The Northern Lights Yukon
The Northern Lights Yukon
Banff Town, Sulphur Mountain Gondola & Lake Moraine
Banff Town, Sulphur Mountain Gondola & Lake Moraine
Athabasca Glacier & Peyto Lake, Jasper
Athabasca Glacier & Peyto Lake, Jasper
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver

Mountain Rails and Northern Lights Adventure

11 nights from €4,389 per person Including Flights

Overview

Experience two of Canada’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes that showcase the expansive and lush parks of the Rockies and the remote and untamed wilderness of the Yukon. Travelling from the foothills of the mountains in Alberta, experience the wonder of the magnificent valleys and glaciers around Banff and Jasper. Journey westward onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, marvelling at the landscapes from the comfort of this famous train. From Vancouver, fly north to the Yukon capital of Whitehorse, and then on to the waterside oasis of Southern Lakes Resort. Spend your days exploring the rugged trails, shorelines and forests around the resort, while evenings reveal the dazzling blue, green and red spectacle of the Northern Lights.

This superb holiday incorporates incredible Canadian icons and spectacular sights, and is available from mid August to the end of September. It is an independent tour, so you will have all your flights, hotels and excursions organised for you, but you won’t be travelling as a group with a tour manager. If you would prefer an escorted tour, then please check out our selection here. (JV)

Highlights

  • Floatplane ride to the Southern Lakes Resort in Yukon Territory for three nights Northern Lights viewing
  • Two-day rail journey on board Rocky Mountaineer, including two breakfasts and lunches (overnight in Kamloops hotel)
  • Full day sightseeing tour from Banff along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper including a trip onboard an Ice Explorer to the Athabasca Glacier
  • Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver
  • Optional excursions in Banff and Jasper include wildlife tour, a guided hike or horseback ride, ascending Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola

Itinerary Overview

Fly to Calgary, transfer to Banff 2 nights – Journey along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper 2 nights –  Day on board the Rocky Mountaineer train to Kamloops 1 night - Day on board the Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver 2 nights – Fly to Whitehorse Yukon, transfer to Southern Lakes Resort 3 nights – Fly to Vancouver 1 night – Flight home

Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Fly to Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and board your transfer to the charming mountain town of Banff

Two nights: Elk + Avenue or Banff Ptarmigan Inn; Upgrade to Brewster’s Mountain Lodge, Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa or Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for a supplement

Day 2

Banff

A full day to enjoy the delights of Banff and the surrounding area. We can book you onto several excursions including a wildlife tour, a guided hike or a trip up Banff Gondola. Please check out the “What’s Included” section for details.

Day 3

Banff – Columbia Icefield - Jasper

Depart on your full-day sightseeing transfer to Jasper including a stop at the incredible Columbia Icefield along the famous Icefields Parkway. A specially designed Ice Explorer will transport you onto the ancient Athabasca Glacier and then you will walk on the Glacier SkyWalk – a glass-floored platform extending 30m out over the Sunwapta Canyon. Continue on to arrive in Jasper late in the afternoon (Breakfast and lunch included)

Two nights: Marmot Lodge or Lobstick Lodge; Upgrade to the Crimson or Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for a supplement

Day 4

Jasper

A full day to create your own adventure in Jasper. We would recommend a cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island or a wildlife tour of the national park, and we can book either of these for you.

Day 5

Rocky Mountaineer

Today, board the Rocky Mountaineer train for a spectacular rail excursion from Jasper to Kamloops. This unique daylight service allows you to view some of the most spectacular sights in Western Canada. The route departs the Rocky Mountains through the Kicking Horse Pass. By late afternoon, you are in the arid ranch land of interior British Columbia, where you disembark for the night. Upon arrival in Kamloops, the evening is at your leisure. (Breakfast and lunch included)

Overnight in Kamloops

Day 6

Rocky Mountaineer

You will set out on the last leg of your spectacular rail experience today. The Rocky Mountaineer takes you through the “cowboy country” ranch lands and along the rushing torrents of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. You are now truly in pioneer territory and en route you can listen to the history and legends of the West from the Rocky Mountaineer onboard team while enjoying all the comforts of this luxurious train. The last stretch takes you through lush farmlands and past historic towns to Vancouver. (Breakfast and lunch included)

Two nights Vancouver: Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown or Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel; Upgrade to Georgian Court Hotel or Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for a supplement

Day 7

Vancouver

Today you board a trolley-bus for guided city tour. Sightsee at your own pace as you hop-on and hop-off at many of Vancouver’s attractions, parks, galleries and restaurants. Highlights include: Gastown, Robson Street, English Bay, Granville Island, Stanley Park, free False Creek ferry ride and free Granville Island walking tour.

Day 8

Flight to Whitehorse Yukon – Southern Lakes Resort

Independently transfer * to Vancouver International Airport and board your flight to Whitehorse. Arriving in this northern provincial capital, you are transferred by floatplane to Southern Lake Resort. Check into your log built cabin and take some time to meet your hosts for the next few days and discuss what adventures await. In the evening venture out on your first viewing of the spectacular Northern Lights.

Three nights: Southern Lakes Resort

Day 9

Southern Lakes Resort Yukon

Choose to take a guided hike along the local trails to track moose and other inhabitants of the forest and lake lands, or you can venture out on your own with trail map in hand. (Breakfast included)

Day 10

Southern Lakes Resort Yukon

You can participate in one of the many optional activities available at the resort such as canoeing, hiking, fishing (season and weather permitting, some at additional cost). These guided trips reveal the true beauty of the Yukon. Captivating Northern Lights round out your day and
evening. (Breakfast included)

Day 11

Southern Lakes Resort – Whitehorse – Vancouver

Take the coach transfer to Whitehorse airport for your flight to Vancouver. On arrival transfer independently * to your Vancouver hotel and enjoy your final evening in Canada

Overnight Vancouver: Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown or Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel; Upgrade to Georgian Court Hotel or Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for a supplement

Day 12

Fly home

* We can book airport transfer for you at an extra charge

  • Accommodation for 11 nights as shown or similar
  • Transfer from Calgary Airport to Banff
  • Full day sightseeing transfer from Banff to Jasper, including a visit to Columbia Icefields
  • (Ice Explorer ride included)
  • Transfer from Jasper hotel to train station
  • Two day journey on board Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf. Upgrade to GoldLeaf for a supplement. Two breakfasts and two lunches are included on the train
  • Transfer to and from Kamloops train station for overnight hotel
  • Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver
  • Flights between Vancouver and Whitehorse
  • Transfers between Whitehorse and Southern Lakes Resort (coach or floatplane)
  • Northern lights viewing at Southern Lakes Resort
  • Three breakfasts at Southern Lakes Resort


What’s not included

  • Transfers unless specified
  • National park entrance fees
  • Meals and activities unless specified. The following optional excursions are available to book (costs are approximate)
  • Discover Banff and its Wildlife $79
  • Banff Gondola Ride $69
  • Banff Horseback Ride Bow River Trail $70
  • Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls Tour from Banff $200
  • Jasper Skytram $56
  • Jasper Wildlife Discovery Tour $79
  • Jasper Spirit Island Cruise on Maligne Lake $90


 

Yvonne Knott
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