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The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland

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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada | Embark
Day 2 : St. Pierre
Day 3 : Louisbourg & Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Day 4 : Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec
Day 5 : Exploring Coastal Labrador
Day 6 : Gros Morne National Park
Day 7 : L’Anse Aux Meadows
Day 8 : Exploring Eastern Newfoundland
Day 9 : St. John’s | Disembark

Highlights

  • Venture into the ancient Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows
  • Explore the strange tabletop formations at Gros Morne National Park
  • Keep an eye out for moose, seabirds, and whales
  • Discover eastern Canada's breathtaking natural beauty.

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
  • St. John's
  • St. Pierre

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Arctic puffins Viking settlement, Anse-aux-Meadows Witness incredible whales on your journey. Beautiful River Views St. John's

Day 1 St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada | Embark

Arrive in St. John’s late afternoon and embark the National Geographic Explorer

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 will stop at a scenic whale watching lookout and a French-style graveyard. 

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

  • Ship
  • 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. Enjoy a guided tour of the Bell Museum and have the opportunity to see historic artifacts not otherwise available to the public.

Day 4 Îles 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 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. 

Day 5 Exploring Coastal Labrador

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today touch the beautiful and wild coast of the Labrador Peninsula, exploring by Zodiac and on foot. 

Day 6 Gros Morne National Park

  • Ship
  • 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 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. 

Day 7 L’Anse Aux Meadows

  • Ship
  • 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 8 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 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

  • 1 Breakfast
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.

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Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all 2018/2019 departures.

Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all 2019/2020 departures.

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What's Included:
Aboard ship
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages**
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer voyages. Please call for details.
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
Ashore
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
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  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
**Alcoholic beverages (except on the National Geographic Explorer; certain super-premium brands not included)

What's Not Included:
Airfare
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
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  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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