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Traces – An Archaeology Tour of Newfoundland and Labrador


11 or 14 Nights


Self Drive

The rich and diverse human history of Newfoundland and Labrador is unlike anywhere else in the world.

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This Experience Includes

Expert travel advice to help you get the most out of your vacation

11 or 14 nights' accommodations depending on your itinerary

11 or 14 day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometers

Two scenic boat tours of the area: great for photographers!

Admission to The Rooms (provincial museum, art gallery & archives)

Admission to Port au Choix National Historic Site

Admission to Boyd's Cove Beothuk Interpretation Centre

Admission to the Colony of Avalon Archaeological Site

Admission to the world-renowned Gros Morne National Park

Admission to L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

Admission to Cupids Cove Plantation


“Our ancestors left Africa between 100,000 and 120,000 years ago. Coming up out of the Middle East,
some of them turned left into Europe, and others turned right into the farther reaches of Asia.
Their descendants would not meet again until 100,000 years later, at the Strait of Belle Isle.”
–Full Circle: First Contact Exhibit, Provincial Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador (2000)

This is where East met West when two streams of humanity finally came face-to-face at L’Anse aux Meadows around AD 1000, at the only confirmed Norse site in the New World.

From St. John’s you will travel across the province visiting an array of archaeology sites that trace the steps of 9000 years of human history. These itineraries highlight sites representing all the cultures who have lived here – from the oldest known burial mound in North America to some of the earliest European settlements and industries in North America.

This self-drive tour will guide you to a series of Provincial and National Historic Sites and UNESCO World Heritage Sites where archaeologists have uncovered the rich history and heritage of our province. This 10 or 14 night itinerary includes destinations with active archaeology field projects operating through some of the warmer months of summer where you can observe archaeologists uncovering the past before your very eyes.

  • Pricing Details
  • 11 Night – $2,749

14 Night – $3,479

*2024 prices are per person based on two sharing [CDN] and subject to availability at time of booking. This price does not include: Federal and/or Provincial taxes. Trip Cancellation and Car Rental Insurance are extra.

11 Day Option

Day 1 & 2 – St. John’s
Day 3 & 4 – Happy Adventure
Day 5 & 6 – Twillingate
Day 7 & 8 – Gros Morne
Day 9 & 10 – St. Anthony
Day 11 – Gros Morne

14 Day Option

Day 1, 2 & 3 – St. John’s
Day 4 & 5 – Happy Adventure
Day 6 & 7 – Twillingate
Day 8 & 9 – Gros Morne
Day 10 & 11 – St. Anthony
Day 12 & 13 – Southern Labrador
Day 14 – Gros Morne

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