Spirit of the Rockies with Alaska Cruise (CRI)

19 days from Vancouver to Vancouver

2019 Tour Details

Create a lifetime of incredible memories traveling through the unforgettable Canadian Rockies! Begin your Canadian Rockies tour with sightseeing in Vancouver and end with a 7-night Alaska cruise. In between, witness breathtaking scenery and enjoy fun experiences. A tour highlight is a journey on board the Rocky Mountaineer train to Banff National Park. Along the way, see wild rivers, majestic mountain ranges, and beautiful lakes. Another tour highlight is a ride on an Ice Explorer on the 1,000-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier.

Spend two nights in Banff at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, one of North America’s top three getaways. Here, Globus offers a special treat—a leisurely nature walk with picnic lunch in Sunshine Meadow or a ride on the spectacular Banff Gondola with included lunch atop Sulphur Mountain. En route to Lake Louise, visit one of the Canadian Rockies’ crown jewels—Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks, where ten mountain peaks soar 10,000 feet and surround the lake’s tranquil waters. In Lake Louise, stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a world-famous resort known for its breathtaking setting and Old World charm. In Jasper, stay at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, the embodiment of peace and tranquility nestled between majestic mountains.

Drink in the scenery as you pass Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ highest peak, on your way to Sun Peaks and the mountain resort of Whistler, where you'll stay at the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Whistler, nestled at the base of spectacular Blackcomb Mountain. Ferry across to Victoria, where you’ll visit Butchart Gardens, with its 55 acres of stunning floral displays—another special experience offered by Globus. Back in Vancouver, board your 7-night Alaska cruise to visit Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan. Marvel at the scenery as you cruise the gorgeous Inside Passage, Glacier Bay National Park, and Tracy Arm. It’s the perfect ending to your magnificent Canadian Rockies tour!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing

ROCKY MOUNTAINEER
2-day scenic train trip

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; choose between a [LF] nature walk with picnic lunch or a ride on the Banff Gondola with lunch

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

WHISTLER
[LF] Breakfast at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

VICTORIA
Sightseeing; choose between Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel or a whale-watching excursion; farewell dinner at world-famous [LF] Butchart Gardens

CRUISE
7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Volendam

Notes:

NOTES:

  • Upgrades to deluxe rooms at select Fairmont properties are available. Please call for pricing.
  • Your Train: The Rocky Mountaineer travels through spectacular Canadian scenery. SilverLeaf Service features a single-level dome coach offering panoramic views from oversized windows and meals served at your seat. An upgrade to GoldLeaf Dome Service offers luxury reminiscent of a bygone era, including extra attendants, an elegant bi-level dome car, and regional cuisine in an exclusive dining room.

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 11 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner at Butchart Gardens

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive in Vancouver, BC. Welcome to Vancouver, your gateway to the Canadian Rockies! 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, 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

Vancouver–Rocky Mountaineer®–Kamloops. At Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer Station, board the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER. Follow the Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River through beautiful landscapes to historic Kamloops. Tonight, enjoy free time in Kamloops. (B,L)

NOTE:
Kamloops properties are considered moderate 2- or 3-star hotels or motor inns. The city does not offer any hotels in the superior category. Your chosen hotel is determined by Rocky Mountaineer Railtours; however, you can rest assured it satisfies our high standards of cleanliness and comfort.

Day 4

Kamloops–Rocky Mountaineer–Banff. Back aboard the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER, journey from Kamloops eastward to Shuswap Lake with its many miles of shoreline. Follow the Kicking Horse River and pass over the Continental Divide into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (B,L)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the next two nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, internationally recognized as the symbol of Canadian hospitality. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, this chateau-style hotel developed into one of the top three getaways in North America.

Day 5

Banff. Breathe in the fresh mountain air! This morning, tour the highlights of Banff: Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain, and Surprise Corner. Enjoy your choice of activities this afternoon: take a leisurely [LF] NATURE WALK with a picnic lunch or enjoy a thrilling ride on the BANFF GONDOLA. Enjoy spectacular views of the valley below as you savor lunch. (B,L,D)

Day 6

Banff–Lake Louise. En route to Lake Louise, a side trip showcases one of the crown jewels of the Rockies—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. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

NOTE:
The visit to Moraine Lake is normally possible from late May to early September.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Built as a log cabin in 1890, the historic chateau has become world famous, hosting celebrities and royalty including Queen Elizabeth II, Alfred Hitchcock, and Marilyn Monroe. Take a leisurely stroll along the pristine lake, pamper yourself in the spa, or just relax with Afternoon Tea.

Day 7

Lake Louise–Columbia Icefield–Jasper. Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Ride an exciting ICE EXPLORER on the 1,000-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier, and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Your overnight destination is the charming village of Jasper in Jasper National Park.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend this evening at the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Originally built by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and called “Tent City,” it is now a 4-star resort nestled between majestic mountains and enchanting lakes. Take a nature hike, play a game of croquet, enjoy a canoe trip on the lake, or just bask in the beauty of this tranquil setting.

Day 8

Jasper–Sun Peaks. Departing Jasper, watch the scenery unfold while traveling the Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. This is the same route followed by the early fur brigades of the Hudson’s Bay Company as they paddled fully laden canoes to the Pacific Coast. Pass regal Mount Robson; at 12,972 feet, it is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

Sun Peaks–Whistler. A spectacular day lies ahead! This morning, travel past some of the most beautiful and rugged lakes and mountains in British Columbia. This afternoon, we arrive in Whistler—one of Canada’s newest and most exciting mountain resorts, and host of the 2010 Winter Olympics—and settle into the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
Breakfast Breakfast

SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the all-season luxury resort, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain, the chateau brings old and new together in a seamless meld of historical style and modern beauty. Enjoy impeccable service and outstanding cuisine in this pristine mountain wilderness.

Day 10

Whistler–Victoria. This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the [LF] SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Afterward, Victoria awaits! Board a BC FERRY for a picturesque cruise to Vancouver Island and the charming, very British “Garden City” of Victoria. This afternoon, discover British Columbia’s capital on a city highlights tour. Later, perhaps stroll around the Parliament buildings or do some shopping. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this delightful harbor city.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

Victoria. Today, another choose your experience activity! Enjoy traditional AFTERNOON TEA at the grand Fairmont Empress Hotel or, for the more adventurous, choose the WHALE-WATCHING excursion from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This afternoon, visit the world-famous [LF] BUTCHART GARDENS. This estate offers more than 700 varieties of flowers on 55 acres and includes Italian, Japanese, and English-style gardens. Later, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner in the original Butchart family residence.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

Victoria–Vancouver (Embarkation). This morning, transfer back to Vancouver, where you will board Holland America’s MS Volendam to begin your cruise.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

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. (B,L,D)

Day 14

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. (B,L,D)

Day 15

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. (B,L,D)

Day 16

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. (B,L,D)

Day 17

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. (B,L,D)

Day 18

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. (B,L,D)

Day 19

Vancouver (Disembarkation). The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after Noon.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ALMA BERNASCONI

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Born and raised in Switzerland, I love my home in Western Canada. I have a zest for life, am always eager to share information and experiences, and enjoy creating lasting memories for travelers. As an avid hobby photographer, I revel in capturing the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies, the surprise appearance of the elusive grizzly bear, a majestic eagle soaring high above endless forests, and so much more."

Tour Director -  ALMA BERNASCONI

MARK LOVE

Escorting tours for more than 4 years

"Travel has always been my passion. After completing my degree in Tourism, I lived oversees and had the opportunity to visit numerous countries and experience different cultures. My background in the travel industry has enabled me to realize how invaluable a respected and experienced tour operator is. I have 5 years of experience as a Tour Director with Globus family of brands and am proud every time I represent the company and travel with my guests. The Canadian Rockies are my home and I can not imagine a better office space in the world. Regardless if I am viewing wildlife with my group, telling a story of historical significance, or just standing close by as guests enjoy the beautiful scenery of Western Canada, I love my role as a Tour Director. Being a part of a guests travel experience is the best reward that I can ask for!"

Tour Director -  MARK LOVE

 Accommodations

BANFF

FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

JASPER

FAIRMONT JASPER PARK LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LAKE LOUISE

FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

The Chateau has an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, spa, game room, horseback riding stables, concierge service, gift shops, business center, several restaurants, lounge, room service, and Afternoon Tea.

SUN PEAKS

SUN PEAKS GRAND

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VANCOUVER

FAIRMONT HOTEL VANCOUVER

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VICTORIA

DELTA VICTORIA OCEAN POINTE RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

WHISTLER

FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

The Chateau is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain and just 5 minutes from the center of Whistler Village. The hotel has a golf-course, indoor & outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis courts, fitness center, spa, concierge service, gift shops, guest laundry, business center, several restaurants, baker, lounge, Afternoon Tea, and room service.

 Optional Excursions

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