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The Canadian Maritimes

North American Cruise

Summary : Embark National Geographic Explorer and sail into eastern Canada's breathtaking natural beauty. Discover Newfoundland's little known, astonishing Viking past. Your journey of pure discovery ventures to the legendary islands of Cape Breton, Saint Pierre, and the Isles de la Madeleine. Immerse yourself in the region's extraordinary history. 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.

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


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

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

Day 2
St. Pierre

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

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
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 will guide us 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

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 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
Exploring Eastern NeL’Anse Aux Meadowswfoundland

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

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 for your experts into the island's people and wildlife.

Day 8
St. John’s / Disembark / U.S.

Sail through the harbor narrow 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 transfer to the airport for your flight home.


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Expedition Photography:
The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.

All accommodations aboard ship; all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship; shore excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff, and expert guides; 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; fuel surcharge may apply.

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