Explore the best of Newfoundland and Labrador, defined by magnificent mountains, sweeping vistas, colorful wooden houses perched on rocky sea cliffs, and hidden fjords. Visit the charming 500-year-old city of St John’s, one of the oldest in the “New World” and the easterly most city in North America. Traveling the province you will see the world’s most beautiful scenery and historic attractions including Cape Bonavista Lighthouse and Gros Morne National Park. Visit the town of Gander and learn the role it played in the September 11, 2001 attacks and experience a traditional kitchen party. This vacation is sure to be one you won’t forget!
DAY 1—WELCOME TO ST JOHN'S!
Arrive to St. John’s a day early so you are rested and ready for your trip of the eastern most province of Canada.
DAY 2—EXPLORE ST JOHN'S!
Explore St John’s at your leisure today and enjoy a welcome dinner alongside your fellow travelers. B, D
DAY 3—ST JOHN'S/WITLESS BAY ECOLOGICAL RESERVE
Take a boat tour on the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve to search for puffins and other seabirds. The route continues with panoramic views of St. John’s from Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easternly point in North America. B
DAY 4—SIGNAL HILL/CLARENVILLE
Enjoy a city tour of St John’s, North America’s oldest city. View the architecture of downtown, a busy modern waterfront, and visit Signal Hill, the site of the first transatlantic wireless communication. B, D
Explore two quaint historic towns - Bonavista and Trinity. Bonavista is where John Cabot first arrived in North America in 1497. Then learn about the hard life of the lightkeepers at Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site before continuing onto charming Trinity. Stroll the lanes and explore many historic buildings preserved from the 18th century. B, L, D
DAY 6—TERRA NOVA/LONG POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Travel through Terra Nova National Park and lookout for wildlife as we make our way to Gander. Stop in Twillingate to visit Long Point Lighthouse and learn about the history of fishing in the area at the Prime Berth Fishery & Heritage Centre. Arrive in Gander, a town with a large role in the development of transatlantic aviation. B, D
DAY 7—GANDER/AVIATION MUSEUM
Learn about the history of aviation in Gander, and the hospitality of the local residents during the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Tour the North Atlantic Aviation Museum, and meet locals who experienced September 11th first-hand. B, D
DAY 8—STRAIT OF BELLE ISLE FERRY/LABRADOR
Travel to Labrador by ferry over the Strait of Belle Isle and enjoy a festive group dinner during our first evening in Labrador. B, D
DAY 9—RED BAY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE/COW HEAD
Visit Red Bay National Historic and UNESCO World Heritage Site, a whaling station in the 16th century. Then, ferry back to Newfoundland through Gros Morne National Park. Enjoy free time this evening in Cow Head. B
DAY 10—GROS MORNE
Discover Gros Morne National Park today. Enjoy a scenic boat tour on Bonne Bay, through the fjords of the national park. Visit the Tablelands, with picturesque views of flat-topped rock. Have a picnic lunch and walk through the Gros Morne Discovery Centre. B, L, D
DAY 11—CORNER BROOK
Make your way to the town of Corner Brook, known for its incredible views and nature. Tonight, enjoy a traditional kitchen party, with local entertainment and dancing. B, D
DAY 12—TRAVEL HOME
Transfer to the Deer Lake airport, saying goodbye to our new friends and treasured memories from this beautiful part of Canada.
Nights 1-3: Delta Hotel, St John’s
Nights 4-5: Clarenville Inn, Clarenville
Night 6: Comfort Inn, Gander
Night 7: Shallow Bay, Cow Head
Night 8: Northern Light Inn, L' Anse au Clair
Nights 9-10: Shallow Bay, Cow Head
Night 11: Quality Inn, Corner Brook
June 23-July 4, 2024
Price Per Person:
Pre/Post Tour Hotel:
Free airport shuttle
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling at most hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
Schedule your flight to arrive at Chicago O'Hare Int'l Airport by 8:00 a.m. on Day 1 for our 11:00 a.m. flight to St. John’s Newfoundland.
Schedule your flight home to depart Chicago O'Hare Int'l Airport any time after 8:00 p.m. on Day 12.
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our Pre and Post hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Free parking is offered during the tour at our hotel in Chicago with a Pre or Post night booked.
Travelers should be in good physical health and understand there are times when a good deal of walking is involved. Those who have difficulty walking may not want to take this trip or should discuss their personal situation with their doctor before deciding. You should be able to walk at a steady pace for a mile at a time and be able to manage steps to board/de-board the motorcoach several times a day. Due to the lack of proper facilities at some of the off-the-beaten-path sites we often visit, we are unable to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs.
June/July – high of 66°, low of 51°
Canadian Dollar (Canada)
GMT-2.5 (1 1/2 hours ahead of New York)
Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone, Wi-FI, and some hotels offer a pool.
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Dress on tour is casual.
A valid US Passport is required for travel to/from the United States.
Travel Protection Available
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.