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Activity:Sightseeing Activity:Wildlifeviewing
Tour Duration: 13 Days | Tour Price: CAD 3,620.00/person | Tour Season: May - August
Discover Yukon, Alaska and British Columbia

On this hotel-based highway sightseeing tour, you’ll experience some of the most spectacular scenery and national parks Western Canada has to offer. Starting in Whitehorse, Yukon, we’ll journey through vast and imposing natural landscapes. In Skagway, Alaska we’ll travel by ferry through the famous Passage Inside! Trip highlights include two of Canada’s most famous national parks; Jasper and Banff in the Rocky Mountains and Vancouver, where Canada hosted the world for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Itinerary

Day 1: Whitehorse
Individual arrivals of participants to Whitehorse. Welcome to Canada’s Yukon! A meet and greet at the airport will be provided by the local German-speaking tour guide. This afternoon, we’ll have a brief pretour meeting to get to know your fellow travelers and ask any last minute questions. In the afternoon you’ll explore the city of Whitehorse. You’ll enjoy the authentic S.S. Klondike, a paddle wheeler restored from the gold rush time in the Yukon. (Overnight accommodation in Whittehorse).
Ferry in the Inside Passage Ferry in the Inside Passage
Day 2: Whitehorse - Skagway
We start our journey with a short drive over the coastal mountains to Skagway. Scenic attractions include colourful Emerald Lake, renown for its brillian green colour, Carcross Desert – known locally as the “smallest desert in the world” - and of course you can also marvel at the Emerald Lake. The route continues through the picturesque mountains of Northern British Columbia before arriving in Skagway. Known as the Gateway to Klondike during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway retains its frontier character. False-fronted buildings, wooden boardwalks and saloons with bat-wing doors make strolling a delight. We suggest a visit to the famous Red Onion Saloon, once a thriving brothel, this evening. (Overnight accommodation in Skagway).
Day 3: Skagway / Inside Passage
This morning we’ll board the Alaska Marine Highway ferry for the journey along the Inside Passage. As the ferry winds its way through the narrow straits and fjords of the strait, you will get a good impression of the unique coastal landscape of Northern British Columbia and Alaska. Cascading rivers and emerald rainforests nourish a wide variety of wildlife. Have your camera ready as there is always a good chance to view wildlife. With a little luck you will see sea otters, sea lions and even whales. (Cabin accommodation on the ship).
Day 4: Inside Passage
The journey continues by to the south along the Inside Passage today. The coast is home to 2 bear species; the grizzly and the black, and the Queen Charlottes also are the home of the Spirit Bear, an all-white sub-species of the black bear. The Spirit Bear is revered by the coastal First Nations people and a sighting is considered a sign of great fortune. Often spotted soaring above the steep fjords is the national bird of the United States, the great bald eagle. Travelling by ferry provides a wonderful vantage from which to explore this roadless region. (Cabin accommodation on the ship).
Day 5: Prince Rupert - Smithers
Arriving in the fishing and container port city of Prince Rupert we’ll disembark the ferry and begin our exploration of the Canadian west. The area around Terrace is world famous with sport fishermen for its giant king (Chinook) salmon. We’ll also visit the Ksan Indian Village with its totem poles and long houses, before continuing along the picturesque river reaches of the Skeena River. Just outside Smithers we’ve planned a stop at Moricetown Falls; a canyon where the local First Nation people fish for salmon. Smithers is a small, rustic town that has been heavily influenced by Europeans, who have found the laidback atmosphere and surrounding mountain ranges a nice contrast to the overcrowded cities of Europe. The steep mountains have given Smithers the nickname of “Little Switzerland”, one of several in the Canadian west! (Hotel accommodation in Smithers)
Day 6: Smithers - Prince George
Today’s destination is Prince George, the largest city and trading center for the vast, and sparsely populated northern British Columbia. Our route takes us eastbound on the Yellowhead Highway through a vast river and lake landscape; full of beaver dams and surrounded by forests as far as the eye can see. The drive today will give you a sense of Canada’s vastness. (Overnight accommodation in Prince George).
Day 7: Prince George - Jasper Nationalpark
On today’s leg, you’ll marvel at beautiful Moose Lake and the famous Mount Robson. At over 3950 meters, Mt Robson is the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. As we near the Canadian Rocky Mountains, you’ll no doubt be looking forward to your exploration of Canada’s most famous national parks in the days to come! (Overnight accommodation in Jasper).
Day 8: Jasper - Banff Nationalpark
Today, without question, will be another highlight of your trip as we travel the famous “Icefield Parkway”; one of the most scenic areas the North American continent. Along the way you’ll see the snow-capped mountains and glaciers of the Columbia Icefield – this is the Canada of your dreams! About _ way between Jasper and Banff you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional tour by Sno-Coach (a vehicle specially made for glacier exploration) on the stunning Athabasca Glacier. We’ll also stop in at beautiful Maligne Canyon for views of one of the most impressive waterfalls in Canada before arriving in the Banff, located in the heart of Banff National Park. (Overnight accommodation in Banff).
Day 9: Banff Nationalpark
Pure nature! Today is completely at your leisure for the exploration of this magnificent national park. The region was established as Canada’s first national park in 1885 to protect a natural hot spring just above the Banff town-site. We’ll experience the spectacular canyons, waterfalls and mountain passes, and of course we’ll also visit the picturesque Lake Louise, a mountain lake in a fantastic location on the foot of Victoria Glacier area, where attract beautiful walks. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Banff where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the historic town. Visit the hotsprings, take a ride on the Sulphur Mountain Gondola, or take a walk on a trail along the Bow River. (Overnight accommodation in Banff).
Day 10: Banff Nationalpark - Kelowna
Today we’ll leave the Rockies for the temperate Okanagan Valley. The road travels through several narrow gorges and canyons before reaching Kicking Horse Pass in Yoho National Park. Kicking Horse Pass was named by Palliser, the first European Explorer to cross the southern Rockies. Keep a close eye on the roadsides; wildlife such as mountain goats, bighorn sheep and elk are often spotted along the roadway and on the mountainsides! We’ll cross over the Rockies via the famous Rogers Pass. This is the highest altitude point of the entire Trans Canada Highway. (Overnight accommodation in Kelowna).
Day 11: Kelowna - Vancouver
Kelowna is located along the shores of Lake Okanagan; look out for “Ogopogo”, a sea monster who lives in the lake. The legend of Ogopogo comes from the local First Nations people who have told stories of a large animal living in the lake for generations. Perhaps challenging your notion of Canada, the sun-drenched region around Kelowna is home to countless award-winning vineyards and abundant orchards. We’ll depart for Vancouver on the scenic Coqahalla Highway. Vancouver, sometimes called the “Pearl of the Pacific” is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world; framed by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the coastal mountains on the other. (Overnight accommodation in Vancouver).
Day 12: Vancouver
Day free to explore the sights of Vancouver and the surrounding area. Challenge your senses on the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge; visit the wolves, bears and birds of prey on the top of Grouse Mountain, or stroll a forest trail in Stanley Park. Later you can explore the bustling Robson Street and Vancouver’s colorful Chinatown. Discover the historic Gastown and let yourself be spoiled by the specialties of local restaurants. A visit to see the panoramic view from the Harbour Building is also worthwhile. The possibilities in Vancouver are almost unlimited, and your guide will have lots of tips as to things for you to see and do. If you feel like exploring further afield, take a day trip to the Whistler, BC’s Olympic ski resort. For something really special take a floatplane flight or ferry to the British Columbia capital of Victoria on Vancouver Iceland. (Overnight accommodation in Vancouver).
Day 13: Vancouver
Transfer to Vancouver Airport, or begin your individual post tour travel program. End of tour services.



(Due to the nature of this tour last-minute changes to the itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide.).



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Details

Tour Duration

13 Days

Tour Price

Double Room: CAD 3,620.00
Single Room: +CAD 1,645.00
Triple Room: -CAD 305.00
All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size

6 - 9 participants per date
(Maxi Van)
10 – 20 participants per date
(Midsize Coach)



Included

  • 13 day roundtrip from / to Whitehorse
  • The entire tour individually guided and interpreted
  • 10 nights accommodation in superior middle class double rooms
  • 2 nights accommodation in superior middle class cabins on ferry
  • All overland transportation
  • Air-conditioned Maxi Van (capacity 15 seats) or comfortable air-conditioned Midsize Coach
  • Inside Passage ferry
  • Entrance fees for national parks
  • Entrance fees as listed in itinerary
  • Airport Transfers
  • Fee for U.S.A. visitor visa


Not Included

  • Meals and beverages
  • Optional tours
  • Personal extras
  • Gratuity


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