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Vancouver Alaska Cruise & Sunshine Coast Self-Drive

Reference WW38029
Overview

Sample itinerary – call our specialists to tailor make your personalised tour!

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In summer 2018, Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam will sail a unforgettable round-trip from Vancouver to Alaska, offering you a thrilling close-up look at one of the most incredible wild landscapes on the planet. Combine this with a post-cruise self-drive to the beautiful 'Sunshine Coast' of British Columbia, visiting Quadra Island, Tofino and Victoriam the capital of this wonderful province.

What's Included

Return flights from the UK
All hotel accomodation
7 night 5* Alaska Cruise onboard Holland America Line's Niew Amsterdam
9-day car hire - Intermediate Size including insurance
FREE Vancouver City & Lookout Tour
FREE $200 on-board ship credit

Got your own ideas for your holiday? Get in touch and one of our Canada Specialists will be delighted to help you tailor-make your unique trip.

Itinerary

Upon arrival into Vancouver make your way (independently) to your hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure to discover this coastal city. Overnight in Vancouver.

This morning see the sights of Vancouver by coach. Highlights of the city include the fascinating downtown, the 1,000 acre urban rainforest of Stanley Park and the delectable Granville Island Market. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.

Enjoy a morning at leisure soaking up any remaining sights in Vancouver before checking out of your hotel. Transfer to the cruise terminal where you will embark on your 7-night voyage onboard Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Located between Vancouver and Ketchikan, Alaska's Inside Passage is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery on the face of the earth, and is one of the few sea-lanes where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. Keep your eyes peeled as you travel past forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and peaceful coastal towns loaded with history, culture and adventure.

Accessible only by water or air, Juneau is shrouded with a sense of mystery and is surprisingly full of small town charm. Once you arrive, Alaska's capital city will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. View the majestic Mendenhall Glacier from the East Glacier Loop Trail, or sail 1,800ft via gondola to Mount Roberts, allowing you to take in panoramic views of Alaska's capital city. The fresh air is sure to whet your appetite so take some time to sample a local treat - crisp crab cakes.

Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers who made it to Skagway took a look at the 500-mile journey that still lay ahead of them and decided a change of profession was in order. So many of them set up shop as provisioners that Skagway was the largest city in Alaska by the end of the 19th century! Adventure awaits those who arrive in Klondike. Ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, step into the Red Onion Saloon or peruse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in harmony with an ever-changing glacial landscape. When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Make sure you have a camera on-hand - this is a moment you will want to relive over and over again.

Fondly nicknamed "The Salmon Capital of the World", Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. Its climate means it is home to incredible lush rainforest. Besides the main attractions — Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village — make this trip even more unforgettable with a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. This is scenery that should only be seen from the sky, and further highlights the savage beauty of Alaska's landscape.

With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a 2,400km lifeline to the outside world and hums with activity all-day long. The landscape is ever-changing as you travel past forests, glaciers and vast mountain peaks. Keep a camera on-hand – these are memories you will want to treasure forever.

Wave goodbye to your Alaskan adventure as you disembark from your ship in Vancouver and make your way independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.

Pick up your hire car today and embark on an adventure along British Columbia's Sunshine Coast.  Overnight accommodation in the West Coast Wilderness Resort.

The beautiful natural landscape of Canada’s Pacific Coast will allow you to take part in a variety of outdoor adventures. Make sure you take plenty of stops on your journey to take in incredible views - have your camera at the ready! Overnight in the West Coast Wilderness Resort.

Today, travel north to Campbell River and your destination on Quadra Island. On arrival, check in to your hotel and take some time to explore the beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Quadra Island.

Today, enjoy an Eco Wilderness cruise into Desolation Sound by Zodiac. Cruise through the breathtaking Desolation Sound and enjoy the majesty of Toba Inlet on your quest to seek out black bears in their natural habitat (included). Overnight in Quadra Island.

Say goodbye to Quadra Island as you embark on a short ferry ride back to Vancouver Island. Head south-west to Tofino where you will arrive mid-afternoon. Overnight in Tofino.

Today is yours at leisure to explore coastal Tofino. You may wish to walk along the famed Long Beach, with its miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf, or explore the rain forests on a selection of well groomed trails. Also today, enjoy a 3-hour whale watching cruise (included) through the Clayoquot Sound. Overnight in Tofino.

Travel back towards the East Coast of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Victoria.

Nicknamed “The Best Place on Earth”, Victoria is walkable seaside city packed full of fragrant gardens, waterfront paths, engaging museums, and beautiful 19th century architecture and British influence. In the summer, the Inner Harbour – Victoria’s social and cultural centre – buzzes with visiting yachts, horse and carriage rides, street entertainers and excursion boats heading out to visit pods of friendly local whales. Overnight in Victoria.

Leaving Victoria, drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90-minute ferry ride to Tsawwassen. From Tsawwassen continue on to Vancouver Airport, return your hire car and board your flight back to the UK.

Local Information

Language

English is the official language of Canada and is spoken throughout the country.

Local Time

The United Kingdom is 8 hours ahead of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Currency

The local official currency is the Canadian Dollar. All major credit cards are widely accepted too.

Where to Fly From

The flight time from London to Vancouver is approximately 10 hours. Departures can be arranged from all regional UK airports.