Eco-Culture Experience™ - 10 Days

A 10 Day Self-Drive Exploration Trip on the Avalon & Bonavista Peninsulas. Discoveries are yours to create at your own pace, on your own time.

  • 10 Days from St. John's to Bonavista (Elliston)
  • 3 nights stay at each of St. John's, Heart's Delight on Trinity Bay, and Elliston on the Bonavista Peninsula
  • Exclusive use of  three private CapeRace coastal homes
  • Full-size vehicle with UNLIMITED mileage included
  • One copy of the "Traveller's Diary" Custom Guidebook
  • Trips initiated at St John's, concluded at Elliston
  • Departures every four days April through October
  • PRICING: Single-family $2890 CDN per adult. Kids under 21 travel free
  • Mulit-family flat-rate pricing available
  • Can ccommodate groups of twelve
  • Payments accepted by VISA, AMEX, Mastercard or certified cheque; taxes extra
  • Flights not included

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Jonathan Tourtellot, Fellow, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations: "...Things you (CapeRace) have done involving people are truly trailblazing. I don't know of anyone, anywhere that has figured out such a great way to get tourists in contact with local people..."  



"... thoughtfully crafted experiences that are eco- and culturally sensitive, provide uncommon access, and foster interaction with locals. It's the perfect antidote for these tumultuous times, as we reexamine what is important and look for trips that are meaningful and restorative"... The Editors of National Geographic Traveler after receiving "Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime" award.


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It's about Exploration--10 Days of Spontaneous Events & Unique Discoveries-Our Best Seller

You determine your own pace for exploring Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista Peninuslas. Our role? Set you up with the keys to your own vehicle and exclusive access to three incredible coastal homes located in St. John's, the town of Heart's Delight on Trinity Bay, and Bonavista—all under three hours apart. This is the trip that National Geographic experienced.  It is our best-seller.

Unscripted Experiences--Adventure through People 

We'll also give you a customized bookstore-quality guidebook written and demand-printed specifically for your trip—the self-directing Traveller's Diary.  This book is your key to connecting with the people and adventures that make Newfoundland’s coast unique.  We are the only travel company that transparently initiates real connections with the local community in a self-guided travel format. The Traveller's Diary sends you to the places and people that we know are the heart of Newfoundland.  

The flexible self-driving, self-guiding, self-catering circuit-tour gives you the opportunity to experience cultural and ecological discovery at your own pace, on your own terms and on your own time.  It's a real distinctive travel experience--a way to satisfy curiosity and spontaneity through nature, culture and chance.

Trip Highlights

Where to start? With a self-guided package you determine your specific day to day itinerary so it's hard to predict what will be a highlight for you--however-- provincial entry surveys indicate most people come to Newfoundland for the wildlife and seascapes, and the exit surveys indicate their highlight was interaction the local people.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1-- St. John's:  Arrive in St. John's, sometimes described as where "San Francisco meets Dublin". Spend three nights at Hipditch House, a newly-restored coastal home located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in St. John's-- The Battery. Hipditch House shares the property line with Signal Hill National Historic Park.Take a daily hike to Signal Hill via the North Head Trail, located literally on your doorstep.  For 3-4 days explore North America's oldest city, England's first colony. Sample the rich Celtic music scene, dine on local cuisine, and hike/walk the extensive coastal trail system located within city limits.

Day 4--Heart's Delight, Trinity Bay: Arrive at Heart's Delight, a quiet former fishing village located directly on the Baccalieu Trail. Spend three nights at the ocean-front EJ Sooley House, a restored traditional fisherman's house built in 1930 located on the banks of Trinity Bay. For 3-4 days explore over seventy small outport communities along 240 km of coastline. Drive the Cape Shore Trail to Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve where 60,000 nesting Gannets settle on a 300 foot cliff.

Day 7--Bonavista, Bonavista Bay: Arrive at Bonavista, a bustling town located on the Discovery Trail. Spend three nights at the historic The Thomas Mouland House, a newly restored oceanfront located in the central Mockbeggar neighbourhood, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the town. For 3-4 days explore the Discovery Trail visiting outport communities of Trinity, Kings Cove and Maberly. Take in local theatre, walk and hike coastal trails, visit abandoned communities by boat.

Day 10: Depart Bonavista for St. John's Airport.

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All tours and activities taken outside of the CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc. tour are undertaken at the risk and expense of the traveller. The tour is a cultural adventure that will take you to remote areas which may not offer all of the conveniences/services found at home. Personal insurance is mandatory—and not included.  Be sure to ask lots of questions if you have critical needs or certain services that are generally available in urban centers.  Not suitable for any type of Recreational Vehicle (RV) travel.  See our Terms & Conditions & Cancellation Policy
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