Canadian & Alaskan Masterpiece 2020

Overview

Countries and places

Canada, USA

Tour Code

CO-8922-GV-B2020

Operator

Duration

19 days

Brochure

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Experience the ultimate holiday to Canada & Alaska on this truly unforgettable 19-day tour. Travel through British Columbia and Alberta to see breath-taking scenery. Visit Canada′s well renowned national parks and mountain resorts including Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Sun Peaks and Whistler. The iconic Rocky Mountaineer will take you on a two-day journey through Canada′s spectacular scenery from Vancouver to Kamloops then to Banff National Park. Marvel at the scenery of the picture-perfect Banff National Park which was Canada′s first national park. Overnight in stunning Lake Louise with its turquoise waters that reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Head to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and visit Canada′s two largest ski resorts, Sun Peaks and Whistler.

Journey on a 7-night voyage cruise through one of the world′s most spectacular waterways in Alaska taking in the beautiful Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Be amazed by the soaring mountains, massive glaciers and the wilderness of Alaska. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales. On the return back to Vancouver, cruise back through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage on this not to be missed holiday.

Features

    Sightseeing; Stanley Park.

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    2-day scenic rail journey. (GOLDLEAF)

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    Orientation tour; Stay two nights inside the park.

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    Sightseeing including Yoho National Park, Natural Bridge, Emerald Lake, and Moraine Lake.

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    Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield.

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    Stay two nights inside the park.

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    Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens.

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    7-night Inside Passage cruise on the MS Volendam. (INSIDE CABIN CATEGORY J)

Features

    Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

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    Includes rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.

Features

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary.

Features

    Get our mobile app for trip information.

Features

    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.

About Cosmos

The Best Tour Operator Around

It all began more than 80 years ago when a young man purchased a rowboat to transport visitors across Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Who would have thought that this single rowboat would launch one of the world's leading travel companies. In 1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland. By 1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites, and the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours and grew longer  to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class European tours to North Americans. By 1962, the company launched its Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, budget-priced European touring for the cost-conscious British traveler.

Under the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president and son of Antonio, the company began expanding its markets beyond Great Britain and North America. Since 1974, tour packages have been sold in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and most recently in Southeast Asia. Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its tour offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour operator with packages to Africa, USA, Canada, Europe, the South Pacific, and Asia.

Today, the Globus family of brands is a global company reaching every corner of the world, yet remains family-owned and steeped in the values Antonio had when he set out across Lake Lugano to enlighten travelers by showing them the very best of the destinations we know so well.

The Globus Family of Brands is marketed and operated by a network of more than 32 offices around the world, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals. Combined, Globus, Cosmos and Avalon Waterways carry about 500,000 passengers a year making the organisation the leading operator of guided touring worldwide. At the core of the company are Antonio’s ideals of passion, hard work, innovation and love for travel.

Terms & Conditions

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Tour Type

Coach Tours

FAQs

  • How many people will be on the coach with me?
  • Cosmos offers an affordable way to travel and as such the size of the Cosmos group can vary from departure to departure. A Cosmos coach can carry up to 51 passengers however on many tours the number of passengers is below 50 people.

  • Whom will I be travelling with on my escorted tour?
  • Cosmos attracts a wide range of clientele of many ages from all over the English speaking world.

  • How much time will I spend on the coach?
  • ˙ Depending on the itinerary and your destinations this will vary. Longer trips may have breaks in between for passenger comfort and to view attractions in between
    ˙ Time on the coach gives you the opportunity to meet new friends
    ˙ Coaches are all air conditioned for passenger comfort

  • It is occasionally said that coach tours have too much routine, how can I add to my overall holiday experience?
  • • Cosmos offers more independent free time to explore on your own, at the same time there is a wide range of optional tours that you may choose to purchase

  • How much time will I spend at each destination?
  • • Depending on your tour, this will vary. At times you'll have the opportunity for a picture stop and talk by your tour director other times you'll have a number of hours to visit inside key attractions
    • On some of our tours we'll have multiple night's stays in the one destination giving you ample time to explore in your own time

  • What is a guaranteed departure?
  • The tours departures marked are guaranteed to operate. Furthermore, Cosmos guarantees most European tours that are still in operation 35 days prior to the published departure dates, UK tours 45 days prior, and USA & Canada tours 30 days prior. Throughout our European peak periods, from 1 May to 15 October, Cosmos guarantees most UK tours that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure. Throughout our American peak periods, from 15 May to 15 October, Cosmos guarantees most USA & Canada tours that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure.

    PLEASE NOTE: This guarantee does not apply in any situation where the safety of clients is at potential risk (any act of terrorism or war, political unrest, global health warnings or Force Majeure*, etc); or when the operation of a tour is not possible for reasons beyond our control (such as industrial action/strikes and operational restrictions); to multiple coach departures (i.e. "A" coach) or late cancellation of group parties.

    *Force Majeure: French for "act of God; an inevitable, unpredictable act of nature, not dependent on act of man. Used in insurance contracts to refer to acts of nature such as earthquakes or lightning."

  • How do I read the Trip Scale?
  • Because Cosmos offers so many vacation options, we've added a Trip Scale to our itinerary pages. The scale is based on several considerations, including the number of free days and the number of activities in each itinerary, The trip scale gives you an idea of how much time you'll have at leisure so you can choose the perfect trip to meet your needs.

    Leisurely

    On The Go

  • I'm finding it difficult to match two tours together?
  • Have you considered pre or post tour accommodation? We offer fantastic rates hard to find elsewhere and this may enable you to select sequential tours with minimal disruption to your intended travel plans

  • What is the difference between a tour director and a local guide? What are they like?
  • Your tour director will accompany you from the start to the end of your tour, educating you on the places and the history of the destination. Local guides are included in many cities to give you in-depth information on the culture, history and attractions of the city. Both Tour Director and Local Guides have a passion for travel, people and the destination and look forward to sharing their passion with you. If you chose to book either a "pre" or "post" - tour extension, please note that your Tour Director may not escort you during this part of your tour. However, in such cases, a Local Host will be available should you require any assistance.

  • Will the tour director speak English?
  • Yes, we operate only English speaking tours

  • Do you accept travellers who need special assistance?
  • Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to Cosmos by you or your travel agent at the time the reservation is made. Cosmos will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of disabled tour participants, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so, nor is it responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour member for walking, dining, and getting on and off motorcoaches and other transportation vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified companion must accompany travellers who need such assistance.

  • Are prices based on double occupancy?
  • Prices are per person, based on two persons sharing a room. Single room supplements and triple room reductions are listed where available.

  • Do I get discounts if I book multiple tours?
  • Save $100 per couple (AU $50 per person) for every second or subsequent tour booked in the same calendar year. The more tours you book the more you save!

  • How old does a child have to be to travel with Cosmos?
  • An adult must accompany travellers who are less than 18 years old on the tour departure date; the child receives a 10% discount on the land tour price. We do not accept children under the age of 8 on escorted tours, because we have found they are too young to enjoy these holidays.

    On our independent tours, there is no minimum age requirement. Land arrangements for infants under two are free of charge, providing parents pay directly to the hotels for food, crib, etc. Infants sometimes fly free of charge if they do not occupy a seat, while some airlines charge 10%. An airline ticket is always required for the child. Please arrange for this ticket directly with the airline.

  • How can I learn more about Cosmos?
  • Film nights, expos, consumer advertising specials

  • What is the SafetyNet Protection Policy?
  • Cosmos is dedicated to ensuring your trip is worry and hassle free, even when booking. Should you be uncertain what your commitments will be leading up to your departure, Cosmos offer a SafetyNet Protection policy*, for AU$75 per person.

    The SafetyNet Transfer Protection* enables Cosmos passengers to amend their tour up to 24 hours prior to the tour departure date to another tour departing in the same calendar year, (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

    The SafetyNet Cancellation Protection* enables Cosmos passengers to cancel their tour in full - up to 30 days prior to the tour departure date, without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

    *Conditions apply, please see below.

    Conditions of the SafetyNet Protection policy

    The AU$75 SafetyNet Protection must be paid at the time of the tour deposit and is payable per person per booking (not per tour) and is non-refundable.

    The SafetyNet Transfer Protection and SafetyNet Cancellation Protection applies to the tour, associated pre/post accommodation and transfers booked directly with Globus Family of travel brands. The SafetyNet Protection does not apply to any airfares booked and ticketed via the Globus Family of travel brands, or any products purchased via another wholesale or retail supplier.

    Passengers can only use "one" of the two SafetyNet Protection Policies; choose either the SafetyNet Transfer Protection, or the SafetyNet Cancellation Protection, not both. For example: if a passenger uses the SafetyNet Transfer Protection to amend their tour (say 48 hours prior to the original tours departure date) to a later Globus Family of travel brands tour departing in the same calendar year, they then cannot use the SafetyNet Cancellation Protection to cancel their Globus Family of travel brands tour in full without incurring the applicable cancellation charges or penalties - as per the Globus Family of travel brands brochure terms and conditions.

    If the SafetyNet Transfer Protection is applied, and the booking is subsequently cancelled by the passenger the original booking and transfer date will be reviewed, the transfer date of the original booking will then be taken as the tour cancellation date. Cancellation penalties that apply to the original booking will be compared with the cancellation penalties to that of the tour transferred booking, the higher penalties will be applied.

    Please Note: The SafetyNet Protection must be purchased for each individual passenger and the purchase covers an individual passenger's Globus Family of travel brands tours booked at the same time the SafetyNet Protection is purchased.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver.

Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 - Vancouver.

This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbor, beaches, and more. The remainder of the day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions. You could take a water-taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes, or visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, and art galleries!

Day 3 - Vancouver-rocky Mountaineer-kamloops.

An exciting morning as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all-daylight, classic rail journey. The train travels through some of Canada′s most spectacular scenery. Follow the Fraser River through snowcapped mountains, eventually arriving at Kamloops. (B,L)

Day 4 - Kamloops-rocky Mountaineer-glacier National Park-yoho National Park-banff National Park.

Reboard the train and prepare for spectacular sights, such as Shuswap Lake, the Monashee Mountains, and GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Travel through the heart of the Selkirk Mountains before entering stunning YOHO NATIONAL PARK. The train winds through the Spiral Tunnels before climbing Kicking Horse Pass. Cross the Continental Divide and enter the province of Alberta and BANFF NATIONAL PARK. An orientation tour includes Banff′s unspoiled beauty. (B,L)

Day 5 - Banff National Park.

Today is at leisure. Play golf, horseback ride, hike the many wilderness trails in the area, stroll through Banff, or simply relax at the hot springs. Banff National Park is the perfect place for photographers and wildlife watching, and as a visitor you may be lucky enough to encounter some of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. The national park is home to 53 species of mammals. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzlies, or wolves. Your Tour Director will also have suggestions for an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies and can offer recommendations for dinner.

Day 6 - Banff National Park-lake Louise.

Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. Travel to Lake Louise and return to Yoho National Park, see the Natural Bridge spanning Kicking Horse River, and visit Emerald and Moraine Lakes. Stay overnight in Lake Louise, where green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria.

Day 7 - Lake Louise-columbia Icefield- Jasper National Park.

This morning journey on Icefields Parkway to the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to ride the Ice Explorer that travels on ice measuring 229 metres (750 feet) thick. Next: JASPER NATIONAL PARK, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. The remainder of your day and evening is at leisure.

Day 8 - Jasper National Park-mount Robson-sun Peaks.

Stand at the base of the awesome 3954 metre (12,972-foot) Mount Robson. Travel through British Columbia′s Fur Trade and Cariboo regions for tantalizing glimpses of the soaring granite mountains of Canada′s Rockies. Watch for wildlife as you continue to the internationally renowned Sun Peaks ski resort.

Day 9 - Sun Peaks-lillooet-whistler.

Head south, following the once-treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. From Lillooet, "Mile 0 of the Gold Rush Route," our motorcoach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes, with a mid-afternoon arrival in Whistler. There are optional activities to choose from, including flightseeing by floatplane over glaciated peaks or a Gondola ride between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains for the perfect bearspotting perch.

Day 10 - Whistler-ferry Crossing- Victoria.

Set sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. In Victoria, sightseeing includes BUTCHART GARDENS, the Empress Hotel, Legislative Buildings, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park.

Day 11 - Victoria.

A day at leisure gives you the chance to stroll around the harbor, go shopping on Government Street, or have lunch in one of the many pubs. You may choose to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. Cruise the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, looking for whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles. Your Tour Director will suggest several optional excursions, including a flightseeing excursion with spectacular vistas of downtown Victoria.

Day 12 - Victoria-vancouver (embarkation).

Board your ferry this morning and head back to the Canadian mainland, where you will transfer to Holland America′s luxurious MS Volendam for a 7-night voyage through the famed Inside Passage. (D)

Day 13 - Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage.

Spend the day cruising one of the world′s most spectacular waterways. Located along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Juneau.

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on Gastineau Channel, Alaska′s capital city of Juneau has massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield at its back door. Visit the rustic shops in town-or get out and kayak, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There′s no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Skagway.

In winter, the sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway, so you can imagine the frightful conditions endured by gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon. Take your time and poke your head into every little shop, from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy′s Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie, and other historic characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of ′98 Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay.

Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. How does it feel when a colossal chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of meters into the air. You hold your breath as you capture the moment on camera, then you wait for it all to happen again. (B,L,D)

Day 17 - Ketchikan.

Built over the water and up weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a hospitable air. (B,L,D)

Day 18 - Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage.

Cruise through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage, keeping watch for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B,L,D)

Day 19 - Vancouver (disembarkation).

Your holiday ends this morning. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon. (B)

Prices/Dates

All Prices are in Australian Dollars

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Brochure Price Our
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25 Apr 2020 13 May 2020 AUD $8132 AUD $7644
02 May 2020 20 May 2020 AUD $8825 AUD $8295
09 May 2020 27 May 2020 AUD $9115 AUD $8568
16 May 2020 03 Jun 2020 AUD $9555 AUD $8981
23 May 2020 10 Jun 2020 AUD $9705 AUD $9122
30 May 2020 17 Jun 2020   AUD $9825 AUD $9235
06 Jun 2020 24 Jun 2020 AUD $9968 AUD $9369
13 Jun 2020 01 Jul 2020 AUD $9948 AUD $9351
20 Jun 2020 08 Jul 2020 AUD $9948 AUD $9351
27 Jun 2020 15 Jul 2020 AUD $9968 AUD $9369
04 Jul 2020 22 Jul 2020 AUD $9788 AUD $9200
11 Jul 2020 29 Jul 2020 AUD $9968 AUD $9369
18 Jul 2020 05 Aug 2020 AUD $9968 AUD $9369
25 Jul 2020 12 Aug 2020 AUD $10018 AUD $9416
01 Aug 2020 19 Aug 2020 AUD $10048 AUD $9445
08 Aug 2020 26 Aug 2020 AUD $9421 AUD $8855
15 Aug 2020 02 Sep 2020 AUD $9475 AUD $8906
22 Aug 2020 09 Sep 2020 AUD $9475 AUD $8906
29 Aug 2020 16 Sep 2020 AUD $9342 AUD $8781
05 Sep 2020 23 Sep 2020 AUD $9375 AUD $8812

Map

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