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Activity:Sightseeing Activity:Wildlifeviewing
Tour Duration: 12 Days | Tour Price: CAD 3,430.00/person | Tour Season: June - September
Discover British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon

During this exciting hotel-based tour, you’ll experience some of Western Canada’s most spectacular scenery and national parks. Starting from Vancouver, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, you’ll journey through vast and imposing natural landscapes, while traveling Canada’s most famous national parks; Banff and Jasper, in the Rocky Mountains. At Prince Rupert we’ll board the Alaska Marine Highway and travel by ferry, along the spectacularly beautiful famous Inside Passage to Skagway, Alaska! The last leg of the tour takes you to historic Whitehorse, the Capital of the Yukon Territory.

Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver
Individual arrivals of participants in Vancouver. Welcome to the third largest City in Canada! A meet and greet will be provided by your tour guide at the airport, followed by a transfer to the hotel. We’ve planned a brief group meeting this afternoon so you have a chance to get to know your fellow travellers and ask any last minute questions you might have. Evening free. (Overnight accommodation in Vancouver).
Totem Poles in Vancouver Totem Poles in Vancouver
Day 2: Vancouver
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. We’ve included an entire day here today. We’ll take a city tour to give you an overview of the Olympic city 2010. We’ll explore the heart of the city, including beautiful Stanley Park with its beaches, forests and ocean-side walking paths. Later you can stroll along 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 Vancouver are almost unlimited, and your guide will have lots of tips as to things for you to see and do. (Overnight accommodation in Vancouver).
Day 3: Vancouver - Kelowna
Today we’ll leave the Pacific coast behind and travel east to the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Perhaps challenging your notion of Canada, this sun-drenched region is home to countless award-winning vineyards and abundant orchards. 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. (Overnight accommodation in Kelowna).
Day 4: Kelowna - Banff Nationalpark
Today we’ll leave the Okanagan Valley with its dry climate behind and travel to the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains! We’ll cross over the Rockies via famous Rogers Pass. This is the highest altitude point of the entire Trans Canada Highway. 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 is often spotted along the roadway and on the mountainsides! (Overnight accommodation in Banff).
Day 5: 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 6: Banff - Jasper 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 Banff and Jasper 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 ending the day in the Jasper, located in the heart of Jasper National Park. (Overnight accommodation in Jasper).
Day 7: Jasper Nationalpark - Prince George
As we travel from Jasper to Prince George, 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 leave the national parks of the Rocky Mountains; you’ll have time to reflect on the amazing scenery and special experiences of the past several days. Today’s destination is Prince George, the largest city and trading center for the vast, and sparsely populated northern British Columbia. (Overnight accommodation in Prince George).
Day 8: Prince George - Smithers
Today we’ll continue westbound 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. 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 surrounding Smithers have earned the community nickname of “Little Switzerland”, one of several in the Canadian west! (Overnight accommodation in Smithers).
Day 9: Smithers – Prince Rupert / Inside Passage
Departing Smithers, we’ve planned a stop at Moricetown Falls; a canyon where the local First Nation people fish for 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. The area around Terrace is world famous with sport fishermen for its giant king (Chinook) salmon. In the afternoon we’ll reach the port of Prince Rupert, where the ferry for our journey along the Inside Passage is waiting to depart. “All aboard!!” for the journey north along the Canadian and Alaskan coast. (Cabin accommodation on the ship).
Day 10: Inside Passage
As the ferry winds its way through the narrow straits and fjords of the Inside Passage, 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. 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 11: Inside Passage / Skagway
The ferry continues north today, past glaciers and picturesque islands. Keep your binoculars and camera ready as there are good opportunities for wildlife observation. With a little luck you will spot sea otters and sea lions or even whales. In Juneau, the Capitol of Alaska, we’ll disembark from the ferry and may have some time to explore the city before we re-board the ship travel along the most northerly part of the Inside Passage to Skagway. Disembarking once again in Skagway, we’ll travel the last leg of the journey over the Klondike Highway to Whitehorse, the capital of the Canada’s Yukon. Located on the banks of the Yukon River, Whitehorse was an important supply centre during the Klondike Goldrush of 1898, the greatest the world has ever seen. The community of 25,000 still retains its frontier feel; time permitting this evening, we’ll visit the SS Klondike National Historic Site. The SS Klondike was on the of the last paddlewheelers to ply the Yukon River before it was retired in the early 1950’s. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse).
Day 12: Whitehorse
Transfer to the Whitehorse airport or connecting individual program: Today starts the 14-day Hotel-Tour „Best of Yukon & Alaska“ in Whitehorse .



(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

12 Days

Tour Price

Double Room: CAD 3,430.00
Single Room: +CAD 1,515.00
Triple Room: -CAD 300.00
All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size

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



Included

  • 12 day roundtrip from / to Whitehorse
  • The entire tour individually guided and interpreted
  • 9 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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