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15 Day Northern Discovery

  • Go in search of the magical Northern Lights
  • Cruise Alaska’s spectacular Inside Passage
Includes Return International Flights

Three bucket list experiences, one incredible trip. Tick off the Canadian Rockies, Alaska’s Inside Passage and the magical Northern Lights on this dazzling 15 day fly, tour and cruise adventure.

Journey deep into the heart of the Canadian Rockies; travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway, visit iconic national parks from Banff to Jasper and Mount Revelstoke, and stop to marvel at the serene waters of lakes Louise and Moraine. Relax with overnight visits to the resort towns of Banff and Golden, and discover the highlights of Vancouver on a city sightseeing tour. Climb aboard the Island Princess cruise ship for a relaxing five night journey through Alaska’s Inside Passage, docking in the remote Alaskan capital of Juneau, as well as Ketchikan, known as the ‘salmon capital of the world’. When it seems the trip can’t get any better, travel into Canada’s remote Yukon Territory for a chance to see the magical Northern Lights! With return flights, seven nights hotel accommodation on tour, a five night Princess cruise and more, this trip has everything needed for a magical adventure!

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 please make your own way to the hotel for check-in. Check in is from 3pm onwards and luggage storage will be available for any passengers with an early arrival.

Overnight: Ramada Plaza Calgary Airport or similar, Calgary, Alberta

Meals included: In-Flight

This morning enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you drive into the Rocky Mountains towards Banff National Park (approx. 2 hours). The incredible glaciers, dramatic peaks and brilliant emerald waters of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake have wowed visitors since the 1890s. Experience the birthplace of Canadian mountaineering today.

You will visit Lake Louise, the ‘Jewel of the Canadian Rockies’, and the world renowned Moraine Lake (subject to weather conditions) - both of which are part of a UNESCO world heritage site. Story telling abounds on this trip as you learn of the mountaineering history and local legends of the area. Afterwards drive onwards to the resort town of Banff to check into the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops.

Please note: Moraine Lake visit is subject to weather conditions. In the case that Moraine Lake is not visited, an extended visit to Lake Louise will take place.

Overnight: Inns of Banff or similar, Banff

Meals included: None

This morning drive along the famous Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) and Jasper National Parks from Banff north towards the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre (approx. 2.5 hours). Considered the most beautiful drive in the world, the jaw-dropping scenery is punctuated by more than 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls cascading from dramatic rock sprees and turquoise lakes set in sweeping valleys. Views of Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Summit and Mistaya Canyon are sure to please all who journey to this amazing part of the world. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre take an opportunity to ride on the specially designed 'Ice Explorer' (not included) which takes you onto the surface of the stunning Columbia Glacier. In the afternoon drive onwards to the town of Golden (approx. 2.5 hours).

Overnight: Travelodge or similar, Golden

Meals included: None

This morning journey through three of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Yoho. On the way stop at Eagle Pass and visit the ‘Last Spike’ of the transcontinental railway where it connects the east to the west. Continue onwards to the town of Abbotsford outside of Vancouver where you will check-in to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure. Please note this day will involve approximately eight hours of travel, including rest stops along the way. Fortunately, you will be blessed with amazing sights along the way, including huge snow-capped mountains and beautiful tree-lined lakes.

Overnight: Quality Hotel or similar, Abbotsford

Meals included: None

Today head to Vancouver for an introductory city tour including Chinatown, Gastown and Stanley Park. Then transfer to Canada Place in downtown Vancouver where you will embark, your home for the next 5 nights, Princess Cruise Lines ‘Island Princess’ ship. The cruise departs at 4:30pm.

Overnight: Princess Cruise Lines ‘Island Princess’ Ship

Meals included: Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Princess Cruise Lines ‘Island Princess’ Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Dock in Juneau, the remote capital of Alaska, where cultured sophistication meets the ruggedness of the Last Frontier. Juneau is a capital of contrasts and conflicts. It borders a waterway that never freezes but lies beneath an ice field that never melts. Here there is a chance to take a glacial dogsled adventure in Alaska's capital (not included).

Overnight: Princess Cruise Lines ‘Island Princess’ Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

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 rainforest or a wilderness exploration followed by a sumptuous crab feast you'll long remember (not included).

Overnight: Princess Cruise Lines ‘Island Princess’ Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Princess Cruise Lines ‘Island Princess’ Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive back into Vancouver. Here you will disembark and enjoy some time at leisure. This afternoon/evening (flight time dependent) you will be required to make your own way to Vancouver Airport for your onwards flight to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. Upon arrival be met with a transfer to the hotel in downtown Whitehorse and enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure. The hotel is located within walking distance of all attractions, restaurants, banks and stores. 

Please note: Luggage storage facilities are available at an additional cost at the Vancouver Cruise Port for travellers who wish to use them during their free time in Vancouver prior to travelling onwards to Whitehorse.

Overnight: Best Western Gold Rush Inn or Coast High Country Inn, Whitehorse

Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a sleep in this morning, with a 10:00am start for a city tour of Whitehorse. Sightseeing includes the main street, Train Depot of the White Pass and Yukon Route, Log Skyscraper, Log Church, Sternwheeler ‘SS Klondike’, Fish ladder, Schwatka Lake and some residential areas. This evening at 9:30pm depart for Aurora viewing. In a warm up cabin enjoy hot drinks and snacks whilst you may sit around a roaring fire and share stories waiting for your chance to see this amazing natural phenomenon. Return to the hotel around 2.00am.

Please note: Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is a natural light display in the Earth's sky, predominantly seen in the high-latitude regions such as the Whitehorse area. Sightings of this phenomenon cannot be guaranteed due to variables such as cloud cover or lack of solar flares on the sun or solar wind. Because of this you will enjoy two viewing opportunities across two days to increase your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis.

Overnight: Best Western Gold Rush Inn or Coast High Country Inn, Whitehorse

Meals included: None

Today is yours to spend at leisure perhaps exploring this fascinating gold rush town. Tonight enjoy another chance to witness the amazing Northern Lights with a 9:30pm departure. Again in a warm up cabin enjoy hot drinks and snacks whilst you may sit around a roaring fire and share stories waiting for your chance to see this amazing natural phenomenon. Return to the hotel around 2.00am.

Overnight: Best Western Gold Rush Inn or Coast High Country Inn, Whitehorse

Meals included: None

Today transfer to Whitehorse Airport for your return flight to Australia. Customers who wish to break up their journey on the way home may do so in Los Angeles or San Francisco for a fee. Please see the important information for further details.

Meals included: In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Journey into the jaw-dropping Rocky Mountains
  • Marvel at the beauty of lakes Louise and Moraine (Moraine Lake subject to weather)
  • Travel along the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway
  • Witness Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Summit and Mistaya Canyon
  • Stay the night in the resort towns of Banff and Golden
  • Take in the beauty of Yoho, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks
  • Visit the ‘Last Spike’ of the transcontinental railway
  • Explore Gastown, Stanley Park and more on a Vancouver city tour
  • Experience two tours to see the magical Aurora Borealis (subject to weather)
  • Enjoy a scenic tour of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory
  • Cruise to Alaska’s remote capital of Juneau
  • Dock in Ketchikan, the ‘Salmon Capital of the World
  • Discover Alaska’s magical Inside Passage
  • Spot wildlife including humpback whales and seals
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • 1-way internal flight (economy class): Vancouver to Whitehorse
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 5 night Alaska Inside Passage cruise with Princess Cruises
  • Sail aboard the fantastic 'Island Princess' ship
  • Enjoy all meals whilst cruising
  • National park fees
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private A/C coach
  • Transfer hotel to cruise port (day 5)
  • Transfer airport to hotel (day 10)
  • Transfer hotel to airport (day 13)

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 in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on the 7th September 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Interior Stateroom: $2700
- Balcony Stateroom: $3600
 
Departure Dates
7th September 2019
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide or *Perth: $350 per person



Full Service Airline(s) Used


International flights:

Air Canada, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

 

Domestic flights:

Air Canada, Air North, WestJet (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in Calgary, Canada
$300 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- 30th July 2019 is the earliest possible date of arrival.
- 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.
 
Stay behind in Vancouver, Canada
$400 per person, subject to availability
- Stay behinds are not permitted any later than the 30th November 2019
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- This fee does however include an internal flight from Whitehorse to Vancouver. If you wish to forfeit this flight please advise our friendly reservations team so we may secure your return flight back to Australia. Please note, by choosing to forfeit your connecting flight the cost does not change.
- If you fail to notify TripADeal that you will not be taking the Whitehorse to Vancouver flight with this Stay Behind option, and do not show up for this flight, your entire return flight will be at risk of cancellation by the airline.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Los Angeles, USA
$500 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- Please contact our friendly reservations team to make this booking and provide your preferred travel dates.
- This stay behind option is not available through the online check out.
- Stay behinds are not permitted any later than the 30th November 2019
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- This fee does however include an internal flight from Whitehorse to Los Angeles. If you wish to forfeit this flight please advise our friendly reservations team so we may secure your return flight back to Australia. Please note, by choosing to forfeit your connecting flight the cost does not change.
- If you fail to notify TripADeal that you will not be taking the Whitehorse to Los Angeles flight with this Stay Behind option, and do not show up for this flight, your entire return flight will be at risk of cancellation by the airline.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in San Francisco, USA
$500 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- Please contact our friendly reservations team to make this booking and provide your preferred travel dates. 
- This stay behind option is not available through the online check out.
- Stay behinds are not permitted any later than the 30th November 2019
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- This fee does however include an internal flight from Whitehorse to San Francisco. If you wish to forfeit this flight please advise our friendly reservations team so we may secure your return flight back to Australia. Please note, by choosing to forfeit your connecting flight the cost does not change.
- If you fail to notify TripADeal that you will not be taking the Whitehorse to San Francisco flight with this Stay Behind option, and do not show up for this flight, your entire return flight will be at risk of cancellation by the airline.
- 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 (Australia to North America return sectors only): Buy now for $4400 per person
- Business Class (Australia to North America return sectors only): Buy now for $7700 per person
Please note: 
- 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.



Cabins


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





Accommodation Used


3 Star (self-rated):

- Calgary: Ramada Plaza Calgary Airport

- Banff: Inns of Banff

- Golden: Travelodge

- Abbotsford: Quality Hotel

- Cruise: Princess Cruise Lines: ‘Island Princess’ ship (4 star)

- Whitehorse: Best Western Gold Rush Inn OR Coast High Country Inn

Please note: Accommodation/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
2 people.
 
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
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Single or twin/double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 30, maximum group size 52 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Day 3: Columbia Icefield “Ice Explorer” Ride: $95 CAD (approx. $96 AUD) per person
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- 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 (a ESTA Visa Waiver for the USA and a ETA for Canada 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: $10 AUD per person/day in total for driver and guide
- * Mandatory cruise: $13.50 USD (approx. $18 AUD) per person/day payable on cruise
- Transfer airport to hotel (day 1)
- Transfer cruise port to airport (day 10)
- 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.



NORTHERN LIGHTS (AURORA BOREALIS)
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is a natural light display in the Earth's sky, predominantly seen in the high-latitude regions such as the Whitehorse area. Sightings of this phenomenon cannot be guaranteed due to variables such as cloud cover or lack of solar flares on the sun or solar wind. Because of this you will enjoy two viewing opportunities across two days to increase your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis.
 
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. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Vancouver:
Vancouver usually enjoys excellent summer/spring weather characterised by very pleasant, warm days with abundant sunshine. Average daytime high temperatures in September are 19°C.
 
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.
 
Whitehorse:
The weather in Whitehorse ranges from sunny, warm summers to cold, snowy winters. In summer, the temperature can be plus 30°C and the hot spot of Canada while in winter it can drop to minus 30°C. In this land of the ‘midnight sun’, daylight hours in summer can be as much as 20 hours of sunlight per day, in winter it can be as short as 6.5 hours per day. Average daytime temperature in September reaches a maximum of 12°C.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
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. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
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.
 
OTHER
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 general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
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 $10 AUD per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. The cruise is a mandatory $13.50 (approx. $18 AUD) per person/day payable onboard at the end of the cruise. Please note: additional extras purchased onboard will also have a gratuity of up to 18% charged on to of the normal ship board gratuity.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



- 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/ 
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



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



Please note: Due to limited availability, passenger name and date changes are strictly prohibited for this offer. This overrides the Schedule of Fees in our standard Terms & Conditions. No refunds will be issued once offer has been purchased.
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