Essential Canada and Alaska
on 6 Dec 2018
Essential Canada & Alaska
Cast your armchair aside and check out the majesty of Canada & Alaska – a region so pristine, breathtaking beautiful and captivatingly cultural. Full of soaring mountains, sublime glaciers and lakes, dense forests, wildlife and unusual pursuits such as dog sledding, not to mention beautiful cities and towns such as Vancouver, Victoria, Banff and Lake Louise and finishing with a luxury cruise along the Inside Passage, this trip is a box ticker. Don’t just experience a slice of heaven. Come and enjoy a jolly great chunk.
Enjoy full bragging rights
With APT and Phil Hoffmann Travel, savour 2 weeks in the Rockies (starting in Victoria, with Whistler, Sun Peaks, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver), whale watching, floatplane sightseeing over Whistler Blackcomb, Harley Davidson sidecar rides into the Rockies outside of Jasper, helicoptering over the glaciers at Banff, a week all told in the Rockies - 2 nights Jasper, 2 nights Lake Louise staying at the incomparable Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise overlooking the bewitching lake and 3 nights Banff staying at the legendary Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Travelling west, relish 2 days on the Rocky Mountaineer in Gold Class with all meals and drinks. Then, from Vancouver sail away on a 7-night Alaskan Inside Passage cruise travelling in sublime style onboard Holland America Line’s five-star cruise liners. Cruise through island-dotted sounds, glacier-cut fjords, see rugged mountains and tumbling waterfalls. Discover Ketchikan, the salmon capital of the world, spectacular Juneau, which is set in a narrow fjord, Skagway – home of the legendary Klondike White Pass Railway and Glacier Bay National Park.
A license to thrill
With Phil Hoffmann Travel and APT enjoy a peerless experience in Canada and Alaska, underpinned by more than 25 years experience.
With Phil Hoffmann Travel and APT you’ll enjoy:
- Prestigious hotel accommodation including guaranteed view rooms at both The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs
- A whole week in the Canadian Rockies
- GoldLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer
- Premium Alaska cruising with Holland America Line inc. guaranteed Verandah Staterooms
- The finest dining including ‘Freedom of Choice Dining’
- Freedom of Choice included touring options (a dizzyingly good choice)
- Signature Experiences such as ‘Meet a Canadian Mountie’ in Banff!
- The inclusion of gratuities
Food, glorious food
It’s not all meat and Yukon Gold potatoes...
From gourmet meals prepared by onboard chefs aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to breakfast at Victoria’s Butchart Gardens, not to mention ‘Freedom of Choice’ dining where you decide the restaurant from an enviable selection, plus at-sea dining with Holland America Line, you’ll return sated. Try Poutine – curious Montreal dish if you get a chance. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise serves an awesome rendition of this classic in their Lakeview Lounge.
The quaff factor
Most oenophiles would find it hard to believe that “Canadian wine” is not an oxymoron. Actually, Canada and wine go together like wine and cheese, or cork and cleaver, if you will. Canada’s most famous vintage is ice wine, a luscious desert wine. However, the country boasts more than 500 wineries, many in British Columbia. White is predominant, but there are some red varietals. Bottom’s up!
Traditional artefacts crafted by Canada’s First Nations people make for authentic gifts. In Victoria, Red Canoe brand tee-shirts feature vintage designs. The Hudson’s Bay Department store (Victoria, Banff and Vancouver) sell a quality range of souvenir clothing, blankets, travel bags and more. Maple syrup products including the syrup itself, maple-infused cookies and maple-cured salmon make for great gifts, as does Canada’s most famous make-up brand – MAC. Holt Renfrew and The Hudson’s Bay department stores in Vancouver offer a stellar range of MAC, plus Canadian and US-brand clothing at prices more affordable than here in Australia.
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