Rockies & the Yukon

Rockies & the Yukon

10 Days/9 Nights Roundtrip Vancouver

Price from$4,027

A fantastic independent tour combining the Rockies and the Yukon. Experience VIA Rail's train to Jasper, as well as the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad.

Day 1: Vancouver (Rail) This evening (7.30pm), check in at the Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail's 'Canadian' for the famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel. The original stainless steel 'streamliner' railcars (made famous by the 'Canadian' in the 1950s) are totally refurbished with air conditioning, a cafe car and lounge car.

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class: In the evening attendants transform your quarters into a cozy bunks or bedroom. Visit the Dome where you will experience the true essence of travelling by train as a panoramic scene sweeps by. In Sleeping Touring Class some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Overnight on Via Rail - Private Cabin

Day 2: Jasper (Rail) (B,L) By the time you awake this morning the train will have just departed Kamloops to begin a day of travelling towards the Canadian Rockies and Jasper. Enjoy breakfast (included) while surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Around lunchtime the 'Canadian' begins its passage into the Canadian Rockies with views of snow-capped peaks, Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mt Robson, which at 3954 metres is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper at 4pm and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the afternoon is yours to explore this unique mountain community.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star: Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony) 4 Star: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 3: Jasper - Evening wildlife tour Today is free to explore Jasper before departing this evening to experience the environs of Jasper, and for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star: Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony) 4 Star: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 4: Jasper > Lake Louise (L) Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield that covers an area of nearly (325 sq km) and reaches a depth of 1050 ft (320m). Time allows for an Ice Explorer ride (included) on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft (280m) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. After, continue along the Icefield Parkway where stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bear, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star: Deer Lodge - Heritage Room 4 Star: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room

Day 5: Lake Louise > Banff Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving midday.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star: Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 Star: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 6: Morning sightseeing tour of Banff This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind) & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead: An abandoned mining town and relic of Banff's industrial past. At the end of the tour you will be taken to Banff Gondola for breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an awe-inspiring 360 degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Return to downtown Banff at your leisure. (Transfer not included)

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star: Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 Star: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 7: Banff > Calgary > Whitehorse (Coach/Air) This morning is free to explore Banff before your scheduled coach to Calgary depart midday. Following the Trans Canada Highway, depart the Rocky Mountain to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometres and extend as far south as Mexico. This is 'cattle ranching country' and the breadbasket of Canada. Arrive Calgary Airport late afternoon to check-in for a scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival transfer (own cost) to your hotel.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Best Western Gold Rush Inn - Deluxe Room 4 Star: Best Western Gold Rush Inn - Deluxe Room

Day 8: Whitehorse City Tour Located on the banks of the Yukon River, Whitehorse is the largest city in the territory as well as the Yukon capital. This morning join a city tour for a brief introduction to the local history of Whitehorse. Highlights include Old Log Church, Log Skyscraper, Fish Ladder, SS Klondike, Miles Canyon and Miles Canyon Lookout. A stop will be made at the Visitor Information Centre, which offers a great variety of information on Whitehorse, Yukon, Alaska and the Northwest Territories. An excellent film "As the Crow Flies" shown every thirty minutes is a must see for all those interested in the Yukon. Use this centre to help plan your stay, or enjoy the additional information. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Best Western Gold Rush Inn - Deluxe Room 4 Star: Best Western Gold Rush Inn - Deluxe Room

Day 9: Whitehorse > Skagway Excursion (Train & Coach) Board a motorcoach at the White Pass Depot in Whitehorse for a trip along the scenic South Klondike Highway to Fraser, BC, where you will connect with the world famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. Your 28-mile rail excursion will descend over the White Pass Summit and into Skagway, Alaska. Includes a tour hour layover in Skagway, long enough to shop, have lunch, or just stroll around the unique town. You'll then reboard your motorcoach for the trip from Skagway back to Whitehorse.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Best Western Gold Rush Inn - Deluxe Room 4 Star: Best Western Gold Rush Inn - Deluxe Room

Day 10: Whitehorse > Vancouver Depart this morning for your return flight to Vancouver, your mini package ends upon arrival at Vancouver International Airport mid morning.

• 8 nights' hotel accommodation • Sleeping berth onboard VIA Rail Sleeper Touring service for 1 night • Transfer between rail depot and hotel in Jasper • Evening Jasper Wildlife tour • Full day tour between Jasper and Lake Louise with picnic lunch • Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier • Glacier Skywalk • Scheduled coach transfer between Lake Louise and Banff hotels • Sightseeing tour of Banff • Banff gondola ride • Scheduled coach transfer between Banff hotel and Calgary • Scheduled flight Calgary > Whitehorse • 2 hour Whitehorse City Tour • Full day Whitehorse to Skagway tour, including White Pass & Yukon Railroad • Scheduled flight Whitehorse > Vancouver - Economy Class • 2 hour Whitehorse City Tour • Full day Whitehorse to Skagway tour, including White Pass & Yukon Railroad • Scheduled flight Whitehorse to Vancouver - Economy Class • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

3 1/2 Star

6 Jun - 25 Aug

4 Star

27 Jun - 25 Aug

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$4,027

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$5,271

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$5,250

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$7,613

Departs

2017 Departs: Tuesday & Friday
Jul 18, 21, 25, 28
Aug 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25

Booking conditions

• Please note all accommodation in Whitehorse is of a moderate standard • Ask your Travel Agent or World Journeys for Triple and Child rate

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.