The Canadian Maritimes

North American Cruise

  • National Geographic Explorer
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 148 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Embark on a rare expedition and join an exceptional community aboard National Geographic Explorer on a circumnavigation of the island of Newfoundland that includes an exploration of outlying islands in the Canadian Maritimes. Immerse yourself in the region's extraordinary history—venture into the ancient Viking settlement of L'Anse aux Meadows, see WWII harbor defenses, and visit the only North American island that remains under French control. Revel in wild landscapes and discover sweeping dunes, wind- and wave-carved cliffs, and sandstone hills in a wild land, keeping an eye out for moose, sea birds, and whales on the horizon. And discover the intriguing red cliffs and strange tabletop formations of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

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Itinerary
Day 1
U.S. / St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada / Saint-Pierre, France

Arrive in St. Johns and fly by private charter to Saint-Pierre Island, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory and embark the National Geographic Explorer. Your guest speaker, Gil Grosvenor, first traveled here in 1967 on assignment for National Geographic.

Day 2
Louisbourg & Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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. Enjoy an optional “white glove” tour of the Bell Museum and have the opportunity to hold historic artifacts.

Day 3
Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec

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 us across this landscape of caves and sea arches, while visiting colorful fishing villages and learning about Acadian culture. Weather permitting, set off to explore on a bike or in a sea kayak.

Day 4
Gros Morne National Park

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. Explore the landscape on a variety of walks with your 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 5
L’Anse Aux Meadows

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, walk among the 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 6
Exploring Eastern Newfoundland

Wild, rugged, and often accessible only by sea, discover tiny fishing villages tucked into coves and inlets along these stunning shores. Back on board, gain insights from your experts into the civilizations and wildlife that have made this island home.

Day 7
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

St. John’s is set on a natural harbor at the most easterly point of North America. Sail through the harbor narrows in the early morning as you approach the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and have the day to explore the surrounding sites. Explore St. John’s with a full day of options: tour the city visiting Cape Spear and Signal Hill, discover the botanical gardens or visit the Rooms Museum.

Day 8
St. John’s / Disembark / U.S.

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for flight home.

Notes

Included:
All accommodations aboard ship per itinerary; all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship; shore excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff, and expert guides; sightseeing and entrance fees; use of kayaks; all port charges and service taxes.

Not Included:
Air transportation; passport, visa, and immigration fees; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, laundry, etc.; gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.