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
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.
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).
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.
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)
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
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.
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
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
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
Relish in the bow to stern luxury of your cruise ship as you journey south through the spectacular waterways.
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
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’.
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
Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE^ activities this morning. This afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
This morning, enjoy an Included historical tour of Washington D.C followed by an afternoon at leisure.
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
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.
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
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.
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.