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Newfoundland & The Viking Trail from St. John's

 
15 days from $1,449

Explore Newfoundland at your leisure on this 15-day self-drive vacation that takes you along the Viking Trail. Your discovery drive begins in Saint John’s where you will visit the Signal Hill National Historic Site and Cape Spear Lighthouse. Continue along the Avalon Peninsula to Clarenville, Grand Falls, Corner Brook, Port-au-Choix, St. Anthony and Rocky Harbour. Highlights of your travels will include visits to Terra Nova and Gros Morne National Parks, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and more!

Saint John


    • Accommodations - 14 nights hotel accommodation

    • Sightseeing Excursions and Tours - Bay Bulls Whale Watching Tour, St. Anthony Whale Watching Tour, cruise in Rocky Harbour

    • Admissions – Terra Nova National Park (1 day) - Gros Morne National Park (2 days),

    Not included: Car rental, transfers between airports, hotels and bus depots, meals.

Day 1 – Welcome to Saint John
Arrive in Saint John, one of the oldest European settlements in North America and the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, pick up your rental car (not included) and drive to downtown Saint John. Today visit Canada’s second-largest National Historic Site, Signal Hill, so named because the arrival of ships was announced from here to the town below through a series of flag signals. It was also at this same location in 1901 that Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless radio signal, thus ushering in the modern world of telecommunications. At the top of Signal Hill is Cabot Tower, built in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Newfoundland and the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign. From atop Signal Hill, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the city, its harbor and beautiful coastline. Overnight Delta Saint John’s Hotel.

Day 2 – Saint John Sightseeing
Today embark on a two-hour whale watching tour with the remainder of the day at your leisure. You may wish to explore the city on your own or visit its neighboring villages and historic sites. One of the must-see places is Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America. Built in 1835, the Cape Spear Lighthouse is the oldest existing lighthouse in Newfoundland. The two-story wooden structure that served as a marine beacon from 1836 to 1955 is now a lifestyle museum. Return to Saint John by way of Maddox Cove to Petty Harbor to see the old wooden stages that were used to dry the salt cod that Newfoundland once supplied to the world. Later this evening, visit O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub in downtown Saint John to participate in a local “Screech In” and become an honorary Nwefoundlander. Overnight Delta Saint John’s Hotel.

Day 3 – Saint John’s at Your Leisure
Today brings a full day at leisure to explore Saint John’s scenic sights and natural attractions. You may elect to visit Fort Amherst, Johnson Geo Centre, Quidi Vidi Village and Quidi Vidi Battery, Newman Wine Vaults, the Colonial Building, Government House and the Duckworth Street Courthouse. The day is yours to see and do what interests you most in this historic and scenic part of Canada. Overnight Delta Saint John’s Hotel.

Day 4 – Drive to Clarenville
Depart Saint John today and travel west across the Avalon Peninsula. The Avalon Peninsula is where Newfoundland and North America begin. This picturesque area is home to herds of caribou, sea bird colonies, icebergs and whales. At the town of Whitbourne, where the highway crosses the narrow neck of land connecting the Avalon Peninsula with the main body of Newfoundland, you’ll turn north toward Clarenville. In its early days the town was a woodcutter’s camp; today, it is a scenic base for trips to Bonavista Bay and Trinity. Overnight St. Jude.

Day 5 – Terra Nova National Park
Spend the day exploring Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland’s first National Park. This Park protects portions of the Appalachian Mountains as well as the eastern island Boreal Forest. Cultural history abounds in the remnants of sawmills and past western civilization. The Marine Interpretation Centre is the main park visitor center. While there, you can watch orientation videos, journey from the shoreline habitat to the depths of the ocean in the main exhibit area and learn about the area from interactive displays, murals and underwater cameras. Overnight St. Jude.

Day 6 – Travel to Grand Falls
Drive through the interior of the island to Grand Falls. The town is one of the major suppliers of newsprint around the world and is the site of Newfoundland’s first pulp and paper mill. Overnight Mt. Payton Hotel.

Day 7 – Corner Brook
Leave Grand Falls today and travel to Corner Brook, located on the western part of Newfoundland. Corner Brook hosted the 1999 Canada Games! Experience the picturesque city from its many walking trails or visit the Captain James Cook Monument or bask in the sun setting over the Bay of Islands. Step back in time at the Corner Brook Museum and Archives or the Railway Society of Newfoundland Historic Train Site. Explore downtown Corner Brook and find unique gifts and crafts at the city’s quaint shops. Overnight Glynmill.

Day 8 – Corner Brook at Leisure
Spend the day exploring Corner Brook. The area served as a meeting, marketing and distribution point for local fishermen who fished the Straits of Belle Isle in the summer and spent the winters working in the city’s lumber woods. Permanent settlement came as a result of the island-wide railway system and the construction of the pulp and paper mill in the 1920’s. Overnight Glynmill.

Day 9 – Port au Choix
Travel north today past Gros Morne National Park to Port au Choix. Located on the west side of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, the town has been populated for thousands of years. The remains of four ancient cultures have been found here to date: Maritime Archaic Indian, Dorset and Groswater Paleoeskimo and Recent Indians. This archeological site sheds new light on our understanding of native peoples in this part of the world. Overnight Sea Echo Motel.

Day 10 – Drive to St. Anthony
As you travel north along the Viking Trail today, you’ll be stepping back in time to the beginning of our planet, traveling past ancient native burial grounds and the thousand-year-old Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Near Port-au-Choix, you’ll come across Phillips Gardens where the remains of a Dorset Eskimo community were discovered. You will also want to stop at the beautiful Point Riche Lighthouse for excellent views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Overnight Haven Inn.

Day 11 – L’Anse aux Meadows / St. Anthony Sightseeing

Start your day with a visit to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, where the Vikings established the first European settlement in North America about 1,000 years ago. L’Anse aux Meadows was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. A re-creation of sod houses showcases what life was like at this first settlement, and an Interpretive Centre tells the story of the settlers who braved the North Atlantic in their small boats. Later, embark on a whale-watching tour that showcases the rich culture of Newfoundland, its wildlife and natural wonders. Your boat tour takes you to Iceberg Alley, the scenic coastal waters off St. Anthony, where the highest concentration of icebergs in Newfoundland can be found. It is considered one of the best locations for whale watching in North America. It’s also inhabited by some of the most fascinating sea caves and bird life. Overnight Haven Inn.

Day 12 – Gros Morne National Park
Travel south along the Viking Trail to Rocky Harbour and Gros Morne National Park, the second largest Park in Atlantic Canada and home to the second largest mountain peak in Newfoundland. The park encompasses some of the world’s most striking scenery. The Long range Mountains meet the sea in spectacular headlands that tower thousands of feet above the ocean and deep fjords cut into the rugged shoreline. Overnight Oceanview Hotel.

Day 13 – Rocky Harbour
You have another full day to explore Gros Morne National Park, where rock scrambling, hiking, boating, swimming, camping and fishing are just some of the recreational activities you can partake in. Today you will also embark on your choice of two cruises on Western Brook Pond where cliffs rise 600 meters along the shoreline. You may also wish to hike Gros Morne Mountain, a challenging hike with a reward of unsurpassed panoramas of the entire Park and its surrounding coastal communities. Overnight Oceanview Hotel.

Day 14 – Rocky Harbour at Leisure
Spend the day exploring Rocky Harbour. You may wish to take an optional boat tour or visit the bird sanctuary. There are also many hiking trails in the area just waiting to be explored. Overnight Oceanview Hotel.

Day 15 – Vacation Conclusion
Your Newfoundland vacations comes to a close today.


St. John's – Delta St. John’s Hotel

Nova Scotia, Clarenville – St. Jude

Windsor – Mt. Payton Hotel

Corner Brooke – Glynmill

Port-au-Choix - Sea Echo Motel

St. Anthony – Haven Inn

Rocky Harbor – Oceanview Hotel

Departure Date Twin Single Triple

June 1 - September 20, 2012

$1449 $2,548 $1,110
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