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The Rockies, Voyage of the Glaciers & Arctic Circle

Explore the Rockies & cruise through Alaska on a 25 day adventure. Visit Butchart Gardens, Lake Louise & enjoy GolfLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer.

26 Day
From (AUD)
$ 17,545
  • 2018 Victoria > Fairbanks

    Places of rare beauty

    In the splendid isolation of Alaska, the air you breathe is rarefied air. The sights you see are rarely seen. The sounds you hear are rarely heard. And at any point in time you can be overcome by the feeling that you’re witnessing something remarkable and, yes, rare.

    From the fauna to the flora to the many spectacular formations, Canada and Alaska are unlike anywhere else. Where else will you encounter such a plethora of unique creatures, from the musk ox to the grizzly bear? Where else are nature’s acts of wonder so immediately accessible? Where else are there such endless vistas in such plentiful supply? You’ll be transported to places that are completely off the map of most people’s lives, as well as landmarks of rare majesty, from the Rocky Mountains to Alaska’s College Fjord. How often do you get the opportunity? Very rarely.

    Tour Code:

    RPRA

    Duration:

    26 Days

    Departure City:

    Victoria

    Return City:

    Fairbanks

  • 26 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Victoria

      Welcome to Victoria. Your journey of wonder begins with an exclusive two night Special Stay at the Fairmont Empress. Your historic and charming hotel graces Victoria’s sparkling harbour, and now you get to add your own memories to its extensive and eclectic history. Celebrate tonight with a sumptuous welcome dinner and toast to the wonderful adventure awaiting you and your fellow travellers. Please book your flight to arrive prior 5pm..

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Victoria > Butchart Gardens

      Stroll through the beautiful Butchart Gardens and be seduced by the sights and scents of the wondrous floral displays and features. 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

      Look out for orcas on a whale watching cruise by Zodiac or cruise boat. Alternatively choose to take a scenic floatplane flight, horse and carriage ride, indulge in afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress, fish for salmon, or take a guided walking food tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Victoria > Whistler

      Cross the Georgia Strait to the mainland by ferry. Listen for the bird calls that complement the water gushing over Shannon Falls, then continue to the charming alpine village of Whistler. .

      Enrich

      Lovable and cuddly or a ruthless hunter? Michael Allen, a leading researcher on black bears, gives an exclusive and fascinating lecture on this native Canadian.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight, choose between a selection of restaurants in Whistler.

      The wonder continues with a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Whistler
      Freechoice

      Choose your level of adventure from an array of exciting activities. Soar above Whistler on a helicopter flight, zipline or Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Alternatively take a scenic mountain adventure tour, a thrilling jet boat ride, an electric cycle tour or taste your way around Whistler Village on a progressive lunch.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5 - Whistler > Sun Peaks

      Arrive into the quaint village of Sun Peaks. Nestled against Tod Mountain, Sun Peaks Grand Hotel welcomes you this evening.

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      See Canada’s history brought to life. 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. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll be fascinated.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Sun Peaks > Jasper

      Travel via Mount Robson, the highest peak in North America’s Rocky Mountain Range, en route to Jasper. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife such as bear, elk or caribou. For the next two nights enjoy your rustic-style accommodation at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, set on the banks of Lac Beauvert.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose from a selection of restaurants at your hotel. A delicious dilemma.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Jasper
      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 8 - Icefields Parkway > Lake Louise

      Travel south along the acclaimed Icefields Parkway, then take an ‘Ice Explorer’ onto the magnificent Athabasca Glacier. Perhaps even indulge your inner child with a snowball fight. Reach Lake Louise, a true natural wonder, and the opulent Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where you’ll enjoy a Special Stay in a stunning lakeview room tonight.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight, choose between fine or more casual dining at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Lake Louise > Banff

      At sunrise, the snow-capped mountains are awash with pastel pinks, mauves and blues, so make sure you’re up early enough to see it. Later, small town charm and stunning mountain scenery greets you in Banff. Ascend Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola for awe-inspiring views of Bow Valley, then settle into your two night Special Stay in a valley or mountain view room at the Fairmont Banff Springs, and relish the majesty, hospitality and scenery of Canada’s iconic ‘Castle in the Rockies’.

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      Meet a Canadian Mountie, wearer of the famous red serge. Delight in his colourful tales and take the opportunity to get a photograph.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between a selection of cuisines from around the globe.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Banff
      Freechoice

      Explore the surrounding natural beauty of Banff your way. 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.

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      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 11 - Rocky Mountaineer > Kamloops

      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. You don’t have to be an engineer to delight in the ingenious construction of the spiral tunnels you’ll venture through today. 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 > Vancouver

      Enjoy another amazing day on board the Rocky Mountaineer. Sip on local BC wines and beers as you soak up the magnificent scenery stretching as far as the eye can see. You’ll be delivered to the exclusive Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, your home for the next two nights. Your luxury hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with culture, restaurants and world-class shopping right at your doorstep, plus you can take advantage of the added bonus of the Scenic office downstairs, with our staff ready to welcome you and assist with anything you may require.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 13 - Vancouver
      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 to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

      A sightseeing tour showcases cosmopolitan Vancouver’s hidden treasures. Take the opportunity to explore the many and varied sights, tastes and sounds of the city. 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 14 - Vancouver > Alaskan Cruise

      Join your Tour Director for a luxurious seven night Alaskan voyage on board Coral PrincessSM, Golden PrincessSM or Star PrincessSM in your verandah stateroom. Enjoy included drinks with dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Scenic Cruising

      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 16 - Ketchikan

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Juneau

      Discover Alaska’s remote state capital, only accessible by air or sea.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Skagway

      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 19 - Glacier Bay

      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 20 - College Fjord

      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 21 - Anchorage > Talkeetna
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      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 Denali flightseeing - 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 22 - Talkeetna >Denali National Park
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      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.

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      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 23 - Denali National Park
      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 24 - Denali National Park > Fairbanks
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      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 25 - Fairbanks > Arctic Circle
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      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 26 - Fairbanks

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

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 10 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 49 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 6 memorable Special Stays
    • 51 meals - 25 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 18 dinners