Guests observing sable island horse

© Dennis Minty

Itinerary and Pricing Small-Ship Expedition Cruise
Sable Island, Cape Breton, Newfoundland, and the Magdalen Islands: Atlantic Island Odyssey

June 27 to July 8, 2024

From $4,495 to $12,795 USD

per person based on double occupancy


Atlantic Island Odyssey

Expedition Team, Experts, and Guides


2024 Atlantic Island Odyssey Map
  • Day 1: St. John’s, NL, Canada
  • Day 2: At Sea
  • Day 3–5: Sable Island, NS
  • Day 6: The Gully Marine Protected Area
  • Day 7: Cape Breton Island & Bird Islands
  • Day 8: Chéticamp
  • Day 9: Charlottetown, PEI
  • Day 10: Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC
  • Day 11: Francois, NL
  • Day 12: Saint-Pierre, France


  • Sailing out of st johns

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 1: St. John’s, NL, Canada
    Begin Your Adventure

    Welcome to St. John’s—the vibrant capital of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Board the Ocean Endeavour for an evening departure and sail out of the historic port, looking out for Signal Hill as you exit the world-famous Narrows.

    The charming houses of the Battery are always a hit with shutterbugs. Watch for icebergs, whales, and seabirds as you sail!

  • On board presentation

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 2: At Sea
    Learn On Board

    Listen to stories of the fascinating history and ecology of Sable Island as you sail towards its sandy shores.

    Enjoy workshops and presentations, watch a documentary, and get your binoculars ready to watch for marine mammals and seabirds in the rich waters of the northwest Atlantic.

  • Sable island wild horses chase

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 3–5: Sable Island, NS
    See World-Famous Wild Horses

    Be among the lucky few to set foot on Sable Island, a sandbar as long as Manhattan, but only about a kilometre wide.

    See the world-famous Sable Island wild horses, the largest grey seal colony in the world, and its many varieties of birds—including the endemic Ipswich Sparrow.

    Hike the island’s sand dunes, take a Zodiac cruise along its shores, and learn first-hand about its fascinating human history.

    Due to the unique weather conditions here, we’ll maximize opportunities for you to explore.

  • Orca whale saying hello

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 6: The Gully Marine Protected Area
    Search for Whales and Dolphins

    Sail through the Gully, a marine protected area where the sea floor plunges two and a half kilometres into a submarine valley; it’s one of the most prominent undersea features in eastern Canada.

    Learn about the significant coral communities and diversity of shallow and deep-water fish here, which draw whales and dolphins.

    Join our on board researchers out on deck to scan the waves for exciting sightings and to appreciate this abundance of marine life!

  • Puffins on water

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 7: Cape Breton Island & Bird Islands
    Enjoy Birdwatching & Zodiac Cruising

    Immerse yourself in Cape Breton Island's natural history, from its diverse habitats and wildlife to its rugged landscape formed by geological forces. Explore the island's unique cultural landscape, shaped by Mi'kmaq, Scottish, and Acadian people. Discover the island's boreal forests and wetlands, home to majestic moose, black bears, and bald eagles.

    Take a Zodiac cruise around Bird Islands, a critical seabird nesting and breeding area with Canada's largest colony of great cormorants. Watch for black-legged kittiwakes, razorbills, Atlantic puffins, black guillemots, and even Leach's storm petrels.

  • Cabot trail view

    © Vladimir Rajevac

    Day 8: Chéticamp
    Hike the Cape Breton Highlands

    Call in at the fishing village of Chéticamp on the western shore of Cape Breton Island. Enjoy the busy fishing harbour, rug-hooking museum, shops, and restaurants that all offer a taste of true Acadian heritage.

    Hike the spectacular Skyline Trail at nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park, world-renowned for its wildlife and scenery of rugged highlands and wind-swept coasts.

  • Church in charlottetown

    © Vladimir Rajevac

    Day 9: Charlottetown, PEI
    Step into the Past and Savour the Present

    Enjoy your free time while exploring Charlottetown. Wander through the historic downtown area, where the Charlottetown Conference took place and Canada's Constitution was born. Treat yourself to the best of local cuisine, including fresh seafood, produce, and craft beer, and experience the friendly charm of the locals.

    You could also opt for a guided cultural tour at Lennox Island Mi’kmaq First Nation. Learn the art of crafting beaded jewellery and woven baskets, make traditional bannock bread, and listen to stories passed down through generations.

  • Light house in magdalen islands

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 10: Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC
    Revel in Acadian Culture

    Spend the day exploring the robust Acadian heritage, culture, cuisine, and language of Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine (the Magdalen Islands).

    Admire the striking red sandstone cliffs that, although a part of Québec, are in fact geographically closer to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

    Meet some of the 12,000 or so friendly residents who call this archipelago home and be sure to browse the shops and restaurants for handicrafts, seafood, local wines, and beers!

  • Francois board walk on sunny day

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 11: Francois, NL
    Kick up a Jig at a Kitchen Party

    Experience the warm hospitality and adventurous spirit of Francois, Newfoundland—a quaint and picturesque fishing village, with colourful homes and buildings that offer visitors a glimpse into Newfoundland's coastal lifestyle.

    Explore the town, and hike to stunning lookout points and waterfalls. A day in Francois will stimulate your soul and remind you of the importance of good neighbours, stories, and music.

    After a day of adventure, head to the community hall for an oversized kitchen party with treats, drinks, and dancing. Rediscover a bit of your own spirit, through the essence of Newfoundland's culture in this charming and resilient community.

  • Seals resting on rocks near shore line

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 12: Saint-Pierre, France
    Wave a Fond Farewell

    Say your farewells to Atlantic Canada in the colourful town of Saint-Pierre, a delightful finale to your trip. Just off the shores of Newfoundland, lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of the French Republic.

    Take a glimpse at the charming colourful houses with wooden balconies and narrow cobblestone streets as you disembark and head on your bus tour to the airport for your charter flight to St. John's, NL.

Pricing and Cabins

Canadian residents may opt to use our in-house exchange rate (fixed quarterly) and pay for their voyage in Canadian dollars. Contact Adventure Canada or your travel advisor for more details.


Ocean Endeavour Labrador

Ocean Endeavour

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, and advanced navigation equipment. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

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  • Small-Ship Expedition Cruise

    Sable Island, Cape Breton, Newfoundland, and the Magdalen Islands: Atlantic Island Odyssey

    June 27 to July 8, 2024

    From $4,495 to $12,795 USD

    per person based on double occupancy


  • Single Supplement: No single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins in categories 3 to 7!

    Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost.

  • Starts: St. John’s, NL

    Ends: St. John’s, NL

  • Flights

    • Northbound Charter Flight: Saint-Pierre, France to St. John’s, NL, Canada, evening arrival.

      Price: $495 USD

Inclusions and Exclusions


  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Special access permits, entry, and park fees
  • Expert expedition team
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

Not Included:

  • Commercial and charter flights
  • Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges and administrative fees
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation

Extension Program

St johns minty battery

© Dennis Minty

Discover St. John's

Exploring the city through art, culture, and cuisine

Available dates: June 2–5, June 13–16, June 24–27, and July 5–8, 2024
Price $2,195 USD based on double occupancy

Delve into the heart of St. John’s, meet remarkable people, try your hand at printmaking, and witness creativity unfold in artists’ studios. This tailored experience deepens your connection with the city’s creativity, passion, flavours, and authenticity.

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    Free Single Supplement

    For those who prefer not to share, we have a limited quantity of cabins in category 3 through to category 7 with no single supplement! Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost. Single occupancy in categories 8–10 is available at full double-occupancy rates. Can be combined with the Multi-Trip Promotion, League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program, and Early Booking Bonus. Subject to cabin availability.

  • Multi Trip Promotion Icon

    Multi-Trip Promotion

    Receive 30% off the berth cost when you book more than one Ocean Endeavour expedition (excluding Antarctica) in the same calendar. Can be combined with the Free Single Supplement and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • Save 30 Under 30 Icon

    Save 30% under 30

    Save 30% on the berth cost for travellers under thirty years of age. Can be combined with the Free Single Supplement and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • Family Friendly Icon

    Family Friendly

    Children four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare—and children two years and younger travel free! Children must be accompanied by a full-fare adult. Can be combined with the League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

Published itineraries are examples only, weather, ice, government regulations, and community requests may necessitate changes to the planned schedules. These sometimes necessary adjustments present exciting opportunities for exploration, discovery, and adventure.