What comes to mind when you think of Canada and Alaska? Is it the Rockies or flakelets settling on the city ground? Is it lakes, reflecting like mirrors of glass, or a stand of pines? Cinnamon dancing in a mug of wine or a black bear’s paw? If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that it’s not just about where you go, but how you experience each destination.
As such, APT’s range of holidays through North America take you to all the best cities and national parks, those ones that first come to mind, but do so in a way that really celebrates everything about them. It’s a new kind of luxury, one that finds the pleasure in the little things, and isn’t so regimentally defined.
On an APT holiday through Canada & Alaska, every little detail is considered to ensure your holiday is unforgettable. Take Lake Louise for example; one of Canada’s most iconic destinations with its turquoise, glacier-fed water and crisp peaks in the distance… the location seems to speak for itself. But we want to go just one step further.
You’ll never miss a moment in soaking up these breathtaking views, right from arriving up until your head meets the pillow. With Lakeview Rooms, APT ensures your stay is an experience in its own right. And on select itineraries, APT have even organised for a mountain heritage guide to take you through the region, underlining the history and natural elements in a detail that not every traveller is lucky enough to hear.
And then there’s Rocky Mountaineer. While some trains simply aim to get you from A to B, this one is different. When travelling on board Rocky Mountaineer, you get to take it all in from a bi-level glass-dome carriage where drinks flow freely, and all onboard meals are included. So the hardest choice you have to make is one wine or two? This is the pleasure of GoldLeaf Service; it’s more than an inclusion, it’s a privilege - and APT is excited to share it with you.
But there’s so much more to Canada & Alaska than just the top hotels and trains. Forget cookie-cutter experiences - APT is all about putting their own spin on things. Designing intimate encounters with culture, nature, food and history, they’re called Signature Experiences, and each one is as unique as the last. Listen to tales from a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, otherwise known as Mounties, in Banff.
Learn about First Nations customs and symbolism at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, enjoy breakfast at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park before the crowds arrive. Dine overlooking Niagara Falls then create your very own light display from the Illumination Tower to add your own personal flare over the raging waters. APT is sitting behind the scenes the whole time, making sure each and every moment lives up to your expectations. Dull moments? Forget them. From Vancouver to New York City, APT is here to help lead the way on your newest discovery.
Inspired is one word that comes to mind. By creaking glaciers and by sea otters who bob alongside the vessel, your Inside Passage cruise celebrates everything inspirited, and is one of the best ways to experience Alaska. It all comes down to the little details. And on board your Holland America Line or Princess Cruises vessel, you’ll have first-class seats, from your Verandah Stateroom or Suite, of course, to all of Alaska’s little pleasures.
What’s new for cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage, is the attention to personalisation. If you find yourself in need of a few extra creature comforts, APT has crafted a way for you to tailor some benefits especially how you like. As an esteemed guest on board Holland America Line, you can opt to personalise your cruising experience. Choose an elite beverage inclusion, and enjoy premium drinks from an onboard master in mixology. And if you’re a big foodie, you’ll love celebrating with a sail away dinner at your ship’s renowned restaurants on the first night of your cruise. As well as classic comforts like wi-fi and laundry service, this is an experience tailored to help refine your cruise in the exact kind of luxury you need.
Cross from the well-known west to the east, and you’re in what seems like a different world. The charm of seafaring history. A blend of tranquil lanes and modern cities. An amber flourish in fall. In Eastern Canada and the USA, provinces and cities are rich in colour against the countryside. And to make your discoveries all the more special, they’re headed by maple syrup connoisseurs, local rangers and even at one point, a retired lobster fisherman.
So when it comes to who is best suited to introduce you to the new kind of North America, look no further than APT. Take that all-important first leap, and fall in love with this remarkable region where living fully comes easy, and all-inspired luxury is a distinct pleasure.