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Spirit of the Rockies (NCGE)19 days

A 19 or 15 day trip to Vancouver and Kamloops and Whistler and Victoria and Ketchikan
Message: xperience the Canadian Rockies as only Brennan Vacations can show you. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer into the high mountains to visit Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper. Enjoy the "Ice Explorer" adventure on the Athabasca Glacier, and stay at the fabled castle on the lake, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Return to the British Columbia coast via the lush orchards and lakes of the Okanagan valley. Travel by ferry to picturesque Victoria, where you'll spend two nights in this beautiful garden city. NCRX—You can add a 7-night Alaska cruise to your vacation
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Getting There:
Destination(s):
  • Vancouver (day 1)
  • Kamloops (day 3)
  • Whistler (day 9)
  • Victoria (day 10)
  • Ketchikan (day 17)

Date(s):
  • 05/01/07 to 05/19/07
  • 05/08/07 to 05/26/07
  • 05/15/07 to 06/02/07
  • 05/22/07 to 06/09/07
  • 05/29/07 to 06/16/07
  • 06/05/07 to 06/23/07
  • 06/12/07 to 06/30/07
  • 07/07/07 to 07/21/07
  • 07/17/07 to 08/04/07
  • 08/07/07 to 08/25/07
  • 08/14/07 to 09/01/07
  • 08/21/07 to 09/08/07
  • 08/28/07 to 09/15/07
  • 09/04/07 to 09/22/07
  • 09/11/07 to 09/29/07


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What's Happening:
Day 1: Tuesday May, 01 (Vancouver)
Arrive in Vancouver, BC
Welcome to Vancouver, your gateway to the Canadian Rockies! Tonight, you are the guest of your Brennan Tour Director at a welcome reception. This is an opportunity to get to know your traveling companions and prepare for your Canadian Rockies journey. (WR)
Day 2: Wednesday May, 02 (Vancouver)
Vancouver
This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The remainder of the day is free to explore Vancouver’s many attractions at your leisure. (B)
Day 3: Thursday May, 03 (Kamloops)
Vancouver–Rocky Mountaineer Train–Kamloops
At Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station, board the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER. Follow the Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River through beautiful landscapes to historic Kamloops. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a show at Two River Junction. (B,L,D) NOTE: Kamloops properties are considered moderate two or three star hotels or motor inns. The city does not offer any hotels in the superior category. Your chosen hotel is determined by Rocky Mountaineer Vacations; however, you can rest assured it satisfies our high standards of cleanliness and comfort. For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Banff. Checked luggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight case with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items (Goldleaf passengers will have their luggage delivered to their Kamloops hotel).
Day 4: Friday May, 04 (Kamloops)
Kamloops–Rocky Mountaineer Train–Banff
Back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, journey from Kamloops eastward to Shuswap Lake, with its thousand miles of shoreline. The Kicking Horse River leads to passes over the Continental Divide to Banff National Park. (B,L)
Day 5: Saturday May, 05 (Kamloops)
Banff
Breathe in the fresh mountain air! This morning, tour the highlights of Banff—Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain, and Surprise Corner. Later, enjoy your choice of activities! Relax on a scenic CRUISE on nearby Lake Minnewanka or enjoy AFTERNOON TEA at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. (B,D)
Day 6: Sunday May, 06 (Kamloops)
Banff–Lake Louise
En route to Lake Louise today, we’ll take a side trip to see one of the crown jewels of the Rockies—Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, ten mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After we have checked into our lake-view rooms at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the rest of the afternoon is free to fully enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this world-famous location. (B,D)
Day 7: Monday May, 07 (Kamloops)
Lake Louise–Icefields Parkway–Jasper
Travel the aweinspiring Icefields Parkway, past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers, to Jasper National Park. View sapphire Peyto Lake and thundering Athabasca Falls, and ride an exciting “ICE EXPLORER” on the 1,000-footthick Athabasca Glacier. Your overnight destination is the charming village of Jasper located in Jasper National Park. (B,D)
Day 8: Tuesday May, 08 (Kamloops)
Jasper–Sun Peaks
Departing Jasper, watch the scenery unfold while traveling the Yellowhead Highway along the Thompson and Fraser Rivers. This is the same route followed by the early fur brigades of the Hudson’s Bay Company as they paddled fully laden canoes to their headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Pass regal Mount Robson; at 12,972 feet, it is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. (B,D)
Day 9: Wednesday May, 09 (Whistler)
Sun Peaks–Whistler
What a spectacular day lies ahead! This morning, travel past some of the most beautiful and rugged lakes and mountains in British Columbia. This afternoon, we arrive in Whistler—one of Canada’s newest and most exciting mountain resorts and host of the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics—and settle into the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Whistler. (B,D)
Day 10: Thursday May, 10 (Victoria)
Whistler–Victoria
Victoria awaits! Board a BC Ferry for a picturesque cruise to Vancouver Island and the charming, very British “Garden City” of Victoria. En route, visit the world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. This estate offers more than 700 varieties of flowers on 130 acres and includes Italian, Japanese, and English-style gardens. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city. (B)
Day 11: Friday May, 11 (Victoria)
Victoria
Today, discover British Columbia’s capital with a highlights city tour. Later, enjoy another choice of included activities! Enjoy traditional HIGH TEA at the grand Fairmont Empress Hotel, or for the more adventurous, choose the WHALE-WATCHING excursion from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The afternoon is at leisure to do as you please. Perhaps stroll around the Parliament buildings or shop amongst the many stores this charming city has to offer. Tonight, your Brennan Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 12: Saturday May, 12 (Victoria)
Victoria - Vancouver (Embarkation)
This afternoon on Vancouver’s waterfront, board the MS Zuiderdam to begin your cruise. (D)
Day 13: Sunday May, 13 (Victoria)
Scenic Inside Passage Cruising
As we cruise the West Coast of Vancouver Island, the onboard naturalists will help you spot eagles, whales, and other wildlife. (B,L,D)
Day 14: Monday May, 14 (Victoria)
Tracy Arm and Juneau
Cruise Tracy Arm, a spectacular cliff-walled fjord ending at the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Later, arrive in Juneau for a port call in Alaska’s capital city. You may opt to go sea kayaking, tour Mendenhall Glacier, or wildlife viewing. (B,L,D)
Day 15: Tuesday May, 15 (Victoria)
Skagway and Gold Rush Gateway
A century ago, the Klondike Gold Rush was in full swing, and beautifully preserved Skagway was the hub. You may opt for a ride on the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. (B,L,D)
Day 16: Wednesday May, 16 (Victoria)
Glacier Bay National Park
Stand enthralled at the face of a glacier, as pinnacles of ice crash into the bay. Wildlife is everywhere—watch for seals, whales, puffins, mountain goats, or bears. (B,L,D)
Day 17: Thursday May, 17 (Ketchikan)
Ketchikan
This picturesque port has a waterfront built on stilts, and weathered stairways climb its hills. You may learn about Alaska’s rich native history at the Totem Heritage Cultural Center. (B,L,D)
Day 18: Friday May, 18 (Ketchikan)
Inside Passage Cruising
One last chance to snap photos, to reflect on your memories, and to exchange addresses with new-found friends. (B,L,D)
Day 19: Saturday May, 19 (Ketchikan)
Vancouver (Disembarkation)
On arrival, you will be transferred to the Vancouver International Airport for your flight home. Please schedule flights after 1 p.m. (B) Note: Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are most up-to-date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information. Sample pricing is based on twin occupancy in an outside cabin, category D (0911 departure). Please call for specific cruise pricing and single supplements/triple reductions. Upgrades to Verandah category VD are available starting at $107. Port changes and government taxes are additional.
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