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Majesty of the Rockies and Alaska Cruise Verandah Stateroom GoldLeaf (Summer 2018)

Duration: 22 days Visiting: Canada, Alaska

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Travel in luxurious comfort by road, rail and sea to the most dazzling national parks, glaciers and historic villages of Western Canada and Alaska. Savour delicious local cuisine in trendy Vancouver and meet passionate Local Experts, as you discover Mother Nature’s bounties from the Rockies to the waters of Alaska.

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  1. Day 1

    Vibrant Vancouver.

    On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Vancouver, the Most Livable City.

    Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Stop at Granville Island Public Market, and take time to browse through this bustling market. History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, as you cross the bridge for spectacular views from the top of the canyon. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Victoria - Putting the British into British Columbia.

    Board your ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour introduces you to the city. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please until your Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant, situated on Victoria's beautiful waterfront.

  4. Day 4

    Exploring Victoria.

    Begin the day with breakfast served at Butchart Gardens’ Blue Poppy Restaurant. Gain access to the grounds before they are open to the general public. You’ll have ample time to explore. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Victoria.

  5. Day 5

    The Ultimate Resort of Whistler.

    Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway. En route to Whistler, stop to view roaring Shannon Falls. In Whistler, your Local Expert will explain its ascendancy onto the world stage as host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. In the evening, dine at Hy's Steakhouse for a Highlight Dinner with wine and perfectly grilled steak or local seafood.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    First Nations Culture and History.

    In the morning, you will be welcomed by a First Nations Ambassador at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, showcasing First Nations' art history and culture. Next, take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea blend from the forest and local flora. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

  7. Day 7

    The Napa Valley of the North.

    Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing some of the best wines in the world. Savour a delicious dinner prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the valley and paired with wine.

  8. Day 8

    Canada's Exquisite National Parks.

    Journey through four of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff. En route, stop at Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. In the afternoon, visit another great icon of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake, before continuing to Lake Louise and the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. For your evening meal, choose from one of the resort's four unique dining venues.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park.

    Enjoy an engaging talk at Lake Louise before strolling along the lake. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation of Banff and a ride on-board the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Later, join in a private meet-and-greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, wearing the world-famous red serge uniform. For dinner, choose from a selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Banff Sights at Leisure.

    Enjoy the day at your leisure.

  11. Day 11

    Along the Icefields Parkway.

    Travel along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery. Climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend part way up the glacier of the Athabasca Glacier. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine at the hotel before joining your friends for stargazing, complete with a roaring fire, liqueur and s'mores.

  12. Day 12

    Jasper National Park and Iconic Maligne Lake.

    In the morning, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the waters of Maligne Lake (seasonal). Stop at Spirit Island. Then, join your Travelling Concierge for an informative walk at Maligne Canyon. Gain a unique perspective of the park as you join a National Park Guide on a scenic float trip down the Athabasca River.

  13. Day 13

    Rocky Mountaineer.

    Enjoy GoldLeaf Service as you journey through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. Your carriage has two levels: take in dazzling vistas upstairs from the glass-topped dome coach and enjoy gourmet meals downstairs. 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.

  14. Day 14

    Return to Vancouver

    Your magical GoldLeaf ride on-board the Rocky Mountaineer continues. Relax while rail staff ensure your every need is attended to. On arrival at Vancouver, you will be transferred to the Vancouver International Airport, or to the hotel for those extending their stay. Airport arrival will be between 18:30 and 20:00 depending on rail traffic.

  15. Day 15

    Join Your Holland America Line Cruise.

    Board your cruise to experience the ever-changing panorama and vast wilderness that stretches from British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska. Step into a world of comfort and elegance with impeccable service and gourmet dining.

  16. Day 16

    Cruising the Inside Passage.

    With the most Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, cruise the Inside Passage for a unique view.

  17. Day 17

    Cruise Tracy Arm and Juneau.

    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.

  18. Day 18

    Skagway, Alaska.

    Step into the town's colourful past at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

  19. Day 19

    Cruise Glacier Bay.

    From the comfort of your ship, enjoy pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.

  20. Day 20

    Exploring Ketchikan.

    While ashore, check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles or an optional guided through town or a harbor cruise.

  21. Day 21

    Scenic Cruise of the Inside Passage.

    Today is a day for relaxation as you cruise back to Vancouver.

  22. Day 22

    Depart Vancouver.

    Sail into Vancouver Harbor this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the hotel, if you wish to extend your stay. Airport arrival will be at approximately 09:30.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Whistler: With your Squamish Lil'wat Ambassador take part in a tea workshop with a master-blender and create your own unique blend.
  • Banff: Enjoy a private meeting with a Royal Canadian Mountie to learn about the service and hear his personal stories.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Athabasca Glacier: Travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the icy slopes.
  • Maligne Lake: Cruise along the crystal-clear, reflective waters of Canada’s most famous lake. Prepare for a breathtaking display of nature’s beauty as you learn how early French Traders navigated waters crowned by snow-laden peaks and nestled between glaciers.
  • Vancouver: Cross the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, 230-foot-high (70 metres), for a squirrel's eye view.
  • Victoria: The oldest city in the Pacific Northwest and the gem of British Columbia, Victoria is a grand, elegant wonder. Explore this Garden City with her historic charm, baroque architecture, colourful squares and lively waterfront.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Vancouver: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar inside the Four Seasons Vancouver.
  • Jasper: Enjoy a glass of liqueur with friends before roasting s’mores around a bonfire and stargazing.
  • Jasper: Join your Travelling Concierge for a lively Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • Whistler: Enjoy a delectable Highlight Dinner with fresh seafood or perfectly grilled steak at Hy's Steakhouse.
  • Kelowna: Your resort's reputation for fine food is hard to overlook - join us for a dinner with wine.
  • Lake Louise: Enjoy a unique collection of Whistler restaurants during your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Banff: Experience traditional, regional and contemporary à la carte dining with your choice of fine restaurants at the Fairmont.
  • Included Quality Dining: 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 7 Dinners all with wine (DW); On-board Rocky Mountaineer: 2 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L), on-board snacks and all beverages, including alcohol; On-board Inside Passage Cruise: 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D).

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Inclusive Luxury Gold Services Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Vancouver (Contemporary) - Canada

Rising above Pacific Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver offers award-winning relaxed, urban luxury.

Hotel Grand Pacific Victoria

Victoria (Traditional) - Canada

The Grand Pacific Hotel is perched right on the Inner Harbour, close to Victoria’s downtown.

Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Whislter (Contemporary) - Canada

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a luxurious retreat set against a backdrop of alpine meadows.

Grand Okanagan Resort Kelowna

Kelowna (Contemporary) - Canada

Gorgeous Okanagan Lake provides the backdrop for an unforgettable hotel at the Grand Okanagan Resort with views of the lake, the mountains, and the Kelowna city skyline.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Lake Louise (Heritage) - 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.

The Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff (Heritage) - Canada

Canada’s 'Castle in the Rockies', the Fairmont Banff Springs has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years.

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Jasper (Traditional) - Canada

Situated in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
786 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: With the exception of Lake Louise on/off issue we have been left with many fond memories from a great holiday.

    Service: Our tour director (Ben) and driver (Owen) were excellent by adding to the overall tour experience. Thanks guys for making the trip memorable. The Lake Louise stay off/on issue was unprofessional though the rest of the tour was perfectly executed.

  • 14 July, 2018

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    Trip: Loved all the places we visited

    Service: Great tour, excellent itinerary. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • 14 July, 2018

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    Trip: It took us to all the places we wanted to see.

    Service: The whole trip was well organised and of exceptional quality. Both the driver and the Concierge were first class.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: See notes on previous page.

    Service: Overall the experience was fantastic and I would certainly recommend Luxury Gold to other interested parties, however, I would ensure they understood that the Coach (Bus) portion of the journey was not exactly what we expected from a product with a Luxury Gold title! The Rocky Mountaineer and Holland America Cruise were impeccable and very well organised! Our only observation was the overnight stopover for the train in Canloops, (interesting place, not!) but we do understand that locations offering sufficient accommodation and services would be very limited on this route, so this is certainly not a complaint! Back to the coach portion of the journey, we could not fault the accommodation, it was top notch and the locations were amazing. Our coach driver Steve was also fantastic at his trade and could not be faulted. The never ending scenery and the locations we visited were perfect! Our concerns were with the early starts we had to endure at a number of locations, particularly when "relaxed starts" are boldly stated in the marketing material! Our tour director was another cause for complaint, with much of the commentary covering her own experiences and not enough on the incredible views and history of the terrain we were constantly passing through. During the evening meals that were included, we were limited to one alcoholic drink per person, a little disappointing given that a large percentage of the group didn't drink alcohol at all. The dining experiences were overall very good and the establishments were high end, but this created another issue when we were forced to purchase additional drinks, as the prices were also high end! Our final complaint was with the guided walking tour of the town of Whistler. Having to force our way through crowds of people following a guide is not something we expected, or enjoyed on a Luxury Gold experience. The issues mentioned were really only minor and we did get a lot of laughs out of anything that we thought was not quite up to standard, but I must say that not everyone is as easily amused as our group!

  • 07 July, 2018

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    Trip: Good range of activities and plenty of great things packed into the time along with enough free time to personalise the holiday.

    Service: Every comfort was taken care of. The bus was spacious and comfortable, the tour guide knowledgeable and personable. Accommodations were outstanding.

  • 30 June, 2018

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    Trip: Amazing amazing. Ship was luxurious, well appointed and food and service first class. A bit too pushy trying to sell things on board, tours expensive. But in general, excellent.

    Service: Very good trip, well organised, great travelling concierge who had such good knowledge and made the trip easy for us.

  • 27 June, 2018

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    Trip: I would give 10 stars to this guided holiday if it were possible. The itinerary had so much more to it than we realised or expected, with the addition of the little surprise touches. We were kept informed throughout the journey and given the opportunity to partake in both the great organised activities, as well as lots of free time to get the real feel of our surroundings in each of our overnight stops.

    Service: Let's begin by saying our trip was very well organised. We hardly had to ask any questions, all answers were given even before we thought to ask them. Our tour guide, Karen Frey, was a wealth of knowledge throughout our coach trip in West Canada. Karen portrayed to us her passion for this area and let us into lots of local knowledge, a fantastic host. Our coach driver, Owen, was an exceptional person too. A capable, safe and efficient driver and we did not once have any doubts about his driving ability. Even his stop so we could witness a juvenile grizzly bear was done with great precision. Owen's manners were impeccable and covered everything for us, from water on the bus, to helping us up and down the coach steps and looking after our luggage. Our accommodation was also first class as were the activities we experienced through Luxury Gold.

  • 23 June, 2018

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    Trip: experienced all the major attractions and areas with some great extras and additions without being too rushed considering the distances covered

    Service: Both the travelling concierge and driver were excellent, courteous and considerate. The tour went like clockwork with time for breaks and free time considering the distance to cover and some unexpected special treats for fun and exceptional hi-lights. I would certainly recommend Luxury Gold to provide a thorough, interesting and enjoyable tour.

  • 12 June, 2018

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    Trip: Loved it but the days were a bit long with no stops.

    Service: I was extremely impressed

  • 02 June, 2018

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    Trip: This was our first cruise so we weren't sure what to expect. The ship was very clean & the staff were always maintaining it's cleanliness. We got used to our cabin, however, it was smaller than we thought it'd be. We mostly ate evening meals at the Lido as our we felt our allotted 8pm sitting was too late for us. We preferred to eat breakfast in the Dining Room than the Lido. We were interested in most of the talks, e.g the naturalist talks, but we didn't participate in other activities or attend shows as they didn't interest us. We thought the scenery in Alaska was amazing. We did onshore activities at the 3 ports, which we enjoyed.

    Service: The tour concierge, Nancy Wanstall, was outstanding throughout the coach journey. She was always considerate of everyone, displayed an excellent knowledge of the areas we travelled in & we all enjoyed her exuberant personality. The coach driver, Martyn, was also outstanding. His driving ability & stamina were faultless. All accommodation was very good, although some places were better than others, especially in regard to bathroom facilities. Also, we would have liked a small electric jug in all our rooms, so that we could have that cuppa first thing in the morning.

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