Summary : 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. 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. Explore the intriguing red cliffs and strange tabletop formations at Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Arrive in St. John’s, the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, and embark National Geographic Explorer.
Your first landfall is St. Pierre, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Explore this picturesque French fishing enclave and visit a local island to learn the importance of the historic cod fisheries here, and explore the fascinating L'Arche Museum.
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 tour of the Bell Museum to view historic artifacts.
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 across this landscape of caves and sea arches, stopping along the way in colorful fishing villages as you learn about Acadian culture.
Today you'll touch the beautiful and wild coast of Labrador Peninsula in Quebec, at the town of Havre-Saint-Pierre. Make a visit to the incredible sandstone sea stacks of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve.
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 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 these stunning shores and, back aboard, you’ll gain insights from the experts into the island's people and wildlife.
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, Signal Hill, and 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 a Condé Nast Traveler 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.
2020 Double Occupancy from $6,790 per person
2020 Single Occupancy from $8,890
Transfer between airport/ship if booked on recommended flights; shipboard accommodations; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; passport and visa fees; extensions; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; premium alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature, such as Internet, laundry, etc.; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Ralph Lee Hopkins, Lindblad Expeditions