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Canada: Whales, Bears and the Northern Lights package - 9 Nights + More

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Discover the spectacular west coast scenery of British Columbia and the elusive Northern Lights of the Yukon in the North, on this ideal combination of adventure, relaxation and wildlife viewing, where you can spot whales, seals, bears and abundant birdlife along the coast of British Columbia and when you arrive in Whitehorse you can either relax or go exploring on snow shoes before venturing out for those un-obsured views of the Aurora Borealis.

Prices from $3,869* per person twin share

Travel dates: 1 Sept- 10 Oct 19.


What's Included:

  • 9 NIGHTS 3-star hotel accommodation
  • 6 Night Pacific Rim, Whales and Bears independent tour
  • 3 Night Northern Lights of the Yukon independent tour
  • 3 hour whalewatching in Victoria by Zodiac
  • 2 hour bearwatching tour in Tofino by boat
  • Coach/Ferry transfer from Vancouver to Victoria
  • Coach transfers from Victoria to Tofino and Tofino airport
  • Domestic flight from Tofino to Vancouver+
  • 3 night excursions to view the Aurora Borealis, including transfers to/from the hotel and hot drinks & Snacks
  • Sightseeing tour of Whitehorse
  • Wildlife Preserve and Takhini Hot Springs tour from Whitehorse
  • Return airport transfers from Whitehorse airport to hotel
  • Return domestic flights from Vancouver to Whitehorse

Dates & Departures

Valid for travel: 13 August 2019 - 10 October 2019

Deal Ends: 21 December 2018, unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

 

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver
Transfer independently to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover the oceanside city of Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver
Day 2: Vancouver
Today is yours at leisure in Vancouver. This bustling metropolis may be western Canada’s largest city, but it retains a pedestrian-friendly charm and embraces a love of nature. Spend the day walking the sea wall of the mainland, or perhaps rent a bike and explore the vast network of trails throughout the city, one of the most memorable being the expansive Stanley Park. Trails criss-cross the park through forests and open grass fields that interconnect to a city-wide trail system. The park’s aquarium features beluga whales and other large marine mammals as well as daily shows.Overnight in Vancouver
Day 3: Vancouver to Victoria
Today you will be transferred by coach and ferry across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island, passing the rugged coastline and tranquil beaches of the Gulf Islands. Make your way to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, with its maritime heritage and colonial charm. Overnight in Victoria
Day 4: Victoria
Today you will embark on an exciting whalewatching tour This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of whales. You will ride aboard a custom built Zodiac boat that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilarating, safe and intimate whalewatching experience. Overnight in Victoria
Day 5: Victoria to Tofino
Transfer by coach to Tofino. Your road leads across Vancouver Island to the Pacific Coast winding through ancient rainforests and provincial parks. You’re venturing into true wildlife territory here: Pacific Rim National Park is a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity. Overnight in Tofino 
Day 6: Tofino
Today you are taking part in a thrilling bear watching expedition. At low tide, board the Stellar Sea, a 14 metre panoramic cruiser, and speed along the lush coastline to the bears’ feeding grounds. Back on dry land, you’re free to explore the rugged coastline along the network of hiking trails or to walk the shoreline of long Beach in search of shells and driftwood. Overnight in Tofino
Day 7: Tofino to Vancouver to Whitehorse
Depart Tofino by air this morning, enjoying a scenic flight across the wilds of Vancouver Island and the waters of the strait before landing at Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal. Transfer to the domestic terminal for your flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted by a local representative of Northern Tales Travel Services who will welcome you to the Yukon and transfer you to your hotel.* Once you have checked in you will receive an orientation meeting describing what to expect during your stay. The rest of the day is yours until your first evening viewing of the Aurora Borealis. The Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights, is a spectacle of magnetic and electrical charges in the air, colouring the sky a multitude of majestic hues. Tonight is your first chance to view this spectacular show. Departing the hotel at 22:00 in groups, you will be taken to a prime viewing area and treated to snacks and hot drinks during your viewing. Contemplate the sublime beauty of this fascinating array of blues, reds, greens and violets in this idyllic setting as you relax in a cozy heated cabin or walled tent. Return to the hotel at approximately 02:30. You will have another opportunity for viewing tomorrow evening. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Day 8-9: Whitehorse
On the morning of day 2 you are treated to a tour of the scenic city of Whitehorse, a former gold rush settlement set against a stunning backdrop of mountains. Discover the highlights of this town such as Main Street, the Train Depot of White Pass, Log Skyscraper, Log Church, the Sternwheeler SS Klondike, fish ladders and Schwatka Lake. Each day you are free to relax in the warm comfort of the hotel, or book an optional activity such as dogsledding, ice fishing, flightseeing or snowshoeing. You will have an opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis every evening of your stay. While waiting for the lights to appear, guests are invited to sit at a roaring bonfire, roast marshmallows, have tea and hot chocolate, chat with local guides, try out snow shoeing, tobogganing on a small hill. On day 2 or 3, you will visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (admission included), where you’ll have the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. Dall sheep, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, wapiti (elk), woodland caribou, wood bison, musk-ox, moose and even lynx can all seen on this tour, usually up close! To cap of a great day, you will also travel to the nearby Takhini Hot Springs (admission included). The outdoor hot springs pool provides a warm sanctuary amid the cold weather and is a must-do activity while visiting Whitehorse! (Visit to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Takhini Hot Springs is included for arrivals Oct 1 - Nov 30 only). Overnights in Whitehorse.
Day 10: Whitehorse to Vancouver
Today your northern experience comes an end as you check out of your hotel and are transferred to the Whitehorse Airport for your flight to Vancouver.

Terms & Conditions

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. A fee will apply for payments made by debit and credit cards. Please check this fee with us or your travel consultant when booking. Prices correct as at 26 November 18 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability.Valid for sale until 21 Dec 18, unless sold out prior. All savings and bonus nights (if applicable) are included in the advertised price. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. Package cancellation fees apply. These property ratings are Qantas Holidays’ views, not official ratings. half-rating. Airfares are not included unless otherwise stated.^You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program available at qantas.com/terms. Qantas and Jetstar airfares must be purchased in conjunction with the booking.~Domestic flights are based on W Class airfares. Flights cannot be booked more than 11 months in advance. +Luggage restrictions apply for flight Tofino to Vancouver of 18kgs per person including checked and carry on pieces. Maximum suitcase sizes apply. Bookings must be made through Qantas Holidays call centre or through a travel agent and Qantas Frequent Flyer number must be quoted at time of booking. Qantas Points will not be earned for cancelled bookings. Packages must include air and land components. The Qantas Holidays General Booking Conditions apply, available at http://www.qantasholidays.com.au/general-terms-conditions. Qantas Holidays Limited ABN 24 003 836 459. Trade Enquiries: 13 27 87.

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