TICO Reg. #4023420

Newfoundland  – Experience the Geography & Culture

August 22, 2024 – September 2, 2024 all day

Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1: Thurs., Aug. 22 – The tour will depart from Orillia at 7:45a.m., Barrie, Bayfield Mall behind Canadian Tire Store at 8:15a.m. & Tour Office at 8:45a.m. for our shuttle to Pearson International Airport.  (Overnight parking is available at our Tour Office). We will depart on our Air Canada flight at 12:15p.m. to St. John’s, the capital city of Newfoundland arriving at 4:47p.m. local time for a 2-night stay at the Capital Hotel.   A Welcome Dinner awaits our arrival.  (D)

Day 2: Fri., Aug. 23 – Our tour of this beautiful province will begin with a 1.5 hour Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale watching boat cruise which includes viewing the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to thousands of puffins. There will be free time in the downtown core for lunch.  This afternoon 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.  (B)

Day 3: Sat., Aug. 24 – Today we leave the Avalon Peninsula and head north to explore the Bonavista Loop.  Points of interest will include Cape Bonavista Lighthouse & the Dungeon Provincial Park. A delicious lunch will be served at Mifflin’s Tearoom. We will overnight at the Seaport Inn in Port Union.   (B, L & D)

Day 4: Sun., Aug. 25 – Today is a full day which will include a morning visit to Trinity, lunch at the Claude Sound Motel and north through Terra Nova National Park, with a stop at Joey’s Lookout overlooking Gambo. Our activities in Gander will include a visit to The North Atlantic Aviation Museum, the Gander Airport and the Peacekeeper’s Memorial Park. We will see pieces of the Twin Towers at both the Museum & Airport dedicated to the events of 9/11 before arriving at Sinbad’s Hotel for a 2-night stay. Tonight, we will enjoy meeting our guest speaker, Claude Elliott who is the former Mayor of Gander. We will learn first-hand about the events and efforts of the incredible people of Gander and the surrounding communities during the week that began on September 11 when approximately 6,600 passengers and crew members were diverted to Gander Airport. (B, L & D)

Day 5: Mon., Aug. 26 – This morning we head north to the beautiful outport community of Twillingate. Today’s activities include a visit to the Twillingate Museum dedicated to Georgia Stirling, Long Point Lighthouse & the Boyd Cove Beothuk Museum. Lunch will be at the Auk Island Winery and our evening dinner will be in Gander upon our return.  (B, L & D)

Day 6: Tues., Aug. 27 – This morning we will travel through Grand Falls and onto King’s Point for lunch.  We will visit Kings Point Pottery & the Whale Museum before traveling onto Corner Brook for a one-night stay at the historic Glynmill Inn. (B, L & D)

Day 7: Wed., Aug. 28 – Today we’ll visit Cook’s Lookout before heading to Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will explore the south side of the park known as the Tablelands.  Lunch will be served in Woody Point with free time to explore the village.  This afternoon we will continue our drive to Rocky Harbour.  You will marvel at the spectacular ocean scenery, mountains and fjords.  We will be staying at the Ocean View Hotel in Rocky Harbour for 2 nights. Tonight, is a special treat as we have reserved tickets to enjoy the “Pub Night featuring the Anchors Aweigh Band”.   (B & L)

Day 8: Thurs., Aug. 29 – This morning there will be free time after breakfast to breathe in the salt air, relax or explore the shops.  We will visit Photographers Lookout before travelling to Norris Point where you will experience an afternoon cruise on beautiful Bonne Bay. (B)

Day 9: Fri., Aug. 30 – This morning we continue our drive up the Northern Peninsula, known as the Viking Trail to St. Anthony. We will have a group lunch at Plum Point.  We will be staying at Hotel North for our 2-night stay. An evening group dinner will complete our day.  (B, L & D)

Day 10: Sat., Aug. 31 – This morning we will visit L’Anse aux Meadows Interpretative Centre. Here is the only known Viking Site in North America & the earliest evidence of Europeans in the western hemisphere. In the afternoon we will visit Grenfell Interpretative Centre & the Grenfell Home with the opportunity to learn about the amazing life and work of Sir Wilfred Grenfell.  (B, L & D)

Day 11: Sun., Sept. 1 – This morning following breakfast we will begin our leisurely driving day south retracing our steps along Route 430. We will visit the Torrent River Salmon Ladder in the afternoon. We will stay overnight at Fisherman’s Landing Inn in Rocky Harbour. (B & D)

Day 12: Mon., Sept. 2 – This morning we will visit the Newfoundland Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion.  The Insectarium is a world class Nature Museum.  We will depart for home from Deer Lake Airport at 1:15p.m. on Air Canada arriving at Pearson International Airport at 2:45p.m.  Our Coach will be there to pick us up and return us to our original departure points. (B)

 Tour includes: transfer to Pearson International Airport in Toronto by motor coach, return direct flights, departure taxes, airport baggage fees round trip, motor coach transportation with Hamilton Tours Director, 11 nights’ accommodation, hotel taxes, baggage handling for 1 large suitcase each, 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners, National Park pass, 2 boat cruises, 2 UNESCO sites, attractions, museum visits and guided tours as listed in the itinerary & HST.

Recommended Read: The Day the World Came to Town 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede

 Cost per person: Twin $5725.00.00 (includes HST of $658.32) & Single $6690.00 (includes HST of $769.60)

An initial deposit of $1500.00 per person is required upon booking.

A 2nd deposit of $1500.00 is due on April 1 with the balance due in full by July 12, 2024

Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge