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View whales and wildlife on this sightseeing tour along the east coast of Newfoundland


Experience the world's largest gathering of humpback whales and a fabulous diversity of marine wildlife on this wildlife watching tour in Newfoundland. Small groups and giant landscapes are featured on these sightseeing tours along the coast.  The dates for these tours include the prime whale watching season. Most years guests 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 common sights on the June and July trips.

These are moving sightseeing tours that begin in St. John's, where you will participate in boat voyages featuring whale watching and a visit to North America's largest puffin colony, and thousands of other seabirds. Guests also get to enjoy eastern Newfoundland’s museums, lighthouses, trails, wildflowers, songbirds, flavours, the historic streets of old St. John’s and local folks. 

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Bus & Van Tours
SEASON

June to August

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
18
GUIDE INFORMATION

Experienced naturalist hosts boast a great mix of local experience and knowledge. Some are authors, others are professors, and all sport a unique mix of knowledge, humour, and training. Expect a qualified, remarkable, and fun travelling companion.

 

RESTRICTIONS

You need to be able to enjoy an hour of slow-to-moderate paced walking over uneven trails and paths to fully participate in this vacation experience.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Dinners are not included in the price but can be purchased at local restaurants along the route.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in St. John's, Newfoundland. Airport pick up included.

WEATHER

Day-time summer temperatures can range from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius (50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit), while nights may go a few degrees lower. The weather is quite unpredictable, so be prepared. It is not unusual for people to wear T-shirts and shorts while viewing 15-storey-tall icebergs.

 

REGION
Newfoundland
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

All ground and boat transportation, all admission fees, airport pick up and drop off.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm sweater, rain gear, light boots, warm jacket, long pants, shorts, t-shirts, hat.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations in fine quality local hotels along the route.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All breakfasts and lunches included.  Meals are a highlight and feature Newfoundland specialties such as partridgeberry tarts and bakeapple pies.

8 day tour, available June - August
$3100.00 / per person - CAD
Double occupancy. June 3-10, June 10-17, June 17-24, June 24-July 1, July 1-8, July 8-15, July 15-22, July 22-29, July 29-Aug 5, 2018.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 15.00% HST.

A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
In the unfortunate event that you have to cancel your holiday for any reason everything is totally refundable until 30 days from a holiday's start date. Full payment is required at the 30 day point but if you have to cancel, we keep 20%. Some of the hotels do charge if a reservation is cancelled within 30 days so we may need to assess a fee. If you cancel on the planned day of arrival, you still receive a 50% refund.

8 day tour, available June - August

Day 1

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.  We gather in the early evening to greet our fellow travellers and to review the highlights of the upcoming holiday. Relax and get ready for the adventure.

Overnight Location: St. John's

Day 2

Puffins & 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.

Overnight Location: St. John's

Day 3

Outports & Wilderness
Whales, members of the world’s most southerly caribou herd, a small puffin colony, a tern colony, and seals are usually seen as we circle the Avalon Wilderness Area — a 1,000 square kilometre park. Sometimes the whales are lunge feeding on a local beach — and when this is happening we make that marvellous spectacle and the small caribou herd the highlights of the day. We often get to enjoy lots of other wildlife including seabirds visiting from south of the equator. You will be enchanted by the gorgeous fishing villages and woodland wonders along the way as we travel to St. Brides for the night. Should southerly winds bring fog to this route, we will enjoy an alternative itinerary with coastal communities and wildlife watching as we travel to scenic St. Brides.

Overnight Location: St. Brides

Day 4

Sea Stacks & Lighthouses
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.  We travel there after breakfast because 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 we explore Placentia, the first outpost of New France. We also show off our secret orchid patch and look for moose. The evening’s destination is the Trinity/Bonavista/Port Union area. Our route to the coast features a moose and black bear hunt (with cameras only). Some years we enjoy a 90 per cent or higher success rate at finding moose over the week, but bears are much more elusive. These hunts are always fun!

Overnight Location: Trinity/Bonavista

Day 5

Towns, Trails & Tails
This morning we go to sea again 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. 

Overnight Location: Trinity/Bonavista

Day 6

The Oldest City
Explore more of the historic Bonavista/Trinity region. Icebergs, giant chunks of 15,000 year old Greenland glaciers, and more whales 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!

Overnight Location: St. John's

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. We also try to fit in another dramatic wildlife watching boat trip and look for more puffins and whales.

Overnight Location: St. John's

Day 8

Farewell to Sea and Sky
Free in St. John’s until we bring you to the airport.