The Experience

DAY 1: U.S./St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada/Saint-Pierre, France
Arrive in St. Johns and fly by private charter to Saint-Pierre Island, France,™s oldest remaining overseas territory and embark the National Geographic Explorer. Our guest speaker, Gil Grosvenor, first traveled here in 1967 on assignment for National Geographic. (D)

DAY 2: Louisbourg & Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
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. Enjoy an optional white glove, tour of the Bell Museum and have the opportunity to hold historic artifacts. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Azles de la Madeleine, Quebec
A cluster of wispy islands isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Azles de la Madeleine are home to miles of dunes, grassy hills, and dazzling red sandstone cliffs. Local experts guide us across this landscape of caves and sea arches, while visiting colorful fishing villages and learning about Acadian culture. Weather permitting, set off to explore on a bike or in a sea kayak. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Gros Morne National Park
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. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: L, Anse Aux Meadows
Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, walk among the 11th-century Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America nearly 500 years before Columbus arrived. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Exploring Eastern Newfoundland
Wild, rugged, and often accessible only by sea, discover tiny fishing villages tucked into coves and inlets along these stunning shores. Back on board, gain insights from our experts into the civilizations and wildlife that have made this island home. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: U.S./St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
St. John’s is set on a natural harbor at the most easterly point of North America. We sail through the harbor narrows in the early morning as we approach the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and have the day to explore the surrounding sites. Explore St. John’s with a full day of options: tour the city visiting Cape Spear and Signal Hill, discover the botanical gardens or visit the Rooms Museum. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: St. John’s /Disembark//U.S.
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for flight home.(B)
Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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