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    Newfoundland coastline

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    Village in Newfoundland

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    Puffins in Newfoundland

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    St. Johns Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador – 12 Days / 11 Nights


This is an Escorted Tour.

Newfoundland and Labrador offers a rich history and spectacular beauty. With over 10,000 miles of rugged, majestic coastline, you will find your place standing on the most easterly point in North America at Cape Spear National Historic Site. View icebergs, humpback whales, seabirds, and wildlife in abundance (seasonal). Learn of ancient cultures and walk where the Vikings first lived in North America at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of L’anse aux Meadows, which is also a National Historic Site of Canada. Meet the colourful folk whose families have fished these waters for centuries…where they will welcome you with their smiles, song and stories. This tour is more for the traveler, not the tourist!


Day 1 – Arrive Deer Lake/Corner Brook
Arrive at Deer Lake on the west coast of Newfoundland and transfer to Corner Brook to begin your tour with McCarthy’s Party. This evening you will enjoy a get-together to meet your fellow travelers.
Overnight – Corner Brook

Day 2 – Corner Brook (B, L, D)
This morning you will be taken to the Viking Trail in beautiful Gros Morne National Park. You travel along some of the most spectacular coastline in North America and visit the National Historic Park at Port au Choix, which interprets the intriguing history and lifestyle of the Maritime Archaic people who lived here over 3000 years ago.
Overnight – Plum Point

Day 3 – Corner Brook (B, L)
Today you will travel the coastline to St. Anthony to visit the home of the famous medical missionary, Sir Wilfred Grenfell. The highlight of this day is our visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site at L’Anse aux Meadows, home of Lief the Lucky and the Viking people who settled this area as early as the year 1000 A.D.
Overnight – Plum Point

Day 4 – Corner Brook/L’Anse au Clair (B, L)
Keep a sharp eye out for whales as we travel across the Straits of Belle Isle to the shores of Labrador. Here you visit the recently discovered Whaling Station founded by the Basques in the early 1500′s, and learn about the “modern techniques” used by these whalers and the hardships they endured. Later on you will visit the tallest lighthouse in the province at L’Anse Amour.
Overnight – L’Anse au Clair

Day 5 – L’Anse au Clair/Rocky Harbour (B, D)
This morning you return to the island and continue to explore the rugged coastline stopping to visit The Arches and enjoy an interpretation of the many unique and wonderful geological formations for which Newfoundland is so famous. Tonight you will enjoy a traditional Newfoundland dinner.
Overnight – Rocky Harbour

Day 6 – Rocky Harbour (B, L)
This morning you take a boat tour across beautiful Bonne Bay to Woody Point where you will spend time in Gros Morne National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the new Discovery Centre and view the famous Tableland Mountains is next on the itinerary. It is this area that earned the park its UNESCO World Heritage status and its nickname as the ‘Galapagos of Plate Tectonics’.
Overnight – Rocky Harbour

Day 7 – Rocky Harbour/Gander (B, L)
This morning you leave the Viking Trail and take a leisurely trip to the central Newfoundland logging town of Grand Falls-Windsor. Here you visit the Exploits River to watch the Atlantic salmon make their way up one of the fishways on this massive river system. Then it is on to Lewisporte to visit the local craft shop and museum, originally founded by the Women’s Institute. Here you will enjoy a “Mug Up”. Then it is off to Gander, the crossroads of the world.
Overnight – Gander

Day 8 – Gander/Port Blandford (B, L)
This morning you are off on the “Road to the Isles” before traveling across “Tickles and Runs” to spend time on beautiful Twillingate Island. This is one of Newfoundland’s oldest and most interesting fishing communities. Your next place to visit is Terra Nova National Park to view the vistas of Newman Sound.
Overnight – Port Blandford/Clarenville

Day 9 – Port Blandford (B, L)
This morning you travel to the historic village of Trinity, one of the oldest communities in North America, the gem of the Island. Then it’s out to Cape Bonavista for a chance to walk the cliffs and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. This afternoon we spend in Bonavista, the landfall of John Cabot in 1497. Here you visit the Ryan Premises and have an opportunity to learn about inshore fishing techniques that have allowed this town to thrive for hundreds of years.
Overnight – Port Blandford/Clarenville

Day 10 – Port Blandford/St. John’s (B, L)
Today you travel to the Avalon Peninsula to the town of Bay Bulls. From here you take a boat trip to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve where you view thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Murres and other seabirds that nest here in the summer. Witless Bay is also home to many Humpback, Minke, and Fin whales in the summer months so whale sightings are a definite possibility. This afternoon there is a visit to Cape Spear National Historic Park, the most easterly point of land in North America before heading into St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Overnight – St. John’s

Day 11 – St. John’s (B, D)
This morning you will tour historic St. John’s, the oldest city in North America. This trip includes a visit to Cabot Tower and Signal Hill where you can view the famous “Narrows” and admire the architecture of old St. John’s. This afternoon is at leisure. This evening a farewell dinner is included.
Overnight – St. John’s

DAY 12 – St. John’s/Home
Transportation to the St. John’s airport will be provided. We hope you have enjoyed your tour to Newfoundland and Labrador!

Tour Highlights:

    • 1 night – Corner Brook
    • 2 nights – Plum Grove
    • 1 night – L’anse au Clair
    • 2 nights – Rocky Harbour
    • 1 night – Gander
    • 2 nights – Port Blandford/Clarenville
    • 2 nights – St. John’s
    • Service of local Newfoundland guide
    • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
    • Sightseeing in Gros Morne National Park
    • Water Shuttle/Tour Bonne Bay (weather permitting)
    • Visit to Sir Wilfred Grenfell Mission
    • Tour of L’Anse Aux Meadows
    • Ferry crossing to and from Labrador
    • Tour of Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
    • Excursions to Twillingate, Trinty and Bonavista
    • Visit to the Ryan Premises
    • Tour of Historic St. John’s
    • Entrance fees to National Historic Sites
    • Excursion to Cape Spear
    • Whale/Puffin boat tour (weather permitting)
    • 10 breakfasts
    • 8 midday meals
    • 3 dinners
    • Ground transportation
    • Hotel & GST taxes as applicable

Quantities are limited. Restrictions apply.

Dates & Rates – 12 Days / 11 Nights

  • Package starts on select Wednesdays
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
2018 Departure Dates Land Only
June 27
July 4, 11 & 18
August 8, 15, 22 & 29
September 5 & 12
on request


COMING SOON:  This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.

You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.