Canadian Rockies, Alaska & Arctic Circle

26 Days
Victoria to Fairbanks
From (NZD)
$ 19,470
Dates & Pricing

2021 Victoria > Fairbanks

Mesmerising frontiers

This journey through the heart of Alaska reveals a land with a rugged but undeniable charm, one that has not yet relinquished all of its mysteries.
The Alaskan wilderness still boasts spots that have managed to remain untouched by man. In travelling to this wondrous frontier land, you’ll be among the privileged few. This itinerary will treat you to places of pristine wilderness and exquisite beauty, from Denali National Park, with its snowy mountains and sweeping vistas, to the majestic College Fjord in Prince William Sound. You’ll even cross the Arctic Circle. Combine that with the mighty Rocky Mountains and you’re likely to be crossing a few personal, as well as geographic, frontiers.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
RPLA
Duration:
26 days
Departure City:
Victoria
Return City:
Fairbanks

26 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Victoria

    Your journey into wonder begins with an exclusive two night Special Stay at Victoria’s iconic The Fairmont Empress.

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    Prepare to capture the majesty of the natural wonders and unique sights on a photowalk designed for Scenic guests. Learn all the tips and tricks to capture the perfect shot on your mobile device.

    Celebrate tonight at a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Victoria > Butchart Gardens

    Explore the spectacular Butchart Gardens.

    Freechoice

    Look out for Orcas on a whale watching cruise by Zodiac or cruise boat. Alternatively, indulge in afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress or explore Victoria on a walking tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Victoria > Whistler

    Cross Georgia Strait by ferry. Visit Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.

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    Join renowned Black bear expert researcher Michael Allen for an enlightening session about these extraordinary creatures.

    Enjoy a two night stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler or similar.

     

    Soar over Georgia Strait on an optional floatplane flight to Whistler (additional expense).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Whistler

    Freechoice

    Whistler is an outdoor adventure playground. You might choose to soar above Whistler on a helicopter flight, enjoy the view by Zipline or Peak 2 Peak Gondola or take a mountain adventure tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Whistler > Sun Peaks

    Drive to the alpine village of Sun Peaks where you’ll stay at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel. Scenic guests have exclusive access to the Summit Lounge, a quiet haven where you can relax and enjoy incredible views. There’s even a telescope and binoculars for wildlife spotting. Later, you will be treated to a special indigenous-inspired feast.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Sun Peaks > Banff

    Small town charm nestled in stunning mountain scenery greets you in Banff. Settle into your two night Special Stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose from a range of restaurants.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Banff

    Freechoice

    Choose to ascend Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola for awe-inspiring views of Bow Valley or take a helicopter flight over the Three Sisters Peaks. Alternatively, enjoy a Bow River float trip, take a guided nature hike, rejuvenate in relaxing mineral pools or head into the mountains by wagon for a cowboy cookout lunch.   Whichever activity you choose, you’re sure to be swept away by Banff National Park, the first national park established in Canada and a World Heritage-listed Site.

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    Head out at dusk on a unique wildlife spotting experience in search of Banff’s magnificent beasts including deer, elk, caribou and the elusive Grizzly bear.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Banff > Lake Louise

    Drive through the Rocky Mountain, past mesmerising lakes and towering mountains en route to Lake Louie.  Check in for your overnight Special Stay in a stunning lake view room at the opulent Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

    Enrich

    Meet a retired member of the Mounties for an insight into their role in Canadian history and the country today.

    Freechoice Dining

    Enjoy a choice of restaurants at your hotel tonight, from fine to casual dining.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Lake Louise > Jasper

    Take an ‘Ice Explorer’ on the Athabasca Glacier.  Check into the rustic-style Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for the next two nights.

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    Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves. Join astronomers from Jasper Planetarium for a breathtaking Dark Sky Experience and an exclusive twilight supper.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Jasper

    Freechoice

    Don your leathers and hit the open road in a Harley Davidson™ sidecar, go rafting down the Athabasca River or boating on Maligne Lake. Alternatively, take a scenic drive around Jasper’s stunning lakes and explore Maligne Canyon or ride the Jasper SkyTram.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Rocky Mountaineer > Kamloops

    The Rocky Mountaineer is one of the most iconic rail journeys in the world, and you’ll relish your two days of GoldLeaf Service. Enjoy this ultimate treat for the senses, as you carve through the otherwise inaccessible terrain of the Rocky Mountains in luxurious comfort. Gaze in awe through the glass-dome windows as you soak up the magnificent scenery stretching as far as the eye can see. Savour delectable delights and sip on local beer and wine in the company of your newfound friends. You don’t have to be an engineer to delight in the ingenious construction of the spiral tunnels you’ll venture through. Tonight, stay at a Kamloops hotel assigned by Rocky Mountaineer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Rocky Mountaineer > Vancouver

    View the confluence of the Fraser and Thompson rivers from your glass-dome carriage. Later, you’ll arrive at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or similar, where you’ll be comfortably appointed for the next two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Vancouver

    Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park as it opens early, exclusively for Scenic guests. Be the first to wander among the glistening morning dew of the rainforest, before the crowds arrive. Later, a sightseeing tour will showcase Vancouver’s hidden treasures. Tonight, join your Tour Director and fellow adventurers for a celebratory dinner as you farewell Canada and prepare for the next part of your journey – cruising Alaska, the last frontier.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Vancouver > Alaskan Cruise

    Join your Cruise Director for a luxurious seven night Alaskan voyage in a Balcony Stateroom on board Princess Cruises.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Scenic Cruising

    Cruise northwards on board your elegant cruise ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Ketchikan

    Explore Alaska’s first city, now known as the ‘salmon capital of the world’.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Juneau

    Alaska’s state capital is only accessible by air or sea. This is one town you can explore without ever getting lost.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Skagway

    Discover the historic shop facades, wooden boardwalks and echoes of the gold rush that typify Skagway.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Glacier Bay

    A steaming cup of hot chocolate will keep you warm as you are mesmerised by the dramatic ice walls of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - College Fjord

    Some of the glaciers of College Fjord are 40 storeys high and tower over even the largest cruise ships. Celebrate the end of your cruise with a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Anchorage > Talkeetna

    Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre, then enjoy a jet boat ride before your Special Stay at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.

    Optional flightseeing over Denali, with glacier landing (additional expense, subject to seasonal operation. Replaces jet boat ride).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Talkeetna > Denali National Park

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    Visit Joanne Porterfield’s homestead and learn about early Alaskan life.

    Journey on Princess Rail to McKinley Chalet Resort for a two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Denali National Park

    Freechoice

    Explore Alaska’s rugged wilderness today.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  24. Day 24 - Denali National Park > Fairbanks

    Cruise into the heart of Alaska on the ‘Discovery III’ Sternwheeler. See a bush floatplane take off, meet champion sled dogs, and discover village life. Stay two nights at Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Fairbanks > Arctic Circle

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    Experience the thrill of crossing the Arctic Circle by air and receive a certificate to prove it. Stop at a wilderness community for a fascinating insight into the history of the region and life today. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  26. Day 26 - Fairbanks

    It’s time to bid farewell after a wondrous journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Venture beyond Alaska’s coastline for an exploration into its rugged interior
  • Experience the thrill of a flight over awe-inspiring landscapes, crossing the Arctic Circle
  • Hear the fascinating stories of the Porterfield family who have lived in the harsh Alaskan wilderness for over five and a half decades
  • Join astronomers from Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive Dark Sky Experience
  • Learn photography tips to capture the wonders you’ll see on your journey on your mobile device

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Stays at the exclusive Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
  • Balcony Stateroom on board your cruise
  • GoldLeaf Service on board Rocky Mountaineer
  • View room in Lake Louise
  • 7 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 32 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 5 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 50 meals – 25 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 17 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by expert local Tour and Cruise Directors
  • Luxury group touring with knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi at selected hotels
  • All tipping and gratuities

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