Testify to the supreme majesty of Western Canada and Alaska by road, rail and sea. The first part of your incredible journey is luxury, escorted touring through historic towns and verdant National Parks. Then you have options to experience one of the world’s most romantic train journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer; and/or embark on a classic cruise on the glacial waters of Alaska.
DAY 1 – VIBRANT VANCOUVER
Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Welcome to Canada’s vibrant city of Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your luxury downtown hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with drinks at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood and Bar. (WD) Hotel: Four Seasons, Vancouver.
DAY 2 – VICTORIA – PUTTING THE BRITISH INTO BRITISH COLUMBIA
Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Explore historic Gastown, Chinatown and view the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Later, board your ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge, with scenic coastal views all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square. (FB) Hotel: Grand Pacific, Victoria (2 nights).
DAY 3 – EXPLORING VICTORIA
Begin the day with a visit to Butchart Gardens with ample time to explore the 55 acres (22 ha) of exquisite floral displays. With a botanist on hand, to find out more about your favourite flora before enjoying the afternoon at leisure in Victoria. (FB)
DAY 4 – THE ULTIMATE RESORT OF WHISTLER
Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland. Travel to Whistler where, on arrival, you visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea concoction. On the way to Whistler stop to see the roaring Shannon Falls. (FB,D)
Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Whistler.
DAY 5 – ON TO THE NAPA VALLEY OF THE NORTH
Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing some of the best fruit and hybrid wines in the world. Your home for the night is at the lakeside Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. In the evening, enjoy dinner complemented by local wines. (FB,D)
Hotel: Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna.
DAY 6 – THE THREE EXQUISITE NATIONAL PARKS.
Journey through three of Canada’s most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Yoho en route to Emerald Lake, one of Canada’s most outstanding wilderness settings. After dinner, savour a liqueur at the lodge before stargazing under the night sky and roasting s’mores by a lakeside bonfire. (FB,D)
Hotel: Emerald Lake Lodge.
DAY 7 – ICONIC LAKE LOUISE AND MORAINE LAKE
The morning is yours to relax in the peaceful setting of Emerald Lake before heading to the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint and pass by the spectacular Natural Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River, before departing for another great icon of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake. An easy walk along the Moraine Lake shoreline is the best way to appreciate the beauty of this famous alpine lake. Then drive to Lake Louise and the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. (FB,D)
Hotel: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
DAY 8 – THE UNSPOILED WILDERNESS OF BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy an interpretive talk along the shore of Lake Louise also known as the ‘Jewel of the Rockies’ and learn about the history and geography of the area. The rest of the morning is yours to do as you please. In the afternoon, head out for the popular resort city of Banff where you enjoy an orientation tour including viewpoints, landmarks, historic places and a ride on-board the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy a private meet and greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. Wearing his iconic red serge uniform, he will fascinate you with personal stories. For your evening meal, you are offered a selection of restaurants, a culinary journey from all corners of the globe, for your dining pleasure. (FB,DA)
Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs (2 nights).
DAY 9 – AT LEISURE IN BANFF
Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and take advantage of the hotel facilities, browse the shops along Banff Avenue or join a helicopter tour of Canada’s Rockies. (FB)
DAY 10 – ALONG THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY TO JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Motor along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenes. At Athabasca Glacier, climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend part way up the glacier. Your home for the next two nights is the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, in the heart of Jasper National Park. After a Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fun and interactive talk by a wildlife expert that will transport you back in time through storytelling and costume. (FB,CD)
Hotel: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (2 nights).
DAY 11 – JASPER NATIONAL PARK AND ICONIC MALIGNE LAKE
In the morning, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies. Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites of the Canadian Rockies. Then, join your Travelling Concierge for an informative walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Stroll along the canyon’s trail, past beautiful waterfalls, astounding rock formations and learn about the underground river system. Gain a unique perspective of the beautiful park on an afternoon raft trip. (FB)
DAY 12 – MOUNT ROBSON AND SUN PEAKS
If you choose to, board the Rocky Mountaineer (GoldLeaf Service) to relive the golden age of rail travel on your way to Vancouver. Otherwise, head west over Yellowhead Pass and arrive at Mount Robson, the Rockies’ tallest peak at 12,989 feet (3,989 metres). Follow the Thompson River as you descend through the Columbia Mountains and arrive at your overnight hotel in the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks. (FB) Hotel: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel
DAY 13 – RETURN TO VANCOUVER
Returning to the Pacific Coast, arrive back in Vancouver and head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. Cross the spectacular suspension bridge, 230 feet (70 metres) above the Capilano River, and join the awardwinning Treetops, a guided nature tour along a series of elevated walkways, offering fabulous photo opportunites. In the evening, evening, gather with your Travelling Concierge and travelling companions for dinner at the hotel. (FB,D)
Hotel: Four Seasons Vancouver
DAY 14 – DEPART VANCOUVER OR ALASKA CRUISE
Guests on the 14-day tour will be taken to Vancouver International Airport for their onward travel arrangements, while guests on the 21-day Land and Cruise tour are transferred to Canada Place to board Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam for an unforgettable Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise. (FB)
Cruise Ship: Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise (7 nights).
DAY 15 TO 20 – CRUISING THE INSIDE PASSAGE
Experience the ever-changing panorama and vast wilderness that stretches from British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska. Slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by islands and other land masses. Stop in Juneau, a place to let your imagination run wild. Skagway is a town with a colourful past, carefully preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. In the watery wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park, behold a landscape at its literal moment of creation. Call in at Ketchikan, salmon capital of the world. While cruising, a Full Breakfast (FB), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D) is served on-board each day.
DAY 21 – DISEMBARK VANCOUVER
Transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the tour hotel in Vancouver for guests wishing to extend their stay. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home.
Airport arrival will be at approximately 09:30.