Romantic Tours

Romantic Tours

For a special holiday with a loved one, we offer a range of romantic holidays to beautiful destinations that inspire relaxation, leisure and affection.

Experience the serenity of a South Pacific Island getaway. Relax on the pristine tropical beaches of Rarotonga the centrepiece of the Cook Islands, snorkel with giant manta rays on a coral reef off Fiji or dive through the famed underwater World War II museum in the waters of Micronesia.

Consider a European city break and wander through the cobblestone streets of Prague towards the famed opera house for a night of theatrical passion, take a gondola ride in Venice or admire the views over Paris from the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur before ambling through the artisan district of Montmartre.

Share the adventure of a rail journey with a Trans Siberian adventure from Moscow to China’s imperial city, Beijing. Discover the breath-taking beauty of the Canadian Rockies or enjoy platinum service travelling ‘The Ghan’ from Adelaide to Darwin through Australia’s red centre.

With our selection of romantic holidays we can arrange the perfect escape for two. Call us now on 1800 046 462 and chat with our experienced consultants today.

  • Glaciers and green forests combine to create a pristine experience that captures the grandeur of the Canadian West and Alaska. Your Tour Director Writes: “Immerse yourself in the majesty of the Canadian West, while enjoying two-night stays in Victoria, Banff and Jasper. Then, journey by scenic rail from the Rockies to the Pacific. Experience country luxury at the baronial Fairmont Banff Springs Resort and superb lakeside locations at the Emerald Lake Lodge and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. From the luxurious Four Seasons Whistler to the The Hotel Grand Pacific overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Vancouver’s most glorious address at the Four Seasons.”

    Grand Canadian Rockies and Alaska Cruise - Ocean View Cabin - SilverLeaf (Summer 2014)

    enquire now for price

    • Delicious Dining Experiences
      At 6.
    • 00 pm on Day 1 join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WR,WD)
      10 Full Breakfasts (FB) 2 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 2 three-course table d’hote dinners (D)
      Aboard the ms Zuiderdam enjoy 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D)

      Inclusive Gold Luxury Services
      Escorted by a professional Tour Director (Days 1-13)
      Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours
      Luxury air-conditioned, 40-guest coaches with extra legroom and onboard restroom
      Complimentary bottled water on board your luxury touring coach
      Complimentary coach and hotel WiFi
      Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage
      Insight Traveller Welcome pack
      Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria in the Seawest Lounge, featuring comfortable lounge seating, quiet atmosphere, Starbucks® coffee, tea, juice, fresh pastries, newspapers and magazines
      All facilities aboard Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam
      Airport arrival and departure transfers on Day 1 and Day 20
      .
    Day 1
    Vibrant Vancouver
    Welcome to Canada’s vibrant port city of Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, transfer to your luxury downtown hotel in the heart of the city’s premier shopping and entertainment district. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception and light meal / Welcome Dinner)

    Day 2
    Victoria - putting the British into British Columbia
    Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Explore historic Gastown, Chinatown, the eclectic community of English Bay and view the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Now board your ferry and relax with a newspaper or magazine in the comfortable Seawest Lounge. Enjoy complimentary beverages, light snacks and scenic coastal views all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square. Your luxurious hotel is situated near the banks of the Inner Harbour and features many fine amenities and personalised service. Greet the next day with breakfast at the famous Butchart Gardens, which have delighted visitors for over a hundred years. A representative will give a brief talk on the gardens and the history of the Butchart family. Then there is ample time to explore the exquisite floral displays, meandering paths and spectacular views. The remainder of the day is at leisure in Victoria. Spend the time as you wish. Perhaps indulge in a little shopping or partake in the time-honoured tradition of afternoon tea. Further sightseeing options are available if youwish.(Full Breakfast / Dinner / Full Breakfast)

    Day 4
    The Ultimate Resort of Whistler
    Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Enjoy a stop at the beautiful Shannon Falls before climbing over the Coast Mountains. In Whistler, join a local guide for a walking tour of the village and learn about this 2010 Olympic venue. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Your hotel is one of North America’s top mountain resorts, so why not take advantage of the hotel’s famous spa, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glaciers and alpine meadows. Dinner tonight is a gastronomic experience, made with only the best local ingredients and served at one of your resort’s fine restaurants.(Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 5
    On to the Napa Valley of the North
    Travel to Kelowna in the sun-drenched Okanagan Valley, one of Canada’s most beloved vacation spots. The lush Okanagan region is Canada’s wine capital, home to world-class vintners and a vibrant wine community. Visit a beautiful winery, sample an array of outstanding local wines, and develop your palate with the help of some expert insights. Your award-winning hotel is beautifully situated on the lake offering memorable guest experiences and inspirational dining.(Full Breakfast)

    Day 6
    The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park
    Journey through four of Canada’s most spectacular National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff. Travel from primeval forests to Ice Age glaciers, from spectacular waterfalls to soaring peaks. At Kicking Horse Pass, cross the Continental Divide, where all the rivers of North America are diverted to the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff before arriving at your hotel, a grand Scottish baronial castle resort, featuring luxurious amenities and gracious service in a breathtaking location. While here, experience traditional, regional and contemporary dining at your choice of one of the Fairmont’s fine restaurants. Enjoy leisure time in Banff the next day. The choice is yours and your Tour Director is on hand to help with suggestions.(Full Breakfast / Dine Around / Full Breakfast)

    Day 8
    The Three Exquisite Lakes of Louise, Moraine and Emerald
    Enjoy an interpretive walk along the shore of Lake Louise, Canada’s ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’, and learn about the history and geography of this breathtaking area before moving on to Moraine Lake, crowned by ten notable peaks. As you approach Yoho National Park, stop at the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint and learn about the construction of these famous tunnels. Pass by the spectacular Natural Bridge, patiently carved by the Kicking Horse River before arriving at Emerald Lake, one of Canada’s most outstanding wilderness settings. Your historic hotel is built of hand-hewn timber and features massive stone fireplaces. After dinner, savour a liqueur at the hotel before stargazing under the night sky and roasting s’mores, a traditional campfire treat by a lakeside bonfire.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 9
    Along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park
    Today motor along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery such as Crowfoot Glacier hanging improbably from a cliff face some 900 ft above and Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack. At Athabasca Glacier, one of the icefield’s six principal “toes,” climb aboard a specially-designed Ice Explorer for a once-in-a-lifetime guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend partway up the glacier. En route to Jasper, perhaps join an optional gentle float trip down the Athabasca River. Your home for the next two nights is the picturesque Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in the heart of Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of immense forests, jewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows and majestic mountains. Tonight, enjoy a special Highlight Dinner with wine at your hotel. Join your Tour Director in the morning for an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Stroll along the canyon’s trail, past beautiful waterfalls, astounding rock formations, and learn about the underground river system. Join an informative presentation about some of the park’s most interesting residents including elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, black bear, beaver and caribou. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Jasper is the base for a host of optional tours and activities. Perhaps enjoy a boat cruise on Maligne Lake or join a guided nature walk at Mount Edith Cavell along the “Path of the Glacier.” The choice is entirely yours!(Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner / Full Breakfast)

    Day 11
    Rocky Mountaineer Train
    Relive the golden age of rail travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, one of the world’s great rail journeys. For the next two days, succumb to GoldLeaf Service as you journey through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean. Your carriage has two levels - take in dazzling vistas upstairs from the glass-topped dome coach, and enjoy gourmet meals downstairs prepared by talented onboard chefs. View spectacular scenery as the train crosses the Continental Divide and over the Yellowhead Pass back to British Columbia. On arrival in Kamloops, your bags are waiting at your hotel room.(Celebration Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 12
    Rocky Mountaineering back to Vancouver
    Your magical Goldleaf carpet ride onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train continues today. Relax while rail staff ensure your every need is attended to, topping up your drinks or perhaps bringing you a snack. Follow the river into the Thompson Canyon with its rugged walls and dry sagebrush landscape until it dramatically merges with the Fraser River. On arrival in Vancouver, transfer to your hotel. Raise your glasses this evening and revel in rich flavours at a lively Celebration Dinner.(Celebration Breakfast / Lunch / Celebration Dinner)

    Day 13
    Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise
    Transfer to Canada Place to board Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam for an unforgettable Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 14
    Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise
    The ms Zuiderdam is designed for Alaskan cruising with its airy lounges, teak decks and roomy verandahs, allowing for comfortable observation of the ever changing panorama of unspoiled virgin forests and vast wilderness that stretch from British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska. Enter a region so isolated, it can only be accessed by sea or air. Come face-to-face with the grandeur of the Ice Age. Slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by islands and other land masses. Juneau is a place to let your imagination run wild. Stop in rustic shops offering jade and ivory sculptures, silver jewellery, wooden masks, intricate beadwork and apparel designed by native Alaskans. Visit Gold Rush era bars such as the Alaska Hotel with its ornate Victorian furnishings, or the Red Dog Saloon showcasing Wyatt Earp’s gun. Perhaps take an optional guided tour of theState Capitol or climb aboard the Mount Roberts Tramway. Follow in the footsteps of the original North Americans as you explore the Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields just outside the city, or trek through the lush Tongass National Forest. And no need to hurry, daylight here lasts well into the evening! As a trading post for prospectors headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was once known as “hell on earth,” an untamed, violent town controlled by organised criminals. Today, of course, the town is a bit more civilised, though its colourful past is carefully preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. For a truly memorable excursion, why not board vintage parlor cars for an optional ride on the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Railroad, built in 1897 to take miners to the gold fields. In the watery wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park, behold a landscape at its literal moment of creation. Your ship becomes a time machine as you travel thousands of years back in time, witnessing the life cycle of a new land from Sitka-spruce forests alive with grizzlies and wolves to the algae, lichens and mosses that were the beginnings of life in the region. In this isolated land the shrill noises of modern life are replaced with the deep, thunderous boom of building-size icebergs calving into the sea from a vast river of ice. It is raw, primordial…and unforgettable. Call in at Ketchikan, salmon capital of the world! Part of the town is built along a steep hillside, part is built on pilings over the water where bald eagles watch from waterside perches. An outstanding collection of totem poles makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art. To make the most of your time ashore, consider taking an optional guided tour through town, a harbour cruise or a float plane “flightseeing” trip. If you prefer a more hands-on experience, you can take a sport fishing charter, kayak expedition, jeep ride or mountain excursion on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The adventure never stops. While cruising a full breakfast (FB), lunch (L) and dinner (D) is served on board each day.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 20
    Depart Vancouver
    After disembarking, a departure transfer takes you to Vancouver International Airport, or the tour hotel in Vancouver for passengers extending their stay. Please do not schedule flights before 12.30 p.m.(Full Breakfast)

    Additional Included Highlights
    Vancouver: Explore Chinatown and Gastown, visit the totem poles of Stanley Park and take in spectacular views of English Bay.
    Victoria: Enjoy an introduction to this sparkling city, including the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square.
    Banff National Park: View Moraine Lake, the Spiral Tunnels and Natural Bridge.
    Jasper National Park: Enjoy Jasper National Park’s wildlife from a unique perspective with a local expert. Take a guided walk past roaring waterfalls.
  • Romantic Holiday Packages

    • Glaciers and green forests combine to create a pristine experience that captures the grandeur of the Canadian West and Alaska. Your Tour Director Writes: “Immerse yourself in the majesty of the Canadian West, while enjoying two-night stays in Victoria, Banff and Jasper. Then, journey by scenic rail from the Rockies to the Pacific. Experience country luxury at the baronial Fairmont Banff Springs Resort and superb lakeside locations at the Emerald Lake Lodge and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. From the luxurious Four Seasons Whistler to the The Hotel Grand Pacific overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Vancouver’s most glorious address at the Four Seasons.”

      Grand Canadian Rockies and Alaska Cruise - Ocean View Cabin - SilverLeaf (Summer 2014)

      enquire now for price

      • Delicious Dining Experiences
        At 6.
      • 00 pm on Day 1 join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WR,WD)
        10 Full Breakfasts (FB) 2 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 2 three-course table d’hote dinners (D)
        Aboard the ms Zuiderdam enjoy 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D)

        Inclusive Gold Luxury Services
        Escorted by a professional Tour Director (Days 1-13)
        Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours
        Luxury air-conditioned, 40-guest coaches with extra legroom and onboard restroom
        Complimentary bottled water on board your luxury touring coach
        Complimentary coach and hotel WiFi
        Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage
        Insight Traveller Welcome pack
        Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria in the Seawest Lounge, featuring comfortable lounge seating, quiet atmosphere, Starbucks® coffee, tea, juice, fresh pastries, newspapers and magazines
        All facilities aboard Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam
        Airport arrival and departure transfers on Day 1 and Day 20
        .
      Day 1
      Vibrant Vancouver
      Welcome to Canada’s vibrant port city of Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, transfer to your luxury downtown hotel in the heart of the city’s premier shopping and entertainment district. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception and light meal / Welcome Dinner)

      Day 2
      Victoria - putting the British into British Columbia
      Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Explore historic Gastown, Chinatown, the eclectic community of English Bay and view the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Now board your ferry and relax with a newspaper or magazine in the comfortable Seawest Lounge. Enjoy complimentary beverages, light snacks and scenic coastal views all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square. Your luxurious hotel is situated near the banks of the Inner Harbour and features many fine amenities and personalised service. Greet the next day with breakfast at the famous Butchart Gardens, which have delighted visitors for over a hundred years. A representative will give a brief talk on the gardens and the history of the Butchart family. Then there is ample time to explore the exquisite floral displays, meandering paths and spectacular views. The remainder of the day is at leisure in Victoria. Spend the time as you wish. Perhaps indulge in a little shopping or partake in the time-honoured tradition of afternoon tea. Further sightseeing options are available if youwish.(Full Breakfast / Dinner / Full Breakfast)

      Day 4
      The Ultimate Resort of Whistler
      Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Enjoy a stop at the beautiful Shannon Falls before climbing over the Coast Mountains. In Whistler, join a local guide for a walking tour of the village and learn about this 2010 Olympic venue. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Your hotel is one of North America’s top mountain resorts, so why not take advantage of the hotel’s famous spa, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glaciers and alpine meadows. Dinner tonight is a gastronomic experience, made with only the best local ingredients and served at one of your resort’s fine restaurants.(Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

      Day 5
      On to the Napa Valley of the North
      Travel to Kelowna in the sun-drenched Okanagan Valley, one of Canada’s most beloved vacation spots. The lush Okanagan region is Canada’s wine capital, home to world-class vintners and a vibrant wine community. Visit a beautiful winery, sample an array of outstanding local wines, and develop your palate with the help of some expert insights. Your award-winning hotel is beautifully situated on the lake offering memorable guest experiences and inspirational dining.(Full Breakfast)

      Day 6
      The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park
      Journey through four of Canada’s most spectacular National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff. Travel from primeval forests to Ice Age glaciers, from spectacular waterfalls to soaring peaks. At Kicking Horse Pass, cross the Continental Divide, where all the rivers of North America are diverted to the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff before arriving at your hotel, a grand Scottish baronial castle resort, featuring luxurious amenities and gracious service in a breathtaking location. While here, experience traditional, regional and contemporary dining at your choice of one of the Fairmont’s fine restaurants. Enjoy leisure time in Banff the next day. The choice is yours and your Tour Director is on hand to help with suggestions.(Full Breakfast / Dine Around / Full Breakfast)

      Day 8
      The Three Exquisite Lakes of Louise, Moraine and Emerald
      Enjoy an interpretive walk along the shore of Lake Louise, Canada’s ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’, and learn about the history and geography of this breathtaking area before moving on to Moraine Lake, crowned by ten notable peaks. As you approach Yoho National Park, stop at the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint and learn about the construction of these famous tunnels. Pass by the spectacular Natural Bridge, patiently carved by the Kicking Horse River before arriving at Emerald Lake, one of Canada’s most outstanding wilderness settings. Your historic hotel is built of hand-hewn timber and features massive stone fireplaces. After dinner, savour a liqueur at the hotel before stargazing under the night sky and roasting s’mores, a traditional campfire treat by a lakeside bonfire.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)

      Day 9
      Along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park
      Today motor along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery such as Crowfoot Glacier hanging improbably from a cliff face some 900 ft above and Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack. At Athabasca Glacier, one of the icefield’s six principal “toes,” climb aboard a specially-designed Ice Explorer for a once-in-a-lifetime guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend partway up the glacier. En route to Jasper, perhaps join an optional gentle float trip down the Athabasca River. Your home for the next two nights is the picturesque Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in the heart of Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of immense forests, jewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows and majestic mountains. Tonight, enjoy a special Highlight Dinner with wine at your hotel. Join your Tour Director in the morning for an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Stroll along the canyon’s trail, past beautiful waterfalls, astounding rock formations, and learn about the underground river system. Join an informative presentation about some of the park’s most interesting residents including elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, black bear, beaver and caribou. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Jasper is the base for a host of optional tours and activities. Perhaps enjoy a boat cruise on Maligne Lake or join a guided nature walk at Mount Edith Cavell along the “Path of the Glacier.” The choice is entirely yours!(Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner / Full Breakfast)

      Day 11
      Rocky Mountaineer Train
      Relive the golden age of rail travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, one of the world’s great rail journeys. For the next two days, succumb to GoldLeaf Service as you journey through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean. Your carriage has two levels - take in dazzling vistas upstairs from the glass-topped dome coach, and enjoy gourmet meals downstairs prepared by talented onboard chefs. View spectacular scenery as the train crosses the Continental Divide and over the Yellowhead Pass back to British Columbia. On arrival in Kamloops, your bags are waiting at your hotel room.(Celebration Breakfast / Lunch)

      Day 12
      Rocky Mountaineering back to Vancouver
      Your magical Goldleaf carpet ride onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train continues today. Relax while rail staff ensure your every need is attended to, topping up your drinks or perhaps bringing you a snack. Follow the river into the Thompson Canyon with its rugged walls and dry sagebrush landscape until it dramatically merges with the Fraser River. On arrival in Vancouver, transfer to your hotel. Raise your glasses this evening and revel in rich flavours at a lively Celebration Dinner.(Celebration Breakfast / Lunch / Celebration Dinner)

      Day 13
      Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise
      Transfer to Canada Place to board Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam for an unforgettable Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)

      Day 14
      Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise
      The ms Zuiderdam is designed for Alaskan cruising with its airy lounges, teak decks and roomy verandahs, allowing for comfortable observation of the ever changing panorama of unspoiled virgin forests and vast wilderness that stretch from British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska. Enter a region so isolated, it can only be accessed by sea or air. Come face-to-face with the grandeur of the Ice Age. Slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by islands and other land masses. Juneau is a place to let your imagination run wild. Stop in rustic shops offering jade and ivory sculptures, silver jewellery, wooden masks, intricate beadwork and apparel designed by native Alaskans. Visit Gold Rush era bars such as the Alaska Hotel with its ornate Victorian furnishings, or the Red Dog Saloon showcasing Wyatt Earp’s gun. Perhaps take an optional guided tour of theState Capitol or climb aboard the Mount Roberts Tramway. Follow in the footsteps of the original North Americans as you explore the Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields just outside the city, or trek through the lush Tongass National Forest. And no need to hurry, daylight here lasts well into the evening! As a trading post for prospectors headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was once known as “hell on earth,” an untamed, violent town controlled by organised criminals. Today, of course, the town is a bit more civilised, though its colourful past is carefully preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. For a truly memorable excursion, why not board vintage parlor cars for an optional ride on the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Railroad, built in 1897 to take miners to the gold fields. In the watery wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park, behold a landscape at its literal moment of creation. Your ship becomes a time machine as you travel thousands of years back in time, witnessing the life cycle of a new land from Sitka-spruce forests alive with grizzlies and wolves to the algae, lichens and mosses that were the beginnings of life in the region. In this isolated land the shrill noises of modern life are replaced with the deep, thunderous boom of building-size icebergs calving into the sea from a vast river of ice. It is raw, primordial…and unforgettable. Call in at Ketchikan, salmon capital of the world! Part of the town is built along a steep hillside, part is built on pilings over the water where bald eagles watch from waterside perches. An outstanding collection of totem poles makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art. To make the most of your time ashore, consider taking an optional guided tour through town, a harbour cruise or a float plane “flightseeing” trip. If you prefer a more hands-on experience, you can take a sport fishing charter, kayak expedition, jeep ride or mountain excursion on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The adventure never stops. While cruising a full breakfast (FB), lunch (L) and dinner (D) is served on board each day.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

      Day 20
      Depart Vancouver
      After disembarking, a departure transfer takes you to Vancouver International Airport, or the tour hotel in Vancouver for passengers extending their stay. Please do not schedule flights before 12.30 p.m.(Full Breakfast)

      Additional Included Highlights
      Vancouver: Explore Chinatown and Gastown, visit the totem poles of Stanley Park and take in spectacular views of English Bay.
      Victoria: Enjoy an introduction to this sparkling city, including the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square.
      Banff National Park: View Moraine Lake, the Spiral Tunnels and Natural Bridge.
      Jasper National Park: Enjoy Jasper National Park’s wildlife from a unique perspective with a local expert. Take a guided walk past roaring waterfalls.

    Our Top 3 Romantic Holiday Packages

    • Glaciers and green forests combine to create a pristine experience that captures the grandeur of the Canadian West and Alaska. Your Tour Director Writes: “Immerse yourself in the majesty of the Canadian West, while enjoying two-night stays in Victoria, Banff and Jasper. Then, journey by scenic rail from the Rockies to the Pacific. Experience country luxury at the baronial Fairmont Banff Springs Resort and superb lakeside locations at the Emerald Lake Lodge and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. From the luxurious Four Seasons Whistler to the The Hotel Grand Pacific overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Vancouver’s most glorious address at the Four Seasons.”

      Grand Canadian Rockies and Alaska Cruise - Ocean View Cabin - SilverLeaf (Summer 2014)

      enquire now for price

      • Delicious Dining Experiences
        At 6.
      • 00 pm on Day 1 join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WR,WD)
        10 Full Breakfasts (FB) 2 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 2 three-course table d’hote dinners (D)
        Aboard the ms Zuiderdam enjoy 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D)

        Inclusive Gold Luxury Services
        Escorted by a professional Tour Director (Days 1-13)
        Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours
        Luxury air-conditioned, 40-guest coaches with extra legroom and onboard restroom
        Complimentary bottled water on board your luxury touring coach
        Complimentary coach and hotel WiFi
        Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage
        Insight Traveller Welcome pack
        Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria in the Seawest Lounge, featuring comfortable lounge seating, quiet atmosphere, Starbucks® coffee, tea, juice, fresh pastries, newspapers and magazines
        All facilities aboard Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam
        Airport arrival and departure transfers on Day 1 and Day 20
        .
      Day 1
      Vibrant Vancouver
      Welcome to Canada’s vibrant port city of Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, transfer to your luxury downtown hotel in the heart of the city’s premier shopping and entertainment district. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception and light meal / Welcome Dinner)

      Day 2
      Victoria - putting the British into British Columbia
      Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Explore historic Gastown, Chinatown, the eclectic community of English Bay and view the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Now board your ferry and relax with a newspaper or magazine in the comfortable Seawest Lounge. Enjoy complimentary beverages, light snacks and scenic coastal views all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square. Your luxurious hotel is situated near the banks of the Inner Harbour and features many fine amenities and personalised service. Greet the next day with breakfast at the famous Butchart Gardens, which have delighted visitors for over a hundred years. A representative will give a brief talk on the gardens and the history of the Butchart family. Then there is ample time to explore the exquisite floral displays, meandering paths and spectacular views. The remainder of the day is at leisure in Victoria. Spend the time as you wish. Perhaps indulge in a little shopping or partake in the time-honoured tradition of afternoon tea. Further sightseeing options are available if youwish.(Full Breakfast / Dinner / Full Breakfast)

      Day 4
      The Ultimate Resort of Whistler
      Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Enjoy a stop at the beautiful Shannon Falls before climbing over the Coast Mountains. In Whistler, join a local guide for a walking tour of the village and learn about this 2010 Olympic venue. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Your hotel is one of North America’s top mountain resorts, so why not take advantage of the hotel’s famous spa, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glaciers and alpine meadows. Dinner tonight is a gastronomic experience, made with only the best local ingredients and served at one of your resort’s fine restaurants.(Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

      Day 5
      On to the Napa Valley of the North
      Travel to Kelowna in the sun-drenched Okanagan Valley, one of Canada’s most beloved vacation spots. The lush Okanagan region is Canada’s wine capital, home to world-class vintners and a vibrant wine community. Visit a beautiful winery, sample an array of outstanding local wines, and develop your palate with the help of some expert insights. Your award-winning hotel is beautifully situated on the lake offering memorable guest experiences and inspirational dining.(Full Breakfast)

      Day 6
      The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park
      Journey through four of Canada’s most spectacular National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff. Travel from primeval forests to Ice Age glaciers, from spectacular waterfalls to soaring peaks. At Kicking Horse Pass, cross the Continental Divide, where all the rivers of North America are diverted to the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff before arriving at your hotel, a grand Scottish baronial castle resort, featuring luxurious amenities and gracious service in a breathtaking location. While here, experience traditional, regional and contemporary dining at your choice of one of the Fairmont’s fine restaurants. Enjoy leisure time in Banff the next day. The choice is yours and your Tour Director is on hand to help with suggestions.(Full Breakfast / Dine Around / Full Breakfast)

      Day 8
      The Three Exquisite Lakes of Louise, Moraine and Emerald
      Enjoy an interpretive walk along the shore of Lake Louise, Canada’s ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’, and learn about the history and geography of this breathtaking area before moving on to Moraine Lake, crowned by ten notable peaks. As you approach Yoho National Park, stop at the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint and learn about the construction of these famous tunnels. Pass by the spectacular Natural Bridge, patiently carved by the Kicking Horse River before arriving at Emerald Lake, one of Canada’s most outstanding wilderness settings. Your historic hotel is built of hand-hewn timber and features massive stone fireplaces. After dinner, savour a liqueur at the hotel before stargazing under the night sky and roasting s’mores, a traditional campfire treat by a lakeside bonfire.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)

      Day 9
      Along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park
      Today motor along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery such as Crowfoot Glacier hanging improbably from a cliff face some 900 ft above and Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack. At Athabasca Glacier, one of the icefield’s six principal “toes,” climb aboard a specially-designed Ice Explorer for a once-in-a-lifetime guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend partway up the glacier. En route to Jasper, perhaps join an optional gentle float trip down the Athabasca River. Your home for the next two nights is the picturesque Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in the heart of Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of immense forests, jewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows and majestic mountains. Tonight, enjoy a special Highlight Dinner with wine at your hotel. Join your Tour Director in the morning for an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Stroll along the canyon’s trail, past beautiful waterfalls, astounding rock formations, and learn about the underground river system. Join an informative presentation about some of the park’s most interesting residents including elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, black bear, beaver and caribou. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Jasper is the base for a host of optional tours and activities. Perhaps enjoy a boat cruise on Maligne Lake or join a guided nature walk at Mount Edith Cavell along the “Path of the Glacier.” The choice is entirely yours!(Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner / Full Breakfast)

      Day 11
      Rocky Mountaineer Train
      Relive the golden age of rail travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, one of the world’s great rail journeys. For the next two days, succumb to GoldLeaf Service as you journey through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean. Your carriage has two levels - take in dazzling vistas upstairs from the glass-topped dome coach, and enjoy gourmet meals downstairs prepared by talented onboard chefs. View spectacular scenery as the train crosses the Continental Divide and over the Yellowhead Pass back to British Columbia. On arrival in Kamloops, your bags are waiting at your hotel room.(Celebration Breakfast / Lunch)

      Day 12
      Rocky Mountaineering back to Vancouver
      Your magical Goldleaf carpet ride onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train continues today. Relax while rail staff ensure your every need is attended to, topping up your drinks or perhaps bringing you a snack. Follow the river into the Thompson Canyon with its rugged walls and dry sagebrush landscape until it dramatically merges with the Fraser River. On arrival in Vancouver, transfer to your hotel. Raise your glasses this evening and revel in rich flavours at a lively Celebration Dinner.(Celebration Breakfast / Lunch / Celebration Dinner)

      Day 13
      Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise
      Transfer to Canada Place to board Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam for an unforgettable Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)

      Day 14
      Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise
      The ms Zuiderdam is designed for Alaskan cruising with its airy lounges, teak decks and roomy verandahs, allowing for comfortable observation of the ever changing panorama of unspoiled virgin forests and vast wilderness that stretch from British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska. Enter a region so isolated, it can only be accessed by sea or air. Come face-to-face with the grandeur of the Ice Age. Slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by islands and other land masses. Juneau is a place to let your imagination run wild. Stop in rustic shops offering jade and ivory sculptures, silver jewellery, wooden masks, intricate beadwork and apparel designed by native Alaskans. Visit Gold Rush era bars such as the Alaska Hotel with its ornate Victorian furnishings, or the Red Dog Saloon showcasing Wyatt Earp’s gun. Perhaps take an optional guided tour of theState Capitol or climb aboard the Mount Roberts Tramway. Follow in the footsteps of the original North Americans as you explore the Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields just outside the city, or trek through the lush Tongass National Forest. And no need to hurry, daylight here lasts well into the evening! As a trading post for prospectors headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was once known as “hell on earth,” an untamed, violent town controlled by organised criminals. Today, of course, the town is a bit more civilised, though its colourful past is carefully preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. For a truly memorable excursion, why not board vintage parlor cars for an optional ride on the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Railroad, built in 1897 to take miners to the gold fields. In the watery wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park, behold a landscape at its literal moment of creation. Your ship becomes a time machine as you travel thousands of years back in time, witnessing the life cycle of a new land from Sitka-spruce forests alive with grizzlies and wolves to the algae, lichens and mosses that were the beginnings of life in the region. In this isolated land the shrill noises of modern life are replaced with the deep, thunderous boom of building-size icebergs calving into the sea from a vast river of ice. It is raw, primordial…and unforgettable. Call in at Ketchikan, salmon capital of the world! Part of the town is built along a steep hillside, part is built on pilings over the water where bald eagles watch from waterside perches. An outstanding collection of totem poles makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art. To make the most of your time ashore, consider taking an optional guided tour through town, a harbour cruise or a float plane “flightseeing” trip. If you prefer a more hands-on experience, you can take a sport fishing charter, kayak expedition, jeep ride or mountain excursion on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The adventure never stops. While cruising a full breakfast (FB), lunch (L) and dinner (D) is served on board each day.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

      Day 20
      Depart Vancouver
      After disembarking, a departure transfer takes you to Vancouver International Airport, or the tour hotel in Vancouver for passengers extending their stay. Please do not schedule flights before 12.30 p.m.(Full Breakfast)

      Additional Included Highlights
      Vancouver: Explore Chinatown and Gastown, visit the totem poles of Stanley Park and take in spectacular views of English Bay.
      Victoria: Enjoy an introduction to this sparkling city, including the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square.
      Banff National Park: View Moraine Lake, the Spiral Tunnels and Natural Bridge.
      Jasper National Park: Enjoy Jasper National Park’s wildlife from a unique perspective with a local expert. Take a guided walk past roaring waterfalls.

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