Canadian Castles & Alaskan Cruise

Delight in endless natural beauty on a 13 day journey from Banff to Vancouver. See the spectacular Lake Louise, Glacier Bay cruise through Alaska.

14 Day
From (AUD)
$ 11,195
  • 2018 Banff > Vancouver

    Epic mountains, glacial waters

    From the moment you begin this epic journey through Canada and Alaska, prepare to be astounded.

    Whether you’re on land or sea, this is a revelatory experience. Be swept away by Banff National Park’s beauty and stand before the glacial Lake Louise. Discover the astonishing natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains as you undertake one of the world’s great rail journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer before visiting pretty Vancouver. Alaska is still a great frontier-land and we introduce you to its many wonders as you cruise on board Holland America Line. Visit Juneau, Alaska’s capital which is only accessible by air or sea, unearth gold rush secrets and witness some of the world’s greatest wildlife in their natural habitats. But what about those Canadian castles? Scenic offers our guests exclusive access to the extraordinary Fairmont hotels scattered around the country – opulent and in some of the most extraordinary locations on Earth, you’ll have no trouble feeling like royalty during this journey.

    Tour Code:

    RHAV

    Duration:

    14 Days

    Departure City:

    Banff

    Return City:

    Vancouver

  • 14 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Calgary > Banff

      Welcome to the Canadian Rockies. Your journey of wonder begins. Upon arrival into Calgary, transfer to Banff where you’ll meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. Feel like royalty as you check into your mountain or valley view room for a two night Special Stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs, the ‘Castle in the Rockies’. Enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner tonight. Please book your flight to arrive between 9am and 3pm.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Banff

      You’re sure to be swept away by Banff National Park, the first national park established in Canada and a coveted World Heritage-listed Site.

      Freechoice

      Take a helicopter flight over the Three Sisters Peaks, enjoy a Bow River float trip, knock off nine holes of golf or rejuvenate in the mineral pools. Alternatively, take a guided nature walk or head into the mountains by wagon for a cowboy cookout lunch.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Banff > Lake Louise

      This morning, board the Banff Gondola and drink in the views from the top of Sulphur Mountain. Drive through the Rocky Mountains, past mesmerising lakes and towering mountains en route to Lake Louise. Check in for your overnight Special Stay in a stunning lakeview room at the opulent Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

      Enrich

      Meet an authentic wearer of the red serge – a Mountie, and learn about the importance of this role in Canadian history.

      FreechoiceDining

      You’ll enjoy a choice of restaurants at your hotel tonight, from fine to more casual dining. It’s entirely up to you.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Rocky Mountaineer > Kamloops

      The Rocky Mountaineer is one of the most iconic rail journeys in the world. You’ll relish your two days of GoldLeaf Service as you travel  in luxurious comfort in your dome glass carriage. Gaze in awe as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain in the remarkable Canadian Rockies. You don’t have to be an engineer to delight in the ingenious construction of the spiral tunnels you’ll venture through today. Stay overnight at a Kamloops hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 5 - Rocky Mountaineer > Vancouver

      View the confluence of the Fraser and Thompson rivers from your glass dome carriage. Rocky Mountaineer is renowned for the delicious cuisine made for you on board. Savour the delectable delights and sip on local wine or beer as you soak up the magnificent scenery stretching as far as the eye can see. Later, you’ll arrive at the exclusive Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where you’ll be comfortably appointed for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 6 - Vancouver
      Enrich

      The best time to be at one with nature is before the crowds arrive. You get to be the first to wander amongst the glistening morning dew of the rainforest and marvel at the engineering feat of the 137 metre long suspension bridge, with exclusive entrance to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park before it opens to the public.

      Explore the many and varied sights, tastes and sounds of Vancouver during a city sightseeing tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - Vancouver > Alaskan Cruise

      Join your Cruise Director for your luxurious seven night Alaskan voyage on board Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam or ms Volendam. Keep an eye out for orcas, humpback whales or bald eagles from your verandah stateroom, and each evening, you’ll get to toast to the day’s adventures with included drinks with dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Scenic Cruising

      Savour your celebratory ‘Welcome to the Seas’ lunch, then settle back and relax with a book or explore the ship’s facilities, restaurants and lounges.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Juneau

      Alaska’s charming state capital is only accessible by air or sea. This is one town you can explore knowing you’ll never get lost.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Skagway

      Take a stroll into the past. Historic shop facades, wooden boardwalks and echoes of the gold rush typify Skagway, the gateway of the Klondike.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Glacier Bay

      Marvel at the icy drama of Glacier Bay National Park with a steaming cup of soup or hot chocolate in hand. A National Park Service Ranger will interpret the natural wonders and wildlife around you.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Ketchikan

      Alaska’s last port of call is known as the ‘salmon capital of the world’. Take full advantage while you’re there.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Scenic Cruising

      Today, you just get to enjoy your elegant cruise southwards. Celebrate the end of a wonderful journey at your farewell reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Vancouver
      EvergreenOrEmerald

      You’ll arrive in Vancouver today for your onward or homeward bound journey. If your international flight departs after 5pm, take advantage of our hospitality lounge at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. We’ll be sad to see you leave, but we hope this taste of Canada and Alaska leaves you wanting more.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 2 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 11 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 2 memorable Special Stays
    • 30 meals - 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners