Welcome to the beautiful city of Vancouver. On arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax in your room before meeting your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Two Nights: Four Seasons Hotel VancouverDaily :
You're in for a treat as your Tour Director reveals to you the city's most beautiful attractions on a leisurely morning tour. Visit Stanley Park, a world-class, 400-hectare evergreen oasis located just steps away from downtown Vancouver. Then head to Granville Island, the bustling heart of Vancouver’s cultural scene, and wander amid the colourful public market. You’ll also see English Bay, before enjoying the afternoon and evening to spend at your leisure. You may like to wander through the old cobblestone streets of Gastown, the birthplace of Vancouver, whilst others may prefer to visit the shopping mecca of Robson Street. Those seeking tranquillity can admire Queen Elizabeth Park.Daily :
Step aboard the Rocky Mountaineer today and relax in the comfort of your GoldLeaf carriage as you set out into the mountains along this awe-inspiring route. See the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains, pass the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and glide past the steep rocky slopes as your train follows the Thompson River on its way to the city of Kamloops, where you will stay overnight. Kamloops, hotel as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer (Kamloops has limited accommodation, two or three-star hotels).
Stay: Kamloops, hotel as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer (Kamloops has limited accommodation - two or three-star hotels)Daily :
Your rail adventure continues north-east today towards the majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Follow the North Thompson River through the Monashee Mountains and past Pyramid Creek Falls - where glacier-fed Pyramid Creek tumbles out of a hanging valley into the river below. After taking in the sight of Mt Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, you’ll climb over the Yellowhead Pass on the way to Jasper National Park, where your rail journey concludes. Transfer to The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and enjoy a free evening.
Stay: Two Nights: Jasper National Park, The Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeDaily :
Today, perhaps explore the national park on an exhilarating Harley-Davidson motorcycle sidecar tour; embark on a Maligne Valley experience; go rafting down the Athabasca River; or ride the Jasper Tramway. Alternatively, set out on an interpretive nature hike or take part in an evening wildlife discovery. Enjoy some free time before tonight's activity - a stylish alfresco dining experience by the shores of Trefoil Lake. Relax in this memorable setting and absorb the beautiful rhythms of a group of First Nations performers while chefs transform the freshest regional produce into a gourmet barbecue dinner.Daily :
Set out along Highway 93, the Icefields Parkway, and experience one of world's most scenic stretches that winds past the ancient glaciers, icefields, valleys and lakes that straddle the Continental Divide. After pausing to take in Maligne Canyon and Athabasca Falls, stop at the giant Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll board an Ice Explorer vehicle and journey right onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier. Having entered Banff National Park, you will then admire the turquoise waters of Peyto Lake before continuing on to the mountain township of Banff and the magnificent ‘Castle in the Rockies’ - The Fairmont Banff Springs.
Stay: Two Nights: Banff National Park, The Fairmont Banff SpringsDaily :
Deepen your appreciation of Banff National Park's beauty exploring the region on your selected activity. You may like to take part in the Banff Experience - which includes a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada’s national parks. Alternatively, enjoy astonishing views as you soar over the park on a heli-flightseeing trip; discover the beautiful Bow River on a float trip or by canoe; relax and pamper yourself at the Willow Stream Spa; or enjoy a leisurely cruise on nearby Lake Minnewanka. For dinner this evening, select from a number of restaurants located within your hotel.Daily :
Meet a Mountie and hear tales of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Afterwards, board the Banff Gondola and ascend to the top of Sulphur Mountain, where you’ll be awestruck by the sweeping panoramic views out over six mountain ranges. Feet back on the ground, enjoy a tour of the town, before setting out along the Trans-Canada Highway. Travel through the lush forest of Banff National Park to Moraine Lake. After pausing to admire the beauty of this stunning glacial lake, continue to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Here, join an expert Mountain Heritage Guide and learn about the rich natural history of the region as you take a leisurely stroll beside the shores of Lake Louise. Having no doubt worked up an appetite, you'll appreciate the chance to decide which of your hotel's restaurants you'd like to dine in tonight.
Stay: Banff National Park, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in a Lakeview RoomDaily :
Your sights are set on the Okanagan Valley, Canada's second-largest wine growing region. Today you’ll cross Kicking Horse Pass, which takes you across the Continental Divide of the Americas and back into British Columbia. After descending from the magnificent Canadian Rockies, you’ll then travel through three of the province’s fabled national parks - Yoho, Glacier and Mt Revelstoke, - before arriving in the city of Kelowna, located close to the vineyards and wine estates of the Okanagan Valley.
Stay: Kelowna, Delta Grand OkanaganDaily :
Departing Kelowna, follow the historic tracks of the early gold rush pioneers through the rugged Cariboo region. Travel via the remote rural town of Lillooet, and stop at both Seton and Duffey lakes. Then re-enter the lush Coast Mountains on your way to Whistler. After settling in to your accommodation, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening.
Stay: Two Nights: Whistler, The Westin Whistler Resort and SpaDaily :
For an insight into the heritage of Canada’s indigenous people, enjoy breakfast and a tour at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre this morning. This afternoon, take an eco-trek to Lost Lake; enjoy a floatplane flight; explore Whistler Mountain on a 4WD or snowcat adventure; enjoy a mountain Jeep safari; ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola; or perhaps set out on a tree trek or zip trek. After a fun-filled day, you'll appreciate an evening at leisure to relax and recharge.Daily :
Travel south from Whistler, via Shannon Falls to Horseshoe Bay. Here, take a ferry to Vancouver Island and the small city of Nanaimo. Continue by coach via Chemainus, arriving later in Victoria. Enjoy incredible views of the Georgia Strait and arrive in Victoria in the early afternoon.
Stay: Two Nights: Vancouver Island, Hotel Grand Pacific, VictoriaDaily :
This morning visit The Butchart Gardens before the crowds and enjoy breakfast in the original Butchart residence. Afterwards, spend the afternoon on your selected sightseeing experience. Perhaps join a whale watching cruise; take a seaplane flight; learn about the city’s heritage district on a guided tour; fish for salmon; ride in a horse-drawn carriage; or delight in afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress Hotel. Enjoy a special dinner this evening.Daily :
Return to Vancouver and board your ship for your Alaska Inside Passage cruise. This evening, you'll be treated to a delightful Sail Away Dinner at the renowned Pinnacle Grill, featuring a selection of innovative dishes in an intimate setting.
Stay: Seven Nights: Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam in a Verandah StateroomDaily :
Enjoy a full day at sea as your ship cruises along coastal British Columbia and the Alaska Panhandle. Glide past rocky headlands and over the icy waters of the Inside Passage, one of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls.Daily :
Today you will cruise to the entrance of Tracy Arm, a twisting and narrow fjord. Continue your journey to Alaska’s capital, Juneau, set at the foot of the majestic Coast Mountains on the Gastineau Channel. Here, you may explore at leisure or set off on an excursion (own expense).Daily :
Reach the Inside Passage’s northernmost point, Skagway. Once a gateway city for the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway’s frontier-style atmosphere remains evident today, with many of its colourful heritage buildings now protected as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Here, a variety of excursions are on offer (own expense).Daily :
Draw back your curtains to World Heritage-listed Glacier Bay National Park, with its rivers of ice and skyscraping peaks. As you cruise through the national park, you’ll benefit from the insightful commentary of local rangers who have come aboard your ship to explain the geological wonders and point out some of the diverse wildlife and marine mammals. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be among the lucky few to sight whales in the wild. Also look out for harbor seals and sea otters bobbing gleefully above the water.Daily :
A cheerful town set on the shores of the Tongass Narrows, Ketchikan and its surrounds present a range of attractions, including Misty Fjords National Monument - one of America’s largest wilderness areas, with glacial valleys and frosted peaks where wildlife roam in abundance. Disembark and spend the day exploring as you please.Daily :
Heading south through the Inside Passage, this is your last chance to enjoy the glorious landscapes as you advance closer to your final port of call. How will you spend your final day at sea? Watch coastal British Columbia pass by or relax and make use of the amenities on board your ship.Daily :
On arrival back in Vancouver, disembark and transfer to the airport.Daily :
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