With seafood dinners magnifique and its narrow streets full of peppy Peugeots, the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon just off the coast of Newfoundland are a feast for the senses. Thanks to their curious history, the tiny islands (population 5,000) remain an integral part of the French Republic. The local currency is the Euro, TV shows are beamed in from France and the latest issue of Paris Match is always available. And with a flying time from St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, of only 45 minutes, the islands are perfect for a weekend getaway to Europe—without jetlag.
Knowing these fascinating islands well, Atlantic Canada travel specialist Maxxim Vacations offers clients two tempting packages including airfare from St. John’s.
The St. Pierre and Miquelon package includes two or three nights’ B&B accommodation with continental breakfast, one three-course French cuisine dinner with wine, a guided tour of the town of St. Pierre and admission to the local museum. For explorers wanting also to combine a visit to St. Pierre and Miquelon with a stay in Newfoundland, there’s the popular weeklong A Tale of Two Islands itinerary which also includes three nights in St. John’s, one each in Harbour Grace and Burin or Marystown, a whale watching boat tour, and a rental car. St. Pierre and Miquelon getaways start at approximately $482 including airfare from St. John’s—and Maxxim has access to low-cost airfares from across North America. And the team at Maxxim is always willing to customize a package according to client needs and wishes.
Maxxim Vacations, 800-567-6666, www.maxximvacations.com