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Duration: 23 days Visiting: Canada
Take in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as you travel in luxurious comfort by road, rail and sea to the most dazzling national parks, glaciers and historic villages of Western Canada and Alaska. Savour delicious local cuisine in trendy Vancouver and meet passionate Local Experts, as you discover Mother Nature’s bounties from the Rockies to the waters of Alaska.
On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar.
Victoria - Putting the British into British Columbia.
This morning, experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Later, board your ferry and relax in the exclusive SeaWest Lounge all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour will introduce you to the city's highlights. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please until your Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant, situated on Victoria's beautiful waterfront.
Begin the day with breakfast served at Butchart Gardens’ Blue Poppy Restaurant and gain access to the stunning grounds before they are open to the general public. You’ll have ample time to explore before enjoying the afternoon at leisure in Victoria. Why not head to Royal British Columbia Museum or explore downtown Victoria and take a stroll along the beautiful inner harbor.
The Ultimate Resort of Whistler.
Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway. En route to Whistler, stop to view roaring Shannon Falls. If you've enjoyed this years' Winter Olympics, why not learn more in Whistler, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics? Explore Whistler and learn about its ascendancy onto the world stage. Dine at the AAA rated four-diamond restaurant SIDECUT for a Highlight Dinner of featuring a modern take on traditional steakhouse fare.Rest up at the Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, a luxurious retreat set against a backdrop of alpine meadows.
First Nations Culture and History.
In the morning, a First Nations Ambassador welcomes you at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, showcasing the native peoples’ art, history and culture. Once here, you'll learn about traditional teas important to the region, before taking part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea blend from the forest and local flora. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Why not take an easy nature walk around Lost Lake or head to Whistler Museum, where you can find out about Whistler's early settlers?
The Napa Valley of the North.
Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region. Known for producing some of the best wines in the world, this fertile land holds the majority of vineyard acreage in the province and is home to both boutique vineyards and larger distinguished operations. Savour a delicious Dinner with wine at your luxury hotel, prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the valley.
Canada's Exquisite National Parks.
Journey through four of Canada's most breath-taking National Parks – Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff – with informative talks on the distinguishing highlights of each park. En route, stop at Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. Famed for its vibrant colour, this iconic beauty spot offers an idyllic photo opportunity. In the afternoon, enjoy an engaging nature talk at Lake Louise before strolling along the lake, before continuing to the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. For your evening meal, choose from one of the resort's four unique dining venues, including contemporary Canadian cuisine at the Fairview or Italian dishes at Lago Italian Kitchen.
The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park.
This morning, visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Explore Banff Your Way and choose to ride the Banff Gondola or visit Whyte Museum. Later, join a private meet-and-greet with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. Hear fascinating tales of what it’s like to wear the famous red serge uniform, before having the opportunity to ask questions and have your picture taken with the Mountie. For dinner, choose from a selection of restaurants at your hotel, with each taking pride in sourcing fresh ingredients from local farmers, purveyors and artisans. Get some royal shut eye at The Fairmont Banff Springs, otherwise known as Canada’s ‘Castle in the Rockies’.
Banff Sights at Leisure.
Enjoy a full day at leisure to take in the wonders of Banff at your own pace. Your Traveling Concierge is on hand to assist with local recommendations.
Banff to Calgary.
Travel to Calgary, your home for the next two nights. Later, revel in the evening chuckwagon races and live musical entertainment.
Visit the world's largest rodeo and take in all the action. Enjoy access to all the events including the world-famous rodeo and fairgrounds.
Along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park.
Motor along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery. Climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend part way up the glacier of the Athabasca Glacier. Your home for the next two nights, in the heart of Jasper National Park is an alpine wonderland. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine at the hotel before joining your friends around a roaring fire for liqueur and s'mores.
Jasper National Park and Iconic Maligne Lake.
In the morning, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake (seasonal). Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites of the Canadian Rockies. Then, join your Travelling Concierge for an informative walk at Maligne Canyon. Gain a unique perspective of the beautiful park as you join a National Park Guide on an afternoon scenic float trip (waiver required) down the Athabasca River.
On-board the Rocky Mountaineer.
Board the optional Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service to relive the golden age of rail travel on your way to Vancouver with an overnight in Kamloops. Your carriage has two levels: take in dazzling vistas upstairs from the glass-topped dome coach; and enjoy gourmet meals downstairs, prepared by talented on-board chefs. View spectacular scenery as the train crosses the Continental Divide back to British Columbia. On arrival at Kamloops, your bags will be waiting in your hotel room.
Return to Vancouver.
Your magical GoldLeaf ride on-board the Rocky Mountaineer continues. Relax while rail staff ensure your every need is attended to. On arrival at Vancouver, enjoy the evening at leisure.
Join Your Holland America Cruise.
Board your cruise to experience the ever-changing panorama and vast wilderness that stretches from British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska. Step into a world of comfort and elegance with impeccable service and gourmet dining.
Cruise the Inside Passage.
With the most Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, cruise the Inside Passage for a unique view.
Cruise Tracy Arm and Juneau.
The dramatic Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains and bathed in the blue hue of the ice. Arrive in Juneau, where you can shop downtown, kayak, dogsled, raft or flightsee.
Step into the town's colourful past at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.
Cruise Glacier Bay Alaska.
From the comfort of your ship, enjoy pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.
While ashore, check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles or an optional guided through town or a harbour cruise.
Scenic Cruise of the Inside Passage.
Today is a day of relaxation as you cruise back to Vancouver.
Take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or or extend your trip at your pleasure.
Vancouver (Contemporary) - Canada
Rising above Pacific Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver offers award-winning relaxed, urban luxury.
Victoria (Traditional) - Canada
The Grand Pacific Hotel is perched right on the Inner Harbour, close to Victoria’s downtown.
Whislter (Contemporary) - Canada
The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a luxurious retreat set against a backdrop of alpine meadows.
Kelowna (Contemporary) - Canada
Gorgeous Okanagan Lake provides the backdrop for an unforgettable hotel at the Grand Okanagan Resort with views of the lake, the mountains, and the Kelowna city skyline.
Lake Louise (Heritage) - Canada
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Banff (Heritage) - Canada
Canada’s 'Castle in the Rockies', the Fairmont Banff Springs has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years.
Calgary (Contemporary) - Canada
Ideally situated in heart of one of Canada’s most exciting cities, in downtown Calgary, The Westin Calgary Hotel offers the best of the city at your doorstep where the major business centre meets the city's extraordinary outdoor activities and first-class dining and arts. Every aspect of our Calgary hotel has been refreshed, from the guest rooms and meeting spaces to the lobby and restaurants. Packed with exciting attractions, activities, museums, beautiful parks, entertainment and sport venues there is never a shortage of things to do in Calgary.
Jasper (Traditional) - Canada
Situated in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert.
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1011 independent user reviews received during the past year.
14 October, 2018
Trip: Our first cruise & thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Service: Very well organised trip. Everything went very well & our tour manager & driver were excellent.
03 October, 2018
Trip: As I have written above plus the fact that we were extremely lucky with the weather, only one day with rain and to top that off, we had beautiful SNOW in Jasper (which is absolutely wonderful for Australians). The Columbian Icefields were another highlight for us and the cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam was perfect. Great weather and great food and service on the cruise.Couldn't fault it.
Service: The accommodation was exceptional, food was wonderful, the whole experience ran like clockwork. The driver, Martin, was experienced and very capable, the extra things that Nancy included made us all feel very special. She made the trip for us and really deserves more money! I will confidently recommend Luxury Gold to my friends as I am sure they will be as satisfied as we were. The only thing that I was mildly disappointed with was the Rocky Mountaineer - the food was great, the staff were great but because we had seen SO much of the magnificent scenery on the road with Nancy and Martin, I found the train trip to be slightly boring and was glad I took my book, plus, arriving hours late in Vancouver due to goods trains holding us up, really was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. I was glad to get off and I wasn't the only one who felt like that.
24 September, 2018
Trip: Wonderful! Canada is in our hearts forever..would have enjoyed an extra night in Lake Louise to explore a little more..the Rocky Mountaineer was very special! The cruise gave us time to relax & breathe on the spectacular scenery!
Service: We cannot praise the service enough! Our Tour Director Nancy & Coach driver Martin made our experience a holiday to remember! Their knowledge, duty of care & the ability to handle every situation with professionalism was above & beyond all our expectations!
22 September, 2018
Trip: I liked that there were mainly 2 night stops and that we have some free time to explore and do what we wanted. I also liked the dine around choices.
Service: Generally it was very good. My only disappointment was at the end the Tour Director wasn't forthcoming with the email list and detailing the map which she promised to do. Other than that I have no complaints.
22 September, 2018
Trip: Visited all the destinations we had hoped for. Well co-ordinated excursions. Breakfast at Butchard Gardens, Victoria, and early entry was a great feature. Similarly, early entry and talk by guide at the Capilano Suspension bridge was great. We also appreciated the special Canadian Mounties talk at Banff.
Service: Excellent food, well organised, cheerful and helpful tour director, friendly, competent bus driver. Trip of a lifetime.
15 September, 2018
Trip: Everything exceeded expectations.
15 September, 2018
Trip: This was a fabulous itinerary. On the bus tour we had great accommodation, and saw and did unbelievable things Rockies Mountaineer part was fantastic too scenery and food unbelievable The cruise was also unbelievable again fantastic views great food and great shore excursions
Service: They girls I dealt with were always very helpful Always answered my emails promptly and rang me when necessary. I always talk about your company with admiration and recommend them frequently Our trip was organised perfectly and everything went off without a hitch I would also like to comment on our Travel Concierge Nancy Wanstall Nancy was absolutely fantastic, her knowledge of the area we were travelling each day as brilliant, she made each day fun and exciting and went out of her way to make sure everyone on the trip enjoyed themselves. I am sure anyone who is lucky enough to get Nancy as the Concierge will also have a fantastic holiday
15 September, 2018
Trip: Every was perfect & no problems at al
Service: Very impressed again with the great service, places to stay & visit & the knowledge of Nancy our host for the trip. Would use luxury Gold again.
01 September, 2018
Trip: Great balance between seeing as much as possible without rushing from place to place.
Service: The transfer from the airport, meeting the TD before the tour started and the gift travel bag were great. The tranfer from the hotel to the cruise could have been done better, by arranging for our bags to be picked from the hotel and delivered to the ship, as has happened on other cruises. I would travel with them and recoomend them
19 August, 2018
Trip: Very good. Seamless transition between operators.
Service: Itinerary was everything I wanted. Dining options excellent. Optional excursions need to be looked at and variety improved
16 August, 2018
Trip: Great itinerary, loved that we had two days in each place. Would like to have had three
Service: Tour guide Nancy was fantastic, she made the trip. Hotels were very good. Everything ran so smoothly, there were no issues. Based on this trip,we would use Luxury Gold again. We have just fiinished a Globus tour of Eastern Canada and there is no comparison. Constant issue on that trip!
11 August, 2018
Trip: Was great service on the train: and the cruise was great.
Service: The train and cruise were great, wouldn’t go on a bus trip again