Trace the footsteps of Vikings, European explorers and inventors on a special voyage aboard our flagship, the National Geographic Explorer. Explore Cape Breton Island, the remote isles of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the rugged and spectacular coast of Newfoundland.


Trip Highlights

  • Discover the dunes, sandstone cliffs and Acadian culture of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

  • Dock at coastal fishing villages and small islands like the French outpost of Saint-Pierre.

  • Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Gros Morne National Park with its scenic waterfalls and fjords, and the remains of the 11th-century Viking village at L’Anse aux Meadows.

  • Venture into the historic Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island before a tour of the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.


Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 — U.S./St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Arrive in St. John’s, the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. Settle into the National Geographic Explorer, and take to the sea. 
National Geographic Explorer (D)

Day 2 — St. Pierre, France
Our first landfall is Saint-Pierre Island, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Explore this picturesque French fishing enclave and stop at a scenic whale watching lookout. (B)

Day 3 — Louisbourg and Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Visit the reconstructed 18th-century Fortress of Louisbourg before docking in the village of Baddeck, where Alexander Graham Bell, a founding member of the National Geographic Society, built his summer home and conducted much of his research. Enjoy an optional “white glove” tour of the Bell Museum with the opportunity to hold historic artifacts. Today we also visit the reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg, an 18th-century fort where the British and the French fought. National Geographic Explorer (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
A cluster of wispy islands isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles-de-la-Madeleine are home to dunes that stretch for many miles, grassy hills and dazzling red sandstone cliffs. The caves, sea arches and rocky nooks along the coast are perfect for exploring by Zodiac and kayak. Learn about Acadian culture, which dates back some 250 years on the archipelago and still lingers today. Weather permitting, set off into the green hills on a hike or explore the islands by bicycle. National Geographic Explorer (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Gros Morne National Park
Graced by cliffs and fjords, glacial valleys and a sweeping alpine plateau, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique and spectacular geology. Take a walk with our geologist to learn about the forces that shaped this land and the ancient serpentine rock and other formations that illustrate the phenomenon of plate tectonics. National Geographic Explorer (B,L,D)

Day 6 — L'Anse aux Meadows
In 1960, the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century were discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk among the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts, and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America — nearly 500 years before Columbus arrived. National Geographic Explorer (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Exploring Eastern Newfoundland
Wild, rugged and often accessible only by sea, Newfoundland's eastern coast is dotted with tiny fishing villages tucked into coves. Explore these stunning shores by Zodiac and kayak today. Back on board, gain insights from our experts into the civilizations and the wildlife that have made this island home. National Geographic Explorer (B,L,D)

Day 8 — St. John's
Glide through the natural gateway called The Narrows and arrive in St. John’s, perched at the most easterly point of North America. Visit the colorful waterfront and historic Signal Hill or visit the Rooms Museum before you transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
National Geographic Explorer (B,L,D)



Pricing starts at $8,000 per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,100 in
Category 2 and $2,180 in Category 3. International airfare to/from St. John's is not included in the expedition cost.


Solo Travelers

Accommodations (hotels, tents and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, and if such are available, you can pay a single supplement fee. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we can assign a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, a single supplement fee will apply.



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Starting at $8,000 Per Person