14-day Luxury Land Tour with optional 7-night Inside Passage Cruise

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This wonderful 14 day/13 night escorted coach tour with APTouring includes the very best of the Canadian Rockies including the famous Rocky Mountaineer train through the Rockies and an optional fabulous 7 night Holland America Lines Cruise through the Inside Passage to Alaska. Using the best hotels, GoldLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer and a Verandah Stateroom aboard ship, and with most meals, tips, transfers and excursions included, there’s nothing for you to do but relax and enjoy the stunning scenery, wildlife and culture on this luxurious tour of the Canadian Rockies and the Inside Passage.APT Luxury logo

 

  • Day 1. Arrive Vancouver
    Day 2. Vancouver
    Day 3. Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops
    Day 4. Mount Robson, Jasper
    Day 5. Jasper
    Day 6. Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Banff
    Day 7. Banff
    Day 8. Lake Louise
    Day 9. Kelowna
    Day 10. Whistler
    Day 11. Whistler
    Day 12. Georgia Strait, Victoria
    Day 13. Victoria
    Day 14. Depart Vancouver/Holland America Line
    Day 15. Cruise the Inside Passage
    Day 16. Tracey Arm, Juneau
    Day 17. Skagway
    Day 18. Glacier Bay
    Day 19. Ketchikan
    Day 20. Cruise the Inside Passage
    Day 21. Depart Vancouver

    Luxury Inclusions, Ultimate Touring

    YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
    √ Travel with a maximum of 40 guests.
    √ Two-day journey on the Rocky Mountaineer in a GoldLeaf carriage.
    √ Dedicated Canadian APT Tour Director.
    √ All gratuities and airport transfers.
    √ Guaranteed mountain-view room at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
    √ Guaranteed lake-view room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
    √ A comprehensive range of included sightseeing activities.

    INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE EXPERIENCE
    √ Seven night Inside Passage cruise in a Verandah Stateroom aboard a Holland America Line ship.
    √ Complimentary beer and wine with dinner aboard your cruise.
    √ Enjoy three gourmet meals a day on your Inside Passage cruise.

    SIGNATURE INVITATIONS
    √ Meet a Mountie in Banff.
    √ Take a stroll by Lake Louise with a Mountain Heritage Guide.
    √ Enjoy a lakeside barbecue with First Nations Entertainment in Jasper.
    √ Enjoy breakfast and tour the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

    FREEDOM OF CHOICE™
    SIGHTSEEING INCLUSIONS
    √ Enjoy a choice of activities in Jasper, Banff, Whistler and Victoria.
    DINING INCLUSIONS
    √ Choose from a range of restaurants during your time in Banff, and Lake Louise.

    OUTSTANDING ACCOMMODATION
    √ Stay two nights in the stunning heart of Vancouver at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.
    √ Enjoy a superb two-night stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
    √ Enjoy an overnight stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
    √ Relax during an overnight stay at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
    √ Stay two nights at the Westin Whistler Resort & Spa.
    √ Unwind during a two-night stay in a harbour-view room at the magnificent Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria.

  • Vancouver Stanley Park
    Vancouver Stanley Park

    Day 1. Arrive Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Settle in to your elegant room and enjoy lovely views of the city skyline, then meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner. Stay: Two Nights: Vancouver, The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel  Daily Meals Included: D

    Day 2. Vancouver.  This morning, take a sightseeing tour of beautiful Vancouver that will introduce you to the city’s must-see attractions. Visit Stanley Park, a world-class, 400-hectare evergreen oasis located just steps away from downtown Vancouver. Then head to Granville Island, the bustling heart of Vancouver’s cultural scene. Here, wander amid the colourful public market. You’ll also see picturesque English Bay and Vancouver Harbour, before enjoying the afternoon and evening to spend at your leisure, discovering this vibrant harbourside city. You may like to wander through the old cobblestone streets of Gastown, the birthplace of Vancouver, whilst others may prefer to visit the shopping mecca of Robson Street. Those seeking tranquillity can admire the native trees and panoramic views of Queen Elizabeth Park.   Daily Meals Included: B

    RM GoldLeaf couple in dome car
    Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf dome car

    Day 3. Kamloops.  This morning you’ll step aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer and relax in the comfort of your GoldLeaf carriage as you set out into the mountains along the awe-inspiring route – the Journey through the Clouds, and take in the lush Fraser River Valley. See the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains; pass the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon; and glide past the steep rocky slopes as your train follows the Thompson River on its way to the city of Kamloops.  Stay: Kamloops, hotel as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer (Kamloops has limited accommodation – two or three-star hotels).  Daily Meals Included: BL

    Day 4. Mount Robson, Jasper.  Your Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure continues north-east today, towards the majestic Canadian Rockies. Follow the North Thompson River through the Monashee Mountains and past Pyramid Creek Falls – where glacier-fed Pyramid Creek tumbles out of a hanging valley into the river below. After taking in the spectacular sight of Mount Robson – the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies – you’ll climb over the Yellowhead Pass on the way to beautiful Jasper National Park, where your wonderful rail journey concludes.  Stay: Two Nights: Jasper National Park, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge   Daily Meals Included: BL

    Day 5. Jasper, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing.  This morning you have the opportunity to personalise your holiday experience by selecting from a wide range of activities on offer in Jasper National Park. You might choose to take an exhilarating Harley Davidson Motorcycle Sidecar Tour; embark on a Maligne Valley Experience; go rafting down the Athabasca River; or perhaps ride the Jasper Tramway for views of the park. Alternatively, those more interested in nature might enjoy the chance to join an expert local guide and set out on an Interpretive Nature Hike through the forest of Jasper National Park. Following your activity, rejoin the rest of your fellow passengers and head over to the shores of Trefoil Lake, with a backdrop of Pyramid Mountain within the lodge grounds. Here this evening, immerse yourself in the tranquility of the outdoors at a stylish barbecue dinner. Dine on fresh local Canadian produce as you take in a live performance by a talented group of First Nations entertainers.  Daily Meals Included: BD

    Columbia Icefield aerial view
    Columbia Icefield

    Day 6. Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Banff.  This morning, you’ll set out over the renowned Icefields Parkway, a picturesque route that winds through the Canadian Rockies past the ancient glaciers, vast icefields, broad sweeping valleys and pristine lakes that straddle the Continental Divide. After pausing to take in Maligne Canyon and Athabasca Falls, stop at the giant Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll board a specially-designed Ice Explorer vehicle and journey right onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier. Having entered Banff National Park, you will then be able to take the time to admire the shimmering turquoise waters of Peyto Lake before continuing on to the lovely mountain township of Banff and the magnificent ‘Castle in the Rockies’ – The Fairmont Banff Springs.  Stay: Two Nights: Banff National Park, The Fairmont Banff Springs.  Daily Meals Included: B

    APT Banff Springs
    Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

    Day 7. Banff, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing and Dining.  After breakfast this morning, choose how you’d like to explore the region from an expanded range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions. You may like to take part in the Banff Experience – which includes a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada’s national parks. Alternatively, you might like to take to the skies for some astonishing views of the park on a wonderful heli-flightseeing trip; take a float trip or go paddling down the beautiful Bow River; relax and pamper yourself at the Willow Stream Spa; or enjoy a leisurely picturesque cruise on nearby Lake Minnewanka. This evening, choose from one of the fine restaurants located within your hotel at which to enjoy dinner.  Daily Meals Included: BD

    APT Moraine Lake
    Moraine Lake

    Day 8. Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Freedom of Choice Dining.  Enjoy the opportunity this morning to Meet a Mountie and hear tales of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Afterwards, board the Banff Gondola and ascend to the top of Sulphur Mountain, where you’ll be awestruck by the sweeping panoramic views out over six mountain ranges. Returning to the foot of the mountain, you’ll then enjoy a guided tour of the town, before setting out along the Trans-Canada Highway. Travel through the lush forest of Banff National Park to Moraine Lake, located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. After pausing to admire the beauty of this stunning glacially-fed lake, continue on to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Here, after settling in, join an expert Mountain Heritage Guide and learn about the rich natural history of the region as you set off on a leisurely stroll beside the shoreline of this iconic lake. Later this evening, dine at one of the exceptional restaurants located in your hotel.  Stay: Banff National Park, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  Daily Meals Included: BD

    Day 9. Kelowna.  Departing Lake Louise after breakfast, today you’ll cross Kicking Horse Pass, which takes you across the Continental Divide of the Americas and back into British Columbia. After descending from the magnificent Canadian Rockies, you’ll then travel through three of the province’s fabled national parks – Yoho, Glacier and Mt Revelstoke – before arriving in the city of Kelowna, located in the wine-producing region of the Okanagan Valley.  Stay: Kelowna, Delta Grand Okanagan.  Daily Meals Included: BD

    Day 10. Whistler.  Departing Kelowna, this morning you’ll follow the historic tracks of the early gold rush pioneers through the rugged Cariboo region. Travel via the remote rural town of Lillooet, and stop at both Seton and Duffey lakes to take in the stunning views here. Then re-enter the lush Coast Mountains on your way to the iconic alpine resort of Whistler. After settling in to your accommodation, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening.  Stay: Two Nights: Whistler, The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa  Daily Meals Included: BD

    Day 11. Whistler, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing.  For an insight into the heritage of Canada’s indigenous people, enjoy breakfast and a tour at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre this morning. This afternoon, take an eco-trek to Lost Lake; enjoy a floatplane flight; explore Whistler Mountain on a 4WD or Snowcat adventure; enjoy a Mountain Jeep Safari; ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola; or perhaps set out on a Tree Trek/Zip Trek. The evening is then yours at leisure.   Daily Meals Included: B

    Day 12. Georgia Strait, Victoria.  Today travel the Sea to Sky Highway via Shannon Falls to Horseshoe Bay. Here, ride a ferry to Vancouver Island and the small city of Nanaimo. Travel by coach via Chemainus, home to a number of outdoor murals, to Victoria.
    Stay: Two Nights: Vancouver Island, Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria.  Daily Meals Included: B

    OPTIONAL FLOATPLANE TO VICTORIA – Perhaps take a one-hour flight from Whistler to Victoria (own expense).

    APT Butchart Gardens
    Butchart Gardens

    Day 13. Victoria, Butchart Gardens, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing.  This morning you’ll enjoy the opportunity to visit The Butchart Gardens before the crowds have arrived, and enjoy breakfast in the original Butchart family residence. Afterwards, you are able to choose your activity. You may like to go whale watching; take a seaplane flight; tour the city’s heritage district; go fishing for salmon; ride in a horse-drawn carriage; or delight in afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress Hotel. This evening, as the land portion of your journey draws to an end, enjoy a delightful Farewell Dinner with your fellow guests.  Daily Meals Included: BD

    Day 14. Holland America Line Cruise.  Board your ship and this evening, enjoy a delightful Sail Away Dinner at the renowned Pinnacle Grill, plus a lunch here on the day of your choosing.  Stay: Seven Nights: Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam, stay in a spacious Verandah Stateroom.  Daily Meals Included: BD

    Day 15. Cruise the Inside Passage.  Enjoy a full day at sea as your ship cruises along coastal British Columbia and the Alaska Panhandle. Glide past rocky headlands and over the icy waters of the Inside Passage, one of the most picturesque sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls.   Daily Meals Included: BLD

    Day 16. Tracy Arm, Juneau.  Today you will cruise to Tracy Arm, a twisting and narrow fjord. Then continue your journey to Alaska’s capital, Juneau, set at the foot of the majestic Coast Mountains on the Gastineau Channel. Here, you have the chance to disembark and explore at leisure, or set off on one of the exciting excursions available to you (own expense).  Daily Meals Included: BLD

    APT Skagway train
    Skagway
    APT Inside passage cruise pax on deck
    Inside Passage cruise

    Day 17. Skagway.  Today you’ll arrive in Skagway at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage. Once a gateway city for the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway’s frontier-style atmosphere remains evident today. Here, a variety of unique excursions are on offer (own expense). Daily Meals Included: BLD

    Day 18. Glacier Bay.  Wake up to the breathtaking sight of World Heritage-listed Glacier Bay National Park, which boasts more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. As you cruise through the national park and take in the rivers of ice and sky-scraping peaks, you’ll benefit from the insightful commentary of local rangers who will come aboard your ship to explain the geological wonders and point out some of the diverse wildlife and marine mammals.  Daily Meals Included: BLD

    Day 19. Ketchikan.  Ketchikan is a cheerful town that’s set right on the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. Besides the main attractions of the town itself, including the Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Bight State Park, Ketchikan also acts as a gateway to Misty Fjords National Monument – one of America’s largest wilderness areas.  Daily Meals Included: BLD

    Day 20. The Inside Passage.  Heading south through the Inside Passage, watch the glorious landscape slip by on your final day at sea.  Daily Meals Included: BLD

    Day 21. Depart Vancouver.  On arrival back in Vancouver this morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.   Daily Meals Included: B

     

  • 21 Day/20 night Land/Cruise UT21JEVV
    2016
    Tour prices in £’s per person based
    on two adults sharing a double room
    Double
    £
    17 & 24 Apr* 5115
    08 May 5435
    19 & 26 Jun; 03 Jul 5915
    14 & 28 Aug 5675
    Prices include:
    20-nights hotel/cruise accommodation, 42 meals, escorted coach tour transportation, transfers, 7-night Inside Passage Cruise with Holland America, Verandah Stateroom, port charges, complimentary beer and wine aboard your cruise, excursions as per the itinerary, driver and local guide tipping and the services of a professional tour directory.
    14 Day/13 night Land tour
    UT14JEV
    2016
    Tour prices in £’s per person based
    on two adults sharing a double room
    Double
    £
    17 & 24 Apr* 3835
    08 May 4075
    19 & 26 Jun 4635
    03 Jul 4395
    14 & 28 Aug 4315
    Prices include:
    13-nights hotel accommodation, 22 meals, escorted coach tour transportation, transfers, excursions as per the itinerary, driver and local guide tipping and the services of a professional tour directory.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    * Itinerary varies slightly – guests will stay at Sawridge Inn on Days 4 & 5.

    Cruise upgrades are possible – please enquire at the time of booking.

    Please ensure your onward flight departs Vancouver no earlier than 1 pm.

    Just America will be pleased to assist with transatlantic flights, additional pre and post tour accommodation and onward travel to other destinations within North America. Call Just America for tour availability on 01489 892329 or email enquiries@justamerica.co.uk

    Exclusive APT Gold Experience

    Features include: Fairmont Gold Rooms in Vancouver, Banff and at Lake Louise; a Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge; From £230.00 per person, twin share. Please enquire for details.

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