Rockies Odyssey & Alaska Cruise

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Explore the Canadian Rockies & your Companion Flys Free*

22 DAY ROCKIES ODYSSEY AND ALASKA CRUISE

Take the trip of a lifetime and explore the Canadian Rockies and Alaska, and for a limited time only, your companion flies FREE*.

From the majesty of the stunning Canadian wilderness and the frontier lands of Alaska, to the iconic accommodation and exquisite dining experiences, this tour will take you to places you’ve always dreamt of.

There’s more to discover than you can possibly know as you venture through Vancouver, ride the Rocky Mountaineer through the snow-capped peaks, be mesmerised by the awe-inspiring Lake Louise and meet like-minded travellers along the way. 5-star hotels, unforgettable experiences and fully escorted touring are all included.

PRICE
22 days from only $13,595*pp
Vancouver return
+ book before 30 November 2018 and your companion will fly for free, including taxes.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A Cultural Encounter
  • At Whistler’s Squamish Lil’way cultural centre, enjoy breakfast and learn about First Nations animal symbolism.
  • Natural Wonder and Wildlife
    Cruise Glacier Bay National Park with its rivers of ice, and keep close watch for marine life like whales and orcas.
  • Stunning River Safari
  • Skim along Blue River in special boats, keeping a close out for the grizzly and black bears often spotted here.

INCLUSIONS

  • The services of a dedicated APT Tour Director and Cruise Escort
  • GoldLeaf service on your Rocky Mountaineer rail journey
  • Seven-night Holland America Line Alaska Inside Passage cruise in a guaranteed Verandah Stateroom
  • APT’s Freedom of Choice Inclusions in five locations
  • A total of 44 meals, as well as complimentary beverages throughout your cruise

THE APT DIFFERENCE – SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Signature Experience
  • These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
  • Freedom of Choice – Sightseeing
  • Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
  • Freedom of Choice – Dining
  • Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

ITINERARY

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Day1 – Arrive Vancouver
Get ready to experience the snow-capped peaks, mighty glaciers, vast icefields, multi-hued lakes, rushing rivers, lush forests and an abundance of wildlife of Western Canada. On this journey, you will have six nights in the Rocky Mountains, you’ll stay at iconic Fairmont properties and you’ll enjoy a selection of the finest possible dining and sightseeing experiences. On arrival today, be met and transferred to your hotel. After time to settle in, meet your fellow travellers at an informal Welcome Dinner.

Day 2  – Vancouver
Join a local guide for a tour of cosmopolitan Vancouver, discovering the city’s must-see attractions. Visit Stanley Park, a world-class, 400-hectare evergreen oasis located just steps away from downtown Vancouver. Head over to Granville Island, the bustling heart of Vancouver’s cultural scene, then enjoy panoramic views of picturesque English Bay. With free time at hand this afternoon and evening, you may like to step out and immerse yourself in this vibrant harbourside city at your leisure. Perhaps wander the old cobblestone streets of Gastown, the birthplace of Vancouver, or pay a visit to the shopping mecca of Robson Street. Those seeking tranquillity might like to take a breather in beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park.

Day 3 – Vancouver, Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer and relax in the comfort of GoldLeaf Service as you set out into the mountains aboard one of the only passenger trains that covers this historic route. Gaze up at the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains and pass the waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Glide past the steep rocky slopes as your train follows the Thompson River on the way to Kamloops where you will stay for the night.

Day 4 – Kamloops, Rocky Mountaineer, Banff
Your rail journey continues east towards the Canadian Rockies today. 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 the train and head for the ‘Castle in the Rockies’ – the stunning Fairmont Banff Springs.

Day 5 – Banff
Verdant forests, glacial lakes, crystalline rivers and soaring mountain peaks – the World Heritage-listed landscapes of Banff National Park are at your doorstep and you’ve the chance to explore them on your chosen activity. Freedom of Choice – Sightseeing
You may like to take part in the Banff Experience – which includes a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Alternatively, absorb bird’s-eye views of the park on a heli-flightseeing excursion. Perhaps enjoy a float trip along Bow River or learn to be a Canadian ice hockey player with an elite team. You might like to spend your morning relaxing at the Willow Stream Spa or set out on a cruise on Lake Minnewanka. Freedom of Choice – Dining – Enjoy the chance to relax with dinner at one of the superb restaurants located within your hotel.

Day 6 – Banff
Board the Banff Gondola and ascend Sulphur Mountain, where you’ll be awestruck by the sweeping panoramic views out over six mountain ranges. Return to the foot of the mountain and enjoy a guided tour of the town, then set out along the Trans-Canada Highway. Travel through the lush forest of Banff National Park on your way to the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Overlooking the turquoise shores of Lake Louise, you’ll treasure your stay at one of the most alluring locations on the planet. This evening, you may choose where to have dinner.

Signature Experience – Meet a Mountie and hear tales of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Freedom of Choice – Dining – Select one of the many exceptional restaurants located within your hotel from which to dine.

Day 7 – Moraine Lake, Lake Louise
Today’s sightseeing excursions reveal the sheer beauty of Banff National Park. First, you’ll travel to Moraine Lake, located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, and spend time marvelling at its glacially fed waters tinted a brilliant shade of blue. It’s the striking colour of the water and location – surrounded by snow-capped mountains – that makes it one of the most photographed sites in the Rockies. You’ll look forward to a free evening, during which you can enjoy the location as you wish.

Signature Experience – On the sparkling shores of Lake Louise, join an expert Mountain Heritage Guide and learn about the rich natural history of the area.

Day 8 – Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper
Join Highway 93, otherwise known as the Icefields Parkway, and wind along one of the world’s most scenic stretches of road. After pausing to take in the impossibly blue, glacier-fed waters of Peyto Lake, stop at Columbia Icefield and journey onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier aboard an Ice Explorer vehicle. Later, stroll along the Glacier Skywalk and continue to Jasper via Athabasca Falls.

Day 9 – Jasper
Today, our Freedom of Choice options offer a thrilling perspective on this rugged wilderness.

Signature Experience – Tonight, a stylish alfresco dining experience awaits by the shores of Trefoil Lake. Absorb the rhythms of a group of First Nations performers while chefs prepare a gourmet barbecue dinner.

Freedom of Choice – Sightseeing – See the park on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle sidecar tour; embark on a Maligne Valley experience; go rafting down the Athabasca River; ride the Jasper Tramway; join an interpretive nature hike; or enjoy an evening wildlife discovery.

Day 10 – Jasper, Mt Robson, Blue River, Sun Peaks
Join the Yellowhead Highway and re-enter British Columbia, stopping to take in views of Mt Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Located in British Columbia’s picturesque Monashee Mountains, Grizzly Bear Valley – as Blue River locals call it – is an incredible natural wildlife habitat. Here, both grizzly and black bears are sighted daily, as are caribou, moose, deer, osprey, eagles and many other woodland creatures that call the region home. Enjoy lunch then continue your journey to the village of Sun Peaks.

Signature Experience – On a Blue River Safari, a custom-designed boat will take you over glacier-fed waterways up close to the bears seen on the banks. Piloted by an expert guide, not only will you spot wildlife, you’ll see glaciers and pass right by waterfalls toppling from the snow-capped mountains nearby.

Day 11 – Sun Peaks, Whistler
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. Then re-enter the Coast Mountains on your way to Whistler. Ringed by mountains, forests and valleys, you’ll see why this destination attracts outdoor enthusiasts.

Day 12 – Whistler
This afternoon, select the Freedom of Choice activity that appeals to you. After a fun-filled day, you’ll appreciate an evening at leisure to spend how you please.

Signature Experience – The heritage of Canada’s indigenous people comes to light at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Enjoy breakfast and tour the museum, then discover your First Nations ‘animal spirit’ with the help of your guide.

Freedom of Choice – Sightseeing – Take an eco-trek to Lost Lake or enjoy a floatplane flight for a new perspective on the region. Alternatively, explore Whistler Mountain on a snowcat adventure, enjoy a mountain Jeep safari or ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Others may prefer a tree trek or a zip trek.

Day 13 – Whistler, Georgia Strait, Victoria
Travel south from Whistler today, via the magnificent Shannon Falls to Horseshoe Bay. Here, take a ferry to Vancouver Island and the small city of Nanaimo. Continue by coach via Chemainus, a town famous for its vibrant outdoor murals, before arriving later in Victoria. Forgo the journey by land and ferry, and take a one-hour floatplane flight from Whistler to Victoria (own expense). Enjoy incredible views of the Georgia Strait and arrive in Victoria in the early afternoon.

Day 14 – Victoria, The Butchart Gardens
This afternoon presents you with the chance to select from a range of activities. On the final evening of your land journey, enjoy a special dinner with your fellow travellers.

Signature Experience  – Visit The Butchart Gardens before the crowds this morning and enjoy breakfast in the original Butchart residence. You’ll enjoy plenty of time to explore the colourful gardens in serenity before the gates open to the general public.

Freedom of Choice – Sightseeing – Perhaps join a whale watching cruise; take a seaplane flight; learn about the city’s heritage district on a guided tour; fish for salmon; ride in a horse-drawn carriage; or delight in afternoon tea at the elegant Fairmont Empress.

Day 15 – Victoria, Vancouver, Embark Ship
Return to Vancouver and board your ship for your Alaska Inside Passage cruise. Enjoy plenty of time to settle in and explore the ship.

Signature Experience  – To celebrate the beginning of your cruise, you’ll be treated to a delightful Sail Away Dinner at the renowned Pinnacle Grill.

Day 16 – Cruise the Inside Passage
The excitement builds today as you open your curtains to the legendary scenery of the Inside Passage. Enjoy a full day at sea as your ship cruises past fjords and tiny islands off the coast of British Columbia.
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Terms and conditions: *Prices are per person, twin share in AUD, based on the lead category specified (unless stated otherwise) and inclusive of all discounts, taxes and charges (which are subject to change). Offer valid for new bookings only when booked before 30 November 2018, unless sold out prior. All savings and bonus nights (if applicable) are included in the advertised price. Prices are subject to change based on availability and may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and departure dates in selected suites/staterooms/cabins/room categories. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person is due within 7 days of booking. A second non-refundable deposit of $2000 per person is due by 30 November 2018. Final payment is due 100 days prior to the tours departure date. Companion Flies Free: Offer includes Economy Class airfare, including air taxes up to the value of $180 for one person when two passengers travel together on the same flights and APT tour. Offer is based on wholesale airfares in economy class with Air Canada (L Class) or another airline of APT’s choosing depending on routing. Flights are available from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. All offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Once class is sold out, surcharges apply. Air surcharges may apply during peak travel periods. Applicable charges will apply for changes. Flights will be booked with an airline provider of APT’s choice and tickets will be booked upon receipt of deposit. Airline tickets are non refundable at all times and fees and charges will apply for changes thereafter. General: Prices correct from publication but is subject to change at the discretion of the cruise operator and may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Limited availability in peak periods. All offers and prices are subject to availability and can change without notice. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Cancellation and change fees will apply. Booking may be subject to compulsory credit card fees and service charges. Other conditions apply. Travel Partners Australia reserve the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time.