Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast and Cruise 2019
22 days with Insight Vacations Rating:
Day 1 Welcome to Vancouver.
Arrive in Vancouver, a haven for sports enthusiasts and keen history buffs alike. This unique city offers something for everyone. From its striking mountains to the bustle of the city’s art and music scene, this British Colombia seaport does not disappoint. On arrival, your airport transfer will take you to your luxury hotel before you join your Travel Director at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests over wine.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 2 Cruise the Gulf Islands to Victoria.
Embark on a tour of Vancouver, including a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and exploring Gastown, along with the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. You'll have free time to enjoy lunch on your own. This afternoon, board a ferry and sail through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island, an idyllic place known for its fishing and art communities. You'll end your day here, in British Columbia's stunning capital city, Victoria.(Breakfast)
Day 3 Butchart Gardens.
Start your day wandering through world renowned Butchart Gardens, a beautiful National Historic Site of Canada featuring groups of floral displays. Enjoy an immersive day exploring Canada's oldest Chinatown, the bustling Inner Harbour and stately Legislative Buildings. At night, partake in a Highlight Dinner at Canoe Brewpub Marina and Restaurant, offering homemade seasonal craft beers, a selection of hearty meals and striking views on the waterfront.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 4 Victoria to Chase, British Columbia.
This morning, cruise back to the mainland and continue on your scenic journey through British Columbia to the charming town of Chase. Upon arrival you will witness and partake in a Smudging Ceremony, a traditional spiritual ritual conducted by a member of the local indigenous community. As you settle in at your lakeside lodge this evening, you'll enjoy Dinner with wine featuring authentic regional flavors.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 5 The Alpine Wonderland of Jasper National Park.
After breakfast this morning, your journey continues to Jasper National Park. You'll stop for a smooth yet exhilarating Boat River Safari (waiver required) with an excellent chance to view grizzly bears and other wildlife along Grizzly Bear Valley in Blue River, B.C. To complete your exciting experience, enjoy lunch in the unique floating restaurant, The Forest Table where the menu focuses around game, wild salmon, berries and greens. Arrive in the wonderland of Jasper National Park with its soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountains.(Breakfast / Lunch)
Day 6 Exploring Jasper National Park.
Wake up to breath-taking views of the park from your balcony rooms, before heading on an informative walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Move on to a narrated cruise across the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies (weather permitting). Stop at Spirit Island, quite rightly one of the most photographed sites in the Canadian Rockies, before returning to Jasper where the rest of the day is yours. You’ll end the day surrounded by lush landscapes and a delectable three course dinner, with your choice of fish or meat, to satisfy your palettes.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 7 Icefields, Glaciers and Lakes to Banff National Park.
No trip to Canada would be complete without a road trip along the majestic Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning mountain drives. Once at the Icefields Visitor Center, you’ll embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. You’ll be led by an expert driver-guide, who will help you step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. After your icy adventure, warm up at sumptuous Château Lake Louise for a serving of afternoon tea. Journey on to the resort town of Banff, where you’ll stay at the Rimrock Resort Hotel, a superior address with exceptional views from inside Banff National Park. Attractive to writers and artists, this pretty town will be your home for the next two nights.(Breakfast)
Day 8 The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park.
Today is yours to spend exploring the rugged charms of the park. Choose from several optional experiences, including a once in a lifetime helicopter flight over the magnificent Canadian Rockies, or a ride onboard the Banff Gondola, a scenic cableway that can take you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 9 Quest for Buffalo on the way to Glacier National Park.
Prepare for a day of culture and history as you depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, one of the world’s oldest and largest buffalo jumps. Once here you’ll discover how the indigenous people used this 36-foot-high (11 metres) cliff to hunt stampeding herds of bison. You’ll also get a unique chance to join a local Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people of long ago. From craggy plains to mountainous landscapes, you’ll cross the U.S. border into Montana and end your day at Many Glacier Hotel, a charming property situated in the heart of Glacier National Park.(Breakfast)
Day 10 Going-to-the-Sun and the Glacier National Park.
Today, board a private Red Jammer bus to cruise along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in style. During your narrated trip you’ll witness stunning views from Logan Pass and the marvels of the park’s wild interior. Disembark and end your day at Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park. Rest up in a classic Swiss-chalet-style lodge with spectacular mountain views.(Breakfast)
Day 11 Lake Coeur d'Alene and Spokane.
Today you’ll continue on to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, one of America's most beautiful lakes, and arrive in Spokane to stay at The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection hotel.This is Washington State's grandest hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ithas welcomed a number of famous faces including Amelia Earhart and Clark Gable. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Steam Plant, an award-winning brewery, situated in a nationally recognised historic building. From house-smoked carbonara to pizza or rotisserie porchetta this unique venue offers a number of inventive dishes.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 12 Wonderful Wines en route to Seattle.
Wine connoisseurs rejoice. Today you’ll continue on through the wide, endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State. Visit Cave B Estate, an award-winning boutique winery and local favourite. Explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings over a Highlight Lunch, focusing on fresh, local and artisanal ingredients. Then it's on to forward-thinking Seattle for an evening at leisure at your hotel.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Day 13 The Soaring Sights of Seattle.
Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Seattle's major sights, including the renowned Space Needle with its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the unique skyline. You’ll see Puget Sound, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market, where you should watch out for flying fish! The afternoon is yours at leisure and you’ll find activities, restaurants and shops aplenty. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Celebration Dinner with wine at Ivar's Acres of Clams. Here you’ll find the Northwest's best dining, as you take in the views on Seattle's waterfront.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 14 Back to Vancouver for the Alaska Cruise Extension.
It’s time to say goodbye to the Emerald City as your trip comes to an end. You will be transferred back to the Four Seasons Vancouver for the night, before boarding your Alaska cruise on Day 15.(Breakfast)
Day 15 Your Alaska Cruise.
Enjoy the morning on your own until you are transferred to Canada Place where your cruise begins with the Inside Passage.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 16 Cruise the Inside Passage.
With most of southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, cruise the Inside Passage for a unique view.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 17 Cruise Tracy Arm and Juneau.
The dramatic Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains and bathed in the blue hue of the ice. Arrive in Juneau, where you can shop downtown, kayak, dogsled, raft or flightsee.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 18 Skagway, Alaska.
Step into the town's colourful past at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 19 Cruise Glacier Bay, Alaska.
From the comfort of your ship, enjoy pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 20 Ketchikan.
While ashore, check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles or an optional guided through town or a harbour cruise.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 21 Scenic Cruise of the Inside Passage.
Today is a day of relaxation as you cruise back to Vancouver.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 22 Depart Vancouver.
Sail into Vancouver Harbour this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the hotel, if you wish to extend your stay. Airport arrival will be at approximately 09:30.(Breakfast)
All This Included
Discover the majestic landscapes, towering peaks, and sparkling turquoise lakes of the Canadian Rockies, teamed with the charming and sometimes quirky Pacific Northwest. This fabulous journey is as relaxed as the Canadian wilderness is vast. For the majority of the time you will be at the mercy of Mother Nature’s eye-popping palette, with a whole day at leisure in Banff National Park and free time in Jasper National Park. From taking a walk on the wild side at the Capilano Suspension Bridge to nourishing your palate at a waterfront celebration in Seattle, you won't be disappointed with this sensational trip – just don't forget to bring your camera!
Vancouver: Four Seasons Vancouver
Victoria: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites
Chase: Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort
Jasper: Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Jasper
Banff: The Rimrock Resort
Babb: Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
Glacier N.P.: Lake McDonald Lodge
Spokane: The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection
Seattle: The Charter Hotel Seattle, Curio Collection by Hilton
Vancouver: Four Seasons Vancouver.
Cruising: Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
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