Scenic is known around the world for its authentic journeys, where luxury and culture come together in one great package. That’s especially true in Canada, where Scenic has teamed up with Fairmont Hotels for ‘Scenic Special Stay’ moments.
Ordinary just won’t do when it comes to a Scenic holiday, and that’s why Fairmont is the perfect luxurious home-away-from-home when touring on land. Imagine a historic chateau, or stately castle-like manor opening their doors for your arrival; grand hotels that are actually part of Scenic Cruises’ cultural landscape.
Just like on a Scenic Space-Ship, the Fairmont experience is what a five-star, culturally immersive journey is all about – beauty, history, food, friends, and above all, quality service.
For the most memorable Canadian tour experience, enjoy exclusive Special Stays at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
Fairmont Empress – Victoria
If the countless awards and accolades lavished on this historic property (including the Top 10 Hotels in Canada award) aren’t enough, then perhaps the prominent waterfront location, lavish rooms, exquisite high tea and its very own distilled gin, will be.
Afternoon tea has been on the menu here since its opening in 1908. Triple-tired stands of delicate sandwiches and homemade baked goods are paired with 21 different types of loose-leaf teas, including the original, The Empress Tea blend. Served on its own china pattern, originally presented to King George V in 1914, this quality tea experience is accompanied by music from a grand piano.
Created for the Fairmont Empress hotel, Empress Gin 1908 is handcrafted by the local Victoria Distillers, infusing pure Canadian water with eight organic botanicals: juniper, rose, coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark and the Fairmont Empress tea blend. Its trademark hue is imbued by the infusion of butterfly pea blossoms sourced from Thailand.
Experience the Fairmont Empress on Scenic’s 15-day ‘Magnificent Canadian Rockies and Rail’ tour starting in beautiful Victoria. You will also visit Vancouver, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Jasper, Athabasca Glacier Columbia Icefield and enjoy a two-day journey aboard the world famous, Rocky Mountaineer. Prices start from $12,245pp.
Fairmont Banff Springs
Few hotels in the world can rival the majestic beauty that surrounds Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. Dubbed the ‘Castle in the Rockies’, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is in the heart of Alberta’s Banff National Park.
Constructed in 1888 by William Cornelius Van Horne, the Canadian Pacific Railway magnet is credited with bringing tourism to the Canadian West with this lavish hotel modelled on a Scottish baronial castle.
There have been expansions and restorations during the time of Van Horne, but this castle in the mountains remains as inspiring as its benefactor intended. Today, the Fairmont Banff Springs is a year-round luxury mountain resort with a championship golf course, and the traditional afternoon tea service Fairmont properties are famed for.
Experience the Fairmont Banff Springs on Scenic’s 13-day ‘Christmas in the Rockies’ tour. Travel from Victoria to Calgary as fairytale landscapes like only Canada can serve at Christmas time await. Why enjoy just one Christmas tree when ty can revel in vast forests of them. Prices start from $9,845pp
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Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – Quebec City
Voted ‘Best City in Canada’, you’re sure to fall under the spell of Quebec City. Known for its colonial French style, with its cobblestone streets and 400-year-old architecture, the hotel – Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac – is right at home here.
One of Canada’s most photographed hotels, it delivers incredible views up and down the Saint Lawrence River from its perch within the Old City fortifications. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 611 guest rooms in the heart of French Canada will imbue the elegance and charm of a old-world Europe.
Be sure to enjoy a guided tour of the prestigious hotel and learn of the celebrities and historical events that shaped the identity of this famed hotel. Sample a large variety of award-winning Canadian cheese from 1608 Wine and Cheese Bar. It features its own climate controlled cheese room. And the views overlooking the Saint Lawrence River are stunning.
Experience the Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac on Scenic’s 16-day ‘Eastern Explorer and Cruise’ as you discover all the wonders of Canada’s east coast from Toronto to Boston in the US. This tour includes a 7-night Holland America cruise. Prices start from $11,745pp.
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