Newfoundland: Land of the Vikings

Date: Tuesday, July 10-Friday, July 20, 2018
Departs: 9:00 AM; 9:45am(respectively) from Warwick; Somerset
Returns: 10pm

Price: $3580

Newfoundland: Land of the Vikings

Newfoundland & Atlantic Maritimes
by Motorcoach
July 10-20, 2018
11 Days
$3590.00 double, $4180.00/single, $3480.00/triple, $3280.00 quad

Portland ME to Yarmouth NS by ferry including all taxes, port & security fees
Round-trip ferry transfer from Sydney NS to Port aux Basques, NL for passengers & full size motorcoach on Marine Atlantic. Overnight cabins included both ways.
Full time tour director from Yarmouth NS to St. John, NB
10 breakfasts
7 dinners
2 box lunches + 1 plated lunch
Admissions & sightseeing in the attached itinerary
All bridge, ferry & road tolls in Canada
Luggage service (1 bag per person)

Deposit $500.00 with reservation Final payment: May 15, 2018

Call Valerie at 401-823-9620 for reservations or book online


Day # 1, Tuesday 7/10/18 –Portland CAT ferry to Yarmouth NS
Travel to Portland, a restored seacoast town and Maine's largest city. Downtown Portland is known for its beautifully restored historic districts, including the arts district and the popular Old Port waterfront. The cobblestone streets in the Old Port are lined with unique shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and art galleries. Meet the Maine Tour Lobsterette on arrival in the Old Port. She will have a souvenir lobster hat for each passenger and discount lunch coupons for lunch on own before boarding the ship. She’ll meet up with you to assist with boarding at the Ocean Gateway terminal nearby, where you’ll be pre-checked for customs and immigration.
Your TWO NATION VACATION continues when you board the Bay Ferries "The CAT ferry" for your 5 1/2 hour afternoon crossing from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. This ship saves you 365 / 8.5 hours of driving! Board approx 1:15, depart Portland 2:30 pm. Passengers will be seated in spacious reserved seats. There’s a movie theater on board, pub and café for dinner on your own.
Welcome to Nova Scotia! Arrive in Yarmouth, NS approximately 9:00 pm AST (local time) after turning your watch ahead one hour. After clearing customs, meet your Canada tour director who will stay with you throughout the Canada portion of your trip. Check in to the Rodd Grand Hotel, just up the street from the ferry for the night. There’s an ATM and front desk also will be prepared to exchange currency, if needed. (no meals)

Day 2 – Wednesday, 7/11/18 – South Shore Touring to Halifax, NS
After a hot breakfast, travel along Nova Scotia’s pristine South Shore this morning to Lunenberg, one of Canada’s prettiest towns and a World Heritage Site. Hear the legends and history of this beautiful south shore region of Nova Scotia. On your way to the capital city of Halifax, you’ll stop in Mahone Bay for a photo opportunity of the three pretty churches on the harbor and visit the quaint village of Peggy’s Cove, one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada. Spend tonight in downtown Halifax at the beautiful Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. A lobster dinner on the waterfront is included this evening (alternate menus also offered). Meal counts may be needed in advance (we’ll advise menu choices on preliminary itinerary). (Breakfast, Lobster Dinner)

Day 3 – Thursday, July 12 – Cape Breton departure to Port aux Basques, NL
Tour Halifax this morning including the Titanic Gravesites at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, a photo stop atop Citadel Hill and a stroll across the elegant Victorian Public Gardens. Enjoy some free time on waterfront to explore and have lunch on your own. This afternoon you will drive past Truro and Antigonish and cross the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island - the “Scotland of North America”. Cape Breton’s most famous resident, Alexander Graham Bell, once said, “I have traveled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.”
Continue on to the village of Baddeck for your evening meal before heading to North Sydney to take the *overnight crossing via Marine Atlantic to Port Aux Basques, NL. You’ll have cabins on board for this overnight crossing (2 or 4 berths with private bath, electric outlets). You board approx. 10pm, depart 11:45pm. You do not need to go through customs again when crossing between Atlantic provinces. It is approx. 7 hour journey.
The Marine Atlantic vessel features comfortable seating areas, spacious cabins and three dining options – the Riva Café, the MET Restaurant and the Barista Café. This vessel helped increase our capacity by 25 per cent, and was designed to make your journey a relaxing one.
There are 2 berth and 4 berth cabins on board with private baths with shower. Plus over 500 reclining chairs available on the passenger decks plus tables in the dining areas. (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 4 – Friday, July 13 – Travel to Port aux Choix, NL
Welcome to Newfoundland this morning!! Turn your watch ahead 30 minutes. Ship arrives in Port aux Basques at approximately 9:00 am local time. After a hot breakfast, today’s journey will take you up the west coast of the island through Gros Morne National Park - to be enjoyed later on during your tour - to the fishing community of Port au Choix. Lunch included enroute. For over 5500 years, this small peninsula on Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula has been the crossroads of various native North American and European cultures. The area's rich marine resources, and to a lesser extent the forests, wild game and abundant berries, have drawn these people to the shores of Port au Choix. Learn about these people during your visit at the Port au Choix National Historic Site and why seals are so important to their culture today. Check into your accommodations at the Sea Echo Inn in Port Aux Choix for the night. Located half-way up the Viking Trail with a restaurant attached for dinner at your leisure this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5 – Saturday, July 14 – Travel to St. Anthony, NL
Travel to L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, the first cultural discovery in the world to receive recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Hear of the Vikings who walked here over a thousand years ago. The reconstructions of three Norse buildings are the focal point of this archaeological site, the earliest known European settlement in the New World. Exhibits highlight the Viking lifestyle, artifacts, and the archaeological discovery of the site.
Check into your overnight accommodations in St. Anthony. Group will be split between two properties, with the majority at Grenfell Inn and any overflow, usually with driver, at the Haven Inn. Regroup for a wonderful dinner on the coast. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 – Sunday, July 15 – Travel to Gros Morne, NL
Enjoy a morning whale watching boat tour (weather permitting) on the scenic coastal waters off St. Anthony - Iceberg Alley. This area has the largest concentration of icebergs in Newfoundland and is one of the best locations in North America for whale watching. It is also inhabited by some of nature’s most fascinating sea caves and bird life - bald eagles, black guillemots and arctic terns. You will be captivated during a live interpretive program about the area’s marine wildlife and unique culture. Time permitting, stop at the Grenfell Historic Properties, learn about the famous medical missionary, Sir Wilfred Grenfell, before heading south to the Gros Morne area. Check in to the Shallow Bay Motel in Cow Head for a two night stay. This comfortable hotel is located right on the outskirts of Gros Morne Park. Dinner included this evening.
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 – Monday, July 16 – Local Touring in Gros Morne, NL
Today, discover why Gros Morne National Park is truly one of the highlights of your tour. Explore many of the facilities the park has to offer and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Situated on the west coast of the island, the park provides a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth’s mantle lie exposed. Enjoy a scenic boat tour (weather permitting) as you learn the geology of the Tablelands, see the bald eagles that frequent the deep waters of the fjord, and hear the history of the small villages nestled on the shores. Visit the Lobster Cove Lighthouse which has marked the marine approach to Rocky Harbour and the entrance of Bonne Bay since 1897. The light is still run by the Canadian Coast Guard. It is now automated, but the lightkeeper's house is open as a park interpretive exhibit. It is an unforgettable experience; some say the scenery is unequaled in eastern Canada. Dinner on your own back the hotel this evening. (Breakfast, Box Lunch)

Day 8 – Tuesday, July 17 – Travel to Port aux Basques for return to NS
Have your camera at the ready as your time in Gros Morne National Park draws to a close. Continue back down the west coast again and have a chance to take a closer look at some of the coastal communities, including Corner Brook, which is the northernmost city in all of Atlantic Canada. Enjoy an included dinner in Port aux Basques before boarding your Marine Atlantic vessel for the overnight crossing back to North Sydney, NS. Once again, the ferry departs at 11:45 pm.
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 –Wednesday, July 18 – Cape Breton Cabot Trail, NS
Arrive in North Sydney, NS at approximately 8:30 am. Breakfast included on arrival. Today you will discover first hand why Conde Nast Magazine readers rated Cape Breton one of the top ten most beautiful islands in the world! The Cabot Trail, named for explorer John Cabot, winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Lookoffs offer unforgettable vista of Cape Breton’s rugged coastline so be sure to have your camera ready! Enjoy a stop in the Acadian community of Cheticamp, well known for its “hooked crafts” and Acadian culture. Attend a Ceilidh during your travels where you will experience fiddle music and dancing before checking in to the Maritime Inn in Port Hawkesbury for the night. (No hotel space was available in Baddeck tonight)
(Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 – Thursday, July 19 – Travel to Saint John, NB
Today’s journey will take you through the central area of Nova Scotia onto the province of New Brunswick. There will be an opportunity for local stops along the way to refresh and enjoy the hospitality of the Maritimes. Your final destination is Saint John for an overnight stay at the beautiful Delta St. John on the waterfront. Enjoy a brief city tour, including the Reversing Falls Rapids, before relaxing over dinner at a local restaurant.
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11 – Friday, July 20 – Return to USA
Bid farewell to your Atlantic Tours’ Tour Director after breakfast and begin your journey back to the USA with many great memories of your time in Atlantic Canada.

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