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The flexible self-driving, self-guiding, self-catering trip gives you the opportunity to experience cultural and ecological discovery at your own pace, on your own terms and on your own time. The award-winning Eco-Culture Experience™ is a great match for adventurous spirits and curious travellers. It's a distinctive travel experience; a way to satisfy curiosity and spontaneity through nature, culture and chance.
DAY 1 TO 4: ST. JOHN'S
St. John's is Newfoundland’s capital city—a place with a "San Francisco meets Dublin" vibe. You’ll spend three nights there, based at Hare's Ears Cottage, a light-filled restored heritage cottage overlooking the sea, in the Battery, one of the oldest—and most colourful—neighbourhoods in St. John's. Hare's Ears is a short hike from Signal Hill National Historic Park, via the North Head Trail, which starts quite literally at your doorstep. For the three to four days you spend here in North America’s oldest city, you can listen to live Celtic music, dine on fresh seafood, and hike the extensive coastal trail system—or simply head to the independent boutiques and crafters’ studios.
DAY 4 TO 7: BONAVISTA, BONAVISTA PENINSULA
En route for Bonavista, on the Discovery Trail, you’ll be treated to breathtaking ocean views, rugged scenery, lighthouses and with any luck, icebergs and whales. Bonavista is a bustling fishing village of 3,500 people, and it will be your home base for three nights. You’ll sleep at Thomas Mouland House, right on the ocean—it’s a charming restored 19th-century fisherman's house. For two to three days, you can explore nearby outport communities, such as Trinity, Kings Cove and Maberly. There’s a vibrant local theatre scene—with outdoor productions in the warmer months—and spectacular coastal trails to hike, as well as abandoned communities to discover by boat.
DAY 7: DEPART BONAVISTA
Depart Bonavista for St. John's International Airport. Spend your remaining time exploring the Discovery Trail or missed sites in St. John's before your flight.