Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Discover the dunes, sandstone cliffs, and Acadian culture of the Îles de la Madeleine while traveling aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
  • 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.



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.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.


Day 1: U.S./Sainte 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.

Meals Included:Dinner
Day 2: Saint- Pierre, France

Our first landfall is Saint-Pierre Island, part of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Explore a picturesque fishing village, visit the interactive L’Arche Museum, go on a hike, and soak up the distinctly French atmosphere while enjoying a fresh-baked patisserie.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 a guided tour of the Bell Museum and see historic artifacts not otherwise accessible to the public.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 grassy hills, dazzling red sandstone cliffs, and dunes that stretch for many miles. Learn about Acadian culture, which dates back some 250 years on the archipelago and still lingers today. Weather permitting, set off along the coast on a hike, or explore the history and gastronomy of the islands by coach.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is a day of exploration where our expedition team will look for the best opportunities to focus on the natural history and landscapes of the region.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: 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—who arrived here nearly 500 years before the explorations of Columbus.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: 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. Back on board, gain insights from our experts into the civilizations and the wildlife that have made this island home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast