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Canadian Rockies and Alaska Cruise – 15 Days / 14 Nights

 

Realize two lifelong travel dreams when you combine a trip to the Canadian Rockies and Alaska cruise.  In the mountains of Alberta stay  at the historic Fairmont Hotels.  Next, an overnight train ride from Jasper to Vancouver on VIA Rail’s Canadian in Sleeper Plus class.  Just when you thought it can’t possibly get better a 7-night Alaska Cruise from Vancouver aboard Holland America Cruise Line caps it off.

Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class (Jasper-Vancouver) Vancouver,Holland America Inside Passage Cruise (Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, cruising Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay), Vancouver
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Day 1 – Calgary/Banff
Your package includes transportation from the Calgary Airport to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a village within a resort boasting a world class spa and golf course. Banff is an alpine setting with meadows, forests, and jagged mountain peaks. This quaint town also has dozens of shops to stroll through and restaurants to try.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs

Day 2 – Banff
Your Explore Banff tour takes you along Tunnel Mountain and Rundle Mountain for stunning views of Banff. This tour also includes the Hoodoos and an eight minute gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular 360 degree views of Bow Valley. Your driver guide will narrate the history and growth of Banff and point out any wildlife sightings.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs

Day 3 – Banff/Lake Louise
A mid afternoon departure from Banff to Lake Louise has been reserved. The beauty of the lake and the Chateau are unparalleled. Only when you see the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise can you understand why people say, “You must see it to believe it”. The staff will see to it that you are settled in. With the long summer days there will be plenty of daylight well into the evening.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Day 4 – Lake Louise to Jasper
You have most of the day to enjoy the beautiful flowers, the emerald waters of Lake Louise, and the Victoria Glacier in the distance. Walking trails around the lake will give you different perspectives of the Chateau and its surroundings. The drive along the parkway from Lake Louise to Jasper is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Your destination is the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Upon arrival the staff will see to it that you are comfortably settled into your room. The long summer days allows you to enjoy the beauty of Lac Beavert, Mount Edith Cavell, and the entire grounds of the lodge well into the evening. Be on the lookout for wildlife that frequent the grounds as nature mixes with mankind harmoniously here.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

A Columbia Icefields tour is available with an Ice Explorer ride on the glacier for an additional charge.

Day 5 – VIA Rail/Jasper to Vancouver
Take time to enjoy the grounds of the Lodge this morning before your included transfer to the Jasper VIA Rail station . The train is scheduled to depart at 2:30PM.  It is quite a thrill to take the train from Jasper as the long summer days ensure lovely mountain views before dinner. VIA Rail’s accommodation gives you a sitting room by day converting to upper and lower berths at night. Once aboard, the rail staff will see you settled into your room. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the Skyline dome car for spectacular viewing.  After departing Jasper you continue through what is considered the jewel in the crown of this wonderful rail trip, the Canadian Rockies. As you continue west the train crosses into British Columbia and the Rockies give way to fertile fields and eventually to the Pacific Ocean where Vancouver is perched.
Overnight – VIA Rail Sleeper Car

Day 6 – Arrive Vancouver
You are scheduled to arrive into Vancouver at 9:30am. Transportation to your hotel is provided. Whether you are at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel or the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Hotel, both are beautiful and centrally located in the heart of Vancouver. Due to your early arrival, your room may not be available for check in, so leave your bags at the hotel and set out to explore Vancouver. Visit Gastown, a lovely 19th century restoration offering a selection of excellent restaurants and shops. Other places to visit while in Vancouver are: Stanley Park, the Aquarium, Granville Island, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, colorful Chinatown, BC Place, the Sunken Gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Conservatory.
Overnight – Fairmont Waterfront Hotel or Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Day 7 –Vancouver
Your hop on/off city sightseeing ticket is good for 2 consecutive days, giving you all day to explore Vancouver. This will allow you to go back and spend additional time at places you visited earlier or visit some of the other interesting places on the route.
Overnight – Fairmont Waterfront Hotel or Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Day 8 – Holland America Alaska Cruise
The Fairmont Waterfront is located directly across from the pier. If you are staying at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver it will require a short taxi ride to the pier. Welcome aboard the ms Volendam, your home for the next week while cruising the inside passage of Alaska. You will feel like a pampered guest the moment you board the ship. Lunch will be available to boarding guests.
Overnights – All overnights will be aboard Holland America’s ms Volendam

Day 9 – Cruising the Inside Passage
Relax and enjoy the passing scenery, as well as the many activities offered during your cruise.

Day 10 – Cruising Tracy Arm/Juneau
Tracy Arm is a narrow, 26 mile-long fjord with dramatic glacier settings. Lush rain forests recede to reveal bare canyon rock and waterfalls everywhere. Icebergs of every size and shape are making their way to the sea. At the end of this waterway are two reminders of the Ice Age – The twin Sawyer Glaciers. Mountain goats and seals are common sights with the sighting possibility of bears or whales.

This afternoon you will arrive in Juneau, the capital of Alaska. 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, hide, whale watch, “Flightseeing” or fish. There’s no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours. Climb aboard the Mt. Roberts Tramway for a great spot to hike and take a dramatic souvenir photo. Don’t forget to visit the world famous Red Dog Saloon in town!

Day 11 – Skagway
Skagway is everyone’s picture of what Alaska must have been like during the Gold Rush. It is also famous for being the home to The White Pass and Yukon Railroad. It is a very memorable trip. There are also many other shore excursions to choose from. Visions of the Klondike days are plentiful with old time saloons, shops, memorabilia, and costumed people throughout town.

Day 12 – Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
The trip to Glacier Bay takes you through scenery that is breathtakingly beautiful. You travel through passages that bring you close to the rock walls and under high cliffs. The highlight is seeing “calving”; you hear a loud crash and then see a huge chunk of the ice break off into the water. A stunning event you will never forget.

Day 13 – Ketchikan
Native heritage plays a large role in Ketchikan culture. For example, the largest collection of totem poles in the world is found here at Totem Bight State Historical Park, Saxman Native Village and the Totem Heritage Center Museum.

Day 14 – Cruising the Inside Passage
The ship’s fun-loving crew will keep you busy and entertained throughout your cruise.

Day 15- Vancouver/Home
Enclosed with your travel documents is a transfer voucher from the pier to the airport. The pickup point is just outside the Pan Pacific hotel. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Canada, and that it will be one of many return trips.

(If you need an extra night due to your flight schedule, we will be pleased to assist with the arrangements.)

Tour Highlights:

  • Arrival Transfer – Calgary to Banff
  • 2 nights – Fairmont Banff Springs
  • Explore Banff Tour
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola Ride
  • Transfer – Banff to Lake Louise
  • 1 night – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Transfer – Lake Louise to Jasper
  • 1 night – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Transfer from Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge to VIA Rail Station
  • 1 night – VIA Rail’s Canadian, Sleeper Plus class, private bedroom from Jasper to Vancouver with access to the lounge and domed viewing cars
  • Meals aboard the train
  • Transfer – Vancouver rail station to hotel
  • 2 nights –  Fairmont Waterfront or Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • Vancouver hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
  • 7 nights – Holland America – msVolendam – roundtrip from Vancouver
  • Ports of call: Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, cruising Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay
  • Departure Transfer – Vancouver Cruise Terminal to Vancouver Airport
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable

Dates & Rates – 15 Days / 14 Nights

  • Package is offered on select dates
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
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Port Taxes and Government Fees of $495 must be added to the prices shown above.

Please refer to the Holland America website for specific deck plan information.

The Fairmont Banff Springs

The Fairmont Banff Springs, known as Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” is an iconic beauty amidst snow-capped peaks, enchanting lakes and pristine wilderness.  Styled after a Scottish castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs offers stunning vistas, legendary hospitality and unsurpassed service for guests. Few hotels in the world can rival the majesty, hospitality and scenery of The Fairmont Banff Springs.

Fairmont Banff Springs

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Stunning scenery, majestic surroundings, breath-taking views, total bliss…..all these describe this wonderful resort located in the heart of Banff National Park. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise treats you to old world elegance with up to date style.  Lake Louise, known as the “crown jewel”, is one of the most photographed landscapes in Canada. Unmatched scenery and service is what you’ll find here!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Experience the natural beauty of Jasper along with all the amenities you come to expect from a Fairmont Hotel with your stay at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and glistening lakes, the views around the resort are spectacular. Rustic elegance, friendly staff and wildlife abounds here in the Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

VIA Rail Sleeper Plus Class

The Sleeper Plus class offers cozy accommodations, cuisine prepared on board by our chef and impeccable service. Let yourself be gently rocked by the peaceful rhythm of the train in a cabin for one to four people or a suite.  Enjoy all the essential conveniences and little extras.

A cabin for two is designed for two people.

  • Room size: 7 ft. 2¾ in. X 4 ft. 11⅝ in. (220 cm x 151 cm), excluding 2 ft. 9 in. x 2 ft. 1 in. (84 cm x 64 cm) for private washroom
  • Mattress size: approximately 71 in. x 31 in. (180 cm x 79 cm) on Chateau and Manor cars
  • Private washroom available inside each double bedroom
  • Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC)
  • Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system
  • Storage for one piece of carry-on baggage
  • Daytime: two folding chairs
  • Night-time: upper and lower beds replace chairs
  • Large window with blind
  • Exclusive access to a shower room (one shower room per car)
  • Shower towels and amenity bag for body care articles
  • Door locks on the inside only (no individual key)
  • Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied, exclusive access to the departure lounge (Panorama Lounge) and priority boarding in Toronto and Vancouver.

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The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean, on Canada’s west coast, lies Vancouver, a city that attracts travelers from around the world who are drawn to its breathtaking scenery and energetic lifestyle. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the landmark hotel in downtown Vancouver. Known as the ’Castle in the City’, it reflects the timeless luxury of Canada’s iconic hotels. Just steps from the shopping and entertainment district, it is the perfect place to start exploring Vancouver.

CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

GENERAL DRESS
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

BEDDING REQUESTS
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

VOLTAGE
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

UNUSED SERVICES
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

INCIDENTALS
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

CHANGING MONEY
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

TIPPING 
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.