Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 12 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Victoria
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER
Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 VANCOUVER
This morning, enjoy BREAKFAST WITH THE BEARS at Grouse Mountain to learn about grizzly bear habits and conservation. Next, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The rest of the day is free to explore the many attractions at your leisure.
Day 3 VANCOUVER–PENTICTON
This morning, depart Vancouver and travel into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the undiscovered city of Penticton with its long stretches of sandy beaches, vineyards, and orchards. Arrive at your lakeside resort where your evening is free to explore this adventure mecca.
Day 4 PENTICTON. EXCURSION TO KELOWNA
Today, drive along the shores of Okanagan Lake and learn of the region’s rich agricultural history with a special visit and treat at the historic family-owned SUMMERLAND SWEETS. Then, continue north to the resort community of Kelowna for an orientation tour and free time to explore at leisure. You may wish to take a stroll on the lakefront boardwalk, enjoy lunch at one of the many alfresco restaurants, or sample a glass of local wine.
Day 5 PENTICTON–YOHO NATIONAL PARK–BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Today, drive west and enjoy the panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Next travel through Yoho National Park and cross the Continental Divide into Alberta before descending Kicking Horse Pass into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Your home for the next three nights is the amazing Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, the hotel is internationally recognized as the “Castle of the Rockies.”
Day 6 BANFF NATIONAL PARK
A full day at leisure to enjoy Banff. You may wish to take a ride on the Banff Gondola, shop for souvenirs on Main Street, or perhaps take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff.
Day 7 BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Take advantage of an additional day to explore Banff. Your Tour Director recommends a visit to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies or a relaxing soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Take the opportunity to walk to Surprise Corner, for spectacular views of your majestic hotel.
Day 8 BANFF NATIONAL PARK–LAKE LOUISE
This morning, travel to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Next, off to Natural Bridge, where the Kicking Horse River disappears before re-emerging through a natural span of rock. Then, visit Emerald Lake to enjoy views of the turquoise-colored water and spectacular scenery. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into your room, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this famous location. NOTE:The visit to Moraine Lake is normally possible from late May to early September.
Day 9 LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Ride an exciting ICE EXPLORER on the 750 foot Athabasca Glacier and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Arrive in Jasper and enjoy a 3-night stay at the alluring Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, nestled on beautiful Beauvert Lake.
Day 10 JASPER NATIONAL PARK. EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE
This morning, CRUISE on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy clear azure water, lofty snow-capped peaks, and learn the history of Spirit Island. Before returning to Jasper, a stop is made at MALIGNE CANYON, where a short walk reveals unique rock formations and waterfalls. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Why not explore one of the many hiking trails in Jasper National Park?
Day 11 JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a full free day to explore more of Jasper. You may want to join in on an exciting float trip down the Athabasca River, shop for a favorite souvenir, sample a world-famous scone from Bear’s Paw Bakery, or just kick back and relax at your resort.
Day 12 JASPER NATIONAL PARK–BLUE RIVER–KAMLOOPS
Depart Jasper and travel to Blue River, British Columbia. Here, board a specially designed boat for a RIVER SAFARI. As you travel up small rivers, keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife, which could include bears, eagles, moose, elk, and more. Make sure to have your camera handy! We finish the day in Kamloops.
Day 13 KAMLOOPS–LILLOOET–WHISTLER
Continue through British Columbia to Lillooet and visit the XWISTEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, which contains over 80 identified pit houses—the traditional winter homes of the First Nations people. Afterward, enjoy a SALMON BARBECUE along with traditional dishes, such as bannock (flatbread) and whipped berries. Arrive in Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Day 14 WHISTLER–VICTORIA
Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British city of Victoria. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing including Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening is at your leisure.
Day 15 VICTORIA
Today, a free day to explore the capital city of British Columbia. You may wish to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip, visit nearby Butchart Gardens, or sample local ales at one of the city’s local craft brew pubs. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner.
Day 16 VICTORIA–VANCOUVER
This morning, travel via BC FERRY through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland for a transfer to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 pm.
Day 17 VICTORIA–VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION)
This morning, transfer back to Vancouver, where you will transfer to the pier to embark on your Holland America cruise ship, the MS Nieuw Amsterdam (sailing on the May 9, and August 8 & 15 departures) or the MS Volendam (sailing on the May 20 & 27 and August 26 departures).
Day 18 SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE
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.
Day 19 TRACY ARM & JUNEAU
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.
Day 20 SKAGWAY
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.
Day 21 SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
This 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.
Day 22 KETCHIKAN
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.
Day 23 SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE
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.
Day 24 VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION)
The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Please schedule flights after Noon.