21st IPVS Congress, Vancouver, Canada - July 18 - 21, 2010


Pre and Post Excursions

Victoria Excursion and Butchart Gardens Tour

Butchart Gardens
Highlights: Visit picturesque Victoria and world-famous Butchart Gardens.
Duration: 12.5 Hours
Available: Daily

Tour Inclusions:

  • BC Ferries cruise through the Gulf Islands
  • World-famous Butchart Gardens
  • Full tour commentary
  • Pick-up and return from the VCEC
 
Description:
This fully escorted and commentated tour includes priority ferry boarding, a 90-minute ferry ride through the Gulf Islands and admission to world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Enjoy a scenic drive into downtown Victoria with ample time to explore the world-famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, British import shops, Parliament buildings, Provincial Museum, the city centre and the attractions around the Inner Harbour.

Visit picturesque Victoria and world-famous Butchart Gardens. Your full day excursion starts with a 90-minute ferry ride through the scenic Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island where your day is spent admiring the floral splendors of Butchart Gardens and exploring Victoria's Inner Harbour and attractions.

Victoria




Whistler Rail/Coach

Highlights: A full-day excursion to the resort village of Whistler
by Coach and Rail
Duration: 12.5 Hours
Available: Daily

Tour Inclusions:

  • Scenic Vancouver to Whistler motor coach tour
  • Photo stop en route
  • Three hours of free time in Whistler
  • Whistler Mountaineer Coast Classic Train Ride Experience with delicious light meal served on train
  • Full tour commentary
  • Pick-up and return to VCEC

Description:
Travel to Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, by motor coach and enjoy free time to explore the village and surrounding area. Return to Vancouver on the Whistler Mountaineer rail journey that winds through Cheakamus Canyon and along the waters of Howe Sound offering breathtaking views at every turn.

Your deluxe motor coach will travel northbound along the spectacular "Sea to Sky" Highway, offering magnificent views of majestic Howe Sound and the Tantalus Mountain Range. Enjoy three hours of free time in Whistler to explore the village, take in the sights and shops, or take an exhilarating ride on the Whistler Gondola to the mountain top for amazing views. You will be picked up in the village for a transfer to the rail station where you will embark on your rail journey through the stunning scenery of this "Sea to Sky" region. Highlights of the trip include Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. A light meal is served onboard.

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Alaska Cruise – Beyond the Ordinary


Alaska Cruise - Seven-Day Cruise
Seven-Day Cruise

Duration: Seven days
Available: Daily, except Tuesday

There remain few places on earth where you can truly breathe - where space is measured not in feet or miles, but in endless horizons. A place where nature is so powerful, so dramatic, a personal encounter can change you forever. Thrill to white thunder in Glacier Bay, marvel at sunlight at midnight and close-ups of whales, eagles and caribou. Delight in Mt. McKinley's majesty and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Amid unsurpassed grandeur and serenity, the true wilderness of Denali is calling.

Overview:
The Port of Vancouver is homeport annually from May through September for the Vancouver-Alaska cruise; one of the world's most popular cruises via two cruise terminals, Canada Place and Ballantyne.

Some of the most luxurious and largest ships afloat sail from Vancouver to Alaska where passengers experience the natural beauty of the glaciers, mountains, wildlife, and culture of America's last frontier. Vancouver is ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, serving as an excellent place to start or end a cruise.

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Additional Cruise Options:

Voyage of the Glaciers

All of the top coastal attractions are on this voyage. This cruise takes you 500 miles farther north.


Voyage of the Glaciers

Totem - Inside Passage
Inside Passage

Roundtrip from Vancouver, this is the perfect way to experience the best of Alaska's southeastern ports. Witness calving glaciers crashing into the ice-blue Tracy Arm Fjord. Discover Native heritage and soak up frontier flavor and follow the gold rush trail onboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad.

Alaska Connoisseur

An exciting new 14-day voyage that cruises deeper into Alaska to explore out-of-the-way places rarely featured on other itineraries. Visit Seward, Valdez and Kodiak as well as popular Inside Passage ports of Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan. Glacier-viewing in Glacier Bay National Park and a stop in Victoria, B.C. complete this unique, 2-week exploration roundtrip from Vancouver.


Bears - Alaska Connoisseur

Alaska Cruise - Seven-Day Cruise
Alaska Cruise Tours

There is no better way to see more of Alaska than on a cruise tour combining our seamless cruise, rail and lodge vacations. Embark on a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise plus four- to ten days touring the interior of Alaska. You'll experience magnificent scenery via luxury rail and stay at picturesque Princess wilderness lodges with at least two nights at Denali National Park. It's the premier way to see it all — by land and by sea.

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The Rocky Mountaineer Train

Traveling onboard the Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience, considered by many to be, a trip of a lifetime. The rail journey recaptures the romance of rail travel as it follows the historic train route constructed over 100 years ago through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies, uniting the country. The entire train ride takes place during daylight hours to ensure you enjoy every minute of the breathtaking scenery of glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountains ranges and ferocious rivers.

Rocky Mountaineer


Sample of Rail Tour Options

Banff, Alberta
Banff, Alberta:
Classic Rail Vacation

3 Nights / 4 Days

The perfect mini-break train tour from Vancouver to Banff. A spectacular two-day all-daylight Canadian rail travel experience onboard the Rocky Mountaineer in your choice of RedLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service, and hotel accommodation in Vancouver and Banff.

  • Two days onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer® in a choice of RedLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service   
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation and rail station transfers at each end of your rail route  
  • National Park Pass

Jasper, Alberta:
Classic Rail Vacation

3 Nights / 4 Days

A perfect mini-break - a spectacular two-day all-daylight journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer in your choice of RedLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service, and hotel accommodation in Vancouver and Jasper. Two days onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer® in your choice of RedLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service
 

Jasper, Alberta
  • Three nights' hotel accommodation and rail station transfers at each end of your rail route
  • Exclusive Attractions Pass
  • National Park Pass

Canadian Rockies Highlights

Canadian Rockies Highlights

5 Nights / 6 Days

Memories to last a lifetime - Lake Louise is the highlight of most visitors in Canada, and it is included in this six-day journey through Canada's West.

  • Two days onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer® in your choice of RedLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service
  • Motor coach tour of Banff, including the Banff Gondola
  • Five nights' accommodation. One night at the world famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, including a guided lakeshore stroll
  • 20-minute Glacier Helicopter Tour
  • Exclusive Attractions Pass
  • National Park Pass