Grand Canada, Alaska & Arctic Circle

35 Days
Toronto to Fairbanks
From (AUD)
$ 28,045
Dates & Pricing

2020 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 Map
Tour Code:
RAEC
Duration:
35 days
Departure City:
Toronto
Return City:
Fairbanks

35 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Toronto

    Welcome to eastern Canada. Your journey begins with an overnight stay at the Fairmont Royal York. This stunning hotel has counted royals, presidents and dignitaries alike among its guests, and today it will welcome you.

  2. Day 2 - Niagara Falls

    Head to Niagara Falls, stopping along the way at the wine region around Niagara-on-the-Lake, renowned for the production of ice wine. Later, feel the power of the Niagara Falls as you cruise to its base. Tonight, enjoy a ‘Welcome to Canada’ dinner.  Overnight Special Stay at the Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview & Spa.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Niagara Falls > Ottawa

    Continue to Ottawa, Canada’s elegant capital city, for a two night stay at the Fairmont Château Laurier.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Ottawa

    Discover the charm of Canada’s capital on a guided tour. Nowhere is Canada’s bilingual culture more evident than in Ottawa. Freechoice: Tour Canada’s national museums, take a ByWard Market Culinary
    tour, or cruise along the Ottawa River.

    Choose between local restaurants or your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Ottawa > Montebello

    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

  6. Day 6 - Montebello > Québec City

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

    Discover the history of Québec City on a tour of the Old Town.

    Later, enjoy a two night Special Stay at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in the heart of Québec City.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Québec City

    See Québec from the air by helicopter, or explore at ground-level on foot. Alternatively, sample craft beer on a walking  and tasting tour or local delicacies from artisans who have created a gourmet buzz in Québec. Today, it’s up to you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Québec City > Montréal

    Visit the exquisite Notre-Dame Basilica, with its imposing Gothic Revival architecture. You’ll celebrate the conclusion of your Canadian jaunt at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth with a sumptuous dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Montréal > Vancouver

    Fly to Vancouver (flight not included in land only tour price) for a two night stay at the exclusive and centrally located Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Vancouver

    Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park as it opens early, exclusively for Scenic guests.  Explore the many and varied sights, tastes and sounds of cosmopolitan Vancouver during a city sightseeing tour that will showcase Vancouver’s hidden treasures.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Rocky Mountaineer > Kamloops

    Embark on one of the most iconic rail journeys in the world, the Rocky Mountaineer. Be pampered by the GoldLeaf Service in your glass dome carriage. Tonight, stay at a Kamloops hotel as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Rocky Mountaineer > Lake Louise

    Feel your awe and excitement peak as you carve through the otherwise inaccessible terrain into the Canadian Rockies. Arrive at Lake Louise for your two night Special Stay in a lakeview room at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Lake Louise

    Rise early to catch the first glimpse of the stunning colours painted across the mountain, lake and glacier outside your window.

    Meet a wearer of the famous red serge, a Canadian Mountie.

    Take your pick from casual or fine

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Lake Louise > Banff

    Drive to the charming town of  Banff and check in for your two night Special Stay in a mountain or valley view room at the Fairmont Banff Springs.

    Choose from a range of restaurants.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Banff

    Today, you can be as active or as relaxed as you wish.

    Head out at dusk on a unique wildlife spotting experience, in search of Banff’s magnificent beasts including deer, elk, caribou and the elusive grizzly bear.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  16. Day 16 - Icefields Parkway > Jasper

    After an ‘Ice Explorer’ ride on Athabasca Glacier, settle into Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for a two night stay.

    Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves. Join astronomers from Jasper Planetarium for a breath-taking Dark Sky Experience and an exclusive twilight supper.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Jasper

    Choose your level of adventure in the ultimate outdoor playground.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Jasper > Sun Peaks

    Drive to the alpine village of Sun Peaks where you’ll stay at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel. Scenic guests have exclusive access to the Summit Lounge, a quiet haven where you can relax and enjoy incredible views.  There’s even a telescope and binoculars for wildlife spotting!  Later, you will be treated to a special indigenous-inspired feast.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Sun Peaks > Whistler

    After breakfast in the private Summit Lounge drive to Whistler. On arrival, visit Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre where a First Nations ambassador treats you to a unique cultural experience.

    Join renowned black bear expert researcher Michael Allen to gain insight into these extraordinary creatures.

    Settle in for a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

    Choose from a range of restaurants.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Whistler

    Choose your Whistler activity today. The more active can zip-line. Alternatively, enjoy a mountain adventure tour or the Peak 2 Peak gondola or soar above on a Helicopter flight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  21. Day 21 - Whistler > Victoria

    Check in for your exclusive two night Special Stay at The Fairmont Empress.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  22. Day 22 - Victoria > Butchart Gardens

    Explore the spectacular Butchart Gardens. Discover its 100-year-old history and 900 varieties of plants.

    Choose from a range of experiences.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Victoria > Alaskan Cruise

    Cross to the mainland and embark on your luxurious seven night voyage with Princess Cruises. Watch for wildlife from your Balcony Stateroom.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Scenic Cruising

    Cruise northwards on board your elegant cruise ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Ketchikan

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Juneau

    Alaska’s state capital is only accessible by air or sea. This is one town you can explore without ever getting lost.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Skagway

    Discover the historic shop facades, wooden boardwalks and echoes of the Gold Rush that typify Skagway.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Glacier Bay

    A steaming cup of hot chocolate will keep you warm as you are mesmerised by the dramatic ice walls of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - College Fjord

    Some of the glaciers of College Fjord are 40 storeys high and tower over even the largest cruise ships. Celebrate the end of your cruise with a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - Anchorage > Talkeetna

    Visit Alaska’s Wildlife Conservation Centre.
    Enjoy a jet boat ride before your Special Stay at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.

    Denali flightseeing  - Optional flightseeing over Denali, with glacier landing (additional expense, subject to seasonal operation. Replaces jet boat ride).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  31. Day 31 - Talkeetna > Denali National Park

    Visit Joanne Porterfield’s homestead and learn about early Alaskan life.

    Journey on Princess Rail to McKinley Chalet Resort for a two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  32. Day 32 - Denali National Park

    Explore Alaska’s rugged wilderness today.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  33. Day 33 - Denali National Park > Fairbanks

    Cruise into the heart of Alaska on the ‘Discovery III’ Sternwheeler. See a bush floatplane take off, meet champion sled dogs, and discover village life. Stay two nights at Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  34. Day 34 - Fairbanks > Arctic Circle

    Experience the thrill of crossing the Arctic Circle by air and receive a certificate to prove it. Stop at a wilderness community for a fascinating insight into the history of the region and life today. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  35. Day 35 - Fairbanks

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Join astronomers from Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive Dark Sky Experience
  • Learn photography tips to capture your memories on your mobile device
  • Venture beyond Alaska’s coast line for an exploration into its rugged interior
  • Experience a thrilling flight over majestic landscapes, crossing the Arctic Circle
  • Cruise to the base of Niagara Falls
  • Explore the back streets of French-Canadian Québec and Montréal on private walking tours

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Stays at the exclusive Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
  • Balcony Staterooms on board your cruise
  • GoldLeaf Service on board Rocky Mountaineer
  • View rooms in Lake Louise and Banff
  • Fallsview room at the Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel & Spa
  • 9 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 48 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 9 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 65 meals – 34 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 22 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by expert local Tour and Cruise Directors
  • Luxury group touring with knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi at selected hotels
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability