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Newfoundland and Labrador: Wildlife, Fjords and Inuit Culture

Program Number: 21406RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/27/2014 - 7/13/2014;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Canada
Price starting at: $7,999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 46; 15 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 15 Dinners    

Discover the incredible coastal environments of Newfoundland and Labrador on this expedition voyage at the eastern edge of North America. Sail into pristine fjords, examine cliffs of timeless rock and search for whales, polar bears and caribou. On shore, visit Viking ruins and experience the culture of the Inuit in their beautiful Labrador homeland.




Itinerary At-a-Glance

Saint Pierre (France), 2 nights; aboard Sea Adventurer, 13 nights; Montreal, 1 night.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Days 1-3:
Arrival Saint Pierre (France) / embark Sea Adventurer:

Begin your journey on charming Saint Pierre, along with its neighboring island Miquelon, the last bastion of New France. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 4:
Conne River (Canada):

Sail to Newfoundland, where you learn about the Miawpukek First Nations community, which has transitioned from a loosely organized nomadic people to a modern community.



Day 5:
Gros Morne National Park:

What the Galapagos Islands are to biology, Gros Morne is to geology. Examine Precambrian cliffs, deep inland fjords and “pillow” rocks formed by cooling lava.



Day 6:
Port au Choix:

Experience this lively fishing town Newfoundland’s “French Shore.” Archaeologists have unearthed intriguing evidence of several ancient peoples here.



Day 7:
Red Bay:

450 years ago, Red Bay was populated by Basque whalers. The three sunken galleons on the floor of the bay make it a precious underwater archaeology site.



Day 8:
L’Anse aux Meadows & Battle Harbour:

Sail to the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula to find the remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement. Continue to the fishing station of Battle Harbour on the island of Labrador.



Day 9:
Wonderstrands:

Named long ago by Erik the Red, the Wonderstrands are a beautiful stretch of undisturbed coastline washed by the cold Labrador Sea and backed by soaring mountains.



Day 10:
Hopedale:

Explore this town named Agvituk, “place of whales,” by the Inuit. Visit Hopedale Mission, built by German missionaries who came to convert the Inuit. It’s one of the oldest wooden structures east of Quebec.



Day 11:
Okak:

Discover this abandoned settlement that was home to another Moravian mission. Archaeological sites in the area point to habitation by Maritime Archaic peoples as long ago as 5550 BC.



Days 12-15:
Torngat Mountains National Park:

The Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit for thousands of years — their name means “place of spirits” in the Inuit language. Here, search for the magnificent wildlife of northern Labrador: polar bears, caribou, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and more.



Day 16-17:
Kuujjuaq / disembark /Montreal / departure:

Visit Kuujjuaq in the morning, an energetic community in Nunavik, the region home to the Inuit of Quebec. Take a charter flight in the afternoon to Montreal for an overnight and then departures.



Sea Adventurer

The 118-passenger Sea Adventurer is among the few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to remote reaches. She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers. Extensively renovated, Sea Adventurer is a handsome vessel in the style of great ocean liners: varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks. All cabins have an exterior view with private facilities and showers. Relax in the Main Lounge, Clipper Club or Library/Card room; keep trim in the Gymnasium; or shop for souvenirs in the Gift Shop. Meals include International and Continental cuisine. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows Sea Adventurer to go to places larger cruise ships can’t, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by other vessels her size.


Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Robert (Hôtel du Vieux Port)
  Saint Pierre 2 nights
   Sea Adventurer
  Gros Morne National Park
Port au Choix
Red Bay
L'Anse aux Meadows and Battle Harbor
Wonderstrands
Hopedale
Okak
7 nights
   Sea Adventurer
  Torngat Mountains National Park 1 night
   Sea Adventurer
  Torngat Mountains National Park
Kuujjuaq
2 nights
   Montreal Airport Marriott Hotel
  Montreal 1 night
 Hotel Robert (Hôtel du Vieux Port)
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located along the ocean, it was built during Prohibition era in the 1920's and has counted Al Capone as one of its famous guests. Walking distance to many attractions in Saint Pierre. An attentive and professional staff will meet your requirements and help you discover the area. The owner is bilingual and eager to educate visitors about St-Pierre.
  Contact info: 12 rue du 11 novembre
B.P 4269
Saint Pierre,  97500 France
phone: +011 508 41 24 19
  Facility amenities: Rooms are all equipped with full bathroom and cable TV. You can connect to the internet on free Wi-Fi. A computer is available at the reception. Breakfast from 7:00 am to 10:00 am Restaurant-snack available at the hotel A laundry service is available on request.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Available upon request and pending availability. Please contact afloatops@roadscholar.org for pre-night requests.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Sea Adventurer
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: The 118-passenger Sea Adventurer is among the few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to remote reaches. She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers. Extensively renovated, Sea Adventurer is a handsome vessel in the style of great ocean liners: varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks. All cabins have an exterior view with private facilities and showers. Relax in the Main Lounge, Clipper Club, or Library/Card room; keep trim in the Gymnasium; or shop for souvenirs in the Gift Shop. Meals include international and continental cuisine. The ship has a fleet of 10 zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows Sea Adventurer to go to places larger cruise ships can't, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by vessels her size.
  Contact info: na
na,   Canada
phone: 111-111-1111
  Room amenities: All cabins have an exterior view with private facilities and showers.
  Facility amenities: Main Lounge, Clipper Club, Library/Card room, Gymnasium, Gift Shop
  Smoking allowed: No

 Montreal Airport Marriott Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: These convenient accommodations are located inside the Trudeau International Airport, next to the U.S. departures terminal.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 800 Place Leigh Capreol
Dorval, QC H4Y 0A4 Canada
phone: 514-636-6700
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yulma-montreal-airport-marriott-hotel/
  Room amenities: Ergonomic chairs; spacious desks; airconditioning; high-speed Internet for a fee; 32-inch flat-screen TVs and free movie channels; Marriott's luxury Revive Bedding with down duvets and fluffy pillows; 24-hour room service; alarm clock; safe, in room; iron and ironing board; bathroom has shower; hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Housekeeping service daily; Laundry on-site, coin operated; Local restaurant dinner delivery; Newspaper in lobby; indoor pool (towels provided); fitness center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  Please contact hotel directly for details on additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins on 6/27/2014. You will be staying at Hotel Robert (Hôtel du Vieux Port) that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends on 7/13/2014. You will be staying at Montreal Airport Marriott Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Saint Pierre
  From End of Program
  Location:  Montreal
Travel Details
 

Montreal

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
No Transfer Necessary

   

The Montreal Airport Hilton is located inside the Trudeau International Airport, next to the U.S. departures terminal, no transfer is necessary.

 

Saint Pierre

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Road Scholar Transfer

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3 miles

   

Participants who booked their air through Road Scholar Travel Services will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers. Please refer to your Road Scholar Travel Services packet sent 3 weeks prior to program departure for your finalized transfer information.

 

Saint Pierre

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3 miles

   

Taxis are available at the airport terminal.

Equipment Requirements: 1 pair of mid-calf/high rubber boots
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Saint Pierre
(Friday, June 27)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive in Saint Pierre. Check into the hotel, relax before dinner or explore the city.
 Dinner: This evening we dine on local and premium French cuisine with Chef Francois Rivollet and are entertained by local acoustic and traditional musician Henry Lafitte.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Robert (Hôtel du Vieux Port)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore Saint Pierre and Miquelon
(Saturday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Early morning we join the Ferry to Miquelon-­-Langdale Island, at times two islands, it is currently joined by a long sandy isthmus. Arriving to Miquelon we are greeted by our local Environmental Specialist Mr Roger Etcheberry as we visit the dunes area and explore the local flora and fauna including the Wild Horses.
 Morning: Early morning we join the Ferry to Miquelon-­-Langdale Island, at times two islands, it is currently joined by a long sandy isthmus. Arriving to Miquelon we are greeted by our local Environmental Specialist Mr Roger Etcheberry as we visit the dunes area and explore the local flora and fauna including the Wild Horses.
 Lunch: Our French culinary lunch is followed by a traditional danse and welcome from the Mayor of Miquelon before we move on to the museum, church and traditional fishing shed.
 Lunch: Our French culinary lunch is followed by a traditional danse and welcome from the Mayor of Miquelon before we move on to the museum, church and traditional fishing shed.
 Afternoon: Mid afternoon we take the return ferry to St Pierre, watch for whales as we transit these marine rich waters.
 Dinner: This evening we dine at local restaurant in St Pierre.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Robert (Hôtel du Vieux Port)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Miawpukek
(Sunday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Board the Sea Adventurer and depart for Labrador.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer
 Afternoon: Disembark the ship for a visit to Saint Pierre. A population of approximately 6,500 resides on the island of St. Pierre, all from various descents including French, Basque, and Normand. St. Pierre's houses somewhat resemble its history: an eclectic collection of colors and style aligned on picturesque cobblestone streets and alleys.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Gros Morne National Park
(Monday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Disembark for Miawpukek (Conne River). A visit to Miawpukek (Conne River) will reveal a First Nation's community that has the mandate of turning the community into an economically self-sufficient community guided by traditional values. Miawpukek became a permanent community sometime around 1822. Before 1822, it was one of many semi-permanent camping sites used by the Mi'kmaw people who were at the time still nomadic and traveling throughout the east coast.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Miawpukek (Conne River).
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Port au Choix
(Tuesday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Disembark for Gros Morne National Park. It has been said, "Gros Morne is to geology what the Galapagos are to biology." Spectacular scenery including Precambrian cliffs, deep inland fjords, and volcanic "pillow" rocks formed as lava cooled underwater-is just one of the reasons we stop here year after year. Highlights on this day include time spent exploring the Tablelands, a 600m (1900 ft) high plateau that forms one of the world's best examples of ancient rock exposed from the earth's interior, and exploring the fjord by ship.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Gros Morne National Park.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Red Bay
(Wednesday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Disembark for Port au Choix. Port au Choix, on the west side of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula, has been populated for thousands of years. The remains of four ancient cultures have been found at Port au Choix to date: Maritime Archaic Indian, Dorset and Groswater Paleoeskimo, and Recent Indians. Archaeologists searched many years for a site such as this one. which sheds new light on our understanding of native peoples in this part of the world.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Port au Choix.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: L'Anse aux Meadows and Battle Harbor
(Thursday, July 3)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Disembark for Red Bay, the fishing village and former site of several Basque whaling stations, occupied between 1550 and the early 1600s when they hunted right and bowhead whales.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Red Bay.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Wonderstrands
(Friday, July 4)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Disembark for L'Anse aux Meadows and Battle Harbor. We call in this morning to one of the world's most important archaeological sites, North America's only authenticated Viking settlement, L'Anse aux Meadows. Battle Harbor was the fiscal and social centre of SE Labrador for two centuries. The decline and eventual collapse of the fishery thrust the island into a state of disarray. Today the glory of the island has been revived. We'll stroll among the beautifully restored buildings, learning about the key role of the island in the economic and social sphere of Newfoundland and Labrador.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring L'Anse aux Meadows and Battle Harbor.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Hopedale
(Saturday, July 5)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Disembark for Wonderstrands. Two long trackless crescents of unoccupied "virgin" sand, washed by the cold Labrador sea, backed by the Mealy Mountains: Labrador's Wonderstrand. Named by sea faring Vikings ("the Wunderstrand") but long hunted, traveled, and occupied over thousands of years by various peoples, it is largely unknown and rarely visited by non-Labradorians.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Wonderstrands.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Okak
(Sunday, July 6)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Disembark for Hopedale. Originally called Agvituk, meaning "place of whales," Hopedale was first established in 1782 by Moravian Missionaries. Today the community is a mix of Inuit and settler populations. Traditional Inuit practices remain strong and most of the six hundred plus residents are members of the Labrador Inuit Association. The Hopedale Mission is considered to be the oldest wooden-frame building east of Quebec and has been declared a National Historic Site. There is a wonderfully run museum located by the Mission as well.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Hopedale.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Torngat Mountains National Park
(Monday, July 7)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Embark of Okak, a former community located on Okak Bay in nortern Labrador. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1978, due to the former Moravian mission and the existence of sixty archeological sites in the srea, dating from 5550 BCE and representing of habitation from Maritime Archaic to Labrador Inuit.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Okak.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Torngat Mountains National Park
(Tuesday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Disembark for Torngat Mountains National Park. From the Inuktitut word Torngait, meaning "place of spirits," the Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for thousands of years, with archaeological evidence reaching back almost 7,000 years. The fjords here reach well back into the depths of the Torngats as we are overshadowed by cliffs rising straight up from the sea, peaking at 1,700m, the highest point in the land of Labrador. The Torngat Mountains claim some of the oldest rocks on the planet and provide soem of the best exposure of geological history. The rocky landscape is a challenge to life, and the species that make their home here are a resilient bunch with fascinating survival adaptations. We hope to see a number of species during our time in Northern Labrador. Our intention is to make extraordinary stops in the northern reaches of Labrador, including the Eclipse Bay, Nackvak Fiord, and Saglek Bay.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Torngat Mountains National park.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Torngat Mountains National Park
(Wednesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Continue exploring Torngat Mountains National Park.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Torngat Mountains National Park.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Torngat Mountains National Park
(Thursday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Continue exploring Torngat Mountains National Park.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Torngat Mountains National Park.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Kuujjuaq
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Continue exploring Torngat Mountains National Park.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Torngat Mountains National Park.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities aboard the Sea Adventurer, or pack for your departure home.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Kuujjuaq
(Saturday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Disembark for Kuujjauq, previously known as Fort Chimo, a mispronunciation of the Inuit phrase saimuuq, "Let's shake hands!" Today Kuujjuaq is a bustling community combining traditional Inuit culture with the conveniences of modern life.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Depart Kujjuaq via a charter flight to Montreal.
   
Accommodations: Montreal Airport Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17: Independent departures
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Morning: Breakfast and then depart for airport.
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