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Testify to the supreme majesty of Western Canada and Alaska by road, rail and sea. The first part of your incredible journey is via luxury, escorted touring through historic towns and verdant National Parks. Then you have the option to experience one of the world's most romantic train journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer, or embarking on a classic cruise on the glacial waters of Alaska. Dine at the highly rated YEW Seafood + Bar in Vancouver. Meet a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman who'll fascinate you with personal stories and traditions of the ‘Mounties'. The graceful Emerald Lake Lodge is set on a 13-acre peninsula making the perfect location to enjoy Yoho National Park.
Step into a world of comfort and elegance on-board Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Experience impeccable service and gourmet dining at a selection of venues, ranging from casual to formal. The Showroom at Sea features an excellent mix of talented acts for evening entertainment. Every stateroom offers a gracious retreat and luxurious living. Your choice of stateroom includes: Inside with no window or porthole, Ocean-view with a window or porthole and Verandah with floor-to ceiling windows and a private balcony. All staterooms feature two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed with en-suite bathroom and a range of sophisticated amenities.
Welcome to Canada's vibrant port city of Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport you'll be met and transferred to your luxury downtown hotel in the heart of the city's premier shopping and entertainment district. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with drinks at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar.
Victoria - putting the British into British Columbia
Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Explore historic Gastown, Chinatown, the eclectic community of English Bay and view the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Later, board your ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge, with scenic coastal views all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square.
Begin the day with a visit to Butchart Gardens with ample time to explore the 55 acres (22 ha) of stunning floral displays, meandering paths and spectacular views which have delighted visitors for over 100 years. With a botanist on hand, find out more about your favourite flora before enjoying the afternoon at leisure in Victoria.
The Ultimate Resort of Whistler
Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland. On the way to Whistler stop to see the roaring Shannon Falls. Upon arrival in Whistler, you will visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea concoction.
On to the Napa Valley of the North
Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing some of the best fruit and hybrid wines in the world. Your home for the night is at the lakeside Delta Grand Okanagen Resort. In the evening, enjoy dinner complemented by local wines.
The Three Exquisite National Parks
Journey through three of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, and Yoho en route to Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, your destination is the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge. After dinner, savour a liqueur at the lodge before stargazing under the night sky and roasting s'mores (a traditional campfire treat) by a lakeside bonfire.
Iconic Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
(Relaxed Start) The morning is yours to relax in the peaceful setting of Emerald Lake before heading to the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint and pass by the spectacular Natural Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River, before departing for another great icon of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake. An easy walk along the Moraine Lake shoreline is the best way to appreciate the beauty of this famous alpine lake. A flat, easy trail weaves its way through shoreline trees and offers extraordinary views of the Ten Peaks, a series of encircling summits all over 10,000 feet (3,048 metres). Hike up the Rock Pile for an alternative view of the turquoise waters and nearby Tower of Babel. Then drive to Lake Louise and the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay.
The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy an interpretive talk along the shore of Lake Louise also known as the 'Jewel of the Rockies' and learn about the history and geography of the area. The rest of the morning is yours to do as you please. Take a canoe out on the lake, take a hike to Lake Agnes and the historic teahouse or just relax and take in the beauty of the lake, surrounded by dense green forest and crowned by the glistening Victoria Glacier. In the afternoon, head out for the popular resort city of Banff where you will have an orientation including viewpoints, landmarks, historic places and a ride aboard the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy a private meet and greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, wearing the iconic red serge uniform. For your evening meal, choose from a selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure.
Banff at Leisure
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and take advantage of the hotel facilities, browse the shops along Banff Avenue or join a helicopter tour flying over the Canadian Rockies.
Banff to Calgary
Travel to Calgary, your home for the next two nights. Later, revel in the evening chuckwagon races and live musical entertainment.
Visit the world's largest rodeo and take in all the action. Enjoy access to all events including the world-famous rodeo and fairgrounds.
Enjoy GoldLeaf Service as you journey through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean. Your carriage has two levels – take in dazzling vistas upstairs from the glass-topped dome coach, and enjoy gourmet meals downstairs prepared by talented on-board chefs. View spectacular scenery as the train crosses the Continental Divide back to British Columbia. On arrival at Kamloops, your bags will be waiting in your hotel room.
Return to Vancouver
Your magical GoldLeaf ride on-board the Rocky Mountaineer train continues. Relax while rail staff ensure your every need is attended to, topping upyour drinks or perhaps bringing you a snack. On arrival at Vancouver, you will be transferred to your luxurious hotel.
Mount Robson and Sun Peaks
If you choose to, board the Optional Rocky Mountaineer (GoldLeaf Service) to relive the golden age of rail travel on your way to Vancouver. Otherwise, head west over Yellowhead Pass and arrive at Mount Robson, the Rockies' tallest peak at 12,989 feet (3,989 metres). Follow the Thompson River as you descend through the Columbia Mountains and arrive at your overnight hotel in the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks.
Return to Vancouver.
Returning to the Pacific Coast, arrive back in Vancouver and head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. Cross the spectacular suspension bridge, 230 feet (70 metres) above the Capilano River, and join the award-winning Treetops, a guided nature tour along a series of elevated walkways, offering fabulous photo opportunites. In the evening, gather with your Travelling Concierge and fellow companions for dinner at the hotel.
Alaska cruise extension
Guests taking the Optional Alaska Cruise will be transferred back to the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown for overnight before boarding their cruise on Day 15.
Cruise the Inside Passage
(Relaxed Start) With the most Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, cruise the Inside Passage for a unique view.
Cruise Tracy Arm and Juneau
(Relaxed Start) The dramatic Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains and bathed in the blue hue of the ice. Arrive in Juneau, where you can shop downtown, kayak, dogsled, raft or flightsee.
(Relaxed Start) Step into the town's colourful past at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.
Cruise Glacier Bay Alaska
(Relaxed Start) From the comfort of your ship, enjoy pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.
(Relaxed Start) While ashore, check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles or an optional guided through town or a harbour cruise.
Scenic Cruise of the Inside Passage
(Relaxed Start) Today is a day of relaxation as you cruise back to Vancouver.
Sail into Vancouver Harbour this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the hotel, if you wish to extend your stay. Airport arrival time will be 9:30 a.m., please be aware when booking your flights.
Vancouver (Central) - Canada
Set in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, above the Pacific Centre mall, this upscale 30-story hotel enjoys an ultra-convenient location for enjoying the best Vancouver has to offer. Amenities include the only indoor/outdoor pool in town, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and luxurious accommodations with flat-screen TVs, DVD players and marble bathrooms. A visit to the acclaimed seafood restaurant and chic bar is a must as is a stroll around the fine shops that surround the hotel.
Victoria (Central) - Canada
Located right on Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, the Hotel Grand Pacific offers guests welcoming comfort, world-class facilities, an unbeatable location close to Victoria’s downtown restaurant and shopping district, and Fisherman’s Wharf—a working harbor surrounded by an array of casual food counters, unique shops, and water adventures including whale watching. Offering the best in Victoria accommodation, guests will enjoy guestroom featuring a private balcony offering fresh air and a view, a mini-refrigerator and high-end bathroom amenities for pampering. The Hotel Grand Pacific is also home to four food and beverage outlets.
Whislter (Central) - Canada
Grand in scale, intimate by nature, the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Whistler epitomizes the mountain spirit. Revel in one of the 273 luxury lodge guest rooms with open-sky spaciousness, European-styled refinement and balconies that open up to superb Whistler views. Savor the delicacies of locally sourced fare featuring spices from a rooftop garden at the Classic Steakhouse, Updated, while Sidecut Bar welcomes guests with a glowing ambience of fire and ice, as well as a menu of creative cocktails and wines by the glass.
Yoho Nat.Park (Scenic) - Canada
Set on a 13-acre peninsula on Yoho National Park’s Emerald Lake, this upscale lodge features posh rooms with private bathrooms, private balconies with lake views, wood-burning fireplaces and comfortable sitting areas. The refined restaurant serves regional cuisine, and there's a seasonal bistro by the lake. A stately lounge features a stone fireplace, plus an oak bar from a 1890s saloon. Other amenities include a game room and a hot tub, plus a fitness center.
Lake Louise (Scenic) - Canada
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and alpinists over 100 years ago, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a year-round luxury mountain resort. The luxury of a bygone era has been perfectly preserved in the plush, well-appointed guest rooms which offer scenic mountain views. Dining options include a modern Canadian restaurant, an alpine-style eatery and a 24-hour deli. There's also a spa, an indoor pool and a gym.
Calgary (Central) - Canada
Ideally situated in heart of one of Canada’s most exciting cities, in downtown Calgary, The Westin Calgary Hotel offers the best of the city at your doorstep where the major business centre meets the city's extraordinary outdoor activities and first-class dining and arts. Every aspect of our Calgary hotel has been refreshed, from the guest rooms and meeting spaces to the lobby and restaurants. Packed with exciting attractions, activities, museums, beautiful parks, entertainment and sport venues there is never a shortage of things to do in Calgary.
Jasper (Scenic) - Canada
Situated in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort invites you to experience a great Canadian lodge, surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a 700 acre year-round luxury mountain resort which wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert and Canada's #1 Golf Resort Course. A village of heritage log cabins connected by picturesque paths, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge's superbly appointed guestrooms offer the perfect accommodation inside the national park. Choose from 6 food and beverage outlets and enjoy outstanding service and a culinary tradition rich in Alberta history.
Kamloops (Scenic) - Canada
As Sun Peaks’ signature property, the Grand is located in the core of the village, with trails and activities right at the doorstep, an in-house mountain-view pool, terrace and health club, as well as on-site grocery store, boutiques and eateries. The well-appointed guest rooms feature Sanctuary beds, duvets, flat screen TV and all modern conveniences found in an international resort. Choose from all-day-dining at Mantles to casual pub-fare at Morrisey's Public House and enjoy a friendly and familiar welcome and warm hospitality.
Vancouver (scenic) - Canada
This modern Four Diamond property is superbly located steps away from the famous Vancouver waterfront. Most of the bright, contemporary rooms have city, harbor or mountain views and flat-screen TVs. There's a chic restaurant/bar serving international cuisine. Other amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, plus a business center.
Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise
5 out of 5
9/4/2016 Anilkumar Mundkur, Eraring, Australia
Excellent experience beyond expectation. Already recommended to family and friends.
5 out of 5
6/24/2016 Carol Rider, Altona, Australia
The sights were amazing. The mountains and landscape were absolutely fabulous. This tour replenished the soul with its beauty.
5 out of 5
6/24/2016 Linnet Clarke, Leeming, Australia
Our Insight Vacation Majesty of the Rockies was awesome, we loved it. Beautiful scenery. We had a great group on the coach, our tour guide Karen was excellent, so much information passed on to us in a so many ways. The coach driver Mark did a fantastic job, very helpful and friendly and the coach was great with all the leg room, definitely a plus. Our cruise was a first for us, maybe next time we wouldn't choose such a huge cruise ship with so many people on board. Every port of call there were 4 or 5 huge cruise ships so their was huge crowds. Glacier Bay was fantastic. The Rocky Mountaineer was a great experience and gave us a different view on the way back to Vancouver.