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Great Canadian Rail Journey with Alaska Cruise (CZI2017)

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Tour Length: 20 Days
Countries Visited: Canada, United States
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Tour Category: Other Globus Tours
Tour Operator: Globus Tours
Tour Code: CZI-2017
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Title
Great Canadian Rail Journey with Alaska Cruise

Vacation Overview
This breathtaking tour crosses Canada using the historic railroad. It features spectacular scenery, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to view the falls from the river level; an excursion from Jasper to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll cruise to Spirit Island; a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 1,000-foot-deep Columbia Icefield; a stop at stunning Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria; and much more. In Toronto, board the art deco cars of VIA Rail’s® The Canadian train for the highlight of this Canada tour…your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. Enjoy premium service, exquisite cuisine, and amazing views as you sit back and enjoy this marvelous train journey. Enjoy ferry rides between Vancouver and Victoria. On Victoria, Globus has arranged a unique experience for you. Learn why Victoria is considered Canada’s most haunted city during a private presentation by a storyteller and historian. Another fun experience Globus has included on this Canada tour is a wine tasting in British Columbia’s wine-growing region.But that’s not all…enjoy a 7-night cruise through Alaska and the stunning Inside Passage. Watch for soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. Marvel at glaciers and witness the amazing spectacle of thunder and spray as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. Soak in the local flavor of Juneau, Alaska’s capital, and see the world’s largest totem collection in Ketchikan. This is an excellent choice of vacation if you want to experience the best of Canada via rail and see the majestic beauty on an Alaska cruise.

 

Meals
Breakfast daily, 1 brunch, 8 lunches, 14 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Vancouver

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

 
Day 1:
Arrive in Toronto. Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2:
Toronto–Niagara Falls–VIA Rail® the Canadian. Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for an orientation tour of the downtown area. Enjoy dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN TOWER before transferring to the train station for your departure on the CANADIAN later this evening. (B,D)

NOTES:
Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including any medications, eyeglasses, and other important items.


Day 3:
VIA Rail the Canadian–Ontario. Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. (B,L,D)

Day 4:
VIA Rail the Canadian–Winnipeg, Manitoba. Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. Arrive this morning in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you will disembark the train for time to explore this historic city, including Forks National Historic Site, a commercial hub for more than 5,000 years and now home to the Forks Market that boasts a vast number of boutiques and restaurants. Reboard the train late this morning and continue west. (B,L,D)

Day 5:
VIA Rail the Canadian through Saskatchewan & Alberta–Jasper. From Winnipeg to Jasper, the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon for a 2-night stay. (BR)

Day 6:
Jasper. Excursion to Maligne Lake. Enjoy a day in Jasper to explore at your leisure. Maybe take an optional guided hike on the “Path of the Glacier,” where an experienced guide teaches you about the various glacier formations in the area. This afternoon, perhaps play a round of golf on one of the top-rated courses in North America or stroll the streets of Jasper with its array of specialty stores. This evening, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy a [LF] LAKESIDE DINNER with incredible views and local fare, including famous Alberta beef. (B,D)

Day 7:
Jasper–Columbia Icefield–Lake Louise–Banff. This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 1,200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (B,D)

Day 8:
Banff. Sightseeing includes visits to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the BANFF GONDOLA—complete with amazing scenic panoramas—plus Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. (B)

Day 9:
Banff–British Columbia Wine Country. This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. Before arriving at your hotel, learn about this wine-growing region and enjoy a [LF] WINE TASTING. The evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 10:
British Columbia Wine Country–Victoria. Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a [LF] private PRESENTATION about why Victoria is considered the most haunted city in Canada. A local storyteller and historian will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colorful events. (B,D)

Day 11:
Victoria. Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city. (B)

Day 12:
Victoria–Vancouver. This morning, take the FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 13:
Vancouver (Embarkation). Embark Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam. (B,D).

Day 14:
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 15:
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 16:
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 17:
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 18:
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 19:
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 20:
Vancouver (Disembarkation). The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)

 
         
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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

City Highlights


TORONTO
Orientation tour; dinner at CN Tower

NIAGARA FALLS
Sightseeing cruise

TORONTO–JASPER
Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s the Canadian (travel in Sleeper Plus class); explore Winnipeg

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Scenic sightseeing; cruise Maligne Lake and [LF] enjoy incredible views with a lakeside dinner

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Gondola ride up Banff’s Sulphur Mountain

BRITISH COLUMBIA’S WINE COUNTRY
[LF] Wine tasting

VICTORIA
Orientation tour; Butchart Gardens; [LF] private presentation by local historian and storyteller

VICTORIA–VANCOUVER
Scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner

CRUISE
7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam

Notes
NOTE:Your Train The Canadian is VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Sleeper Plus class features premium service, exquisite cuisine highlighting regional dishes, superb standards of accommodation, and exclusive access to stylish lounges.Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

Ship
MS Nieuw Amsterdam

 

Globus Disclaimer - Indicates that this departure and vacation is available for 2017 early booking. All tours will be open for 2017 bookings in the Fall of 2016. Vacation upgrades and/or additions will not be available for early booking, as well as, any extra pre- or post-night pricing until the Fall of 2016. With the exception of Journeys Club discounts, future travel promotions are not applicable and are not retroactive on early bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

Price Details US
Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase. Gratuities for cruise are additional and paid on board ship. Any applicable Goods and Service Tax (GST) and/or Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) for Canada are additional. Taxes will be calculated and listed at the time of booking, prior to payment being collected.Pricing is based on inside cabin, category K; upgrade to an outside cabin category D or C for $465 or a verandah cabin category V from $748 to $1,060. Cruise line non-commissionable fare, government taxes, and fees of $441 to $448, depending on date, are not included in cruise price. Prices based on double room occupancy.Single Room Supplement: from $1,730 depending on date and cabin category. Triple Room Reduction per person: from $210 depending on date and cabin categoryTriple rooms on the Canadian may be one room or two separate rooms that may or may not be located near each other on the train. Extra Nights per person in Toronto:in single room $210; in twin room $110; in triple room $86 Extra Nights per person in Vancouver:May: in single room $189; in twin room $109; in triple room $89June-September: in single room $203; in twin room $116; in triple room $94

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