Grand Canada, Alaska & Arctic Circle

From Toronto to Fairbanks, experience the best of Canada, Alaska & Arctic Circle over 35 days. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer and cruise the Inside Passage.

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

2019 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 wonderful journey begins with a two night stay at the Fairmont Royal York. This stunning hotel has welcomed royals, presidents and dignitaries alike, and today it will welcome you.

  2. Day 2 - Toronto

    Head to the stunning Niagara Falls and feel the mist of the falls as you cruise to its base. Tonight, enjoy a ‘Welcome to Canada’ dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Toronto > Ottawa

    Be treated to stunning views of Canada’s largest city and Lake Ontario from the Observation Deck at CN Tower. Continue to Ottawa, Canada’s elegant capital city, for a two night stay at the Fairmont Château Laurier, located just steps away from Parliament Hill.

    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. The Rivière des Outaouais marks the provincial border between English-speaking Ontario and French-speaking Québec.

    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, begin 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

    Tour by helicopter, on foot or by horse and carriage. Alternatively, sample local delicacies. 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 farewell 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. You’ll get to celebrate with a ‘Welcome to Western Canada’ dinner this evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Vancouver

    Enjoy the tranquillity of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, open early exclusively for Scenic guests.

    This afternoon, take a city tour of Vancouver.

    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 otherwise inaccessible terrain into the Canadian Rockies. Arrive into 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

    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.

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

    Fine or casual dining – you decide.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Lake Louise > Banff

    Small town charm nestled in stunning mountain scenery greets you in Banff.

    Choose from a range of restaurants.

    Enjoy mountain or valley views during your two night Special Stay at Fairmont Banff Springs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Banff

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

    Get ready for a Rocky Mountain experience like no other. This evening take in the magnificent Rocky Mountains soaring above as you feast on the very best of the region’s fresh local produce.
    Later 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.

    Important: Please note that this experience is subject to weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather or other operational difficulties, this experience may be replaced with an alternative activity.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  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.

    Dine at a restaurant of your choice.

    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

    Arrive into Sun Peaks, staying at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

    Enjoy a fascinating voyageur presentation tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Sun Peaks > Whistler

    On arrival in Whistler, visit Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre where a First Nations ambassador treats you to a unique cultural experience.

    Enjoy a presentation on the black bear by expert researcher Michael Allen.

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

    Choose between some of the finest restaurants in Whistler.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Whistler

    Choose your Whistler activity today. The more active can zipline or take a jet boat ride. Alternatively, take a mountain adventure tour or the Peak 2 Peak gondola.

    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 Butchart Gardens.

    Choose from a range of experiences.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Alaskan Cruise

    Embark on your luxurious seven night voyage with Princess Cruises. Watch for wildlife from your Verandah Stateroom and enjoy included drinks with dinner each night.

    Please be advised that shore excursions are an additional expense and can be purchased online prior to departure or onboard your cruise ship. It is recommended to book as early as possible through the cruise company’s’ Cruise Personaliser to ensure availability.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Scenic Cruising

    Cruise northwards on board your elegant cruise ship. Your welcome lunch is a great way to celebrate your adventures at sea.

    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 ship. Celebrate the end of your cruise with a toast at your farewell reception.

    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

    Thrill at the excitement 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

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Exclusive stays at the full range of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
  • Verandah Staterooms on board your cruise
  • Complimentary drinks# with dinner throughout your cruise
  • GoldLeaf Service on board Rocky Mountaineer
  • View rooms in Lake Louise and Banff
  • The intimacy of small group touring – a maximum of 40 guests
  • 13 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 54 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 8 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 66 meals – 34 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 23 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by expert local Tour and Cruise Directors
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi at selected hotels
  • All tipping and gratuities

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