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Grand Tour of Canada and Alaska
Personally escorted by Jacquey Turner
Tour launch – WEDNESDAY, 27 JUNE 2018 at 7pm
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Jacquey Turner is a highly experienced travel agent and tour escort with more than 30 years’ industry experience. Jacquey’s attention to detail and personal care ensure that everyone travelling in her group will have a most enjoyable Canada and Alaska holiday experience.
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We shall have a morning departure from Gippsland to Melbourne Airport for our Air New Zealand flight via Auckland to Vancouver. We cross the international dateline before arriving in the spectacular port city of Vancouver. On arrival we will meet up with our Tour Director, Gordie West.
After checking into the PAN PACIFIC, where our rooms have harbour views, for the next three nights, there will be time to take a walk or just relax. Tonight enjoy your Welcome Dinner hosted by Jacquey.
Over the next two days we discover the delights of Vancouver’s spectacular inner harbour, Gastown, Stanley Park, the majestic North Shore Mountains, one of Vancouver's oldest attractions, the Capilano Suspension Bridge with its treetop walk, and enjoy the wonderful views from Grouse Mountain. We will also visit Granville Island and enjoy watching the sights of Vancouver and Lions Gate Bridge at dusk during our dinner cruise. The other evening will be at leisure and there are many restaurants and cafes close to the hotel.
Today we board the luxurious GoldLeaf Section of the famous ROCKY MOUNTAINEER to experience one of the world’s great rail journeys. For the next two days the train takes us from Vancouver to Banff via Kamloops. The train’s amazing two-storey glass roofed railcars allow you to enjoy the magnificent scenery. The meals on board are superb, with a great menu selection. On arrival at Kamloops we will be transferred to our comfortable hotel arranged by the Rocky Mountaineer.
This morning we transfer back to Kamloops station and continue our journey eastward into the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Marvel at the glaciers and snow-capped mountains of Rogers Pass and Kicking Horse Pass. In the late afternoon we arrive in Banff and transfer to the FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL, the great “castle in the mountains”, where we spend the next two nights in view rooms. Towering above Bow Falls and the valley, our hotel location is breathtaking.
We spend the morning exploring Banff and then travel to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible views of Bow Valley. We shall also see the amazing sandstone formations called “Hoodoos”. There will then be time on your own to enjoy some lunch, go shopping or explore this quaint town further. Dinner this evening will be at one of the lovely restaurants at the hotel.
On our morning drive look out for some of Banff’s well-known inhabitants, such as bighorn sheep and elk. We follow the Bow River Valley to spectacular Lake Louise, where we cross the valley to take the ski lift at the Lake Louise Ski Resort for a bird’s eye view of the lake and its surrounding mountains. Here we will enjoy lunch. We then drive to Lake Louise where our hotel, the famous FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE overlooks the lake. We shall enjoy this magnificent view from our lake view rooms. There will be time in the afternoon for a guided walk along the path beside the lake before we dine at one of the lovely restaurants at the hotel.
This morning we drive north along the spine of the Rockies on one of the world’s most spectacular drives, the famous Icefields Parkway, with its towering peaks, glaciers and tumbling alpine waterfalls. Watch out for black bear or Rocky Mountain goats, just some of the wildlife found ‘in these parts’. We top off the day by riding the “Ice Explorer”, an all-terrain vehicle, onto the enormous Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park – definitely a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. We shall then enjoy a gentle float down the Athabasca River before arriving in Jasper for our two-night stay at the PYRAMID LAKE RESORT, where we will enjoy a BBQ dinner.
Today we follow the spectacular Maligne Canyon to Maligne Lake, the largest and most photogenic lake in the Canadian Rockies. We shall be hoping for good weather as we enjoy a cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake. Leaving Maligne Lake, we pass by Medicine Lake, known for its amazing seasonal water level changes. This afternoon, why not window-shop in Jasper’s quaint stores or enjoy our resort hotel? You may wish to take a ride on the famous Jasper Tramway to view Whistler Mountain. This evening we dine at a local restaurant.
Leaving Jasper we soon stand at the base of the awesome Mount Robson. We continue into the Cariboo Mountains region and follow the Thompson River to the quaint ski resort of Sun Peaks where we will stay at the SUN PEAKS GRAND RESORT. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
Today we climb over the Cascade Mountain range and head to Victoria. We shall take the ferry across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island where we see the classic coastal scenery of the Pacific Northwest. The ferry meanders among the rustic Gulf Islands before arriving at Swartz Bay, our disembarkation point for the short drive to the capital of British Columbia, Victoria. Our hotel for the next two nights is the COAST HARBOURSIDE HOTEL or similar where our rooms will have harbour views. After check-in, time to relax before dinner and perhaps enjoy an evening drink whilst admiring the stunning sunset!
This morning we will enjoy breakfast in the floral majesty of the Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada and then wander through the gardens prior to the main opening time. On returning to Victoria we shall take a Tally Ho horse and carriage sightseeing ride before we rendezvous for High Tea at the Empress Hotel. There will be time to explore the city at your leisure and our evening is free, so why not try out one of Victoria’s many seafood restaurants or fish and chips on the wharf before boarding our cruise ship for our Alaskan Cruise tomorrow?
Today we depart Victoria and take the Ferry back across the Strait of Georgia to the mainland. From here we will be taken to the cruise ship terminal to board our Holland America Cruise Ship the "Volendam". Along with your Ocean View Stateroom, the Holland America ship offers swimming pools, brilliant dining options, sports facilities and more. Ports of call include Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan. Our Holland America cruise departs and ends in Vancouver.
Today we are at sea on one of the world’s great cruise routes to Alaska. Relax and enjoy this scenic cruising as the ship sails through emerald islets, stunning headlands and the beautiful waters of the Inside Passage.
This morning we continue cruising. After lunch, we will arrive in Juneau, Alaska’s state capital. It is not only famous for gold, but also for its breathtaking glaciers and stunning views of sea and mountains, the ‘ultimate’ port for optional excursions! The afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore at your own pace or take an optional excursion. Hopefully there will be time for a drink at the Red Dog Saloon.
Sailing north through the Inside Passage, we reach the old ‘gold rush’ town of Skagway. After breakfast, you will have time to explore this frontier town, which was known to thousands of hopeful prospectors as the gateway to the gold fields and boasted the shortest route to the Klondike. Today, Skagway retains the flavour of the ‘gold rush’ era, especially on Broadway, with its false-front buildings and the “Trail of 98” Museum, with its outstanding collection of memorabilia. It’s also home of the renowned White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.
Our real highlight today will be cruising the spectacular Glacier Bay National Park. Watch in wonder as icebergs are created before your eyes and spectacular chunks of ice can be seen breaking off the glacier’s face and crashing into the sea! Learn about the geological wonders of the area from the on-board rangers.
Today we visit the picturesque fishing village of Ketchikan, known as the salmon capital of the world. The beautiful harbour is a delight to explore, with an abundance of cultural and sightseeing opportunities. Perhaps take an optional tour to explore more of its culture or simply enjoy the local scenery?
We cruise southwards today through the famed Inside Passage. Enjoy the superb facilities of your cruise ship or relax and enjoy the sights. Plenty of time for picture opportunities with your new travelling companions.
We disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for our flight to San Francisco. On arrival in San Francisco we will be met and transferred to the OMNI SAN FRANCISCO or similar for our accommodation for three nights. Tonight, dinner is included.
Our sightseeing this morning will include many famous landmarks and highlights such as Fisherman’s Wharf-Pier, Union Square, Nob Hill, Chinatown, North Beach, Pacific Heights, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, the Castro District and the Embarcadero. We shall also enjoy a harbour cruise and a visit to Alcatraz.
After breakfast we will take a sightseeing tour to “Muir Woods and Sausalito”. A visit to this San Francisco area isn't complete without gazing up at the awe-inspiring redwoods and strolling through artsy Sausalito.
Today is a free day to further explore this vibrant city or perhaps for some last minute shopping. In the late afternoon we will depart our hotel and head to the airport for our return flight home.
After changing planes in Auckland, we shall arrive back in Melbourne in the morning and be met and transferred by coach back to Gippsland.