Silversea Luxury Cruises To ST JOHN'S (Newfoundland)

ST JOHN'S (Newfoundland)

Old meets new in the province's capital (metro-area population a little more than 200,000), with modern office buildings surrounded by heritage shops and colorful row houses. St. John's mixes English and Irish influences, Victorian architecture and modern convenience, and traditional music and rock and roll into a heady brew. The arts scene is lively, but overall the city moves at a relaxed pace. For centuries, Newfoundland was the largest supplier of salt cod in the world, and St. John's Harbour was the center of the trade. View more

As early as 1627, the merchants of Water Street—then known as the Lower Path—were doing a thriving business buying fish, selling goods, and supplying alcohol to soldiers and sailors.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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LONDON (Greenwich) To BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS
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    Sep 26 2019
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    Sep 26 2019
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Excursions in ST JOHN'S (Newfoundland)

Focus on the First City - Photography

Explore some of the landscapes and seascapes of the first city of the New World during this picturesque, half-day photographic tour of St. John's, Newfoundland.


Colourful architecture, dramatic coastal landscapes, hills and valleys, and lush forest trails serve as a backdrop as you review photographic composition and content with an expert local photographer. Bring your digital or conventional camera with lots of film, and prepare to capture some Newfoundland memories. This tour helps novices learn to better understand their equipment and enables seasoned photographers to swap stories and techniques with an experienced local expert.


Depart the pier with a renowned local photographer for the brief transfer to ocean-side community of Fort Amherst. A stop is made to photograph the harbour and lighthouse before re-boarding your coach for the drive to the Quidi Vidi fishing village. Upon arrival, take a guided walk through the village and stop for photos along the way. Next, your drive continues toward the city, where a photo stop is made at a scenic viewpoint overlooking the city and the award-winning linear park surrounding the river winding through the city.


Following your visit, re-board your coach and drive to the downtown area to photograph some of the historic sights of St. John's. Photo stops include the National Historic Churchyard, which dates from 1699, the birthplace of the British Empire, and scenic rivers and parks.


Your tour concludes with a photographic review and wrap-up before re-boarding your coach for the brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven and sloping ground. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition; it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing in layers with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes and to bring their camera from the ship. Photo stops will be at the photographers discretion based on his/her observations for the best photo opportunities taking into account weather and other factors.

Grog, Spirits and Scallywags

Join your Newfoundland hosts and the ghosts of history as we raise a glass on the oldest streets in North America. Learn about the continent's first taverns, churches, and lookouts. Savour a taste of Newfoundland's 500-year-old beer and winemaking past during this scenic and informative tour and tasting in old St. John's.


Signal Hill

Depart the pier for the brief drive to Signal Hill - Newfoundland's most famous landmark located at the top of the city. Once referred to as 'The Lookout', Signal Hill, with its strategic positioning overlooking the harbour, has served as the citadel for St. John's. Fortifications have been placed on this hill since the 1600s. Signal Hill is also known as the site where the Information Age began, as it was here that Italian inventor Marconi received the first wireless transatlantic signal in 1901. Stop to take in the picturesque views, listen as the guide outlines the history of the landmark Cabot Tower, and learn about Signal Hill's 18th-century battles and 20th-century aviation wonders. Time permitting, venture into Cabot Tower on your own; however, please note that the entryway stairs may not be suitable for all guests to climb.


Mill Street Brew Pub

Leaving Signal Hill, you next stop is at an award winning local craft brewery - Mill Street Brew Pub - located on the St. John's Harbourfront. En route, see the historic buildings and churches, the birthplace of the British Empire, Government House, the Queen's St. John's residence, and colourful, Victorian-style residences. Here, you will sample local craft ales.


Newman's Wine Vaults

Afterward, proceed to the Newman's Wine Vaults. Upon arrival at the Vaults, join in a centuries-old port wine-tasting tradition in underground wine vaults. The Duke of Wellington toasted Napoleon's surrender (with Napoleon) with wine from these Vaults - considered to be the finest available in those days. You might even hear a ghostly tale or two at this reputedly haunted site.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with uneven ground, slopes and stairs to negotiate at the sites visited. Additional walking at the sites is discretionary. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate. Dress warmly in layers and wear sturdy walking shoes. The tour sequence may vary. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this tour.

River to the Sea

Enjoy a visit of the Memorial University Botanical Garden where you will learn about medicinal plants and ancient aphrodisiacs while walking the beautiful paths and discover the secret life of a river and ecosystem at the Fluvarium. Afterwards, proceed to a small picturesque fishing village of Quidi Vidi.


The Memorial University Botanical Garden

The Memorial University Botanical Garden is the only Canadian botanical garden east of Montreal. Its 110 acres of cultivated and natural habitat feature an extensive rock garden, alpine house, heritage garden, trails, bogs and field centre. It is also the location of the headwaters of a famous St. John's river. Learn about medicinal plants and ancient aphrodisiacs while walking the beautiful garden paths.


Follow the path of this river to the Fluvarium, a public environmental education centre, and discover the secret life of a river and the watershed and ecosystems of which it is part. See how water shapes our land, our city, our history, our lives. This unique building boasts exhibits with an environmental theme and the only opportunity in North America to look out at the underwater life of a natural stream. Brown trout, water lilies and other freshwater life abound in the Centre's fluvarium, its underwater window on the living stream.


Quidi Vidi Village

The journey continues to where this river meets the sea and here we learn about the interesting history of Quidi Vidi Village. Wander the small community and view the heritage buildings of this quaint fishing village enclave of St. John's. En route to and from the village pass by Quidi Vidi Lake, the site of the annual Royal St. John's Regatta which is the oldest continuous sporting event in North America. Your drive through the downtown will feature historic buildings that were once a part of the British garrison, Government House, several churches and the colourful Victorian wooden housing that is characteristic of St. John's architecture.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with uneven ground. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress warmly in layers and wear sturdy walking shoes. The tour sequence may vary to avoid congestion. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this tour.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Driver/Guide (Full-Day)

Explore St. John's at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Guides are English-speaking only. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Driver/Guide (Half-Day)

Explore St. John's at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Guides are English-speaking only. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Driver/Guide (Full-Day)

Explore St. John's at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Guides are English-speaking only. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Driver/Guide (Half-Day)

Explore St. John's at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to up to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Guides are English-speaking only. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

St. John's Exploration

Explore the most famous landmarks of the capital of Newfoundland during this picturesque, half-day orientation tour of St. John's.


Cape Spear

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America. En route, take in magnificent panoramic views out over the city, coastline and your ship in port. Upon arrival at Cape Spear, a stop is made to take in the dramatic setting of the continent's extreme edge. Explore the tunnels and fortifications that protected this gateway to the New World during the wars of the 20th century.


Signal Hill

Leaving Cape Spear, your tour continues with an approximately 45-minute drive to historic Signal Hill. Once referred to as 'The Lookout', Signal Hill, with its strategic positioning overlooking the harbour, has served as the citadel for St. John's. Fortifications have been placed on this hill since the 1600s. Signal Hill is also known as the site where the Information Age began, as it was here that Italian inventor Marconi received the first wireless transatlantic signal in 1901. Stop to take in the picturesque views, listen as the guide outlines the history of the landmark Cabot Tower, and learn about Signal Hill's 18th-century battles and 20th-century aviation wonders. Time permitting, venture into Cabot Tower on your own; however, please note that the entryway stairs may not be suitable for all guests to climb.


St. John's Panoramic Drive

Next, a brief stop is made at the National Historic Church Yard dating back to 1699, followed by an orientation drive through St. John's. During your journey through the Old City, see historic buildings and churches, the birthplace of the British Empire, Government House, the Queen's residence in St. John's, and colourful, Victorian-style residences.


The coach returns you to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, a distance of about 500 yards (500 metres), some of which is over uneven pavement, grassy slopes, and trails. Additional walking at the sites is discretionary. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress warmly in layers and wear sturdy walking shoes. Please remember to bring your camera. The tour sequence may vary. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this tour.

St. John’s Coastal Hike

Experience the natural wonders surrounding the historic city of St. John's on-foot during this invigorating hiking excursion.


Signal Hill and Cabot Tower

Depart the pier with your guide for the brief transfer to the pinnacle of St. John's, the first city of the New World. Atop the 800-foot (244-metre) Signal Hill is Cabot Tower, built in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Newfoundland. From this viewpoint, take in splendid panoramic vistas of your surroundings and the most easterly point in Canada in the distance. Afterward, begin hiking along the unforgettable North Head Trail.


North Head Trail Hike

The North Head Trail features rugged coastal vistas, bountiful flora and geological wonders, including giant rocks left behind by glaciers thousands of years ago. During your hike, learn about the local flora and fauna, geology, fortresses and history from your naturalist guides.

Next, travel downhill from Signal Hill (elevation 800 feet) to sea level along a well-maintained system of stairways, boardwalks and walking trails.


The Battery

The trail ends at 'The Battery', a fishing village nestled amidst the steep hills overlooking St. John's Harbour. Continue hiking back towards the ship on the first European street in the New World. The hike will finish at the birthplace of the British Empire and Harbourside Park where you can view information panels providing the history of St. John's harbour and the role of trade on the open seas. From here continue on in the downtown for more exploring on your own or return to the ship just 600 metres away.


Please note: This tour involves approximately two hours of walking over uneven ground, with 300 steps to negotiate. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing in layers with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. Bottled water is provided. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

The Galapagos of Geology

Discover why Newfoundland is called the 'Galapagos of Geology' during this memorable, half-day excursion in St. John's and its amazing geological surrounds.


Fort Amherst

Depart the pier for the brief drive to Fort Amherst, whose fortifications from the 1770s are all but a distant memory. Today a small fishing village, this picturesque community is marked by its lighthouse and the remains of gun emplacements built to defend Canada's shores from the German U-boats during W.W. II. The highlight of this area is the chasm known as 'Devil's Crack', a geological fault across the spectacular entranceway to St. John's Harbour. Walk about the site and take in splendid views from a scenic lookout.


Geo Centre

Next, re-board your coach for the drive to the Johnson Geo Centre, located on Signal Hill. During your self-guided visit to this award-winning, world-class geological museum and interpretation centre, navigate thought different exhibitions and learn about the region's ancient volcanoes, glaciers, icebergs, and rocks from the centre of the earth. Most of the Centre is below ground in an excavated glacial formation. The Geo Centre also tells the story of the demise of RMS Titanic, having hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. Listen as the guide shares with you other local Titanic connections.


Signal Hill

Your tour concludes with a drive to the top of Signal Hill, the site where the Information Age began when Italian inventor Marconi received the first wireless transatlantic signal here in 1901. Signal Hills boasts marvellous panoramic vistas. Stop to take in the picturesque views, listen as the guide outlines the history of the landmark Cabot Tower, and learn about Signal Hill's 18th-century battles and 20th-century aviation wonders. Weather and time permitting, venture into Cabot Tower on your own; however, please note that the entryway stairs may not be suitable for all guests to climb.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the brief return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over uneven pavement, grassy slopes, and trails. Additional walking at the sites is discretionary. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress warmly in layers and wear sturdy walking shoes. Please remember to bring your camera.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.