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Welcome to St. John’s, the capital and largest city in Newfoundland. At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure!
Today’s city sightseeing includes a visit to St. John’s most popular landmark, SIGNAL HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, which recalls the town’s historic past and communications triumph. Have your camera ready for fantastic views! Sightseeing also includes a visit to Cabot Tower, Old Town, the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, and the colorful houses of Jelly Bean Row. Next, the charming neighborhood of Quidi Vidi, where we visit the local BREWERY for a tasting. Learn about the history of the brewery and why each beer is unique. You’ll even get to sample their famous LF iceberg beer! The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore more on your own. This evening, why not visit lively George Street with its array of restaurants and pubs?
Today, travel part of the scenic Irish Loop, home to charming fishing villages and amazing scenery. Visit the COLONY OF AVALON and learn how it was founded in 1621 by George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore. Ongoing excavations have revealed the locations and designs of original structures, as well as more than two million 17th-century artifacts. Over lunch, be entertained by local MUSICIANS. Before arriving at your hotel, we’ll stop for a tour and tasting at a WINERY, known as Canada’s first fruit winery and famous for its variety of berry wines, including wild blueberry. Arrive in Clarenville for a 2-night stay.
This morning, visit RYAN PREMISES NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, which commemorates the prosperous fishing industry from the early 1500s to present day. Continue to Cape Bonavista, where you’ll see the interesting Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, see the famous Dungeon rock formation, and admire the beautiful cliffs and coastlines. In Bonavista, learn how modern North America began when John Cabot made landfall here in 1497. Later, travel to historic Trinity, one of the oldest communities in North America. Lunch today is local fare of tasty Newfoundland LF FISH & CHIPS. Enjoy a guided WALKING TOUR and hear stories that bring this picturesque village to life.
Rejoin the Trans-Canada Highway and journey to the Avalon Peninsula. Drive through Heart’s Delight and Heart’s Desire to the small town of Heart’s Content to visit the HEART’S CONTENT CABLE STATION PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE, where the first transatlantic cable was completed in 1866. Continue to CUPIDS COVE PLANTATION, the archaeological site of the oldest official British colony in Canada. Founded by John Guy in 1610, you’ll learn the history of the settlement, hear stories about its colorful characters, and see artifacts at CUPIDS LEGACY CENTRE. Return to St. John’s, where the evening is at your leisure.
This morning, travel to Witless Bay, where whales and puffins abound. Board your boat for a narrated CRUISE around the islands. Newfoundland has the largest concentration of humpback whales in the world, and is also known as the “Seabird Capital of North America,” with the largest Atlantic puffin sanctuary in North America. Return to St. John’s with a stop at CAPE SPEAR NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, the most easterly point in North America. The afternoon is free to explore more of St. John’s on your own or perhaps shop for a favorite souvenir. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner that includes a traditional LF SCREECH-IN ceremony—the perfect ending to your time in colorful Newfoundland!
The tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules.
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Delta St. John's Hotel enjoys and idyllic location in the heart of one of Newfoundland's most charming cities. Soft lighting, traditional yet modern furnishings, and home-like amenities make the Delta St. John's the perfect hotel to retreat to after a day of sightseeing.
St. Jude Hotel provides a great base from which to explore the historic Discovery Trail with its numerous tourist attractions. There is an onsite restaurant and bar. Comfortable guestrooms at St. Jude Hotel feature tasteful décor and furnishings.
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