22 August 2019 • 26 Day Spectacular Rockies & Alaska Cruise • Personally Escorted by The 50+ Travel Club

  • ** AS OF 4 OCTOBER – WE HAVE 3 ROOMS AVAILABLE **

    Pricing

    Book and deposit** by 31 October and Pay in full by 22 November:

    Per person twin share – $15,995 (save $2,010 per person)

    Single price – $20,699 (save $1,920 per person) **SOLD OUT**

    **price reflects full discounts.

    *A non refundable $3000 deposit is needed on booking.

     

    Inclusions

    • Return economy class airfare with Air Canada from Brisbane to Vancouver & Seattle to Brisbane (ask us about flights from other cities & upgrade options)

    • Fully escorted by Sara & Wendy from the 50+ Travel Club, from your first day in Vancouver right through to your 7 night cruise & beyond.

    Exclusive to the 50+ Travel Club – 2 nights in Vancouver pre-tour (4 nights in total).  Includes airport to hotel transfers on arrival into Vancouver, accommodation, Capilano Suspension Bridge admission, sightseeing tour of Vancouver, special event dinner on Grouse Mountain (Observation Restaurant) with included wine, escorted group tour of Granville Island & Markets, meals included 2 breakfast & 2 dinners.

    • Services of a Tour Director during the Rockies tour

    • 15 day Canadian Rockies Experience, includes: 

    – Premium First Class hotels including all service charges & porterage.Includes stays at the iconic Fairmont properties at Lake Louise & Banff

    – Tour leader & local guides as well as the 50+ Travel Club tour hosts

    – $100 CAD included at Lake Louise – enjoy a spa treatment, lunch or tour on us!

    – Journey on the Ice Explorer into the mighty Athabasca Glacier

    – Travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most breathtaking highways in the world

    – Explore Banff & Jasper National Parks

    -Ascend Sulphur Mountain in a gondola for spectacular views over Banff

    – Visit an award winning winery in the Okanagan and sample the local wines

    – Visit the ski resort town of Whistler

    – Cruise by ferry across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island

    – Tour Victoria and see Parliament Buildings, Thunderbird Park and downtown harbour

    – Wander through world famous Butchart Gardens

    • 47 superb meals including: 22 Full Breakfasts (B), 1 Highlight Breakfast, 9 Lunches (L), 12 Dinners (D) & 3 Highlight Dinners (Observation Restaurant Grouse Mountain, Vancouver (50+ Travel Club only group) / Canadian Rockies Western style dinner with wildlife walk and presentation in Jasper / First Nations BBQ Dinner in Whistler

    • Two day rail experience onboard the Rocky Mountaineer in GOLDLEAF, Vancouver to Lake Louise. Includes breakfast & lunch, all beverages & overnight accommodation in Kamloops

    • 7 night luxury Alaska Inside Passage cruise onboard Holland America ms Eurodam, includes verandah stateroom, all meals (beverages at an additional cost – drink packages can be purchased in advance) and entertainment onboard, includes:

    – Cruise the Inside Passage one of the world’s most spectacular waterways

    – Experience the splendour of Alaska’s number one glacier viewing attraction, Glacier Bay

    -Explore Juneau, the colourful Alaskan capital

    – Visit Ketchikan, the salmon capital of the world

    • All transfers – hotel to airport & cruise ports

    • All tipping & gratuities

  • We chose this itinerary because of:

    – the ability to spend more time in the beautiful waterfront city of Vancouver
    – the First Passage of the West Rocky Mountaineer Route – but more importantly because the train is going into the Rockies which has the best views.
    – 2 night stays in Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper with a enough free time to explore the areas without being on tours all the time
    – experience the often missed Okanagan Valley – the wine production capital of BC and it is so beautiful!
    – 2 nights in Whistler
    – 2 nights in Victoria enjoying the must see Butchart Gardens
    – the ferry ride from Victoria to Seattle, again, most tours miss this but this gives you the opportunity to see the splendid waterways of this region
    – the 7 night cruise with the port of Sitka was a must for our group
    – plus the little extra’s we are adding in – like the dinner on Grouse Mountain, small group touring on Granville Island
    – we will release a shore excursion booklet early 2019
    Wildlife – by exploring later in the season, we hope to see more wildlife than during the peak of summer

    We hope to host you next year on our fabulous journey through this absolutely stunning region.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Thursday 22 August 2019 – Arrive Vancouver
    Welcome to Canada! You will be met at Vancouver International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Settle into your room with included early check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Three Night Stay: Sutton Place Hotel

    Day 2: Friday 23 August 2019 – Vancouver (B,D)
    This morning visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park where you can make your way across this spectacular suspension bridge, 70 metres above the Capilano River. Take in the surrounding forest and join the award winning Treetops Adventure along a series of elevated walkways. Heading back into the city to enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver including Stanley Park with its intricately carved totem poles, the waterfront area, historic Gastown with its lively shops and restaurants. There is time to freshen up before we end our day at Grouse Mountain, enjoy the amazing views before dinner at The Observation Restaurant (includes wine).

    Day 3: Saturday 24 August 2019 Vancouver (B,D)
    We will head to the Granville Markets this morning and enjoy a small group tour of the Island and the markets. After the tour either head back to the hotel or extend your time here. You will be receive $20 CAD for your taxi fare, enjoy the afternoon to explore at leisure. This evening we will meet the full group (Evergreen Tour begins) and our Tour Director for a welcome dinner.

    Day 4: Sunday 25 August 2019 Vancouver Sightseeing (B)
    Breakfast at the Aquarium. After breakfast, today is yours to explore as you wish. Options (not included) but can be organised prior to departure are: an Ice Hockey game tonight, Bard on the Beach – Shakespeare Festival – an amazing event. Or perhaps hit the shops, hire a bike or stroll through Gastown.

    Day 5: Monday 26 August 2019 Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops (B,L)
    Set off on a two day rail experience on “The Most Spectacular Train Journey in the World”. Settle back in your GoldLeaf carriage as you enter the Fraser Valley then follow the Thompson River towards Kamloops. Overnight Stay: Kamloops Hotel (as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer)

    Day 6: Tuesday 27 August 2019 Rocky Mountaineer – Lake Louise (B,L)
    Continue your journey into the soaring, rugged snow-capped mountains. Marvel at the beauty of the glaciers, lakes and forest sitting at the foot of these grand mountains before arriving into the beautiful Lake Louise. Prepare yourself for one of the highlights of your journey as you arrive at Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness”. Two Night Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    Day 7: Wednesday 28 August 2019 Lake Louise (B,D)
    Lake Louise enjoys picture perfect surroundings. Spend the day exploring the lake and soaking up the spectacular scenery. Take a walk around the edge of the lake or simply sit back, relax and take it all in. $100 CAD per person to use as you wish, is included.

    Day 8: Thursday 29 August 2019 Lake Louise – Banff (B,D)
    Bid farewell to Lake Louise and make your way to Banff. See the glacier fed Emerald Lake and the spectacular Natural Bridge, which has been carved by the Kicking Horse River. On arrival into Banff enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour including the Bow River, the Hoodoos and Bow Falls, then take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain where you will witness inspiring views over the surrounding peaks and valleys. The next two days you will stay at the “Castle in the Rockies”, one of the most iconic and impressive hotels in Canada. Two Night Stay: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

    Day 9: Friday 30 August 2019 Banff at Leisure (B)
    Banff is a picturesque town located within Banff National Park and is the quintessential Rocky Mountains town. Today is for you to enjoy Banff and its many sights and attractions.
    *Discover More: Discover wolfdogs, take a breathtaking helicopter flight, enjoy an outback dinner and wagon ride, or relax on a float trip along the river (additional cost).

    Day 10: Saturday 31 August 2019 Glacier ‘Ice Explorer’ – Jasper (B)
    This morning we travel north along the Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most spectacular journeys in the world. Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery as you pass rugged peaks and glaciers fringed by thick forest and shimmering lakes. We make a stop at the Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack, where you’ll climb aboard the ‘Ice Explorer’ for a once-in-a-lifetime journey onto the mighty 300 metre thick Athabasca Glacier. The day’s end finds us in Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife. Two Night Stay: The Crimson Jasper or similar.

    Day 11: Sunday 1 September 2019 Jasper (B,D)
    Today you have the opportunity to explore Jasper and its surrounds. You’re Invited: This evening we journey to the foothills of Pyramid Mountain and experience an authentic Canadian Rockies Western style dinner followed by a wildlife and wilderness presentation and a short forest walk to try to find an icon of Canada, the beaver.
    Discover More: Discover Jasper wilderness and wildlife tour, float trip along the Athabasca River, an exhilarating motorcycle sidecar tour or authentic Canadian canoe adventure (additional cost).

    Day 12: Monday 2 September 2019 Jasper – Okanagan – Kelowna (B,L,D)
    Depart Jasper and head past the awesome, 3,954 metre Mt. Robson. Continue through the Cariboo Mountains region and into the lush Okanagan Valley to Kelowna. Visit one of Kelowna’s award-winning wineries and sample some of the local wines. Overnight Stay: The Cove Lakeside Resort

    Day 13: Tuesday 3 September 2019 Kelowna – Whistler (B,D)
    Travel through scenic landscapes as the road meanders alongside the Nicola River and through sandstone chasms. Follow the Thompson and Fraser River past the town of Lillooet to the charming alpine resort of Whistler. You’re Invited: Head to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for an authentic First Nations BBQ where you will learn about the history and culture of the native Canadians. Two Night Stay: Four Seasons Whistler

    Day 14: Wednesday 4 September 2019 Whistler at Leisure (B)
    Today is at leisure for you to explore the resort village of Whistler.
    *Discover More: Special opportunity to take a bear viewing tour, take a Callaghan Jeep tour, or a dinner tasting tour (additional cost)

    Day 15: Thursday 5 September 2019 Georgia Strait – Victoria (B)
    View this spectacular landscape from the air with a one hour floatplane flight over the Georgia Strait to Victoria (seasonal, must be pre-booked, additional cost).
    Travel along the Sea to Sky Highway following the rugged coastline stopping at the awesome Shannon Falls. Board the BC ferry and cruise through the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island before arriving into Victoria, British Columbia’s capital. Two Night Stay: The Inn at Laurel Point

    Day 16: Friday 6 September 2019 Victoria Sightseeing – Butchart Gardens (B,D)
    This morning visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 22 hectare showplace of magnificent, colourful gardens. Learn about the history and flora while exploring the gardens. Afterwards enjoy an orientation tour of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Beacon Hill and residential areas.
    *Discover More: Take a horse and carriage ride, or go whale watching, take a walking tour through Chinatown, afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel (additional cost)

    Day 17: Saturday 7 September 2019 Seattle – 7 Night Alaskan Cruise (B,D)
    Transfer on the Victoria Clipper to Seattle. Once in Seattle we transfer to our ship! Check into your comfortable Verandah stateroom on the Holland America Cruise Ship ms Eurodam (see below for ship information) and settle-in for an unforgettable 7 night voyage through the famed Alaskan waterways.

    Day 18: Sunday 8 September 2019 Scenic Cruising (B,L,D)
    Relax as you cruise one of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

    Day 19: Monday 9 September 2019 Stephens Passage – Juneau (B,L,D)
    Sail picturesque Stephens Passage known for its wildlife and dramatic beauty before arriving into Juneau. Perched on a thin strip of land at the mouth of Gold Creek, Juneau is arguably one of America’s most beautiful state capitals, with the looming summits of Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts providing a gorgeous backdrop.

    Day 20: Tuesday 10 September 2019 Glacier Bay National Park (B,L,D)
    Early this morning your cruise ship enters the iceberg-strewn waters of Glacier Bay National Park, where thirteen spectacular glaciers flow from surrounding mountains into the waters of the bay. A National Park Service Ranger will help you spot wildlife, while pointing out sights and explaining glacial activity.

    Day 21: Wednesday 11 September 2019 Sitka (B,L,D)
    Sitka is easily one of the most beautiful seaside towns in Alaska, and has a unique blend of Russian history and Tlingit culture.

    Day 22: Thursday 12 September 2019 Ketchikan (B,L,D)
    Rich native history makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art. Part of the town is built along a steep hillside, part is built on pilings over the water, where bald eagles watch from waterside perches.

    Day 23: Friday 13 September 2019 Scenic Cruising – Victoria (B,L,D)
    Today is a day of relaxation as you cruise south to the stunning capital of British Columbia, Victoria.

    Day 24: Saturday 14 September 2019 Depart Seattle (B)
    Disembark early this morning. We will organise luggage storage so you can enjoy exploring Seattle today. We can help organise a Pike Market tour, hop on hop off tour – or whatever else you like to make the most of your day. We will meet at a designated time before transferring to Seattle International Airport to board your homeward flight.

    Itinerary subject to change


    *Discover More Options:

    30 August, Banff

    • Wagon ride & BBQ dinner – $130 per person

    Select one of the following –

    Bow River Float trip $50 pp | Helicopter Flightseeing (Spray Lakes Tour – 12 mins) $155 pp | Discover Wolfdogs $175 pp | Helicopter Flightseeing (Mount Assinboine Glacier Tour – 30 mins) $340 pp

    01 September, Jasper

    Select one of the following –

    Discover Jasper (without cruise) $75 pp | Athabasca River Float trip $80 pp | Canoe Adventure Jasper $135 pp | Discover Jasper with Maligne Lake cruise $140pp

    04 September, Whistler

    Select one of the following – 

    Callaghan Jeep tour $145 pp | Whistler Bear Viewing tour $215 pp

    Select one of the following – 

    Whistler Tasting tour: Finer things dinner tour $145 pp | Whistler Tasting tour: Finer things dinner tour with wine pairing $180 pp

    05 September, Whistler

    Floatplane Whistler to Victoria $290 pp

    06 September, Whistler

    Victoria Whale Watching cruise (either in a cruiser or zodiac, you choose) $125 pp


    ms Eurodam | Guest: capacity 2104Image result for ms eurodam ship in alaska 

    Holland America Line’s first Signature-class ship, Eurodam has recently received many exciting updates. Guests on this graceful ship can enjoy the full Music Walk™ experience, including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club* and Billboard Onboard. Explore onboard at a cooking class or hands-on workshop with America’s Test Kitchen*, BBC Earth Experiences* and a Digital Workshop Powered by Windows®. Dine in your choice of specialty restaurants.Image result for ms eurodam interior

    America’s Test Kitchen – enticing array of live onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops. Learn foolproof techniques and user-friendly recipes for making delectable dishes with confidence. 

    BBC Earth Experiences – Discover the connections that unite us across borders and cultures. Explorations Central™ (EXC™) is immersive onboard programing designed to make your journey more engaging, vivid and meaningful. From EXC Talks,™ to EXC Encounters™ to a chat with your EXC Guide™, you’ll feel the spirit of a region come to life. 

    B.B. King’s Blues Club – Direct from Beale Street, B.B. King’s All Stars bring the best of Memphis music to sea. From funky and fast to soulful and smooth, this eight-piece band performs in the B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge where you can enjoy specialty cocktails like the Lucille and Rock Me Baby.

    Verandah Stateroom (included in package price)Verandah

    Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and bath tub with premium massage showerheads.

    ** The tour itinerary may change without notice. See our T&C’s for more details.

  • Only one date available for this 50+ Travel Club escorted tour package  22 Aug to 14 Sep 2019

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