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Great Land of Alaska

A voyage from Vancouver to Anchorage aboard the luxurious L’Austral

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Few places left on earth offer the traveller as much untamed scenic grandeur as the great land of Alaska and the coastal waters between Vancouver and Seward are amongst the most beautiful on earth. For more than 1600 miles, nature puts on a show with each day presenting new wonders. Cliffs that soar 3000 feet from the water’s edge, spectacular glaciers that press into narrow channels and break into thunderous roars and dense forests which crowd the coastline and cradle entire ecosystems. Witnessing this vast landscape has a humbling effect on those who journey along the dramatic fjord and coastal scenery and viewing the Alaskan wildlife in their natural habitat is a wonderful experience. Words cannot adequately describe what it feels like to see a whale gracefully breach above the sea’s surface or watch a grizzly hunt for spawning salmon in the gushing Alaskan rivers.

There is no shortage of vessels plying the Alaskan waters. However, we believe the small ship experience is far preferable to cruising on one of the vast resort ships with their 2000 passengers and have therefore chartered the L’Austral for our voyage. Discerning travellers will appreciate this rich itinerary that explores the many facets of Alaska; and unlike the big resort ships who have a set course on the wide channels, our luxury expedition vessel will be able to navigate narrow fjords and passages and for a real close up experience we will use the onboard Zodiacs. For those who really wish to experience the magic of the wilderness, to come close to nature and enjoy the serenity

of the vast landscape, this is the perfect voyage and ship. Travelling with approximately 200 fellow passengers, you will explore in small parties ashore and visit places which the passengers aboard the big ships will never be taken.

Gaze skyward in awe of the sheer cliffs of Tracy Arm. Listen for the sound of thundering waterfalls and the crack of glaciers calving into the sea. Experience remote villages and learn of the fascinating culture of the Tlingit people. Furthermore your experience will be enhanced by our onboard team of experts who will accompany you on the Zodiacs, hold daily lectures and briefings and lead guided nature walks ashore.

 

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    Alaska is big country! The scenery is majestic. Towering, forest clad mountains rear up on either side of the Caledonian Sky as she navigates the narrow passages leading ever northwards into the Alaskan wilderness.

    Canada is behind us. The Canadian pilots have left, and the Alaskan pilots are aboard. Now all we are waiting for are the immigration officials who have to clear us into the United States. As we sail slowly across mirror calm seas, we hear the constant drone of aircraft engines. Not the high whine of turbines, as most of us are used to, but the throaty growl of radial engines. This is seaplane country, and the seaplane of choice is the trusty De Havilland Beaver!

    As we enter the sheltered fiord that will be our private airport, we are rewarded with another Alaskan icon. Feeding quietly on the shore is a brown bear. It seems somehow incongruous that this magnificent animal, one with such a fearsome reputation, should be quietly eating grass, but there it is, in clear view of all.

    Not even the noise of the aircraft carrying the officials, inevitably a Beaver, disturbs the bear as it munches away. We are all enthralled at the sight of the animal, so unconcerned by our ship and the aircraft, in an environment that seems not to have changed for thousands of years.

    And then there was Petersburg. What could be better than a small town on the 4th of July?

    We Zodiaced into the small harbour, lined with fishing boats. The town was decorated with flags and bunting, and everybody seemed to be involved in the big parade. There were goodies on sale on the pavements, dogs in costume, the local hockey team on a float, girls on roller skates and Chris in a kilt. We watched local activities, rubber duck races, with the water provided by the fire department, and best of all, the egg throwing contest! There was a danger of being caught by the overthrows, but is was great fun, and the winners somehow managed to throw an egg, and catch it without breaking, at a distance of close to forty yards!

    As we left in the afternoon, the local wildlife put on its own show for us. A massive Stellar’s Sealion roamed the harbour, finding scraps of fish and feeding messily on them. The Bald Eagles soared above us, sometimes three or four at a time, looking for food. Cameras clicked as they swooped, spectacularly but unsuccessfully on unsuspecting fish as the last Zodiac glided quietly back to the ship.

    Zodiac cruises enable us to really get into this wilderness, without disturbing it. We see magnificent waterfalls tumbling hundreds of feet into the sea, the rock polished like semi-precious stone, revealing the patterns within. The Zodiacs take us into the ice, nimbly dodging large chunks of ice as we make our way to the Sawyer glacier. The colour of the ice is fascinating. Some pieces are glass-clear, others show an infinite variety of shades of blue!

    To read the full blog post click here (please note you will be directed to our community site the Travel Post)

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L’Austral

L’Austral

We are delighted to be working with our associates La Compagnie du Ponant and the luxurious L’Austral. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. The vessel offers a subtle blend of sophistication combined with casual comfort creating the feeling of being on a private yacht, and allows us to explore with ease with plentiful visits ashore. After a day of exploration, you can return to personalised comfort and luxurious surroundings as well as high quality cuisine.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Vancouver.

Enjoy a scheduled flight. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Vancouver.

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore independently. Take a stroll around this charming city and perhaps visit Chinatown, Gastown and Stanley Park. This afternoon meet at the hotel for a transfer to L’Austral moored in the city.

Day 3 - Johnstone Strait & Alert Bay.

This morning we will cruise through the Seymour Narrows and then Johnstone Strait, one of the best orca whale watching waters in the world. At lunchtime we arrive in Alert Bay on northern Vancouver Island. Visit the town and see the colourful totem park and cemetery. For those wanting a brisk walk, hike above town on a boardwalk trail through a drowned cedar forest which rises on a forested hillside and then drops down to the Umista Cultural Centre. In the Cultural Centre view the famous “Potlatch Collection” display of masks and regalia. Walk the short distance to the “Big House” to watch a dance presentation by some Kwakwaka’wakw Dancers.

Day 4 - Fjordland.

Off the beaten path on a waterway far to the east of the usual ship route is one of the newest Canadian Parks, Fjordland. Seldom visited and truly magnificent, this area is packed with wildlife. Humpback whales, wolves, deer, eagles, harbour seals and dolphins are often seen here.

Day 5 - Misty Fjords.

This morning retrace a portion of Captain George Vancouver’s voyage through this region. L’Austral will cruise into Rudyerd Bay, one of the great bays of Misty Fjords National Monument. Gigantic granite domes, forested hills and huge waterfalls are everywhere in this beautiful spot. If we are lucky, we might glimpse the great Alaskan brown bear, a frequent visitor to these streams whilst in the skies we will see bald eagles circling overhead.

Day 6 - Petersburg & Le Conte Glacier.

Over breakfast we will cruise through the spectacular Wrangell narrows before arriving at the village of Petersburg, a commercial fishing harbour. From here we will take a nature walk either looking for bears, dear, eagles and other large birds of the area or alternatively discovering the plants and flowers. Continue this afternoon to Le Conte Glacier. Set deep in a steep-sided fjord choked with gigantic icebergs, we will approach it in our Zodiacs, ice conditions permitting. View the massive glacier as it winds its way down from the mighty Stikine Icefield.

Day 7 - Tracy Arm & Endicott Arm.

A journey along the winding Tracy Arm Fjord leads us some twenty miles through an ethereal wilderness of soaring peaks and high cliffs, crystalline icebergs and tumbling waterfalls to the foot of the twin Sawyer Glaciers. These icy blue glaciers are unrivalled in their majestic beauty. Explore in Zodiacs with our naturalists and see calving glaciers, often mirrored in the glassy fjord water. Also keep an eye out for harbour seals, porpoises and hopefully bears.

Day 8 - The Brothers & Kake.

This morning we arrive at The Brothers, a group of three small islands off the southern coast of Admiralty Island. These remote islands are a photographer’s paradise and we will keep a lookout for whales, Steller sea lions and eagles. Over lunch we sail to Kupreanof Island and the small Tlingit community of Kake. Here we will walk to the salmon hatchery where black bears feast on the plentiful supply of salmon in the local stream. We also have time to enjoy the hospitality of the local community and can view the 128 foot totem pole, one of the largest in the world.

Day 9 - Tebenkof Bay & Baranof Island.

In Tebenkof Bay we will use our Zodiacs to explore this complex of fertile fjords carved into 65 mile-long Kuiu Island. Marine mammals thrive in Tebenkof, including humpback, minke, and orca whales, porpoise, harbour seals, northern sea lions, and sea otter. Eagles and other marine birds abound whilst on land there are black bears, timber wolves, Sitka black-tailed deer, river otters, mink, martin, beaver, and more. Over lunch we sail through the Chatham Straits to Baranof Island. It is a rugged and beautiful island with many coves, bays and inlets featuring towering peaks with alpine glaciers and waterfalls draining its lush rain forests.

Day 10 - Point Adolphus & Elfin Cove.

At breakfast time we will arrive at Point Adolphus, across from the entrance to Glacier Bay. Here on the exposed rocks we will see groups of Steller sea lions feeding on the salmon. We also hope to observe the congregation of humpback whales who spend their summer feeding in the rich upwelling which occurs here. This afternoon we anchor off the tiny hamlet of Elfin Cove, a remote village on Chichagof Island accessible only by boat or float plane. Upon our arrival, local resident Mary Jo Lordwild will join us onboard the ship for a presentation on Elfin Cove and life in a boardwalk community. After tendering ashore by Zodiac, you are free to explore this unique and seldom-visited fishing community by strolling along the elevated boardwalk that serves as the town’s sidewalk and main street. Elfin Cove has something for everyone: photography buffs can try to capture the picturesque setting and colourful fishing boats on film; wildlife enthusiasts may be rewarded by the sight of a sea otter, harbour seal or bald eagle.

Day 11 - Hubbard Glacier & Icy Bay.

Today cruise the St Elias Range, the tallest coastal mountain range in the world. Enter Yakutat Bay to view Hubbard Glacier, at over 75 miles long the longest tidewater glacier in North America, with a face six miles wide. This is one of the few advancing glaciers, and our small ship is able to manoeuvre a comfortable distance off the face of the glacier and watch for “glacier calving”. This evening if weather permits we will enter Icy Bay, with Mount St Elias framing an imposing 18,000 ft backdrop, we will see the mighty Malaspina and Guyot Glaciers. With glistening crevasses, serrated ridges and sparkling pinnacles, these glaciers have carved the land formations over the millennia.

Day 12 - Kayak Island.

This morning we arrive at Kayak Island where we will use our Zodiacs to land for a walk with our naturalists. Here, Captain Vitus Bering landed in 1741 after crossing the North Pacific from Russia and we will visit the cave and plaque that commemorate his visit. Enjoy an afternoon at sea as we cruise north keeping an eye out for wildlife.

Day 13 - Prince William Sound.

Waking up to a vision of massive glaciers and icebergs is a reminder of the advantages of small ship cruising. We will manoeuvre our way past the icebergs and coves of Prince William Sound and we hope to explore Barry Arm and College fjord. Opportunities for capturing incredible images with your camera and binoculars are endless as harbour seals and otters bob around in the water and Bald eagles fly overhead.

Day 14 - Seward to Anchorage.

After breakfast disembark in Seward and transfer to Anchorage. After a local lunch we will enjoy a tour of the city including the Anchorage museum which is devoted to displays of the history of the region from the native population to the Russian settlers alongside its collection of traditional art. This afternoon transfer to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 15 - Anchorage to London.

After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London via Seattle.

Day 16 - London Heathrow.

Morning arrival.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £250 PER PERSON FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
24 July 2015 to 5 August 2015
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Superior Stateroom Deck 3 £7695 £7445
Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3 £7995 £7745
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 £8695 £8445
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 £8695 £8445
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 £8695 £8445
Deluxe Suite Deck 6 £9695 £9445
Prestige Suite Deck 5 £10295 £10045
Prestige Suite Deck 6 £10295 £10045
Owner’s Suite Deck 6 £11995 £11745
Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3 for sole use £11195 £10945
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 for sole use £12195 £11945

Tour Reference Code: SCAU240715

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled flights, 12 nights aboard L’Austral on a full board basis including wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard, shore excursions, expedition team, transfers, port taxes, gratuities onboard and whilst on excursions, overnight accommodation in Vancouver and Anchorage on a bed and breakfast basis.

Not Included: Travel Insurance, visas.

NB: Flight schedules have not been released at the time of going to print and therefore the itinerary is subject to change on their release. All special offers are subject to availability.

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L’Austral

We are delighted to be working with our associates La Compagnie du Ponant and the luxurious L’Austral. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. The vessel offers a subtle blend of sophistication combined with casual comfort creating the feeling of being on a private yacht, and allows us to explore with ease with plentiful visits ashore. After a day of exploration, you can return to personalised comfort and luxurious surroundings as well as high quality cuisine.

 
  • L'Austral
  • Pool & Dining on deck
  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre
  • Suite
  • Double Cabin
  • Your Cabin/Suite

    Staterooms and suites are spread over four decks and include superior staterooms measuring 226 square feet, deluxe and prestige staterooms which measure 200 square feet, deluxe suites which measure 290 square feet, prestige suites which measure 398 square feet and the owner’s suite which measures 484 square feet (the prestige suites are two prestige staterooms combined). With the exception of the superior staterooms
    (which feature a picture window), all staterooms and suites feature a private balcony which range in size from 43 square feet to 97 square feet dependent on cabin category. Cabins feature en-suite facilities including a shower (the owner’s suite has a bathtub), individually controlled air-conditioning, desk with stationery minibar, flat screen satellite television, video on demand, DVD player, CD and Ipod players, security safe, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, internet access with wifi, bathrobes and bath products. In addition
    the larger suites have a sitting area.

  • Your Space

    Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L’Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest. There is a large lounge, lecture theatre, a Panoramic Lounge which leads out onto a terrace, library and internet corner. Outside deck areas are spacious and feature comfortable deck furniture as well as a heated pool and on the top deck you will find the open-air bar. A lift serves all decks. Fitted with the latest equipment, such as a Kinesis Wall, running machines, the Fitness and Beauty Centre on L’Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of energising, relaxation and pampering including beauty treatments, hairdressing, massage, a hammam and balneo therapy.

  • Your Dining

    Loyal to the great French tradition, cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is standard. The two single-sitting restaurants welcome you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves French and international cuisine accompanied by fine wine. At the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinners. There is also 24-hour room service available. Dress code is casual in the daytime and slightly smarter in the evening, although black tie is never required.

  • Life Onboard

    Aboard L’Austral, the atmosphere is akin to being on your own private yacht. The independence and space of each guest has been considered in the design of the vessel and therefore you will find plenty of places to sit and relax in solitude, as well as areas for social gatherings and to meet fellow guests. The Captain, his officers and the hotel management are European and all crew members are fully bilingual. Ponant Cruises are marketed internationally and the majority of passengers onboard this voyage will be French speaking. The ambience onboard L’Austral will appeal to those who enjoy a relaxed and sociable style of cruising.

    You will be joined by a qualified expedition team of naturalists who will accompany you ashore and provide informative talks throughout the cruise. Zodiac landing craft enables us to reach every spectacular sight, no matter how remote. Due to their manoeuvrability, these inflatable craft allow us to truly immerse ourselves in nature. We will be feet away from glaciers, walrus, bears, spectacular birdlife and explore otherwise inaccessible fjords
    and waterways. On some days Zodiacs will be used to go ashore and land on a remote beach whilst on other occasions we will cruise a coastline searching for wildlife.

  • For your comfort

    With a 1C ice class and stabilisers, L’Austral meets the highest safety specifications. The
    ship is equipped with a GMDSS emergency communication system and a satellite weather
    system, receiving real-time satellite images of weather and ice conditions in the area. A crew of 140 will ensure the best possible service. There is also a doctor onboard.

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Travel Blog

Alaska is big country! The scenery is majestic. Towering, forest clad mountains rear up on either side of the Caledonian Sky as she navigates the narrow passages leading ever northwards into the Alaskan wilderness.

Canada is behind us. The Canadian pilots have left, and the Alaskan pilots are aboard. Now all we are waiting for are the immigration officials who have to clear us into the United States. As we sail slowly across mirror calm seas, we hear the constant drone of aircraft engines. Not the high whine of turbines, as most of us are used to, but the throaty growl of radial engines. This is seaplane country, and the seaplane of choice is the trusty De Havilland Beaver!

As we enter the sheltered fiord that will be our private airport, we are rewarded with another Alaskan icon. Feeding quietly on the shore is a brown bear. It seems somehow incongruous that this magnificent animal, one with such a fearsome reputation, should be quietly eating grass, but there it is, in clear view of all.

Not even the noise of the aircraft carrying the officials, inevitably a Beaver, disturbs the bear as it munches away. We are all enthralled at the sight of the animal, so unconcerned by our ship and the aircraft, in an environment that seems not to have changed for thousands of years.

And then there was Petersburg. What could be better than a small town on the 4th of July?

We Zodiaced into the small harbour, lined with fishing boats. The town was decorated with flags and bunting, and everybody seemed to be involved in the big parade. There were goodies on sale on the pavements, dogs in costume, the local hockey team on a float, girls on roller skates and Chris in a kilt. We watched local activities, rubber duck races, with the water provided by the fire department, and best of all, the egg throwing contest! There was a danger of being caught by the overthrows, but is was great fun, and the winners somehow managed to throw an egg, and catch it without breaking, at a distance of close to forty yards!

As we left in the afternoon, the local wildlife put on its own show for us. A massive Stellar’s Sealion roamed the harbour, finding scraps of fish and feeding messily on them. The Bald Eagles soared above us, sometimes three or four at a time, looking for food. Cameras clicked as they swooped, spectacularly but unsuccessfully on unsuspecting fish as the last Zodiac glided quietly back to the ship.

Zodiac cruises enable us to really get into this wilderness, without disturbing it. We see magnificent waterfalls tumbling hundreds of feet into the sea, the rock polished like semi-precious stone, revealing the patterns within. The Zodiacs take us into the ice, nimbly dodging large chunks of ice as we make our way to the Sawyer glacier. The colour of the ice is fascinating. Some pieces are glass-clear, others show an infinite variety of shades of blue!

To read the full blog post click here (please note you will be directed to our community site the Travel Post)

Tour Extensions

    • After cruising the Alaskan coastline take a journey into the interior and the Denali National Park. The park is over six million acres in size and is home to Mount Mckinley, the highest mountain in North America. We will spend two nights in the heart of the park staying at the Denali Backcountry Lodge situated at the end of the 92 mile road that enters the park. Wildlife abounds at the park including grizzly bears, caribou and moose. A range of experiences from guided hikes, natural history and gold panning will be offered or alternatively just relax at the lodge and enjoy the wilderness. Our extension also includes time to visit the Iditarod Headquarters, home to the famous dog sled race, and the towns of Anchorage and Fairbanks where we will learn more about local customs and history.

      Moose, Denali National Park, Alaska Moose, Denali National Park, Alaska

      Day 1 Seward to Anchorage. 
      Disembark L’Austral after breakfast and transfer to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Along the way we will stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre to see Alaska’s wildlife close up. Afterwards we continue to Anchorage and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon enjoy a brief city tour of Anchorage which includes a visit to Lake Hood to watch the float planes take off over the water and the historic downtown district. Later enjoy a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre to be introduced to Native traditions and customs from both the past and present. In the afternoon we transfer to the Captain Cook Hotel (or similar) and a free evening. 

      Day 2 Anchorage to Denali Park Entrance. Enjoy breakfast this morning at the hotel before we take a scenic transfer north to Wasilla. Here you will enjoy a visit to the Iditarod Headquarters and an opportunity to learn the mushing way of life as well as to see memorabilia from Alaska’s Last Great Race. After lunch we continue north to Denali National Park Entrance and check into our hotel. Here you can choose from optional tours such as white water rafting, guided hikes or flightseeing. The evening is at your leisure.

      Day 3 Denali National Park. Enjoy breakfast this morning at the hotel. There will be time this morning for optional tours or free time before we transfer to the Denali Depot and board the Denali park shuttle bus for a scenic ride into Denali National Park. Your driver-guide will provide narration giving you key information about the history and development of Denali National Park. As you make your way further and further into the park you will get a chance to see the Denali “Big 5” consisting of bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves. This evening you will arrive at the all-inclusive Denali Backcountry Lodge located in the heart of Denali National Park. Dinner is served family style in the main lodge upon arrival. During dinner one of the many Naturalist Guides will advise you about some of the many included tours that you may partake in the following day such as guided hikes, biking, or, for an additional charge, flightseeing. 

      Day 4 Denali National Park. Enjoy breakfast served family style in the main lodge. Today you will depart on your scheduled tour that you had arranged the night before with one of the Naturalist Guides, or if you decided to rest and relax at the lodge you can visit the exclusive spa, The Nest. Lunch is served family style in the main lodge, and if you chose one of the full day tours a lunch will be provided for you. Hors d’oeuvres are served in the early evening in the main lodge, followed by dinner.

      Day 5 Denali National Park to Fairbanks. Enjoy breakfast served family style in the main lodge. Shortly after breakfast you will board the bus for a scenic transfer to the Denali Park Entrance. Although it is the same road you travelled on your way to the lodge the experience will be a chance to see the breath taking landscape as the sun rises as well as another opportunity to spot the Denali “Big 5”. Upon arrival at the Denali Park Entrance there will be time for an independent lunch before we continue our scenic tour north to Fairbanks, the Golden Heart City. Upon arrival into Fairbanks there will be an orientation of the city before you are taken to the hotel. The rest of the evening will be at your leisure.

      Day 6 Fairbanks to London. After breakfast in the hotel we will transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London via Seattle.

      Day 7 London. Arrive this morning.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £1545
      Single £1945

      Price Includes: Overnight hotel accommodation in Anchorage and at Denali Park Entrance on breakfast only basis, two nights accommodation at the Denali Backcountry Lodge on a full board basis, overnight hotel accommodation in Fairbanks on breakfast only basis, transfers, lunches on days 1 and 2, excursions as listed in the itinerary, tour escort, luggage handling.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, visas, optional excursions, meals except those mentioned in itinerary, gratuities.

    • For those wishing to extend their time in Canada and Alaska, we are offering two optional extensions in conjunction with our cruise. Before embarking L’Austral you can join our tour aboard the Rocky Mountaineer and travel from Banff to Vancouver witnessing some incredible scenery on the way. There is also the option upon disembarking to explore Denali National Park which covers six million acres and is extraordinarily beautiful.

      Travel from Banff to Vancouver and pass through pristine Canadian wilderness that is inaccessible by any other means. Our route passes pivotal spots in Canadian history including the Spiral Tunnels and the celebrated last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Rugged mountains and raging rivers showcase the grand and often terrifying power of nature and stand testimony to the marvels of engineering and the indomitable human will.

       

      The Rocky Mountaineer

      All train travel is during daylight hours so you won’t miss a moment of the extraordinary scenery whether it’s winding along sinuous canyons or climbing pine-covered slopes. Whilst on the train, you will be served cuisine which is regionally inspired such as wild BC sockeye salmon or Alberta beef ribs which is created by award winning chefs. The onboard hosts offer impeccable service along with extensive knowledge of the area through which we are travelling. There are three grades of onboard carriages to choose from:

      RedLeaf Service: Settle back in your roomy, reclining seat and enjoy the commentary and service provided by your Rocky Mountaineer Host. Delicious chilled breakfasts and luncheon selections are served at your seat, so you will not miss a moment of the spectacular scenery through the large picture windows. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are also available during your time on the train.

      SilverLeaf Service: The custom-designed, single-level, glass-domed SilverLeaf coach puts you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies. The oversized windows offer a larger viewing area and the chance to take in the dazzling vistas. Enjoy hot breakfasts and lunches served to your seat and access to complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks on the train.

      GoldLeaf Service: GoldLeaf offers even the most discerning traveller an incomparable list of services and benefits. The fully domed windows give unparalleled views from your seat, whilst you can enjoy delicious meals downstairs in the restaurant with hot breakfasts and a la carte lunches. Complimentary snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available on the train. From the attentive service provided by your Rocky Mountaineer Hosts, to the gourmet meals prepared from regional cuisine by our award-winning chefs. GoldLeaf Service is quite simply, as good as it gets.

       

      Rocky Mountaineer, Banff National Park Rocky Mountaineer, Banff National Park

      Day 1 London to Banff. Fly by scheduled flight to Calgary. On arrival transfer to Banff and checkin at the Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

      Day 2 Banff to Kamloops. This morning transfer to the railway station to embark the Rocky Mountaineer. Today we travel from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snowcapped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranch lands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Arrive in Kamloops this evening and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

      Day 3 Kamloops to Vancouver. We reboard the train this morning as our journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey 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 River 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. Upon arrival in Vancouver we transfer to the Georgian Court Hotel for a two night stay.

      Day 4 Vancouver. Enjoy the day at leisure exploring the magnificent city of Vancouver. Choose to spend the day strolling through the boutiques on Robson Street, visiting the Vancouver Aquarium or Art Gallery, exploring Granville Island and the Public Market or perhaps just taking a relaxing walk along the English Bay seawall.

      Day 5 Vancouver. This morning is at leisure to explore independently maybe visit Chinatown, Gastown and Stanley Park. This afternoon meet at the hotel for a transfer to L’Austral moored in the city.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      RedLeaf Twin £895
      SilverLeaf Twin £1195
      GoldLeaf Twin £1495
      RedLeaf Single £995

      Price Includes: Overnight hotel accommodation in Banff and Kamloops on a room only basis, two nights hotel accommodation in Vancouver on a bed and breakfast basis, two days travel aboard theRocky Mountaineer in chosen service level, meals on the train as described.

      Not Included: Travel Insurance, visas, dinners, gratuities on the train and hotels.

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