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Journeys : August September 2009
The Canadian dream – lakes, mountains, glaciers and wildlife Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge C anada and Alaska are destinations that offer something for everyone – from the energy and excitement of the big cities such as Vancouver and Victoria to the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies and the Inside Passage of Alaska. With just the right combination of outstanding accommodation, sumptuous meals and stunning scenery, Canada is the perfect destination and Alaska is the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy a few days in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver – with an abundance of restaurants and some of the finest shopping around, you will certainly take home more than you started with! Don’t forget to visit Stanley Park and include a visit to Vancouver’s North Shore including Grouse Mountain, for sensational views of the city, mountains and coastline. Get set for one of the world’s most scenic journeys aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. Crossing the Continental Divide, you descend through the engineering marvel of the Spiral Tunnels, then weave through rugged terrain and spectacular valleys, with cascading waterfalls, towering peaks and glistening glaciers. Discover the alpine towns of the Rockies, including Sun Peaks, Jasper and Banff, where you can take a gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy an overnight stay at the ski village of Whistler – home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, this pedestrian-only village is one of Canada’s great year-round destinations with ‘soft’ and ‘extreme’ activities available throughout the year. Your accommodation for the night, the Westin Resort & Spa, is located a heartbeat away from all the action. Enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel’s Aubergine Grill before heading out to enjoy a local beer at one of the many pubs and bars. You’ll also explore Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, located on Vancouver Island, with its delightful Inner Harbour and laid-back feel. All attractions are within a short stroll from your hotel, with charming pubs, cafes and shops along the main streets. A visit to the famous Butchart Gardens will be a highlight of your visit, with over 20 hectares of wonderful floral displays. In spring, the autumn plantings reach their peak with over 250,000 bulbs providing a riot of colour. Cruise aboard Holland America Line’s luxurious cruise ship as it glides its way along the magnificent Alaska coast. Spend seven nights sailing the Inside Passage to discover secluded inlets, snow-capped mountains and icy glaciers. From the deck of the ship, you’ll view Arctic wildlife including whales, porpoises and bears. With APT there are no hidden extras – the price covers everything, including shore excursions, accommodation and their APT signature experiences. And to save on your Canada tour, tipping of hotel and restaurant staff, tour director, driver and local guides is included. Tipping is also included on your Holland America Line cruise. By choosing to travel with APT you are guaranteed a range of inclusions, such as Verandah Staterooms on Holland America Line’s Alaskan Inside Passage cruise, GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer train, local Canadian tour directors, welcome receptions, farewell dinners and signature experiences – plus the freedom to choose your touring and dining experiences on tour, all included at no extra cost. You’ll enjoy the very best in accommodation, including Lake View Rooms at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, View Rooms for two nights at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and the five-star Westin Whistler Spa & Resort in the centre of town. APT chooses to offer the Alaskan cruise at the end of your tour because past travellers tell us they prefer to relax on the cruise after they have toured the Rockies or East Coast. For travel in 2010, APT has a range of incredible SuperDeals offering unbeatable savings. To discover the best offer for you, don’t delay – call now, as offers are strictly limited. For more information or to receive a copy of the new 2010 Canada & Alaska brochure, please contact RACT Travelworld on 1300 368 111 or visit your local branch. August / September 09 49
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