Best of the Canadian Rockies
Day 1: Australia to Calgary
Today arrive in Calgary on the same day (local time), Alberta's major city and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Transfer to your hotel Fairmont Palliser in this rising city that grew out of the Canadian West, balancing modern and traditional with a pioneer charm. Centrally located in downtown Calgary, Fairmont Palliser is conveniently situated near the city's business and financial district and is within walking distance to the city's most exciting retail shopping, arts, culture and entertainment venues. Calgary's friendly spirit, coupled with the city's vibrant urban ambience makes for a metropolis of wonderful contrasts. Set in the heart of the city, Fairmont Palliser is a historical landmark offering distinctive accommodation in elegant surroundings.
Overnight at the Fairmont Palliser Calgary
Day 2: Calgary to Banff (Breakfast)
This morning enjoy an orientation tour of Calgary and drive to Banff and enjoy an overnight stay at the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta. Canada's "Castle in the Rockies", has been providing legendary hospitality to our guests for more than 125 years.
This afternoon is yours to explore Banff National Park and environs as you please. You may wish to check out the village of Banff, which, with its spectacular scenery and trendy shops and boutiques, has grown over the decades to rival the chic alpine villages of the American Rockies.
Overnight: Fairmont Banff Springs
Day 3: Banff - Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise (Breakfast)
Journey north into Jasper National Park along the Icefield Parkway, where precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Marvel at glaciers remaining from the last ice age while you hear stories of early explorers who opened the valley. Stop at the Columbia Icefield to take a memorable ride across the surface of Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer, a specially designed glacial vehicle, for a close look at the glacier's geological features – a highlight of your Alberta holiday adventure (admission included).
After lunch drive to Lake Louise for your overnight stay at the historic château-style resort hotel on the edge of Lake Louise overlooking Victoria Glacier in Banff National Park. Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is a multi award winner and is considered as one of the best hotels in North America.
Overnight: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Day 4: Lake Louise - Sun Peaks (Breakfast)
Today leave Lake Louise and stop at the Spiral Tunnels, a century-old engineering feat created for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and Natural Bridge, a rock formation over the Kicking Horse River. Visit the “Last Spike” of the transcontinental railway where it connects the east and the west. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you pass though small communities and grand mountain ranges before arriving in Sun Peaks, the famous Swiss-style alpine village of British Columbia. Arrive at this European-style village nestled in the center of three mountains and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre
Day 5: Sun Peaks - Whistler (Breakfast)
After breakfast drive to Whistler, the charming alpine village that co-hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. A orientation tour acquaints you with in the village and surrounding areas. The many art galleries, eclectic boutiques and fine restaurants all add to the village's sophisticated atmosphere.
This afternoon is yours to explore Whistler. You can take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (at your own expense) and enjoy a 360 degree experience.
You will be staying at Fairmont Chateau Whistler tonight. When it comes to spectacular and breathtaking mountain resorts, the best can be found at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Nestled at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, the Fairmont is defined by impeccable service, outstanding cuisine and luxurious accommodation.
Overnight: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Day 6: Whistler - Canada Place, Vancouver (Breakfast)
After breakfast transfer to Canada Place in Downtown Vancouver for your Alaska cruise
Day 13 (after your cruise): Vancouver sightseeing (Only applicable to flights leaving on day of disembarkation)
After breakfast onboard you will disembark from your Alaska cruise. A tour guide will meet you at the arrival area for an introductory tour of Vancouver including Chinatown, Gastown and Stanley Park. Then transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your homebound flight.
Your Luxury Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise Starts Here
Embark aboard the 5* Queen Elizabeth for 10 nights, in a Inside Stateroom sailing from Vancouver and sailing the inside passage to Tracy Arm Fjord • Juneau • Skagway • Hubbard Glacier • Icy Strait Point • Sitka • Ketchikan • Victoria and disembarking in Vancouver
Queen Elizabeth - Features
Visit Alaska's favourite ports aboard the Queen Elizabeth as she returns to Alaska and Canada. The Queen Elizabeth is the latest incarnation of the world renowned QE2 and is certainly an impressive sight. She was named in 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen and her elegance and modern features have already won her many accolades and she has become a firm favourite with Cunard passengers too. One of the features onboard the Queen Elizabeth are the Garden Lounge which is a light and sociable room inspired by the glass houses of London's famous Kew Gardens, the Garden Lounge also provides the perfect setting for Cunard Lines famed White Gloved Afternoon Tea service or an evening under the stars.