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The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland

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Circumnavigate the island of Newfoundland on this 8-day cruise and explore the outlying islands of the Canadian Maritimes. Discover the region’s intriguing Norse history, get a taste of Acadian culture in charming island towns and special dining experiences, and see the strange and beautiful landscape of Gros Morne National Park.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in St. John's, Newfoundland
Day 2 : St. Pierre
Day 3 : Louisbourg & Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Day 4 : Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec
Day 5 : Gros Morne National Park
Day 6 : L'Anse aux Meadows
Day 7 : Exploring Eastern Newfoundland
Day 8 : Disembark in St. John's, Newfoundland

Highlights

  • Explore the intriguing red cliffs and strange tabletop formations
  • Discover Newfoundland's little-known, astonishing Viking past
  • Enjoy eastern Canada's breathtaking natural beauty
  • Visit the only North American island that remains under French control

Ship

National Geographic Explorer

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Atlantic Coast
  • Canada
  • North America
  • Baddeck
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • Gulf of Saint Lawrence
  • L'Anse aux Meadows
  • Labrador
  • Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Louisbourg
  • Newfoundland
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Quebec
  • Saint Pierre
  • St. John's

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A view from the cliffs of Gros Morne National Park. The small historic village of Louisbourg Explore the area surrounding Perce Rock A stone house off the coast of Canada A group of Gannets found off the coast of Canada

Day 1 Embark in St. John's, Newfoundland

Arrive in St. John's and embark the National Geographic Explorer this afternoon. Enjoy dinner on board and meet your fellow travelers.

Day 2 St. Pierre

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your first landfall is St. Pierre, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Explore this picturesque French fishing enclave where you can stop at a scenic whale watching lookout and a French-style graveyard.

Day 3 Louisbourg & Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit the reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg, an 18th-century fort where the British and French fought. Later, visit the village of Baddeck, where Alexander Graham Bell built his summer home, now the centerpiece of a beautiful park and museum. Explore the life of Bell with his great grandson, Gil Grosvenor, former president of the National Geographic Society. Enjoy an optional “white glove” tour of the Bell Museum and have the opportunity to hold historic artifacts.

Day 4 Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A cluster of wispy islands isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are home to miles of dunes, grassy hills, and dazzling red sandstone cliffs. Local experts guide you by Zodiac across this landscape of caves and sea arches, stopping along the way in colorful fishing villages as you learn about Acadian culture. Weather permitting, end the day with a bicycle ride.

Day 5 Gros Morne National Park

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Graced by cliffs, fjords, and a sweeping alpine plateau, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its spectacular geology. Go on a variety of walks with your ship's naturalists along waterfalls, marine inlets, and forested trails. Learn about the forces that shaped this land and the ancient serpentine rock that illustrates the phenomenon of plate tectonics.

Day 6 L'Anse aux Meadows

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the World Heritage site of L'Anse aux Meadows, walk among 11th-century Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America - nearly 500 years before Columbus arrived.

Day 7 Exploring Eastern Newfoundland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wild, rugged, and often accessible only by sea, Newfoundland's east coast is dotted with tiny fishing villages tucked into coves. Explore these stunning shores by Zodiac and kayak, and gain insights from the ship's experts into the island's people and wildlife.

Day 8 Disembark in St. John's, Newfoundland

  • 1 Breakfast
Sail to St. John's, the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and the most easterly point of North America. Visit the colorful waterfront and historic Signal Hill or the Rooms Museum before transfering to the airport for your flight home.

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Notes

Travelers under the age of 18 save $500 per person.

Costs Include:
  • Ship accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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