Tailor-Made

Alaska and Canada Bears, Whales and Wilderness

An exciting tailor-made safari through the wonders of Alaska and Canada in search of grizzlies and whales with incredible sightseeing opportunities.

Duration 27 days
Price From $15,473
When JUN - SEP
Destination Alaska & Canada

Safari Overview

Journey through the awe-inspiring locations of Banff, the Canadian Rockies, the Rainbow Canyon and Glendale Cove, to name a few, on this ultimate adventure to Alaska and Canada. You will spend your first 19 days exploring the most incredible areas the countries have to offer, including Lake Louise, Kamloops and the Campbell River, before embarking on your week long cruise on the expedition ship, the Wilderness Adventurer.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Witness huge grizzlies fishing for salmon
  • Explore the majestic Canadian Rockies
  • Sail the Inside Passage in Alaska
  • Spend half a day watching the spectacular Orca whales in Victoria

Expect to see grizzlies catching salmon, Orca whales swimming in Swartz Bay and sea lions relaxing in Glacier Bay National Park.

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Day by day

Day 1

Calgary - Banff

You will arrive in Calgary and pick up your rental car to begin your adventure. Your first stop is Banff, a short 2 hour drive from Calgary, where you’ll travel on the Trans-Canada Highway, or the more scenic 1A Highway, to your hotel. You can then check in and spend your first day at your own leisure.

Day 2

Banff Sightseeing (Banff Gondola)

Today you can take the whole day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In the town, you'll find plenty of exciting things to do including shopping, nightlife and museums. Take a trip to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Gondola to see a breath-taking panoramic view of the Bow Valley, then wander to the Upper Hot Springs and take a dip in the hot mineral pools.

Day 3

Banff to Lake Louise

Depart Banff and travel along the Bow Valley Parkway between Banff and Lake Louise and take in the incredible scenic outlooks and pullouts. Stop for a quick nature walk at Johnston Canyon and stand in the spray of a roaring mountain waterfall. After your nature walk, continue your journey to the "Jewel of the Rockies", Lake Louise, the most famous glacial lake in the Canadian Rockies.

Day 4

Lake Louise to Jasper

Today, travel through the spine of the Canadian Rockies along the picturesque Icefields Parkway. The views, wildlife, blue lakes and waterfalls en route are truly breath-taking (please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June). Stop at Peyto Lake along the way and don't miss the Columbia Icefield for a ride onto the Anthabasca Glacier before continuing on to Jasper.

Day 5

Jasper Sightseeing

Explore the charming village of Jasper and enjoy a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain, a visit to one of the most photographed lakes in the world, Maligne Lake, or take a 90 minute cruise towards the south end of the lake itself. Ensure you have your camera handy for your stop at Spirit Island so you can take your own version of the famous photograph of the lake.

Day 6

Jasper to Kamloops

Board the Rocky Mountaineer and wind along the 'Yellowhead' Route past the grandeur of Mount Robson, following the Thompson River which once was the route of early fur traders, and arrive in Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia.

Day 7

Kamloops to Vancouver

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer again today as you head to Vancouver. Follow the Thompson River and pass through the pinks, greens and greys of the Rainbow Canyon and continue on to the Fraser Canyon until you reach Hell's Gate. Here, you can watch the water torrent pass the canyon walls at its narrowest point. On your last leg of the journey, pass through the fertile farming region of the Fraser Valley and arrive in the Pacific Port of Vancouver in the late afternoon.

Overnight: The Loden Hotel B,L

Day 8

Vancouver

Spend today at your leisure in the bustling city of Vancouver. Take a walk along the beautiful waterfront, explore the city itself or get away from it all with a trip to Grouse Mountain, or the Capilano Suspension Bridge which is just a short trip from the city.

Overnight: The Loden Hotel N/A

Day 9

Vancouver - Victoria

This morning you will transfer to Tsawwassen and catch a ferry to Swartz Bay in Victoria. The journey takes just 1 hour and 35 minutes, and when you arrive you'll have the day at your leisure to explore the fantastic surroundings and try some of the delicious local seafood cuisine.

Overnight: Oswego Hotel N/A

Day 10

Victoria

This morning you will enjoy a half day whale watching tour at one of the best spots off the coast of Victoria. You'll be taken out on a 12 passenger zodiac to experience the incredible orcas up close.

Overnight: Oswego Hotel N/A

Day 11

Victoria - Campbell River

Head north along the Vancouver Island coastline today towards Campbell River, the gateway to Knight Inlet and the Great Bear Rainforest. Park your car at the floatplane terminal for the duration of your stay and take the shuttlebus to your hotel for the evening before your floatplane transfer to Knight Inlet the following morning.

Day 12

Campbell River - Knight Inlet

Take your floatplane this morning at 9:30am to Knight Inlet, travelling through the breath-taking scenery of the central coast and past the waters of the home of the orca, grey and humpback whales, the Queen Charlotte Strait. You will have lunch at the lodge when you arrive, ready for an afternoon grizzly bear experience at one of a number of different locations. The location of your experience will be based on where the bears have been most active that day.

Overnight: Knight Inlet Lodge B,L,D

Days 13-14

Knight Inlet

Spend the next 2 days viewing the wildlife of the local area. Watch the grizzlies as they feed on sedge grasses, berries and clams in the early season then feast on their freshly-caught salmon in the late season. Enjoy wildlife walks, boating safaris and sea kayaking during your stay. As well as grizzlies, you may see wolves, black bears, eagles and killer whales.

Overnight: Knight Inlet Lodge B,L,D

Day 15

Knight Inlet - Campbell River - Tofino

Enjoy a continental breakfast before boarding the boats for a few more hours' wildlife viewing and returning for a hearty brunch! After brunch, in the early afternoon, you'll be taken back to Campbell River to collect your car from Campbell Bay and begin your onward self-drive tour of Vancouver Island. Head south west to Tofino on the West Coast and make a picture stop at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the magnificent 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar Trees. Continue your journey through Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of Cascade Mountains and arrive in Tofino in the mid-afternoon.

Overnight: Wickaninnish Inn B

Day 16

Tofino Bear Watching

The black bears of Tofino semi-hibernate during the winter and, come May, they leave their dens and head to the ocean in search of food. Whilst the bears search for food in the intertidal zone, you can observe and photograph their behaviour from your Zodiac. The shallow draft of the Zodiac is ideal for manoeuvring in the small bays.

Overnight: Wickaninnish Inn N/A

Day 17

Tofino - Parksville

Drive back through the Cascade Mountains and make your way to Port Alberni. Here you can visit the Maclean Mill National Historic Site (optional cost) which is the last surviving steam-operated sawmill in Western Canada.

Day 18

Parksville - Vancouver

Today you will leave Parksville and continue further south to catch the ferry from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay. On arrival, drive along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Vancouver, pass over the Lion's Gate bridge and drive through the world famous Stanley Park to reach your car hire drop off point.

Day 19

Vancouver - Juneau

Today you will transfer to the airport from your hotel and catch your flight to Juneau. From here, you will check in to your hotel and spend the evening exploring this beautiful city at your leisure.

Day 20

Juneau - Embarkation

After a morning spent freely, embark on the Wilderness Adventure in the afternoon ready for a week of sailing adventures through scenic channels and secluded wilderness. This is not mainstream cruising, but rather an exploration of the wilderness of Alaska.

Days 21-22

Glacier Bay National Park

Spend two days travelling nearly 60 miles up-bay to the magnificent tidewater glaciers of Grand Pacific and Margerie, accompanied by your National Park Ranger. If the conditions allow, the zodiacs will be lowered and you will have the chance to weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the glaciers. In the evening, relax whilst the ship is at anchor, then paddle in your kayak in the quiet of the majestic wilderness in the morning. In the bay, there is a world of wildlife ready to be discovered against the backdrop of the most spectacular scenery.

Day 23

Icy Strait

Today you will experience the ultimate day of exploration. Set course on the whale-rich waters of the Icy Strait and look out for the blow of the humpbacks as you search for whales, porpoise, sea lions and other wildlife. In the late afternoon, set out on the skiffs and kayaks to enjoy a closer inspection of the coastline and keep an eye out for bear sightings! In the evening, relax on the upper deck in the hot tub or enjoy a tipple with your yacht mates in the saloon.

Day 24

Chichagof Island and Baranof Island

Today there is no binding agenda so cruise the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island and be amazed at the scenery of Alaska's wilderness as the crew guide you through those "not in the guide book" places that are known only to locals. As darkness falls, enjoy activities such as zodiac cruises, beachcombing, treks ashore and kayaking in search of wildlife before settling near Baranof Island for the night.

Day 25

Frederick Sound and Stephen's Passage

Today, explore Frederick Sound and Stephen's Passage, another chance to view the spectacular humpback whales and other marine wildlife. View the playful antics of the sea lions at Five Fingers Lighthouse and later, cruise the bays where evergreen forests crowd the shores.

Day 26

Ford's Terror and Endicott Arm

With more designated Wilderness Areas than any state in the nation, Alaska's mountainous mainland is widely acclaimed as the most beautiful area in the state. The finest areas include Endicott Arm and Ford's Terror - an unspoilt tidal inlet and fjord. Head out on a kayak or skiff to explore the majestic fjord of Endicott Arm, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and calving glaciers. On your final night, join your captain for a farewell dinner where your expedition leaders will share a selection of photos from your trip.

Day 27

Juneau - Depart

Enjoy breakfast with your fellow yachters before returning to historic Juneau. You will then transfer to the airport to begin your journey home.

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