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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Alaska Cruise.
Enjoy the morning on your own until you are transferred to Canada Place where your cruise begins with the Inside Passage.
Cruise the Inside Passage.
With most of southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, cruise the Inside Passage for a unique view.
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.
Step into the town's colourful past at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.
Cruise Glacier Bay, Alaska.
From the comfort of your ship, enjoy pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.
While ashore, check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles or an optional guided through town or a harbour cruise.
Scenic Cruise of the Inside Passage.
Today is a day of relaxation as you cruise back to 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.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
Board your vessel to enjoy a three-hour whale-watching expedition in the waters off Victoria. While it can’t be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you’ll see on your journey, chances are you’ll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to see the resident Orca whales in all their glory. Approx. duration: 3 hours
Adult Price: CAD 123.00
Join the fun and experience an easy rafting / scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the “fur traders” over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 7 meter / 25 foot long, oar powered rafts; offer a safe and comfortable ride through several small, easy sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first time rafter will enjoy. Don’t worry the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery drifting down a route that was used by fur traders many years ago. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. Tours will operate rain or shine, and a poncho will be provided when required. Approx. duration: 50-90 minutes
Adult Price: CAD 73.00
You are in for something special as you are transported to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Our most popular adventure has all the fantastic scenery of the previous tours plus a fly by over top of the glacier. This photogenic peak rises majestically to 3,611meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget!
Adult Price: CAD 331.00
This journey will only enhance the Three Sisters Peaks Tour by exploring the Goat and Sundance Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls and untouched glacier lakes. Perhaps even a glimpse of some wildlife. It's an extraordinary adventure not to be missed.
Adult Price: CAD 273.00
The most action packed twelve minutes of your life. Get up close and personal with the world famous Three Sisters Peaks. Reach out and touch them as you whisk by before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore.
Adult Price: CAD 136.00
At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet ( 2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Subject to weather conditions. Duration: 2.5 hours
Adult Price: CAD 59.00
Visit what was formerly known as Experience Music Project (EMP), a museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock 'n' roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage all who visit! Approx. duration: 1 hour
Adult Price: USD 32.00
Vancouver (Traditional) - Canada
Set in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, above the Pacific Centre mall, this upscale 30-story hotel enjoys an ultra-convenient location for enjoying the best Vancouver has to offer. Amenities include the only indoor/outdoor pool in town, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and luxurious accommodations with flat-screen TVs, DVD players and marble bathrooms. A visit to the acclaimed seafood restaurant and chic bar is a must as is a stroll around the fine shops that surround the hotel.
Victoria (Contemporary) - Canada
This brand new contemporary hotel is just steps away from the famous Victoria Inner Harbour and historic downtown Victoria. Chic rooms offer flat-screens and custom-designed beds, microwaves and minifridges. There’s also a lively English-style pub, a cocktail lounge, a gym and 2 infinity pools and a business center.
Chase (Reasort) - Canada
Jasper (Contemporary) - Canada
Banff (Resort) - Canada
The Rimrock Resort Hotel is a Four Diamond Hotel located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. The hotel offers exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, fine dining, a luxury spa, along with luxurious accommodation. With unmatched style, decor and superb hospitality, the Rimrock Resort Hotel is a very special place to visit for a truly remarkable experience. The Rimrock Resort Hotel has something for everyone with 2 restaurants -- Primrose and Eden -- 2 lounges -- Larkspur and Divas -- and a coffee shop. The Rimrock culinary team is especially proud of Eden, 1 of only 5 Five Diamond restaurants in all of Canada.
Glacier National Park (Traditional) - USA
Glacier National Park (Traditional) - USA
Built in 1913, this classic and historic Swiss-style lodge has a picturesque location on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake McDonald. The property features multiple dining options as well as a lounge where an evening cocktail may be enjoyed. All guest rooms at Lake McDonald are rustic, yet comfortable.
Spokane (Heritage) - USA
Known as "Washington’s grandest hotel” the property features soaring architecture, award-winning amenities, rich history, and proximity to nearby Spokane attractions, The Historic Davenport Hotel has welcomed film stars, explorers, writers, politicians and other luminaries for more than 100 years. The hotel is also known for having the city’s best restaurants and lounges and also features the very popular Davenport Spa.
Seattle (Contemporary) - USA
Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam. (7 nights)