UK - Halifax
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Halifax. On arrival our coach transfers us to our hotel for the next three nights, The Lord Nelson & Suites (4T) or Westin Nova Scotian (4T).
Our tour today takes us out along Nova Scotia’s rugged southern coastline to Peggy’s Cove with its famous lighthouse, one of Canada’s most photographed landmarks. We continue to Lunenburg, a town that was settled in 1753 and whose Old Town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We return to Halifax later today where the remainder of the day is free.
A free day to explore this quintessential Maritime city. Halifax is abundant with museums, art galleries and interesting architecture as well as a pleasant harbour front. There is plenty to do in the city at night too, with many pubs and wine bars, dinner theatres, a casino, and of course, the maritime music Nova Scotia is famous for.
Halifax - Sydney
We depart Halifax for Pictou, the ‘birthplace of New Scotland’. It was here in 1773 that the first Scottish settlers arrived in Nova Scotia on the ship Hector, a replica of which can be explored in the Heritage Quay. We move on, stopping in Port Hawksbury to view the Canso Causeway before arriving in St Peters on the beautiful Cape Breton Island. Here a stop will be made for light refreshments before we depart for Sydney and the Cambridge Suites Hotel (3T).
Sydney - Corner Brook
We leave Nova Scotia as we join the ferry service to Newfoundland and Labrador. On arrival we journey to Corner Brook and our hotel, the historic Glynmill Inn (3T). Corner Brook is situated at the mouth of the Humber River between the Long Range Mountains and the open sea.
Corner Brook - St Anthony
From Corner Brook we travel north along the Viking Trail, via Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the park is Tablelands, a barren ledge of rock over 80km in length that has been pushed up from deep beneath the ocean floor. We continue along the Viking Trail to our destination for the next two nights, St Anthony and the Hotel North (3T).
St Anthony - Iceberg Alley - St Anthony
This morning we board a boat for an exciting cruise in the scenic coastal waters off St Anthony - Iceberg Alley. This area is famous for its bounty of icebergs, whales, dolphins and seabirds (seasonally May-August). This afternoon we make the short journey north to UNESCO protected L’Anse aux Meadows, a 1,000-year-old Viking settlement with a pristine and unspoiled landscape. We return later this afternoon to St Anthony and visit the Grenfell Mission, founded in the 1890s by Dr Wilfred Grenfell to provide medical services and care to the isolated people of northern Newfoundland and Labrador.
St Anthony - Rocky Harbour
This morning we travel to Port au Choix National Historic Site. The one constant denominator for all of the communities that have lived along the Viking Trail, is their dependence on the sea. At Port au Choix we will learn of the Maritime Archaic and Dorset peoples who lived here long before the Europeans had arrived. This afternoon we retrace our tracks along the Viking Trail to Rocky Harbour visiting the Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre & Fishway to discover the story of Atlantic Salmon and stop at Arches rock formation. Then entering Rocky Harbour town via the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse we transfer to our hotel, the Ocean View Hotel (3T) or Shallow Bay Motel (3T).
This morning we travel to the southern end of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to visit the visitor centre and Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, including entrance to the interpretive exhibit. We stop at the Bonne Bay Marine station where you can experience a touch tank while learning about the amazing sea life of Bonne Bay and the latest research in marine ecology. Later this afternoon we return to our hotel to enjoy time at leisure.
Rocky Harbour - Bonne Bay - Grand Falls-Windsor
Today we enjoy an included boat cruise in the heart of the stunning Gros Morne National Park. We will witness some of the most overwhelming scenery in the park, so be sure to have your cameras ready. Entrance to Gros Morne Discovery Centre is also included. Later this afternoon, we travel to Grand Falls-Windsor and our overnight hotel, the Mount Peyton Hotel (3T).
Grand Falls-Windsor - Gander
Our journey today takes us through Lewisporte for a visit to the Train Park, featuring a restored caboose, and onto Twillingate, home to the Long Point Lighthouse on Devil’s Head Cliff. There is time to visit the lighthouse offering superb views across Notre Dame Bay and the Prime Berth Twillingate Fishing Museum. This afternoon we continue south to Gander and our overnight hotel, Sinbad’s Hotel and Suites (3T). Gander is a town based around a rich aviation history and in World War II it provided a major air link to Europe. We visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum with exhibits covering the period from 1935 to 2001, highlighting Gander’s role in the development of Trans-Atlantic aviation.
Gander - Clarenville
Our journey this morning takes us through the Terra Nova National Park before the route continues to Bonavista where John Cabot is reputed to have landed in 1497 and where he first saw the ‘New found land’. Discover Bonavista’s lighthouse which dates from 1843 and has been restored, securing its status as a provincial historic site. We then join the ‘Discovery Trail’ and visit historic Trinity, a fascinating village with the many small buildings along its narrow streets having been restored and renovated. Our journey of scenic delights continues to Clarenville and our overnight hotel, the Clarenville Inn (3T) or St Jude Hotel (4T).
Clarenville - St John’s
Our journey across Newfoundland and Labrador concludes this morning as we arrive in the provincial capital St John’s. We have arranged a tour that will include highlights of one of the oldest port cities in North America, including Signal Hill National Historic Site and Cape Spear National Historic Site. Here you will stand at the most easterly point in North America, with stunning vistas and the open Atlantic Ocean. Later this afternoon we transfer to the Delta St John’s Hotel (4T).
St John’s - In flight
Today is free for you to explore at greater depth all that this city has to offer. There may also be the opportunity to join an optional tour to Bay Bulls for an exhilarating marine adventure to view the puffins at Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to over 500,000 Atlantic Puffins. This evening we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 15 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.