Your Tour Includes: Roundtrip motorcoach transportation, 11 night's lodging, 22 meals, attractions as highlighted in the itinerary, luggage handling for one suitcase per person, hotel taxes, taxes and gratuities on the included meals.
Payment & Reservations: A deposit of $200 per person is required to confirm reservations and is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due by May 24, 2019
Departure Locations: South Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, Waterville, Newport, Bangor and Old Town.
Passports or Passport Cards are required for this tour. Canada can deny admissions to persons with criminal convictions or OUI Violations. Date of birth and Passport/Passport Card information will be requested at time of final payment.
Depart this morning for Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Overnight Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown. Dinner will be included this evening at a local restaurant.
Depart Moncton and meet your Local Tour Director in Truro, NS. Continue on to Sydney where you will enjoy your first meal together, prior to boarding the Marine Atlantic Ferry. You'll have an overnight crossing from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland. Overnight Marine Atlantic Ferry
You will disembark the ferry and drive north through the beautiful Codroy Valley to Gros Morne National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Northern Peninsula. Situated on the west coast of the island, the park provides a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth's mantle lie exposed. Most recent glacial action has resulted in some spectacular scenery, with coastal lowland, alpine plateau, fjords, glacial valleys, sheer cliffs, waterfalls and many pristine lakes. Enjoy some time at the Discovery Centre and explore the area around Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse. The light is still run by the Canadian Coast Guard. It is now automated, but the lightkeeper's house is open as a park interpretive exhibit. Check into your accommodations for the next two nights. Overnight Shallow Bay Motel
Start your day with a 45 minute hike into the Western Brook Pond Boat Tour (weather permitting) and then relax and be awe-inspired with the scenery of the land-locked fjords around you. The boat tour will provide many great photo opportunities, so have your camera ready and batteries charged! After the hike back out to the parking lot you will visit the Arches Provincial Park which is an interesting rock arch formation on the coast of Newfoundland. Enjoy a show at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival to round off your day in Gros Morne! Overnight Shallow Bay Motel
(Breakfast, Boxed Lunch)
You'll be saying good bye to Western Newfoundland today as you head to Central Newfoundland. But, before you head east, you'll have time to appreciate some of nature's wonders at the Newfoundland Insectarium. This 3 story building houses many live and static displays of insects, bugs, bees and most notably a large Butterfly House. Take time to browse the gift shop or have an ice-cream before boarding the bus for Gander. Prior to arriving there, you'll stop at the Salmonid Interpretation Centre located on the Exploits River. It is one of the largest Atlantic Salmon enhancement projects in North America.
A scenic drive along the rocky coast of Notre Dame Bay leads to the beautiful outport of Twillingate. Twillingate embodies everything so many Newfoundland and Labrador outports are famous for: stunning coastline, historical, picturesque streets, culturally-rich entertainment and peaceful country roads. It is one of Newfoundland's oldest seaports and during the 1800's was the most active and prosperous community in northern Newfoundland. You will visit the Prime Berth Fishery & Heritage Centre, enjoy views surrounding the Long Point Lighthouse, and have a tour of Auk Island Winery.
Today you will learn all about how Gander and the surrounding communities came together over the 9/11 tragedy through the Beyond the Words Tour and a visit to the North Atlantic Aviation Museum. Head out on the Trans-Canada Highway to visit Terra Nova National Park, the most easterly of Canada's beautiful national parks. Prehistoric peoples and European settlers depended on the rich resources of the sea and land, as do many people in the region today. Keep your camera close at hand for wildlife along the way. You will be spending the next two nights in Clarenville. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Be prepared for some more spectacular scenery as you travel to Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, and learn about the hard life of light keepers. Visit Ryan Premises National Historic Site and walk around Dungeon Provincial Park. There you will see a twin entranced sea cave with a collapsed roof, which has been carved into the cliff face by the incessant action of the sea. You'll have time to explore through the lanes of the charming town of Trinity on your own before winding down for the night.
Arrive in the capital city of St. John's, Canada's oldest and most distinctive city, for your final night in Newfoundland. Rising spectacularly from the water's edge, St. John's combines a modern city with small town hospitality. St. John's is full of history and life. See the quaint side streets of a thousand colours, the Victorian architecture of the downtown area, the busy modern waterfront, charming Quidi Vidi village and the panoramic view from Signal Hill National Historic Site.
Today you will be departing St. John's and visiting Cape Spear National Historic Site - the most easterly point of land in North America, where you will see the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland. Weather permitting, you will also enjoy a boat tour at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The reserve contains North America's largest Atlantic puffin colony and hosts the second-largest Leach's storm-petrel colony in the world. From there you will continue on to Argentia where you will board the ferry back to Nova Scotia. This ferry crossing is 16 hours, so you'll have time to explore and take in the views onboard before getting a good night sleep! Overnight Marine Atlantic Ferry
(Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner)
This morning you will depart the Marine Atlantic Ferry and bid farewell to your Local Tour Director in Truro (place TBD), prior to your overnight in Moncton. Overnight Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown, Dinner included this evening at a local restaurant
Depart Moncton for your return to Maine!