Far East of the Western World – 9 Nights

Highlights

A chance to experience the best of what the East Coast of Newfoundland has to offer, This 9 Night self driving tour offers a chance to see rugged coastlines, quaint fishing villages as well as an abundance of wildlife.

Included

Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
9 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
Rugged Beauty Boat Tour

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 Airport. 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. 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.  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.  Continue to St. Mary’s.  Overnight St. Mary’s.

Day 4 – Avalon Peninsula

Drive along the western shore of the Avalon Peninsula via Cape St. Mary’s. Take time to visit the Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve Seabird Sanctuary – the Interpretive Centre overlooks Bird Rock – one of the largest nesting sites for Gannets in North America. Continue along the Cape Shore Route to Castle Hill National Historic Park – a fort erected in the 17th century to protect the once French capital of Newfoundland.  Continue your drive back to St. Mary’s.  Overnight St. Mary’s.

Day 5 – Avalon Peninsula/Dildo

Depart St. Mary’s and drive north to 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 6 – Dildo/Trinity

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 continue 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

This morning enjoy a nature cruise of Trinity Bay. The afternoon at leisure to 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.  This evening enjoy the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant – a humerous look at Newfoundland & Labrador history. Overnight Trinity. 

Day 8 – Trinity/Terra Nova National Park

Depart Trinity and take a leisurely drive to Terra Nova National Park, – a beautiful example of typical Newfoundland landscape. Terra Nova National Park is known as the ‘Fingers of the Sea’ as it protects remnants of the ancient Appalachian Mountains. Rocky headlands provide shelter from the awesome power of the open ocean. The landscape of the park varies from the rugged cliffs and sheltered inlets of the coastal region to the rolling forested hills, bogs and ponds of the inland. Keep an eye out for ospreys, eagle, lynx and moose. Overnight Terra Nova National Park.

Day 9 – Terra Nova National Park

This morning why not enjoy a nature cruise through the Newman Sound Fjord. Other activities nearby include: golf, canoeing, sea kayaking, fishing, hiking, and cycling to name a few. Overnight Terra Nova National Park.

Day 10 – Terra Nova National Park/St. John’s

Depart Terra Nova National Park and take a leisurely drive back to St. John’, to return your rental car, ready for your onward journey.

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