Wednesday, July 16 to Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Newfoundland & Labrador
A Unique tour by Land, Sea & Air……. Let us take you “Off the Beaten Path”
National Geographic rated Newfoundland & Labrador as the Top Rated 2010 Coastal Destination in the world … “In excellent shape, relatively unspoiled, and likely to remain so.” It scored 84%.
I think that one of voting panelist anonymous comment sums up the best reason for visiting “The Rock” with these words - "Like going back in time - close-knit communities, a strong local culture reflected in music and art, and unspoiled scenery."
Wanderlust included Newfoundland and Labrador on its list of 100 Greatest Travel Secrets.
The Lonely Planet’s Blue list includes Newfoundland and Labrador on its top 30 Must Visit Travel Destinations.
Day 1: Wed., July 16 - The tour will depart from Orillia, Barrie, Kozlov Mall and the Tour Office for our shuttle to Pearson International Airport. We will fly on Air Canada from Toronto to St. John's, the capital city of Newfoundland for a 2-night stay at the Capital Hotel. A Welcome Dinner will conclude our day. (Dinner)
Day 2: Thurs., July 17 - This morning we will have a guided city tour of St. John’s, which will include Signal Hill & Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America.
This afternoon we will visit Petty Harbour, a traditional Irish Newfoundland fishing community enroute to Bay Bulls. We’ll enjoy the 2 hour Gattheral’s Whale watching boat cruise which includes viewing the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to hundreds of puffins. (Breakfast )
Day 3: Fri., July 18 - This morning we will visit the Newfoundland Provincial Museum known as The Rooms before heading north to Gander. We will travel through Terra Nova National Park, past Gambo, for our 2-night stay at Sinbad’s Hotel. (B & D)
Day 4: Sat., July 19 – Today we will explore the beautiful outport community of Twillingate - an excellent vantage point for iceberg & whale sightings in June & July. This morning we will visit the Prime Berth Twillingate Fishing Museum. This afternoon’s activities include: a visit to the Twillingate Museum dedicated to Georgia Stirling, the Church & Long Point Lighthouse. (B & L)
Day 5: Sun., July 20 – Today we will travel along the TransCanada Highway through Grand Falls-Windsor, to King’s Point Pottery, The Whale Museum & Rattling Brook Falls before traveling onto Corner Brook. We will be staying at the charming, historic Gleynmill Inn for 2 nights. (B & D)
Day 6: Mon., July 21 - Today we’ll visit Cook’s Lookout before heading south to Stephenville. From there we will drive out to Port au Port Peninsula – locally known as the French Shore, this area remains the French hub of Newfoundland. Today we will visit “Our Lady of Mercy Church” and discover such villages as Cape St. George, Three Rock Cove and Lourdes before returning to our hotel. (B & L)
Day 7: Tues., July 22 - Today may become your favourite day of the tour. This morning we will depart for Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will marvel at the spectacular ocean scenery, mountains and fjords. Our day will include: Rocky Harbour, Lobster Cove Lighthouse and Photographers Lookout. We will be staying at the Oceanview Hotel in Rocky Harbour for 2 nights. www.grosmorne.ca
(B & D)
Day 8: Wed., July 23 - This morning is a free morning to relax. This afternoon you will experience the beauty of
the fresh water Fjords of Western Brook Pond. (Weather permitting) Please note that in order to reach the docks of the boat tour – we must walk (a fairly level) 3 km walk or approx. 45 minutes OR the Bonn Bay Boat tour which requires no walking. Tonight is a special treat as we enjoy the “Pub Night featuring the Anchors Aweigh Band”. www.anchorsaweigh.ca (B)
Day 9: Thurs., July 24 - This morning we continue our drive up the Northern Peninsula – known as the Viking Trail to St. Barbe. We will take the afternoon ferry (crossing time of 1 ¾ hours) across the Strait of Belle Isle to Blanc Sablon, Quebec and then into Labrador. We will be staying at the Northern Light Inn in L’Anse Au Clair overnight. (B & D)
Day 10: Fri., July 25 - Today we will travel north to Mary’s Harbour where we will board the ferry that will take us to Battle Harbour. Battle Harbour was for two centuries the economic and social centre of the southeastern Labrador coast. After six years of research and painstaking architectural restoration, the efforts of the Battle Harbour Historic Trust have breathed new life into this place. Battle Harbour has been restored to its former glory and a living commemoration to the life and society created there by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. We will discover the island, take a walking tour and stay on site to experience this fascinating era of Labrador history. www.battleharbour.com (B, L & D)
Day 11: Sat., July 26 - Today we sail back to Mary’s Harbour at 9:00a.m. We will then travel south to the Parks Canada Site in Red Bay to learn about the Basque Whaling Port. A visit to Point Amour Lighthouse, towering at 109 feet, it is the tallest in Atlantic Canada and second highest in the country will complete our day. We will return to the Northern Light Inn in L’Anse Au Clair for our overnight stay. (B & D)
Day 12: Sun. July 27 - This morning we will leave Labrador on the first ferry and continue our drive north to St. Anthony. This afternoon we will visit L’Anse aux Meadows Interpretative Centre. Here is the only known Viking Site in North America and the earliest evidence of Europeans in the western hemisphere. This afternoon we will visit the Grenfell Properties including Grenfell House & Grenfell Handicrafts. We will be staying at Hotel North in St. Anthony overnight. (B)
Day 13: Mon., July 28 - This morning we will experience a 2.5 hour award winning boat tour with Northland Discovery in hopes of iceberg sightings, humpbacks and dolphins. It is a certified vessel with music, onboard biologist & washroom equipped. This afternoon we will travel south along the Viking Trail stopping at the Arches, a natural phenomenon carved over many centuries by the sea. Our travels today allow us to enjoy the beauty of Gros Morne National Park. We will overnight in Deer Lake at the Holiday Inn Express. (B & D)
Day 14: Tues., July 29 - All good things must come to an end. Today we will visit The Table Lands area of Gros Morne National Park before flying home on our early evening flight. Our Hammond Coach will be there to pick us up and return us to our original departure points. (B & L)
Tour includes: transfer to Pearson International Airport in Toronto from Barrie, return flights, departure taxes, motor coach transportation with Hamilton Tours Ltd. tour director, 13 nights’ accommodation, hotel taxes, baggage handling for 1 large suitcase each, 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners, National Park pass, 3 boat cruises, 2 Ferry Crossings, Pub Night Entertainment in Rocky Harbour, attractions, museum visits and guided tours as listed in the itinerary & HST.
We have held our pricing from 2013 for this tour!!
Cost per person: Twin $4729.00 (includes $544.04 HST) & Single $5409.00 (includes $622.31 HST)
An initial deposit of $500.00 is required at time of booking.
A second deposit of $1500.00 is due on April 15 with the balance due in full by June 1, 2014
RBC Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.