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Canadian Rockies with Alaskan Cruise 2018

Solo Travellers 45 years & over
Sunday 12 August - Saturday 1 September 2018

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS, CANADA

  • A city tour of Vancouver
  • A Gondola ride up Grouse Mountain, Vancouver
  • The 2 day GOLD LEAF Rocky Mountaineer train experience from Vancouver to Jasper, Canada; view Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields
  • A gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park.  
  • A half day wildlife tour to Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake
  • Travel one of Canada's most scenic highways in North America - the Icefield Parkway.
  • At Columbia Icefield enjoy an Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier.
  • Drive into the Valley of Ten Peaks to see the turquoise shimmering Moraine Lake.
  • Visit Yoho National Park and walk to Takakkaw Falls the third highest waterfall in Canada.
  • A sightseeing tour of the town of Banff and surrounds.
  • A Traditional High Tea at Lake Louise
  • Travel through Glacier National Park
  • Visit 3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town.
  • Visit one of the most prestigious wineries in the Okanagan including a winery tour, tastings and a highlight four course dinner at the winery.

HIGHLIGHTS, ALASKA

  • A 4.5 star ship experience on board Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas from Vancouver, Canada to Seward, Alaska
  • Cruise the Inside Passage
  • A unique shore excursion included at Icy Strait Point; a small group whale watching excursion with Icy Strait Whale Adventures
  • Alaskan townships of Ketchikan, Juneau & Skagway with unlimited opportunities for wildlife experiences and outdoor adventures
  • Witness Hubbard Glacier, the longest river of ice in North America
  • A visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Travel into Alaska from the port of Seward to Anchorage for an overnight stay

 

PRE TOUR STAY – SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2018
We encourage travellers to arrive the day prior to the tour commencement, to allow time to adjust to the new time zone. The cost of the additional hotel night of stay applies. 

When you book the nominated group flight and stay at the group hotel, booked with us as part of your package, the airport arrival transfer is also included for a pre tour stay on Saturday 11 August 2018.

DAY 1 – SUNDAY 12 AUGUST 2018
Arrival Vancouver

Upon arrival at Vancouver’s International Airport pick up your luggage, clear customs and proceed directly to the arrivals hall. You will be met and greeted by our local tour representative for a transfer to our hotel downtown*. 

Hotel check is not until 3pm and any early check in is subject to availability and the hotel’s discretion and cannot be guaranteed unless you have booked the night prior. For arrivals prior to 3pm, if the hotel is unable to offer an early check-in, they will store your luggage until check-in time.

The rest of the day and evening remains is at your leisure.

*An arrival airport to hotel transfer is included for passengers who have booked the group nominated flight with Encounter Travel, as part of their package. Otherwise, a service fee applies for the transfer.

Meals: none included today

DAY 2 – MONDAY 13 AUGUST 2018
Vancouver

Full breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast we enjoy a private city tour of Vancouver showing sites such as English Bay, Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Canada Place, Chinatown, Gastown, Marine Building, Public Library, Provincial Law Court, Granville Island, Stanley Park with totem poles, Prospect Point and Lions Gate Bridge.

Crossing the bridge, North Vancouver is only minutes away and the base of Grouse Mountain is reached. We ‘Skyride’ up the mountain with a breathtaking view of Vancouver and Howe Sound (weather permitting).  Skyride is North America's largest aerial tramway and the gateway to the majestic nature of The Peak of Vancouver, and an experience in itself.

There will be time to take lunch at your leisure. You can enjoy Theatre in the Sky, the Lumberjack Show, Birds in Motion and the refuge for grizzlies and grey wolves.

Early evening, meet with fellow group members and your tour escort to enjoy a four course dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 – TUESDAY 14 AUGUST 2018
Vancouver – Kamloops

Very early this morning the group is transferred to the nearby rail station of Rocky Mountaineer to commence the two day journey in Gold Leaf Class for the journey to Jasper, with an overnight stay in Kamloops. Today, your breakfast and lunch are served on board The Rocky Mountaineer.

The train passes through the rich fields of the Fraser River Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. It follows the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes to historic Kamloops, the gateway to the interior of British Colombia. Upon arrival, Rocky Mountaineer passengers disembark the train and are transferred to their hotel in Kamloops. As part of the two day journey (a moderate hotel standard) Rocky Mountaineer elect the hotel. The hotel is not announced until just prior to departure. Passengers travelling in different classes may stay at different hotels to one another.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST 2018
Kamloops - Jasper

This morning, re-board the Rocky Mountaineer train for the continuing journey to Jasper. You are transferred from the hotel back to the rail station as part of a shared service provided by Rocky Mountaineer.

Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board. The route follows the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and keep the eyes open for grizzly, moose, beaver and osprey! Pass by Mount Robson, at 3954 metres the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies.

Crossing into the province of Alberta, we arrive late afternoon in the peaceful alpine town of Jasper. There’s a short coach transfer to our group hotel.  The evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 – THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 2018
Jasper

Full breakfast at the hotel.

The morning is at leisure for time to explore the small town of Jasper before our group embarks on a gentle 2 ½ hour rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park.  In the afternoon the group is picked up for a half day wildlife tour to Maligne Canyon. There’s a walk alongside the stunning gorge before Maligne Lake is reached.

The late afternoon or early evening is the best time to see wildlife and learn more about Jasper’s original inhabitants of bear, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, coyotes, wolves, moose and many other small and big mountain creatures. Dinner tonight is at the hotel restaurant with your fellow travellers.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 6 – FRIDAY 17 AUGUST 2018 
Jasper – Lake Louise

Full breakfast at the hotel.

We travel by coach today on one of the most scenic highways in North America; the Icefield Parkway. En route stops will be made at Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls before arriving at Columbia Icefield. It covers an area of nearly 325 square kilometres and reaches a depth of 320 metres.

Enjoy an Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier. 

Along the way to Lake Louise stops will be made to take pictures or view wildlife. This highway is renowned for sightings of bear, elk, moose & mountain goats. The last stops will be at Bow and Peyto Lakes.  The tour ends at the hotel in Lake Louise with the rest of the day at leisure to explore the famous Lake Louise with Victoria Glacier as its backdrop.

Dinner tonight is at the hotel restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 7 – SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018 
Lake Louise

Full breakfast at the hotel.

Leaving Banff National Park behind, today’s tour leads into Yoho National Park. Yoho, named for a Cree word expressing awe, is a park of rock walls, waterfalls and glacial lakes, snow-topped mountain peaks, roaring rivers and silent forests. It's a park whose history is bound up with a railroad; spiral tunnels inside mountains and stories of runaway trains. Stops will be made at the natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River and Emerald Lake. See spiral tunnels, hear about the Continental Divide and walk to Takakkaw Falls, with a free fall of 254 metres, the third highest waterfall in Canada. The group returns to the hotel in the afternoon.

Enjoy a very special treat today: The Traditional Tea Ceremony. It includes tea, sandwiches and scones as well as fruit and chocolate in a serene and quiet setting.

Meals: Breakfast, Tea

DAY 8 – SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 2018
Lake Louise – Banff        

Full breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning travel into the Valley of Ten Peaks to see the turquoise shimmering Moraine Lake. Continue on scenic byway #1A to Banff, followed by a private sightseeing tour of the town of Banff and its surrounds.  You can expect to see, amongst others, the Hoodoos, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Banff Springs Hotel, Sulphur Mountain, Lake Minnewanka and Tunnel Mountain Drive.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 9 – MONDAY 20 AUGUST 2018   
Banff

Full breakfast at the hotel.

There’s a wonderful day ahead, to revel in the glory of this beautiful setting.  The day is at leisure for activities on your own, such as exploring the Banff township.

In the evening, the group enjoys a four-course dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 10 – TUESDAY 21 AUGUST 2018  
Banff - Kelowna

Full breakfast at the hotel.

The journey continues back to the West through Glacier National Park with Rogers Pass before Revelstoke is reached.  The next stop will take you back in time when you visit 3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town for a guided tour. It was once a colourful town of the pioneer days of the late 1800’s gold rush, but then abandoned after the demise of the gold rush.  These day it’s been restored, including twenty five rescued and restored historic buildings, an Antique Auto Museum featuring automobiles dating from 1902, and Railway Roundhouse.

After, we continue onto Kelowna. Now the landscape changes to farming meadows, bypassing Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake, the tour turns south to Lake Okanagan with our end destination, Kelowna for our next two nights.

Tonight is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 11 – WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST 2018
Kelowna

Full breakfast at the hotel.

Kelowna is in the heart of The Okanagan Valley, the ‘fruit basket’ of Western Canada with many vineyards and orchards providing fruit, vegetables and wine. 

The day is at leisure to relax and if you like, swim in the lake. Your tour escort will discuss the option to explore Kelowna with a brief orientation tour.

In the early evening we visit one of the most prestigious wineries in the Okanagan, Quails Gate Winery for a one hour tour, wine tasting and ending with an impressive four-course dinner in their restaurant overlooking Lake Okanagan

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 12 – THURSDSAY 23 AUGUST 2018 
Kelowna - Vancouver

Full breakfast at the hotel.

We depart after breakfast back to Vancouver, crossing over to the scenic Coquihalla Highway and driving through the fertile Fraser Valley.   Vancouver will be reached after about five and a half hours driving time plus some breaks along the way.

Once in Vancouver, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy some shopping or other places of interest in Vancouver. The evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 – FRIDAY 24 AUGUST  2018
Departure Vancouver

Full breakfast at the hotel.

The morning is at leisure for shopping or activities on own. At approximately 12:30pm we have a private group transfer to Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal for embarkation on our cruise. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 13 – FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

The group is transferred from the hotel to embark on our magnificent seven night cruise onboard the Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas. At this point you bid farewell to your tour escort and driver (the cruise does not include a group host).

You will have the afternoon onboard at your leisure with time for lunch before the group joins together for dinner in the main dining room. While cruising on board Radiance of the Seas, group dining is available each evening in the ship’s main a la carte dining room.

DAY 14 – SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 2018
Inside Passage (CRUISING)

Cruising through the Inside Passage is really what has made Alaska cruising so popular. This trip captures so much of what people love about Alaska. There are glaciers the size of Luxembourg. Misty rain forests and ghostly blue fjords.  And spirited communities that celebrate their varied heritage. Make sure to take in every view as you sail through one of the most beautiful parts of Alaska.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 – SUNDAY 26 AUGUST 2018
Ketchikan, ALASKA. Docked 6am to 4pm 

Ketchikan originated as an Indian fish saltery, but the town's major growth began when it became a supply base and entry port for miners during the 1898 Gold Rush to the Klondike. Much of the town's colourful past is still in evidence, especially in the nearby Indian villages, where you'll see colourful carved totem poles and hear the fascinating legends that surround them.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Link to Shore Excursions, Ketchikan

DAY 16 – MONDAY 27 AUGUST 2018
Icy Strait Point, ALASKA
Tendered 9am to 6pm 

** shore excursion included today with your package **

Icy Strait Point is located near the city of Hoonah, the largest native Tlingit Indian settlement in Alaska, and very near Glacier Bay National Park. Home to a historic cannery, the port's connection to the sea is strong. Locals share the sea with humpback whales, orcas, Dall porpoises, seals, sea otters, halibut and all five species of Pacific salmon. It is not uncommon to spot a humpback or an orca while walking along the beach. 

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT:  WHALE WATCHING GROUP EXCURSION
Icy Strait Whale Adventures 

This is special!  We have hand selected a local, small group whale watching operator and included this excursion with your package.

This morning, our group joins Icy Strait Whale Adventures.  It is a natively owned and locally run whale watch operator from the town of Hoonah. Icy Strait Whale Adventures offers an intimate whale watching experience. The group sizes are small (compared to the ships that only offer big groups). You will enjoy the experience on a spacious vessel where you are guaranteed to not feel cramped.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Link to Other Shore Excursions, Icy Strait Point 

DAY 17 – TUESDAY 28 AUGUST 2018  
Juneau, ALASKA. Docked 7am to 9:30pm 

Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town, counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favourite of visitors, is nearby.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Link to Shore Excursions, Juneau

DAY 18 – WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST 2018
Skagway, ALASKA
Docked 7am to 4:30pm

When gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory (just across the border from Alaska), it resulted in the historic Gold Rush of 1898. As thousands of gold-crazed adventurers sought the best starting point for their arduous trek, they found the deepest penetration possible by boat was at the northern tip of the Lynn Canal. This is how Skagway was born.  

Don't miss the unforgettable journey aboard the 'Scenic Railway of the World' and travel 20 miles from tidewater to the summit of the White Pass - an 875 metres (2,865 foot) elevation. Ride in vintage rail cars as you retrace the original route to the White Pass summit. This fully narrated tour features panoramas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites. See the original Klondike Trail of '98 worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands of souls that passed this route in search of fortune. Experience this unique railway that symbolises accomplishment in the adventure of pioneering - triumph over challenge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Link to Shore Excursions, Skagway 

DAY 19 – THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 2018
Hubbard Glacier. Cruising 8am to 10am 

The longest river of ice in North America, the Hubbard Glacier is also one of the most active glaciers of its kind in Alaska. Also, since our ships are designed to provide our guests with the best viewing possible, you'll be able to see this massive natural wonder, with its 1,350 square miles of blue ice, from just about anywhere on the ship.

TIP:  It’s cold outside on deck today. Most passengers like to be on deck to view the glacier. Have a warm coat/jacket and gloves and warm hat recommended. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

DAY 20 – FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2018
Arrive Seward, Alaska. Transfer to Anchorage 

Your cruise ship docks in the port of Seward early morning.   This morning a group transfer is provided to Anchorage where you will enjoy the evening at your leisure to make your own explorations.  

On the way to Anchorage we stop in Portage and visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you see bears, buffalo, moose, and a variety of other animals in a beautiful natural setting. A guide from the centre will join the group to lead the tour, as well as to share the centre’s history and mission.  

There will be a stop in the charming little ski town of Girdwood. While in Girdwood, we take a lunch break to enjoy any number of excellent and unique restaurants at the base area or take lunch at the top of the mountain.  

This afternoon, we arrive in Anchorage. Between the mountains and the sea, almost in the centre of Alaska, lies Anchorage; Alaska's largest city, yet no stranger to the wilderness. Anchorage is a place with big-city amenities; restaurants, museums, theatres and an excellent music scene.  

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 21 – SATURDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2018
Anchorage  

Today check out time from the hotel is by 11am.  A group transfer to the airport to connect with your onward flight is provided for all group members departing on the group flight, booked with us as part of your package.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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