Day 1: Australia – – Halifax, Canada
Today, depart Australia for Halifax, Canada. On arrival, please take the hotel shuttle transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Halifax, Nova Scotia (B)
Enjoy a day of leisure to recuperate after the long flight or enjoy some sightseeing in your own time. As the cultural and historical capital of Atlantic Canada, Halifax has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. This vibrant and lively port city embraces its love of the sea, offering a diversity of galleries, cafes and shopping opportunities. This evening at approximately 7 pm, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers.
Day 3: Halifax and Bay of Fundy, Novia Scotia – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (B,D)
Morning departure from Halifax to the magnificent Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, located along the craggy coast of the Bay of Fundy, home of the world’s highest tides. Time and tides have carved from the cliffs and coves distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees. During periods of low tide, you can walk along the beach and explore several coves filled with these “flowerpot rocks.” Miraculously, 160 billion tons of water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy twice a day – enough to fill the entire Grand Canyon! At its peak, the Fundy tides can reach as high as a 5-story building. Many of the formations have nicknames inspired by their appearance – look for Lover’s Arch, Dinosaur Rock, Mother-in-law, and ET, just to name a few. After spending time here, you’ll have a deeper appreciation of the fragile complexity of the ecosystem and the simple beauty of this land and seascape. After lunch on your own, continue to scenic Prince Edward Island with its jagged red cliffs, peaceful sandy beaches, fresh seafood, and rolling green hills. A welcome dinner with your fellow travellers celebrates your arrival in Charlottetown, the flourishing capital city of Prince Edward Island.
Day 4: Charlottetown – Anne of Green Gables Museum (B)
This morning take an orientation tour of Charlottetown. Then, drive to the north coast of the Island to visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum. When the novel Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, most people could only dream of visiting its magical setting. Today, millions of the book’s fans have made the trip to Prince Edward Island to discover the land that captivated Anne in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s stories. For readers who cannot get enough of their favourite red-headed girl, or the woman who created her, there are Anne-related attractions all over the Island. The Campbell home, that Montgomery called the “wonder castle of my childhood”, was built in 1872 and still belongs to the Campbell family. Here, the author was inspired to write many novels, and it is the setting for Anne’s Lake of Shining Waters. Meet with relatives of the author, visit the house, learn about potato planting and digging and enjoy the peacefulness of the place. Continue to the resort village of Cavendish with its red beaches and scenic dune shores. Visit the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, purveyors of fine preserves, teas, and teaware. Walk in the Garden of Hope and learn about the owner’s commitment to the community. The balance of the day is at leisure in Charlottetown. Tonight, be sure to try the fabulous local seafood at one of Charlottetown’s top restaurants.
Day 5: Charlottetown – Baddeck , Cape Breton Island (B,L)
Early departure from Charlottetown crossing the Northumberland Strait in the southern part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Nova Scotia. Continue via the Canso Causeway from Mainland Nova Scotia to the beautiful island of Cape Breton, also known as the ‘Celtic Heart’ of Nova Scotia. On to the charming village of Baddeck, located along the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes. Lunch at a local restaurant before a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum & National Historic Site. Tour a unique exhibit complex where model replicas, photo displays, and films describe the fascinating life and work of Bell, such as his invention of the telephone along with many others. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Optional Tour (at own cost, refer fine print): Sunset Sail on the Bras d’Or Lakes – while cruising, observe majestic Bald Eagles as they circle the boat, see Beinn Bhreagh,Alexander Graham Bell’s mansion, and the stunning Baddeck shoreline. Enjoy the entertaining and educational narrative of the area as you relax on the boat’s deck
Day 6: Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Baddeck (B,L,D)
Today, discover the magnificent scenery and rich history of Cape Breton’s world-famous Cabot Trail that winds through stunning landscapes along the Margaree River and through the spectacular rugged highlands. Take the opportunity to see some of the last remaining protected wilderness in Nova Scotia. The trail was named after Italian explorer John Cabot sailing on a mission for King Henry VII of England and also commemorates the meeting of Cabot and the Mi’kmaq people, the original inhabitants of Cape Breton Island, at Aspy Bay over 500 years ago. The Cabot Trail, completed in 1932, joined previously isolated fishing villages and today connects eight major communities ranging from the Acadian Region to Irish and Scottish settlements. Stop for a picnic lunch in the beautiful natural surroundings after visiting the west coast of Cape Breton Island and the Acadian Village of Cheticamp. Here, visit a craft shop featuring locally made rugs and stop at the local Catholic church, l’Église Saint-Pierre, an imposing and impressive monument. With its stunning architecture, frescoes and stained glass windows, it is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the Maritime Provinces. Return to Baddeck in the late afternoon. Enjoy dinner together tonight at the hotel
Day 7: Baddeck – Halifax (B)
This morning, depart Baddeck for Halifax. En route stop for lunch, on your own, before arriving in coastal Halifax. Take a tour of Halifax that begins along the city’s historic waterfront. This city combines the international essence of a major port city and a naval base, with the culture and heritage of one of Canada’s most historic communities. See the Old Town Clock, St. Paul’s Church, City Hall, Government House and Point Pleasant Park. Stop at the lovely Victorian Halifax Public Gardens with its opulent floral displays, and the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a key naval station built in 1828. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 8: Peggy’s Cove, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (B,D)
This morning, travel to picturesque Peggy’s Cove, a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. Here, view the iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, one of Canada’s most photographed lighthouse. Afterward, return to Halifax to visit the Maritime Museum where Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage is remembered and celebrated. Learn about the stories, events, and people that have come to define Nova Scotia and its relationship with the sea. The permanent Titanic exhibit at the museum relates the tale of this fated ship’s creation and demise, highlighting the key role Halifax played in the disaster. Exhibits also include life aboard the Titanic – sit in a reproduction of a rare Titanic deck chair and imagine what it would have been like to relax aboard the deck of the most luxurious vessel in its time. Tonight, enjoy a lovely Farewell Dinner on the last night in Eastern Canada with your newfound friends
Day 9: Halifax – – Calgary (B)
Today at the appropriate time, you will be transferred to Halifax airport for your flight to Calgary. On arrival at Calgary airport, please make your own way to the hotel by using the hotel shuttle service. You can request the hotel shuttle with the phones located in the arrivals hall.
Day 10: Calgary (B)
Today enjoy a free day of leisure to explore Calgary at your own pace. In the evening, meet your new fellow travellers and Webjet tour guide who will welcome you to Alberta and provide a brief introduction to your days ahead in the Rocky Mountains.
Calgary sits in the sunny eastern foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet and is the biggest city in the Canadian Prairies. Calgary is an underrated hub for food and entertainment. An explosion of new restaurants and breweries, great festivals and nightlife, and its proximity to the Canadian Rockies and the Badlands make Calgary a not-to-be-missed travel destination.
No visit to Calgary would be complete without a trip back in time at Heritage Park Historical Village. Canada’s largest living history museum has more than 180 interactive exhibits spread throughout 127 acres of land. Why not hop on board the steam train and tour the park, take a boat ride on the paddlewheeler, ride an old fashioned Ferris wheel and pick up homemade pastries and sweets.
Day 11: Calgary – Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper (B)
After breakfast, we begin our journey into the Canadian Rockies, with our first stop in the chic mountain town of Banff. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. After time to wander the streets of Banff, we continue our drive heading north to the “Diamond in the Wilderness” otherwise known as Lake Louise. There is time to enjoy the foreshore and gaze at the emerald waters and towering mountains. We then continue our journey through the Rocky Mountains to our overnight stop in the quaint mountain town of Jasper.
Hotel: Mountain Park Lodges or similar
Day 12: Jasper – Kamloops (B)
This morning is yours to explore picturesque Jasper at your own pace. Some mountain towns base their appeal on trying to be trendy. Jasper retains its timeless appeal by being unpretentious — an intimate community that originated as a railway town that just happens to be in the middle of some of the most gorgeous protected wilderness in the world. After time exploring Jasper, we continue through the stellar scenery including the spectacular Mount Robson before making our way out of the Rocky Mountains and on to the town of Kamloops.
Hotel: Ramada Inn Kamloops or similar
Day 13: Kamloops – Whistler – Vancouver (B)
Today our journey takes us along the Trans Canada Highway towards the ski town of Whistler. After arriving in Whistler, you will enjoy some time to eat or stroll around this picturesque mountain town. Whistler is only about 2 hours north of Vancouver, and roughly about 4 hours west of Kamloops. Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and snowboarding and, in Summer, mostly mountain biking. Its pedestrian village centre has won numerous design awards and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America. Whistler’s urban landscape was specifically designed to accommodate the natural environment. Many of Whistler’s bears have learned to do things like open car doors or hold spring-closed gates open so they can reach food. Some have even learnt to open the newspaper bins! We then continue down the North Shore. Highway 99, between Horseshoe Bay & Squamish, has to be one of the most beautiful roads in the area. With the ocean glimmering on the right and the mountains rising on the left, it is truly enchanting. On arrival into Vancouver, the evening is at leisure.
Hotel: Abercorn Inn or similar
Day 14: Vancouver – Embark on cruise (B,D)
Today, your private coach will transport you from your hotel to the Vancouver cruise port, to join your luxury award winning Celebrity Cruise of the inside passage. Upon arrival at the cruise port, you will proceed to check-in to begin your wonderful cruise through the natural wonders of Alaska.
Cruise: Celebrity Eclipse
Day 15: Inside Passage (scenic cruising) (B,L,D)
Today, enjoy everything your ship has to offer as you sail between the Inside Passage. Today you will 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.
Cruise: Celebrity Eclipse
Day 16: 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 travellers the chance to view wildlife like humpback whales, orcas, seals, eagles, and brown bears, or to explore monuments to the region’s fishing heritage.
Cruise: Celebrity Eclipse
Day 17: Hubbard Glacier (B,L,D)
Today you are in for a treat! Spectacular views of the Hubbard Glacier await. 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.
Cruise: Celebrity Eclipse
Day 18: Juneau (B,L,D)
Today we port in Juneau – often described as America’s most unusual state capital, as no roads lead into or out of town. The city is surrounded by nature, namely towering mountains and the waters of Gastineau Channel. 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. Many optional activities are on offer from whale watching and zip lining to touring the Capitol building or the Alaskan Brewing Co.
Cruise: Celebrity Eclipse
Day 19: Ketchikan (B,L,D)
You have 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. You’re bound to visit Creek Street, a row of wooden buildings perched over the water on pilings. Brightly painted boutiques once catered to gentlemen seeking the company of “sporting women.” The museum at Dolly’s House gives you a glimpse into the bawdy ways of frontier life, though Ketchikan’s red-light district wasn’t shut down until 1953. The town offers the perfect blend of activities: kayak in Misty Fjords or hike up Deer Mountain or for the less adventurous, wander in and out of the fantastic galleries and shops.
Cruise: Celebrity Eclipse
Day 20: Inside Passage (scenic cruising) (B,L,D)
Today we sail back through the Inside Passage toward our return to Vancouver. Take in the spectacular scenery on last time while enjoying the first class facilities on board the ship.
Cruise: Celebrity Eclipse
Day 21: Vancouver – – Australia (B)
This morning, disembark from your luxury cruise ship for your final day in Canada. A Webjet representative will meet you at the port to assist with your luggage transfer to Vancouver airport (one piece per person). We then commence a half-day sightseeing tour of Vancouver – drive around Stanley Park stopping at the Totem Poles and Prospect Point, see Chinatown with a stop at Dr Sun-Yat-Sen-Park, see Gastown with a stop at the Steam Clock and finally stop at Granville Island where you can explore the Public Market and the many shops. After the tour, you will then have free time at leisure.
At the appropriate time, please make your own way to Vancouver airport for your homeward flight. Taxis, public transport and airport shuttle services are readily available from downtown Vancouver. At Vancouver Airport, pick-up of your luggage at YVR Storage located at the International Arrivals Level 2, past Tim Hortons by the washrooms.
Day 21: In flight
Day 23: Australia
Arrive home in Australia today.