2017 Fall Alaska & Canada Adventurer

4 Aug - 7 Sep 2017
Trip Code:    GCD7

Our Adventurer Tour is our traditional 35 day tour, covering over 1400 miles of diverse and beautiful landscapes as we take you through ‘The Real Alaska and Canada’. Beginning in Vancouver, you’ll travel ‘north to Alaska’ to Anchorage, head up to Denali, Fairbanks, across into Canada into The Yukon to Dawson City, then down through Whitehorse, back into Alaska to the spectacular Inside Passage. You’ll take an Alaska Marine Highway Ferry, spending time in the picturesque towns of Haines and Wrangell, before crossing back to Canada and travelling west to the Canadian Rockies. Visit the gorgeous alpine towns of Jasper and Banff, before travelling on the Rocky Mountaineer back to Vancouver, ending the tour in charming Victoria.

Tour Inclusions:

Accommodation in clean and comfortable hotels with private facilities, meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), Anchorage City Tour, Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour, Riverboat Discovery Tour, Dawson City Discovery Claim, White Pass & Yukon Summit Tour, Haines to Skagway fast ferry, AnAn Bear Viewing, Stikine River Cruise, Alaska Marine Highway fares & cabins, VIA Rail Skeena train, Jasper and Maligne Lake Tour, Icefields Parkway Tour and Ice Explorer, Banff and Lake Louise Tour, Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service, Vancouver City Tour, Victoria & Butchart Gardens, BC Fare, travel on luxury motor coach.

PRICES
Land arrangements
including twin share
$12,950
Internal Air Travel$700
TRIP TOTAL$13,650
Fri
4
Aug

Vancouver

On arrival we transfer to our hotel. Sandman Signature Airport Hotel (1 night)

Sat
5
Aug

Vancouver to Anchorage

Today we take a flight to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. Springhill Suites University Lake (2 nights)

Sun
6
Aug

Anchorage - Day Tour

In the morning we head south along Turnagain Arm to Girdwood. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for beluga whales, bald eagles and other wildlife. Enjoy stops at Portage Glacier, Begich Boggs Visitors Center, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Alyeska Resort. In the afternoon, we return to Anchorage and explore the downtown area.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mon
7
Aug

Anchorage to Denali

We board our luxury motor coach and drive through interior Alaska to Denali National Park. The afternoon is free to explore. Denali Grizzly Resort (2 nights)

Meals included: Breakfast
Tue
8
Aug

Denali - Tundra Wilderness Tour

Today we join the Tundra Wilderness Tour taking us into the Denali National Park and Preserve. Our tour provides an opportunity to view the magnificent scenery that makes this wilderness region so famous. During the tour we keep a close watch for wildlife such as bears, moose, wolves, caribou and Dall Sheep.

Meals included: Breakfast
Wed
9
Aug

Denali to Fairbanks

We board our luxury motor coach this morning for a journey through the heart of Alaska to Fairbanks, Alaska's largest interior city. Bridgewater Hotel (2 nights)

Meals included: Breakfast
Thu
10
Aug

Fairbanks - Riverboat Discovery Cruise

In the morning we board the Riverboat Discovery for a cruise down the lovely Chena River. This tour includes a visit to a recreated Chena Indian Village and demonstration of dog sledding. The afternoon is free to explore Fairbanks.

Fri
11
Aug

Fairbanks to Dawson City

We drive along the Top of the World Highway en-route to Dawson City. Along the way we make stops at Rika’s Roadhouse, Tok and Chicken. Eldorado Hotel (2 nights)

Sat
12
Aug

Dawson City - Discovery Claim

In the morning we visit the Discovery Claim, home to the richest placer gold strike in history. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town, which has been declared a national historic site.

Sun
13
Aug

Dawson City to Whitehorse

We drive south along the Klondike Highway through ranchlands and the beautiful expanses of the Yukon River Valley to Whitehorse. Best Western Gold Rush Inn (1 night)

Mon
14
Aug

Whitehorse to Haines

On our luxury motor coach, we travel along the Alaska Highway before joining the scenic Haines Highway through to Haines. Captain’s Choice (3 nights)

Tue
15
Aug

Haines - day at leisure

Full day at leisure. Originally a Russian and Native American trading post, this town provides beautiful views of the Chilkat Mountains and Lynn Canal, North America’s deepest fjord. With only a few small cruise ships docking each summer, Haines has retained its local identity as a quiet South East Alaskan town.

Meals included: Breakfast
Wed
16
Aug

Haines - White Pass and Yukon Summit Tour

In the morning we travel by water taxi to Skagway. We have time to explore this well preserved frontier town before taking a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad. Built during the days of the Klondike Goldrush, this is one of the most interesting rail trips in North America. We can view glaciers, waterfalls and historic sites. We return to Haines by water taxi in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast
Thu
17
Aug

Haines to Inside Passage

We board an Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry for the overnight journey to Wrangell. Local residents use the ferries for transport between the towns along the Inside Passage. The facilities include observation decks and a dining room. On-board cabin with private facilities (1 night)

Meals included: Breakfast
Fri
18
Aug

Inside Passage to Wrangell

Early morning arrival into Wrangell. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town including Petroglyph Beach, Chief Shakes House, Rainbow Falls and the local museum. Stikine Inn (3 nights)

Sat
19
Aug

Wrangell - AnAn Bear Observatory

We visit AnAn where we have the opportunity to safely photograph black and brown bears in the wild. We start the tour with a beautiful one hour boat ride to AnAn. On arrival we walk through lush rainforest to the bear viewing platforms. We are accompanied by local guides throughout the tour.

Meals included: Breakfast
Sun
20
Aug

Wrangell - Stikine River Cruise

This morning we take a jetboat ride through the lower reaches of the Stikine River. This pristine wilderness features glaciers and possible sightings of bears, moose and eagles.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mon
21
Aug

Wrangell to Inside Passage

The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon we board an AMHS ferry for our voyage to Prince Rupert. On-board cabin with private facilities (1 night)

Meals included: Breakfast
Tue
22
Aug

Inside Passage to Prince Rupert

We arrive into Prince Rupert in the morning. In the afternoon you might like to explore the Cow Bay waterfront area. Pacific Inn (1 night)

Wed
23
Aug

Prince Rupert to Prince George

This morning we board VIA Rail’s Skeena service for the journey to Prince George. Highlights include views of the Coast Mountains and Skeena River. Ramada Inn (1 night)

Meals included: Breakfast
Thu
24
Aug

Prince George to Jasper

We travel by private motor coach across the Yellowhead Pass to Jasper. On clear days there are excellent views of Mt. Robson the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Marmot Lodge (3 nights)

Fri
25
Aug

Jasper and Maligne Lake

We take a short tour of the town before heading across the Athabasca River to Maligne Canyon. We then drive to Maligne Lake for a guided cruise which provides unobstructed views of the magnificent shoreline. On the return trip watch for deer, coyotes, moose and eagles.

Sat
26
Aug

Jasper - day at leisure

Our day is free to explore this lovely town which is situated deep in the Alberta Rockies. Mountain peaks can be seen on the horizon in every direction.

Sun
27
Aug

Jasper to Banff

We tour the Icefields Parkway with its towering mountain peaks, tranquil lakes and cascading waterfalls. We stop at the Columbia Icefield where we take an Ice Explorer ride. Banff Park Lodge (3 nights)

Mon
28
Aug

Banff - day at leisure

Our day is free to explore the town of Banff. Popular places to visit include Bow Falls, The Fairmont Banff Springs and Banff Gondola.

Tue
29
Aug

Banff and Lake Louise

We board our coach and tour some of the areas around Banff before heading to Lake Louise. Known at the “Jewel of the Rockies”, Lake Louise is one of the most photographed places in Canada.

Wed
30
Aug

Banff to Kamloops

We commence our two day Rocky Mountaineer rail excursion. We travel through The Rocky Mountains on our journey to Kamloops. Hotel assigned by Rocky Mountaineer (1 night)

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
Thu
31
Aug

Kamloops to Vancouver

We re-board the train and travel through the fertile plains of the Fraser River Valley, then through the rugged Fraser Canyon before arriving in Vancouver. Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourside Hotel (3 nights)

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
Fri
1
Sep

Vancouver - City Tour

Today we take a sightseeing tour which includes Stanley Park, Gastown, English Bay, Chinatown and the waterfront.

Sat
2
Sep

Vancouver - day at leisure

Day at leisure to continue exploring Vancouver.

Sun
3
Sep

Vancouver to Victoria

We board our morning ferry to Vancouver Island. Before arriving into Victoria, we tour some of the lovely suburban areas. Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (2 nights)

Mon
4
Sep

Victoria - Butchart Gardens

This morning we visit the renowned Butchart Gardens with its colourful floral displays.

Tue
5
Sep

Victoria to Vancouver to In Flight

On the final leg of our tour we sail across the Strait of Georgia on a BC Ferry to the mainland. We are then transferred by motor coach to Vancouver International Airport where we board our flights back to Australia.

Wed
6
Sep

In Flight

Thu
7
Sep

Arrive back in Australia

Tour Notes & Options

Prices based on twin share accommodation, please contact us for single pricing.

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