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Epic Canada by Rail & Alaska Cruise

Epic Canada by Rail & Alaska Cruise

26 nights from
AU$10,155 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail, Coach & Cruise
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada & Alaska
  • Travel From
    02 May 2019
  • Travel Until
    14 Sep 2019
26 nights from
AU$10,155 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail, Coach & Cruise
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada & Alaska
  • Travel From
    02 May 2019
  • Travel Until
    14 Sep 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 16-night accommodationActivityActivity Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca & Glacier Glacier SkywalkCruiseCruise 7-night cruise on Alaska’s Inside Passage CruiseCruise Cruise along the Glacier Bay National ParkInclusionInclusion 2-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journeyInclusionInclusion Private cabin for 2 on VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ MealsMeals 13 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 11 dinnersTourTour Tour of Vancouver, Victoria, Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise, Emerald Lake, Toronto & Niagara Falls

Summary

Discover the stunning scenery and wilderness of Canada and Alaska on this 27-day rail and cruise itinerary. This epic journey will take you to the must-see and must-visit sights of Canada and Alaska from cruising the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay National Park to exploring the some of the iconic landmarks such as Canadian Rockies and Niagara Falls.

Highlights

  • 2-day Rocky Mountaineer Rail journey*
  • 4-day rail journey onboard VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’
  • 7-Nights cruise on Alaska’s Inside Passage
  • Cruise along the Glacier Bay National Park
  • Vancouver
  • Victoria & Butchart Gardens
  • Jasper, Banff & Lake Louise & Emerald Lake
  • Ice Explorer Ride on the Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Wildlife Discovery tour
  • Banff Gondola
  • Toronto Hop on/off
  • Niagara Falls

Inclusions

  • 2-day Rocky Mountaineer Rail journey*
  • Private cabin for 2 on VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’
  • 7-night cruise on Alaska’s Inside Passage
  • Cruise Glacier Bay National Park
  • 16-night hotel accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 11 dinners
  • Butchart Gardens tour
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Grouse Mountain Skyride
  • Ice Explorer Ride on the Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Wildlife Discovery tour
  • Banff Gondola
  • Toronto hop on/off tour
  • Niagara Falls Adventure Pass
  • Onboard cruise activities
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, juice and water stations in main dining areas
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Daily maid service

*Your choice of SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf

Departure Dates

  • Departs Thursdays from Victoria: 2 May - 23 May & 20 June - 12 Sep, 2019
  • Departs Saturdays from Toronto*: 27 April; 4 May - 18 May & 22 June - 14 September 2019

Itinerary starting Toronto will vary slightly due to rail schedules.

Itinerary

Eastbound

Day 1, Arrive in Victoria
Arrive Victoria and make your own way to your hotel. As the capital of British Columbia, Victoria is very tourist-friendly. Among the many attractions are world-famous Butchart gardens, its 150 years of British history, gourmet dining and fantastic shopping.

Two-night accommodation in Victoria: The Oswego Hotel or similar

Day 2, Victoria
Tour departs from CVS Tours kiosk in front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel at 721 Government St. Please arrive at the check-in location at least 10 minutes prior to tour departure time. Upon boarding the coach present your exchange voucher to the driver.

From Victoria's Inner Harbour, head to the Butchart Gardens, named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004, the 100th birthday of the gardens. 22 Hectares (55 acres) of breathtaking gardens on the 53 hectare (130 acres) estate are visited by more than a million people each year. The gardens are glorious any time of year. Once at the gardens stroll through the floral splendor which greets you at every turn. Return to downtown Victoria on a shuttle convenient for you. Includes admission to the Butchart Gardens.

Day 3, Cruise Victoria - Vancouver
Depart Victoria Capital City depot (721 Douglas St) at 7:30 am daily. Check-in is required 30 minutes prior to departure. Arrive at Canada Place Pier at approximately 11:45 am. Please note there is only one daily departure that drops off at Vancouver Cruise Terminal. (L, D)

Check-in for your Holland America ship for 7-night Alaska Inside Passage cruise.

Day 4, Cruise along Inside Passage
Relax and enjoy a full day of scenic Inside Passage cruising and enjoy all the facilities onboard your ship. (B, L, D)

Day 5, Juneau
Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. (B, L, D)

Day 6, Skagway
The Northern most port in the inside passage Skagway is a small town that earned its place on the map when gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory (just across the border from Alaska). This resulted in the historic Gold Rush of 1898. (B, L, D)

Day 7, Glacier Bay National Park Cruising
From the bottom of the deepest glacial fjord to the summit of its highest peak, Glacier Bay encompasses some of our continent's most amazing scenery and wildness. (B, L, D)

Day 8, Ketchikan
Explore this uniquely Alaskan port, famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing, and scenic Misty Fjords. (B, L, D)

Day 9, Scenic Cruising Canadian Inside Passage
Relax and enjoy a full day of scenic Inside Passage cruising and enjoy all the facilities onboard your ship. (B, L, D)

Day 10, Arrive in Vancouver
Enjoy breakfast on board and disembark ship and make your own way to your hotel. (B)

Immerse yourself in the mountainside rainforest on Vancouver's North Shore. Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for an exhilarating walk across the 450-foot bridge span high above the riverbed. Stroll the suspended walkways throughout the forest canopy and a path cantilevered to the granite cliff-side. Enjoy a stop at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery to learn about the area and the lifecycle of salmon. Plus, step aboard the Grouse Mountain Skyride that travels one aerial mile to the Peak Chalet for seasonal entertainment including live performances, chairlifts, and exhibits.

This tour is conducted on a comfortable mini-coach seating up to 30 passengers and offering exceptional visibility. Coaches are detailed after every tour and are outfitted with heating & air-conditioning for your comfort. Live tour commentary is conducted in English.

Note: Comfortable clothing for the day including a warm shirt or under layer. Walking shoes recommended.

Included: Admissions to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Grouse Mountain Skyride, Capilano Salmon Hatchery

Three-night accommodation in Vancouver: Sheraton Wall Centre or similar

Day 11, Vancouver
Tour to Horseshoe Bay and step aboard a Zodiac for an exploration of Howe Sound, one of North America's southernmost fjords.

Take in the rugged beauty of the wild coast on this one-hour boat journey north where you will reconnect with your tour guide. Walk to the base of Shannon Falls and feel the mist from the roaring water before continuing north to the Sea to Sky Gondola for a breathtaking journey up the mountainside. At the Britannia Mine Museum, hear the stories of early mining efforts and learn about the historical lives within this community.

This tour is conducted on a comfortable mini-coach seating up to 30 passengers and offering exceptional visibility. Coaches are detailed after every tour and are outfitted with heating & air-conditioning for your comfort. Live tour commentary is conducted in English.

Note: Comfortable clothing for the day including a warm shirt or under layer. Walking shoes recommended. Underground train at the Britannia Mining Museum is 12C (54F) all year round, we suggest to bring a warm outer layer for this portion of the tour.

Included: Admissions to Sea to Sky Gondola, Britannia Mine Museum, and zodiac tour

Day 12, Vancouver
Granville Island is Canada’s second most-visited destination, behind Niagara Falls, and Vancouver’s destination for lovers of food, art and culture. During the tour, guests eat their way through the world-famous Public Market and hear the intriguing stories, culture, and history behind the tasty creations. Tour highlights include: locally-cured meats, small production local cheeses, and freshly-baked artisan bread. Touring the Granville Island Public Market is one of the most authentic ways to experience Vancouver. Tour includes 2-hour tour of the Grandville Island Public Market, 20 tastings of regional foods and 8 delicious destinations.

Note: 

  • Substitute tastings available for vegetarians and pescetarians with advance notice.
  • Tasting locations are subject to change without notice.
  • Tour includes gratuity.

Day 13, Vancouver - Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Vancouver Station at 7:30 am PT. Travel from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm PT. spend the evening exploring the city of Kamloops or relaxing in your hotel room. All hotels in Kamloops are of moderate standard: your hotel will be assigned post-booking. (B, L)

Overnight accommodation in Kamloops

Day 14, Kamloops - Banff
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station at 6:25 am PT, your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again, you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your rail journey ends this evening upon arrival in Banff, between 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm MT.

Two-night accommodation in Banff: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa or similar

Day 15, Banff Highlights
This morning, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.

Day 16, Banff, Yoho National Park & Lake Louise
A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Overnight in Lake Louise - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Day 17, Lake Louise
A full day at leisure to explore the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

Perhaps take out a canoe and paddle amongst the turquoise waters of Lake Louise (additional cost), take in a stroll around the lake, afternoon tea at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (additional cost) or for the more adventurous, a hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird’s-eye views.

Day 18, Icefields Parkway Tour, Ice Explorer, Lake Louise - Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

Two-night accommodation - Whistlers Inn or similar

Day 19, Jasper
The town of Jasper and its surrounding area occupies is the largest inhabitable valley in the Canadian Rockies, which means more food for "All Creatures Great and Small". Put on your safari hat as you set out into the Park with your own Wildlife Interpreter in search of all of the park's most iconic creatures. Big or small, there are lots of animals to see in Jasper! Elk, bear, deer, big horned sheep, mountain goats, foxes, coyotes, wolves, and moose, are just a sample of Jasper's many wild mountain animals. This tour is the perfect chance to enjoy spectacular scenery and learn more about Jasper's original inhabitants. The SunDog guides are well versed in the history, geology, and ecology of the area, they are happy to answer any questions you may have and may lead you on short, interpretive walks during the tour. As you travel through the Athabasca Valley you will see some of the park’s most beautiful scenery, so have your camera ready to capture some amazing photos of the highlights of your visit! Photos are usually taken from the inside the vehicle or on the ground at a safe distance from the animals. Jasper National Park is not a zoo but a wild, protected area.

While Jasper is one of the premier year-round wildlife viewing destinations in all of Western Canada, our most successful summer viewing months are May, June, September and October. The larger animals in the park can be more elusive during July and August but stunning photo opportunities abound!

Kindly note that the selected route is at the discretion of your guide and is dependent on the location of the animals and the unpredictable weather conditions in the Rockies.

Optional: Upgrade to Maligne Valley and Maligne Lake cruise tour during June to September.

Day 20, Jasper - Toronto
A checked baggage service is available for your journey. Baggage must be checked at least 45 minutes before departure at terminal stations.
Board VIA Rail's "The Canadian" for an unforgettable train journey! The original stainless steel "streamliner" railcars, made famous by the "Canadian" in the 1950's, are totally refurbished with air conditioning. Relax in the dome car and experience stunning 360-degree views. Follow the Athabasca River out of the Canadian Rockies to enter the Great Central Plains of Canada, stretching east for a thousand miles through Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

By day, rest comfortably in an armchair while enjoying the spectacular views of the landscape rolling by. Each spacious bedroom has private toilet facilities, a sink, a mirror, razor outlet, a small closet, large window with blind and locking door. A shower, just a few steps away from the bedrooms and berths, is reserved for sleeper plus class passengers. Complimentary shower towels and an amenity bag for body care articles are provided. At night, your armchair will be converted into a cozy bed equipped with a reading light. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. (D)

Inclusions: All meals and non-alcoholic beverages included in the dining car. Complimentary coffee, tea, fruit and cookies in the lounge cars.

Day 21 - 22, Onboard via Rail
Travel through the heartland of Canada; pass the plains that are the "bread basket" of the nation and home to huge ranches and wheat farms spread across this vast landscape. After departing the City of Winnipeg, the prairies give way to the rugged, forested landscape of Northern Ontario and the Canadian Shield. The Canadian Shield is vast layer of exposed, pre Cambrian rocks that are over 500 million years old, dotted with thousands of lakes, covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometers rich in nickel, copper, gold, and other precious minerals. Turning south at Sudbury for Southern Ontario, the rail line skirts the shores of Georgian Bay before arriving in Toronto, Canada's largest city. (B, L, D)

Day 23, Arrive in Toronto
Arrive Toronto late afternoon and make your own way to your accommodation. (B, L)

Two-night accommodation in Toronto: Chelsea Hotel Toronto – Chelsea Room

Day 24, Toronto
Enjoy the fun and informative commentary of the live guides and take in the city's sights as you relax aboard our antique British double-deckers or trolleys. There are 21 official stops to choose from and your bus ticket is valid for 2 days, allowing you to explore Toronto at your own pace. A harbour and islands cruise is included from May - October.

Stops: Dundas Square/Eaton Centre, Carlton & Yonge, Wellesley & Yonge, Isabella & Yonge, Bloor & Yonge, Park Hyatt, Casa Loma, Spadina & Bloor/The Annex, Bata Shoe Museum, Yorkville/ROM/Gardiner, AGO/Chinatown/Kensington, Scotiabank Theatre, King & John/Bell Lightbox, CN Tower North/MTCC, 123 Front St. W. (Starbucks)/Union Station, CN Tower South/Rogers, Info Centre/Harbourfront, Hockey Hall of Fame, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District, King Edward Hotel.

Day 25, Toronto - Niagara Falls
Transfer by coach today from Toronto hotel to Niagara Falls hotel. 

Two-night accommodation in Niagara Falls: Sheraton on the Falls – Superior Fallsview Room

Day 26, Niagara Falls
This pass offers you admission to many of Niagara Falls most popular attractions while avoiding any long wait times. Simply reserve a time that's convenient for you and proceed to the priority entrance at your given time, bypassing all lineups (except at Hornblower).

The pass provides admission to four attractions including: Hornblower (May-Oct): a half-hour boat tour, Journey Behind the Falls: Tunnels lead behind and to the foot of Horseshoe Falls, White Water Walk: a walk along the edge of the river, and Niagara's Fury: The Creation of the Falls 4D attraction. Your pass includes two consecutive days bus transportation on WEGO.

Along with your pass you'll also receive a preferred customer card which offers you value add coupons.

Note: Hornblower only operates May - October.

Day 27, Niagara Falls - Toronto Airport
Included today is a coach transfer from Niagara Falls hotel to Toronto Airport (can be to Toronto downtown if you are extending your stay.)

Note: This itinerary also runs in reverse direction. Tour starts in Toronto.

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