Best of Canada's West With Alaska Cruise Inside Stateroom - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

19 days

from $5937 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"A wonderful way to travel"
Cathy , Jun 2014

The glaciers, national parks and laid-back cities of western Canada are just some of the highlights on this adventure into places like Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Jasper and Banff.

It's Insider moments like… walking past wine barrels stacked floor-to-ceiling at Church and State Wines in Saanich on your way to taste award-winning wine crafted from grapes and aged in oak barrels, on this estate of more than 100 acres. It's walking on the icy surface of the majestic Athabasca Glacier after reaching it on a mammoth Ice Explorer vehicle. And it's getting to know Canadian lifestyles and landscapes – from your meeting with a ‘Mountie' to your interpretive walk along incredible Maligne Canyon.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
DBCI

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE VANCOUVER

    Welcome to Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city! Check into your hotel and get settled or head out to explore the jewel of British Columbia on your own. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s)

    welcome reception

    Hotel

    Vancouver Marriot Pinnacle Downtown

  • 2.

    VANCOUVER – STRAIT OF GEORGIA – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS)

    Set out for Stanley Park and the towering totem poles and explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Gastown with their cobbled streets. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island and Victoria, home to fashionable tearooms and old English charm. Visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly-balanced vintages, carefully crafted with grapes farmed from over 100 acres and aged in French oak barrels. Indulge in a Be My Guest lunch featuring local cuisine delicately paired with their delicious wines followed by a tour of the winery. This afternoon, tour the exhibit of free-flight tropical butterflies at the Butterfly Gardens, an indoor world of tropical colour and sights and home to more than 3,000 butterflies.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Marriott Inner Harbour

  • 3.

    VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre preserve of gorgeous floral gardens. Site of an old cement plant in the early 20th century, it was transformed by the Butchart family into a world-famous preserve of exotic plants and flowers. Meet with a representative of the gardens who can answer any questions you have, and then spend some time exploring on your own, strolling the winding pathways, spotting colourful butterflies and taking in their unique natural beauty. Back in Victoria, enjoy the rest of your day on your own. Walk around town, do some shopping or perhaps join an optional whale-watching trip. This evening, dinner is up to you with a selection of delectable restaurants for a Your Choice dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Your Choice

  • 4.

    VICTORIA – SEA-TO-SKY-HIGHWAY – WHISTLER

    Return to the mainland and board your motorcoach for a drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway, which winds between the glittering waters of Howe Sound and the soaring Coastal Mountains. Feel the spray on your face and listen to the thunder of the water at the 1,105 foot (337 metre) high Shannon Falls near the town of Squamish, once the southern terminal of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. This afternoon, arrive in Whistler where you'll check into your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

  • 5.

    WHISTLER – KAMLOOPS

    Head east as you cross the Coast Mountains and travel along remote Duffy Lake Road through some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada. End your day's journey in historic Kamloops, which means “the meeting of the waters.”

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Doubletree by Hilton Kamloops

  • 6.

    KAMLOOPS – CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN PARKS – BANFF (2 NIGHTS)

    Sample the best of Canada's natural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, home to old-growth rainforest of alpine meadows rich with wildflowers. Then, enter Glacier National Park and climb over stunning Rogers Pass—keep an eye out for native wildlife such as caribou, mountain goats and grizzly bears. After crossing the Columbia River, arrive in Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, ice-clad peaks and a natural bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Surmount the Continental Divide, and enter Banff National Park where you arrive at your quintessential alpine resort. Enjoy dinner and a Local Expert presentation where you will learn all about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a real life "Mountie."

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Banff Park Lodge

  • 7.

    BANFF SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. Then board the Banff Gondola for a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day as you like.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 8.

    BANFF – LAKE LOUISE – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – JASPER NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise where you learn about the history and geology of the area on a short interpretive walk. Head north amidst a landscape of towering peaks, thundering waterfalls and ancient glaciers, keeping an eye out for elk, black bear and mountain goats. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield when you board an Ice Explorer on the massive Athabasca Glacier. More action is in store if you'd like to take an optional float trip on the Athabasca River on the way to Jasper National Park. Stay in the heart of the park where you learn about the wildlife that call these stunning mountains home during an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Chateau Jasper

  • 9.

    JASPER NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING

    Start the day with an optional cruise on Maligne Lake before embarking on an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon's trail past beautiful waterfalls and spectacular rock formations. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you like: relish the superb vistas, stroll the quaint streets of Jasper or join an optional guided alpine experience to Mount Edith Cavell (June through September only).

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 10.

    JASPER NATIONAL PARK– MOUNT ROBSON – SUN PEAKS

    Head west over Yellowhead Pass and arrive at Mount Robson, the Rockies' tallest peak at 12,989 feet (3,959 metres). Follow the Thompson River as you descend through the Columbia Mountains and arrive at your hotel in the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks. After arrival into SunPeaks, enjoy an interpretive walk and learn all about local medicinal plants. Upon completion of the walk, join your new friends and travelling companions for a unique Farewell Dinner and get a true insider's perspective on the fur trapping and trading industry of the region while tasting authentic regional food.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Sun Peaks Grand

  • 11.

    SUN PEAKS – VANCOUVER

    Returning to the Pacific coast, arrive back in Vancouver and settle in at your downtown hotel. Bid farewell to your Travel Director and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown

  • 12.

    VANCOUVER – INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE (7 NIGHTS)

    Enjoy the day on your own until you are transferred to Canada Place, where you board Holland America Line's ms Noordam for your luxury cruise.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 13.

    SCENIC CRUISING – INSIDE PASSAGE

    The Inside Passage winds between the continental shoreline and the great Pacific from Alaska down to the Pacific Northwest. Revel in the scenery as you slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by rugged, isolated islands.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 14.

    SCENIC CRUISING – TRACY ARM AND SAWYER GLACIER – JUNEAU

    Famed naturalist John Muir said of Tracy Arm, “no ice-work that I have ever seen surpasses this.” The 26 mile (42 kilometre) long fjord is home to numerous glaciers, calving enormous chunks of ice into the clear waters; countless waterfalls streaming down the lush mountainsides; and a ravishing wilderness you won't soon forget. Arrive in Juneau, Alaska's capital, and stroll its picturesque streets, visit a Gold Rush-era saloon or take an optional experience to Tongass National Forest.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 15.

    SKAGWAY

    The Alaskan Gold Rush transformed Skagway from a sleepy hamlet to a riotous boomtown. Step into the town's colourful past at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park with its restored frontier-style storefronts and rustic wooden boardwalks.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 16.

    SCENIC CRUISING – GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

    No roads lead to the pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park. Grizzly bears roam the seemingly endless spruce forests. Bald eagles soar upon the thermals. From the comfort of your ship, watch this landscape of immense glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers and imagine what Alaska was like before the first humans set foot upon the land.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 17.

    KETCHIKAN

    Scenic, remote Ketchikan clings to the side of a steep hillside overlooking the expanse of the northern Pacific. While ashore, check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, intricately carved with native designs. If you like, consider taking an optional guided tour through town, a harbour cruise or a floatplane flightseeing trip. If you're craving excitement, opt to do some fishing (Ketchikan calls itself the salmon capital of the world), paddle a kayak through the clear waters or journey into the mountains on a jeep.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 18.

    SCENIC CRUISING INSIDE PASSAGE

    Today is a day of relaxation as you cruise back to Vancouver through the famed Inside Passage. Take advantage of your ship's superb facilities or simply relax on deck and watch the unmatched scenery glide by.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 19.

    DEPART VANCOUVER

    Sail into Vancouver Harbour early this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown hotel if you wish to extend your stay.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Attend a private lunch, tour and tasting at a family-owned winery in Victoria.
  • Local Expert

    Enjoy a wildlife presentation in Jasper.
    Learn about the Canadian Mounted Police at a "Meet a Mountie" presentation in Banff.
  • Your Choice

    Choose between three delectable dinner options in Victoria.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Vancouver.
  • Orientation tour of quaint Banff.
  • Scenic drives along the Sea-to-Sky Highway and Icefields Parkway.
  • View Lake Louise, Stanley Park, Glacier, Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks.
  • Visit scenic Victoria.

Dining

  • 10 full breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners

    (including Your Choice Dining, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
  • Be My Guest lunch.

  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 10 nights first class accommodation (Land-only)
  • Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

We offer a range of Optional Experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited, these can be paid with cash or credit card. We are sorry but at this time we are unable to display all optionals for this trip. Where available, these Optional Experiences will be added to our website shortly.

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