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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
Canada and Alaska are destinations that offer something for everyone -- from the energy and excitement of the big cities such as Vancouver to the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies and Alaska's In side Pas sage. Combining indigenous, French and British traditions, British Columbia is a culturally-diverse destination and an excellent starting point to discover the very best of Canada and Alaska. Situated on the coast of British Columbia, Vancouver is a world-class city waiting to be discovered, with sightseeing highlights such as the Waterfront, historic Gastown and Stanley Park all on the agenda. From here, the journey takes you into Alberta and the heart of the Rockies aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world's most renow ned train journeys. Travelling in GoldLeaf ser vice seating, you're guaranteed a stylish jour ney from the best seat in the house. Admire the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, view the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains, see the thundering waters of Hell's Gate, follow the Thompson River to historic Kamloops, jour ney through the engineering mar vel of the Spiral Tunnels and cross the Continental Divide into Banff National Park over an unforgettable two days. It's a magical jour ney, and by the end of it, you'll find yourself deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, where the famed alpine villages of Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Sun Peaks and Whistler await. Enjoy many nights in this stunning region, where you'll get the chance to feel at one with nature amid the pristine wilder ness that abounds. Stroll around the startlingly blue waters of Lake Louise with a mountain heritage guide; ride a specially-designed Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier; and discover Whistler, bustling with the excitement of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Returning to the coast, the next port of call is Vancouver Island. After a scenic fer ry ride across the Georgia Strait, the wonders of Victoria await. Enjoy a unique breakfast in the world famous Butchart Gardens and then choose from a range of exciting touring options on the island. From here it's time to take to the high seas, exploring the Inside Passage with Holland America Line. From a luxurious Verandah Stateroom, incredible views are guaranteed. Alaska's capital, Juneau, is perfectly located at the base of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel. Skagway will prove to be a delight for history buffs, with the tow n's frontier heritage still alive in the streets today. And lovers of seafood will rejoice in Ketchikan, widely regarded as the salmon capital of the world. The other highlight of this cruise is Glacier Bay National Park. It's easy to see why this national park has acquired World Heritage status, with its mesmerising mix of diverse wildlife and constantly-calving glaciers. As the ship m akes its way to Vancouver, you'll enjoy the time you have to reflect on the incredible adventure you've had exploring the wonders of Canada and Alaska. For more information, visit your local branch or contact RACT Travelworld on 1300 368 111. The 'Gem s of the Rockies & Alaska' tour departs on 9 May 2010. This comprehensive touring program takes you to all the highlights Canada and Alaska have to offer, travelling by coach, train and premium ocean ship. Explore Va ncouver before stepping aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an exciting journey through the majestic Rockies. Explore the alpine villages of Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, and Whistler to Victoria. Then board your Holland America Line ship, the MS Zuiderdam, for a seven night cruise of the Inside Passage, stopping in Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan. Delights of Canada and Alaska 67 December 09 / January 10
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