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2018 Itinerary

17 Day Itinerary (Banff > Vancouver)

  • Tour Code

    ERBL

  • Departure City

    Banff

  • Duration

    17 Day

  • Return City

    Vancouver

Departure and Return City

Tour Inclusions

included in your price

  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director
  • 10 Day Canadian Rockies Experience
  • 7 Nights on a luxury cruise ship – Holland America Line ms Nieuw Amsterdam#
  • Premium First Class hotels including all hotel service charges and porterage
  • Return airport transfers
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Cruise the famed Inside Passage
  • Discover Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness” Lake Louise
  • Climb aboard the Ice Explorer and ascend onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Explore Banff and Jasper National Parks
  • See the Bow River, the Hoodoos and Bow Falls in Banff
  • Discover Vancouver’s famous sights
  • Travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway acclaimed as one of the most breathtaking highways in the world
  • Wander through the magnificent Butchart Gardens
  • Enjoy a guided nature walk through the rainforest at Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park
  • Cruise by ferry across the Georgia Strait
  • Visit the Olympic ski resort town of Whistler
  • Travel along the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway
  • Visit the picturesque village of Sun Peaks
  • Experience the splendour of Tracy Arm fjord
  • Explore the port of Juneau, the Alaskan capital
  • Relive the gold rush history in the port of Skagway

dining highlights

  • 33 superb meals including: 16 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L), 10 Dinners (D) & 1 Highlight Dinner (HD)
  • Dinner in the Butchart family’s original residence
  • Welcome and farewell dinners

you’re invited

  • Savour an exquisite meal in the original Butchart family residence, while enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding gardens
  • Day 1 Arrive Banff

    Welcome to Canada! You will be met at Calgary International Airport and transferred from the plains into the majestic Rocky Mountains to your hotel in Banff. Banff is a picturesque town located within Banff National Park. With Mount Rundle and Mount Cascade dominating its skyline, Banff is the quintessential Rocky Mountains town. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
    Two Night Stay: Ptarmigan Inn

    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 2 Banff and Lake Louise Sightseeing

    Make our way out of Banff and prepare yourself for one of the highlights of your journey, Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness”, the gorgeous Lake Louise. Spend time relaxing and exploring the surrounds of this iconic and beautiful area. Take a walk around the edge of the lake and gaze at the towering mountains reflected in the lakes surface, or venture inside the phenomenal Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel and soak it all up with a drink in hand. Return to Banff and enjoy a sightseeing tour of some of the natural attractions in and around Banff including the Bow River, the Hoodoos and Bow Falls.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 3 Glacier ‘Ice Explorer’ – Jasper

    This morning we travel north along the Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most spectacular journeys in the world. Enjoy breath-taking mountain scenery as you pass rugged peaks and glaciers fringed by thick forest and shimmering lakes. We make a stop at the Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack, where you’ll climb aboard the ‘Ice Explorer’ for a once-in-a-lifetime journey onto the mighty 300 metre thick Athabasca Glacier. The day’s end finds us in Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of pristine wilderness and an abundance of wildlife that can often be spotted roaming around the town.
    Overnight Stay: Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 Jasper – Sun Peaks

    Bid farewell to Jasper as we make our way out of the beautiful Jasper National Park. Enjoy views of the towering 3,954 metre Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Weave through thick forests, winding rivers and jewelled lakes before arriving in the picturesque ski resort village of Sun Peaks.
    Overnight Stay: Cahilty Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5 Sun Peaks – Vancouver

    Travel through lush countryside before reaching the peaks and valleys of the coastal mountain range. Follow the fertile Fraser Valley and pass an abundance of rural scenery before arriving in the exciting city of Vancouver.
    Two Night Stay: Westin Bayshore

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 6 Vancouver Sightseeing

    Vancouver is a beautiful harbour side city with a perfect balance of nature mixed with cityscape. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including Stanley Park with its intricately carved totem poles, the waterfront area, Gastown with its lively shops and restaurants and Granville Island which is famous for its fresh food markets. Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park where you can make your way across this spectacular suspension bridge, 70 metres above the Capilano River, and join the award winning Treetops Adventure along a series of elevated walkways.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 7 Vancouver – Whistler

    Journey inland along the Sea to Sky Highway as the road follows the rugged coastline with magnificent views of Horseshoe Bay on your left and forested parks and mountains on your right. You will have the chance to stop at the awesome Shannon Falls before arriving at the charming alpine resort of Whistler Village. Whistler is a world famous ski resort sitting at the base of two glorious mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. This afternoon you are free to explore the village’s cobbled pathways and plazas. Perhaps take the Peak to Peak gondola that travels between the two huge mountains that dominate the village affording magnificent views.
    Overnight Stay: Hilton Whistler Resort

    Discover More: Special opportunity to undertake a bear viewing tour with a local expert (seasonal option), or have dinner with a twist on a tasting tour (additional expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 8 Georgia Strait – Butchart Gardens – Victoria

    Travel back along the Sea to Sky Highway to Tsawwassen. Board the BC ferry and cruise through the Georgia Strait that is dotted with forested islands and is home to pods of orcas. Arrive in Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island and make our way to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 22 hectare showpiece of magnificent, colourful gardens. Learn about the history and flora while exploring the gardens. You’re Invited: Tonights dinner will be in the original Butchart family residence, savour an exquisite meal while enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding gardens. Afterwards, arrive into Victoria, British Columbia’s historic capital city situated on a beautiful harbour.
    Two Night Stay: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 Victoria

    Today is free to soak up the historic city of Victoria. With heritage architecture, abundant parks and gardens, and a range of shops, activities, restaurants, pubs and bars within walking distance, Victoria is an easy city to uncover.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 10 Vancouver – 7 Night Alaskan Cruise

    Depart Victoria and transfer to the BC ferry. Return across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver and make your way to Canada Place Pier to board your cruise ship. Check into your comfortable Outside Stateroom (upgrade to Balcony Stateroom additional expense) on the luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship ms Nieuw Amsterdam and settle-in for an unforgettable 7 night voyage through the famed Inside Passage.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 11 Cruising the Inside Passage

    Spend the day cruising the Inside Passage, one of the world’s most spectacular waterways passing forests, mountains, islands and inlets.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 12 Tracy Arm Fjord – Juneau

    This morning we cruise into the spectacular Tracy Arm, a narrow 56 kilometre long fjord which is one of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The panorama of 7,000-foot mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. In the afternoon arrive into Alaska’s scenic capital city, Juneau, perched in a beautiful setting at the foot of Mount Roberts.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 13 Skagway

    Established in 1897 as a trading post for prospectors headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was an untamed town controlled by organised criminals. Today the town retains its gold rush character and its colourful past is carefully preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. For a truly memorable excursion, take an optional ride on the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Railroad (shore excursions are at own expense).

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 14 Glacier Bay National Park

    Early this morning your cruise ship enters the iceberg-strewn waters of Glacier Bay National Park, where thirteen spectacular glaciers flow from surrounding mountains into the waters of the bay. A National Park Service Ranger will help you spot wildlife, while pointing out sights and explaining glacial activity. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to see a pinnacle of ice ‘calve’ or break away from the face of the glacier, and with a thunderous boom land in the bay.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 15 Ketchikan

    Welcome to the salmon capital of the world! Part of the town is built along a steep hillside and part is built on pilings over the water, where bald eagles watch from waterside perches. Rich native history and an outstanding collection of totem poles makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 16 The Inside Passage

    Today is a day of relaxation. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 17 Depart Vancouver

    Disembark early this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport to board your homeward flight (book flight after 2pm).

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

    Pricing and Availability All prices listed are per person