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Grand Canada, Alaska & Arctic Circle

Witness the beauty of the Arctic Circle, Alaska & Canada on a 35 day journey. See Niagara Falls, ride the iconic Rocky Mountaineer & cruise through Alaska.

35 Day
From (AUD)
$ 24,945
  • 2018 Toronto > Fairbanks

    Once in a lifetime

    There are few experiences that you can truly call once-in-a-lifetime moments. Almost certainly, crossing the Arctic Circle will be one.

    On this itinerary, you can look forward to many others. After all, how many times in one lifetime will you get to walk on a glacier like you’ll experience at Athabasca Glacier on the Icefields Parkway? How often will you get the chance to cruise through Glacier Bay? As magnificent as Lake Louise may be, how often will you get to visit? And that’s not even considering the many wondrous moments that will happen without us orchestrating them – chance encounters with wildlife, or spectacular sunrises that no tour operator can arrange in advance. Any way you look at it, you can look forward to many moments on this journey that you’ll never experience again.

    Tour Code:

    RAEC

    Duration:

    35 Days

    Departure City:

    Toronto

    Return City:

    Fairbanks

  • 35 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Toronto
      Highlights:
      Welcome to Eastern Canada

      Welcome to Eastern Canada. Your wondrous journey begins with a two night stay at The Fairmont Royal York. When it opened in 1929, The Fairmont Royal York was the tallest building in the British Commonwealth. It has welcomed many a royal, president and dignitary alike, and the red carpet treatment will also be rolled out to you.

    • Day 2 - Toronto
      Highlights:
      Niagara Falls cruise, CN Tower

      The roar of Niagara Falls is deafening as you cruise to its base. When he first viewed Niagara Falls, Charles Dickens wrote, “I listened for the roar; and was constantly straining my eyes in the direction where I knew the falls must be, from seeing the river rolling on towards them; every moment expecting to behold the spray. Within a few minutes of our stopping, not before, I saw two great white clouds rising up slowly and majestically from the depths of the earth. That was all. At length we alighted: and then for the first time, I heard the mighty rush of water, and felt the ground tremble underneath my feet”. Tonight, you will be treated to stunning views of the city and Lake Ontario from your restaurant in the CN Tower where you will celebrate a ‘Welcome to Canada’ dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Toronto > Ottawa
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Straddling the Rideau Canal, Canada’s capital city Ottawa is nothing if not elegant. Your experience will be even more elegant than most, with a two night stay in the Fairmont Château Laurier, just steps away from Parliament Hill.

      FreechoiceDining

      This evening, choose between local restaurants or your hotel. A delicious dilemma.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Ottawa
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour, Scenic Freechoice

      Discover the charm of Canada’s capital on a guided tour. Nowhere is Canada’s bilingual culture more evident than in Ottawa as the Rivière des Outaouais, which marks the border between the provinces of Ontario and French speaking Québec.

      Freechoice

      Tour Canada’s national museums or art gallery, or take a cruise or a bike ride around the city to discover its treasures.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5 - Ottawa > Montebello
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Parc Oméga
      Enrich

      Parc Oméga is home to bears, wolves, wapitis, red deer, beavers and more. View the wildlife as you journey through the 1,500 acre park. As you’ll discover, many of the animals certainly aren’t shy.

      Enjoy an exclusive overnight Special Stay in a rustic but elegant red cedar log cabin at Fairmont Le Château Montebello.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Montebello > Québec City
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Sugar Shack, Enrich - City tour
      Enrich

      Learn how maple syrup is made and dine on traditional Québécois fare at a local Sugar Shack while listening to live, local music.

      Enrich

      You will be charmed as you explore within the walls of the old town. Discover the fascinating history, architecture and culture of Québec City as you stroll through the cobbled streets, escorted by your knowledgeable guide.

      Your two night Special Stay is at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Your iconic château is the world’s most photographed hotel and you’ll soon see why, as it dominates the city skyline and is visible from almost anywhere in the city.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Québec City
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Take a guided walking tour or horse and carriage ride through the cobbled streets of Québec City or sample authentic, gourmet delicacies on a walking tour. Alternatively indulge in a massage at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac or take a heli flightseeing tour over Québec City.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 8 - Québec City > Montréal
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour

      Visit the exquisite Notre-Dame Basilica with its imposing Gothic Revival architecture in Old Montréal and the only ‘Holy Door’ outside Europe. Explore this historic and vibrant city throughout a guided tour. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is where you will conclude your eastern Canadian jaunt.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Montréal > Vancouver
      Highlights:
      Fly to Vancouver

      Fly to cosmopolitan Vancouver for a two night stay at the exclusive and centrally located Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. You’ll get to celebrate with a ‘Welcome to Western Canada’ dinner this evening. Flight is not included in land only tour price, please book your flight to arrive prior to 5pm.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Vancouver
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Capilano Suspension Bridge
      Enrich

      The best time to be at one with nature is before the crowds arrive. Absorb the tranquillity as you are the first to wander amongst the glistening morning dew of the rainforest, with exclusive early entrance Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

      This afternoon, discover the many and varied sights, tastes and sounds of cosmopolitan Vancouver on a city sightseeing tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 11 - Rocky Mountaineer > Kamloops
      Highlights:
      Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service

      All aboard! The Rocky Mountaineer is one of the most iconic rail journeys in the world, and you’ll enjoy two days of romantic rail travel through the Rocky Mountains with incredible GoldLeaf Service, sure to be an absolute highlight of your trip. Rocky Mountaineer is renowned for the delicious cuisine made for you on board, so you can enjoy the ultimate treat for the senses as you travel through the Rocky Mountains in luxurious comfort, gazing in awe at your surrounds through the dome glass windows and savouring delectable delights in the company of your newfound friends. Overnight, stay at a Kamloops hotel as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 12 - Rocky Mountaineer > Lake Louise
      Highlights:
      Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service

      Revel in another day of luxury on board the Rocky Mountaineer. Feel your awe and excitement peak as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain into the 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. Sip on local BC wines and beers as you soak up the magnificent scenery stretching as far as the eye can see. Later, you’ll be delivered to the spectacular natural wonder of Lake Louise and the opulent Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where your Special Stay for the next two nights is in a stunning lakeview room.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 13 - Lake Louise
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Meet a Canadian Mountie, Freechoice Dining

      Set a sunrise wake-up call for a special treat to catch the first glimpse of the stunning colour changes painted across the mountain, lake and glacier outside your window.

      Enrich

      Meet a wearer of the famous red serge, a Canadian Mountie. Be thrilled by entertaining stories of the trade, and be sure to take a memorable photo.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between fine or more casual dining this evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Lake Louise > Banff
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Small town charm nestled in stunning mountain scenery greets you in Banff. Ride the Banff Gondola to experience jaw-dropping views.
      Settle into your iconic Special Stay for two nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs in a view room, and relish the unique blend of opulence and isolation. Few hotels in the world can rival the majesty, hospitality and scenery of Canada’s iconic ‘Castle in the Rockies’.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between a selection of cuisines this evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Banff
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice, Enrich - Rocky Mountain Round Up
      Freechoice

      Take a helicopter flight over the Three Sisters Peaks, a Bow River float trip, rejuvenate in relaxing mineral pools or play nine holes of golf. Nature lovers may be enticed to take a guided nature walk or head into the mountains by wagon for a cowboy cookout lunch.

      Enrich

      Tonight be treated to an exclusive ‘Rocky Mountain Round Up’ of superb food, entertainment and hospitality. Don your Stetson hat and cowboy boots, kick up your heels and make the most of a rollicking evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Icefields Parkway > Jasper
      Highlights:
      Ice Explorer, Freechoice Dining

      Drive along one of the most famous roads in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Take an ‘Ice Explorer’ on to the Athabasca Glacier and walk the Glacier Skywalk to truly appreciate nature’s beauty. Settle in for a two night stay at the picturesque Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, situated on the banks of Lac Beauvert. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife such as bears, elk or caribou.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dine at a restaurant of your choice.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Jasper
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Choose your level of adventure in the ultimate outdoor playground. Don your leathers and hit the open road on a Harley Davidson™ sidecar tour, or get amongst nature on a guided hike. You may prefer an aquatic adventure on an interpretive cruise, in a voyageur canoe or rafting down the Athabasca River. Alternatively, take a scenic drive around Jaspers’ stunning lakes, or rise above it all and take in the magnificent views on the Jasper Skytram.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 18 - Jasper > Sun Peaks
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Voyageur Presentation

      Arrive into the quaint village of Sun Peaks, and sleep this evening at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel.

      Enrich

      Discover how life was lived by the voyageurs, pioneers, fur traders and early settlers centuries ago as they battled to establish settlements along Canada’s trading route during an exclusive presentation at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Sun Peaks > Whistler
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Black Bear Presentation, Freechoice Dining

      Continue to the charming alpine village of Whistler.

      Enrich

      Expert researcher Michael Allen will present exclusive insights into the life of the fascinating black bear. You’ll be charmed and entertained by the stories of the interactions and intricate social lives of Canada’s famous furry residents.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between some of the finest restaurants in Whistler.

      Settle in for a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Chateau Whistler, nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Whistler
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Soar above Whistler on a helicopter flight, zipline or Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Alternatively take a mountain adventure tour, a jet boat ride, a cycle tour or discover local flavours on a progressive lunch in Whistler Village.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 21 - Whistler > Victoria
      Highlights:
      Shannon Falls

      Cross the Georgia Strait by ferry. Enjoy an exclusive two night Special Stay at the regally inspired Fairmont Empress.

      Optional Floatplane Flight - Soar over Georgia Strait on an optional floatplane flight (additional expense).

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 22 - Victoria > Butchart Gardens
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice

      Meander through the beautiful and aromatic Butchart Gardens, a real treat for the senses. Jennie Butchart set out to create beauty out of an abandoned quarry over a century ago and the gardens have been lovingly developed into the floral masterpiece you see today. If you rub Tacca, the Florentine bronze boar’s nose, it is said to bring you lots of luck.

      Freechoice

      This afternoon can be as active or relaxed as you please. Choose from a range of adventures on land, sea or sky.

      Tonight, join your Tour Director and fellow adventurers for a celebratory dinner as you farewell Canada and prepare for the next part of your journey – exploring the last frontier.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Alaskan Cruise
      Highlights:
      Princess Cruise Line

      Join your Tour Director for a luxurious seven night voyage on board Golden PrincessSM, Star PrincessSM or Coral PrincessSM in your verandah stateroom. Each evening, sit back and unwind with included drinks with dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Scenic Cruising
      Highlights:
      ‘Welcome to the Seas’ lunch

      Join your fellow voyagers at a ‘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 25 - Ketchikan
      Highlights:
      Salmon capital of the world

      Explore Alaska’s first city, now known as the ‘salmon capital of the world’.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Juneau
      Highlights:
      Alaska’s remote capital

      Alaska’s state capital is only accessible by air or sea. Explore the town at your leisure knowing that you’ll never get lost.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Skagway
      Highlights:
      Klondike gold rush heritage

      Take a stroll into the past as you amble past Skagway’s historic shop facades and wooden boardwalks with their echoes of the gold rush era.Historic shop facades, wooden boardwalks and echoes of the gold rush welcome you to Skagway, the gateway of the Klondike. Discover the remnants of its gold rush roots when prospectors came in droves to try their luck during the Klondike gold rush. For those who struck it lucky, the saloons of Skagway proved a popular way to ‘invest’ their fortunes back into the town.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 28 - Glacier Bay
      Highlights:
      Glacier and wildlife viewing

      A steaming cup of hot chocolate will keep you warm as you are mesmerised by the dramatic ice walls of A steaming cup of soup or even hot chocolate will keep you warm as you are mesmerised by the dramatic ice walls and iceberg-strewn waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Glacier Bay has more actively calving glaciers than anywhere in the world. Hold your breath as a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea, and capture the impact shooting water hundreds of feet in the air. Then, wait for it to happen all over again. A National Park Service Ranger will interpret the natural wonders and wildlife you may see.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 29 - College Fjord
      Highlights:
      Prince William Sound

      Within Prince William Sound lies College Fjord and its collection of awe-inspiring glaciers, some of which are 40 storeys high and tower over even the largest cruise ship. Hear how the magnificent glaciers were named after elite East Coast USA colleges by professors on their discovery expedition – but don’t hold your breath searching for Princeton, which was curiously overlooked. Celebrate the end of your cruise with a toast at your farewell reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 30 - Anchorage > Talkeetna
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Wildlife Conservation Park
      Enrich

      Visit Alaska’s Wildlife Conservation Centre, a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s precious and unique wildlife. Meet the residents, displaced animals that have been rescued including musk ox, lynx, reindeer, and even wood bison, once thought to be extinct but which now roam free in Alaska.

      Enjoy a thrilling jet boat ride through the heart of Alaska’s remote wilderness, along previously inaccessible waterways on your way to your overnight Special Stay at Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. If you’re lucky, you may see nesting bald eagles and beaver activity along the way. Once you arrive at your wilderness retreat for the evening, be sure to check out ‘The Great Room’, a cosy and inviting room featuring enormous floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on spectacular views of Denali and the Alaska Range. Denali, meaning the ‘The Great One’, is North America’s highest mountain peak, measuring 6,190 metres above sea level, and is the centrepiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.

      Optional Flight - Optional flightseeing over Denali, with glacier landing (additional expense, subject to seasonal operation. Replaces jet boat ride). View glacier filled valleys, rugged peaks and towering mountains of the Alaska Range. Learn the history and geology of the area as you immerse yourself in this beautiful wilderness.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 31 - Talkeetna > Denali National Park
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Homestead tour, Midnight Sun Express, Enrich - Music of Denali dinner show
      Enrich

      Visit Joanne Porterfield’s homestead and catch a glimpse of a family’s settlement into one of the region’s isolated communities. Attracted by the lure of adventure and free land offered in the 1960’s, the Porterfield’s and their young family became modern day pioneers of Trapper Creek. See the homestead they built, with the garden and livestock area and be enthralled as you hear stories of living off this remote land, trapping, mining for gold, farming, hunting and home schooling their children. You will be charmed and amazed as you are presented with the true frontier spirit of this remarkable family.

      Journey on the ‘Midnight Sun Express’ train along the banks of the Susitna River, passing over rushing rivers and through vast valleys, and relish in the opportunity to view Denali from the glass dome carriage. Arrive into Denali National Park, an impressive six million acres of unspoiled wilderness, home to wild and beautiful scenery along with a stunning array of wildlife including moose, caribou, dall sheep, grizzly bears, gray wolves and red foxes. Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, with its expansive deck overlooking the Nenana River with views into the park, welcomes you for a two night Special Stay.

      Enrich

      Kick back after a fun day and enjoy a rollicking good time as you are treated to the Music of Denali Dinner theatre show. Feast on a hearty family-style dinner while being entertained by this delightful musical comedy relaying the legendary adventures of the first explorers to reach the summit of Denali.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 32 - Denali National Park
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      You get to choose how to explore Alaska’s rugged wilderness today. You may choose to venture deep into Denali National Park and Preserve by bus to be immersed in the tundra wilderness and hopefully spot some of the diverse wildlife that it homes, or cuddle up to a husky when you visit four time Iditarod Champion Jeff King’s homestead to meet champion sled dogs and learn about this gruelling race. Alternatively, get in amongst nature and explore Alaska’s beautiful landscape by foot on a guided walking tour, or by raft down the Nenana River. Or, if you’re a thrill seeker, you can get behind the wheel of your own ATV on an exhilarating ride through Alaska’s gorgeous backcountry. The choice is yours.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 33 - Denali National Park > Fairbanks
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Discovery III Sternwheeler
      Enrich

      Cruise into the heart of Alaska on the ‘Discovery III’ Sternwheeler for a unique Alaskan experience. Immerse yourself in frontier living first hand with guided tour of a replica Athabascan Indian village, where you’ll discover the culture and traditions that allowed the Athabascans to survive over 10,000 years, as well as the adaptations within the last century. Watch in amazement as a bush pilot takes off in a floatplane and learn of the vital role planes play in remote Alaska, then delight in a dog mushing demonstration at the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Susan Butcher as you are beguiled by tales of adventures on the dogsled trails.

      Visit Santa Claus House at North Pole, Alaska where the spirit of Christmas lives all year. Arrive in Fairbanks, gateway to Alaska’s rugged interior and the land of the midnight sun. Fairbanks was founded by miners consumed with the gold fever that swept Alaska at the turn of the century and you’ll see this quest for gold is still celebrated today. Settle in for the next two nights at Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 34 - Fairbanks > Arctic Circle
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Arctic Circle Flight
      Enrich

      Thrill at the excitement of crossing the Arctic Circle by air, and receive a certificate to prove it. Wonder at the story of the vast and remote land below, home to a lifestyle and culture that has sustained for thousands of years, and stop at a wilderness community for a fascinating insight into the history of the region and life today. This may just be the furthest north you ever go – truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 35 - Fairbanks
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      It’s time to bid a fond farewell after a wondrous journey.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 13 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 62 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 8 memorable Special Stays
    • 66 meals - 34 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 23 dinners