morne National Park, you can hike, boat, take in a production from Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador at Cow Head or just explore the several sandy beaches in the park.
Neddies Harbour Inn – Standard Queen Room (B)
Day 11 ~ GROS MORNE / BONNE BAY
Discover why Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly one of the highlights of your trip with a scenic boat tour on Bonne Bay; be on the look-out for the bald eagles that frequent the deep waters of the fjord. Also visit the Tablelands; this mountain of flat-topped rock of a kind usually found only deep in the earth’s mantle is an awe-inspiring sight. Today will be an unforgettable experience; some say the scenery that Gros Morne offers is unequaled in Eastern Canada.
Neddies Harbour Inn – Standard Queen Room (B, L-box, D)
Day 12 ~ NORRIS POINT / DEER LAKE / DEPART
Today you’ll make your way to the airport in Deer Lake, for your departure flight.
Depending on flight time you may have to overnight in Deer Lake. (B)
END OF TRIP
(Code: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
LAND COST FROM: $2,650 per person
• Accommodation for 10 nights in 3-4 star hotels and B&B's
• meals as indicated
• Excursions included in itinerary
• Car Rental for 11 days
• International flights
• Excursions not included in program
• meals not mentioned
• Laundry (except in Port Kirwan)
• Travel insurance Items of a personal
• Items of a personal nature