Western Canada offers the most diverse spectrum of landscapes and cities, not to mention mountains, from international metropolis to national parks, snow-capped peaks to vineyard-dotted valleys, dramatic glaciers to relaxing hot springs, and the calmest of lakes to the wildest of wildlife. Pack your bags for a wide range of adventures, as we've combined the finest of British Columbia and Alberta into a single holiday. You'll spend time in the multicultural metropolis of Vancouver and the British-infused city of Victoria on this magnificent tour of Western Canada, before trading the pubs of the "garden city" for the peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
Get a taste of resort life in renowned Whistler, drink your way through the vineyards of beautiful lakeside Kelowna, and clink your glasses to mountains of fun in four national parks: Glacier, Yoho, Banff, and Jasper. Add a leisurely Alaska cruise to your Western Canada tour to make a spectacular vacation even better. You'll personally cruise through numerous spectacular ports of call, including the capital city of Juneau, the gold rush village of Skagway, and totem-pole-dotted Ketchikan, while your ship sails through the glacial majesty of the Inside Passage, Tracy Arm, and Glacier Bay National Park.
On this Canadian Rockies tour—with an Alaska cruise—enjoy time in many of Canada’s most scenic areas as you travel through some of its national parks and mountain towns. Spend time in beautiful Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Victoria, Vancouver, and British Columbia’s wine country. Ferry through the Gulf Islands between Vancouver and Victoria. Take an Ice Explorer ride on the 1,200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield, and marvel at the stunning scenery, including alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers.
Admire the beauty of Lake Louise, with green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Travel to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake and one of the most picturesque spots in the Canadian Rockies, for a cruise to Spirit Island. Witness panoramic views of Banff from the Banff gondola, and in British Columbia, enjoy a visit to spectacular Shannon Falls, the third highest falls in the province.
More breathtaking scenery also awaits you on your 7-night Alaska cruise. Visit the towns of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan. Cruise through Tracy Arm, with one of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings; the gorgeous Inside Passage, with its whales, soaring eagles, and more; and Glacier Bay National Park, where you’ll witness the huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.
On this tour, Globus has also arranged some special experiences for you. On Victoria, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens, with 55 acres of impressive floral displays, followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart family residence. In British Columbia’s wine region, Globus has included a tour and dinner at a winery producing some of British Columbia’s best wines.
Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.
This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Catch the FERRY over to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart family residence. See major attractions on your city orientation tour, including the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
VANCOUVER Guided sightseeing includes the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park. Scenic BC Ferry crossing through the Gulf Islands to Victoria.
VICTORIA Orientation drive includes the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Visit [LF] Butchart Gardens, followed by dinner in the gardens. (B,D)
This day is free to explore on your own; your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum.ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Victoria with wildlife and a whale-watching marine cruise. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mob
Take to the skies during this thrilling, 20-minute seaplane flight over Victoria Harbour and the rugged coast of Vancouver Island!
Discover the wildlife wonders of Vancouver Island during this inspiring cruise in search of the area's abundant marine animals and resident pods of orca whales!
Today, board a BC FERRY and cross the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Stop at SHANNON FALLS, where a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform near the base of the roaring falls. On to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. There’s time today to explore many of the 2010 Winter Olympics’ site
VICTORIA Scenic BC Ferry crossing on the Strait of Georgia through the Gulf Islands en route to Shannon Falls and Whistler.WHISTLER Free time this afternoon and evening. Enjoy a 2-night stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, with classic elegance in a modern alpine setting at the base on Blackcomb Mountain.
Today is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. You might enjoy a trip on Whistler’s Peak2Peak Gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you travel via the longest unsupported gondola span in the world. Other options include a walk in the tree tops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort.
There's no place quite like Whistler, and there's simply no better way to explore it than from the air during an exciting flightseeing tour!
WHISTLER Private breakfast and traditional welcome at the [LF] Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nation's people. Scenic drive through the heart of Cariboo region en route to Kamloops.
KAMLOOPS Free time this evening. (B)
KAMLOOPS Scenic drive on Yellowhead Highway past Mount Robson en route to Jasper.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Free time remainder of the day. (B,D)
Enjoy a short sightseeing tour to see Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Afterward, travel to glacial Maligne Lake for a narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own. Enjoy a short sightseeing tour to see Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Afterward, travel to glacial Maligne Lake for a narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own.
This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 1,200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive on Icefields Parkway en route to Columbia Icefield.
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Scenic Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier with a Glaciologist guide followed by a scenic drive over Athabasca Pass en route to Lake Louise.
LAKE LOUISE Free time before driving to Banff National Park for a free evening. (B)
Enjoy some of Jasper National Park's very best scenery from water level on this exciting rafting float trip along the Athabasca River!
From moose to mountain goats, the majestic Rockies are home to some of the world's most fascinating critters, and this incredible evening excursion is your chance to spot them in their natural environment!
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Scenic ride on the [LF] Banff Gondola for breakfast atop Sulphur Mountain. Sightseeing in Banff includes Bow Falls. Free time this afternoon before dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast this morning is served on top of Sulphur Mountain. Take a scenic ride on the BANFF GONDOLA to the top of the mountain and then enjoy spectacular views of the valley below as you savor a flavorful meal. Additional sightseeing in Banff includes a visit to Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. Enjoy dinner at a lo
Discover unparalleled views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies region by helicopter. There are several options to choose from, but all deliver spectacular opportunities for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Rockies.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive over Kicking Horse Pass and the Continental Divide en route to Yoho National Park.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK Drive over Rogers Pass en route to Kelowna.
KELOWNA Free time this evening. (B)
KELOWNA Scenic drive through Fraser Valley and over the Cascade Mountains en route to Vancouver.
VANCOUVER Free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner this evening. (B,D)
VANCOUVER Embark on a 7-Night cruise. (B, D)
INSIDE PASSAGE Scenic cruise.
Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
TRACY ARM Scenic cruise.
JUNEAU Free time. (B,L,D)This narrow, 26-mile-long fjord is another of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The lush rainforest recedes to reveal a stunning canyon of bare rock. The panorama of 7,000-foot mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. Waterfalls appear at every turn. Icebergs make their way to the sea in all sorts of wondrous shapes. And tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age—the twin Sawyer Glaciers, which calve icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea. Kittiwakes, mountain goats, and seals are a common sight. Whales and bears may even make an appearance in this magical place. Visit one of the most remote capital cities—Juneau. Accessible only by air and water, Juneau is located at the base of two towering mountains in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and is home to a rich Gold Rush history, Native culture, wildlife, and a wealth of natural wonders. Shop for gold nuggets, visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive river of ice that is 12 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.
SKAGWAY Free time. (B,L,D)Once a major port for gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon, today you can still ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway up past Deadhorse Gulch to see what it was like ages ago. Step back in time as you stroll the wooden sidewalks of the town, preserved as a U.S. National Historic Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) Scenic cruise. (B,L,DThis Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects a unique ecosystem in an ever-changing glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea—making for lasting memories. National Park rangers accompany the ship, adding expert commentary to the day’s events.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
KETCHIKAN Free time. (B,L,D)Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale, and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Saxman Totem Park or Totem Bight State Historic Park. Or, explore Creek Street, now home to contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
INSIDE PASSAGE Scenic cruise. (B,L,D)Take a second spin through Alaska’s Inside Passage to enjoy the spectacular contrast from wide bays of still waters and barrier islands to narrow waterways edged with towering forested cliffs. Meals: Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. Please schedule flights afVANCOUVER Your vacation ends this morning. Scheduled flights departing from Vancouver International Airport after Noon. (B)
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