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Lights, Rail, Adventure!

Lights, Rail, Adventure!

13 nights from
AU$6,399 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail & Coach
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    17 Aug 2019
  • Travel Until
    28 Sep 2019
13 nights from
AU$6,399 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail & Coach
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    17 Aug 2019
  • Travel Until
    28 Sep 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 13-night accommodationActivityActivity Aurora Borealis viewingActivityActivity Glacier Skywalk & Ice Explorer Ride in Columbia IcefieldInclusionInclusion 2-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journeyTourTour Banff tour including Banff GondolaTourTour Visit Lake Louise and Jasper National Park

Summary

Tick off from your bucket list the best Canadian experiences with this exclusive 14-day/13-night package. Witness the fascinating Aurora Borealis in Yellowknife; shop at West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in North America; take in the breathtaking views around Maligne Lake in Jasper; enjoy a scenic drive along Icefields Parkway to the mountain resort town of Lake Louise; meet up close Banff’s exotic wildlife; and travel in luxury on board the Rocky Mountaineer train, relishing endless views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and evergreen forests. These and more make up this ultimate adventure, something definitely worth trying at least once in your life!

Package is valid for Saturday departures from 17 August to 28 September 2019.

Highlights

  • Aurora viewing in The Northwest Territories, known as the "Aurora Capital of the World"
  • 2-day rail journey on the majestic Rocky Mountaineer
  • Tour Canada’s most visited National Parks, Jasper and Banff
  • Stay at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • See the world’s 11th largest freshwater lake – Great Slave Lake
  • Non-stop shopping at West Edmonton Mall – Canada’s largest indoor mall

Inclusions

  • 13-night hotel accommodation
  • 2 days on board Rocky Mountaineer in Silverleaf Service **Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service for only $649 per person**
  • 2 nights of Aurora Viewing
  • Icefields Parkway with Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier & Glacier Skywalk
  • Tour of Banff with Banff Gondola
  • Tour of Yoho National Park
  • Maligne Valley sightseeing and cruise
  • Visit West Edmonton Mall

Exclusions

  • Flights

*Looking at adding an Alaskan cruise? Ask our team and we can customise your package to include a 7-night Alaskan cruise pre-tour package*

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival in Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and take a taxi to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Vancouver.
Hotel: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre or similar

Day 2, Vancouver to Yellowknife
Begin your Northern Lights Autumn Adventure. Take a taxi to Vancouver airport and fly to Yellowknife (flight not included).

Upon arrival in Yellowknife, make your own way to your hotel. If you are arriving in the morning, a guide will meet you at the hotel to organise your activities and guide you on a city tour of Yellowknife, including city highlights, art gallery visits, and restaurants in town. If your arrival into Yellowknife is in the afternoon or evening, the day will be at your leisure. The city tour will take place the next morning with the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

If the Aurora and weather forecast are favourable tonight, you'll embark on an Aurora adventure. The meeting time will be advised that afternoon, if applicable. You will head out to the Yellowknife wilderness for 4 hours of Aurora viewing.

Overnight in Yellowknife.
Hotel: Capital Suites or similar

Day 3, Aurora Viewing
Enjoy the day today at your leisure or if you arrived in the afternoon or evening yesterday, your guide will meet you for the city tour. If the Aurora and weather forecast are favourable tonight, you'll embark on an Aurora adventure. The meeting time will be advised that afternoon, if applicable. You will head out to the Yellowknife wilderness for 4 hours of Aurora viewing.

Overnight in Yellowknife.
Hotel: Capital Suites or similar

Day 4, Aurora Viewing
Enjoy the day today at your leisure. If you did not go out on night one or two, you'll embark on an Aurora adventure. The meeting time will be advised that afternoon, if applicable. You will head out to the Yellowknife wilderness for 4 hours of Aurora viewing.

Overnight in Yellowknife.
Hotel: Capital Suites or similar

Day 5, September 18: Depart Yellowknife
Please make your own way to the airport for your flight to Edmonton (flight not included). Transfer from Edmonton airport to your hotel.

Overnight in Edmonton.
Hotel: Fantasyland Hotel or similar

Day 6, Day at Leisure to Explore West Edmonton Mall
Overnight in Edmonton.
Hotel: Fantasyland Hotel or similar

Day 7, West Edmonton Mall to Jasper
Depart Edmonton at approximately 4:00 pm and arrive into Jasper at around 8:00 pm.

Overnight in Jasper.
Hotel: Chateau Jasper or similar

Day 8,  Maligne Valley Sightseeing & Boat Cruise
This introduction to Jasper begins with a short tour of the town before heading across the Athabasca River to Maligne Lake. A century after Mary Schaeffer's remarkable adventure, come discover the world-renowned Maligne Lake for yourself! A stop at Maligne Canyon offers staggering views of the river thundering through a series of magnificent waterfalls in a gorge 10,000 years in the making. Farther up the valley, stop to solve the mystery of "disappearing" Medicine Lake. Next, you will carry on to the pinnacle of your tour, breathtaking Maligne Lake! Once there, you can enjoy an interpretative boat cruise bound for Spirit Island, truly another of Canada's iconic images, or a nice guided walk along the shoreline of this unimaginable beauty.

Overnight in Jasper.
Hotel: Chateau Jasper or similar

Day 9, Icefields Parkway tour - Jasper to Lake Louise
Today, you will depart Jasper and drive south along the Icefields Parkway, to the mountain resort town of Lake Louise. Following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and over 100 glaciers.

The entire day is spent in the majesty of Canada's two most famous National Parks, Banff and Jasper. Enroute, make a stop at Athabasca Falls located just outside of the Jasper Townsite. Among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, the Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholed by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. Your next stop is the breathtaking Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier where you will enjoy the Ice Explorer ride on the Glacier & Glacier Skywalk. Next, continue to the Weeping Wall, and the Crowfoot Glacier before arriving at Lake Louise and the world-famous Chateau Lake Louise.

Overnight in Lake Louise.
Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Fairmont Room

Day 10, Yoho National Park tour - Lake Louise to Banff
The tour begins with a visit to Lake Louise for guests not staying at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Then, depart to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This is one of the great photo opportunities in the Canadian Rockies. Cross the Great Divide into Yoho National Park via the scenic Kicking Horse Pass. Takakkaw Falls, in the magnificent Yoho Valley, will be the final stop before beginning the drive back.

Overnight in Banff.
Hotel: Mount Royal Hotel or similar

Day 11, Discover Banff and its wildlife
Build a connection to a World Heritage Site on your trademark sightseeing tour as you visit Banff's landmarks and historic places.

Hear how the 11,000 year old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered a hidden natural hot spring. Visit the abandoned mining town of Bankhead, a relic of Banff's industrial past. All the while, learn about wildlife behaviour, habitat, and their winter survival adaptations as you tour around the area. Your time will be spent enjoying the sights and participate in short walks to view points on the many stops of the tour.

This afternoon is at leisure to explore Banff.

Overnight in Banff.
Hotel: Mount Royal Hotel or similar

Day 12, Banff to Kamloops in Silverleaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer
Transfer from hotel to station and board Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic rail journey to Kamloops, British Columbia. As the train crosses over the Continental Divide, you pass through the spiral tunnels in Yoho National Park, a remarkable engineering achievement. Continue on through Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park with endless views on snow-capped mountains and stunning glaciers. A stop will be made later in the day at Craigellachie, where the last spike was driven completing the Canadian Pacific railway Trans Canada link in 1885. Arrive into Kamloops early evening and spend the evening exploring the town or relaxing in your hotel. All hotels in Kamloops are of moderate standard: your hotel will be assigned post-booking.

Meals included on train: Breakfast & lunch
Hotel: Kamloops accommodation

Day 13, Kamloops to Vancouver in Silverleaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer
Re-board Rocky Mountaineer this morning for your journey to British Columbia’s Pacific Coast.

Leaving Kamloops, follow the Thompson River through Ashcroft, one of Canada's driest towns, with an average rainfall of just 18 centimetres. Pass through Rainbow Canyon, named for its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys creating a stunning rainbow affect. Continue on to the Fraser Canyon, where at Hells Gate watch water torrent past the canyon walls at its narrowest point. The last leg of the journey takes you through the fertile farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the Pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon. Arrive in Vancouver late afternoon and transfer to your hotel.

Meals included on train: Breakfast & lunch
Overnight in Vancouver.
Hotel: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre or similar

Day 14, Departure
Your vacation package concludes today upon check-out from your hotel.

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Packaged price is based on 14 Sep 2019 departure, based on twin share, single supplements are available upon request. A deposit of $1000 is required at the time of booking, final balance is due 60 days prior to departure; package is modifiable for add-ons and amendments, however limited to core rail operating dates. Offer is on sale until 14 JUN 19 unless sold out. Package is capacity controlled and may be modified, withdrawn or amended without prior notice. Additional conditions apply.

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