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Newfoundland St. Anthony Iceberg Festival

Newfoundland St. Anthony Iceberg Festival

We start our tour with flights from your home cities to St. John’s, NL where we meet our local guide before resting here for the night. The next morning we will see the many attractions in the St. John’s area, and a Welcome Supper on the famous George Street. After your fill of St. John’s, the next couple days move on to Clarenville where you can be inaugurated as a true Newfie with a Screech in Ceremony, and then Trinity and Cape Bonavista – the first discovered lands of North America. Then a day trip to Twillingate, jam-packed with tours, then Gander and Rocky Harbour the next day. Following this we head to Torrent River with many tour stops along the way; then Torrent River to St. Anthony for the Iceberg Festival! Along with festivities and iceberg watching, we also take a tour of the Norstead Viking village – the only known Viking post in North America. Then for our final days, we head to Cow Head where we enjoy a farewell dinner at the Theater Newfoundland, and then to Deer Lake on our final day to catch flights back through Toronto, and finally to your home cities.

There’s so much to see and do in these 11 short days that you won’t believe we can fit it all in!

Pricing

  • Single: $4319.00
  • Twin: $3499.00
  • Triple: $3239.00
  • Quad: $None

Pricing is based on number of people in your group. Rates below are for the next upcoming departure date. For pricing details about other departures, please click the "View Prices" link next to your desired date in the Departure Dates block to the right.

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Tour Details by Day

Day 1 – Home Cities to St. John's, NL

Meals Included: None

Board your WestJet flight in Calgary or Edmonton and take your first flight to Toronto and then transfer planes with St John’s NL as your destination. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our local Tour Director and picked up by Parsons Transportation and transported to your hotel. We have a late arrival so get tucked in for a good night’s rest and be ready to start our activities tomorrow!

Day 2 – St. John's Area

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Today, after a complimentary breakfast and leisure morning to get over our late arrival, we have a city tour of St. John’s and area. Included with the tour is Signal Hill where the first transatlantic phone call was made and Cape Spear-North America’s most easterly point. After the tour we have time back at the hotel to freshen up before our evening Welcome Dinner on famous George Street.

Day 3 – St. John's to Clarenville

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a complimentary breakfast and late checkout, we will again visit famous George Street for some browsing, shopping, and lunch on your own. After lunch we make our way towards Clarenville for the evening where we will be treated to a Screech In Ceremony.

Day 4 – Trinity and Bonavista

Meals Included: Breakfast

We travel to Trinity today which is one of the oldest communities in North America. We will then carry onto Cape Bonavista where you can experience the cliffs and coastal scenery. We will see many coves along the way where John Cabot landed in 1847 and visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site. We will take you along the Bonavista Bay Highway passed Kings Cove and stop at Silent Witness Memorial which rounds out our day as we end up in Gander for the next two evenings.

Day 5 – Twillingate Day Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

We will enjoy a day trip to Twillingate today, First we stop at the Beothuk Interpretive Centre for a video and tour with a chance for a nice stroll through the Ancient Gardens. We will then continue to Twillingate located in the heart of Iceberg Alley for a scenic tour as well as a lunch, tour, and tasting at a local winery. We will have time to visit the Twillingate Museum & Craft Centre with a short stroll behind to the cemetery situated on the hill facing the sea. Aboard our coach once again, we will have a short stop at the Long Point Lighthouse poised high in the cliffs. We will retrace our steps back to Gander for the evening.

Twillingate is a town of 2,269 people located on the Twillingate Islands (“Toulinquet”) in Notre Dame Bay. The islands provide an excellent sheltered harbour and easy access to the rich fishing grounds nearby. In recent years, a causeway named after Walter B. Elliot was built, which connects it to the mainland via New World Island. Labeled as “The Iceberg Capital of the World”, the town is one of the oldest ports on the island. Imagine… a now-extinct people with a unique language and culture, thriving on the rich resources of the land and sea: seals, birds, fish…

Beothuk Interpretive Centre
300 years ago, this site was a Beothuk village. Tour the Interpretation Centre where exhibits and artifacts foster an appreciation for this unique, and now vanished culture.

From the Interpretation Centre, follow a 1.5 km groomed walking trail to the village site – today an outline of housepits is the only evidence of the Beothuk people who once lived here. Along the trail, a sculpture designed by renowned Newfoundland artist Gerald Squires evokes the tragedy of the Beothuks’ demise.

Day 6 – Gander to Rocky Harbour

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we will visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum where you can try your luck on the flight simulator. As well, we will take in the Beyond Words Tour of the Gander Airport and hear how Gander opened its doors to the world on 9/11 when all North American flights were grounded. Afterwards we make our way to Rocky Harbour where we will check into our hotel before heading to the lounge to be entertained at the Anchors Aweigh show.

North Atlantic Aviation Museum opened its doors in 1996, and is dedicated to preserving and presenting stories and artifacts highlighting Gander’s role in the development of TransAtlantic Aviation.

In the spring of 2012, the museum completed extensive interior renovations, creating a modern and professional exhibit, with engaging multimedia displays and a brand new flight simulator.

The exhibit, covering the time period from 1935 to 2001, provides a rich narrative of Gander’s short but fascinating history.

Learn about Gander’s role as an important strategic base during WWII, how the town earned the nickname “Crossroads of the World”, why Gander was known throughout the Eastern Bloc, and finally hear the story of Gander’s unexpected role, in the days following 9/11.

Day 7 – Rocky Harbour to Torrent River

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

We will start your tour of Gros Morne National Park today with a visit to the visitor centre for a short presentation and information on Gros Morne National Park. We will then head to Lobster Cove Lighthouse for a presentation then continue onto Broome Point and to Cow Head for lunch. Afterwards we will carry on north to the Arches (a must see) and then onto Torrent River Inn, our destination for the evening. Get ready for more local talent in the lounge this evening!

Day 8 – Torrent River to St. Anthony

Meals Included: Breakfast

We continue onto our destination of St. Anthony for the next two evenings. We will join Northland Discovery Iceberg and Whale Tours for a majestic boat ride to see the icebergs. Afterward, we will visit the Grenfell Centre and enjoy some of the activities of the Iceberg Festival. The Iceberg Festival celebrates the coming of spring in the north and the annual arrival of icebergs. It features music, food, entertainment, history, culture, great hospitality, and of course the magnificent icebergs!

Day 9 – St. Anthony Iceberg Festival Activities

Meals Included: Breakfast

A short journey to L’Anse aux Meadows on the Great Northern Penninsula will start our day this morning where we will be visiting the Norstead Viking Village for a guided tour. Join costumed interpreters, listen to mysterious Viking tales, step aboard the full-scale replica of the Viking ship “Snorri”, and learn how the Vikings mastered the North Atlantic. It’s bound to be a fun and informative day. This evening, once we return, you can enjoy more of the festivities in town for the Iceberg Festival.

L’Anse aux Meadows

At the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula lies the first known evidence of European presence in the Americas. Here Norse expeditions sailed from Greenland, building a small encampment of timber-and-sod buildings over 1000 years ago against a stunning backdrop of rugged cliffs, bog, and coastline, discover the fascinating archaeological remains of the Viking encampment, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. You’ll meet costumed Viking interpreters as you tour the recreated base camp and discover original artifacts from this internationally renowned archaeological find.

Norstead

A Viking Village and Port of Trade on L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland is a non-profit organization that was created to take history out of the exhibit case and places it in the hands of visitors.

Day 10 – St. Anthony to Cow Head

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Today we make our way back through Gros Morne National Park and end up in Cow Head for the evening. Upon arrival we will check into our rooms and have time to freshen up for a farewell Dinner Theatre experience with Theatre Newfoundland.

Day 11 – Cow Head to Deer Lake and Flights to Home Cities

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our last day has us taking a short journey into Deer Lake to catch our WestJet flights to Toronto and from there change planes and return to either Calgary or Edmonton.