POST - WHISTLER & VANCOUVER:NATURALLY SPECTACULAR
Spend a delightful day independently exploring famed Whistler Village and its lovely alpine setting, before heading to Vancouver, where you will enjoy its abundant natural beauty and historical attractions.
After disembarking the ship, you will drive north into the surrounding mountains toward Whistler Village. Along the way, you will stop at the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park.
The 450-foot, pedestrian-only bridge crosses a deep gorge of the Capilano River. Walking across the bridge, you can actually feel it sway. Upon reaching the other side, you will follow a series of platforms that wind through a primordial forest and offer wonderful views.
Continuing on, you will drive along the winding and immensely scenic Sea to Sky Highway on the way to Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here you will check into the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler Village. Check in is at 4:00p.m. Although every effort will be made to have rooms ready before this time, this cannot be guaranteed. The remainder of the day is at leisure with meals on your own.
Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers a luxurious alpine setting, exceptional dining, and a relaxing spa. The concierge team will assist with planning your free time in the hotel and around Whistler Village.
Following breakfast at the hotel, the entire day is yours to enjoy in whatever manner you prefer. Depending on the time of year that you visit, you might ride a fully enclosed gondola up the slopes, go hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, zip lining or browse Whistler Museum, much of which is devoted to Whistler's Olympic story.
Whistler Village offers a variety of fine dining, extraordinary shopping and highly entertaining events year-round. There is simply no end to the activities and because there isn't a formal schedule you can spend the day doing whatever you find most appealing.
Following breakfast and check out of the hotel, you will follow the stunning Sea to Sky Highway to Vancouver, which you will tour, beginning with Stanley Park. At nearly 1,000 acres, it is one of the world's largest urban parks. Sprawling across a peninsula covered by rainforest, it juts into the sea, providing an unspoiled world for an abundance of wildlife. One of the most scenic spots is Prospect Point, where you will pause to take in the spectacular views of the inner harbor, North Shore Mountains and Lions Gate Bridge.
Next, you will see the collection of colorful totem poles at Brockton Point, an area that features enlightening open-air displays on the Coast Salish First Nations. Then, from the comfort of the coach, you will drive through Vancouver's most historical neighborhoods, including Chinatown, Yaletown and Coal Harbour.
Arriving in Gastown, you will enjoy free time to stroll along the cobbled streets, which are illuminated by antique gaslights at night. Named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon, Gastown was Vancouver's first urban center. Be sure to see its quirky urban timepiece, the Steam Clock at Water and Cambie streets, which gives a steamy rendition of the Westminster chimes every 15 minutes, drawing its power from the city's underground steam-heat system.
After departing Gastown, you will check into the Fairmont Vancouver Downtown Hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, allowing you plenty of time to settle in and relax. Meals are on your own, and there are plenty of restaurants in the hotel and within easy walking distance.
After breakfast and check out, you will transfer to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) for your flight. For guests with later flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.
Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here only for general reference purposes and subject to change.
8:00am Disembark the ship
9:00am Depart for Whistler
9:30am Arrive at the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park
11:30am Depart from Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park
1:30pm Arrive at Whistler Village and check in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler
The remainder of the day is at leisure with lunch and dinner on your own
Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will have the entire day to explore independently. Lunch and dinner are on your own. Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
Breakfast at the hotel
10:00am Check out and drive to Vancouver
12:30pm Begin tour of Vancouver
1:15pm Arrive at Stanley Park and visit Prospect Point
2:10pm Arrive at the totem poles
2:30pm Continue panoramic drive
3:15pm Free time in Gastown
4:00pm Check in at your hotel
The remainder of the day is at your leisure
Overnight at the Fairmont Vancouver Downtown Hotel or similar hotel
Breakfast at the hotel
11:00am Check out and transfer to the airport based on your flight time. For guests with later flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.
Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check out is 11:00am. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.
60°- 86° (Fahrenheit) 20°- 30°(Celsius)
What to bring:
Good walking shoes, casual clothing, hats and sunglasses. Temperatures at Whistler will be cooler than in Vancouver, so be sure to bring a weather-appropriate sweater or jacket.
Canadian dollar. In most places, the U.S. dollar is accepted at par.
120 volts. The hotel concierge may have converters, if needed.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler, British Columbia. Canada
Telephone: 1- 604-938-8000
Fairmont Downtown Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Telephone: 1-604 684 3131
*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.
" Breakfasts on Days 2, 3, 4
" 1 night at the Fairmont Vancouver Downtown Hotel or similar Hotel (Deluxe guestroom)
" 2 nights at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler (Deluxe slope-side view guestroom)
" Touring and entrance fees per the itinerary
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.
" Meals and beverages not listed above
" Hotel incidentals including additional activities at Whistler
" Gratuities to drivers and guides
" Personal expenses
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.
POST - WHISTLER AND VANCOUVER: NATURALLY
Price: $1,399.00 per guest based on double occupancy.
POST - WHISTLER AND VANCOUVER: NATURALLY
Price: $1,329.00 per guest based on double occupancy.