Wild and dramatic, Canada and Alaska are two of North America's most spectacular destinations. With vast open plains, snow-sprinkled peaks, abundant wildlife and a clash of cultures, these stunning gems are part of North America's last great wilderness.
Closer and more accessible than you may think, there are several ways seniors can discover their wonders. The following touring styles can turn 'one day' into 'today'.
As one of the world's most scenic railway experiences, the legendary Rocky Mountaineer presents the finest way to discover the Canadian Rockies. This award-winning rail journey through British Columbia and Alberta caters for all with three levels of service; though, the comfort of luxurious Gold Leaf is beyond compare.
Deluxe bi-level cars offer plenty of space to relax and embrace the views of glacier-fed lakes and majestic mountains out of wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling windows.
Along with an exclusive dining car, below deck also features an outdoor viewing area that allows guests to soak up the crisp mountain air while taking countless photos. The spoils of Rocky Mountaineer's Gold Leaf Service provide total 'pinch-me' moments.
Those enamoured of the great and mostly untouched outdoors will likely have Alaska high on the bucket list. With most of the state's highlights concentrated in the south-east – many inaccessible to vehicles – a cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage is a comprehensive way for first-timers to unearth its treasures.
Through a lens of comfort and faultless service, Holland America Line connects passengers to the natural splendour of Alaska, including the quaint charm of colourful seaside towns like Skagway and Juneau, and onshore excursions which include dog-sledding and bike riding.
And then there's Glacier Bay. There's nothing more thrilling than witnessing a chunk of ice as it plunges into the ocean in this ever-changing glacial landscape.
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The great open roads of Canada are primed for road-trips. But for seniors who'd rather not fuss around with maps and right-hand-side driving, several tour companies will do all of the hard work, leaving you to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
APT's land journeys offer hassle-free and all-inclusive trips with 40 other like-minded travellers with nothing but exceptional service, exciting activities and outstanding accommodation along the way. A dedicated tour director ensures personalised attention, while facilitating great camaraderie with your fellow passengers.
From the thunder of Niagara Falls and historic allure of Quebec City to the wonders of the Icefield Parkway in Banff National Park and cosmopolitan Vancouver, guided tours with APT provide in-depth insights into this incredible country.
Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Canada and Alaska.