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26 days | Departs 13 Aug 2019 –
Experience the best of Canada’s awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains and Alaska’s stunnning Glacier Bay on this extensive 26 day guided tour.
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Fly from Australia to Canada today. You will be met at Victoria International Airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
❱ Hotel stay: Inn at Laurel Point or similar (2 nights)
This morning visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 22 hectare showplace of magnificent, colourful gardens. Learn about the history and flora while exploring the gardens. Afterwards enjoy an orientation tour of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Beacon Hill and residential areas. There is free time to explore Victoria or allow Evergreen to assist you in discovering more about this historic region.
Drive north along Vancouver Island to Nanaimo. Board the BC Ferry and travel through the Georgia Strait to Horseshoe Bay. Journey inland along the Sea to Sky Highway as the road follows the rugged coastline with views of Horseshoe Bay on your left and forested parks and mountains on your right. You will have the chance to stop at the awesome Shannon Falls before arriving at the charming alpine resort of Whistler Village. This evening you are free to explore the village’s cobbled pathways and plazas.
❱ Hotel stay: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
Travel along the scenic Duffy Lake Road lined with thick forest, into the town of Lillooet. In the afternoon head into the mountains to the picturesque ski resort village of Sun Peaks.
❱ Hotel stay: Hearthstone Lodge (1 night)
Today you will be rewarded with astounding views as you reach the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies. Weave through thick forests, past meandering rivers, enjoy vistas of the soaring mountains, ice age glaciers and tumbling waterfalls as you make your way through the spectacular Jasper National Park.
❱ Hotel stay: Chateau Jasper or similar (2 nights)
This morning enjoy a guided walk through the stunning Maligne Canyon. Depart Jasper and travel along the breath-taking Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most incredible journeys in the world. Make a stop at the Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack where you’ll climb aboard the mighty ‘Ice Explorer’ for a once-in-a-lifetime journey onto the 300 metre thick Athabasca Glacier. Make our way into Yoho National Park to view the spectacular Natural Bridge. Finish the day at the glacier fed Emerald Lake, so named because of the vibrant colour of its waters. Your serene lodge sits right on the shores of the lake surrounded by towering peaks and forest.
Visit the famous ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’, beautiful Lake Louise. Spend the morning taking in the stunning surroundings before heading to Banff. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including Bow River, the Hoodoos, Bow Falls and a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible views across the Rockies.
❱ Hotel stay: Caribou Lodge or similar (2 nights)
Today is free for you to enjoy Banff. Take a helicopter flight, enjoy an outback dinner and wagon ride, or relax on a float trip along the river (additional cost).
Set off on a two day rail experience on ‘The Most Spectacular Train Journey in the World’. Settle back in your SilverLeaf carriage (upgrade to GoldLeaf at additional expense). Cross Kicking Horse Pass and view glaciers and snow-capped mountains before arriving into Kamloops.
❱ Hotel stay: Kamloops (1 night)
This morning we re-board the Rocky Mountaineer and continue our journey west. Follow the Thompson River, pass through the magnificent Fraser Valley and arrive into Vancouver.
❱ Hotel stay: Pinnacle Hotel or similar (2 nights)
This morning travel to Grouse Mountain and take the skyride to the top. Head to the habitat of resident grizzlies Grinder and Coola and learn about their lives before partaking in a bear inspired breakfast. Afterwards, set-off on a sightseeing tour of Vancouver including Stanley Park, famous for its totem poles, the waterfront and Gastown. Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge suspended 70 metres above the river. Make your way across, then walk amongst the canopy on the award winning Treetops Adventure.
This morning board your luxurious cruise ship for a 7 night Alaskan Voyage in your Balcony Stateroom on the Royal Princess. Discover the many services, facilities and activities on offer.
❱ Ocean cruise: Golden or Star Princess (7 nights)
Sit back and enjoy the scenery. Canada and Alaska’s coastline reveals North America’s last great wilderness. Keep a look out for wildlife such as orcas, humpback whales and bald eagles.
Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s first city because it’s the first major community travellers come to as they journeyed north. Today it’s known as the salmon capital of the world and visitors will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage.
Surrounded by the Gastineau Channel, the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields, Alaska’s capital is famed for its scenery and isolation.
Cruise into Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike. Enjoy free time to go ashore and stroll along the weathered boardwalks admiring the shop front facades, reminiscent of the gold rush era.
Enter the iceberg strewn waters of Glacier Bay National Park. Marvel at the glacial ice wall carved by nature. This breath-taking scenery will be brought to life by a National Park Service Ranger.
Within Prince William Sound lies College Fjord and it’s collection of glaciers, some reaching forty stories above sea level, dwarfing even the largest of cruise ships.
Disembark in Whittier and travel via the Alaska Wildlife Refuge to Anchorage. After a brief orientation tour of Anchorage, the rest of the day is free.
❱ Hotel stay: The Hotel Captain Cook (1 night)
Visit the home of Iditarod (sled dog racing) champion Martin Buser. Meet the friendly dogs and take a virtual trip along the Iditarod trail including a sled dog demonstration. Continue our journey deep into the Alaskan wilderness arriving in Denali State Park. Nestled in a prime location, this gorgeous lodge is the perfect starting point for your wilderness adventure.
❱ Hotel stay: Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (1 night)
Board our full dome railcar on the ‘Midnight Sun Express’ train. Open-air viewing platforms allow you to step outdoors for the perfect snapshot. The highlight this evening is a Music of Denali Dinner Show.
❱ Hotel stay: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (2 nights)
Denali is deep in the Alaskan wilderness and this unique location gives you the opportunity to witness the fascinating landscape and wildlife. Embark on a Tundra Wilderness Tour which takes you into the park for a once in a lifetime experience.
Continue your journey into the heart of the last frontier to Fairbanks. Board an authentic sternwheeler ‘Discovery III’ for a morning cruise. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.
❱ Hotel stay: Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge (1 night)
Transfer to Fairbanks Airport for your homeward flight.
Today is spent crossing the International Date Line on your journey back to Australia.
Your international flight from Canada will arrive back in Australia this morning. The end of a memorable journey.
Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
13 Aug 2019
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