21 Day Newfoundland and Labrador
Our delightful journey begins with our becoming better acquainted with our tour director and other passengers with whom we will be spending the next 14 or 19 days. We have lunch near Salem, Virginia, and travel through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley on our way to Harrisburg, PA for our first night.
Time passes quickly today as we travel through the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts before entering New Hampshire. Early evening finds us arriving in Portsmouth, NewHampshire for overnight.
We have a short drive to Portland where we will make a photo stop at the Portland Headlight situated on the rugged coast of Maine. This is the oldest light house in continuous use in the United States. We continue northeast through Maine stopping for lunch in Bangor. After lunch we continue to Calais, Maine where we cross the border into New Brunswick, Canada and continue skirting St. John to Moncton, New Brunswick for overnight. Meet Fly in travelers at hotel this evening.
Today we travel to the heart of Cape Breton Island to Baddeck and Arrive at Deer Lake on the West Coast of Newfoundland and transfer to Corner Brook to begin your holiday with McCarthy’s Party. This evening we will enjoy a welcome reception to meet your fellow travellers and learn more about the adventure ahead. Overnight Corner Brook. Welcome Reception.
This morning we take the Viking trail to beautiful Gros Morne National Park. We will travel along some of the most spectacular coastline in North America and visit the National Historic Park at Port au Choix, which interprets the intriguing history and lifestyle of the Maritime Archaic people who lived here over 3000 years ago. We stay two nights in Plum Point.
Today we travel the coastline to St. Anthony to visit the home of the famous medical missionary, Sir Wilfred Grenfell. The highlight of this day is our visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site at L’Anse aux Meadows, home of Lief the Lucky and the Viking people who settled this area as early as the year 1000 A.D.
Keep a sharp eye out for whales as we travel across the Straits of Belle Isle to the shores of Labrador. Here we visit the recently discovered Whaling Station founded by the Basques in the early 1500’s, and learn about the “modern techniques” used by these whalers and the hardships they endured. Later we visit the tallest lighthouse in the province at L’Anse Amour before checking into our hotel for the night in L’Anse Amour.
This morning we return to the island and continue to explore the rugged coastline stopping to visit The Arches and enjoy an interpretation of the many unique and wonderful geological formations for which Newfoundland is so famous. Tonight we will enjoy a traditional Newfoundland dinner. We spend two nights in either Rocky Harbor or Cow Head.
This morning we take a boat tour across beautiful Bonne Bay to Woody Point where we spend time in Gros Morne National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the new Discovery Centre and view the famous Tableland Mountains. It is this area that earned the park its UNESCO World Heritage status and its nickname as the ‘Galapagos of Plate Tectonics’. We return to our hotel at Rocky Harbour or Cow Head area for the night.
Bid farewell to the west coast as we take an easterly trek, to a new geological frontier. A perfect harbor provides a beautiful backdrop for an eventful morning of whale interpretation and brilliant art exhibits. On the morning of September 11, 2001, as the Twin Towers were collapsing in New York City, 38 jet planes were re-routed to a tiny airport in Gander, Newfoundland. More than 7,000 passengers found themselves stuck in a town of 13,000 for up to five days, with only 500 hotel rooms available in the vicinity. This afternoon commemorates the survivors of the 9/11 Tragedy and the many acts of kindness extended when we welcomed the ‘Come From Away’ guests into the homes and communities surrounding Gander; the epicenter of the hit Broadway musical. Tonight we have dinner that features music and stories about the Come From Away experience in Gander.
Today we are off on the “Road to the Isles” before travelling across “Tickles and Runs” to spend time on beautiful Twillingate Island. This is one of Newfoundland’s oldest and most interesting fishing communities. We then travel to Terra Nova National Park to view the vistas of Newman Sound. Overight in Port Blandford/Clarenville for two nights.
This morning we travel to the historic village of Trinity, one of the oldest communities in North America, the gem of the Island. Then its out to Cape Bonavista for a chance to walk the cliffs and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. This afternoon we spend in Bonavista, the landfall of John Cabot in 1497. Here we visit the Ryan Premises and have an opportunity to learn about inshore fishing techniques that have allowed this town to thrive for hundreds of years.
Today we travel to the Avalon Peninsula to the town of Bay Bulls. From here we take a boat trip to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve where we view thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Murres and other seabirds that nest here in the summer. Witless Bay is also home to many Humpback, Minke, and Fin whales in the summer months so whale sightings are a definite possibility. This afternoon we visit Cape Spear National Historic Park, the most easterly point of land in North America before heading into St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. We spend our last two nights in Newfoundland at St. John’s.
This morning we will tour historic St. John’s, the oldest city in North America. This trip includes a visit to Cabot Tower and Signal Hill where we can view the famous “Narrows” and admire the architecture of old St. John’s. This afternoon is left free. This evening we share our farewell dinner. We will also have a “Kitchen Party” with some local music and singing.
Morning free in St. John’s so relax at the hotel in the morning then we will do some additional sightseeing in St. John’s before boarding our 5:00 PM overnight ferry to North Sydney. We disembark the ferry in North Sydney and continue to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia for the night.
This morning we depart New Glasgow traveling traveling to Monc- ton, New Brunswick where we leave our fellow air travelers at the Moncton airport for their flight home. We cross the border into Maine stopping for the night in Augusta, the state capital.
This morning we have a short drive to Freeport, Maine for shopping at L. L. Bean’s Flagship Store. Their first and largest store has been located on Maine Street for over a century. Milford, Connecticut is our destination for the night.
Today, we travel to Byonne, New Jersey for a photo stop at the beau- tiful Tear Drop Memorial—a 19-story sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli that was given to the United States as an official gift of the Russian governent as a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The sculpture is in the form of a 100-foot tower made of steel and coated in bronze, split with a jag- ged opening through the middle. Inside the opening hangs a large stainless-steel teardrop, 40 feet high, in memory of those whose lives were lost during terrorist attacks in the United States. Lunch is included today at the Clinton Diner before continuing to Chambersburg, PA for our last night.
We deoart Chambersburg traveling to Salem, Virginia for lunch at the K & W Cafeteria before continuing to Knoxville ending our delightful tour to Newfoundland and Labrador.