Day 1: Australia – – Vancouver
Depart Australia and fly to Vancouver. You will be met upon arrival by the local guide and transferred to the hotel for check in. Any remaining time can be spent relaxing at the hotel or with free time in the city.
Day 2: Vancouver (B, D)
This morning is free time, so you can explore however you like. In the afternoon there is a transfer to Vancouver cruise terminal. Step aboard the 5-star, award-winning Celebrity Eclipse and settle into your cabin, ready to embark on the incredible experience cruising the magnificent Alaska Inside Passage.
Day 3: Inside Passage (B, L, D)
Use today to begin taking advantage of the Celebrity Eclipse’s world-class facilities, such as the swimming pool, day spa, fitness centre, theatre and eateries. You might choose to relax on one of the ship’s decks and take in the passing landscape and keep watch for some of the region’s wildlife, including orca whales, bald eagles, bears and puffins.
Day 4: Icy Strait Point (B, L, D)
The cruise sails into the spectacular Icy Strait Point today. The area has a rich Tlingit heritage and was the ancestral home of the Huna Tlingit for hundreds of years.
Day 5: Hubbard Glacier (B, L, D)
Have your camera at the ready to capture the almost-unbelievable beauty of the Hubbard Glacier. This is the largest calving glacier in North America, so you may have the chance to see a mammoth iceberg (some are as tall as 10-storey buildings!) break off and begin the journey out to sea.
Day 6: Juneau (B, L, D)
Make port in Juneau, the capital of Alaska, today. The city has no roads leading in or out – making it one of the most unique capital cities in the world.
Day 7: Ketchikan (B, L, D)
Stop in Ketchikan, a town dubbed the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’. Discover its Tlingit heritage and explore its main area. Walk along Creek Street, swing past the Dolly’s House museum, hike up Deer Mountain, or take up the option to kayak on nearby Misty Fjords.
Day 8: Inside Passage (B, L, D)
The cruise begins its return journey to Vancouver, travelling through the Inside Passage. It is your final evening aboard the ship.
Day 9: Vancouver (B)
Make your final port on-board the Celebrity Cruise in Vancouver this morning and begin to disembark. The group is met by a local guide and taken around the city on a sightseeing excursion. One of the first stops on the tour is Stanley Park and others include the shopping opportunities at the Totem Poles, Chinatown (the second largest Chinatown in North America), and Gastown, an area of Vancouver that features cobblestoned streets and alleyways lined with 19th-century buildings. The tour’s last stop is Granville Island. Take in the latter’s public market and then spend the rest of the day as free time.
Day 10: Vancouver (B)
You have an entire day at your leisure.
Optional: Full-Day Victoria Excursion
This trip takes you to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. It begins with a journey on the Tsawwassen ferry to cross the Georgia Strait. This 90-minute voyage may also see you spot seals, bald eagles and even orca whales. Head to Butchart Gardens upon arrival in Victoria, and then continue to the downtown area for a city sightseeing tour. Expect to see Beacon Hill Park, Bastion Square, Chinatown and the historic Empress Hotel along the way. There is some time for shopping and further exploration before returning to Vancouver in the later afternoon.Please note – Additional cost applies, refer fine print. Must have a minimum of 10 passengers to operate.
Day 11: Vancouver (B)
A free day to uncover more of Vancouver’s sights at your own pace.
Day 12: Vancouver – Whistler (B)
There is some last-minute free time in Vancouver this morning before the group is transferred to Whistler, arguably one of Canada’s most famous alpine areas.
Day 13: Whistler (B)
Enjoy an entire day of free time to see Whistler and its attractions.
Day 14: Whistler – Kamloops (B)
Today’s itinerary takes the group from the mountains into ranch country surrounding Pemberton. Follow Duffey Lake Road through pristine wilderness to Lillooet, a town with a colourful pioneer and Gold Rush-era history. Venture towards the Thompson-Okanagan region and arrive in Kamloops in the afternoon.
Day 15: Kamloops – Golden (B)
Travel through Glacier National Park today, past Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke along the way. In the afternoon we visit Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for some stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding national parks. Later you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation.
Day 16: Golden – Banff (B)
Continue your adventure through the Canadian Rockies; today headed to Banff. To reach this famous alpine destination the group will traverse Rogers Pass and cross the Continental Divide where there is a sighting of the Spiral Tunnels in Yoho National Park. You also pass Emerald Lake, and move over the natural stone bridge at Kicking Horse Pass.
Day 17: Banff (B)
Explore postcard-perfect Banff with a day of free time.
Optional: Full-Day Banff Sightseeing Tour
Uncover the charms of Banff today and take in some of the surrounding natural sights, including Bow River Falls, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Johnston Canyon and the Valley of Ten Peaks. Of course, you will see the legendary Lake Louise too. Please note – Additional cost applies, refer fine print. Must have a minimum of 10 passengers to operate.
Day 18: Banff – Calgary – – Winnipeg (B)
Leave Banff today for a transfer to Calgary airport. Here you will board a one-way flight to Winnipeg where a local representative will be waiting to help with the walking transfer to the airport hotel. This evening there is a meet-and-greet with the Frontiers North Interpretative Guide for an overview of the upcoming trip itinerary.
Day 19: Winnipeg – – Churchill (B, L, D)
Board an early morning flight from Winnipeg to Churchill. Located on Hudson Bay, Churchill is best known for its polar bear numbers. The group sets out on a tour of the local area with visits including Cape Merry, Port of Churchill and the Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility. See the Itsanitaq Museum after lunch to admire its collection of Inuit art. Enjoy a cultural presentation this evening.
Day 20: Churchill – Tundra Buggy Adventure (B, L, D)
Depart for the first full-day Tundra Buggy Adventure after breakfast. This thrilling expedition sees you head out into the wilderness in search of polar bears, artic foxes and more sub-Arctic wildlife. A picnic-style lunch is served on-board, and the group returns to Churchill in the evening for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 21: Churchill (B, L, D)
Experience an interpretative dog sled or cart excursion, led by a local dog-sledding expert. You’ll be able to meet these incredible dogs, delve into the history of this transportation method and enjoy a ride in a bespoke sled or cart through the northern boreal forest. There is a stop at Parks Canada Visitors Centre to brush up on your knowledge of the area’s fur-trade past after lunch.
Day 22: Churchill – Winnipeg (B, L)
Make the most of your last full-day Tundra Buggy adventure. Upon return to Churchill there is a transfer to the airport and an evening flight back to Winnipeg. Tonight’s accommodation is an airport hotel in anticipation of the long-haul flight tomorrow.
Day 23: Winnipeg – – Australia (B)
Walk to the airport and board a return flight to Australia.
Day 24: In Flight
Day 25: Australia
Arrive home in Australia today.