A new rail itinerary, an exclusive luxury small ship cruise, a range of exciting new Signature Invitations and a new Wilderness Lodge & Resort extension are just a handful of the new additions to APT’s Canada and Alaska program for 2016.
APT’s expansive Canada & Alaska 2016 brochure is available in travel agents now and carries a total of 40 itineraries, including APT’s Platinum Collection portfolio.
In Western Canada APT combines luxury land tours of the Rockies, featuring rail journeys with Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf or VIA Rail, with a choice of two styles of Alaskan cruising, one of which includes World Heritage-listed Glacier Bay.
In Eastern Canada a range of combinations are available, including tours that take in East Coast USA highlights including New York and the New England Islands.
New additions to APT’s Canada & Alaska portfolio in 2016 include:
– New rail journey: In 2016, APT will offer the new Rocky Mountaineer Coastal Passage journey connecting the majestic Canadian Rockies with Seattle, offering even more spectacular scenery. This features on the new 16-day Rockies, Rail & Alaska Cruise, priced from just $9,695* per person, twin share.
– New exclusive cruise charter – In 2016 APT will add a new Alaskan cruise option, a full charter luxury small ship expedition cruise aboard the boutique 115-stateroom/suite luxury yacht, Le Soléal. The 12 night coastal cruise from Vancouver takes guests to some of the most isolated and stunning highlights of the Alaskan coastline.
APT also offers premium ocean cruising with Holland America Line; offering the choice of sailing on Alaska’s newest ship, the ms Nieuw Amsterdam, as she sets out on her maiden season in 2016, or the ms Westerdam and ms Volendam. In addition, APT guests can cruise aboard Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess, Star Princess or Island Princess.
– Complimentary Wi-Fi: Guests staying in Fairmont properties during their APT Canada & Alaska journey will enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access.
– Signature Invitations: Four new options have been added to APT’s extensive portfolio of Signature Invitations in 2016. APT cruise guests will enjoy a special ‘Sail Away’ dinner at the elegant Sabatini’s restaurant onboard all Princess Cruises sailings. In Alaska newSignature Invitations include a special dinner at the Seven Glaciers Restaurant atop Mount Alyeska and in the Denali National Park, a special ‘Welcome to the Subartic’ dinner presentation. Guests travelling on a selection of Eastern Canada itineraries will enjoy a new and exclusive Signature Invitation which combines dinner overlooking Niagara Falls before visiting the Illumination Tower to create their very own light display on the Falls.
– Extraordinary Experiences: APT already offers a choice of extensions including an exclusive wildlife experience at the Great Bear Wilderness Lodge. Joining the portfolio in 2016 is the new 5-day Northern Lights Extension in the Yukon where can see for themselves the phenomenal Aurora Borealis.
APT’s most popular itinerary is the 22-day Rockies Odyssey & Alaska Cruise. Priced from $12,095* per person, twin share, it comprises a 14 night luxury land journey from Victoria to Vancouver via Whistler, Sun Peaks, Blue River, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Kamloops. Then guests set sail on a seven night Inside Passage cruise with Holland America Line to Glacier Bay, cruising Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Sightseeing highlights on this trip include a two day journey travelling in a GoldLeaf carriage on the Rocky Mountaineer; bear-spotting on a Blue River Safari; a refined lakeside barbeque with First Nations entertainment in Jasper; breakfast at The Butchart Gardens before the crowds arrive; the chance to meet a Mountie in Banff; and on the cruise a special ‘Sail Away’ dinner at the Pinnacle Grill.
APT’s Canada & Alaska program is growing at a phenomenal rate and launching the new brochure for 2016, Chief Marketing Officer Debra Fox said choice, exclusivity and luxury are the key differentiators for the award winning brand in this destination:
“APT’s Canada and Alaska product is exceptional and travel agents love it because it ticks all the boxes for their guests, securing bookings for them time and time again. Our program has every element and travel style covered – from our breathtaking Alaskan Inside Passage cruises and exciting Canadian land journeys to unforgettable luxury hotel stays and gourmet dining events. In addition we deliver exclusive experiences that guests can only access if they travel with APT and our guests are treated like royalty, travelling in five star luxury every step of the way. Canada and Alaska is one of our strongest performing products and we expect that to continue in 2016.”
APT SuperDeals include a ‘Fly Free to Canada including air taxes’; ‘Fly Free to Canada, just pay air taxes’; ‘Companion Fly Free’ offers, including and excluding taxes across select itineraries in all destinations; and a ‘Business Class Deal, including air taxes’ on select Canada itineraries.
In addition, APT is introducing a new Early Payment Discount whereby guests who book a tour of 16 days or more will save up to $800 per couple when they book and pay 10 months prior to departure.
APT is also offering a new Travel with Friends & Save offer – guests who travel with five friends on the same date will save $400 per person on tours of 16 days or more.
Both new offers are combinable with all APT SuperDeals, which are valid until 30 November 2015.
As well as operating smaller groups tours of no more than 40 guests on every departure, APT also offers a long list of guaranteed inclusions across all journeys on its Canada & Alaska program. These include all sightseeing, most meals, port charges, porterage and tipping, GoldLeaf Service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, airport transfers and dedicated APT tour and cruise directors.
APT’s Canada & Alaska 2016 brochure is available now. For further information call APT on 1300 196 420, visit aptouring.com.au or see your local business development manager.