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VIA RAIL AND THE CANADIAN ROCKIES - CALGARY STAMPEDE WITH ALASKA CRUISE EXTENSION (INSIDE CABIN) - 2017

Tour Code - 8471 18 days - CALGARY to VANCOUVER
Take a snocoach ride on Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, travel across British Columbia on the VIA Rail the Canadian train, enjoy ferry crossings to/from Vancouver Island-these are just a few of the many highlights on this 9-day western Canadian journey. Begin your travels in Calgary with overnights in Banff, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Vancouver, and Victoria. This is truly an unforgettable holiday with an amazing itinerary full of beautiful scenery and once-in-a-lifetime activities. Extend your holiday with a 7-night cruise along Alaska's Inside Passage.

Special departure: includes all activities on our regular departures with two additional days in Calgary plus Calgary Stampede 2-day admission.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • CALGARY STAMPEDE.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    In Calgary and Vancouver; orientation tour in Jasper, Daily passes to the Stampede Ground, Rodeo admission, Chuckwagon Races, Grandstand Show, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), Stanley Park, and Butchart Gardens.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Thompson River, Monashee Mountains, Fraser Canyon, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.
  • GUIDES
    Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising on Holland America's MS Volendam.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    On VIA Rail's Canadian- Overnight accommodation from Jasper to Vancouver in Sleeper Plus class; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; Holland America's MS Volendam (INSIDE CABIN); private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS
    Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
11
6
8

3 breakfasts (B)
On VIA Rail- 1 breakfast (B), 1 dinner (D)
On Holland America- 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D).

Day by Day

  1. CALGARY.
    Welcome to Calgary! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

  2. CALGARY STAMPEDE GROUNDS.
    Welcome to Calgary and "The Greatest Show on Earth." Dressed in your best Cowboy fashion from belt buckles, boots to chaps, explore the Calgary Stampede grounds at your leisure with your included admission. Step through the gates of Stampede Park into a world of wonder, fun, and "Wild West" excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian Village or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, and then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping chuck wagon races in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. You'll be out of your seats cheering on your favourite driver during each heat. Afterward, get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring hundreds of singers, dancers, and musicians in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular. (B)

  3. CALGARY STAMPEDE GROUNDS AND RODEO.
    Fuel up for the day's activities by visiting Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza for a pancake breakfast. Return to the Stampede grounds this morning to see anything you missed yesterday, and cheer on your favourite rodeo contenders. If you haven't already, get suited with a cowboy hat, threads and boots at one of the many stalls before heading to the Grandstand for the Calgary Stampede Rodeo this afternoon. See the best of the best as they saddle up for world-class rodeo action. Top professionals take on the West's wildest horses. You'll also enjoy rodeo's most famed event-bull riding! You will be in awe of the talent as you sit on the edge of your seat. Make the most of your time here and discover Canada's country core. With square dancing, mock gun fights, country bands, bars, restaurants and livestock, there is loads to see. (B)

  4. CALGARY-BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
    The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Guided sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (B)

  5. BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
    Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada's favourite resorts-your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

  6. BANFF NATIONAL PARK-LAKE LOUISE-COLUMBIA ICEFIELD-JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
    First stop is Lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 365-metres (1,200-feet) thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights is in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.

  7. JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
    Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you'll be mesmerised by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper's local charm.

  8. JASPER NATIONAL PARK-VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN.
    On VIA Rail's the Canadian, a late-afternoon departure allows you one last chance to explore Jasper before you transfer to the train station for the overnight run west across Canada's Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodate in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. Enjoy regional cuisine over a 3-course dinner in the dining car. Spend time in the Skyline car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travellers. The comfortable cabins come with bed turndown service, in-car shower access, and lots of little extras, such as a personal toiletry kit. (D)

  9. VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN-VANCOUVER.
    Continue through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River, the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, and snowcapped Coast Mountains. Upon arrival in Vancouver, your day is at leisure for independent sightseeing. (B)

  10. VANCOUVER-FERRY CROSSING-VICTORIA.
    Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver's Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK. Afterward, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.

  11. VICTORIA-FERRY CROSSING-VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION).
    Morning departure for Vancouver. Embark your cruise ship. (D)

  12. SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.
    One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B,L,D)

  13. JUNEAU.
    Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B,L,D)

  14. SKAGWAY.
    Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. (B,L,D)

  15. SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY.
    This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and "calve" into the sea. (B,L,D)

  16. KETCHIKAN.
    Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed "Salmon Capital of the World" boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)

  17. SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.
    Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B,L,D)

  18. VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION).
    Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)

Prev Year Available 2017 Tours Next Year
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
(from)
Twin Price
(from)
Triple Price
(from)
PRE CALGARY 17 Jul 2017 31 Dec 2017 $275 AUD $100 AUD $73 AUD
PRE CALGARY 06 Jul 2017 16 Jul 2017 $365 AUD $190 AUD $133 AUD
PRE CALGARY 16 Jun 2017 05 Jul 2017 $187 AUD $100 AUD $73 AUD
PRE CALGARY 12 Jun 2017 15 Jun 2017 $365 AUD $190 AUD $133 AUD
PRE CALGARY 01 Jan 2017 11 Jun 2017 $187 AUD $100 AUD $73 AUD
POST VANCOUVER 01 Oct 2017 31 Oct 2017 $169 AUD $91 AUD $70 AUD
POST VANCOUVER 01 Jun 2017 30 Sep 2017 $211 AUD $112 AUD $83 AUD
POST VANCOUVER 01 May 2017 31 May 2017 $169 AUD $91 AUD $70 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $156 AUD
INCLUDED Port Charges $595 AUD

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