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Join 20 like-minded people for an 19-night unique and in-depth tour of Alaska. We’ll commence with 2 nights in Vancouver to let you relax after the long journey. After 2 nights we’ll repack our bags and board our float planes for a short sightseeing flight to the all-inclusive Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge located on Vancouver Island. Remote, refined and remarkable, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a boutique, Relais & Châteaux eco-safari-style resort.

We’ll spend 4 unforgettable nights staying in Outpost Waterfront Ensuite tents which are situated on a secluded side channel of the Bedwell River. Upon arrival, the resort staff will create a customized itinerary for you including hiking, star gazing, kayaking, yoga, cooking classes, canoeing, bird, bear and whale watching but to name a few.

After 4 life changing nights, we’ll board our float planes bound for Vancouver for one night before boarding the all-inclusive, award winning Seabourn Odyssey for a port intensive 11-night ultra-luxury cruise. Onboard you’ll experience Seabourn’s signature style of intuitive & personalised hospitality, provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests expectations. Because of her size, Odyssey will visit places the larger ships cannot get into including Misty Fjords, Inian Islands, Juneau, Hubbard Glacier, Wrangell Island & Queen Charlotte Sound but to name a few. See below map for detailed itinerary. We do hope you can join us.

 

Destinations: Alaska

Commencing: Vancouver, Canada

Duration: 19 nights

Departure Date: 19 Aug 2022

Pricing: from $23,493

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Highlights

  • 4 nights at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort & Luxury tented accommodation
  • 11 nights on Seabourn Odyssey exploring in-depth Alaska
  • No tipping required
  • Small group limited to only 20 guests
  • Hosted by a professional Latitude 33 Tour Host

 

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort | A luxury tented safari

  • Experience authentic luxury, bespoke adventure and restorative escape
  • Safari-style tented wilderness outpost on Canada’s glorious Pacific Coast.
  • All gourmet meals including snacks, featured wines, beer, and alcohol; 
  • Guided activities, gear and instruction;
  • All activities are private and timing is flexible
  • One 60-minute relaxation massage per adult, evening turndown service; and all in-room amenities
  • It contains some of the world’s last remaining untouched ancient temperate rainforests
  • Included Guided Wilderness Adventures
  • All in-room amenities, laundry service, horse-drawn wagon shuttle, and unlimited enjoyment of amenity tents and waterfront lounge

 

Seabourn Odyssey | Ultra-luxury travel experience by Seabourn

  • Seabourn Odyssey Shines With Extensive Design, Technological Updates
  • Rich contemporary furnishings that give the ship a completely fresh feel
  • Intuitive, personalized service provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests expectations
  • All ocean front suites, luxuriously appointed
  • Finest resort at sea that is masterfully designed
  • All dining venues are complimentary, dine where, when and with whom you wish
  • Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times

 

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Full Itinerary

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    Day 01

    Friday 19 Aug 2022

    Australia | Vancouver, Canada

    Welcome to Vancouver. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the evening at leisure.

     

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    Day 02

    Saturday 20 Aug 2022

    Vancouver, Canada

    Today is a day at leisure to explore this wonderful city.

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    Day 03

    Sunday 21 Aug 2022

    Vancouver Island, Canada

    Afternoon: Arrival and Tour
    Enjoy scenic views of the Strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island on the 45-minute floatplane ride from YVR South River Terminal. Deplane and climb into a horse-drawn wagon for a short, lively ride along the estuary to the Outpost. Upon arrival, enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres awaiting at the Cookhouse. After a brief orientation, including a wildlife 101 review, you’ll be given a private tour of the resort and escorted to your guest tent. Enjoy time to unpack, relax, go for a leisurely stroll, meet with our activities coordinators or take in a pre-dinner spa treatment if time allows. 

    Evening: Dinner 
    Dinner reservations can be made on arrival, then daily during your stay. Guests are encouraged to experience the Cookhouse dining room, the open kitchen bar, and the dining tents during their stay. Each dining venue offers something unique and remarkable, and is designed to mirror its natural surroundings and showcase the chef’s contemporary coastal cuisine.

    Late Evening: S'mores and Stargazing
    Gather around the campfire for s’mores and laughs, meet fellow guests and watch a million stars come out in the ink black sky.

     

    Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (B/L/D)

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    Day 04

    Monday 22 Aug 2022

    Vancouver Island, Canada

    Early Morning: Yoga and/or Meditation
    Shake off your travel day and ease into your stay with a gentle sunrise meditation or yoga class, offered in studio or outdoors on the scenic waterfront deck. 

    Morning: Breakfast
    Continental buffet is offered in the Cookhouse from 6:30am - 10am and includes a gorgeous selection of house-made breads, pastries, made-to-order smoothies, and seasonal specialties. A la carte service is offered in the Cookhouse and dining tents from 7am - 10am.

    Morning Activity: Penny Falls Hike 
    Enjoy a hike to the magnificent Penny Falls in the Cotter Mountain Range. The resort’s most popular hike offers a challenging climb and refreshing dip at the top for those willing to take the plunge.

    Mid-Day: Lunch
    Lunch is served in the Cookhouse Restaurant. Enjoy delectable dishes like Ocean Wise spicy spot prawn tacos, fresh burrata and beets salad, or butter chicken roti, or opt for more traditional fare like fish & chips or the organic burger with all your favourite toppings.

    Afternoon Activity: Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Kayaking or Canoeing
    Explore Bedwell Sound via stand-up paddle board, kayak or canoe. The easy and peaceful estuary loop is the perfect leisurely afternoon activity to follow the morning's vigorous hike.  Keep an eye out for bears, eagles, herons, king fishers, otters and martens.

    Late Afternoon: Restore 
    Enjoy time to indulge in a spa treatment, or perhaps take a nap, read, or enjoy a game of cards or billiards in the resort’s lounge tents. The Ivanhoe Glass Lounge is open for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 

    Evening: Dinner 
    Enjoy a special private dinner in our family or bistro dining tent. Menu favourites include the “hokkaido” U-10 Queen Charlotte scallops,octopus, Cape Scott black cod, and blue goose beef.

    Late Evening: S'mores and Stargazing 
    Option to gather around the campfire for s’mores and laughs and watch a million stars come out in the ink black sky. The outdoor cedar hot tubs, cold plunge tub and wood-fired saunas are also available at the Healing Ground Spa for guests to relax, unwind and unplug. Spa services can be booked until 8:00pm.

     

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    Day 05

    Tuesday 23 Aug 2022

    Vancouver Island, Canada

    Morning: Breakfast
    Continental buffet is offered in the Cookhouse from 6:30am - 10am and includes a gorgeous selection of house-made breads, pastries, made-to-order smoothies, and seasonal specialties. A la carte service is offered in the Cookhouse and dining tents from 7am - 10am.

    Daytime:  Wild Side Eco-Safari Adventure 
    All-day adventure awaits on our most popular excursion: the Wild Side Tour. Get geared up (we’ll outfit you with outerwear to keep you safe and try) then aboard a Zodiac — a hard-bottom, inflatable marine vessel. From there, you’ll head out into the Sound to spot black bears, whales, visit the ancestral village of Ahousaht on Flores Island, and the spectacular beaches in Clayoquot Sound. Enjoy a gentle hike along the Wild Side First Nations Interpretive Trail. A gourmet, packed lunch is provided and enjoyed on the beach of Flores Island.  

    Late Afternoon: Restore 
    Indulge in a blissful and relaxing spa treatment at the Healing Grounds Spa. Choose from a generous menu of popular and innovative massages and treatments, including Thai, Amma and hot stone massage, energy work, toning facial and body treatments, and nail care.

    Evening: Dinner 
    Enjoy dinner in the Cookhouse Restaurant. 

    Late Evening: Night Cap
    Enjoy a tasty after-dinner cocktail in the Ivanhoe Glass Lounge or get cozy outside by the fire and watch a million stars emerge in the ink black skies. 

     

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    Day 06

    Wednesday 24 Aug 2022

    Vancouver Island, Canada

    Early Morning: Yoga and/or Meditation
    Begin your day with a gentle sunrise meditation or yoga class, offered in studio or outdoors on the scenic waterfront deck. 

    Morning: Breakfast
    Continental buffet is offered in the Cookhouse from 6:30am - 10am and includes a gorgeous selection of house-made breads, pastries, made-to-order smoothies, and seasonal specialties. A la carte service is offered in the Cookhouse and dining tents from 7am - 10am.

    Morning Activity: Horseback Ride 
    Saddle up for an inspiring horseback adventure in the Bedwell Valley. Ride across river valley meadows, beside gigantic trees, through glacial river crossings and Jurassic fern gardens. All rides customized to your skill level.

    Mid-Day: Lunch
    Lunch is served in the Cookhouse Restaurant. Enjoy delectable dishes like Ocean Wise spicy spot prawn tacos, fresh burrata and beets salad, or butter chicken roti, or opt for more traditional fare like fish & chips or the organic burger with all your favourite toppings.

    Afternoon: Canyon Adventure  
    Our canyoning trip was an impromptu adventure that has become one of our most popular excursions and like nothing you've experienced before! A short standup paddle from the top of Bedwell Sound provides access to a glacier fed waterfall channel and some of our favourite hidden water holes.  These deep and calm waters, where hundreds of salmon collect in the fall, offer guests the unique chance to swim, jump, float and explore the crystal cool waters and marine life below the surface.  

    Late Afternoon: Cocktails and Cards 
    Watch the sun go down over the mountains from the Ivanhoe Glass Lounge as you sip on handcrafted cocktails and play your favourite card game.

    Evening: Dinner 
    Enjoy dinner at the Chef's Counter in the Cookhouse Restaurant 

    Late Evening: S'mores and Stargazing 
    Option to gather around the campfire for s’mores and laughs and watch a million stars come out in the ink black sky. The outdoor cedar hot tubs, cold plunge tub and wood-fired saunas are also available at the Healing Ground Spa  to relax, unwind and unplug. Spa services can be booked until 8:00pm.

     

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    Day 07

    Thursday 25 Aug 2022

    Vancouver, Canada

    Early Morning: Yoga and/or Meditation
    Begin your final day at the resort with a gentle sunrise meditation or yoga class to prepare your mindset for re-entry into civilization :-)

    Morning: Breakfast
    Continental buffet is offered in the Cookhouse from 6:30am - 10am and includes a gorgeous selection of house-made breads, pastries, made-to-order smoothies, and seasonal specialties. A la carte service is offered in the Cookhouse and dining tents from 7am - 10am.

    Final Morning Activity
    Choose one final activity to enjoy before your departure. Perhaps a hike or archery or a fun group paintball game. It's a resort tradition on departure days for our guides to join in on the paintball fun! Or perhaps one more rejuvenating spa treatment is the perfect note to end your visit on. 

    Noon: Lunch
    A farewell lunch is served in the Cookhouse Restaurant.

    Early Afternoon: Luggage Pick Up 

    Late Afternoon: Departure
    Your horse-drawn wagon awaits to transport you to the dock for your floatplane flight back to Vancouver. Seair Seaplane departures begin from the resort dock at approximately 3:30pm.

     

    Shangri-La Vancouver (B/L/D)

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    Day 08

    Friday 26 Aug 2022

    Vancouver, Canada | Embark

    We'll transfer to port and embark on your cruise on board Seabourn Odyssey. Sail deep into the forested Misty Fjords, cruise Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, the remote Inian Islands and majestic College Fjord. 

     

    Seabourn Odyssey (B/L/D)

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    Day 09

    Saturday 27 Aug 2022

    Cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound

    The broad Queen Charlotte Sound is another picturesque link in the island-dotted Inside Passage between Puget Sound and the Alaska Panhandle.

     

    Seabourn Odyssey (B/L/D)

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    Day 10

    Sunday 28 Aug 2022

    Ketchikan, Alaska

    Ketchikan is a picturesque coastal town with a colorful frontier history, standing at the southern entrance to Alaska's famed Inside Passage. It began as a salmon cannery in 1885, built by company employee Mike Martin at the mouth of Ketchikan Creek. Once dubbed the 'Canned Salmon Capital of the World,’ today government, commercial fishing, and tourism are its main industries. 

     

    Seabourn Odyssey (B/L/D)

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    Day 11

    Monday 29 Aug 2022

    Sitka, Alaska

    A stroll through the streets and National Historic Park of Sitka is a glimpse into its unique and colorful past. A blend of Tlingit and Russian cultures defines this first capital of Alaska. Although fish canning and gold mining were the initial catalysts for growth in Sitka, the construction of an air base during World War II truly paved the way for Sitka to come into its own. One of Sitka's most intriguing structures is the Cathedral of Saint Michael, built in 1848 to honor a Russian Orthodox bishop.

    Seabourn Odyssey (B/L/D)

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    Day 12

    Tuesday 30 Aug 2022

    Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

    Today there are a myriad of options to explore Hubbard Glacier by in the water and on land.

    Seabourn Odyssey (B/L/D)

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    Day 13

    Wednesday 31 Aug 2022

    Inian Islands, Alaska

    As the gatekeepers to the northern entrance of the fabled Inside Passage, the remote Inian Islands stand between Cross Sound and Icy Strait, exposed to the high energy seas of the Pacific Ocean.

    A unique community on Chichagof Island, created by Native Americans of various Tlingit tribes to offer visitors an enjoyable, educational experience of Alaska’s native cultures.

     

    Seabourn Odyssey (B/L/D)

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    Day 14

    Thursday 01 Sep 2022

    Juneau, Alaska

    Juneau, Alaska’s capital, is accessible only by air and sea, due to the rugged mountain terrain that surrounds the city. It has been a world-class travel destination since the early 1900’s.

    Seabourn Odyssey (B/L/D)

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    Day 15

    Friday 02 Sep 2022

    Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm, Alaska

    Tracy Arm is a 30-mile fjord in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. It is one of two branches extending from glaciers into the Holkham Bay. Tracy Arm and the other branch, Endicott Arm, are designated as the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness. During the summer, these fjords are typically filled with floating ice fragments calving from the glaciers that fill about a fifth of their extent. 

    Seabourn Odyssey (B/L/D)

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    Day 16

    Saturday 03 Sep 2022

    Wrangell, Alaska

    One of the thousands of islands of the Alexander Archipelago, Wrangell Island sits at the heart of the Tongass National Rain Forest and receives approximately 80” (203 cm) of rain per year.

    Cruise this picturesque passage between the islands of the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska, from the mouth of the Stikine River to the Cape Decision Lighthouse.

    Decision Passage is the opening to the Sumner Strait from the Alexander Archipelago in Southeastern Alaska. It is used when coming from or going to Sitka on Baranof Island.

    Seabourn Odyssey (B/L/D)

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    Day 17

    Sunday 04 Sep 2022

    Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords)

    Scottish-American naturalist John Muir compared the 2,294,343-acre (930,000 hectare) Misty Fjords National Monument to his favorite place in America, Yosemite National Park.

    Cruise the breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument in Alaska’s Panhandle. Virgin forest covers the granite mountain walls rising up to 3,000 feet on either side.

    Cruise this picturesque passage on the Behm Canal separatin g Revillagigedo Island and the mainland of Southeast Alaska between Ketchikan and the Misty Fjords National Monument.

     

    Seabourn Odyssey (B/L/D)

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    Day 18

    Monday 05 Sep 2022

    Scenic cruising Princess Royal Channel

    Today we travel towards Vancouver with scenic cruising  in Princess Royal Channel as well as transitting the Seymour Narrows.

    The Princess Royal Channel separates the largest island along British Columbia’s coast from the mainland. It is located roughly halfway between Bella Bella in the south and Prince Rupert in the north, in one of the province’s most remote areas.  Wildlife is plentiful, including Kermode, black and grizzly bears, deer, wolves and foxes. Golden and bald eagles nest in the region, as well as the endangered marbled murrelet. In the waters, there are abundant salmon, elephant seals, whales, orcas and dolphins. 

     

    Seabourn Odyssey (B)

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    Day 19

    Tuesday 06 Sep 2022

    Vancouver, Canada | Disembark

    Today we arrive back in Vancouver where we will disembark and be transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Shangri-La Vancouver (B)

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    Day 20

    Wednesday 07 Sep 2022

    Vancouver, Canada | Australia

    Today our journey comes to an end. Upon check out you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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01 | FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS

  • Return private airport transfers in Australia (conditions apply)^
  • Return International Economy Class airfares from Australia -upgrades available
  • All transfers and baggage handling on tour
  • No tipping
  • See flight upgrade options below, subject to availability
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02 | ACCOMMODATION

  • Shangri-La Vancouver (2 nights)
  • Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (4 nights)
  • Shangri-La Vancouver (1 night)
  • Seabourn Odyssey (11 nights)
  • Shangri-La Vancouver (1 night)
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03 | CLAYOQUOT WILDERNESS RESORT

  • Package includes luxury tented accommodation
  • All gourmet meals including snacks, featured wines, beer, and alcohol; guided activities, gear and instruction
  • one 60-minute relaxation massage per adult/youth; evening turndown service; and all in-room amenities, laundry service, horse-drawn wagon shuttle, and unlimited enjoyment of amenity tents and waterfront lounge
  • Highly-personalized, unforgettable adventures include horseback riding, ocean or fresh water fishing, whale and bear watching, Wild Side safari tour, canoeing and sea-kayaking, hiking, archery, trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing and rappelling, wilderness skills workshops, surfing, paintball, and stand-up paddleboarding. A yoga studio provides meditation and yoga classes every morning (in studio or on the waterfront deck) and a state-of-the-art fitness room is also available.
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04 | SEABOURN ODYSSEY

  • Inclusive of all meals, drinks and onboard activities
  • Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times
  • Complimentary expedition gear: expedition-grade parka and daypack
  • In-Suite Dining - Around the clock for service in your suite.
  • Observation Bar - Stunning lounge with a bar and panoramic views.
 
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