Discover the wonders of Newfoundland & Labrador on this 14-day self-drive tour. Set sail on the Atlantic and enjoy a whale watching cruise (included) as thousands of Atlantic puffins fly overhead. As you drive through the coastal fishing communities of this region, keep your eyes peeled for 10,000-year old icebergs as they journey south along ‘Iceberg Alley’.
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Newfoundland Discovery Self Drive includes:
- Return flights from the UK
- Intermediate Car Hire
- 13 nights accommodation
- Western Brook Pond Cruise
- Whale Watching cruise
- Iceberg watch cruise
- Historic Sites Pass with admission to the following:
- Cape Spear
- Castle Hill
- L’Anse aux Meadows
- Port au Choix
- Ryan Premises
- Signal Hill
- Cape Spear National Historic Site
- L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, UNESCO world heritage site
Day 1 - Fly UK to St. John's
Arrive in St. John’s and pick up your rental vehicle. You may have a late arrival so the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 - St. John's Sightseeing
A morning of sightseeing in St. John’s. Discover 'the Rooms’, drive up Signal Hill for spectacular views and take a trip out to Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America. Visit one of the provinces most photographed places, Quidi Vidi Village just 3 km from St. John's. You may want to stop at Quidi Vidi Brewery for a drink. (Breakfast Included)
Day 3 - Avalon Peninsula - Whale Watching, Puffins (66 km/42 mi return)
Drive to Bay Bulls to take a boat excursion to see Whales and the Atlantic Puffin - if you are lucky you may even spot an iceberg. Along the way explore the little villages that dot the coastline. After your whale watching excursion you may want to continue to Cape St. Mary’s Ecological reserve. The reserve is settled by thousands of sea birds nestled along the rocky shores edge. (Breakfast Included)
Day 4 - St John's to Trinity (345 km/215 mi)
Today embark on your journey to Bonavista Peninsula. When arriving in Bonavista visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site, a 19th century replica fish processing factory. In this small village you will also find the red and white stripped Bonavista Lighthouse, and the Matthew Legacy, a replica of John Cabot’s ship which voyaged across the Atlantic to discover land in 1497. (Breakfast Included)
Day 5 - Trinity
Explore the enchanting village of Trinity with its restored white and pastel coloured clapboard houses. Set along a dramatic coastline you will discover a sense of Newfoundland’s history and nature. Join the Trinity Pageant, a walking theatre that meanders through the village enticing viewers to live the history of the area. (Breakfast Included)
Day 6 - Bonavista Penninsula Trinity
Now that you have a sense of the area, venture to Port Rexton today and hike the Skerwink Trail. This very walk-able trail will take you along the rugged coastline for spectacular view of the surrounding villages set against the ocean. In the afternoon, make your way to Bonaventure to visit the film set of 'Random Passage’ a mini-series outlining the story of the trials and tribulations of a settling people. (Breakfast Included)
Day 7 - Trinty to Twillingate (306 km/190 mi), Lewisporte
Enroute to Twillingate, pass through Terra Nova National Park. If you feel the need to commune with nature a stop will introduce you to coniferous forests, ponds, and a plethora of walking trails. Twillingate provides an opportunity to see Icebergs are they travel along Iceberg Alley. From shore spot icebergs and whales from Long Point Lighthouse. On way to your overnight stop at the Beothuk Interpretive Centre and visit an ancient Beothuk village discovered by archaeologists in the 1980s.
Arrive in Twillingate then grab your camera and head out on the ocean with the afternoon Iceberg Watch boat tour, where you will have an opportunity to see icebergs, whales, sunsets and many other spectacular views that the beautiful island of Twillingate has to offer. (Breakfast Included)
Harbour Lights Inn
Day 8 - Twillingate to Norris Point (431 km/268 mi)
Bound for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park, words do not give the vistas justice. The park is populated by little villages, bare topped mountains with its forests populated by moose and caribou. (Breakfast Included)
Neddies Harbour Inn
Day 9 - Western Brook Pond
The morning is free to explore the area with your rental car. Enjoy a boat ride tour of the freshwater fjord of Western Brook Pond. The landlocked fjord is a rare sight. Carved by the glaciers, and home to plenty of waterfalls and wildlife, it's worth the trip alone. The rest of the day is free to explore the sites of Gros Morne National Park.
Neddies Harbour Inn
Day 10 - Gros Morne National Park
Enjoy a day exploring all of Gros Morne National Park on your own viewing glacial valleys, intriguing rock formations, magnificent sea arches, and numerous types of wildlife. Don't miss the internationally known Tablelands, a rare outcrop of the Earth's mantle pushed skyward half a billion years ago.
Neddies Harbour Inn
Day 11 - Visit Port Au Choix National Historic Site
Heading toward St. Anthony, visit Port Au Choix National Historic Site where three ancient cemeteries of the Maritime Archaic People were discovered. The Visitor Centre gives great background to this culture with exhibits and artifacts.
Day 12 - St Anthony - L'Anse aux Meadows
Visit the L'Anse aux Meadows Historic Site comprising the remains of the earliest European settlement in the Americas. The colony of Vinland was excavated in the 1960s and the artifacts are on display-supported by a film. Walk to the original village and discover the full scale replicas of Norse buildings. Return to St. Anthony for the night. (Breakfast Included)
Day 13 - St. Anthony to Steady Brook (457km/284mi)
Make your way back down the peninsula to Steady Brook. This picturesque community is surrounded by beautiful mountains with the Humber River flowing through its heart. This stunning area offers numerous activities and dining options and is a good base for exploring the Bay of Islands & Humber Valley. (Breakfast included)
Day 14 - Fly Deer Lake to the UK
Upon check-out of your hotel drive to Deer Lake airport for your connecting flight.
This St. John’s property provides a daily hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi. A refrigerator is offered in each guest room. St. John’s town centre is 7 minutes’ drive away.
Featuring free WiFi and parking, Artisan Inn Trinity is located in Trinity. Providing a restaurant, the property also features a garden and a terrace. Staff on site can arrange a shuttle service.
Harbour Lights Inn
The Inn sits atop a cliff overlooking the Twillinagte Harbour! It's a view you can't beat and just minutes away from Restaurants, Boat Tour and Museums. Relax on our deck after a perfect day and see why it's called the "Harbour Lights".
Neddies Harbour Inn
An award winning boutique hotel on the waterfront of Bonne Bay, Newfoundland. Stay in the heart of Gros Morne National Park.
Colourful street in St Johns
Whale Watching Avalon Peninsula
Newfoundland Discovery Self Drive
Twillingate evening stroll
Coastline near Trinity
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