Antarctica & Arctic
From the splendour of the Rockies to the colours and wilderness of the Yukon, this unique itinerary showcases the best way to combine two of Western Canada’s most iconic experiences.
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11 nights accommodation, 4 days Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service, flight Vancouver to Whitehorse, meals as indicated and sightseeing as specified
Mondays & Thursdays, 10 Aug - 01 Oct '20
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Spend some time exploring this scenic city at leisure.
Discover the sights of Whitehorse, historic and yet trendy, on a city tour with character. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for close views of many of the Yukon’s large mammal species including elk, moose, mule deer, caribou, Dall’s sheep, mountain goats, bison and even the musk-ox of the high Arctic. Indulge with a soak in the natural springs at Takhini Hot Springs. Later, relax under the starry sky beside a warm fire at one of the tailor-made aurora viewing locations.
On a hiking tour you’ll get to see some of the most spectacular views of the Yukon’s landscape and scenery. The panoramic views let you enjoy the vast open space of the Yukon. Later in the evening we set out once more to the Aurora Centre where we’ll seek the northern lights.
Your adventure ends with a transfer back to the airport.
On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. (B, L)
Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. (B, L)
Travel via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. (L)
This afternoon, travel into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River.
This morning, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.
Travel through a spectacular array of scenery between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. (B, L)
Continue west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. You will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. (B, L)
Transfer to the airport for your flight north to the Yukon. Whitehorse is small and easy to explore. Later in the evening set out to the Aurora Centre to seek the sight of northern lights.
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