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Quality accommodation with private facilities
Sightseeing as outlined and all attractions on-site
Luggage assistance at hotels
7 Night Alaskan Inside Passage cruise
Our wonderful holiday begins when we depart Australia from Sydney, flying direct to Vancouver (due to crossing the International Date Line we will arrive the same day as we leave). Vancouver is a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia and whilst one of Canada’s largest cities it is consistently named one of the top 5 cities in the world for livability. On arrival we will be met and transferred to the hotel, with short orientation tour on the way. The remainder of the day will be at leisure, you might like to just relax or wander down to downtown Vancouver. Tonight we will enjoy a welcome dinner.
On Wednesday after breakfast we will be transferred to the Tsawwassen ferry Terminal for the ferry to Vancouver Island via the scenic Gulf Islands for a two night stay in the Chateau Victoria Hotel in downtown Victoria. The hotel’s Roof Top Restaurant means we will dine with magnificent views out across the inner harbour. The afternoon will be at leisure before dinner together at the hotel.
This morning we will take advantage of our hotel’s convenient downtown location – enjoy time at leisure to explore this interesting city. Just around the corner is the magnificent Victorian era Legislative Assembly building where free public and self-guided tours are available. Maybe you would prefer to walk along the harbor, take a horse and carriage ride or enjoy high tea at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel – whatever you choose is up to you (activities are at own expense). In the afternoon we will drive to the famous Butchart Gardens; for over 100 years these magnificent gardens have captured the hearts of millions of visitors. Soak up the glory of Spring as we spend the afternoon strolling through 50 acres of perfectly groomed gardens on this 1904 country estate.
We ferry back to the mainland and then journey by coach across the southern edge of British Columbia through landscapes of fertile valleys and rich mountain forests to Lake Okanagan. Enjoy beautiful views as we travel along the edge of the lake to the resort city of Kelowna, situated superbly on the lake shore surrounded by orchards and vineyards.
On Saturday morning we will continue our journey through Vernon to Sicamous, where we will join the Trans Canada Highway. A scenic journey through Kicking Horse Canyon and Yoho National Park, stopping at Craigellachie on the Canadian National Railway Line; it was here that the last rail spike was driven finally connecting the eastern states of Canada with the western states.
A wonderful day of natural attractions including the Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge as we travel through the pristine wilderness of Banff National Park to the resort town of Banff. Here you can enjoy access to the best of nature and also great shops and restaurants with our hotel situated right in the centre of this charming and historic town.
On Sunday enjoy a leisurely day experiencing the delights of this famous mountain community. Savour brunch at the spectacular Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a historic hotel constructed in Scottish Baronial style and known as the “Castle in the Rockies”. After brunch, we will take a ride on the Sulphur Mountain Gondola for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and valleys. Enjoy a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada’s National Parks.
Immerse yourself in the natural wonder of God’s Creation - walk through the deep gorge of Johnston Canyon and admire the Valley of the Ten Peaks reflected in Moraine Lake’s turquoise waters. Stroll the shores of the emerald coloured Lake Louise, ‘Jewel of the Canadian Rockies’, with its stunning glacier backdrop. To top it all off tonight’s accommodation, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, is as famous a destination as the beautiful lake it overlooks. Tonight, you can choose to dine from a selection of the many great restaurants in this famous resort.
We travel northward along one of the most spectacular highways in North America; the Icefield Parkway offers frequent wildlife sightings and landscapes of towering mountain peaks, tranquil lakes and cascading waterfalls. On route to the Columbia Icefield, stop at Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, and Peyto Lake. Ride the snow-coach on the Columbia Icefield, a 325 square km expanse of ice up to 320m deep that has been growing for 400 years. Our destination tonight is Jasper, an alpine town and commercial centre of Jasper National Park. Jasper National Park is well known for its scenic splendor and, in conjunction with Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks and 3 provincial parks, it has been UNESCO World Heritage listed.
Jasper National Park is a photographer’s dream – amid the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, the park has forests, glacier-fed lakes and rivers. The legendary Maligne Lake is understandably one of the most photographed sites in Canada – it is famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks and the three glaciers visible from the lake and Spirit Island. Today we start with a Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island (subject to weather conditions). In the afternoon we will enjoy a wildlife tour, which will include the Jasper Skytram.
The Rocky Mountaineer is considered “the most spectacular train trip in the World” and over the next two days we will see why. Sit back and relax as we enjoy GoldLeaf Service in a glass-domed coach with full-length windows so you can soak up the magnificent views. We travel via the Yellowhead Route, known for its scenic valleys, plentiful wildlife including bears, and majestic Mount Robson, highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Gourmet meals and top level service are all part of the GoldLeaf experience.
Tonight we will stay in a Kamloops hotel assigned by Rocky Mountaineer Vacations. Numerous dinner options, including a Dinner & Show at Two River Junction, are available in Kamloops so tonight’s dining is at your own choice and cost.
This morning we re-board the Rocky Mountaineer and enjoy a scenic
breakfast as we dine looking out at views of lush valleys and raging rivers. Our journey follows the Fraser River, the longest river in British Columbia. This river produces more salmon than any other river system in the world, with an estimated 10 million salmon traveling up river each year to spawn.
First Nations people continue to use traditional fishing methods along its shores, enjoying Nature’s bounty.
We arrive back in Vancouver to be transferred to our centrally located hotel, our home for the next two nights.
This morning we are transferred to board our Holland America Cruise Ship for our seven night Inside Passage Cruise to the Hubbard Glacier. Life is about to get cruisey so take your time to get acquainted with the facilities on your floating hotel. All meals are included, so breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed in one of many restaurants, cafés or from poolside bars. Enjoy planned activities and world-class musical entertainment from a daily programme.
We will worship together as we travel through one of the most famously beautiful places in the world. Alaska’s Inside Passage exemplifies the magnificence of God’s creation and is a perfect place to give thanks for the blessings he has bestowed on us.
The Passage was shaped by the force of massive glaciers and the pristine waters of the fjords are filled with wildlife – sea lions, porpoises and whales – and bald eagles fly overhead. Cruise along a network of passages past snowcapped mountains and islands covered in lush forests. This is sure to be a most memorable Sunday!
Today our port of call is Juneau, the USA’s most scenic State capital. There are many shore excursions available that can be selected on board, or you may just choose to stroll through the port side village and explore this historic precinct.
At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons and guesthouses. Today much of the town has been preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, where rangers offer free walking tours around the historic district. Immerse yourself in history, enjoy browsing the local galleries and curio shops, enjoy eating fresh seafood at the local restaurants or simply relax and take in the glorious natural surrounds.
Today we sail into Glacier Bay and, depending on weather conditions, will approach as close as possible to the Hubbard Glacier. During our stay here we will have the chance to see the glacier “calving” as huge walls of ice fall into the surrounding water, and our ship will be surrounded by ice floes. A memorable and blessed day full of the wonders of God’s Creation.
We stop in Ketchikan, considered the most beautiful city in Alaska as well as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” This historic city is well worth exploring and its hillside location offers unique features such as streets of steep, wooden staircases.
The ancestral home of the Tlingit tribe, Ketchikan has the world’s largest collection of totem poles. We visit Saxman Native Village and Totem Heritage Centre to see 29 of these hand-carved Ketchikan treasures and learn about the people who created them. Totem poles are not religious in nature, but rather represent characters in a story or events in history, such as legends or affirming a cultural belief.
Our last day will be spent cruising back into the Inside Passage, with the chance of seeing water wildlife escorting the ship. A memorable voyage and a fitting conclusion to a wonderful holiday experience.
After we disembark we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of this interesting city. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has been thrilling visitors since 1889 – test your nerve on the original 70m high suspension bridge, get a squirrel’s eye view on the Treetops Adventure or follow a granite precipice along Capilano River on the Cliffwalk (not for the faint of heart!).
Our holiday is at an end and we farewell Canada as we return to Vancouver International Airport for our flight back to Australia.
Our holiday may be at an end but incredible sights and wonderful experiences have been shared along with Christian fellowship and this will live on in our hearts and minds.
28 May 2019
17 June 2019
Connections from regional towns and cities arranged upon request (extra cost).
Connections from regional towns and cities arranged upon request (extra cost).
28 May 2019
17 June 2019