14-nights/15-days APTouring Luxury escorted coach tour through the Canadian Rockies with optional 7-night Holland America Line Inside Passage Cruise
This wonderful 14-night/15 day escorted coach tour with APTouring includes the very best of the Canadian Rockies, including the famous 2-day Rocky Mountaineer train through the Rockies enjoying GoldLeaf Service, plus the fabulous coastal cities of Vancouver and Victoria. There is the option to add on a 7-night Holland America Line cruise of the Inside Passage to Alaska. Staying at the world-famous Fairmont hotels in Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, with tips, gratuities, port taxes, excursions and meals included all you have to do is relax and enjoy the experience of a luxury tour with APTouring.
Day 1. Arrive Vancouver. Day 2. Vancouver Day 3. Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops Day 4. Spiral Tunnels, Banff Day 5. Banff Day 6. Lake Louise Day 7. Moraine Lake, Lake Louise Day 8. Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper Day 9. Jasper Day 10. Mount Robson, Blue River, Sun Peaks Day 11. Whistler Day 12. Whistler Day 13. Georgia Strait, Victoria Day 14. Victoria, The Butchart Gardens Day 15. Depart Vancouver. Holland America Line Cruise Day 16. Cruise the Inside Passage Day 17. Tracy Arm, Juneau Day 18. Skagway Day 19. Glacier Bay Day 20. Ketchikan Day 21 Inside Passage Day 22. 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 a lakeside BBQ with First Nations Entertainment in Jasper.
√ 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.
√ Enjoy breakfast and tour the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™
√ Enjoy a choice of activities in Banff, Jasper, Whistler and Victoria.
√ Choose from a range of restaurants during your time in Banff and at Lake Louise.
√ 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.
Day 1. Arrive Vancouver. 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 an informal 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 you’ll see picturesque English Bay 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, or perhaps visit the shopping mecca of Robson Street. Those seeking tranquillity can admire the beauty of Queen Elizabeth Park. Daily Meals Included: B
Day 3. Kamloops. Today board the famous Rocky Mountaineer and relax in the comfort of your GoldLeaf carriage as you set out into the mountains aboard one of the only passenger trains that covers this historic and awe-inspiring route. View the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains; and pass the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Glide past the steep rocky slopes as your luxurious train follows the Thompson River on the 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. Spiral Tunnels, Banff. Today your rail journey continues east towards the Canadian Rockies. Journey through vast ranchlands 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 magnificent ‘Castle in the Rockies’ – The Fairmont Banff Springs. Stay: Two Nights: Banff National Park, The Fairmont Banff Springs Daily Meals Included: BL
Day 5. Banff, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing and Dining. Today choose from a range of activities in Banff. You may like to take part in the Banff Experience – which includes a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Alternatively, absorb views of the park as you take to the skies on a wonderful heli-flightseeing trip; enjoy a float trip or go paddling down the Bow River; relax at the Willow Stream Spa; or go for a cruise on Lake Minnewanka. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of the superb restaurants located within The Fairmont Banff Springs. Daily Meals Included: BD
Day 6. Lake Louise, Freedom of Choice Dining. Enjoy the chance today 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. Afterwards, tour Banff then travel to Lake Louise. Settle in to your beautiful room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This evening, choose where to dine from a selection of exceptional restaurants within your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: Banff National Park, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Daily Meals Included: BD
Day 7. Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. This morning, travel to breathtaking Moraine Lake. After, board the Lake Louise Gondola and watch for the local grizzly bears as you glide over a prolific wildlife corridor up to a viewing point that offers great views of Lake Louise and its surrounds. Afterwards, join an expert Mountain Heritage Guide and learn about the rich natural history of the region as you take a leisurely stroll. Daily Meals Included: B
Day 8. Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper. This morning, join the Icefields Parkway, a picturesque route that winds through the Canadian Rockies past ancient glaciers, vast icefields, broad sweeping valleys and pristine lakes. After pausing to take in Peyto Lake, stop at the giant Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll board a specially-designed Ice Explorer vehicle and journey right onto the Athabasca Glacier. Later, stroll along the spectacular Glacier Skywalk for stunning views of the park. Having entered Jasper National Park, you’ll then continue on via Athabasca Falls to your accommodation at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Stay: Two Nights: Jasper National Park, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Daily Meals Included: B
Day 9. Jasper, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing. Choose your preferred sightseeing activity. Your options include an exhilarating Harley Davidson Motorcycle Sidecar Tour; embarking on an exciting Maligne Valley Wildlife Experience; or perhaps going rafting down the Athabasca River.You may like to ride the Jasper Tramway; take an Interpretive Nature Hike; or take part in an Evening Wildlife Discovery. Following your activity, the rest of this afternoon is yours at leisure. Later, 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 serenity of the outdoors at a stylish barbecue dinner. Dine on deliciously fresh local Canadian produce as you take in a captivating live performance by a talented group of First Nations entertainers. Daily Meals Included: BD
Day 10. Mount Robson, Blue River, Sun Peaks. Join the Yellowhead Highway and re-enter British Columbia today, stopping to take in views of the south face of Mount Robson – the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and the second highest peak in British Columbia. On arrival in the town of Blue River, board a custom-designed boat and skim over the waterways, all while watching for the grizzly and black bears that are often seen here.You may also catch sight of the caribou, moose, eagles and many other native creatures that call the Monashee Mountains home. After lunch continue on to Sun Peaks. Stay: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel. Daily Meals Included: BLD
Day 11. Whistler. Today you will 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 views. Then re-enter the lush Coast Mountains on your way to the iconic alpine resort of Whistler. After settling in, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening. Stay: Two Nights: Whistler, The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa. Daily Meals Included: BD
Day 12. Whistler, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing. For an insight into the heritage of Canada’s indigenous people, you’ll enjoy breakfast and a tour at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre this morning. This afternoon, enjoy your selected activity. You might choose to take an eco-trek to Lost Lake; enjoy a floatplane flight; explore Whistler Mountain on a Snowcat adventure; enjoy a Mountain Jeep Safari; ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola; or perhaps set out on a Tree Trek/Zip Trek. This evening is then yours to enjoy your surrounds at your leisure. Daily Meals Included: B
Day 13. Georgia Strait, Victoria. Travel 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, Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa. Daily Meals Included: B
OPTIONAL FLOATPLANE TO VICTORIA – perhaps take a one-hour flight from Whistler to Victoria (own expense).
Day 14. Victoria, The Butchart Gardens, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing. This morning visit The Butchart Gardens 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; fish for salmon; ride in a horse-drawn carriage; or delight in afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress Hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Daily Meals Included: BD
Day 15. Holland America Line Cruise. Today return to Vancouver transfer to the airport. Guests opting for the Inside Passage cruise board your ship and settle in for your Alaska cruise. 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, stay in a spacious Verandah Stateroom. Daily Meals Included: BD
Day 16. Cruise the Inside Passage. Enjoy a full day at sea as your ship cruises along coastal British Columbia and the Alaska Panhandle, gliding past rocky headlands and over the icy waters of the Inside Passage. Daily Meals Included: BLD
Day 17. Tracy Arm, Juneau. Cruise to Tracy Arm this morning, a narrow and twisting fjord that features 2,000-metre-high peaks, sheer rock faces and waterfalls at almost every turn, passing fjords and rivers of ice. Later, arrive in Alaska’s capital, Juneau, set at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel. Here, disembark and explore at leisure or set off on one of the many available excursions (own expense). Daily Meals Included: BLD
Day 18. Skagway. Today you’ll arrive in Skagway, at the Inside Passage’s northernmost point. 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 19. Glacier Bay. Wake to the breathtaking sight of World Heritage-listed Glacier Bay National Park with its rivers of ice and sky-scraping peaks. As you cruise through the national park, you’ll benefit from the insightful commentary of local rangers who have 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 20. Ketchikan. A cheerful town set on the shores of the Tongass Narrows, Ketchikan and its surrounds present a range of attractions, including Misty Fjords National Monument -one of America’s largest wilderness areas. Daily Meals Included: BLD
Day 21. 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 22. Depart Vancouver. On arrival back in Vancouver, transfer to the airport. Daily Meals Included: B
20 Day/19 night Land/Cruise UT19BEVV 2016
Tour prices in £’s per person based
on two adults sharing a double room
27 Apr* 5715 04 May 5635 14 & 18 May 5955 25 May; 01**, 08, 15 Jun 6275 22 Jun 6475 25 & 29 Jun; 06, 16, 20, 30 Jun 6275 03 & 06 Aug 6195 10, 13, 17, 24, 31 Aug 6115 03 Sep 5955 Prices include:
19-nights hotel/cruise accommodation, 44 meals, escorted coach tour transportation, transfers, 2-day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service, 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.
15 Day/14 night Land tour
Tour prices in £’s per person based
on two adults sharing a double room
27 Apr* 4075 04, 14, 18 May 4235 25 May: 01**08, 15 Jun 4715 22 Jun 4915 25 & 29 Jun; 06, 16, 20, 30 Jul; 03, 06, 10 Aug 4715 13 & 17 Aug 4635 24 Aug 4835 31 Aug; 03 Sep 4635 Prices include:
14-nights hotel accommodation, 24 meals, escorted coach tour transportation, transfers, 2-day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service, 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 10 is not available.
** Itinerary varies slightly – guests will stay at Sawridge Inn on Days 8 & 9.
Cruise Upgrades possible – enquire at the time of booking.
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. From £290.00 per person, twin share. Please enquire for details.