Newfoundland and St. Pierre (16 Day Tour)


The Hidden Gems of Newfoundland with St. Pierre

Join Travac this June for a comprehensive 16 day tour of Newfoundland (including a 2 night stay on the French island of St Pierre).

June is the perfect time to experience the beauty of icebergs and whales!

Indulge your senses on this special tour visiting all four regions of this incredible island. From Deer Lake to St Johns and all the beautiful outports, shorelines and quaint villages in between….

Visit the province where the Vikings first landed over 1000 years ago. Explore the beauty of the natural wonders, hidden gems and UNESCO sights. Immerse yourself into the friendly culture and taste the local culinary delights.  There is no doubt that this province will leave a lasting impression on you.

Book now as there are only 24 seats in total for this small group. Bookings must be made by April 15, 2017!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Depart from Ottawa via Toronto with Westjet to arrive on the western side of Newfoundland. Tentative times are departure from Ottawa 0700 via Toronto to arrive local time in Deer Lake at 1:32pm (+1.5 hours ahead of Ottawa). We will make a stop enroute for lunch before arriving at our hotel for the evening.

Welcome Dinner tonight – time TBA.

Overnight in Rocky Harbour–- Mountain Range Cottages (or similar).

Day 2

Today is our day to explore Gros Morne National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its impressive geological features. Late this morning we will venture off (45minute walk in each direction) to one of the most beautiful boat tours in all of Newfoundland – “Western Brook Pond”. You will marvel at the size of the landlocked Fjord while enjoying this narrated two hour boat tour.

Overnight in Rocky Harbour – Mountain Range Cottages (or similar)

Day 3

Moving north, you will make your way to another UNESCO National Historic Site, L’Anse aux Meadows. It was here in 1960 that a group of Archeologists discovered the remains of what was an ancient Norse encampment that would have housed as many as 100 Vikings. While here, you will have a chance to view some of the recovered artifacts. Your guide will also go over how the encampment was discovered. Near the original encampment are several re-created sod and timber buildings, depicting how life was lived 1,000 years ago. These buildings are tended by costumed interpreters.

A special dinner is included tonight.

Overnight in St Anthony – Haven Inn

Day 4

Today we will take a guided tour of Sir Wilfred Grenfell Mission. The Grenfell Mission provided some of the earliest permanent medical services in Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Before the mission opened its first hospital at Battle Harbour in 1893, almost no health-care resources existed in the area – hospitals were nonexistent. After lunch we will embark on a 2.5 hour boat cruise of the scenic coastal waters off St. Anthony, an area famous for its bounty of icebergs, whales and seabirds.

Overnight in St. Anthony’s – Haven Inn

Day 5

This morning we will retrace our drive south on the Northern Peninsula. There will still be many opportunities to enjoy its natural beauty – our driver will make a few “Hidden Gem Stops” enroute for picture taking.

Optional Theatre Tonight – located right at the hotel: Fly Me to the Moon 8:30pm – $30 adults

Overnight in Cow Head – Shallow Bay Hotel

Day 6

After breakfast, we will make our way to Gander. Gander is most famous for the role that it has played in Canadian aviation history. This role extends back the 1930’s and was most prominent in World War II when over 10,000 airmen were stationed in Gander. Most of the streets in Gander are named after famous aviators, including Amelia Earhart, Alcock and Brown, Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker and Marc Garneau. This is one of our longer driving days so we will have a few hidden gem stops (lunch enroute).

Overnight in Gander – Sinbad Hotel

Day 7

Today you will make your way to visit Twillingate, one of the most picturesque outports in all of Newfoundland. Located on the northeastern shore of Newfoundland, Twillingate is affectionately known as the ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’. Twillingate was once an active fishing community and is one of the oldest ports on the island. A visit to Twillingate would not be complete without visiting Prime Berth Fishery & Heritage Centre –a private interpretive fishing center and craft studio created by David Boyd as a tribute to his fisher forefathers.

Optional Rising Tide Theatre – schedule TBA

Overnight in Trinity – B & B’s in the Village

Day 8

Your journey today will take you to Bonavista. Here you will have the chance to view the cliffs and enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery. It was here that John Cabot made landfall in 1497. While in Bonavista we will visit The Ryan Premises National Historic Site of Canada to explore the internationally-recognized “Cod, Seals and Survivors” exhibition that tells the 500-year story of Canada’s east coast fishery.

Optional Rising Tide Theatre – schedule TBA

Overnight in Trinity – B & B’s in the Village

Day 9

Today we leave the quaint village of Trinity and head to the Burin Peninsula. Enjoy the beautiful drive viewing small bays, sheltered coves and blue water inlets. We will make a lunch stop enroute.

TONIGHT – Pack your overnight bag for St. Pierre. Since vehicles are not permitted on the ferry we have to walk on and walk off the ferry with our bags, we also have to walk over to our hotel (about 2 blocks). Please ensure you have all your medications and a change of clothes for the two nights. Make sure you have your passports for tomorrow as well.

Overnight in Marystown – Marystown Hotel

Day 10

This afternoon we will take the ferry from Fortune to St Pierre, France. Our coach will drop us off at the terminal and we will walk onboard the ferry. The crossing will take about 2 hours. Your checked luggage will stay with the driver/coach. These French Islands are Frances oldest overseas territory. On arrival (approximately 430pm) we walk across the street to our hotel for the next two nights.

Dinner included tonight

Overnight – St Pierre – L’Hotel Robert

Day 11

This morning after breakfast we will head out for our island tour of St Pierre with a local guide.

Evening will be free to wonder the streets of the village.

Overnight – St Pierre – L’Hotel Robert

Day 12

Early rise today. Our ferry departs St Pierre at 0800am. Our drive today will take us off the Burin Peninsula – stopping enroute for lunch we will then head to the Avalon Peninsula. Driving time today is about 5 hours.

Overnight – St. Bride’s – Bird Island Resort (Motel)

Day 13

This morning we will visit Cape St Mary’s Ecological Reserve – you will see thousands of seabirds – gammets, razorbills, common murres, black-legged kittiwakes, northern gannets, and double-crested and great cormorants (as long as the fog does not roll in!). We will then head into St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland. After lunch we will embark on a 2 hour city tour of St John’s. The city enjoys a long and vibrant history as the oldest English-founded city in North America. While the city owes a great deal to the fishing industry, it has been transformed into a modern city famed for its nightlife and its rich musical culture. Evening is free.

Overnight St. John’s – JAG Hotel

Day 14

Heading south from St Johns our first stop today is Cape Spear National Historic Park, the most easterly point of land in North America. Travelling further south we will make our way to Witless Bay where you will embark on a boat tour (weather permitting) and have a chance to view thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Murres and other seabirds that make their home here in the summer. After lunch we will visit Cape Spear and then we will head to the Quidi Vidi Brewery for laughs, stories, a tasting ales and lagers and to see where Iceberg Beer is made.

Optional Dinner Theatre in St Johns tonight – Skeets, Snobs and Peppermint Knobs – 7:00pm

Overnight St. John’s – JAG Hotel

Day 15

Today is a free day to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of St Johns.

Optional picnic lunch at the lighthouse in Ferryland – there is a 2km walk to the lighthouse.

Tonight is our farewell dinner – a Newfoundland Feast! 

Overnight St. John’s – JAG Hotel

Day 16

Cindy will advise you of your transfer time to the airport for your return flight back to Ottawa from St. John’s.

Tentative flight times: Depart St Johns 1235pm direct to Ottawa at 1:50pm

We are sure that you will have many fond memories of your wonderful Newfoundland experience.

**Itinerary subject to change – you will be notified if any changes to itinerary occur** 

Accommodation Notes: Most properties in Newfoundland are motel, B & B or cabin-style accommodations (except St Johns) – therefore walking and stairs can be an issue for some. If you have any mobility issues please let us know. 

Meals enroute –When there is a full day of touring, Travac does make advance reservations due to the fact that there is sometimes a very limited choice of restaurants. 

Gratuities – Most bus tours often recommend that each person tip their Tour Director $5 per person, per day and your local coach driver $5 per person, per day. While we at Travac do not stress a tipping policy, any gratuities provided are greatly appreciated. 

Gratuities are included for local guides and Park Rangers as well as luggage handling.

** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your return date. Non-Canadians may require a visa to enter St Pierre. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required.  IF YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DEPARTURE POINT WITHOUT PROPER ID YOU WILL BE DENIED BOARDING. **

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Hotel Information

Mountain Range Cottages

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Hotel Address
32 Parson's Lane
Rocky Harbour, NL
A0K 4N0
(709) 458-2199

Haven Inn

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14 Goose Cove Rd
St. Anthony, NL
A0K 4S0
(709) 454-9100

Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins

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Hotel Address
193 Main St
Cow Head, NL
A0K 2A0
(709) 243-2471

Sinbad's Hotel & Suites

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Hotel Address
133 Bennett Dr
Gander, NL
A1V 1X3
(709) 651-2678

Marystown Hotel

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Hotel Address
76 Ville Marie Dr
Marystown, NL
A0E 2M0
(709) 279-1600

Hotel Robert

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10 RN2
St. Pierre & Miquelon,

+508 41 24 19

Bird Island Resort

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Route 100
Saint Bride's, NL
A0B 2Z0
(709) 337-2450

JAG Boutique Hotel

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115 George St W
St. John's , NL
A1C 0B7
(709) 738-1524

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