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.

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Kangerlussuaq To St John's, Newfoundland
  • Canada & New England
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    Sep 03, 2018
  • Duration
    15 Days
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    Silver Cloud Expedition

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London (Tilbury) To New York, NY
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    Sep 10, 2018
  • Duration
    15 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Spirit

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St John's, Newfoundland To St John's, Newfoundland
  • Canada & New England
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    Sep 18, 2018
  • Duration
    9 Days
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    Silver Cloud Expedition

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida To London (Tower Bridge)
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    Apr 30, 2019
  • Duration
    16 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Wind

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New York, NY To London (Tower Bridge)
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    May 03, 2019
  • Duration
    13 Days
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    Silver Wind

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Reykjavik To Montreal
  • Canada & New England
  • Silversea Cruises
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    Sep 05, 2019
  • Duration
    12 Days
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    Silver Wind

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Reykjavik To St John's, Newfoundland
  • Arctic & Greenland
  • Silversea Expeditions
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    Sep 20, 2019
  • Duration
    15 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Explorer

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London (Greenwich) To Boston, Massachusetts
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    Sep 26, 2019
  • Duration
    13 Days
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    Silver Whisper

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London (Greenwich) To New York, NY
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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. Bottled water is provided.

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.

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 and Wine Tasting

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, and pause at the birthplace of the British Empire. A final stop is made at a local craft shop to sample locally-made wine produced from berries growing wild in this area.


From here, commence the brief walk back to the pier.


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.

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.