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The Canadian Maritimes

The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip St. John’s, Canada

From: $8,170

Season: September

Activities: Culture, History, Photography, Scenery

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Lindblad Expeditions in partnership with National Geographic

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.

Immerse yourself in the region’s extraordinary history

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.

Revel in wild landscapes

Discover sweeping dunes, wind- and wave-carved cliffs, and sandstone hills in a wild land. Keep an eye out for moose, see birds, including charming puffins, and rely on our eagle-eyed naturalists to keep an eye on the horizon for whales.

Discover Gros Morne National Park

Explore the intriguing red cliffs and strange tabletop formations at Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll walk one portion of the reserve in the morning with our geologist, and then reposition Explorer over lunch to hike the tabletop formation. This site is one of the few in the world where the same rock at the Earth’s core is visible at the surface, and it has recently become the focus of NASA research since findings from the Mars rover have uncovered very similar features.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - U.S./St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Arrive in St. John’s, the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, set on a natural harbor at the most easterly point of North America. Visit the colorful waterfront and historic Signal Hill, and see Cape Spear lighthouse. Settle into the National Geographic Explorer, and glide through the natural gateway called The Narrows to the open sea. (D)

Day 2 - Exploring Eastern Newfoundland

The eastern coast of Newfoundland is wild and rugged, and often accessible only by sea. Spend the day discovering tiny fishing villages tucked into coves and inlets along these stunning shores. Go hiking or hop into a Zodiac or a kayak to explore the islands that dot the coastline. Back on board this evening, gain insights from our experts into the civilizations and wildlife that have made this island home. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - L’anse Aux Meadows

In 1960, the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century were discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk among the 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 4 - Gros Morne National Park

Graced by cliffs and fjords, glacial valleys and a sweeping alpine plateau, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a World Heritage site for its unique and spectacular geology. Take a walk with our geologist to learn about the forces that shaped this land and the ancient serpentine rock and other formations that illustrate the phenomenon of plate tectonics. Then continue to Western Brook Pond, a pristine, glacier-carved fjord cut off from the sea. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Îles De La Madeleine, Quebec

A cluster of wispy islands isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are home to dunes that stretch for many miles, grassy hills, and dazzling red sandstone cliffs. The caves, sea arches, and rocky nooks along the coast are perfect for exploring by Zodiac and kayak. Visit La Grave, site of the islands’ first settlement, and stroll the shores where fishermen once laid out their cod to dry—now lined with cafes and boutiques. Learn about Acadian culture, which dates back some 250 years on the archipelago, and still lingers today. Set off into the green hills on a hike, or explore the islands by bicycle. Weather permitting, enjoy a lobster bake on the beach with local musicians this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

This morning, set sail aboard the schooner Amoeba on Bras d’Or Lake, and listen to the captain recount lively local lore as you take in the first hint of fall color along the shores. Then continue to Cape Breton Island, located off the northeast coast of Nova Scotia and known for its distinctly Scottish influence and its rugged and beautiful landscapes. Dock in the village of Baddeck, where Alexander Graham Bell, National Geographic’s second president, built his summer home and conducted much of his research. In celebration of the National Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary, enjoy a special invitation to a private lunch with Bell’s grandson, Gil Grosvenor, at the Bell and Grosvenor family home on Beinn Bhreagh. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Saint Pierre and Miquelon

We make our way north through waters scattered with hundreds of shipwrecks, and go ashore at Saint Pierre Island, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. As a young reporter, Gil Grosvenor first traveled here in 1967 on assignment for National Geographic magazine. Enjoy free time to explore the wharf and soak up the French culture. Continue to the island of Miquelon, where we’ll spend the afternoon before gathering for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - St. John’s/Disembark/Home

After breakfast, disembark in St. John’s and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Dates & Rates

Dates Ships 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 SA (solo) SB (solo)
Sep 7, 2017 National Geographic Explorer $8,170 $8,640 $8,960 $9,520 $11,220 $13,100 $15,270 $10,800 $11,200
Sep 14, 2017 National Geographic Explorer $8,170 $8,640 $8,960 $9,520 $11,220 $13,100 $15,270 $10,800 $11,200

*Reverse itinerary.

Included in Cruise Fare

  • All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar
  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated
  • Air transportation where indicated as included
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits
  • Use of kayaks (where available)
  • Gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Air transportation (except where shown as included)
  • Extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Scuba diving (where available)
  • Meals not indicated
  • 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

Map

The Canadian Maritimes Itinerary Map

Ships

National Geographic Explorer

National; Geographic ExplorerNational Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the latest addition to the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world. View ship details...

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