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Highlights
  • Venture into the ancient Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows, the only widely accepted site of trans-Atlantic Viking establishment and very early Norse exploration
  • See WWII harbor defenses, and visit the only North American island that remains under French control, an outpost of its era as a colonial superpower
  • Discover sweeping dunes, wind- and wave-carved cliffs, and sandstone hills in a wild land
  • Explore the intriguing red cliffs and strange tabletop formations at Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Embark National Geographic Explorer and sail into eastern Canada's breathtaking natural beauty. Discover Newfoundland's little known, astonishing Viking past. Your journey of pure discovery ventures to the legendary islands of Cape Breton, Saint Pierre, and the Isles de la Madeleine.

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Don't skimp. Lindblad is worth it. July 2016

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I've been fortunate enough to travel around the world and see a lot of great sites. I've done budget group travel, and I've hoofed it on my own, but have also stayed with the most exclusive 5 Star Inns and tour operators. They all have their place, but for certain destinations -- particularly the arctic, Antarctic, and Galapagos, I would not consider anybody but Lindblad.

Yes there are others that call themselves Expedition ships, but I've been on 5 expeditions now, and I've have dozens of conversations with staff members who've worked for a variety of expedition companies. There's a reason so many of them work their tails off for years to try to get a job with Lindblad.

Will you have a good experience with the lesser-brand expedition ships? Sure. But for all the money you spend to get to these once-in-a-lifetime destinations, you want the best captains and the most aggressive and knowledgeable expedition leaders. Consider this: Your trip with Lindblad might lead to an afternoon spent on the nesting grounds with 200,000 penguins, or a night out hiking on pack ice, or swimming with whale sharks, when other nearby ships didn't want to risk the tricky tides at the nesting grounds, or were instead caught in a storm just a few miles away.
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Itinerary

DAY 1: U.S. / St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Meals: Dinner

Arrive in St. John’s late afternoon and embark the National Geographic Explorer.

DAY 2: St. Pierre

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Our first landfall is St. Pierre, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Explore this picturesque French fishing enclave where we will stop at a scenic whale watching lookout and a French-style graveyard.

DAY 3: Louisbourg & Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we visit the reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg, an 18th-century fort where the British and French fought. Later, we visit the village of Baddeck, where Alexander Graham Bell built his summer home, now the centerpiece of a beautiful park and museum. Explore the life of Bell with his great grandson, Gil Grosvenor, former president of the National Geographic Society. Enjoy an optional “white glove” tour of the Bell Museum and have the opportunity to hold historic artifacts.

DAY 4: Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A cluster of wispy islands isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are home to miles of dunes, grassy hills, and dazzling red sandstone cliffs. Local experts will guide us by Zodiac across this landscape of caves and sea arches, stopping along the way in colorful fishing villages as we learn about Acadian culture. Weather permitting, we will end the day with a bicycle ride.

DAY 5: Gros Morne National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Graced by cliffs, fjords, and a sweeping alpine plateau, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its spectacular geology. Go on a variety of walks with our naturalists along waterfalls, marine inlets, and forested trails. Learn about the forces that shaped this land and the ancient serpentine rock that illustrates the phenomenon of plate tectonics.

DAY 6: L’Anse Aux Meadows

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the World Heritage site of L'Anse aux Meadows, walk among 11th-century Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America--nearly 500 years before Columbus arrived.

DAY 7: Exploring Eastern Newfoundland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Wild, rugged, and often accessible only by sea, Newfoundland's east coast is dotted with tiny fishing villages tucked into coves. Explore these stunning shores by Zodiac and kayak, and gain insights for our experts into the island's people and wildlife.

DAY 8: St. John’s / Disembark / U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

Sail through the harbor narrow in the early morning as we approach St. John's, the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and the most easterly point of North America. Visit the colorful waterfront and historic Signal Hill or the Rooms Museum before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 8,170

Price Per Day:

$ 1,021 per person
 
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Details
Ship Name

National Geographic Explorer

Ship Description

We built National Geographic Explorer—the flagship of our fleet—to be the most technologically advanced, fully stabilized, and accommodating expedition ship in the world. Explorer carries 148 guests in 81 cabins, 13 with balconies. She is a Canada cruise ship equipped with a full discovery toolbox—enabling you to see, do, and learn, more. Her size and nimbleness offer the perfect combination of safety and the ability to sail Canada to out-of-the-way coastal islands and other places where cruise ships cannot go.

Trip Includes
  • All accommodations
  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship and meals on land as indicated
  • Air transportation where indicated as included
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges and services of our expedition staff
Trip Excludes
  • Air transportation (except where shown as included)
  • Passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, internet access, and laundry
  • Gratuities to ship's crew are at your discretion
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
St. Johns, Newfoundland
End City
St. Johns, Newfoundland

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