Escorted from NZ
Canada & Alaska With Rocky Mountaineer & Alaskan Cruise One departure only! 08-29 June 2014
SAVE $500 * per person
*Book & deposit by 31 Oct 2013.
22 days from $11,995 per person twin share Long haul economy flights with Air New Zealand Auckland to Vancouver return (direct), Trafalgarâ€™s scheduled Rockies Panorama itinerary including Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Jasper and 7 night luxury Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise
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Canada & Alaska 2014
Day 1: Sunday 08 June AUCKLAND -VANCOUVER
Day 7: Saturday 14 June BANFF SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME
Your escorted holiday commences with a warm welcome from your Group Leader at Auckland International Airport prior to boarding your evening flight to Vancouver with Air New Zealand. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. At 6pm we gather at the hotel with our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with light appetisers.
Immerse yourself in the glories of Banff, including the viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the wind-shaped rock formations known as hoodoos. Then take an optional ride on the Banff Gondola for a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day as you like; explore the shops along Banff Avenue, or perhaps arrange an optional excursion such as a scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine or a river float trip down the Bow River.
Day 2: Monday 09 June VANCOUVER SIGHTSEEING
Meal: Full Breakfast
Meal: Welcome Reception
Be swept away by sparkling Vancouver with its sweeping views of English Bay. Set out for Stanley Park to see its towering totem poles and explore historic Chinatown and Gastown, the city's first downtown, named for "Gassy" Jack Deighton who opened the area's first saloon. This afternoon, visit an art gallery, do some shopping or just relax at a cafe. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant this evening. Meals: Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner
Day 3: Tuesday 10 June VANCOUVER – ROCKY MOUNTAINEER – KAMLOOPS
All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an unforgettable daylight rail journey through the diverse natural beauty on the way to Alberta. Travel through the fertile fields of the Fraser River Valley and alongside the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains before entering Fraser Canyon. End your day's journey in historic Kamloops, which means "the meeting of the waters." Meals: Continental Breakfast / Lunch
Day 4: Wednesday 11 June KAMLOOPS – ROCKY MOUNTAINEER – JASPER (2 NIGHTS) Back onboard the train, make your way through the dramatic mountain landscape of British Columbia to the delightful alpine town of Jasper. Stay tonight in the heart of Jasper National Park. Meals: Continental Breakfast / Lunch
Day 5: Thursday 12 June JASPER FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING Start the day with some free time, enjoying the superb vistas, strolling Jasper's quaint streets, or, if you like, take an optional float trip down the Athabasca River before an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon's trail past waterfalls and jagged rock formations. Later this afternoon, cruise Maligne Lake, followed by a rustic dinner along the lake. Learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert.
Day 8: Sunday 15 June BANFF – LAKE LOUISE – CHASE Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise where you'll learn about the history and geography of the area on a brief interpretive walk. Soak in the stunning landscape with its azure glacial waters, deep green forests, jagged snow-covered mountains and the mighty Victoria Glacier. Then travel through the alpine majesty of Yoho and Glacier National Parks to the temperate rainforest of Mount Revelstoke National Park. Arrive in Chase in time for dinner and a peaceful evening. Meals: Full Breakfast / Dinner
Day 9: Monday 16 June CHASE – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS) Travel back to the Pacific coast and across the Strait of Georgia by ferry to Vancouver Island and quaint Victoria, home to fashionable tea rooms and old English charm. Though the wooden fort is long gone, Bastion Square (the birthplace of the city) welcomes visitors with lovely architecture and a bustling market. Your orientation tour will also introduce you to the scenic Inner Harbour and the impressive Parliament Buildings. Meal: Full Breakfast
Day 10: Tuesday 17 June VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING
Start your day with breakfast at the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre preserve of gorgeous floral gardens. Learn about the history of the gardens and immerse yourself in the extravagant exhibits featuring flowers in full bloom. Spend some time exploring the gardens on your own, strolling the winding pathways, spotting butterflies and taking in
Meals:: (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 6: Friday 13 June JASPER – COLUMBIA ICEFIELD – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – BANFF NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS) Head south along the stunning Icefields Parkway, driving beneath snowclad peaks and alongside thundering waterfalls and glistening glaciers. Keep an eye out for wildlife including elk, black bear and mountain goats. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, board an Ice Explorer for a journey onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. See lovely Peyto Lake before arriving this afternoon at the quintessential alpine resort of Banff. Meals: Full Breakfast / Dinner
Photo credit: Eli Wealthall
poke around in its colourful stores and visit the Red Onion Saloon with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids. You can even check out the nostalgic Trail of '98 Museum or ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway past Deadhorse Gulch. Meals: Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 15: Sunday 22 June GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK No roads lead to the pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park. Nestled between the Gulf of Alaska, Tongass National Forest and the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, this 3.3-million acre preserve was established as a National Park in 1980. Ice-sculpted peaks and valleys scoured by glaciers are evidence of the last Ice Age. Today, grizzly bears roam the seemingly endless spruce forests, bald eagles soar upon the thermals and majestic humpback whales ply the clear waters. From the comfort of your ship, watch this landscape of immense glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers and imagine what Alaska was like before the first humans stepped foot upon the land. Meals: Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 16: Monday 23 June KETCHIKAN Scenic, remote Ketchikan clings to the side of a steep hillside overlooking the expanse of the northern Pacific. While ashore, check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, intricately carved with native designs. If you like, consider taking an optional guided tour through town, a harbour cruise or a floatplane flightseeing trip. If you're craving excitement, opt to do some fishing (Ketchikan calls itself the salmon capital of the world), paddle a kayak through the clear waters or journey into the mountains on a jeep. Meals: Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 17: Tuesday 24 June INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISING their unique natural beauty. Visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly balanced vintages. The vintages have been carefully crafted with grapes farmed from over 100 acres and aged in French Oak barrels. Enjoy a private tour of the winery, then indulge in a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner featuring local cuisine delicately paired with their delicious wines for those on this scheduled tour who are not continuing on for the cruise. Meals: Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dinner
Day 11: Wednesday 18 June VANCOUVER – INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE (7 NIGHTS) Guests continuing on to cruise are taken to Holland America Line's ms Volendam for a 7-night luxury Inside Passage cruise to Alaska. Meals: Full Breakfast / Dinner
Day 12: Thursday 19 June INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISING The Inside Passage winds between the continental shoreline and the great Pacific from Alaska down to the Pacific Northwest. Revel in the scenery as you slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by rugged, isolated islands. In the middle of this natural grandeur, you may see signs of human habitation—a lone totem pole, a small village clinging to the side of a hill, even the onion dome of a Russian orthodox church glittering in the distance. Meals: Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 13: Friday 20 June TRACY ARM – SAWYER GLACIER – JUNEAU Famed naturalist John Muir said of Tracy Arm, "no ice-work that I have ever seen surpasses this." The 42.2-kilometres-long fjord is home to numerous glaciers, calving enormous chunks of ice into the clear waters; countless waterfalls streaming down the lush mountainsides; and a ravishing wilderness you won't soon forget. Later today, arrive in what may be America's prettiest capital city, Juneau, surrounded by snowy peaks, wooded valleys and sparkling rivers. Stroll its picturesque streets, stopping in eclectic shops and cosy cafes. Maybe visit a Gold Rush-era saloon, including the Red Dog Saloon, which showcases Wyatt Earp's gun. Perhaps embark on an optional trip on the Mount Roberts Tramway for spectacular views of the harbour and nearby mountains. Join a guide for a trek through the lush Tongass National Forest or an expedition to Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields. Meals: Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 14: Saturday 21 June SKAGWAY The Alaskan Gold Rush transformed Skagway from a sleepy hamlet to a riotous boomtown. Step into the town's colourful past at The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park with its restored frontier-style storefronts and rustic wooden boardwalks. Take a stroll into the past and
Today is a day of relaxation as you cruise back to Vancouver through the famed Inside Passage. Take advantage of your ship's superb facilities or simply relax on deck and watch the unmatched scenery glide by. Meals: (Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 18: Wednesday 25 June ARRIVE VANCOUVER (2 NIGHTS) Sail into Vancouver Harbour early this morning. After disembarking, we transfer to the hotel for two final nights in this vibrant harbourside city at leisure. Meal: Full Breakfast
Day 19: Thursday 26 June VANCOUVER: AT LEISURE Your day is at leisure. Why not spend the afternoon up Grouse Mountain? And for the daring, take a walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Day 20: Friday 27 June VANCOUVER - AUCKLAND A last chance to take in sightseeing and shopping - enjoy a walk along the waterfront and in Stanley Park, explore Granville Island, and visit Chinatown and historic Gastown. And for the best views, ascend the Look-out in the Harbour Centre Tower. Later transfer to the airport for your Air New Zealand evening flight to Auckland.
Day 21- Saturday 28 June IN THE AIR En-route to Auckland, cross the international dateline.
Day 22 – Sunday 29 June ARRIVE AUCKLAND
Unbeatable Features • Long haul economy return airfares with Air New Zealand to Vancouver
• Insider Highlights including Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with wine in Victoria, and a local wildlife expert in Jasper
• Seats on Trafalgar’s scheduled ‘Rockies Panorama’ itinerary (refer Trafalgar’s 2014 America & Canada brochure pages 34-36)
• Services of a professional Travel Director whilst on Trafalgar’s scheduled ‘Rockies Panorama’ itinerary in Canada (land portion only, not on cruise)
• Accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities in first class hotels • Rocky Mountaineer – two day scenic rail journey, Vancouver to Jasper in Red Leaf class (upgrade to Silver and Gold leaf available) • 7 night cruise with Holland America Line’s ms Volendam (or similar) in ocean view staterooms with private facilities (upgrade to Verandah cabin available) • 38 meals
• Services of our friendly Group Leader from Auckland to arrival in Vancouver • Airport transfers in Vancouver • All hotel service charges, local taxes, baggage handling and hotel tips, plus cruise fees, taxes & tips, are included. • Trafalgar wallet containing comprehensive documents • Departure must have a minimum of 25 passengers to operate
Tour Date & Costs 08 -29 June 2014
Rocky Mountaineer train upgrade (subject to availability) Silver Leaf NZ$ 630 per person Gold Leaf NZ$1,150 per person
From Auckland NZ$11,995* per person twin share NZ$4,430 single supplement (limited availability)
Upgrade to Verandah on Cruise NZ$1,375 per person twin share NZ$2,760 single supplement (limited availability) Option to pre pay gratuities to Travel Director, Driver & Local Experts (land only) NZ$113 per person
*New Zealand & Canada airport and port taxes are included but subject to change. Security, Insurance taxes & fuel surcharges as charged by Air New Zealand are also included. Trafalgar’s Escorted Tour departs from Auckland. If you are commencing your travel elsewhere in New Zealand, add-on fares are available on request, using Air New Zealand national only. Conditions apply. Tour must have a minimum of 25 passengers to operate.
Reservations and payment On receipt of a $1000 non-refundable deposit per person, Trafalgar will confirm your land reservation. Final payment must be received 80 days prior to departure from New Zealand. If payment is not received by the due date, Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel the reservation and apply the appropriate cancellation charges. Changes to tour costs Tour costs are based on exchange rates as at publication date of brochure and are subject to change. Should these rates or costs change, it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the cost of the tour. No surcharge will be made in respect of currency fluctuation once full payment has been received. This guarantee does not apply to fuel surcharges or to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. Airfare costs are subject to minimum passenger numbers and may change. NZ & Canada taxes are included and are correct as at 03 July 2013 and are subject to change until group is ticketed.
Insurance We recommend that you purchase insurance coverage for the duration of your holiday including airfare cancellation, baggage and medical coverage. Optional return dates The international airfare on which this tour is based allows individual passengers to return independently on a space available basis. There is a fee of $125 per person for this and also a separate costing may apply. Passports and visas A current passport endorsed as valid for all countries to be visited is essential. To enter and leave Canada and the USA all passengers must hold a machine readable passport and applicable visas, including, but not limited to the US Travel Authorisation (ESTA) for those visiting the US under the Visa Waiver programme. Foreign passport holders must be in possession of a New Zealand Re-entry Permit, if applicable. Please note that passport and visa requirements are not the responsibility of the Tour Operator.
Before you join the tour Travel documents and instructions for joining your tour will be sent to you approximately 3 weeks before your tour commences provided full payment has been received. Please read the documents and tour literature which are sent to you, in an attractive passport wallet, before departure—they contain a wealth of advice and essential information to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.
Your tour cost does not include • Passport and visa charges • Meals other than those specified on day by day itinerary • Items of a personal nature ie beverages, laundry, telephone calls etc • Optional excursions • Travel insurance • Some gratuities on the tour (at the discretion of the individual traveller) • Accommodation prior to departure from Auckland • Single rooms unless the facility has been reserved and paid for at the time of booking
Changes to tour itineraries Trafalgar constantly tries to improve tour itineraries and tour features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and substitute hotels.
Please refer to Trafalgar’s 2014 America & Canada brochure for full booking conditions
This special departure is based on a minimum of 25 passengers and in the unlikely event that we have to cancel your reservation because of insufficient numbers booked we will use our best endeavours to offer an alternative holiday of similar standard. If you do not accept the alternative a full refund of all monies paid to Trafalgar will be made. Cancellations, refunds & booking changes Notice of cancellation must be in writing either directly to Trafalgar or through your travel agent. A $1000 fee per person will be charged for all cancellations. Any changes to air arrangements after tickets issued will incur a $125 fee per person per change. Additionally, the following scale of charges will apply when cancellation is notified within 80 days of tour departure from home. The charges apply to the land content only. Airfare and stopover cancellation and amendment fees are as levied by suppliers. No of days before tour departure Over 80 days
Cancellation charges as a percentage of total price $1000 per person
80-46 45-16 15-8
35% 55% 85%
7 days or less
Cancellation fees shown above are additional to any fees levied by your Travel Agent. In the event you have to withdraw from a tour after it has begun for reasons such as illness, be sure to obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. We regret that we are not able to make any refunds for absences from the tour, including but not limited to unused hotel accommodation, meals or sightseeing.
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Tour costs The costs are based on specially negotiated airfares on which special conditions apply and on twin share accommodation. There are a limited number of singles available. Room Share is not available on these special tours.