Canada / Alaska
18th August 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 7th September 2019 @ 12:00 pm$16395.00
Canada & Alaska
The best of Western Canada
August 18 – September 7, 2019
Day 1: Sunday 18th August Wanganui to Vancouver
Depart Wanganui Racecourse at 2.15pm and travel to Palmerston North airport to catch our 4.15pm flight to Auckland. Upon arrival we transfer over to International where we meet our fellow travelers and check ourselves in for our 8.05pm flight to Vancouver. You will have time to grab a bite to eat before we board, and your flight is the ‘WORKS’ package so you have movies and meals included.
Welcome to Vancouver, the gateway to the Canadian Rockies! A coach will be waiting to transfer the group to our hotel with time to relax, freshen up and get ready for our first group dinner of tour. (D)
- Accommodation: Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre.
Day 2: Monday 19th August Vancouver
After a relaxed start to the day we board the coach for a great city tour, which will include highlights such as Stanley Park, Chinatown, the harbor, beaches, and much more. We will also head out to Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain on Vancouver’s North shore.
We return to our hotel with time to prepare for your evening of leisure. Your experienced Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Consider a visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors or perhaps Yaletown with its abundance of restaurants and shops to explore. (B)
Day 3: Tuesday 20th August Vancouver – VIA Rail
This morning we continue touring this amazing city with a visit to Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians and waterfront cafes. Enjoy free time for lunch here along the waterfront, before transferring to the train station for your departure on VIA Rail this afternoon. This section of the trip has been chosen to be done via rail as it is some of the most spectacular scenery you can ever hope to see!
The VIA Rail’s service, The Canadian, features comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals.
Please note: Twin share cabins (details on back page) are bunk style so if you are going to be in a twin share and you are unable to climb up onto the top bunk then you will need to upgrade to a single cabin, which are subject to availability.
Spend time in the Skyline car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travelers. The comfortable cabins come with bed turndown service, in-car shower access, and lots of little extras, such as a personal toiletry kit. (B, D)
Day 4: Wednesday 21st August VIA Rail – Jasper National Park
Every moment spent on board the Canadian is unique. The train winds its way through landscapes that will leave you breathless. And because mealtimes should be worthy of such breathtaking views, the on-board chefs offer you every day the kind of culinary experience you get at a fine restaurant.
Your destination is the charming village of Jasper in Jasper National Park where you start your visit with an orientation tour of the town and then check in at your hotel.
(B / D)
- Accommodation: Marmot Lodge
Day 5: Thursday 22nd August Jasper National Park: Maligne Lake
After breakfast you have the opportunity to walk along the edge of the Maligne Canyon, the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park. Your local guide will transport you from Jasper to the top of the canyon and guide you from the first to the fifth (1st -5th) bridge, allowing for breathtaking photographic opportunities. You will enjoy award winning interpretation about this limestone slot canyon, and the many mysteries that are contained within.
The Maligne Canyon is a favorite haunt of the Big Horn Sheep and Mule Deer and is excellent habitat for Fairy Slipper and Rattlesnake Plantain Orchids. Upon reaching the fifth bridge, the confluence of the Maligne and Athabasca Rivers, you will be transferred onto a fully narrated cruise of the glacial lake and Spirit Island.
After a great day exploring we enjoy a lakeside dinner with incredible views and local fare including famous Alberta beef. (B, D)
Day 6: Friday 23rd August Jasper – Columbia Icefield – Lake Louise
This morning we travel through Jasper National Park on one of the most scenic highways in the world, Icefields Parkway. We reach the 1,200-foot (365 metre) thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ice explorer ride. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake.
Later, we arrive in Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Spend some time soaking up the majestic views, consider a short walk along the trails or try your hand at canoeing. The night is yours to enjoy with great restaurants for you to dine. (B)
- Accommodation: Lake Louise Inn
Day 7: Saturday 24th August Lake Louise – Banff
Today we head to the resort town of Banff. En route we visit Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake.
This evening we are in for a real Canadian treat. You will meet a Canadian Mountie who will share stories and the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). There will be time for questions and answers before a chance at some great photo ops! We enjoy the rest of the evening with a lovely group meal together. (B, D)
- Accommodation: Inns of Banff
Day 8: Sunday 25th August Banff
Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, with activities ranging from skiing in winter to hiking, boating, and fishing in summer. Breakfast this morning is served on top of Sulphur Mountain. Take a scenic ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of the mountain and then enjoy spectacular views of the valley below as you savor a flavorful meal.
Included sightseeing in Banff consists of a visit to Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. Later, take advantage of an optional helicopter flightseeing trip with dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff or stroll the town’s colorful streets. (B / L)
Day 9: Monday 26th August Banff – Kelowna
Leaving Banff this morning, head west through the Yoho National Park and scale Kicking Horse Pass at an altitude of 5421 feet. Continuing through Glacier National Park, take a break at Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the impressively rugged mountains, glaciers and waterfalls.
First stop is the Emerald Lake, where you can enjoy views of the turquoise-colored water and spectacular scenery. Then visit Natural Bridge where the Kicking Horse River disappear before emerging through the natural span of rock.
Later this afternoon we arrive in Kelowna, the gateway to the stunning Okanagan Valley. This city is famous for its wineries and dining experiences. Our hotel is central within easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. The rest of the evening is yours to simply relax or experience one of the great eateries. (B)
- Accommodation: Ramada Hotel & Conference
Day 10: Tuesday 27th August Kelowna
Today we sample the delights of this fertile region with a day spent exploring the local wineries and local produce. Enjoy touring the Okanagan region, making a couple stops en route and then free time to explore the lakefront area in Kelowna with shops, restaurants and galleries.
A special evening is in store for you with a tour and dinner at a local winery, producing some of the best wine in British Columbia. (B, D)
Day 11: Wednesday 28th August Kelowna – Victoria
Leaving Kelowna, continue your journey west to Vancouver, passing through British Columbia’s fertile valleys, where you will board a BC Ferry for a picturesque cruise to Vancouver Island and the charming, very British “Garden City” of Victoria.
This afternoon we explore British Columbia’s capital on a city highlights tour taking in the great highlights. We arrive at our hotel with time to unwind before meeting for another lovely group dinner. (B / D)
- Accommodation: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
Day 12: Thursday 29th August Victoria
After a visit to the beautiful Butchart Gardens today is a day of leisure which gives you the chance to stroll around the harbor, go shopping on Government Street, or have lunch in one of the many pubs. Your Tour Director will suggest several optional excursions, including a whale-watching cruise. (B)
Day 13: Friday 30th August Victoria – Parksville area
This morning we depart Victoria and follow the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, discovering some of the little towns and gems that make up Island living!
We’ll visit a Cidery in the Cowichan area, before continuing on to Duncan to explore the renowned Cowichan totem poles and visit this quaint town. Then it’s off Chemainus, the unique village with more than 30 murals depicting the pioneer settlement of the area.
End your day relaxing and taking in the vibe in the ocean side resort town of Parksville. Dinner tonight we head out to sample some fish & chips Canadian style. (B / D)
- Accommodation: Ramada by Wyndham Nanaimo
Day 14: Saturday 31st August Vancouver Island – Vancouver:
Embarkation HAL Inside Passage Cruise (7 nights)
Leave Vancouver Island this morning and upon arrival into Vancouver, transfer to Canada Place to board Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise. (B, D)
Day 15: Sunday 1st September SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE
Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. (B, L, D)
Day 16: Monday 2nd September TRACY ARM & JUNEAU
This narrow, 42-kilometre-long (26-milelong) fjord is another of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The lush rainforest recedes to reveal a stunning canyon of bare rock. The panorama of 2,134-metre (7,000-foot) mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. Waterfalls appear at every turn. Icebergs make their way to the sea in all sorts of wondrous shapes. And tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age-the twin Sawyer Glaciers, which calve icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea.
Kittiwakes, mountain goats, and seals are a common sight. Whales and bears may even make an appearance in this magical place. Visit one of the most remote capital cities-Juneau. Accessible only by air and water, Juneau is located at the base of two towering mountains in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and is home to a rich Gold Rush history, Native culture, wildlife, and a wealth of natural wonders. Shop for gold nuggets, visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive river of ice that is 19 kilometers (12 miles) long and 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) wide. (B, L, D)
Day 17: Monday 3rd September SKAGWAY
Once a major port for gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon, today you can still ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway up past Deadhorse Gulch to see what it was like ages ago. Step back in time as you stroll the wooden sidewalks of the town, preserved as a U.S. National Historic Park. (B, L, D)
Day 18: Tuesday 4th September SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects a unique ecosystem in an everchanging glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea-making for lasting memories. National Park rangers accompany the ship, adding expert commentary to the day’s events. (B, L, D)
Day 19: Wednesday 5th September KETCHIKAN
Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale, and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Saxman Totem Park or Totem Bight State Historic Park. Or, explore Creek Street, now home to contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques. (B, L, D)
Day 20: Thursday 6th September SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE
Take a second spin through Alaska’s Inside Passage to enjoy the spectacular contrast from wide bays of still waters and barrier islands to narrow waterways edged with towering forested cliffs. (B, L, D)
Day 19: Friday 7th September VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION):
After disembarking from your cruise ship, we store our bags and have a few hours to grab some lunch and free time for some last-minute shopping. We meet back at the designated time to transfer out to the airport for our 8pm flight home.
We are expected back into Auckland at 5am. If finishing your tour in Auckland your shuttle will be waiting to transfer you back home, and the rest of the group will make our way over to domestic to catch our flight home. (B / D)
Total cost: – ex Wanganui $16,395 per person.
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- VIA Rail journey.
- 7-night inland passage cruise.
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- 7 x lunches.
- 15 x dinners (two course).
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