Venture into the ancient Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows, the only widely accepted site of trans-Atlantic Viking establishment and very early Norse exploration. See WWII harbor defenses, and visit the only North American island that remains under French control, an outpost of its era as a colonial superpower. Discover sweeping dunes, wind- and wave-carved cliffs, and sandstone hills in a wild land. Keep an eye out for moose, seabirds, including charming puffins, and rely on the eagle-eyed naturalists to keep an eye on the horizon for whales.
Venture into the ancient Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows
Explore the strange tabletop formations at Gros Morne National Park
Your first landfall is St. Pierre, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Explore this picturesque French fishing enclave where you will stop at a scenic whale watching lookout and a French-style graveyard.
Day 3: Louisbourg & Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
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. Enjoy a guided tour of the Bell Museum and have the opportunity to see historic artifacts not otherwise available to the public.
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 will 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, you will end the day with a bicycle ride.
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 our 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.
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.
Wild, rugged, and often accessible only by sea, Newfoundland's east coast is dotted with tiny fishing villages tucked into coves. Explore one of these towns and have the opportunity to hike along this spectacularly rugged coastline with local guides and the ship's naturalists.
Day 9: St. John’s | Disembark
Sail through the harbor in the early morning as you approach 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 you disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.