Welcome to Corner Brook! The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the town or relax at your hotel.
This morning, meet your travelling companions and Tour Director during a welcome breakfast. Then, enjoy an orientation tour of Corner Brook, followed by a break to see the Captain James Cook National Historic Site. Travel along Humber Arm to the Bay of Islands, with excellent photo opportunities on the way to Frenchman's Cove. Enjoy a stop at Lark Harbour. Savour great views of Guernsey, Tweed, and the Pearl Islands on the return to Corner Brook. (B)
Skirt the shores of Deer Lake and head north to GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exceptional beauty and unique geological features. At the Lobster Cove Head, visit the LIGHTHOUSE and the fascinating marine displays. Next is BROOM POINT, highlighting the history of Canada's earliest fishing settlements. Depart for St. Barbe, visiting a few important sites along the way. View glacier-carved gorges on the way to PORT AU CHOIX NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. The exhibits focus on archaeological finds of Maritime Archaic and Dorset peoples who settled here before 2000 BC. (B,D)
Board your FERRY to cross the Strait of Belle Isle, known as Iceberg Alley, to Blanc Sablon. Then, to RED BAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first major industrial complex of the New World and home to a 16th-century Basque whaling station exhibit. Return to L'Anse-au- Clair. (B,D)
NOTE: Icebergs are most often seen in June and July.
FERRY back to St. Barbe. Enter L'ANSE AUX MEADOWS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, the only known Viking settlement in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A Local Guide shows you the reconstructed sod huts, explains how the Vikings lived, and you will see Norse artifacts dating back to 1000 AD. (B,D)
This morning, travel along the Viking Trail, with a stop at ARCHES PROVINCIAL PARK to photograph the two large arches carved by the pounding sea. Then, board a boat for a scenic CRUISE on Bonne Bay. Relax as you take in views of Gros Morne Mountain, learn about the history of the small villages nestled on the shores, and keep a lookout for whales and bald eagles. Tonight, enjoy a special SEASONAL SEAFOOD DINNER. (B,D)
After breakfast, depart for Gander, once the international aviation crossroads of the world for a visit to the NORTH ATLANTIC AVIATION MUSEUM, to learn the history of North Atlantic aviation from the 1930s to its unexpected role in the days following the 9/11 tragedy. (B,D)
Along the "Road to the Isles," the local predilection for colourful language comes across with place names, such as "Too Good Arm," "Virgin Arm," and "Crow Head." On the way to Twillingate, visit the PRIME BERTH FISHING MUSEUM and see the Long Point Lighthouse. With luck, you might spot whales along the coast en route to TERRA NOVA NATIONAL PARK. Spend the next two nights in Clarenville, situated in beautiful Trinity Bay. (B,D)
This morning, travel to historic Trinity, one of the oldest communities in North America, with its scenic harbour. Enjoy a guided WALKING TOUR and hear stories that bring this picturesque village alive. Continue to Cape Bonavista to admire the beautiful cliffs and coastlines. In Bonavista, learn how modern North America began when John Cabot made landfall here in 1497. A visit to RYAN PREMISES NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE commemorates the prosperous fishing industry from the early 1500s to present day. (B)
Rejoin the Trans-Canada Highway and travel to Witless Bay Islands, where whales and puffins abound. Board your boat for a narrated CRUISE around the three islands. Newfoundland has the largest concentration of humpback whales in the world, and is also known as the "Seabird Capital of North America," with the largest Atlantic puffin sanctuary in North America. Continue to St. John's, visiting CAPE SPEAR NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE en route, the most easterly point in North America. (B)
Tour the oldest settlement in North America with a Local Guide. Visit SIGNAL HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, Cabot Tower, the Old Town, and the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. This afternoon is free to explore on your own. You may wish to visit The Rooms, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture through history, heritage, and artistic expression or spend time browsing the many boutiques and galleries of St. John's. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner that includes a traditional SCREECH-IN ceremony. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your tour. (B,D)
The tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. (B)