Circumnavigation of Newfoundland
Detailed Itinerary 24/05/12
What better way to see a place so shaped by sea than by Facts & Highlights
ship? Come circumnavigate Newfoundland and discover • 11 days • Start in and finish in St. John’s • All
meals on board included • Travel aboard the Clipper
the warmth, wit and hospitality of her people, the soul stir- Adventurer • Easternmost city in Canada and the
ring music and the rough beauty of her shores. Encounter capital of Newfoundland & Labrador, St. John’s
• One of the world’s most southerly expanses of
rich colours, imposing skies and majestic cliffs aboard our sub-Arctic tundra at the Cape St. Mary’s Ecological
ship, the Clipper Adventurer. Expedition cruising is a won- Reserve • Experience the history of the former
bustling fishing community, Battle Harbour • The
derful way to experience remote regions in an informal and earliest known European settlement in the New
relaxed atmosphere. Zodiacs take us to areas rich in wildlife World at L’Anse aux Meadows • The remains of
a Basque whaling station at Red Bay • Visit the
or for shore exploration. Sail along coastlines steeped ‘Galapagos’ of geology hiking the tablelands in Gros
in history, past massive colonies of puffins and gannets Morne National Park • Visit to France at the island
of St. Pierre • Follow in the steps of Captain James
and archeological sites. We always keep our eyes open for Cook during our visit to Ramea • Experience a piece
marine life while examining the island’s unique culture and of the Miawpukek culture during our community
visit in Conne River
Departure Dates & Price
We begin in North America’s oldest port, Fogo Town,
Oct 01 – Oct 11, 12 from $4395
named one of the four corners of the earth by the Flat
see page 2 for complete rates per cabin class.
Earth Society. Across the Strait of Belle Isle in Labrador, Activity Level: 1
explore the abandoned community of Battle Harbour. Visit Comfort Level:
the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site at L’Anse aux Seas can be rough. Wet and dry zodiac landings required.
Meadows, a 1000 year old Viking settlement. Accommodations
View the breathtaking glimpses of the earth’s mantle in All travel aboard the M/S Clipper Adventure.
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Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Witness spectacular examples of ancient glacial action on l’anse
amour l’anse aux meadows
some of the oldest rocks in the world. Enjoy great birding
opportunity in the Bay of Islands. We sail Newfoundland’s conche
south coast, where we visit two remote outport communities,
accessible only by air and sea. Our passage continues to the
French-owned islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon. We com- gros morne NP
plete our circumnavigation with a sunset Zodiac excursion bay of conne river
to the beautiful cliffs of Cape St. Mary’s (home to the world’s francois
southernmost colony of northern gannets), before saying
st. pierre &
farewell in St. John’s. Joining us on board will be a remarkable garia bay miquelon
team of naturalists, historians, photographers, musicians and
local guides, who will impart their knowledge and experience
of the natural world and local culture and give life to times
past. Come and discover Newfoundland for the first time, the
way it was meant to be seen - by sea.
Triple Cabin - $4395
Junior Double - $4995
Double - $5495
Main Double - $6395
Double Deluxe - $6995
Superior Double - $7895
Junior Suite - $8495
Suite - $8895
Owner’s Suite - $9295
rates do not include Discovery Fund Fee of $250USD pp.
DAy 1 St. JoHN’S, NewFouNDlAND
We meet in St. John’s, Newfoundland’s historic,
vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, it has
been continuously fished since 1498, allowing it
to boast the designation of North America’s oldest
European settlement. We will join the M/S Clipper
DAy 2 BoNAvIStA stone and bone spearpoints and knives, a walrus
We will explore Bonavista Bay by first discovering tusk, a harpoon head, an ivory carving and a bone
Canada’s easternmost national park. Terra Nova whistle. The importance of L’Anse Amour Burial was
National Park was established in 1957, and provides recognized in 1978, when it was made a National
400 square kilometers of pristine natural habitat to Historic Site.
salmon, bear, moose, lynx and bald eagles. Rolling
hills and sheltered inlets have supported human DAy 5 GRoS MoRNe NAtIoNAl PARk
existence since the days of the Beothuk and early It has been said, “Gros Morne is to geology what
European settlers. Today, the park’s rugged coastlines the Galapagos are to biology.” Spectacular scenery
and densely forested hills attract visitors from all including Precambrian cliffs, deep inland fjords
over the world. and volcanic “pillow” rocks formed as lava cooled
underwater- is just one of the reasons we stop here
DAy 3 l’ANSe Aux MeADowS year after year. Highlights on this day include time
spent exploring the Tablelands, a 600m (1900 ft)
L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
high plateau that forms one of the world’s best
is the only authenticated Viking settlement in North
examples of ancient rock exposed from the earth’s
America. Located at the tip of Newfoundland’s Great
interior, and exploring the fjord by ship.
Northern Peninsula, it is widely regarded as one of
the most important archaeological sites globally.
DAy 6 CAPe St. GeoRGe
The small, picturesque community of Cape St.
DAy 4 ReD BAy AND l’ANSe AMouR
George is located at the westernmost tip of the Port
Red Bay is a fishing village and former site of several
au Port Peninsula and serves as an unspoiuled slice
Basque whaling stations occupied between 1550 and
of Newfoundland life surrounded by mountains and
the early 1600s when they hunted right and bowhead
whales. The remains of three Basque whaling
galleons and four small chalupas haunt the depths
of the waters in this area, making it an important DAyS 7-8 tHe SoutH CoASt: GARIA
archaeological site and earning it a UNESCO BAy, FRANCoIS & RAMeA
nomination. The last of the true outport communities are found
L’Anse Amour is an important archaeological site, here, and we will visit two of them. First, we visit
located on the Strait of Belle Isle coast was occupied the tiny village of Francois. Dramatic rock strewn
between at least 5500 and 2000 BC by the Maritime cliffs surround the village, a delicate waterfall runs
Archaic people who used the area for fishing and through the centre of town and there is a short hike
hunting harp seals and walrus. The site contains to a picturesque pond overlooking the community.
the oldest burial mound found in North America to Thirty miles away by ship is the neighbouring
this day at about 7500 years old. The skeleton of an community of Ramea. Though fewer in number
adolescent child was found underneath, his body was now than at the peak of the cod fishery, the friendly
covered with red ochre and accompanied by several residents of Ramea are no less hospitable. Tonight
we are treated to music by the local band at an this island and its couterpart to the south, the island of
authentic Newfoundland ‘Kitchen Party.’ Langlade. The 8 mile sand dune between the two islands
is peppered with over 500 shipwrecks.
DAy 9 ARRAN Cove AND CoNNe RIveR /
MIAwPukek DAy 11 St. JoHN’S, NewFouNDlAND
A visit to Miawpukek (Conne River) will reveal a Discover one of the oldest cities in North America,
First Nation’s community that has the mandate a city unlike any other. Cradled in a harbour carved
of turning the community into an economically from 500 million year old rock and surrounded by
self-sufficient community guided by traditional hills running down to the ocean, St. John’s is the
values. Miawpukek became a permanent community most easterly point in North America. St. John’s has
sometime around 1822. Before 1822 it was one of been vitally important for centuries to explorers,
many semi-permanent camping sites used by the adventurers, merchants, soldiers, pirates, and all
Mi’kmaw people who were at the time still nomadic manner of seafarers, who provided the foundation for
and travelling throughout the east coast. this thriving modern day city. It is a lively metropolis
with a vibrant art community and is home to many
DAy 10 MIqueloN, FRANCe galleries, theatres and museums. The colorful streets
On the northern side of the larger island, the village of and attractive waterfront, brimming with cafes,
Miquelon is inhabited by 600 people, mostly of Basque restaurants and boutiques, do not disappoint.
and Acadian ancestry. Wildlife is most abundant on
The M/S CLipper ADvenTurer DeTAiLS:
Library aboard the M/S Clipper Adventurer.
Maximum: 122 passengers, Registry: Bahamas,
Tonnage (GRT): 4364 tons
The M/S Clipper Adventurer is a
122-passenger vessel specifically constructed
for expedition voyages. Its ice-strengthened hull
permits the ship to glide easily and safely through
ice-strewn waters that are not accessible to
conventional cruise vessels.
All cabins aboard the ship are outside cabins
Standard Cabin aboard the M/S Clipper Adventurer.
with private bathrooms. The ship has advanced
communications and navigation equipment, and
newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin
Triple Lower Deck - 1 upper 2 lower berths, porthole
Junior Double - 2 lower berths, porthole
Double - 2 lower berths, porthole
Main Double - two lower berths, porthole
Deluxe Double - two lower berths, porthole
Superior - 2 lower berths, windows
Deluxe - 2 lower berths, windows
Junior Suite - 2 lower berths, windows
Suite - 2 lower beds, sitting area, window
Owner’s Suite — 2 lower berths, private bathrooms
with a bathtub, windows
questions & Answers have charitable status and thus do not have the ability
to issue tax receipts. If it is essential for you to obtain
1. How big are the groups?
a tax receipt for your donation, the local supplier will
The M/S Clipper Adventurer is a 118 passenger
send your portion to an organization which has this
vessel. On board you will also have between 10 to 15
5. Are these “educational” tours?
2.what is included in the tour price?
From day 1 to disembarkation meals, entrance fees, Yes, in the broadest sense of the word, “educational”.
and accommodations are included. We visit museums and local villages. We also have
talks and discussions on many aspects of the history
3.what is not included in the tour price?
and culture Newfoundland, but this is only one
International & charter flights, tips, Discovery Fund aspect of what we do. We believe that it is equally
fee of ($250USD). Personal expenses like alcoholic educational to meet new people on a non- commercial
beverages, telephone calls, internet & laundry are not basis. Sometimes the most “educational” moments
included and put onto their ship board account which are spent having a cold drink with the locals .
is payable in USD the night prior to disembarkation.
6. How do we travel during the tour?
Ships crew gratuities are not included, we suggest
We cruise on our vessel and often use zodiac’s for our
between $10-$14 per day per passenger.This goes
into a lump sum and distributed to the entire crew
equally. 7.what are our accommodations like?
4.what is the Discovery Fund? All cabins aboard the ship are outside cabins
with private bathrooms. The ship has advanced
The Discovery Fund is the result of committed
communications and navigation equipment, and
passengers longing for a way to give back to the
newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin
regions they have visited during their expeditions.
Our local supplier has made a point to support
local organizations and groups focusing on the 8.what about the weather?
environmental, cultural and educational needs of each We travel to Newfoundland during their fall
season. In general, Newfoundland can experience
region you will visit. Our local supplier, in cooperation
temperatures between 35-55 F (1-12 C).
with their friends in the North, assess where the
demand is the greatest and supports each cause 9. when is payment due?
through monetary donations. Each passenger who A non-refundable deposit of $1000USD or £800 GBP
travels with our local supplier donates an additional (plus insurance if you desire it) is due as soon as you
$250 USD to ensure the longevity and success of decide to go and will reserve your place on the tour.
the initiatives in these regions. Throughout the The balance of the land payment is due 100 days
voyage you will see some of the projects that we have before departure. Cancellation charges are applicable
funded over the years. Your donation goes a long and these are outlined in the “Terms & Conditions”
way and helps ensure that many of these important section of our brochure.
organizations, many at the grassroots level, are able
to carry on. Most of these local initiatives do not
10. Is medical insurance required? 13. can you arrange my flights?
Insurance coverage is not included in the cost of your We would be happy to take care of your air
trip. Please note that medical insurance is required arrangements. ElderTreks offers personalized flight
for this adventure with a minimum of $75,000 itineraries, not group flights. Stop over enroute,
coverage for evacuation insurance, including air come in a few days early, or extend your stay. Call us
ambulance. We strongly recommend cancellation for a customized itinerary.
and interruption insurance as well! ElderTreks offers 14. what if I would like more information?
comprehensive travel insurance and we are happy to
If you have any further questions about the
provide you with a quote if you call our office. If you
adventure, please call our office for more details.
are purchasing insurance elsewhere, please ensure
A Trip Specialist will be happy to answer your
you provide the details to ElderTreks as soon as
questions. A Trip Kit containing further details on
the destination will be sent to you once you have
11. what meals are included? booked the trip.
All meals are included, starting with dinner on day 1
and finishing with breakfast on departure day.
12.what should I take on the tour?
There is a detailed “What to Take” list in our Trip
Kit, which we will send to you after you have booked