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Grand Tour of the Rockies, Alaska & New England with Boston Extension

(37 days, Victoria - Boston, 2014)
Grand Tour of the Rockies, Alaska, New England & Boston Extension
This 37 day grand tour includes the Rockies and British Columbia, a luxury Alaskan cruise, Niagara Falls, Montréal, Québec City, Washington D.C., New York and Boston.

This 37 day adventure starts in Victoria, Canada where you will visit the world famous Butchart Gardens before heading to Whistler, stopping off at the awesome Shannon Falls. From Whistler you will head to Hat Creek Ranch and Sun Peaks and travel through the Cariboo region en route to Jasper.

Next, you will journey south along the Icefields Parkway taking in the mighty Athabasca Glacier before arriving at Lake Louise and Banff. Here you will ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain and start the incredible Rocky Mountaineer rail journey to Vancouver via Kamloops. Visit Vancouver’s rainforest and new Cliffwalk before your voyage along Alaska’s dramatic coastline. This journey takes in the isolated capital of Juneau; Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike; the iceberg-strewn waters of Glacier Bay National Park; and the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan, before returning south to Vancouver.

Your journey then continues east to Montréal and Québec City, the only walled city in North America. En route to Canada’s capital, Ottawa you will stop in at Parc des Chutes de la Chaudière to witness the spectacular waterfalls and from Ottawa, cruise the beautiful Thousand Islands region heading for Canada’s largest city, Toronto followed by the spectacular Niagara Falls.

Crossing the border to New York State via the Rainbow Bridge you will then travel through the rolling Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania before arriving into Lancaster, home to the Amish and Mennonite communities and followed by Washington D.C. where you will tour the incredible monuments and buildings including the White House. Finally, you will travel north to Philadelphia before finishing in New York City and Boston.

29 night land tour including 2 nights in Victoria, Banff and Québec City • 7 night Alaskan Cruise • Two Night Boston Extension

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Ultimate Features

  • Maximum of 40 guests
  • Full range of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
  • Fully escorted including on board cruise
  • Canadian Tour Director
  • Luxury Coach
  • Dedicated Canada Based Team
  • Scenic airport representatives

5-Star Inclusions

  • Guaranteed Verandah stateroom
  • Guaranteed GoldLeaf Service on the Famous Rocky Mountaineer
  • Lakeview rooms at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • View rooms at the Fairmont Banff Springs
  • Falls View rooms at Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls
  • Airport transfers
  • ALL TIPPING and GRATUITIES INCLUDED

Included Scenic Enrich

  • Comprehensive lecture on Black Bears by a world leader in Black Bear Research, Michael Allen, Exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • Cultural Presentation in Sun Peaks, Exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • Rocky Mountain Round Up - an evening of western hospitality, live local music and authentic Rockies entertainment, Exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • Meet an iconic Canadian Mountie dressed in the famous red surge and learn of their rich history and traditions
  • Rejuvenate your senses with an early morning guided walk, creating the first footprints of the day across the Capilano Suspension Bridge as the park opens early Exclusively for Scenic Tours. If you need even more awakening, then attempt the highlight Cliffwalk, a platform walk 30 storeys above the Capilano River
  • Experience the authentic culinary delights of French Canada during a traditional Québécois meal at a local Sugar Shack
  • Explore the cultural significance and the reason Québec City has been acknowledged as a World Heritage-listed site during a guided sightseeing tour
  • Tour Parc Omega viewing native wildlife such as bear, wolves, wapitis, red deer and beavers

Included Scenic Free Choice

  • Victoria - whale watching by cruiser or zodiac; or floatplane flight; or horse and carriage tour; or afternoon tea at the Empress; or salmon fishing; or zipline adventure; or Old Chinatown lantern walk and dinner
  • Whistler - dog sledding; or heli flightseeing; or the Peak to Peak Gondola; or a mountain adventure tour; or zip lining; or nature walk & Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre; or jet boating
  • Jasper - Jasper Tramway; or Harley Davidson™ sidecar tour; or Maligne Lake cruise; or rafting; or Local’s Choice hike; or canoe on Pyramid Lake; or Maligne Canyon & Lakes tour
  • Banff - heli flightseeing; or Lake Minnewanka cruise; or float trip; or husky kennel tour; or 9 holes of golf; or a guided nature walk; or self guided cycle
  • Calgary Stampede day tour available on selected departures
  • Ottawa - Museum of Civilisation; or explore the Bytown Museum; or visit the War Museum; or Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride Stables; or National Gallery of Canada; or self guided cycle
  • Québec City - historical walking tour; or horse and carriage ride; or a Swedish massage; or St Lawrence River cruise; or culinary walking tour; or Le Massif de Charlevoix train day tourˆ

Included Scenic Dining

  • 68 superb meals including 36 Full Breakfasts - hot and cold buffet selections (FB), 9 Lunches - à la carte, banquet and buffet (L), 23 Dinners - 3 course à la carte and buffet (D)

Included Scenic Special Stay

  • The Fairmont Empress, Exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, regarded as the ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’
  • The Fairmont Banff Springs Resort known as the ‘Castle in the Rockies’
  • Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, the heart of Québec City
  • The Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls, Fallsview room overlooking Niagara Falls

Included Scenic Highlights

  • Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director at your welcome dinner
  • Wander at your leisure through the landscaped Butchart Gardens
  • World Heritage-listed site of the collective Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks including the highest peak, Mount Robson
  • Explore the stunning landscape of Jasper National Park
  • Venture onto the Athabasca Glacier on an ‘Ice Explorer’ adventure
  • Enjoy a nature walk along the shoreline of the beautiful Lake Louise
  • Elevate by gondola to Sulphur Mountain’s summit
  • 2 day luxury GoldLeaf dome carriage experience on board the Rocky Mountaineer
  • 7 night escorted Alaskan Cruise featuring bow to stern luxury
  • Fully escorted touring includes a Scenic Tours Representative to assist throughout your cruising experience
  • Discover stylish Montréal, known as the Paris of North America
  • Roam through Canada’s capital city of Ottawa whilst enjoying an interpretive guided tour
  • Algonquin Provincial Park, Ottawa’s first Provincial Park is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species
  • Ascend the world’s tallest tower - CN Tower in Toronto
  • Niagara Falls cruise under the dramatic falls and the SkyWheel for a different perspective
  • Enjoy a traditional Amish experience, learning of their way of life upholding values of a non industrialised world including a family-style Amish Feast.
  • Historical Washington D.C. City Tour
  • New York at your own pace on the Hop-on-Hop-off Double Decker Bus
  • Opportunity to choose the following add on Wilderness Experience - Knight Inlet bear viewing, Exclusive to Scenic Tours
Day 1: Victoria (D)
Welcome to Victoria. Upon arrival at Victoria Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel, located on Victoria’s Inner Harbour (please book flight to arrive before 5pm). Tonight, get to know your Tour Director and travelling companions over a ‘Welcome to Canada’ dinner.
Two Night Special Stay: The Fairmont Empress, Exclusive to Scenic Tours
Day 2: Victoria - Butchart Gardens (FB)
Wander at your leisure through the Included world famous Butchart Gardens. Enjoy 22 hectares of gorgeously manicured floral displays influenced by the Butchart’s world travels. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE select from: (1) whale watching cruise in either a comfortable covered boat or (2) by high speed zodiac inflatable boat; or (3) scenic floatplane flight marvelling at the views over Vancouver Island; or (4) a horse and carriage tour to experience this Victorian tradition; or (5) afternoon tea at The Empress; or (6) fishing for British Columbia’s wild salmon; or (7) zipline adventure over Sooke Hills; or (8) Old Chinatown lantern walk and dinner.
Day 3: Howe Sound - Whistler (FB,D)
Travel to Nanaimo and cross to the mainland by ferry. Drive north along Howe Sound, stopping to view the awesome Shannon Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in British Columbia. Continue to the charming resort of Whistler Village, home to the 2010 Olympic Nordic and Alpine events. Today’s SCENIC ENRICH: Presentation looking into the world of the Black Bear with Michael Allen, a world leader in Black Bear research, Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining choose where to dine from a selection of restaurants in Whistler.
Two Night Special Stay: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Exclusive to Scenic Tours

Optional 1 hour floatplane flight to Whistler. Leave the crowds behind and soar over the Georgia Strait. Arrive at lunch time giving you more time to explore (additional expense, subject to seasonal operation).

Day 4: Whistler (FB)
Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE select from: (1) dog sled adventure; or (2) heli flightseeing over majestic glaciers, rugged peaks and turquoise waters of Whistler’s surrounding beauty; or (3) Peak to Peak Gondola joining Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains; or (4) mountain adventure tour to the surrounding areas of Whistler; or (5) soar through the air on a zipline; or (6) an interpretive nature walk followed by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre; or (7) thrilling jet boat adventure. This afternoon is yours to enjoy as leisurely or adventurously as you like in this alpine resort.
Day 5: Whistler - Sun Peaks (FB,D)
Continue to the alpine ski village of Sun Peaks, located in British Columbia’s interior. After dinner enjoy this evening’s Included SCENIC ENRICH highlight: a historic insight into the fur trading industry and life as a pioneer, Exclusive to Scenic Tours.
Overnight Stay: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre (formerly Delta Sun Peaks Resort)
Day 6: Sun Peaks - Jasper (FB,D)
Travel through Mount Robson Provincial Park, enjoying tantalising glimpses of the soaring granite mountains of Canada’s Rockies. Stand at the base of the awesome 3954m Mount Robson before arriving into Jasper. Keep an eye out for Canadian wildlife such as bears, moose, elk and caribou often seen grazing by the roadside. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining choose where to dine from a selection of restaurants at your hotel.
Two Night Stay: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Day 7: Jasper (FB)
Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE select from: (1) Jasper Tramway ascending 2,500 metres to the peak of Jasper; or (2) tour on a Harley Davidson™ sidecar through Jasper National Park; or (3) Maligne Lake cruise around Spirit Island learning the history, wildlife and glaciology; or (4) rafting down the Athabasca River with an experienced guide; or (5) Local’s Choice hike along seasonal trails; or (6) canoeing on Pyramid Lake; or (7) Maligne Canyon and Lakes tour. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps visit Jasper’s township or engage in the resort activities such as canoeing, golf or even take a stroll around the shoreline of the picturesque Lake Beauvert.
Day 8: Icefields Parkway - Glacier ‘Ice Explorer’ - Lake Louise (FB,D)
Travel south, along the incredible Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as ‘one of the most spectacular journeys in the world’. Stop at the Columbia Icefield, where you’ll take the ‘Ice Explorer’ onto the mighty Athabasca Glacier. Enjoy a nature walk along the shoreline of the beautiful Lake Louise before settling in for an evening in Canada’s ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining choose from a selection of restaurants at your hotel.
Overnight Special Stay: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Day 9: Emerald Lake - Banff (FB,D)
Witness Lake Louise change colour with the rising sun and enjoy a morning at leisure before visiting nature’s craftwork of Emerald Lake and Natural Bridge. Upon arrival in Banff, you will travel 698 metres on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. SCENIC ENRICH: Meet an iconic Canadian Mountie followed by Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining choose where to dine from a selection of restaurants at your hotel.
Two Night Special Stay : The Fairmont Banff Springs
Day 10: Banff (FB,D)
Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE select from: (1) heli flightseeing over Three Sisters Peak; or (2) Lake Minnewanka interpretive cruise; or (3) relaxing oar powered Bow River float trip; or (4) husky kennel tour; or (5) golf at the Banff Springs golf course; or (6) guided nature walk with an expert naturalist; or (7) self guided cycle. This afternoon is yours to explore the alpine township of Banff, located inside Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. SCENIC ENRICH: Rocky Mountain Round Up, Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Celebrate this event with fellow travellers as you enjoy authentic cuisine, local entertainment and western hospitality.
Day 11: ‘The Rocky Mountaineer’ - Kamloops (FB,L)
Enjoy a 2 day rail experience on ‘The Most Spectacular Train Trip in the World’. Relax in your Included GoldLeaf carriage and experience unsurpassed levels of dome car service. Cross Kicking Horse Pass and view the glaciers and snow capped mountains of Rogers Pass before arriving into Kamloops.
Overnight Stay: Kamloops Hotel (as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer)
Day 12: ‘The Rocky Mountaineer’ - Vancouver (FB,L)
Continue westward following the Thompson River and Fraser River Valley before arriving into Vancouver.
Two Night Stay: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Exclusive to Scenic Tours
Day 13: Vancouver (FB,D)
SCENIC ENRICH: Be the first to explore the rainforest and highlight Cliffwalk, as the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park opens early, Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Later enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s highlights including the historical hub of Gastown and the local’s playground Stanley Park, which features many cultural and natural attractions. The afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure before dinner tonight with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Day 14: Vancouver - Alaskan Cruise (FB,D)
This morning transfer to Vancouver’s Pier, Canada Place. Step on board your luxurious cruise ship for a 7 night Alaskan Voyage. Check into your Verandah Stateroom (subject to availability) on Holland America’s ms Zuiderdam and settle in for an unforgettable cruise. Familiarise yourself with the multitude of services, facilities and activities on offer at your convenience and contained all on one lavish vessel.
Day 15: Scenic Cruising (FB,L,D)
Sit back, relax and enjoy the ambience as you cruise north. Alaska’s dramatic coastline reveals North America’s last great wilderness. Keep a look out for wildlife such as orcas, humpback whales and bald eagles as you sail by. Tonight, like every other night on board your magnificent ship, enjoy a dinner of mouth watering delights. Evenings on board your cruise ship glitter with choices – catch a musical production starring performers from Broadway productions in the show lounge or visit one of the many lounges featuring live music. For a quiet night perhaps catch the feature movie at the theatre or in the privacy of your own cabin.
Day 16: Juneau, Alaska’s Capital (FB,L,D)
Surrounded by the Gastineau Channel, the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields, Alaska’s capital is famed for its scenery and isolation. Juneau is accessible only by air or sea so the best way to arrive is by luxury cruise. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest; or journey above on Mount Robert’s Tramway; or learn the city’s Gold Rush story; or drop into the Red Dog Saloon; or visit the fascinating Alaska State Museum (shore excursions are at own expense).
Day 17: Skagway (FB,L,D)
Cruise into Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike and a featured setting of Jack London’s book, ‘Call of the Wild’. Enjoy plenty of free time to go ashore and stroll along the weathered boardwalks admiring the shop front facades, reminiscent of the gold rush era. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park boasts restored buildings inviting you to take a stroll back in time.
Day 18: Glacier Bay (FB,L,D)
Early this morning, enter the iceberg strewn waters of Glacier Bay National Park. Marvel at the glacial ice wall carved by nature in this World Heritage-listed site. This breathtaking scenery will be brought to life by a National Park Service Ranger as they help you spot wildlife and interpret the glacier activity and surrounding environment. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world.
Day 19: Ketchikan (FB,L,D)
Arrive into picturesque Ketchikan, salmon capital of the world. Stroll along the elevated boardwalk; or take a self guided tour of the town; or cast a line at the fishing camp; or experience a bear adventure by float plane (shore excursions are at own expense).
Day 20: Scenic Cruising (FB,L,D)
Relish in the bow to stern luxury of your cruise ship as you journey south through the spectacular waterways.
Day 21: Vancouver - Montréal (FB)
Disembark early this morning and transfer to board your flight to Montréal (please do not book flight departure before 12.30pm. Flight is not included for land only tour). On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Two Night Stay: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Day 22: Montréal (FB,D)
Discover this city on an Included sightseeing tour with a highlight visit to Notre-Dame Basilica. This afternoon is yours to explore the city. Get acquainted with your fellow travellers and Tour Director tonight as you enjoy a ‘Welcome Dinner’.
Day 23: Montréal - Québec City (FB,L,D)
SCENIC ENRICH: Taste traditional Québécois fare at a local Sugar Shack. Enjoy an Included SCENIC ENRICH activity today as you tour within the walls of the Vieux Carré (Old City).
Two Night Special Stay: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Day 24: Québec City (FB)
Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE^ activities this morning. This afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace.
Day 25: Parc Omega - Ottawa (FB,D)
Today enjoy the Included SCENIC ENRICH highlight of Parc Omega. Discover native wildlife such as bear, wolves, wapitis, red deer and beavers in their natural habitat. Continue to Ottawa.
Two Night Stay: Fairmont Château Laurier
Day 26: Ottawa (FB)
Roam through Canada’s capital city of Ottawa whilst enjoying an Included interpretive guided tour including the imposing Parliament Buildings, Government House and the official residence of the Prime Minister. Travel along Rideau Canal, Ottawa’s first World Heritage-listed site and the world’s largest ice skating rink come winter. This afternoon enjoy SCENIC FREE CHOICE select from: (1) Museum of Civilisation; or (2) explore the Bytown Museum; or (3) visit the War Museum; or (4) Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride Stables; or (5) National Gallery of Canada; or (6) self guided cycle.
Day 27: Algonquin Provincial Park - Toronto (FB)
Today we head through Algonquin Provincial Park, home to a diverse range of plant and animal species. Algonquin was the first provincial park in Ontario offering protection of a variety of natural and cultural features. It is best known by visitors for its opportunity to spot moose. Continue to Toronto.
Two Night Stay: The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Day 28: Toronto (FB,D)
Included this morning is your 346m ascent to the observation deck at the top of CN Tower. Tour the lake front and downtown of Toronto. Remainder of the day is at your leisure. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
Day 29: Niagara Falls (FB,D)
We continue south to the village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Board the Included Niagara Falls cruise to feel the spray of the falls. Canada’s largest observation wheel, the Niagara SkyWheel is Included for a different perspective offering views of Horseshoe and American Falls.
Overnight Special Stay: Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls, Fallsview room
Day 30: Niagara Falls - Lancaster (FB,D)
Travel into Pennsylvania through the rolling Appalachian Mountains before arriving into Lancaster, home to the religious Amish and Mennonite communities. Savour an Included traditional family-style Amish Feast.
Overnight Stay: Marriott Lancaster at Penn Square or similar
Day 31: Lancaster - Washington D.C (FB)
Your Included Amish experience this morning involves visiting an Amish Farm and House as a local guide explains the culture, faith and traditional way of life before venturing to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.
Two Night Stay: The Fairmont Washington or similar
Day 32: Washington D.C (FB,D)
This morning, enjoy an Included historical tour of Washington D.C followed by an afternoon at leisure.
Day 33: Washington D.C. - New York City (FB)
Travel this morning to Philadelphia for an Included sightseeing tour of this historic city before continuing on to the exciting and vibrant New York City.
Two Night Stay: The Renaissance New York Times Square or similar
Day 34: Manhattan, New York (FB,D)
Discover New York at your own pace on the Included Hop-on-Hop-off Double Decker Bus. Enjoy dinner tonight with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Day 35: New York - Boston (FB)
This is an independent extension, not escorted by a Scenic Tours Tour Director

This morning board the Amtrak - Acela Express to Boston. Relax in Business Class seating and enjoy superior comfort and service. Travel through Connecticut to the historic city of Boston. Enjoy an evening at leisure to familiarise yourself in the capital of Massachusetts.
Two Night Stay: Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

Day 36: Boston (FB)
Explore Boston at your leisure with a hop on/off tour of historic sites such as Boston Common, Copley Square, Government Centre, Quincy Market or the fashionable Newbury Street. Baseball fans may choose to stop at Fenway Park or movie lovers to Beacon Hill area where films such as ‘Good Will Hunting’ and the original ‘Thomas Crown Affair’ were filmed.
Day 37: Boston (FB)
Enjoy breakfast before transferring* to the airport for your homebound flight.

^Le Massif Train Day Tour Option incurs an additional cost, must be booked prior to departure and is subject to seasonal operations.

*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.

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May 2014
18
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Jul 2014
20
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Aug 2014
10
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Aug 2014
17
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Sep 2014
7
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Duration
37 Days
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AUD $19,540
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Dates
18 May 2014
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20 Jul 2014
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10 Aug 2014
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17 Aug 2014
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07 Sep 2014
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