Day 1: Australia – – Vancouver
Today, depart Australia to begin your Canada & Alaska holiday! On arrival after clearing customs and immigration formalities make your own way to your hotel. The hotel provides a 24/7 airport shuttle. You can request the hotel shuttle with the direct dial phones located on arrivals Level 2 of both the International and Domestic Terminal. On arrival at your hotel the rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, your Webjet tour guide will welcome you to Canada.
Day 2: Vancouver – Othello Tunnels – Kelowna
This morning after breakfast, we leave Vancouver behind us and make our way across British Columbia towards the town of Hope. Enroute, we visit the famous Othello Tunnels. The Othello Tunnels are a series of old train tunnels and bridges that cut through the solid granite walls and pass over the wild Coquihalla River. They are located just east of the town of Hope, BC, in the Coquihalla Provincial Park.
The Coast Mountain Range proved quite a challenge to build a railway through and walking over the bridges in the Othello Tunnels area, it becomes quite evident how difficult it must have been. The sheer rock cliffs, the violently rushing water below, and the remoteness makes it seem incredible that any infrastructure could be built in such an environment, let alone over 100-years ago with limited engineering equipment.
We then continue into the wine region of the Okanagan valley. “The Okanagan”, also known as the Okanagan Valley and sometimes as the Okanagan Country, is a region located in British Columbia, defined by the basin of Okanagan Lake and the Canadian portion of the Okanagan River. It is part of the Okanagan Country, extending into the United States as Okanogan Country. The region’s main hub is Kelowna, our resting place for tonight.
Day 3: Kelowna – Revelstoke National Park – Yoho National Park – Canmore
After breakfast, we embark on another day of sightseeing through the Trans-Canadian Highway taking us through some of Canada’s awe-inspiring National Parks. Our first park visit is to the mighty Revelstoke. Home to Canada’s only inland cedarhemlock rainforest, Mount Revelstoke is the only national park in Canada where you can summit a mountain five minutes from your vehicle. The Giant Cedars boardwalks invite us for a relaxing stroll, or we can enjoy a panoramic view & the meadows of subalpine wildflowers from the summit of Mount Revelstoke.
There is truly not a bad view to be had over this scenic stretch of the Trans-Canadian Highway, and following further West from Revelstoke National Park, we pass through Yoho National Park. Cree exclamation of awe, “Yoho” applies perfectly to this park’s big peaks, expansive glaciers, and impressive waterfalls. Add Yoho’s famous fossils and it’s easy to see why this park in the Canadian Rockies is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although many of its highlights are accessible by road, Yoho is also a hiker’s dream and a railway buff’s delight.
Tonight, you hotel is located just a short drive South of Banff, in the small mountain town of Canmore. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 4: Canmore – Banff – Lake Louise – Vernon
Today, we make the short 15 minute drive to Banff! Snugly embraced by Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, the little town of Banff boasts a big, worldwide reputation. Its charming streets are abuzz year round due to an annual influx of millions of visitors, and this famous mountain resort town caters accordingly with world-class shopping & dining. At first sight it’s apparent why the world is in love with Banff. From the everwatchful Cascade Mountain to the picturesque Bow River, the community is blessed with a spectacular natural setting, woven with parks, woods and trails.
Continuing North, we visit one of the highlights of the Rocky Mountains. Lake Louise is often referred to as the ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’, and it is easy to see why. The region abounds with luxury ski resorts, shopping, fine dining and spectacular scenery, from glaciers to waterfalls. The emerald color of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. Enjoy a stroll around the lake taking everlasting photo memories. We then leave the Canadian Rockies for the town of Vernon for our overnight.
Day 5: Vernon – Vancouver
Coming to the end of our breathtaking journey through the Canadian Rocky Mountains, our sights are firmly set on Vancouver today. After breakfast, we leave Vernon first thing in the morning, and continue East, arriving in to Vancouver around lunch time.
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city perched on nature’s edge. A city of unparalleled beauty, from the 1000- acre lush jewel known as Stanley Park, the largest city park in North America, to the hustle and bustle of fashionable Robson Street, Vancouver has it all. A vibrant city, the pedestrian friendly streets are filled with individuals from varied ethnic backgrounds and walks of life – professional people-watchers and shoppers, business people, university students and, of course, visitors alike.
The afternoon is free to explore this vibrant city. After an afternoon of exploring Vancouver, we drive a short distance to the hotel, where the evening is at leisure.
Day 6: Vancouver – Embark on cruise (D)
Today, your private motor coach will transport you from the hotel to the Vancouver cruise port to join your luxury 5 star Celebrity Cruise of the inside passage. After settling into your cabin, kick back and begin to enjoy everything your world class ship has to offer.
Day 7: Inside Passage (scenic cruising) (B,L,D)
Today, enjoy everything your ship has to offer as you sail between the Inside Passage. Today 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 complex labyrinth of fjords and bays are where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months.
Day 8: Icy Strait Point (B,L,D)
For thousands of years, the Tlingit Indians have called this place home. Located near the city of Hoonah, and home to a historic cannery, Icy Strait Point also offers travelers the chance to view wildlife like humpback whales, orcas, seals, eagles, and brown bears, or to explore monuments to the region’s fishing heritage.
Day 9: Hubbard Glacier (B,L,D)
Today you are in for a treat, spectacular views of the Hubbard Glacier. Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes.
Day 10: Juneau (B,L,D)
Today we are ported in Juneau. Here’s your chance to take a glacial dogsled adventure via helicopter in Alaska’s capital (optional). A city that gracefully balances frontier ruggedness with cosmopolitan flair. Mendenhall Glacier, a river of ice measuring 1.5 miles in width and over 6 miles in length, is part of Juneau’s Icefield, 1500 square miles of ice that feeds 38 glaciers and ready for you to take a float trip on it.
Day 11: Ketchikan (B,L,D)
You’ve never tasted salmon so fresh. Known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan is also the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who have carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles. If you’re up for an adventure, take a canoe and nature trail excursion through the rain forest or a wilderness exploration followed by a sumptuous crab feast you can’t resist (optional).
Day 12: Inside Passage (B,L,D)
Today, enjoy your luxury ship and the spectacular scenery as your ship makes to way through the narrow channel of the Inside Passage.
Day 13: Vancouver – – Australia (B)
This morning, disembark from your Luxury cruise ship to start your journey home. Upon disembarkation, make your own way to the airport to board your flight back to Australia.
Day 14: In flight
Day 15: Australia
Arrive home today