Newfoundland Circumnavigation

From St John's to St John's
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Tour Description

On this 12-day Newfoundland circumnavigation cruise, you will have the chance to experience some of the best of this famous Canadian province. 

Colourful houses, friendly locals, and a scenic, rugged coastline of outstanding geology await, along with picturesque national parks rich in unique botanical life.

Newfoundland is also home to plenty of unique wildlife, so you'll have ample opportunity to spot whales, numerous bird species,  foxes, and even icebergs that have made their way down from Greenland into iceberg alley. As you travel aboard the Ocean Endeavour, you'll learn about the pristine local environment, maritime history, and the First Nations Mi'kmaw people will welcome you during a special visit to their community.

Over the course of the 12 day journey, prepare for incredible excursions such as Labrador's Red Bay Basque Whaling Station and Viking archaeological dig L’Anse aux Meadows, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Charming towns like St. John's and Saint-Pierre, France are wonderful to discover, but you also won't want to miss Gros Morne National Park, with its epic fjord and mountain peaks, so keep your camera handy. 

This expedition is sure to give you some unique insights to Newfoundland and will provide many unforgettable experiences, creating a Canadian expedition that you'll never forget. 

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Travel with local Newfoundlander expedition team members who delight in telling their stories. With the "taste the place" programme sample delicacies from handline-caught cod to bakeapple tarts and moose stew.

Receive a warm Mi’kmaw welcome in Miawpukek First Nation and wander through the reconstructed Viking habitation at L’Anse aux Meadows, the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America.

Hike the spectacular Tablelands at Gros Morne National Park and Get a taste of Europe on the French island of Saint-Pierre, and enjoy the wildlife and nature along the way.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
St John's

Welcome to St. John’s—the vibrant capital of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Board the Ocean Endeavour for an evening departure and sail out of the historic port, looking out for Signal Hill as you exit the world-famous Narrows.

Photograph the charming houses of the Battery, always a hit with shutterbugs. Watch for whales and seabirds as we sail!

Day 2-4
Northeast Coast

Visit Picturesque Villages & Charming Communities
Look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon your arrival in the picturesque villages and unique communities that dot the rocky shores of the northeast coast of Newfoundland.

Have your camera at the ready—photographers will have their work cut out for them capturing all the special charm of classic island communities and rambling coastlines.

Day 5
L’Anse aux Meadows

Immerse Yourself in Viking Archaeology
Wander through the reconstructed Viking habitation at L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America.

Learn more about the archaeological remains that date to approximately 1000 CE, and how—amazingly—the site was first found here in 1960 by a close reading of the Viking sagas.

Be sure to visit the superb interpretation centre and meet the actors in period costumes as you make your way through the reconstructed Norse-style sod buildings. This is a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland and Labrador!

Day 6
Red Bay

Soak in Basque Whaling History
Make a stop in Labrador at the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013.

Learn firsthand about how Basque whalers operated out of the harbour in the 1500s, creating what was to be North America’s first export industry.

Browse through the excellent interpretation centre to see the tools, personal items, and navigational instruments recovered from the wreck of the whaling ship San Juan, which was lost in a storm in 1565 and found centuries later submerged in the harbour.

Visit nearby Saddle Island to delve even deeper into the history of the whaling industry.

Day 7
Gros Morne National Park & Woody Point

Hike through Incredible Geology
Stretch your legs with a walk or hike at Gros Morne National Park.

Soak in the extraordinary views of beautiful Bonne Bay and be sure to take time to explore the park’s excellent interpretation centre and the town of Woody Point.

Witness for yourself the spectacular Tablelands, a six-hundred-metre plateau that forms one of the world’s best examples of exposed mantle.

Normally found below the Earth’s crust, the mineral-rich rocks support very little life, making the Tablelands an eerie landscape.

Day 8-9
Southern Coast

Journey through the beautiful and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland, dotted with bays, coves, and a few remaining remote outport communities.

Admire outstanding geology and gorgeous botanical life.

Spot plentiful birds, whales, and other wildlife as we make the most of every opportunity for Zodiac and land excursions.

A visit here will be a highlight of your trip!

Day 10
Miawpukek (Conne River)

Experience Mi'kmaw Culture
Receive a formal welcome from local leaders of the First Nations community of Miawpukek.

Learn more about the history of the community, formerly called Conne River, which became a permanent settlement sometime around 1822. Before then, it was one of many semi-permanent camping sites used by Mi'kmaw people, who traditionally travelled nomadically throughout the east coast of Canada.

Have a chance to explore this special community, which was established as a reserve in 1987 and has successfully bridged traditional knowledge and contemporary practices.

Day 11
Saint-Pierre, France

Savour European Shops & Cafés
Indulge in the colourful town of Saint-Pierre, a charming finale to your trip. Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of France.

Wind through charming streets lined with shops, houses, and cafés that bring a taste of Europe to the east coast of North America.

Day 12
Disembarkation in St. John’s Newfoundland’

Complete your journey by sailing back through the picturesque Narrows and into St. John’s harbour.

Say your farewells in this cultural hotspot and what is sometimes called North America's oldest city.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Cabin accommodation on board the Ocean Endeavour
  • Included Copy 20 All onboard meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Port fees and applicable taxes
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Special access permits and entry fees
  • Included Copy 20 Team of expedition staff
  • Included Copy 20 All guided activities, zodiac excursions and interactive workshops
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing and community visits
  • Included Copy 20 Evening entertainment
  • Included Copy 20 Educational program
  • Included Copy 31 No solo supplement (select cabins), 30% discount for under 30 year olds, family friendly
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, visas, Gratuities, Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Mandatory medical evacuation insurance

Ocean Endeavour

200 Passengers


  • Included Learn about the First Nations community of Miawpukek.
  • Included Explore Scenic Coastlines & Remote Outports by land and sea
  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included Stretch your legs with a walk or hike at Gros Morne National Park.
  • Included Visit the French island of Saint-Pierre
  • Included Make a stop in Labrador at the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
  • Included Explore L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Included Sample the local food
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12 days

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$6,995 USD

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Based on a quad cabin

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