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Canada & Alaska Panorama 18 Days - May 2018- NEW DEPARTURE

Price A$12,399


Destination

CalgaryBanffLake LouiseJasperKamloopsVancouverInside PassageJuneauSkagwayGlacier Bay ParkKetchikanVictoria


Category
Group Tours

Duration
18 days 17 nights
Tour Details

11 - 28 May 2018  A$12,399 plus air
Upgrade to an outside cabin from A$862

Are you seeking adventure? Want to get up close and personal with local wildlife? Love exploring natural wonders? 

Then look no further – our 18 days solos adventure will give you this and much, much more. If discovering Canada and Alaska is on your bucket list, then come with us to breathe in the greatest of the great outdoors.

This action packed solos tour will take you to some of the most stunning places on the planet and is truly one of the most unforgettable experiences on offer.

 

NEW  DEPARTURE 

Day 1: Arrive in Calgary

Upon arrival at Calgary International Airport you will be transferred as a group directly to the hotel. Enjoy the day at your leisure before our welcome dinner where you will meet your fellow travellers and Two’s a Crowd tour host.

Accommodation:  Hotel Arts in a standard room.

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Calgary to Banff

Full breakfast at the hotel.

Board your private coach for your transfer to Banff for a full day sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Summit helicopter tour, Bow Falls, Hoodoos rock formations, Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive and the Banff Gondola - ride to the summit for breathtaking views.

Accommodation: Banff Caribou Lodge in a superior room

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3: Banff

Free day to enjoy Banff at your leisure. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs

Accommodation: Banff Caribou Lodge in a superior room

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Lake Louise

Depart by private coach for your half-day tour of Yoho National Park.The park offers magnificent natural wonders like the Spiral Tunnels, the turquoise serene waters of Emerald Lake and a natural Rock Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. After checking in at your hotel, the remainder of the day will be at leisure. 

N.B Tour ends in Lake Louise at around 1pm. Hotel check in time is officially 4pm, so in the event that your room is not ready luggage will be stored and you will be free to use the hotel facilities.

Accommodation: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Deluxe Mount Temple Room

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: Lake Louise

Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Dinner included at the hotel tonight.

Accommodation: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Deluxe Mount Temple Room

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Lake Louise to Jasper

Depart by private coach for your full day sightseeing tour to Jasper. The highlight of today’s tour is the Columbia Icefield. The icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle as well as being one of the most accessible in North America. It is here you will ride a unique Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier and learn more about its geological features.

Accommodation: Whistler’s Inn in a standard room

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: Jasper to Kamloops

Rise early today to depart by private coach to Jasper Station to board the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops in Gold Leaf class. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

Accommodation: A hotel in Kamloops (accommodation in your own room will be advised on the train and supplied by Rocky Mountaineer) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Kamloops to Vancouver

This morning you will be collected from the Kamloops hotel and transferred by private coach to the Rocky Mountaineer Rail Station for the onward rail journey to Vancouver in Gold Leaf class. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

The journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through the winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.

Upon arrival (late afternoon) you will be transferred directly from the Rocky Mountaineer station to your hotel.

Accommodation: Blue Horizon Hotel in a standard room.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Vancouver

Depart by private coach for a half day sightseeing tour of Vancouver. Highlights include Chinatown, Gastown, Stanley Park and Granville Island, prior to a drop off at the Cruise Terminal.

Embark on the Holland America Line’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam for the next 7 nights to the Inside Passage with Glacier Bay.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Cruise - Inside Passage

You’ll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage. Home to diverse wildlife—orca, mountain goats, bald eagles, bears, puffins, sea otters and more—the complete layrinth of fjords and bays where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months. You’ll never forget the sight of 40-tonne whales hurling themselves into the air, almost completely escaping the water. If you’re especially lucky, you could see them swimming together to create a bubble net, trapping and eating fish by the giant mouthful.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Cruise - Juneau

Juneau

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town of Juneau has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door. Juneau is the place to let your imagination run wild. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest. Visit the rustic shops in town or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee or fish. There is no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours. Climb aboard the Mt. Roberts Tramway for a great spot to hike and shoot a souvenir photo.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Cruise - Skagway

Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn’t the easiest. 

Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.

The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska’s largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome.

Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavour of the gold rush era.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Cruise - Glacier Bay National Park

Princess is one of a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay, the highlight of our 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. Just west of Juneau, this breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea. Not surprisingly, Glacier Bay National Park and its epic ice giants are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising Alaska’s magnificent park system.

During your scenic cruise, friendly Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place and host a fun Junior Ranger program for kids. They may even be able to help you identify Glacier Bay’s abundant wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and large colonies of seabirds.

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: Cruise - Ketchikan

Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a cheerful air. Besides the main attractions — Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village, try a flightseeing trip to breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument — a transformational adventure not to be missed. These deep water fjords left by retreating glaciers left granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters. The souvenir photos you’ll take from the pontoons of the plane are worth the trip alone.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Cruise - Inside Passage

The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a lifeline to the outside world. All day long it hums with activity.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16: Cruise - Vancouver

After an early breakfast you will disembark the cruise and your group will depart in a private coach for a tour of North Vancouver. Highlights include Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.

Accommodation: Hampton Inn and Suites in a standard room.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 17: Howe Sound

Operated by Sewell’s Marina, the 2-hour Sea Safari Circle tour of Howe Sound will take you on an amazing adventure to bird sanctuaries, harbour seal rookeries, sea caves and finish off with city views. With an experienced guide at the helm you won’t miss a thing.

It is recommended to layer up for the day and bring along you camera, sunscreen and sunglasses for this tour.

Please note that this tour is not suitable for people who are pregnant or have a history of back problems. The Sea Safari Circle Tour is shared with other travellers.

Accommodation: Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre in a standard room.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 18: Depart Vancouver

Your tour ends today after breakfast. If your departure flight is not until late this evening, the day is yours to further enjoy at leisure in Vancouver.

Meals : Breakfast

I had a fabulous time. Lake Louise and the hotel were magnificent. The cruise was excellent. Diane made sure that she was available for group meals and sightseeing, and was always in good humour and great fun. I would recommend your company to everyone. Cathy

The trip was just great - I can’t really think of any negatives. Diane will back me up when I say I usually give 10/10 – I gave her 20/10. Trish

The trip was fantastic! Our tour guide, Diane, was always at hand and very helpful, and loved taking lots of photos! I will definitely do another trip with Two’s a Crowd. Everything was top notch. Dona

The trip was well planned. I was very pleased with the standard of accommodation. The tour guide from Calgary to the Rocky Mountaineer, Russell was excellent, in fact he did everything relating to our accommodations, huddling all together to tell us what was happening, handing out keys etc. informing us of when we were leaving and meeting etc. Our tour host Dianne is very nice and the tour guide for the Vancouver leg of the trip was nice and knowledgeable. I did really have a good time on the trip. Anonymous

Most enjoyable & fulfilled my expectations. Kath

I found the overall trip excellent. I believe Diane's professionalism, inclusive personality and ability to relate to all contributed to this. She worked to ensure the group was cohesive without individuals impinging on the personal space of others etc. a good skill to have and one she applied effectively. Catherine

Fantastic value for money. Russell is an asset to your company. He was fantastic. Overall the trip was a magicial trip from start to finish. As far as Two's a Crowd, well done! This has been the best trip. Barbara

I had a fantastic trip. Absolutely loved Canada and Alaska. It's the first time I have travelled solo and was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of people that all got on so well. The scenery along the way was stunning. Wendy

Had a great time. Good mixture of organised activities and spare time. Diane was an excellent tour host. Russell the tour guide for the first part of the trip was great, very knowledgable and personable with his insights into growing up and living in Canada. Sharon

The trip was well organised, with a good mix of activity and free time, the scenery was spectacular and the fellow travellers were a great bunch. Gary

 

 

 Calgary Hotel Arts

Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and a fitness centre, Hotel Arts is located in Calgary city centre. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property. Calgary Stampede is just 1 km away.

All rooms offer a cable TV, in-room safe, and Keurig coffee machine. Private bathrooms also come with Skoah bath amenities and a bath. A workstation with power outlets and USB ports, and an iron and ironing board are provided. Select rooms offer a city or pool view.

At Calgary Hotel Arts you will find the on-site restaurant Yellow Door Bistro and Raw Bar. Other facilities offered include spa services, luggage storage, and complimentary bike rentals. Parking is available upon request with surcharge.

Calgary Zoo and various shops are within 3 km from this hotel. CORE Shopping Centre is 3 minutes’ drive away.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Set on the shores of Lake Louise within Banff National Park, this luxury mountain resort dating back to 1890 is 1.1 km from the Beehive mountain.

Polished rooms have free Wi-Fi, TVs and coffeemakers, plus mountain or lake views. The plush 1- and 2-bedroom suites add separate lounges, while upgraded and club-level rooms and suites include complimentary breakfast and canapes in the club lounge.

Dining options include a modern Canadian restaurant, an alpine-style eatery and a 24-hour deli. There's also a spa, ah an indoor pool and a gym, as well as outdoor activities including horseback riding, canoeing and skiing.

Banff Caribou Lodge

Featuring an on-site spa, this mountain lodge is nestled in the heart of Banff city centre, only 5.6 km from the Banff Gondola. Free WiFi is available. A flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, and in-room safe are provided in each room and suite at Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa. A view is enjoyed in all rooms. The Keg Steakhouse and Bar is located on site and serves dinner and drinks. Banff Caribou Lodge features Red Earth Spa, a full-service spa with 6 treatment rooms including rooms dedicated to hydrotherapy and esthetics. Spa-goers will also enjoy complete access to the hotel's hot pool, steam room and exercise facilities.

The shops and restaurants of the centre of Banff are just 10-minutes' walk from Banff Caribou Lodge.

 
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver

Experience the captivating charm and vibrant energy of the West Coast at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Ideally situated in the heart of the city's bustling downtown district, our hotel offers easy access to the area's most popular attractions.

Make yourself at home in one of our 746 well-appointed rooms and suites, which offer Sheraton Signature Beds, large flat-screen TVs, and floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing views of downtown Vancouver, BC. Enjoy a bite to eat at Cafe One, our relaxed hotel restaurant, or a creative cocktail at Bar One. Additional amenities for your Vancouver visit include a fitness centre, an on-site Starbucks®, and free Wi-Fi at our Link @ Sheraton.

And of course, our unparalleled hotel location makes it easy for you to experience the excitement of downtown Vancouver - from Stanley Park and Rogers Arena to Yaletown and much more.

Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver

The Blue Horizon is an independent Boutique hotel located on Robson Street downtown Vancouver. All guest rooms are corner rooms with balconies. Our amenities include WiFi, bathrobes, docking stations, in-room safes, 2 telephones, pay per-view movies and much more. Most of our guest rooms have newly designed walk-in showers. Only a few have bathtubs and are on a request basis. Our Aquatic centre has an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, treadmill, elliptical trainer and bicycle. The ABODE lobby restaurant is open every day and serves fresh local cuisine.  The hotel is eco-friendly and rated 4 green keys out of 5.

Whistler's Inn, Calgary

Featuring a rooftop hot tub, this hotel is located within Jasper National Park, 8 km from the Jasper tramway. The hotel offers 2 on-site restaurants, a pub and free WiFi. Whistler's Inn features cable TV, complimentary bottled water and a coffee maker in every room. Rooms also provide individual air conditioning and a private bathroom. Guests at the Whistler's can use the steam room or visit one of the 3 on-site gift shops. Jasper Park Golf course is 13 minutes' drive away. Jasper train station is located across the street from this property.  

Cruise Ship - MS Nieuw Amsterdam

 The second of Holland America's Signature-class ships, ms Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates the glamour and history of New York City, formerly called Nieuw Amsterdam, with its inspired interior designcollection valuedionvalued at over $3 million, ranging from antiques by traditional Dutch masters to creations by renowned contemporary artists including Andy Warhol, Richard Estes and Roy Lichtenstein throughout the ship.

While on board, choose from an array of onboard activities that allow you to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate. Learn how to edit, display and share your vacation videos and photographs through our Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. Enjoy onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. And explore the wonders of our world through exclusive BBC Earth natural history content through onboard activities, concerts and films.


The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and a variety of salon services. Our fully equipped Fitness Center includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, as well as classes in Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and more. On deck enjoy two outdoor pools, along with basketball and volleyball courts.


Nieuw Amsterdam guests enjoy dazzling entertainment options from their very first night on board. As part of the updates coming December 2017, two new music venues will be added: Lincoln Center Stage, featuring world-class musicians performing chamber music, and Billboard Onboard, rocking the house with 50 years of chart-topping hits. These venues will join the already popular B.B. King’s Blues Club, which brings the best of Memphis blues to sea and completes our new “Music Walk” experience.

Canada

Whether you’re  a wildlife enthusiast or a city slicker looking for cutting-edge culture, Canada ticks all the boxes. The world’s second largest country racks up an astonishing diversity of landscapes; vast prairies rise abruptly to glacier-topped mountains; rugged, unspoiled coastlines give way to immense forests and emerald lakes; and Arctic waters lap upon frozen tundra. Incredibly, this wilderness is also home to cosmopolitan cities, quirky towns and remote indigenous settlements.

Canada’s people are as varied as the landscapes; from the Arctic Inuit and the Francophone Quebeckers to the British expatriates and burgeoning Asian community, this is a multicultural land where around 20% of the population are foreign-born.

Canadian cities are progressive, vibrant and regularly feature on lists of best places to live. Toronto, a veritable patchwork of charming neighbourhoods, has an idyllic beachside location on the shore of Lake Ontario, while Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, contains a clutch of fantastic museums and the pretty Rideau Canal for ice skating in winter. Montreal’s skyscrapers belie its French heritage, but look closer and you can stumble upon historic, cobbled streets and centuries-old customs.

A stone’s throw from the Canadian Rockies, boomingCalgary flashes its oil wealth and flaunts its cowboy traditions during the annual boot-stomping Stampede. Chilled-outVancouver, meanwhile, seems to have it all: mountains, beaches, an incredible downtown park and a cosmopolitan dining scene. And across the Georgia Strait, Vancouver Island is just the tonic if the city life gets too tough. Not that it ever does here.

For something wilder, ski steep chutes in British Columbia, kayak secluded bays with whales inNova Scotia or learn to lasso at an Albertan ranch. Capture grizzlies on camera in the Yukon, watch mammoth icebergs drift past the Newfoundland coast, or soar over Niagara Falls by helicopter. Tour vineyards, dig for clams or feel giddy gazing at the Northern Lights. In Canada, it seems, the options are endless.

Weather

If you’re planning on skiing or enjoying winter sports, the best time to visit Canada is between December and April, though some resorts open as early as November and extend their seasons as late as June (or even July on Whistler’s glacier). If you want to enjoy the great outdoors without the snow, travel between May and September. Be aware however, that if there’s been heavy snowfall during the winter, some high-altitude hiking trails may be closed well into July. May, June and September are typically cheaper than July and August, but you’ll get the best of the weather in the latter two months.

Summer thunderstorms are common throughout Canada. Occasionally, these may become severe. Tornados also occur throughout Canada, with May to September being prime months. The peak season is June and early July in southernOntario,Alberta, southeasternQuebec, and a band stretching from southernSaskatchewanandManitoba, through to Thunder Bay. The interior of British Columbiaand westernNew Brunswickare also tornado zones. Earth tremors occur in the western mountains. Forest fires can occur at any time, regardless of the season, particularly in the grasslands and forests of western Canada.

Currency

The Canadian dollar (symbol: $; code: CAD) is the currency of Canada. It is abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or sometimes C$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is divided into 100 cents.

Owing to the image of a loon on the one-dollar coin, the currency is sometimes referred to as the loonie by foreign exchange traders and analysts, as it is by Canadians in general, or huard in French.

Electricity

Canada's electrical supply and electrical outlets (sockets, wall plugs) are the same as those found in the United States. The electrical supply is 110 Volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second).

Visas

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals including Australians and New Zealanders  who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Click here to find out more abut the eTA.

We are a full-service travel company so we can quote and book all international airfares.

Tour inclusions:

  • Meals as stated on land and on board the cruise: 17 x breakfasts (B), 9 x lunches (L), 10 x dinners (D)
  • 10 nights quality hotel accommodation in your own room — always!
  • 2 days on-board Rocky Mountaineer in Gold Leaf class
  • 7 nights Alaskan cruise on board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam. Sole use of an inside cabin
  • Gratuities for Rocky Mountaineer staff
  • Scenic helicopter flight over the Rockies
  • English speaking tour guides as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in itinerary
  • Coach transfers as stated
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance underwritten by QBE Travel Insurance.  Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medical condition or wish to extend your travelling dates. Refer to QBE PDS for more information on policy terms and conditions
  • Two’s a Crowd tour host from Australia.

Tour exclusions:

  • International airfares – we can quote and arrange flights on your behalf
  • Meals not shown in itinerary
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides

Pricing correct as at 24 June 2017 and are subject to change until paid in full. 

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