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17 Day Rockies & Beyond

  • Travel aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer
  • Cruise the scenic Inside Passage of Alaska
Includes Return International Flights

Discover the towering beauty of Alaska and Canada on this 17-day tour, cruise and rail package. The Canadian Rockies are the stunning backdrop for a rail journey aboard Rocky Mountaineer, while the pristine waters and breathtaking mountain peaks of the Alaska Inside Passage are the outlook for a seven night cruise aboard the Celebrity Eclipse ship.

Your journey begins with a day at leisure in the cosmopolitan city of Calgary, before the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains takes your breath away on the journey to Banff, Lake Louise and across the surface of Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefield. Climb aboard Rocky Mountaineer for the 'First Passage to the West' journey from Banff to Vancouver through winding river canyons, pristine forests, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Continental Divide, Cascade Mountains and the lush fields of Fraser Valley. Enjoy a day at leisure in the port city of Vancouver before embarking on the seven night Alaska Hubbard Glacier cruise through the Inside Passage in search of wildlife including mountain goats, bald eagles, bears, puffins and more. This awe-inspiring package includes return international flights, two day SilverLeaf service aboard Rocky Mountaineer, a seven night Celebrity cruise, seven nights hotel accommodation, 30 meals, and so much more.

This trip could be the peak of your 2019!

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth for Calgary!! Fly with Air Canada, Delta Airlines, United Airlines or American Airlines to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival be met and transferred to the hotel. Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.

Overnight: Fairfield by Marriott or similar, Calgary

Meals included: In-Flight

Today is spent at leisure in Calgary, a cosmopolitan city that has grown out of the Canadian west. It is steeped in tradition with stampedes and rodeo festivals, but balanced by modern culture, cool eateries and lively nightlife year round.

Overnight: Fairfield by Marriott or similar, Calgary

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you drive into the Rocky Mountains to the resort town of Banff (approximately 2 hours) which is nestled in the heart of Banff National Park. Upon arrival you will enjoy a brief orientation tour of the town and then transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore this amazing mountain town and soak up the breathtaking scenery.

Overnight: Ptarmigan Inn or similar, Banff

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning travel north from Banff along the famous Icefield Parkway. Soaring rocky mountain peaks, vast valleys, icefields and turquoise lakes are what make this journey one of the most captivating drives in the world. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, jump aboard the 'Ice Explorer' which is a huge snow coach that will take you across the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. The glacier is approximately 6 km long, covering an area of 6 km squared, and is measured to be between 90–300m thick. After this awesome journey turn back towards Banff. Along the way enjoy a stop at the picturesque Lake Louise, which provides one of Canada's most iconic photo opportunities. Continue back to Banff where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Today’s entire journey will include about 5 hours of travel time, not including stops along the way.

Overnight: Ptarmigan Inn or similar, Banff

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast transfer to the railway station to begin your Rocky Mountaineer experience. Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the BC Interior. Enjoy the spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped 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, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Upon arrival into Kamloops you will disembark the train and transfer to hotel accommodation. The rest of the evening will be spent at leisure.

Overnight: Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre or similar, Kamloops

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast transfer from the hotel to the railway station to continue your Rocky Mountaineer Experience. Your journey continues towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. 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 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. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver where you will be met and transferred onwards to your accommodation in the suburb of Richmond, south of the city centre.

Overnight: Pacific Gateway Hotel or similar, Richmond, Vancouver

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today is free at leisure to explore this beautiful coastal city. Among the world's most liveable cities - diverse, cultural, beautiful - this culinary capital treats you to fresh local seafood, farm-to-table produce, and authentic Asian flavours. West Coast architecture - modernism with a woodsy bent - emerged here. But while downtown shines with steel and glass, its epicentre is green Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre oasis of spectacular beaches, trails, and views.

Please note: the accommodation is located in the suburb of Richmond, approximately 30 minutes drive south of Vancouver’s city centre. Taxi transportation into the city centre can be arranged through your hotel reception (not included) or alternatively you can take advantage of the cities SkyTrain metro system (not included), with the nearest station just 10 minutes walk from your hotel.

Overnight: Pacific Gateway Hotel or similar, Richmond, Vancouver

Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy another morning at leisure before transferring to the cruise port around midday to board your home for the next 7 nights the ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ ship. The cruise departs at 4.30pm.

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises: ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

You'll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage. Home to diverse wildlife—orca, mountain goats, bald eagles, bears, puffins, sea otters and more—the complex labyrinth of fjords and bays are where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months. You'll never forget the sight of 40-ton whales hurling themselves into the air, almost completely escaping the water. If you're especially lucky, you could see them swimming together to create a bubble net, trapping and eating fish by the enormous mouthful.

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises: ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Please note the port visited on this day is dependent on your departure date.

Icy Strait Point - 3.30pm to 10.00pm (12 May & 8 September departure dates) For thousands of years, the Tlingit Indians have called this place home. Located near the city of Hoonah, and home to a historic cannery, Icy Strait Point also offers travellers the chance to view wildlife like humpback whales, orcas, seals, eagles, and brown bears, or to explore monuments to the region's fishing heritage.

Sitka, Alaska - 9.30am to 8.00pm (30 June & 28 July departures dates) A Russian settlement until the Alaska Purchase of 1867, Sitka's Russian heritage is still very much rooted in the city. Visit St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral for a pristine example of period architecture (not included). A walk along the promenade in Whale Park offers a chance to view breaching humpback whales while a trek into Sitka Historical Park reveals stunning coastal trails and hundred-year-old totem poles (not included).

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises: ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy incredible picture-perfect views from just about anywhere on the ship as the dedicated onboard naturalist narrates the experience and keeps an eye out for the whales, harbour seals, and otters that hunt and play in the waters of Yakutat Bay. With its dramatic and massive 7-mile-wide face, and ever-changing wall of ice, the Hubbard Glacier lives long in the memory of any visitor to Alaska.

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises: ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital, sits in the state’s panhandle, at the base of 3,819-ft Mount Roberts. Here's your chance to take a glacial dogsled adventure in Alaska's capital (not included), where cultured sophistication meets the ruggedness of the Last Frontier.

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises: ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

You've never tasted salmon so fresh. Known as the 'salmon capital of the world', Ketchikan is also the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who have carved the world's largest collection of totem poles. If you're up for an adventure, take a canoe and nature trail excursion through the rain forest or a wilderness exploration followed by a sumptuous crab feast you'll long remember (not included).

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises: ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Head back through the Alaska Inside Passage for another chance at seeing the amazing wildlife that call this area home.

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises: ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today arrive back into Vancouver and disembark the cruise ship after breakfast. The Canada Place cruise terminal is conveniently located in downtown Vancouver in close proximity to entertainment, restaurants, shopping and attractions, and is only 30 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Luggage storage facilities are also available (not included) so you may explore downtown without the restrictions of your luggage.

Please note: Flights will depart back to Australia from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) from early afternoon, through to late evening depending on your departure city and the airline used. Please note your departure airport transfers are not included and will be your own responsibility. This will allow you time to explore the city at leisure and depart on your own accord depending on your flight time. The Canada Place Cruise Terminal is conveniently located 3 minutes walk from the Waterfront Station where Vancouver's famous SkyTrain can take you to Vancouver International Airport in under 30 minutes (not included).

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Calgary, Alberta
  • Discover Banff in the scenic Canadian Rockies
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of Banff
  • Travel along the jaw-dropping Icefields Parkway
  • Ride the Ice Explorer on Athabasca Glacier
  • Admire the turquoise waters of Lake Louise
  • Journey by rail through Rogers Pass in the heart of Glacier National Park
  • Enjoy sweeping views of the Fraser River Valley and Fraser Canyon
  • Cruise the beauty of the famed Inside Passage in Alaska
  • Spot awe-inspiring wildlife including humpback whales and orcas
  • See the famous Hubbard Glacier
  • Discover Alaska’s remote capital city of Juneau
  • Dock in Ketchikan, Alaska - the ‘salmon capital of the world’
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Two day SilverLeaf Service onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • Experience the ‘First Passage to the West’ route from Banff to Vancouver
  • Pre-paid gratuities/tipping onboard
  • 7 night ‘Alaska Hubbard Glacier’ cruise with Celebrity Cruises
  • Sail aboard the amazing ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ ship
  • Selected entertainment and standard (pre-paid gratuities)
  • Enjoy 30 meals including daily breakfast
  • Airline, rail and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • English speaking driver/ tour leader on days 1 to 5
  • Transportation by private vehicles
  • Transfer airport to hotel (day 1)
  • Transfer hotel to train station (day 5)
  • Transfer train station to hotel (day 5)
  • Transfer hotel to train station (day 6)
  • Transfer train station to hotel (day 6)
  • Transfer hotel to port (day 8)

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed  within 72 hours of purchase.

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please Note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 8th September 2019.

Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share.

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Inside Stateroom: $3000
- Ocean View Stateroom: $3750
- Verandah Stateroom: $4050

Departure Dates (2019)
May: 12
June: *30 (SOLD OUT)
September: 8

Surcharges
Please note: Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $500 per person.

Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth.

Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide or *Perth: $350 per person.

Rocky Mountaineer Service Upgrade
GoldLeaf: $730 per person
- Upgraded rail service on both days and upgraded accommodation in Kamloops on day 5.
Please note: This upgrade is subject to availability and must be chosen and paid for upon purchase of the holiday through our online check out or with one of our friendly reservation consultants over the phone.



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Air Canada, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Air New Zealand, China Southern, China Airlines, Air China, Korean Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).



Arrive early
Not available.

Stay behind in Vancouver, Canada
$300 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Stopover Packages
Not available.

Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy (Only valid for long haul flight from Australia to North America): Starting from $2999 per person.
- Business Class (Only valid for long haul flight from Australia to North America): Buy now for $6499 per person.
Please note: 
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration.
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- Please note: If Abu Dhabi or Dubai stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Cabins
All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.



Accommodation Used


3 Star (self-rated):

- Calgary: Fairfield by Marriott

- Banff: Ptarmigan Inn

- Kamloops: Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre

- Vancouver: Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond

- Cruise: Celebrity Cruises: ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ ship

Please note: Rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.



Extra Nights
Not available.

Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).

Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.

Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability.
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.

Bedding Configuration
2 x Single or 1 x Queen/King (subject to availability).

Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotel's discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 30, maximum group size 48 per vehicle.

Optional Tours / Activities
Please note:
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability).
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).



- Visa fees and requirements (An ETA for Canada and ESTA Visa Waiver for the USA are strict requirements if travelling on an Australian passport).
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise).
- Gratuities/tipping.
*Recommended land: $2 CAD per person/day payable on tour for the coach drive/tour leader.
*Mandatory cruise: Additional gratuities are payable on additional items and services such as wines and spa treatments.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise).
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance (Mandatory).
Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
Vancouver:
Vancouver usually enjoys excellent summer weather characterised by very pleasant, warm days with abundant sunshine. Average daytime temperature in July being 22°C.

Banff:
The climate in Banff is cold and temperate due to its elevation (1400m). There is significant rainfall throughout the year in Banff, even the driest month still has a lot of rainfall. Summer temperatures are the warmest month and are pleasant with an average high of 21.6 °C and an average low of 7.3 °C. Snow has been recorded in all months of the year. 

Alaska:
Alaska’s Inside Passage region has a temperate summer climate. Dry in early summer, with slightly more rain likely from August onward, temperatures average between 4 °C and 20 °C. The weather is changeable. Expect long days of sunlight.

TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 

Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 

Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 

CRUISE
Disembarkation:
Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to. 

COACH TOUR
Meals:
Some meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.

Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.

Gratuities:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is $2 CAD per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. Pre-paid gratuities onboard the cruise are included in the package price. Any optional extras purchased onboard the cruise will have up to an 18% gratuity added.

Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a basic level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.



If travelling on an Australian Passport, the following tourist visas apply:
- An ESTA (Visa Waiver) for the USA is a strict requirement when travelling to or flying through the USA. Once a USA ESTA Visa Waiver is issued it is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires (whichever is sooner) and will allow multiple entries into the USA. For information on ESTA eligibility or to apply, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
- An ETA for Canada is also a strict requirement as of the 15 March 2016. Apply via this link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp
- Canadian dual citizens must check their visa/passport requirements prior to purchase as there have been consular changes made on the November 10, 2016. Please follow this link for more information - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/dual-canadian-citizens.asp

Please Note:
- Due to recent changes in the USA Immigration policies, TripADeal recommend all travellers visit US Customs & Border Protection: https:// www.cbp.gov/
- Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.



· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.



Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply.
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