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Canada, Calgary Stampede & Alaskan Cruise

22 Days  |  Departing Friday 9th July 2021 and returning Friday 30th July 2021

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Progress Payment: $ 5320 6700 by 22 Feb 2021
Final Payment: $ 6079 7599 by 22 Mar 2021
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A magical tour awaits.

Wow Moment

Calgary Stampede - One of Calgary's most popular events

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience of a Lifetime
  • The Calgary Stampede Rodeo 
  • Chuckwagon Race & Grandstand Stage Show, Calgary 
  • Banff sightseeing including Sulphur Mountain and Bow Valley and Falls
  • Gondala Ride in Banff
  • Scenic Sightseeing from Banff to Lake Louise
  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • World Heritage UNESCO Jasper National Park
  • Athabasca Glacier Adventure and Skywalk
  • Sightseeing in Jasper
  • 90 Minute Cruise on Lake Maligne
  • Silver Leaf Rocky Mountaineer – Journey Throughout the Clouds Rail Journey from Jasper to Vancouver
  • Scenic and Historical Vancouer City Tour
  • Gastronomic Gastown Tour, Vancouver's Famous Foodie District
  • 7 Night Cruise of Alaska's Inside Passage Onboard 'Serenade of the Seas' - Ocean View Cabins
  • Port Calls including Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Tracey Arm Fjords
  • Full Day Excursion to Victoria including a visit to the Beautiful Butchart Gardens
  • Full Day Sightseeing Tour to Whistler including Peak to Peak Gondola Ride
  • Full Day Sightseeing of Vancouvers' North Shore including Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and a Visit to Grouse Mountain
  • Friends for Company
     

Inclusions

  • Personally Escorted from Australia, your SWT tour hostess is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
  • Return Economy Airfares ex Melbourne with Air Canada to Calgary/Vancouver 
  • Private Touring Coach with Professional Driver & Guides at each destination
  • 2 Day Rail journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer in Silver Leaf including lunch daily
  • 7 Night Cruise onboard Serenade of the Seas  - Ocean View Cabin
  • Private Airport, Rail and Hotel Transfers throughout
  • All meals whilst cruising
  • All Accommodation as detailed in itinerary
  • Amazing Sightseeing as per our itinerary
  • Wiling to Share Option (subject to availability)
  • Meet & Greet prior to departure (subject to minimum numbers attending)
  • Sisterhood Documentation and Ticket Wallet
  • Assistance with booking onshore cruise excursions
  • # Taxes subject to change

Optional Upgrades:

Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf - $853 (subject to availability)
Balcony Upgrade on Serenade of the Seas - $931 per person twin or $2112 single (subject to availability)

Not included:

Local tipping is customary in Canada & Alaska.  Sisterhood Womens Travel tipping system on all Group Tours involving tipping.  This system involves passengers contributing to a kitty which is  paid to the tour hostess at the beginning of the tour who then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf.  The estimated amount for your tour is USD150.00 and this will confirmed in your final documentation.

Independent Tipping (not included in the above)
Tipping for Rocky Mountaineer - suggest CAD25 per person
Cruise Gratuities whilst onboard - suggest USD15 per day (paid whilst onboard)

Notice

Visa Requirements:
You will need to obtain a VISA Waiver for entry into the USA (Alaska) - approx USD14.00 - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
You will need to obtain a VISA Waiver for entry into Canada - approx CAD6.00 - Canada ESTA Application

** IF, WHEN APPLYING, YOU ARE ASKED TO PAY MORE - DO NOT PROCEED ** It will be a scamming website.  The above 2 links ARE the legitimate websites to apply.

We are happy to assist with this process.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday 9 July 2021

Melbourne - Vancouver - Calgary (Meals Inflight)

Join your Sisterhood Womens Travel tour hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport at the designated time for our flight to Canada.  Travelling to Calgary via Vancouver where upon arrival we'll be trasferred to our hotel for check in.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to settle in.  

Overnight - Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre (or similar)

Day 2 - Saturday 10 July 2021

Calgary Stampede (B)

Welcome to the largest outdoor rodeo in the world.  Professional cowboys compete in a myriad of rodeo events, which include bull riding, roping, chuckwagon racing, steer wrestling and barrel racing.  Don your western duds, saddle up and join us for Stampede breakfasts in the streets, square dancing, parades, the fun of the midway, great exhibits, a spectacular Grandstand show, fireworks and of course, plenty of Western hospitality.

This morning is at leisure to enjoy the entertainment at Stampede Park before settling in for an afternoon of excitement with the Rodeo event. The Rodeo is the heart of the Calgary Stampede.  It is one of the largest and the most famous events of its kind in the world. Experience the Richest Afternoon in Rodeo featuring the world's toughest competitors. There are six major events that happen including ladies barrel racing, bareback, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bull riding.  The calibre of a rodeo comes down to two things the skill of the competitors and the quality of the horses, bulls and steers. The Stampede Rodeo features the world's best competitors and animals.  

This will be an exciting day to remember!! 

Overnight - Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre (or similar)

Day 3 - Sunday 11 July 2021

Calgary Stampede (B)

After breakfast we will head back to the Calgary Stampede to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the many events on offer. 

The Calgary Stampede is also one of Canada’s largest music festivals, with five stages and 300 performers, including a slate of international music headliners. World-class agricultural events and adrenaline-pumping Midway rides to entertain guests of all ages. Experience First Nations culture and traditions at Elbow River Camp in Calgary Stampede’s beautiful ENMAX Park.

This evening we'll see the Chuckwagon Race & Grandstand Stage Show.  

Every night the Calgary Stampede presents the world's most unique doubleheader. The Evening Show features both The GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races and the Grandstand Stage Show. As the sun sets, the GMC Rangeland Derby thunders around the track with 36 chuckwagons vying for over $1 million in prize money.  Witness all the heart-stopping action as the pounding of the hooves and trembling of the ground shakes you right out of your seat. When the last wagon thunders across the finish line, prepare yourself for the Grandstand Show: a variety extravaganza that includes comedy, elaborate song and dance numbers, acrobatics and the spectacular fireworks finale.

Overnight - Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre (or similar)

Day 4 - Monday 12 July 2021

Calgary - Banff (B)

After breakfast we'll be transfered from Calgary to Banff. We'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and area to see Cave & Basin, Bow Valley and Falls, Surprise Corner, the Hoodoos, Lake Minnewanka, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Cascade Gardens, Sulphur Mountain with aGondola ride included, and Tunnel Mountain Drive.

The evening is at leisure

Overnight - Moose Hotel & Suites (or similar)

Day 5 - Tuesday 13 July 2021

Banff - Lake Louise (B,AT)

This morning we depart Banff into the scenic Valley of Ten Peaks to see Moraine Lake. We'll continue to Yoho National Park with Takkakaw Falls, Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a very special treat: traditional Afternoon Tea service at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which includes tea, sandwiches and scones, devonshire cream as well as fruit and chocolate in a serene and quiet setting.

Lake Louise is located in Banff National Park amid the magnificent Rocky Mountains.  This is a land where snow-capped peaks tower over amethyst lakes, waterfalls cascade down sheer cliffs and elk and deer roam free in green alpine valleys.

This evening is at leisure. 

Overnight - Lake louise Inn (or similar) 

Day 6 - Wednesday 14 July 2021

Lake Louise - Jasper (B)

Early morning we depart on the most scenic road of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Icefield Parkway. Stops will be made at Bow and Peyto Lake as well as Columbia Icefield with Glacier Adventure and a Skywalk included. We continue to Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls before reaching Jasper late afternoon.

We'll check into our hotel where we'll stay for the next 2 nights. 

Overnight - The Crimson Jasper (or similar)  

Day 7 - Thursday 15 July 2021

Jasper (B)

This morning we'll travel to Maligne Canyon for a walk alongside the gorge and across the bridges. We continue to Medicine Lake and finally Maligne Lake where we'll enjoy a 90 minute cruise with a stop at Spirit Island. Before returning to the hotel, we'll board the Jasper Sky Tram to be elevated high up Whistlers Mountain. 

There will be time at leisure to use the hiking trails on top of the mountain (good hiking shoes needed) or just relax and take in the view. 

Overnight - The Crimson Jasper (or similar)  

Day 8 - Friday 16 July 2021

Jasper - Kamloops (B,L)

This morning after breakfast we'll transfer to the rail station for the first day of the 2 day scenic rail journey on Rocky Mountaineer between Jasper, Kamloops, located in the heart of British Colombia's interior towards Vancouver. 

The journey west and south is surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains.  Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass and the journey along the North Thompson River on approach to the overnight destination of Kamloops. Breakfast and Lunch will be served on board the train.

Upon arrival in Kamloops we will be transferred to the hotel for an overnight stay. **Please note all accommodation in Kamloops is considerate moderate.

Overnight - Kamloops (to be advised and arranged by Rocky Mountaineer)

Day 9 - Saturday 17 July 2021

Kamloops - Vancouver (B,L)

This morning we'll be collected from the hotel and transferred to the Rocky Mountaineer Rail Station to continue our rail journey to Vancouver.

The journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey we'll see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through the winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. 

Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard the train.

Upon arrival late afternoon we'll transfer to our hotel for our 2 night stay.  

Overnight - Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel (or similar)

Day 10 - Sunday 18 July 2021

Vancouver (B)

After a leisurely breakfast we'll depart for a Vancouver Sightseeing Tour. Urban sophistication mixed with multicultural flair makes Vancouver one of the most liveable cities in the world. This metropolitan city is always a bustle of activity with spectacular scenery, world class dining, and fabulous shopping. Highlights include Chinatown, Gastown, Canada Place, 1,000 Acre Stanley Park, West Coast Nature Indian Totem Poles, Lions Gate Bridge, Granville Island and more!

Next will be dropped off at the Gastown for our Gastronomic Gastown Tour. We will enjoy eating and drinking our way through Vancouver's #1 foodie district, just like the locals love to do! We'll indulge in the boozey, foodie, historic neighbourhood with Canadian poutine, Vancouver's best pizza, wicked desserts, cocktails, craft beer, wine and more!

Gastown is Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, laden with iconic restaurants, quirky pubs, and historic spaces. To uncover the alleyways and doors that hold Gastown's gems, a Foodie Tour that can't be beaten!

Overnight - Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel (or similar)

Day 11 - Monday 19 July 2021

Vancouver - Alaska Inside Passage (B,D)

Mid Morning we will be transferred to Vancouver Canada Place cruise terminal for our 7 night Alaska Inside Passage cruise on the Royal Caribbean “Serenade of the Seas”.

Cruising through the Inside Passage is really what has made Alaska cruising so popular.  This trip captures so much of what people love about Alaska.  There are glaciers the size of Rhode Island, misty rain forests, ghostly blue fjords and spirited communities that celebrate their varied heritage.  Be sure to take in every view sailing through one of the most beautiful parts of Alaska.

Overnight - Royal Caribbean “Serenade of the Seas” 

Day 12 - Tuesday 20 July 2021

Alaska Inside Passage Cruising (B,L,D)

A day at sea - This is one of the most famously beautiful passages in the world.  It features virtually everything visitors come to Alaska hoping to see, including rain forests, glaciers, fjords and white-capped peaks.  All of which create a setting that's perfect for viewing whales and sea lions. 

Today enjoy the onboard facilities of the Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas.

Day 13 - Wednesday 21 July 2021

Alaska Inside Passage Cruising - Sitka (B,L,D)

We'll arrive into Sitka at 8.00am with a full day to enjoy. 

Sitka truly offers the best of Alaska. Its small-town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history.  In fact the city-borough’s name itself, derived from Sheet’ká, literally means "People on the Outside of Baranof Island”. Its snow-capped peaks and volcanic Mount Edgecumbe pose amongst the state’s most postcard-worthy scenes. And its rare  wildlife astounds, from Saint Lazaria Island’s orange-beaked puffins to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s 40 million seabirds. This is off-the-beaten-track Alaska, where you can kayak Sitka Sound alongside swimming sea otters or fly-fish for the world’s biggest halibut. 

Day 14 - Thursday 22 July 2021

Alaska Inside Passage - Sitka - Juneau (B,L,D)

We expect to arrive into Juneau at 7.00am with a full day to discover this Alasan destination. 

Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880.  Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery.  Nestled at the foot of Mt. Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel.  Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, is nearby.

There are so many optional activities to consider while exploring Juneau: the amazing glacial landscape which is best seen from the seat of a helicopter on one of the optional shore excursions, where you can watch for bear, mountain goats and moose. Then, once you've landed, take a once-in-a-lifetime dogsled ride. 

Alternatively take an optional excursion to relive Juneau's gold-rush history panning for gold in the authentic setting of Gold Creek; fly in a floatplane over five breathtaking glaciers to the Taku Glacier Lodge for a king salmon feast; take a fully narrated helicopter flight over four translucent glaciers within the Juneau Ice Field; explore Juneau on foot; go sportfishing, the waters abound with king and silver salmon;  take a high-speed catamaran ride specifically designed for wildlife-watching on Auke Bay, rich with humpback and killer whales, sea lions, and porpoises; fly in and hike in some of the most fascinating areas in the world;  don't miss the true taste of Alaska at an authentic Alaskan Salmon Bake with all the trimmings.

Day 15 - Friday 23 July 2021

Alaska Inside Passage - Juneau - Skagway (B,L,D)

Today we arrive into Skagway early morning for the day.

The great Klondike Rush lives on in Skagway’s charming city centre of restored 19th-century buildings and its historic railway.  From the vintage train, admire the mountains and see the 1898 trail that fortune seekers travelled on foot.

Day 16 - Saturday 24 July 2021

Alaska Inside Passage - Tracy Arm Fjord (B,L,D)

Just south of Juneau lies the magnificent Tracy Arm Fjord, carved by glacier activity. Nestled between 914 m (3,000 ft) high granite walls, the narrow, twisting fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles.  The coastline is dotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcrops. 

Day 17 - Sunday 25 July 2021

Alaska Inside Passage (B,L,D)

A leisurely day at sea as we head back towards Vancouver.  Another oppprtunity to enjoy the onboard facilities of Serenade of the Seas.

Day 18 - Monday 26 July 2021

Victoria (B)

After breakfast we disembark the ship, meet our tour guide and begin today's tour to Victoria. We will enjoy a wonderful ferry ride to Vancouver Island on BC Ferries, we'll see the Butchart Gardens, followed by a visit to British Columbia´s beautiful capital, Victoria. We will also enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Gulf Islands on board BC Ferries, Victoria's Inner Harbour, Empress Hotel and Legislative Buildings, Chinatown, Downtown and Beacon Hill Park.

This tour offers a full day of fun and incredible sights! The tour ends in the evening back at the hotel in Vancouver.

Overnight - Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel (or similar)

Day 19 - Tuesday 27 July 2021

Vancouver - Whistler - Vancouver (B)

This morning after breakfast we depart for a full day tour to Whistler via the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Well see the views of Howe Sound on our way up to Whistler. We stop en route at Shannon Falls for a quick photo stop.

Upon arrival in Whistler, we'll make our way to Whistler Blackcomb to ride up the Peak to Peak Gondola. Enjoy some free time to explore the village before driving back down the Sea to Sky Highway to Vancouver.

Overnight - Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel (or similar)

Day 20 - Wednesday 28 July 2021

Vancouver - Sydney - Melbourne (B, Inflight Meals)

This morning we pack our luggage, check out of the hotel and head on a sightseeing tour to Vancouver's North Shore. This tour is all about adventure, as we take in the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver. We'll cross over the Lions Gate Bridge and make our way to Capilano Suspension Bridge and then onto Grouse Mountain. At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, stand above an old growth cedar forest and the Capilano River. Experience the awe of natural surroundings, view First Nations artwork, and feel the rush of adrenaline at the Cliffwalk attraction. The Treetops Adventure walk showcases the beauty and diversity of the Capilano coastal rainforest. We continue to the Capilano River Hatchery, a project dedicated to several species of BC salmon and trout. Learn about the life cycle of salmon, with opportunity to view hatching and juvenile fish before they are released into a nearby river. Spectacular Grouse Mountain is next, offering up ever changing views as the Skyride ascends to the peak. Explore the Wildlife Refuge, awesome chainsaw carvings and learn about the local wildlife at the Theatre in the Sky. Be amazed and enchanted by the forests and mountains surrounding Vancouver on this memorable tour. 

At the end of the tour we'll be transferred to the Vancouver International Airport for the return flight to Australia.

Day 21 - Thursday 29 July 2021

In Transit (Inflight Meals)

Sit back, relax and continue to enjoy the inflight hospitality of Air Canada as we head towards home.

Day 22 - Friday 30 July 2021

Welcome Home to Melbourne

Welcome Home!  We thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcoming you back!

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