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Grand Tour of Canada and Alaska

7th June to 30th June 2019 – 23 days

Personally escorted by Jacquey Turner

FULLY BOOKED

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Tour Itinerary

Departs Melbourne: 7th June 2019
Concludes: 30th June 2019

 

Fri 7 June – Melbourne to Vancouver      

We shall have a morning departure from Gippsland to Melbourne Airport for our direct Air Canada flight to the spectacular port city of Vancouver. 

On arrival we will meet up with our Tour Director, Gordie West.

After checking into the PAN PACIFIC, or similar, 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.


Sat 8 & Sun 9 June – Vancouver Sightseeing      

Over the next two days we discover the delights of Vancouver’s spectacular inner harbour, Gastown, carriage ride through 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 shall visit the Aquarium, experience FlyOver Canada and the Vancouvour Lookout.  Included is a visit to 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.


Mon 10 June – Vancouver to Kamloops      

OUR ROCKY MOUNTAINEER RAIL JOURNEY BEGINS

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.


Tues 11 June – Kamloops to Banf       

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 MOOSE HOTEL & SUITES, or similar, where we spend the next three nights. Our hotel is located a 1 minute walk from the heart of downtown Banff


Wed 12 & Thurs 13 June – Banf & Lake Louise Sightseeing         

Over the next couple of days, we will explore Banff and 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 be time on your own to enjoy some lunch, go shopping or explore this quaint town further.

On our drives 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 an included lunch on one of our days. We shall drive to Lake Louise and there will be time for a guided walk along the path beside the lake.


Fri 14 June – Banf to Jasper      

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 BECKERS CHALETS, or similar, where most of our rustic cabins are situated near the Athabasca River with breath-taking mountainous views.  Tonight we shall have dinner at a local restaurant.


Sat 15 June – Jasper Sightseeing & at leisure      

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.


Sun 16 June – Jasper to Sun Peaks       

Leaving Jasper, we soon stand at the base of the awesome Mount Robson.  On our way we will join the Blue River Safari, a guided boat tour into the Canadian wilderness for bear viewing.  We then 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, or similar.  Dinner is at the hotel this evening.


Mon 17 June – Sun Peaks to Whistler      

Today we travel along the scenic Duffy Lake Road, which take us takes us along gorgeous winding paths to Lillooet. We then continue along the road lined with thick forest through to the historic farming village of Pemberton. Wildlife we might see along the way includes black bears, hoary marmots, mule deer and, perhaps the piece de resistance, big horn sheep.  On our arrival in the charming alpine resort of Whistler, we shall check into the FOUR SEASONS WHISTLER or NITA LAKE LODGE, or similar, for the next two nights.

Tues 18 June – Whistler Sightseeing       

Sightseeing in Whistler will include the Peak 2 Peak Gondola and the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre.  There will also be plenty of time to explore the village’s cobbled pathways and plazas.  The Village is the central neighborhood of the town of Whistler, located at the base of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. It is divided into several areas – the Village, Village North and Upper Village. All the areas are connected by the paved, pedestrian-only Village Stroll.


OUR HOLLAND AMERICA ALASKA CRUISE STARTS HERE

 

Please note that all shore excursions in the ports of call operated by Holland America Line are at an additional cost.

Wed 19 June – Whistler to Vancouver       

Today we depart Whistler and drive to Vancouver 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.


Thurs 20 June – Alaska Cruise – Port of call- Glacier Bay       

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.


Fri 21 June – Alaska Cruise – Port of call- Juneau       

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.


Sat 22 June – Alaska Cruise – Port of call- Skagway       

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.


Sun 23 June – Alaska Cruise – Port of call- Glacier Bay      

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.


Mon 24 June – Alaska Cruise – Port of call- Ketchikan       

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?


Tue 25 June – Alaska Cruise – Inside Passage       

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.


Wed 26 June – Victoria      

After we disembark this morning 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!


Thur 27 June – Victoria     (High Tea)

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.


Fri 28 June – Vancouver – Melbourne     

The morning is at leisure for packing and last-minute souvenir shopping as in the afternoon we will depart our hotel and head to the airport for our return flight via Vancouver.


Sat 29 June – Cross International Date Line


Sun 30 June – Arrive back in Australia

We shall arrive back in Melbourne in the morning and be met and transferred back to Gippsland by coach.

 

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Tour Details

YOUR TOUR ESCORTS

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.

 

 


Tour Director, Gordie was raised on a ranch near Acme, Alberta and began playing the local dance halls in his early teens. He spent his early years touring Alberta as a lead vocal for a country band. He has released five albums in Britain covering a varied repertory of country, rock, easy listening, ballads and sing-a-long music.

Gordie lives in his ranch north of Kamloops BC with his wife, Shirley. When he is not "playing and singing" he is passionate about showing visitors the wonders of his country. Gordie will be with us until we board our cruise ship

 


INCLUSIONS

  • Maximum group size will be 30 participants
  • Personally escorted throughout the entire tour – 23 days of Canada & Alaska adventures
  • Economy airfares & taxes – Melbourne/Vancouver & Victoria/Vancouver/Melbourne with Air Canada
  • Coach transfers from Gippsland to Melbourne Airport and return
  • 4 & 5 star hotel accommodation in twin or double bedded rooms with private facilities
  • 2 day Gold Leaf Class on Rocky Mountaineer Railway
  • 7 nights on a premium Holland America cruise ship, Volendam in outside Ocean View Cabin
  • Cruise the Inside Passage one of the world’s most spectacular waterways 
  • Travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway
  • All port charges & taxes while on the cruise
  • Guided orientation walks in every port
  • Private luxury 44 seat air-conditioned coach travel with reclining seats and rest rooms
  • See Canada like never before at Vancouver's must-see attraction – FlyOver Canada
  • Visit the Vancouver Aquarium, the largest marine wildlife museum in Canada!
  • Vancouver Lookout – where we enjoy a 360 degree aerial view of Vancouver
  • Board the Ice Explorer and climb onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Cruise down the World Heritage Athabasca River
  • Ascend Sulphur Mountain in a gondola for spectacular views over Banff
  • Meet a Mountie
  • Explore Banff and Jasper National Parks
  • Blue River Safari , a guided boat tour into the Canadian wilderness for bear viewing
  • Take a guided tour of Vancouver’s highlights including Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Cruise by ferry across the Georgia Strait
  • Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cutural Centre in Whistler
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola – 360-degree views of Whistler Village, mountains, lakes, glaciers and forests
  • Explore Butchart Gardens before the crowds arrive and enjoy breakfast
  • Tour Victoria and see Parliament Buildings, Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park and downtown harbour
  • Experience the splendour of Alaska’s number one glacier viewing attraction, Glacier Bay
  • Explore Juneau, the colourful Alaskan capital
  • Visit Ketchikan, the salmon capital of the world
  • 48 Meals as per itinerary: 21 Breakfasts (B), 12 Lunches (L), 14 Dinners (D), 1 (High Tea)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites mentioned in itinerary
  • High Tea at the famous Empress Hotel in Victoria
  • Porterage (one suitcase per person)
  • Tipping of the Tour Director, coach drivers and restaurant staff at included meals
  • Tipping of cruise staff
  • Plus many Surprise Inclusions

‚ÄčEXCLUSIONS

  • Travel Insurance.  Please note that it is a condition of our tour that all participants have comprehensive travel insurance.  All details are available from our office.
  • US Visa Waiver-current cost approx. US$14 per person
  • Canadian e-Visa- current cost approx. CAD$7 per person
  • Holland America Cruises shore excursions
  • Any meals not included in the itinerary
  • Telephone calls, laundry and any expenses of a personal nature

 

 

 

 

Tour Costs

 

  • $16,900 per person on a twin share basis 
  • $4,240 single supplement 
  • Upgrade to premium economy or business class – cost on application
  • Upgrade to Verandah Cabin – cost on application
  • Upgrade to Verandah Cabin single supplement – cost on application

**Should you wish to extend your travel arrangements after the tour, please contact me to discuss further options.

**Should you select to travel on flights other than the included group flights, or upgrade to business/first class, payment for the air fares will be required at the time of booking the flights


PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Initial deposit – due by Saturday, 7 July 2018: $1000 per person
Second deposit – due by Wednesday, 14 November 2018: $2000 per person
Balance of payment: due by Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Next Information Night: Wednesday, 6 March 2019


CANCELLATION FEES

Cancellation fees cannot be credited to another booking. Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Gippsland Travel Centre.

Date prior to tour departure: 
8 July 2018 onwards
Cancellation fee
$1000 deposit non-refundable

Date prior to tour departure: 
15 November 2018 onwards
Cancellation fee
$3000 non-refundable

Date prior to tour departure: 
28 February 2019 onwards
Cancellation fee
100% of tour cost