Grand Tour of Canada & Alaska

Travel from Vancouver to New York City on this 35-day Grand Tour of Canada & Alaska. Visit Banff, Glacier Bay & Montreal & spot whales on an Alaskan cruise.

35 Days
Vancouver to New York City
From (AUD)
$ 26,975
Dates & Pricing

2019 Vancouver > New York City

A world of otherworldly wonder

The crystalline mountain lakes around Whistler alone make this itinerary unforgettable, and that’s not taking into account the mountains that gaze down at this beautiful little resort town with an almost overwhelming majesty.
Of course, Whistler is just one ‘whistle stop’ in a journey that includes wonders of all descriptions – from beautiful bays to imposing ice walls, waterfalls of breathtaking magnitude to large, bustling cities. You can look forward to experiencing the genteel charm of British Columbia and the glittering urban jewels of Canada’s east coast. In between you’ll encounter all the natural beauty that North America has to offer, from Alaska’s Glacier Bay to the incredible Niagara Falls, and more.
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Tour Code:
35 days
Departure City:
Return City:
New York City

35 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Vancouver

    Begin your journey into wonder with an exclusive two night stay at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Your luxury hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city, with culture, restaurants and world-class shopping at your doorstep. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director over a sumptuous welcome dinner this evening.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Vancouver

    Absorb the tranquillity of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park as it opens early, exclusively for Scenic guests. Be the first to wander among the glistening morning dew of the rainforest, before the crowds arrive.

    A sightseeing tour showcases Vancouver’s many treasures.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - 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

  4. Day 4 - Rocky Mountaineer > Jasper

    Feel your awe and excitement peak as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain into the Canadian Rockies. Settle into your home at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for the next two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Jasper

    Cruise on a Harley Davidson™ sidecar, go boating on Maligne Lake or raft down the Athabasca River. Alternatively, take in the views from the Jasper SkyTram or explore Maligne Canyon and Jasper’s lakes.

    Dine at a fine restaurant of your choice tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Icefields Parkway > Banff

    The ‘Ice Explorer’ will take you onto magnificent Athabasca Glacier. Later, take in the magnificent valley or mountain scenery from your view room at Fairmont Banff Springs during your two night Special Stay.

    Select from a range of cuisines at the hotel’s numerous restaurants.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Banff

    Take a helicopter flight, enjoy a Bow River float trip, play nine holes of golf or take a relaxing soak in the mineral pools. Alternatively, ascend Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola, take a guided nature walk or head into the mountains by wagon for a Cowboy Cookout lunch. In July, you can also opt for a day trip to the famous Calgary Stampede.

    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

  8. Day 8 - Banff > Lake Louise

    Journey to Lake Louise and check into your magnificent lakeview room for an overnight Special Stay at the magnificent Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

    Complete your Canadian album by having your photo taken with a real Mountie.

    Fine or casual dining – you decide.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Lake Louise > Sun Peaks

    This evening, learn about Canadian history in the most enjoyable way possible, with your presenter portraying himself as ‘voyageur’. It’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

    Sun Peaks Grand Hotel, your overnight accommodation, is situated in a wonderful alpine village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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.

    Learn all about Canada’s black bears with an exclusive presentation by expert researcher Michael Allen.

    Enjoy a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

    It’s your choice for dining tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Whistler

    Take a zipline adventure or the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Alternatively, take a mountain adventure tour or a jet boat ride.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Whistler > Victoria

    Cross the Georgia Strait by ferry. Others come to take photos of the Fairmont Empress, but you’ll get to stay there for an exclusive two night Special Stay.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Victoria > Butchart Gardens

    Enjoy a visit to the pleasantly intoxicating Butchart Gardens. 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.

    Try whale watching or take a scenic floatplane flight. Or, for a more relaxed pace, take a horse and carriage ride or indulge in afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Vancouver > Alaskan Cruise

    A Cruise Director will escort your luxurious seven night Alaskan voyage on board ms Nieuw Amsterdam in a verandah stateroom. For the duration of your cruise, the ‘Signature Beverage Package’ has been included.

    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

  15. Day 15 - Scenic Cruising

    Cruise northwards on board your elegant cruise ship. Your ‘Welcome to the Seas’ lunch is a great way to celebrate your adventures at sea.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - Skagway

    Discover the historic shop facades, wooden boardwalks and echoes of the gold rush that typify Skagway.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Glacier Bay

    A steaming hot chocolate will keep you warm as you marvel at the dramatic ice walls of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Ketchikan

    Explore Alaska’s remote last port of call.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Scenic Cruising

    Celebrate your spectacular journey at a farewell reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Vancouver > Montréal

    Welcome to eastern Canada. Fly to Montréal (flight not included in land only tour price, please book your flight to depart after 2pm.) where your wondrous journey continues with a two night stay at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  22. Day 22 - Montréal

    Visit the exquisite Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montréal, with its imposing Gothic Revival architecture. Later take a guided tour through the city. Be sure to check out Montréal’s underground city where many locals spend their time during the frosty winter. This evening you can look forward to enjoying dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Montréal > 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 fascinating history, architecture and culture of Québec City as you stroll through the cobblestone streets of North America’s only walled city on a tour of the old town.

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

  24. Day 24 - Québec City

    Today, you can choose to tour Québec City by foot or fly over it. Alternatively, tour the streets in a horse and carriage or sample local treats on a guided walk.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Parc Oméga > Ottawa

    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.

    Straddling the Rideau Canal, Canada’s capital city Ottawa is nothing if not elegant. And for the next two nights, you’ll enjoy a more elegant experience than most at the iconic Fairmont Château Laurier, located steps away from Parliament Hill.

    Tonight, select between local restaurants or your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Ottawa

    Discover the charm of Canada’s capital on a guided tour.

    Canada’s history comes to life with a visit to either the Canadian Museum of History or the War Museum. You could choose to discover Ottawa’s scenery on a river cruise. If you are a ‘foodie’ then you’ll love the ByWard Market Culinary tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  27. Day 27 - Ottawa > Toronto

    Toronto is Canada’s largest city. When it opened in 1929, the Fairmont Royal York was the tallest hotel in the British Commonwealth. It has welcomed royals, presidents and dignitaries alike, and today it will also welcome you for your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Toronto

    Be treated to stunning views of the city and Lake Ontario from Toronto’s CN Tower. Not afraid of heights? Then step out onto the glass floor and outdoor observation area.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  29. Day 29 - Toronto > Niagara Falls

    Today you’ll cruise to the base of Niagara Falls and enjoy the deafening roar of the cascading waters before retreating to your overnight Special Stay, the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls or similar, where you’ll marvel at the view from your Fallsview room.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - Niagara Falls > Lancaster

    Welcome to the USA. Savour a traditional home-style Amish feast, then settle in to the Lancaster Arts hotel or similar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  31. Day 31 - Lancaster > Washington D.C.

    Visit an Amish farm and house as a local guide explains the Amish culture, faith and way of life. Later, you’ll travel to Washington D.C. for a completely contrasting experience. The luxurious Fairmont Washington D.C. is your home for the next two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  32. Day 32 - Washington D.C.

    Enjoy a guided tour of Washington D.C. and gain a greater understanding of its enormous historical significance and influence.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  33. Day 33 - Philadelphia > New York City

    Explore the historic city of Philadelphia before travelling to cosmopolitan New York City where you’ll stay two nights in the Renaissance New York Times Square.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  34. Day 34 - New York City

    Explore incredible New York City on a hop-on-hop-off double decker bus tour.

    Nothing epitomises the excitement of theatre more than a Broadway production. Tonight, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable show in this entertainment mecca.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  35. Day 35 - New York City

    Today, your wondrous journey comes to an end.

    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 package 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
  • 9 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 50 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 5 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

Pricing & Availability