Trip reference number: WOTW-01

Trip Operator: Windows On The Wild

Isle of Dreams - 14 nights

From: £2056.00

Dates:   1 May to 31 October

Day 1 - Arrive St. John. 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 - Today depart St. John’s along the Irish Loop to the scenic Avalon Peninsula, home to over 5500 woodland caribou. Travel 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. Later drive along the south shore to Ferryland where you will enjoy a Gourmet Lighthouse Picnic at Ferryland Lighthouse and later, visit the fascinating Colony of Avalon Archaeological site before returning back to St. John’s. Overnight St. John’s.

Day 3 - This morning, enjoy a city tour of St. John’s – You will visit the National Historic site of Cape Spear and will enjoy a beautiful view on top of 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. In the afternoon, depart St. John’s and take the scenic coastal loop along Conception Bay to the charming village of Brigus - residence of the world famous northern explorer Captain Bob Bartlett. Be sure to visit Hawthorne Cottage, Ye Olde Stone Barn Museum and The Tunnel while in Brigus. Continue onto Trinity - The cultural architectural capital of Newfoundland. Trinity also hosts the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant - a humorous look at Newfoundland & Labrador history. Places to visit in Trinity include the Ryan Store, Hiscock House and the Blacksmith Museum to name a few! Overnight Trinity.

Day 4 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 forbearers 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 5 - 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. Continue on to Central Newfoundland and explore the“ Road to the Isles” or “Road to the Shore” routes to visit the many coves, inlets and fishing villages dotted along the coastline. Continue your drive to the fishing community of Twillingate. Overnight Twillingate.

Day 6 - This morning you will take to the scenic waters on a nature cruise around Twillingate Island and in particular “Iceberg Alley” and Notre Dame Bay. In season, expect to see not only majestic icebergs, but also whales, Atlantic dolphins and seals as well as many native seas birds like terns, black guillemot, kittiwakes, seagulls, puffins, murres and shearwaters. Twillingate is a nature lovers paradise. Later explore the area. Overnight Twillingate.

Day 7 - Today, leave behind the Central Region of Newfoundland, and head west through a vast expanse of lush forest and contrasting scenery towards Deer Lake. Drive north along the Viking Trail to Gros Morne National Park - designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 for its impressive geological features, the 1805km.sq park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed anywhere else in the world. Overnight Gros Morne National Park.

Day 8 - Today explore the north side of the park. Highlights include the scenic community of Norris Point and Rocky Harbour – the service hub of the Gros Morne area. Take time to visit Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse and Bonne Bay Marine Station. In the afternoon, enjoy a spectacular Western Brook Pond Fjord Boat Tour – the only way, other than by helicopter, to see the spectacular Western Brook Gorge. Overnight Gros Morne National Park.

Day 9 - Depart Gros Morne National Park driving north along the great Northern Peninsula, enroute take time to visit Port au Choix National Historic Site and view artefacts of the Maritime Archaic people who occupied the region over 3700 years ago. Continue on to Main Brook. Activities available for the more adventurous include hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Overnight Main Brook.

Day 10 - Use Main Brook as your base for exploring the region. Take time to visit both L’Anse aux Meadows – the only authenticated Viking settlement site in North America and Norstead Viking Village – a fascinating re-enactment of how Vikings lived over 1000 years ago. Drive to the town of St. Anthony where you will take a nature cruise and explore the breath-taking coastal waters off St. Anthony; in season, expect to see whales and icebergs.  Overnight Main Brook.

Day 11 - Today take a leisurely drive back down the Viking Trail and onto the scenic Humber Valley region – a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. A whole host of activities are available nearby ranging from hiking, kayaking, zip-lining, caving and cycling. Overnight Steady Brook.

Day 12 - This morning why not drive to Newfoundland’s second city - Corner Brook, located on the south shore of the Humber Arm. Places to visit re the City Museum, the Newfie Bullet Historic Train and the Captain James Cook Monument. Further afield follow the Captain Cooks Trail following along the spectacular South Shore of the Bay of Islands - site of the former Frenchman’s Head Lighthouse and the picturesque communities of Bottle Cove and Lark Harbour. Continue back to Steady Brook - enroute, see Shellbird Island - best viewed from the rest area at the exit from Bay of Islands to Marble Mountain. Overnight Steady Brook.

Day 13 - Depart Steady Brook and continue back to Central Newfoundland where you can spend the day on the water doing some canoeing, kayaking or river rafting – tours are available and are designed with the perfect balance for both first-timers and experienced rafters. This is truly a unique experience with a warm friendly atmosphere not to be missed! Overnight Grand Falls-Windsor.

Day 14 - Depart the scenic Exploits Valley region and take a leisurely drive to Gambo. Birthplace of Joey Smallwood, the first premier of the province when Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949, after leading the successful political battle for Confederation. There are several commemorative pieces that recall his life and work, including a statue and a museum. Overnight Gambo.

Day 15 - Depart Gambo and continue on to St. John’s airport to return your rental car, ready for your flight home. 

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