Natural Wonders of the Rockies and Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

21 Days
Vancouver to Seattle
From (AUD)
$ 12,495
Dates & Pricing

2020 Vancouver > Seattle

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EPCW
Duration:
21 days
Departure City:
Vancouver
Return City:
Seattle

Selected Itinerary

Meet your host

Don Enright Conservationist

Naturalist and conservationist, Don Enright

Join us on an exciting new adventure. Specifically designed to enhance your interaction with and experience of Canada’s most sought after icons; it’s wildlife and wilderness, this tour will bring you closer to Canada’s incredible wildlife and amazing scenery than any other.

For the first time, we’re partnering up with Don Enright, a renowned naturalist and conservationist. Not only will you be joined by Don, but we have specially designed a custom made itinerary to ensure interactions with wildlife are maximised, more time is spent in Canada’s spectacular outdoors, and dedicated activities and wildlife viewing opportunities abound.

From a young age, Don has been obsessed with and passionate about the Canadian natural world. He has since made it his life’s mission to learn about, teach and work towards conserving all things involved with the environment.

Don’s passion for wildlife has led him through an unforgettable thirty-year career as a professional naturalist, writer and presenter. Since his early days as a park interpreter in the Canadian Rockies and on Vancouver Island, Don has introduced many travellers to the wild wonders of Canada.

Don will join us between Jasper and Victoria on this specially curated tour. Our specific aim is to enhance your journey to get you up close to the natural wonders of Western Canada.

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrive Vancouver

    Welcome to Canada! You will be met at Vancouver International Airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
    Two Night Stay: OPUS Hotel

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing

    You’re Invited: This morning, travel to Grouse Mountain and take the skyride to the top. Head to the habitat of resident grizzlies Grinder and Coola and learn about their lives before partaking in a bear inspired breakfast. Afterwards, visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park where you can make your way across this spectacular suspension bridge, and join the award winning Treetops Adventure along a series of elevated walkways. Continue on a sightseeing tour including Stanley Park with its intricately carved totem poles, Gastown and the waterfront area. Finish with an enthralling visit to the 4D virtual reality experience of FlyOver Canada.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops

    Set off on a two day rail experience on “The Most Spectacular Train Journey in the World”. Settle back in your SilverLeaf carriage (upgrade to GoldLeaf at additional expense) and enjoy incredible views of the surroundings. Enter the Fraser Valley then follow the Thompson River towards Kamloops.
    Overnight Stay: Kamloops Hotel (as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Rocky Mountaineer – Jasper

    Continue your journey on board the Rocky Mountaineer into the soaring, rugged snow-capped mountains. Marvel at the beauty of the glaciers, lakes and forest sitting at the foot of these grand mountains and see Canada’s highest peak, the awesome 3954 metre Mount Robson. The day’s end finds us in Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife. You’re Invited: Tonight, meet our resident naturalist Don Enright who will accompany you throughout your journey to Victoria. His knowledge will astound, his stories will regale and his passion will inspire you. There is no better way to enhance your journey of this region than to be joined by such a renowned specialist. Enjoy a welcome reception where you’ll get to know Don.
    Two Night Stay: Chateau Jasper or The Crimson

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Jasper and surrounds

    Jasper is a relaxed town surrounded by wilderness and wildlife. This morning, we journey to the picturesque Pyramid Lake which is surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains and forest. Known as being a haven for wildlife we have the unique opportunity to take a canoe adventure on the lake. Keep your eye out for osprey, loons, muskrat, and beaver, but aside from this, this is a renowned birding area and there is even the possibility of seeing moose, bear, elk, deer, and wolves! You’re Invited: In the early evening, we drive up to one of the best wildlife spotting places in the region. The road to Maligne Lake follows a valley passing numerous lakes and viewpoints finishing at this gem of the Rockies, the stunning Maligne Lake. Keep your eye out for wildlife as you are taken on a guided walk of the trails around the lake before settling in for dinner with a postcard view.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Icefields Parkway – Glacier ‘Ice Explorer’ – Lake Louise

    Depart Jasper and travel along the Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most incredible journeys in the world. Make a stop at the Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack where you’ll climb aboard the mighty ‘Ice Explorer’ for a once-in-a-lifetime journey onto the 300 metre thick Athabasca Glacier. Finish the day at the famous ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’, the beautiful Lake Louise where we will stay in one of the Rockies most stunning and historic properties. Spend time soaking up the views, relaxing and exploring this iconic lake.
    Overnight Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Lake Louise – Banff

    Bid farewell to Lake Louise and make our way to Yoho National Park that houses the spectacular Natural Bridge, which has been carved by the Kicking Horse River, and the glacier fed Emerald Lake so called due to the vibrant colour of its water. Head into the impressive Banff National Park, and on arrival into Banff, enjoy a sightseeing tour including Bow River, the Hoodoos and Bow Falls. You’re Invited: Ride the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible views across
    the Rockies. Meet a retired Canadian Mountie who will recount exciting and colourful stories of their rich history and traditions. Enjoy the sweeping views while dining on a hearty meal. Two Night Stay: Ptarmigan Inn.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Wolfdog Sanctuary

    You’re Invited: Make your way to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. Dedicated to the rescue and safe haven for neglected or displaced wolfdogs, this is a unique and special experience that will get you up close to one of the most regal animals in the Rockies. Your guide will explain the significance of wolves and wolfdogs in the wild as you are taken inside the enclosures for an up close experience with these amazing creatures. Spend the rest of the day enjoying Banff and its many sights.

    Discover More: Take an incredible helicopter flight, enjoy an outback dinner and wagon ride, or relax on a float trip along the river (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Banff – South Thompson River

    Depart Banff National Park and pass from Alberta to British Columbia through three spectacular national parks of Yoho, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke. Travel past primeval forests, ice age glaciers, waterfalls and mountain peaks as you depart the Rockies. You’re Invited: Visit Tsútswecw Provincial Park which is known for having one of the largest salmon runs in North America. A Shuswap First Nations guide will join us to share the importance of this land to the original inhabitants. Your cultural interpretive guide will lead you down forested trails sharing teachings about Shuswap traditional landmarks along with different types of plants that are still used today for medicines and food. Late this afternoon, we arrive at our unique ranch style inn located on the shores of the South Thompson River. Enjoy a BBQ dinner and partake in the Canadian campfire tradition of roasting s’mores over the fire pit.
    Overnight Stay: South Thompson Inn

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - South Thompson River – Whistler

    The road meanders through scenic landscapes beside the Thompson and Fraser Rivers. Pass through the sleepy town of Lillooet to the charming alpine resort of Whistler Village. You’re Invited: Head to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for an authentic insight into First Nations culture. Be welcomed by song, then take a stroll through the forest to learn about medicinal plants. Finish with an indigenous tea offering sampling traditional tea and bannock learning the healing properties of the tea.
    Two Night Stay: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Bear safari

    You’re Invited: Whistler’s mountains are known to support large populations of black bears and is one of the best places to spot these incredible animals. Board our jeeps and travel scenic mountain routes along back country roads in search of black bears. It’s not uncommon to see bears foraging on the side of the trail or grazing on the mountain slopes. If luck is on your side, this could be one of the most memorable days of your tour. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the village of Whistler.

    Discover More: Have dinner with a twist on a tasting tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Georgia Strait – Victoria

    Travel along the Sea to Sky Highway following the rugged coastline stopping at the awesome Shannon Falls. Board the BC ferry and cruise through the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island before arriving into Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city.
    Two Night Stay: Chateau Victoria

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Victoria – Butchart Gardens

    You’re Invited: This morning, our last dedicated wildlife viewing activity is a whale watching and marine life spotting tour. The waterways in this region are known for supporting numerous pods of orcas, humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, otters and an array of bird life. Jump on board and head into the Haro Strait and Georgia Strait. The most commonly seen whales include orcas and humpbacks, however minkes and gray whales are sometimes seen too. This is Don’s backyard and his final farewell will be to leave you with an astounding knowledge and respect for the immense natural beauty of this region. In the afternoon, visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 22 hectare showplace of magnificent, colourful gardens. Learn about the history and flora while exploring the gardens. You’re Invited: Tonight’s farewell dinner will be in the Butchart family’s former residence or greenhouse. Savour an exquisite meal while enjoying views of the surrounding gardens and sharing stories with new found friends.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Seattle – 7 Night Alaskan Cruise

    This morning, we will sadly wave goodbye to Don and transfer on the Victoria Clipper to Seattle. Board your cruise ship and check into your comfortable ocean view stateroom (upgrade to verandah stateroom additional expense) on the luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship ms Eurodam and settle-in for an unforgettable 7 night voyage through the famed Alaskan waterways.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Scenic Cruising

    Relax as you cruise one of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Stephens Passage – Juneau

    Sail picturesque Stephens Passage known for it’s wildlife and dramatic beauty before arriving into Juneau. Founded due to the discovery of gold Juneau became the capital of Alaska. Today, not only is it famous for gold and government but also for breathtaking glaciers and stunning views. It is arguably one of USA’s most beautiful capitals.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Glacier Bay National Park

    Glacier Bay is the highlight of our voyage. It is a breathtaking national park that boasts some of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea. During your scenic cruise, friendly Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery as you enjoy an unforgettable day of sailing through this dazzling park, where you’ll glide along emerald waters and past calving icebergs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Sitka

    Sitka is easily one of the most beautiful seaside towns in Alaska, and has a unique blend of Russian history and Tlingit culture.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Ketchikan

    Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska’s claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan and soon became the staple. Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world’s oldest collection of totem poles. Its abundance of salmon also has it known as the salmon capital of the world.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Scenic Cruising – Victoria

    Today is a day of relaxation as you cruise south to the stunning capital of British Columbia, Victoria.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Depart Seattle

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director
  • 14 Day Canadian Rockies Experience
  • 7 Nights on a luxury cruise ship –
  • Holland America Line ms Eurodam#
  • 2 Day Rocky Mountaineer Rail Experience
  • Premium First Class hotels including all hotel service charges and porterage
  • Return airport transfers
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Climb aboard the Ice Explorer and ascend onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Discover Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness” Lake Louise while staying at the famous Chateau Lake Louise
  • Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer train, one of the world’s great rail journeys
  • Explore Jasper National Park with a walk at Maligne Lake
  • Wander through the Butchart Gardens
  • Visit the spectacular Emerald Lake
  • Ascend Sulphur Mountain in a gondola
  • Explore Banff National Park
  • Take a guided tour around Vancouver including Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Travel along the Icefields Parkway
  • Visit the ski resort town of Whistler
  • Cruise by ferry across the Georgia Strait
  • Tour Victoria’s sights
  • Cruise the spectacular Inside Passage
  • Experience Alaska’s number one glacier viewing attraction, the famous Glacier Bay
  • Explore Juneau, the picturesque Alaskan capital
  • Go in search of orcas, humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions and otters on a whale watching tour in Victoria
  • Savour an exquisite meal in the original Butchart family residence or greenhouse

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 42 superb meals including:
  • 19 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Breakfast (HB), 9 Lunches (L),
  • 10 Dinners (D) & 3 Highlight Dinner (HD)
  • Mountaintop dinner experience in Banff
  • Dinner with a view at Maligne Lake
  • Savour an exquisite meal in the original Butchart family residence or greenhouse
  • Welcome and farewell dinners

YOU’RE INVITED
  • Learn about grizzly bears on a fun and unique breakfast on Grouse Mountain
  • Enjoy a welcome reception with your host, renowned naturalist Don Enright
  • Authentic Rockies dinner at Maligne Lake
  • Meet with and hear exciting stories about
  • the iconic Canadian Mounties
  • Get up close to magnificent wolfdogs at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary
  • Gain an insight into Canada’s native cultures and partake in an indigenous tea offering
  • Go in search of Whistler’s black bears on a jeep safari through Whistler’s back country
  • Go in search of whales, dolphins and sea lions on a whale watching tour in Victoria

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