Monday 11th September
Depart Perth on Cathay Pacific Airways to Vancouver (change planes in Hong Kong)
Flight departs at 11.55pm / Arrives Vancouver 8am (12th September)
You will be met at the airport – enjoy a leisurely tour of Vancouver before checking onto your hotel
Rest of the day at leisure
STAY: Georgian Court Hotel (1 night)
Wednesday 13th September – VANCOUVER – Transferred to the port (approximately 12pm)
Embark on your cruise ship – ISLAND PRINCESS for a 7 night cruise to the Alaskan Inside Passage
Cruise departs at 4.30pm
Thursday 14th September
AT SEA – A leisurely day at sea to enjoy your cruise experience (B,L,D)
Friday 15th September – JUNEAU 12pm – 10.15pm
Juneau is known for the Goldrush of the 1800’s. Today Juneau is famous not only for gold also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains. Enjoy excursions to the Glacier Gardens and Mendenhall Glacier or perhaps some whale watching (B,L.D)
Saturday 16th September SKAGWAY 7am – 8.30pm
Skagway was the gateway to the goldfields and the Klondike. Once Alaska’ largest town, it now has less than 1,000 residents.
Take an unforgettable journey aboard “The Scenic Railway of the World” to the White Pass Summit. Carved through some of the North’s most rugged terrain in 1898, this engineering marvel climbs nearly 3,000 feet, offering spectacular views, breathtaking scenery and a passenger agent to narrate the experience. (B,L,D)
Sunday 17th September CRUISING GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK 7am – 4pm
Princess is one of few cruise lines permitted to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay, the highlight of our 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. This breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea.
Monday 18th September KETCHIKAN 10am – 6pm
Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means “eagle with spread-out wings,” a reference to a waterfall near town. There are a number of excursions available here, however many prefer to simply enjoy the charming town with its Totem Poles and heritage. (B,L,D)
Tuesday 19th September
AT SEA – A day to enjoy the entertainment on-board, or watching the magnificent scenery pass by (B,L,D)
Wednesday 20th September
ARRIVE VANCOUVER at 7.30am
Disembark and collect your luggage before being transferred to the airport
Depart Vancouver on Air Canada at 2.35 pm / Arrive Calgary 5pm
STAY: (1 night)
Thursday 21st September – CALGARY – Day at leisure
Friday 22nd September – CALGARY – BANFF
Depart Calgary for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis for a Summit Helicopter Tour. Continue to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. Admission to the Banff Gondola is included. Your tour ends in Banff late this afternoon. Overnight in Banff.
Saturday 23rd September – BANFF
Explore Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, historic museums, Lake Minnewanka or golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.
Sunday 24th September – BANFF –LAKE LOUISE
A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders, including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise – remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Monday 25th September – LAKE LOUISE
Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains, or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Tuesday 26th September – LAKE LOUISE – JASPER
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia Icefield, ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. Overnight in Jasper.
Wednesday 27th September – JASPER
Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Jasper on your own. Overnight in Jasper.
Thursday 28TH September – JASPER –KAMLOOPS (Rocky Mountaineer)
Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops. You will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo mountains. Highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, and the North Thompson River. Overnight in Kamloops.
Friday 29th September – KAMLOOPS – VANCOUVER
Your journey continues towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. You will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Arrive Vancouver approx. 5.30pm
VANCOUVER (4 nights)
Saturday 30th September – Sunday 1st October (days at leisure for shopping or relaxing)