This wonderful 20 day/19 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.
Day 1. Arrive Vancouver. Day 2. Vancouver Day 3. Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops Day 4. Spiral Tunnels, Banff Day 5. Banff Day 6. Moraine Lake, Lake Louise Day 7. Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper Day 8. Mount Robson, Blue River, Sun Peaks Day 9. Whistler Day 10. Georgia Strait, Victoria Day 11. Victoria, The Butchart Gardens Day 12. Holland America Line Cruise Day 13. Cruise the Inside Passage Day 14. Tracy Arm, Juneau Day 15. Skagway Day 16. Glacier Bay Day 17. Ketchikan Day 18. Inside Passage Day 19. 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.
√ Meet a Mountie in Banff.
√ Take a stroll by Lake Louise with a Mountain Heritage Guide.
√ Enjoy the opportunity to spot bears on a Blue River Safari.
√ Enjoy breakfast in the original Butchart family home and explore The Butchart Gardens before the crowds arrive.
√ Indulge in a Sail Away Dinner at the renowned Pinnacle Grill.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™
√ Enjoy a choice of activities in Banff and Victoria.
√ Choose from a range of restaurants during your time in Banff, at Lake Louise and in Jasper.
√ 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 overnight at The Westin Whistler Resort & Spa.
√ Stay two nights at The Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria.
Day 1. Depart London, Arrive Vancouver .Today make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia. On arrival here,you’ll be met by an APT representative and transferred to your hotel. Settle in to your elegant room and enjoy lovely views of the city skyline. Meet your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at an informal Welcome Dinner this evening.Two Night Stay: Vancouver,The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. D
Day 2. Vancouver. This morning, take a sightseeing tour of beautiful Vancouver,introducing you to the city’s must-see attractions. Visit Stanley Park, a world-class,400-hectare evergreen oasis located just stepsaway from downtown Vancouver. Then head to Granville Island, the 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 tranquility can admire the native trees and scenic views of the local parks. B
Day 3. Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops.This morning, step aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer and relax in the comfort of your GoldLeaf carriage as you set out into the mountains along this awe-inspiring route. Take in the lush fertile fields of the 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). BL
Day 4. Spiral Tunnels, Banff. Your Rocky Mountaineer rail journey continues east this morning towards the magnificent Canadian Rockies. Journey through vast ranch lands past Shuswap Lake and along the South Thompson River; see the engineering marvel of the Spiral Tunnels; and traverse Kicking Horse Pass, which takes you across the Continental Divide of the Americas and into the province of Alberta. On arrival in Banff National Park, disembark and head for the ‘Castle in the Rockies’ – The Fairmont Banff Springs. Enjoy the evening at leisure to relax and take in your incredible surrounds.Two Night Stay: Banff National Park, The Fairmont Banff Springs. BL
Day 5. Banff, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing & Dining. Today you’ll enjoy the opportunity to select from a range of exciting Freedom on Choice activities in Banff. You may like to take part in the Banff Experience which includes a visit to the fascinating Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Alternatively,absorb views of this spectacular National Parkas you take to the skies on a wonderful heli-flightseeing trip; enjoy a scenic float trip down the beautiful Bow River; relax at the indulgent Willow Stream Spa; cruise across picturesque Lake Minnewanka; or perhaps embark on a relaxing Voyageur Canoe Tour.Following your activity, this evening you’ll have the opportunity to choose where to dine from one of the superb restaurants located within The Fairmont Banff Springs. BD
Day 6. Moraine Lake,Lake Louise, Freedom of Choice Dining. This morning you’ll meet a Mountie, who’ll regale you with tales of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their fascinating history. Afterwards, board the Banff Gondola and ascend to the top of Sulphur Mountain, where you’ll be awe-struck by the sweeping panoramic views out over six mountain ranges. Returning to the foot of the mountain, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the enchanting Banff township, before setting of over 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 your iconic hotel, 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 emerald-coloured lake. Later this evening, choose where to dine from a selection of exceptional restaurants located in your hotel. Stay: Banff National Park, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. BD
Day 7. Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper, Freedom of Choice Dining. This morning following breakfast, you’ll set out along the Icefields Parkway. Travel along this famous and 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 of the Americas. After pausing to admire the bright, turquoise colour of Peyto Lake, continue on to the giant Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll board a specially-designed Ice Explorer vehicle and journey out onto the Athabasca Glacier. Formed from snow falling as much as 400 years ago, take in the breathtaking sights of this remarkable natural wonder. Afterwards, having entered Jasper National Park, stop to take in the spectacle of powerful Athabasca Falls before arriving at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. After settling in, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants located within your lodge. Stay: Jasper National Park, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. BD
Day 8. Mount Robson, Blue River, Sun Peaks. Join the Yellowhead Highway this morning, which will take you over the Yellowhead Pass and back across the Continental Divide into British Columbia. Stop in Mount Robson Provincial Park to take in views of the south face of Mount Robson – the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. On arrival in the town of Blue River, board a custom-designed boat and skim over the waterways, watching for the grizzly and black bears that are frequently sighted here, as well the caribou, moose, eagles and many other native creatures that call the Monashee Mountains home. After disembarking from your Blue River Safari, enjoy lunch before continuing on by coach to Sun Peaks, a delightful European-style alpine resort village nestled at the base of three mountains. Stay: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel.BLD
Day 9. Whistler. This morning following breakfast, depart Sun Peaks and follow the tracks of the early gold rush pioneers through the rugged Cariboo region. Travel via the city of Kamloops and the rural town of Lillooet, stopping along the way to take in the pretty scenic views out over both Seton and Duffey lakes. Later, you’ll travel though the towering Coast Mountains before arriving in the iconic alpine town of Whistler. BD Stay: The Westin Whistler Resort & Spa.
Day 10. Georgia Strait, Victoria. This morning you’ll depart Whistler, travelling down the Sea-to-Sky Highway via pretty Shannon Falls on the way to Horseshoe Bay. From here, board a ferry for the journey across Georgia Strait to the small city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Disembark and travel by coach via Chemainus, home to a number of unique outdoor murals, to Victoria.
OPTIONAL FLOATPLANE TO VICTORIA Forgo the journey by land and ferry to take a one-hour flight from Whistler to Victoria (own expense). Enjoy incredible views of the Georgia Strait and arrive in Victoria in the early afternoon, where you’ll enjoy time at leisure to explore.
Two Night Stay: Vancouver Island, Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria.
Day 11. Victoria, The Butchart Gardens, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing. This morning visit The Butchart Gardens before the crowds arrive and enjoy breakfast in the original Butchart residence. Afterwards, go on a whale watching cruise; take a seaplane flight; tour the city’s historic houses and gardens; fish for salmon; ride in a horse-drawn carriage; or delight in afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress Hotel. Tonight, as the land portion of your trip draws to an end, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. BD 7 NIGHT INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE
Day 12. Holland America Line Cruise. After breakfast, return by ferry to the mainland, where 13 Day guests depart the tour with a transfer to the airport. Remaining guests board their ship and settle in for a seven-night cruise along the Inside Passage. This evening, enjoy a delightful Sail Away Dinner at the renowned Pinnacle Grill. You can also enjoy lunch here on a day of your choosing throughout the cruise. Seven Night Cruise: Holland America Line ship, Verandah Stateroom. BD
Day 13. 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. BLD
Day 14. Tracy Arm, Juneau. Cruise to the entrance of Tracy Arm. A narrow and twisting fjord that features 2,000-metre-high peaks, sheer rock faces and waterfalls at almost every turn, this is a truly unforgettable experience. At the end of the fjord, pass the breathtaking twin Sawyer glaciers. The ship then makes its way to Alaska’s capital, Juneau. Set at the foot of the majestic Coast Mountains on the shores of the Gastineau Channel, here you will disembark for time to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, set off on one of the exciting excursions that are available to you (own expense). BLD
Day 15. 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. Disembark your ship after breakfast and enjoy a variety of unique excursions (own expense). BLD
Day 16. 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. BLD
Day 17. Ketchikan. Ketchikan is a cheerful town that’s set right on the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many colourful 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. Disembark your ship and enjoy exploring this charming town independently. BLD
Day 18. The Inside Passage. Heading south through the Inside Passage, watch the glorious landscape slip by on your final day at sea. Marvel at the snow-capped peaks and glaciers, and from the ship’s deck, watch for whales that frequently frolic in nearby waters. BLD
Day 19. Depart Vancouver. On arrival back in Vancouver this morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight. B
20 Day/19 night Land/Cruise UT19BEVV 2016
Tour prices in £’s per person based
on two adults sharing a double room
30 Apr* 5035 07, 14, 21 May 5275 28 May 5515 04 Jun 5555 25 Jun, 16 & 23 Jul 5555 30 Jul & 06 Aug 5475 20 & 27 Aug 5395 03 & 10 Sep 5315 Prices include:
19-nights hotel/cruise accommodation, 41 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.
13 Day/12 night Land tour
Tour prices in £’s per person based
on two adults sharing a double room
30 Apr* 3515 07 May 3595 14 & 21 May 3755 28 May & 04 Jun 3915 25 Jun; 16, 23 & 30 Jul; 06 Aug 3915 20 Aug 4075 27 Aug; 03 & 10 Sep 3835 Prices include:
12-nights hotel accommodation, 20 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 ensure your onward flight departs Vancouver no earlier than 1 pm.
*Due to seasonal conditions, Blue River Safari with lunch on Day 8 is not available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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; and a Verandah Suite on your Holland America Line cruise. From £620.00 per person, twin share. Please enquire for details.