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St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

St John’s, Newfoundland extension

4-day extension


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A 4-day extension that explores St John's charm and rugged coastline, perfect before or after visiting the rest of Atlantic Canada

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City | History & culture | Natural world

This 4-day extension is a wonderful end or beginning to your trip to explore Atlantic Canada at its charming best. Newfoundland's rugged coastline is peppered with fishing villages and whale-watching peaks, and this trip sees you explore the colourful row houses of St John's and its surrounds. Full of old-town charm, the city contains fascinating archaeological settlements and historic lighthouses that lie alongside colossal glaciers, stunning vistas and craggy coastline, perfectly explored with walking tours and boat trips, culminating your evenings with a stay in a quaint B&B. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Arrive and St John’s nature cruise

After making your way from your previous destination, arrive in St John’s and head to your accommodation for the next few days, the charming Leaside Manor Heritage Inn. This quaint heritage house is in the historic Waterford valley among acres of gardens overlooking the charming city of St John's. Traditional architecture combines with contemporary flourishes to ensure a feel of comfortable luxury throughout, with accommodation ranging from cosy bayside rooms to four poster beds and jacuzzi tubs with aged hardwood floors. 

The most easterly point in North America, St John's is reminiscent of an old fishing village on a grand scale; a hub of charming colourful row houses and criss-cross cobbles framed by green hills and waterfront. There's a whole host of things to do in its surrounds, from hikes that hug the dramatic coast to boat trips spotting whales and puffins with a backdrop of looming icebergs. 

Tonight you’ll depart on a spectacular nature cruise through St John’s, including seeing the famed Cabot Tower, known for commemorating the 400th anniversary of Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland, as well as the receiving of the first trans-Atlantic wireless message in Morse Code sent from Cornwall. You’ll see the bright white of the illustrious Cape Spear Lighthouse lying on a craggy head, the oldest surviving lighthouse in North America, and observe towering 12,000 year old icebergs and puffins perched on shores as you steam past rugged coastline and pristine waters. 

Stay: Leaside Manor Heritage Inn B&B

Day 2
St John’s & Cape Spear Tour

Today enjoy a hearty breakfast in the cosy dining room of your accommodation or indulge in breakfast in bed before embarking on a more detailed tour of St John's and Cape Spear. You'll arrive at Cape Spear, a National Historic site, via a scenic drive – discover the eponymous lighthouse, walk through a World War II gun battery and spot whales from the panoramic head. After heading back to the city, you'll walk up Signal Hill, greeted by spectacular views as you hear historic stories of the oldest colony in North America. You’ll also visit ultra-scenic Quidi Vidi, originally a fishing village and now home to a stunning harbour, home of the famous annual St. John’s Regatta that takes place each summer and Newfoundland's largest microbrewery, the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company, as well as charming antique shops and an old pub.

You'll also explore the fascinating Government House and the stunning Roman Catholic Cathedral overlooking the city. A quick orientation of the shops and restaurants of downtown finish the tour, so tonight perhaps enjoy dinner in the buzzing atmosphere of one of the eateries in St John's. Its fish dishes are, unsurprisingly, particularly notable – try Mallard Cottage for some deliciously fresh seafood.

Stay: Leaside Manor Heritage Inn B&B

Meals: B

Day 3
Avalon & The Irish Loop

Today will see you travel to the spectacular southern shore of the Avalon peninsula along the stunning Irish Loop, characterised by picturesque harbours along winding coastline framed by enormous icebergs, lighthouses and archeological sites. Small 'outport' communities for which Newfoundland is so famous pepper the coastline – the Aquaforte harbour is a worthwhile stop, where fjords evocative of Norway lie alongside villages with a deep fishing history – fishermen have passed through the sheltered harbour for centuries.

Here, you'll visit the Colony of Avalon Archaeology Site, wonderfully preserved remains of an early settlement, where stone and timber-frame houses once lay among cobbled streets. Founded by George Calvert, the colony was 'forgotten' and its remains laid undisturbed for centuries. You’ll walk on 17th century streets, see a historic herb garden and discover the remains of everyday life in one of the earliest European colonies in North America. Relax tonight on your final evening in St John's, or perhaps sample the bars and charming pubs of vibrant downtown.

Stay: Leaside Manor Heritage Inn B&B

Meals: B

Day 4

Transfer to your next accommodation or to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

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