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21 DAY GRAND CANADIAN ROCKIES TOUR WITH ROCKY MOUNTAINEER, ALASKA CRUISE AND FLIGHTS
From $7,999 per person twin share

 


 
Departure Dates:

6 May 2019
13 May 2019
20 May 2019
27 May 2019
3 June 2019
29 July 2019
5 August 2019
12 August 2019
19 August 2019

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure.

 

Inclusions:
 
Your package includes return international flights, accommodation, Inside Passage cruise, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, professional tour guides and more…

- Bucket List Tour Sale on NOW! Book before 16 January to enjoy $600* spending money per couple
- Return international airfares with a full service airline, including 23kgs checked luggage
- Arrival airport shuttle transfers
- All port and departure transfers
- 12 days touring the famous Rocky Mountains in comfortable twin share accommodation
- Includes 2 days on-board the World famous train, the Rocky Mountaineer in the service level of your choice.  See the service levels here: SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf
-8 days cruising the Inside Passage on-board the 5 star Celebrity Solstice (Voted in the World’s Top 20 Large Cruise Ships – Conde Nast)
- Breakfast daily plus all meals on-board your luxury cruise ship & lunches on-board the Rocky Mountaineer
- Complimentary beverages including wine, beer, spirits and gourmet snacks on-board the Rocky Mountaineer
- In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
- The services of a professional Webjet tour guide throughout
- All national park entrance fees
- On-board gratuities

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Vancouver

Today, depart Australia to begin your Canada & Alaska holiday! On arrival after clearing customs and immigration formalities make your own way to your hotel. The hotel provides a 24/7 airport shuttle. You can request the hotel shuttle on arrivals Level 2 of both the International and Domestic Terminal. On arrival at your hotel the rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, your Webjet representative will welcome you to Canada!

Hotel: Pacific Gateway Hotel Vancouver Airport or similar

Day 2: Vancouver – train-icon – Kamloops (B,L)

We check-out of our hotel bright and early today and head for the Rocky Mountaineer train station to board one of the World’s best known train journeys. At every service level, Rocky Mountaineer Hosts will attend to your needs. They will welcome you with a morning toast, serve up delicious meals and entertain you with interpretive storytelling.

Today, travel on-board the Rocky Mountaineer 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 River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the 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. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Tonight, you’ll overnight in the town of Kamloops. The Rocky Mountaineer team will transfer you to your overnight accommodation.

Hotel: Rocky Mountaineer decided hotel 

Day 3: Kamloops – train-icon – Jasper (B,L)

This morning, you’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred to the train to continue your second day on the Rocky Mountaineer. Enjoy breakfast on the train as you settle into your seat as the train rolls out of Kamloops.

Your rail adventure continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. On arrival in Jasper, your guide will meet you at the train station and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Hotel: Tonquin Inn or similar

Day 4: Jasper (B)

Today is a free day to relax and explore picturesque Jasper at your own pace. Some mountain towns base their appeal on trying to be trendy. Jasper retains its timeless appeal by being unpretentious — an intimate community that originated as a railway town that just happens to be in the middle of some of the most gorgeous protected wilderness in the world.

Hotel: Tonquin Inn or similar

Day 5: Jasper Area – Columbia Icefields –Lake Louise –  Banff Area (B)

After breakfast, we start by heading south on the “Icefields Parkway”, an exciting excursion atop the Athabasca Glacier. To travel the Icefields Parkway is to experience one of Canada’s national treasures. Stretching 232km (144mi.) through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, this world-class journey offers access to a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys. Our destination on this parkway is the “Columbia Icefield”, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains of North America.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies, refer fine print): This tour takes visitors onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier by Ice Explorer; a massive vehicle specially designed for glacial travel. Experienced driver-guide shares a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment during this one hour and 20 minute journey. The coach will wait for the excursion to be completed before moving on. Please note – this must be booked prior to departure from Australia. 

We leave the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre shortly after lunch, and head back South over the parkway towards the “Diamond in the Wilderness” otherwise known as Lake Louise. There is time to enjoy the foreshore and gaze at the emerald waters and towering mountains. 

We then continue towards Banff, snugly embraced by Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, this little town boasts a big, worldwide reputation. Its charming streets are abuzz year round due to an annual influx of millions of visitors, and this famous mountain resort town caters accordingly with world-class shopping & dining. At first sight, it’s apparent why the world is in love with Banff. From the ever-watchful Cascade Mountain to the picturesque Bow River, the community is blessed with a spectacular natural setting, woven with parks, woods and trails.

Tonight, your hotel is located just a short drive South of Banff, in the small mountain town of Canmore. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Hotel: Days Inn Canmore or similar

Day 6: Banff Area (B)

Today is a free day to relax and explore this incredible alpine region. Banff is only a short distance away from Canmore with regular shuttles operating every 30 minutes or why not journey out on one of Canmore’s famed walking trails ranging from short strolls to longer hikes through the Alpine scenery.

Hotel: Days Inn Canmore or similar

Day 7: Banff Area – Yoho National Park – Kelowna (B)

This morning we continue our drive along the Trans-Canada Highway to Yoho National Park via Kicking Horse Pass. Yoho National Parks offers big peaks, expansive glaciers, and impressive waterfalls. Add Yoho’s famous fossils and it’s easy to see why this park in the Canadian Rockies is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although many of its highlights are accessible by road, Yoho is also a hiker’s dream and a railway buff’s delight. As we continue along the Trans-Canada Highway, we pass through Glacier National Park. Not be confused with its twin in Montana, USA, Glacier National Park offers exceptional alpine scenery and deep valleys filled with ancient forests. It’s a year-round paradise for nature lovers. On arrival in Kelowna, the evening is at leisure.

Hotel: Wingate by Wyndham or similar

Day 8: Kelowna – Whistler (B)

Today we make our way towards Whistler! En route, we visit the town of Hope and the famous Othello Tunnels – a series of old train tunnels and bridges that cut through the solid granite walls and pass over the wild Coquihalla River. They are located just east of the town of Hope, in the Coquihalla Provincial Park. 

On arriving in Whistler, the evening is at leisure. Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and snowboarding and, in summer, mostly mountain biking. Its pedestrian village centre has won numerous design awards and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. Whistler’s urban landscape was specifically designed to accommodate the natural environment. Many of Whistler’s bears have learned to do things like open car doors or hold spring-closed gates open so they can reach food. Some have even learnt to open the newspaper bins!

Hotel: Executive Inn or similar

Day 9: Whistler (B)

Today is a full day to either relax or explore Whistler at your own pace!

Hotel: Executive Inn or similar

Day 10: Whistler – Vancouver (B)

After breakfast, we leave the resort town of Whistler behind us and continue towards Vancouver. Along Highway 99, between Horseshoe Bay & Squamish, has to be one of the most beautiful roads in the area. With the ocean glimmering on the left and the mountains rising on the right, it is truly enchanting. We’ll also make a stop at Shannon Falls. We then make our way to Vancouver. Located at the south-western corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, it is well known for its majestic natural beauty, as it is nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is frequently ranked as one of the “best cities to live in” and is certainly a beautiful destination to visit. After check in, the remainder of the day is at leisure

Hotel: Pacific Gateway Hotel Vancouver Airport or similar

Day 11: Vancouver – Seattle (B)

After breakfast and checkout, we continue south over the border to the US city of Seattle in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Today we visit the Boeing factory located in Seattle. After arrival at our hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure. 

Hotel: Best Western Seattle Airport or similar

Day 12: Seattle – embark on Celebrity Solstice cruise (B,D) cruise-icon

Today, your private coach will transport you from the hotel to the Seattle cruise port to join your luxury 5 star Celebrity Cruise of the inside passage. After settling into your cabin, kick back and begin to enjoy everything your world class ship has to offer.

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice

Day 13: At Sea (B,L,D)  cruise-icon

Enjoy the day at sea on your luxury ship as it makes its way towards the beautiful inside passage.

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice

Day 14: Ketchikan (B,L,D) cruise-icon

You’ve never tasted salmon so fresh. Known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan is also the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who have carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles. If you’re up for an adventure, take a canoe and nature trail excursion through the rain forest or a wilderness exploration followed by a sumptuous crab feast you can’t resist.

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice

Day 15: Tracy Arm Fjord—Juneau (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Tracy Arm Fjord is book-ended by two of Alaska’s most dramatic glaciers, the North and South Sawyer Glacier, and surrounded by granite walls that rise 3,000 feet from the emerald colored seas, this area has everything you’ve come to Alaska to experience. In Juneau, here’s your chance to take a glacial dogsled adventure via helicopter in Alaska’s capital (on own account). A city that gracefully balances frontier ruggedness with cosmopolitan flair. Mendenhall Glacier, a river of ice measuring 1.5 miles in width and over 6 miles in length, is part of Juneau’s Icefield, 1500 square miles of ice that feeds 38 glaciers and ready for you to take a float trip on it.

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice

Day 16: Skagway—Inside Passage (B,L,D) cruise-icon

In 1897, gold stampeders from all over the world arrived in Skagway by steamship, bound for the Dawson Gold Fields in Canada’s Yukon Territory. It wasn’t long before the roughand-tumble tent town was festooned with boardwalks, dance halls, inns and saloons. More than 100 years later, Skagway still retains the feel of those Gold Rush days, though most travelers now arrive by cruise.

Enjoy the day at sea on your luxury ship as it makes its way through the beautiful inside passage. 

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice

Day 17: At Sea (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Enjoy the day at sea on your luxury ship as it makes its way from the beautiful inside passage.

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice

Day 18: Victoria (B,L,D) cruise-icon

The capital of British Columbia is also its largest island. This one-time British colony has retained much of its colonial splendor. Victoria is a seaside enclave that enjoys a temperate climate. Which is great, because you’ll want to explore all the museums, parks and golf courses Victoria has to offer.

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice

Day 19: Seattle –airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

This morning, disembark from your Luxury cruise ship to start your journey home. A Webjet representative will meet you at the port. Before heading back to the airport we embark on a short panoramic city tour of Seattle. Seattle, also known as “Emerald City,” lies between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, framed by the Olympic Mountains and the Cascades. You will be able to see the famous Space Needle from several spots throughout the city tour. Some of the additional highlights include Pioneer Square, the elegant houses at Lake Washington and the peninsula Magnolia. You may pass by where Bill Gates, the richest person on earth, lives. A second lake, Lake Union, also offers a great picture opportunity with the Seattle Skyline in the background. Depending on your interest and if time allows, finish off with a walk around the farmers market of Seattle.

Please note: Time spent and places visited during the Seattle city tour may differ due to flight departure requirements. The entire group will be transferred to the airport together and will need to arrive in time for the first flight departure.

You will then be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.

Day 20: In flight

Day 21: Australia

Arrive home today.