East Coast Delights of NL with A Touch of France – 8 Nights

Highlights

A delightful 8 night self driving tour of Eastern Newfoundland with the add on of the French Islands of St. Pierre and Micquelon. This itinerary takes in all the highlights of the area. Expect to see spectacular quaint fishing communities, stunning scenery, vibrant culture and an abundance of wildlife.

Included

Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
8 Nights Accommodation
Intermediate Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, Additional Driver Fee & Taxes)
St. John’s City Tour
Bay Bulls Nature Cruise
Return Ferry to St. Pierre

Not Included

All Meals (unless stated)
Flights
Travel Insurance
National Park Entrance Fees
Car Rental Extras (Gas, PAC Top up Insurance, GPS and taxes on extras)
Car Parking Fees
Gratuities
Harmonized Sales Tax at 15%
Any additional items not stated

Day 1 – St. John’s

Arrive St. John’s and pick up your rental vehicle. Welcome to the oldest city in North America! This historic, vibrant city has many attractions with the added bonus of a wide selection of restaurants from fine dining to traditional Newfoundland fayre. St. John’s has the highest concentration of pubs per capita on the continent and a visit to the infamous George Street is a must!  Overnight St. John’s.

Day 2 – St. John’s

Today you will explore this delightful city. This morning you will enjoy a city tour of St. John’s – a great orientation of St. John’s, as well as the most Easterly point in North America. You will visit the National Historic site of Cape Spear as well as Signal Hill. Other stops include Quidi Vidi Village, Government House, the Roman Catholic Cathedral and an orientation of the shops and restaurants of downtown St. John’s. Later, visit Bowring Park – the city’s most popular family attraction.  Other sightseeing suggestions include visiting The Rooms, Johnson’s GEO Centre, the Newman Wine Vaults or maybe taking a gentle stroll along sections of the Grand Concourse, which comprises of 40 km/25 miles of spectacular trails and walkways within St. John’s, Quidi Vidi Lake and Rennies River.  For the courageous family, this evening, why not take the St. John’s Haunted Hike…if you dare!!  Bring comfortable shoes and a willingness to believe!  Overnight St. John’s.

Day 3 – St. John’s/Avalon Peninsula

Today depart St. John’s along the Irish Loop to the scenic Avalon Peninsula, home to over 5500 woodland caribou. Continue on to Bay Bulls where you will take a cruise around the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, a protective sanctuary for Kittiwakes, Murres, Puffins and other seabirds.  The waters off Bay Bulls are home to the world’s largest population of Humpback whales. Continue along the south shore via Ferryland where you may wish to enjoy a culinary experience like no other!  The Lighthouse Picnic offers exquisite food at one of the most beautiful locations in the world – Ferryland Head.  Overnight St. Mary’s.

Day 4 – Avalon Peninsula/Fortune/St. Pierre

Depart the Avalon Peninsula and drive to the Burin Peninsula and onto to Fortune ferry terminal, where you will park your vehicle. On arrival in Fortune take the 1.5 hour ferry crossing over to St. Pierre. St Pierre and Miquelon are the French owned Islands, 15 miles south of Newfoundland. St Pierre, a lively harbour town, is the largest town in the Isles and its streets are flanked by colourful houses, pastry shops and restaurants. Miquelon is the largest of the Islands and can be reached by boat from St. Pierre. The Island houses 700 people of mostly Acadian and Basque decent. On arrival spend the remainder of the day exploring at leisure discovering the delightful town of St. Pierre. Places to visit include the Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse, The Arche Museum and the Place du General de Gaulle on the waterfront. Overnight St. Pierre.

Day 5 – St. Pierre

Explore this car free island further by foot, rent a bicycle or take the 70-minute boat over to Miquelon (payable locally). This island has a rich and diverse landscape, visit the Notre Dame Des Ardilliers church with pillars made from masts of a shipwreck. Also visit Grand Barachois to the south, which is a protected laguna – home to many bird species and seals. Overnight St. Pierre.

Day 6 – St. Pierre/Fortune/Trinity

Depart St. Pierre on the afternoon ferry back to Fortune, Newfoundland. From Fortune continue your journey north to the Bonavista Peninsula and onto Trinity – the cultural capital of Newfoundland and renowned for its unique historical architecture including the Ryan Store, Hiscock House and the Blacksmith Museum. Trinity also hosts the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant – a humorous look at Newfoundland & Labrador history. Overnight Trinity.

Day 7 – Trinity

Today explore this beautiful region further. This area has been used for the filming of the movie “Shipping News” starring Dame Judi Dench & Kevin Spacey and also for the TV miniseries drama “Random Passage”. Visit the nearby Cape Random film set constructed in 2000, the site offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time and imagine the life of our forebearers in a typical fishing community in the early 1800’s. Continue on and drive the remainder of the Bonavista Peninsula. Take time to visit Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, Historic Ryan Premises, Mockbeggar Plantation and the Matthew Interpretation Centre. Return back to Trinity. Overnight Trinity.

Day 8 – Trinity/Dildo

Depart Trinity and continue back to the Avalon Peninsula. While in this area, be sure to visit the charming community of Brigus – once residence of the world famous northern explorer Captain Bob Bartlett. Visit Hawthorne Cottage, Ye Olde Stone Barn Museum and the Tunnel while in Brigus. Continue on the Baccalieu Trail to the community of Dildo. Dildo is renowned for its hilarious name and many tourists stop by the community sign for a photo opportunity! Overnight Dildo. 

Day 9 – Dildo/St. John’s

This morning some further exploring of Dildo. Suggestions include visiting the interpretation centre, aquarium touch tank and 1933 replica of a giant squid as well as site of the 1800′s cod fish hatchery. In the afternoon take a leisurely drive back to St. John’s Airport to return your rental car, ready for your onward journey.

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