Our small-group tour of Newfoundland island and mainland Labrador focuses on the rural areas and picturesque fishing villages of this rugged land at the far edge of the North American continent.
Newfoundland & Labrador: Sept 20th – 30th 2021 (11 Days)
LAND ONLY: $4,495 Canadian/ per person
+ 15% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax)
(includes breakfasts + dinners)
Begins Sept 20th in St John’s and finishes Sept 30th at Deer Lake Airport (YDF.)
COMBINE THIS TOUR:
Newfoundland & Labrador +Canadian Maritimes: September 20 - Oct 12 2021 (23 Days)
let us know if you are interested in combining the 2 tours.
On this tour we only include 1 day in St John’s. If you wish to explore the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador in more depth and get over your long flights all the way across Canada, you can choose to arrive in St John’s a day or more before the tour starts.Our small-group tour of Newfoundland island and mainland Labrador focuses on the rural areas and picturesque fishing villages of this rugged land at the far edge of the North American continent. The island of Newfoundland is such a unique place that it even has its own time zone! The people here speak with an accent that most non-islanders think sounds more like an Irish accent than a North American one. Canadian Confederation, the birth of Canada as a nation, took place on July 1st 1867, when the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were united in one dominion. Newfoundland didn’t become Canada’s 10th and last province until March 31st 1949 – over 80 years later!
Our flights specialist estimates the cost of the airfare to be approximately $900- $1,200 Canadian departing Vancouver through Toronto to St John’s (YYT) with Air Canada and returning from Deer Lake (YDF) via Toronto with Air Canada. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ESTIMATE FROM VANCOUVER AND IS ONLY VALID AT TIME OF PUBLISHING July 22 2021). You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to join this tour. Our flights specialist can quote you from any city.
On this tour we travel by our own coach through much of Newfoundland’s most rugged scenery to some of her prettiest villages. In addition to exploring some of the island’s and mainland Labrador’s most breath-taking and diverse countryside, we visit historic sites dating from the Viking settlement and before. We learn about the culture and history of the indigenous people as well as of the French, British and other European settlers.
Although Newfoundland is a fairly small island, wherever possible, we stay 2 nights in each location.
Flexibility When we are spending more than one night in a place, if you don’t wish to join our included excursions on the intervening day, you MAY be able to enjoy a relaxing free half day or full day exploring the area near our hotel. Of course, the timing and length of much of our sightseeing depends on the weather! Please discuss your options with Norman and Julie.
Each full day of the tour we include breakfast and dinner. Because of the remote places where we are staying on many of our nights in the province and the fact that we are travelling after the main tourist season, local restaurants will not be available and so we will enjoy our dinners together as a group at our hotels. We have the chance to enjoy several unique Newfoundland dishes.
(UPDATED July 28 2021 )Limited to 16 travellers + Norman & Julie Bruce
Mon Sept 20th We arrive tonight at St John’s Airport (YYT) and transfer to our hotel.
First of 2 nights in St John’s. Delta Hotels by Marriott or similar. No meals.
Tues Sept 21st St John’s City Tour
North America's oldest city and Newfoundland's capital boosts a stunning location in the granite cliffs and slopes of the Avalon Peninsula. We enjoy a guided city tour featuring the Victorian architecture of the downtown area, the busy modern waterfront, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Confederation Building, Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Gardens and the panoramic view from Signal Hill National Historic Site. This afternoon we drive to nearby Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America, and visit Petty Harbour, a small, picturesque fishing
Second of 2 nights in St John’s. Delta Hotels by Marriott or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Wed Sept 22nd St John’s – Clarenville This morning we enjoy a scenic drive around Conception Bay with stops in Brigus and Cupids. In Brigus we visit Hawthorne Cottage, the homestead of Captain Bob Bartlett, commander of more than 20 Arctic voyages in the early and mid 20th Century. We see rare artefacts from his expeditions and period furnishings as we tour the cottage and explore its heritage gardens. In Cupids we visit Cupids Legacy Centre, showcasing the history of Canada's first English settle
This afternoon we leave the Avalon Peninsula and drive the Trans Canada Highway onto the main bulk of the island of Newfoundland
First of 2 nights in Clarenville. Quality Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Thurs Sept 23 Bonavista Peninsula
Today we experience two quaint, historic towns. First we visit Bonavista, where John Cabot first landed in North America in 1497 when he was searching for the “New World” on behalf of the King of England. At Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site we learn about the hard life of the light keepers before we continue on to charming Trinity. Here, we stroll the lanes and explore the many historic buildings preserved from the 18th Century.
Second of 2 nights in Clarenville. Quality Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner
Fri Sept 24th Clarenville – Gander
This morning we are on the lookout for wildlife as we drive through Terra Nova National Park. This afternoon we visit the beautiful outport of Twillingate where we explore Long Point Lighthouse and the Prime Berth Fishery & Heritage Centre. We finish our day with a scenic drive along the rocky coast of Notre Dame Bay to Gander, famous as the location of the hit Broadway Musical “Come From Away.” We learn about the hospitality and generosity of the local residents when 38 planes unexpectedly landed here in the aftermath of the September 11th 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City.
Overnight in Gander. Sinbad’s Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Sat Sept 25th Gander – Gros Morne NP
This morning we visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum which hosts a variety of artifacts and displays chronicling Gander's role in the development of transatlantic aviation. This afternoon we drive across very-sparsely-populated Central Newfoundland to Gros Morne National Park.
First of 2 nights in Cow Head. Shallow Bay Motel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Sun Sept 26th Gros Morne National ParkWe spend today exploring Gros Morne National Park. The Tablelands is an awe-inspiring mountain of flat-topped rock of a kind usually found only deep in the earth’s mantle. This is what prompted the designation of Gros Morne National Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We see a wide range of marine animals and plants at Bonne Bay Marine Station – from the intertidal right down to the cold, dark depths of the fjord. We should also see plenty of the bald eagles that hunt over the deep waters of the fjord. We get a glimpse into the vibrant lives of inshore fishing families of coastal Newfoundland during a visit to Broom Point Fishing Premises. After free time for lunch in Rocky Harbour, we visit Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse where we enjoy a gentle walk to learn the traditional uses of plants and berries as local medicines.
Second of 2 nights in Cow Head. Shallow Bay Motel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Mon Sept 27th Gros Morne NP – L'Anse aux Meadows
This morning we drive from Gros Morne National Park up the Great Northern Peninsula to L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, the first cultural discovery in the world to receive recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With our guide we explore the remains of this Viking settlement from over a thousand years ago.
Overnight in St. Anthony. Haven Inn or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Tues Sept 28th Ferry to Labrador
We make an early start this morning and drive back down part of the peninsula to St. Barbe in time to catch the morning ferry to cross the Strait of Belle Isle (and extension of the Gulf of St. Lawrence) to the mainland part of the province, Labrador. However, the 1 hour and 45 minute crossing actually takes us to Blanc Sablon, in Québec, right next to the border with Labrador. The trip is a great opportunity to spot whales and birds, so keep a lookout while you’re on board. There’s a switch in time zones as we cross between the provinces – from Newfoundland Daylight Time on the island to Eastern Daylight Time in Quebec to Atlantic Daylight Time in Labrador!
Once on the mainland, we drive to Red Bay National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the Basques (a distinct people from northern Spain and south-west France) had a whaling station in the 16th Century. We spend tonight in Labrador. Overnight in L'Anse au Clair. Northern Light Inn or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Wed Sept 29th Labrador – Port au Choix – Corner BrookAn early start this morning to catch the morning ferry back to the island of Newfoundland. From St. Barbe we drive to the fishing community of Port au Choix to learn of ancient cultures. The Port au Choix Peninsula juts slightly out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Newfoundland's northwest coast and people have lived here for 5,500 years. From Port au Choix we take the dramatic seaside road south to Rocky Harbour and then inland around Deer Lake and back to the west coast.
Overnight in Corner Brook. Comfort Inn or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Thurs Sept 30th
Fly homeThis morning we transfer to Deer Lake Airport (YDF) for your flight home, arriving the same day. Breakfast if not leaving too early.
This tour can be extended with our “Canada’s Maritimes” tour. Please let us know if you are interested in combining the 2 tours.
- Accommodation mainly in 4-star and good 3-Star hotels. All our hotels have en-suite bathrooms and heating. In the more remote locations, we often stay in the best available accommodations.
- Land transport by our own coach.
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Tipping for driver & guides
- Breakfast + dinner daily
- Guiding by Royal Heights tour leaders Julie and Norman Bruce with assistance of our expert local guides in each area.
- Lunches. We try to stop in towns that have a variety of options but, sometimes, a grocery store is the best option. If the weather is suitable, we will try to stop for a picnic or 2.
- We do NOT include porterage. Porters MAY be available to help you with your suitcase and you should be prepared to tip them if you use their services. Please only bring one piece of luggage per person and make sure your luggage has wheels so you can move your own luggage when necessary.
- Trip Cancellation / Interruption Insurance. This insurance is strongly recommended. We can put you in touch with our insurance expert for a quote.
- Single Supplement charge, if requested ($870 Canadian + 15% HST)
- Personal Expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, and drinks not included at meals
- Arrival & departure transfers. We can arrange individual or group transfers when you have confirmed the arrival & departure times of your flights. Please contact us for a quote
Our flights specialist suggests flying from Vancouver through Toronto to St John’s (YYT) with Air Canada and returning from Deer Lake (YDF) via Toronto with Air Canada. You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to join this tour. You are welcome to book your own flights or we can put you in touch with our flights specialist who can book flights for you from any city. Please let us know.
Our published price is based on 2 people sharing a room. If you would like to share, we will do our best to find you a roommate. The EARLIER you pay your deposit, the more likely we are to be able to find you a roommate. If you wish to be guaranteed a single room, there is a Single Supplement charge of $870 Canadian + HST. Those people traveling alone but wishing to share will be informed prior to their final invoice being sent if a roommate is not currently available. At that point, you will be invoiced for the Single Supplement. If a roommate subsequently joins the tour, your single supplement will be refunded with the final documentation.
Land portion of the tour must be booked directly with Royal Heights Tours. You can secure your place on the tour with a $400 per person non-refundable deposit. We take payment by cheque, Visa or Mastercard for the $400 /person deposit. Your invoice for your Land tour will be e-mailed to you in early August. Payment will be due by August 16th. Price quoted is for FINAL PAYMENT by cheque. Should you wish to pay the outstanding amount for the LAND tour by credit card there will be an administration fee of 2.5% on the outstanding amount.
Please make sure your luggage has wheels so you can move it easily.
This tour is not suitable if you need walking assistance in the form of walking sticks or canes. You must be in reasonably good shape to enjoy this tour – there is some walking and exploring through the back streets of old historic towns where our bus cannot enter. Please ensure you wear comfortable walking shoes as some of our walking tours can take up to 3 hours.
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