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, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
Bar tab onboard ship and crew tips now included. Subject to change.
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$9,520 to $17,800
Arrive in St. John’s late afternoon and embark the National Geographic Explorer.
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.
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 can end the day with a bicycle ride.
Explore the beautiful and wild coast of the Labrador Peninsula by Zodiac and on foot.
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.
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 your ship's naturalists.
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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Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Optional Post-Trip Extension:
Fogo Island Inn: A National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World and Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Gold List winner, Fogo Island Inn is located off the coast of Newfoundland at the furthest eastern reach of Canada. Experience the inn and its soulful surroundings over the course of several days—savor superb meals featuring local ingredients, call in on the island’s artist-in-residence program, take in the untamed wilderness on a berry-picking excursion, and get acquainted with the infectious hospitality of this remote outport community. (5 Days) Contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Accommodations aboard ship per itinerary; meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew gratuities; shore excursions as per itinerary; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff, and expert guides; use of kayaks; port charges and service taxes. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; passport, visa, and immigration fees; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; premium alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature, such as e-mail, laundry, etc.; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © Ralph Lee Hopkins, © Lindblad Expeditions