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Whales and puffins. Trinity and Bonavista. Sea and sky. Join us to experience the world’s largest gathering of humpback whales and a fabulous diversity of marine wildlife. Small groups and giant landscapes are featured together with the historic streets of old St. John’s, the New World’s first city. These departures highlight many of the natural and cultural wonders of eastern Newfoundland and are all guaranteed to go. While we can never promise whales, these dates include the prime whale watching season (100 per cent viewing success 1994-2017). Most years we see the largest numbers and varieties of whales between late June and early August. The seabirds are thinning out by late July but everybody should see murres, puffins, razorbilled auks, gannets, eagles, moose, caribou, and many other species of wildlife. Icebergs are also a highlight and while never guaranteed, our guests have had 100% viewing success over the last 10 seasons. Everybody saw icebergs on our June and July trips and we are anticipating great icebergs for 2018! Guests also get to enjoy eastern Newfoundland’s museums, lighthouses, trails, wildflowers, songbirds, flavours, and local folks. We use warm and welcoming local hotels but the genuine Newfoundlanders and Labradorians we introduce our guests to will also be among your vacation highlights.Transportation to and/or from Newfoundland. You are on your own for evening meals and there are many delicious choices available.
Day 1 : Welcome and Orientation
We greet you at St. John’s airport and provide a short orientation excursion around the old city. Enjoy our hotel’s ocean view and prime downtown location. Perhaps take a stroll on North America’s oldest street this evening. Meet your tour leader and fellow travellers after breakfast tomorrow and the adventure will begin.
Day 2 : Puffins and Whales
Today begins with a boat voyage featuring whale watching, North America’s largest puffin colony, and tens of thousands of other seabirds. We like to start your holiday with a thrill as we travel to view members of the world’s largest summertime gathering of acrobatic humpback whales; and often we enjoy the company of other whale species including fin whales, minkes, and dolphins. Throughout the vacation - and on this voyage - we will be looking for more exotic seabirds like shearwaters, jaegers, fulmars, and thick billed murres among the throngs of seabirds on the ocean. The islands we will travel to are one of the planet’s largest seabird reserves — so tens of thousands of puffins are guaranteed. Expect an amazing and joyful morning. Next we savour a lunch featuring local flavors before visiting one of the New World’s earliest fishing villages.
Day 3 : Seastacks and Wildlife
Today we travel southwest to Cape St. Mary’s along the scenic cape shore through Placentia, the first outport of New France and the French capital of Newfoundland. Look for moose and eagles and activity on the water. You will always remember your time with us at the continent’s third largest gannet colony. Roger Tory Peterson made this site the subject for chapter one of his early Wild America classic and since that time it has been widely recognized as one of our planet’s most dramatic marine wonders. Before this 20th century recognition by the world’s nature-loving community, our famous cape had been celebrated locally in myth and song for centuries. it is the wonderfully accessible breeding ground for tens of thousands of seabirds including the world’s most southerly thick-billed murres. We get great views of gannets, kittiwakes, and murres with their eggs and/or chicks. In season — usually mid-July — we sometimes enjoy some of the world’s finest land-based whale watching as the high seacliffs allow us to watch the whales cavort around their northern coastal feeding grounds. After lunch enjoy scenic coastal communities as we make our way to the Rocky River Salmon ladder-hear about the Atlantic Salmon and the efforts to introduce them to this once infertile river. Onward to Salmonier Nature Park, and learn about the Newfoundland Governments wildlife rehabilitation, research and environmental monitoring programs. This is a beautiful opportunity for a gentle hike through the park viewing native wildlife. Just a few minutes away we arrive at our evening’s destination alongside yet another salmon river. If time allows, you may opt for an evening round of golf or a hike along the river.
Day 4 : Coastal and Village
Today’s destination is the Trinity/Bonavista region. Notice the change in terrain as we travel deeper into the interior of Newfoundland. Taller and varied decidous trees and richer soils abound. Keep your eyes open for wildlife along the way. After lunch, we have the opportunity to see beautiful sea glass beaches ,sea arches and amazing rock formations. Dramatic waterfalls, scenic vistas and a chance to stretch our legs on the Kings Cove Lighthouse trail taking in woodland and coastline views are all highlights of the day.
Day 5 : Town, Trails and Tails
This morning we go to sea to enjoy more of the ocean’s wonders as we look for bald eagles and watch for whales. In 2007, our company’s naturalists established that sperm whales are consistently found during the summer in a portion of Trinity Bay and we will look out for them and other whale species. Our afternoon will feature more of what makes this area so special — trails, moose, osprey, songbirds, dramatic vistas, orchids, shore-birds, and numerous small museums and interpretation centres. In some ways this is an afternoon where we can cater to your interests. Bird watching, icebergs, lighthouses, flower walks, beachcombing, sea kayaking, land-based whale watching, photographing the local architecture, and hands-on marine biology programs are all possibilities. Many guests simply enjoy exploring the beautiful and historic community of Trinity. Wander through town on your own or walk with our knowledgeable and fun guide.
Day 6 : The Oldest City
Explore more of the historic Bonavista/Trinity region. Historic properites, icebergs, giant chunks of 15,000 year old Greenland glaciers, more whales and other wildlife usually add to the day’s photographic wonders. Call in at nearby coastal settlements to learn more about Newfoundland’s unique cultures and flavours before returning to St. John’s for the evening. Enjoy Friday and Saturday night out on the town in North America’s first city. Our leader will provide lots of suggestions about local theatre, entertainment, fine dining, and culture. Enjoy!
Day 7 : The Eastern Edge
Travel to North America’s most easterly point, and further explore the trails, museums, and attractions of historic St. John’s. This afternoon gives you an opportunity for individual interests. The downtown shops, harbourside parks or perhaps a harbour boat cruise are all options for the day.
Day 8 : Fearwell to See and Sky
Free in St. John’s until we bring you to the airport
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