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5* Alaska Cruise and Canadian Rockies

Reference WW37965
Overview

Ref: TNM2019

An unforgettable tour and cruise showcasing some of North America's most breathtaking wonders of nature.

The undoubted highlight of this extraordinary holiday will be a seven-night cruise on board a superbly appointed, five-star cruise ship of Holland America Line. Board the ship in Vancouver after a journey through the Rocky Mountains, sailing through the fabled 'Inside Passage' to wild, remote Alaska, calling at Glacier Bay, a UNESCO-World Heritage gateway to one of North America's last great wildernesses, before the thoroughly enthralling tour is completed with a three-night stay in glittering Vancouver.

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

What's Included

Seven nights' room-only accommodation in a series of three-star hotels in Banff (2 nights), Jasper (1), Sun Peaks (1) and Vancouver (3)
Seven nights' full-board inside cabin accommodation on board a five-star Holland America line cruise ship
Return flights to Calgary, returning from Vancouver
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour

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

Fly direct to Calgary, home to the famous 'Stampede', and continue on into the majestic Rockies, to Banff, for a two-night stay.

Join the optional guided tour this morning and explore Banff, the undisputed 'capital' of the Rockies. Take in Surprise Corner for exquisite views of the iconic Banff Springs Hotel and venture to the summit of Sulphur Mountain by cable car. In the afternoon, perhaps join our exhilarating helicopter flight over the mountains for an experience you will never forget.

Today we'll call at beautiful Lake Louise, where turquoise waters - frozen for much of the year - are set against the awesome backdrop of the Victoria Glacier. We'll then travel the renowned Icefields Parkway - a spectacular journey through the heart of the Rockies - before continuing to Jasper, in scenic Jasper National Park.

Your wonderful journey west continues, past majestic Mount Robson - the highest point in the Rockies - to the mountain resort of Sun Peaks and another overnight stay.

Descending through the Coastal Ranges towards the Pacific and the beautiful city of Vancouver, board your ship for a late afternoon sailing into the Inside Passage and the wilderness State of Alaska, and settle into your cabin - your home for the next seven nights.

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

Today we'll take a breathtaking cruise into Glacier Bay. Marvel at the ever-changing glacial seascape of this renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site where the silence is punctuated by the thunderous sound of ice splitting and crashing, in great chunks, into the water.

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.

On today's optional guided tour of Vancouver you'll discover restored Gastown, the kaleidoscopic thoroughfares of Chinatown, and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. You'll also be able to explore the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and ascend Grouse Mountain by cable car for the spectacular views.

Join an optional tour, sailing through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island where you'll visit Victoria, the charming, colonial Provincial capital set around the beautiful Inner Harbour, as well as the world-famous Butchart Gardens.

Spend a free morning squeezing in any remaining sights - or perhaps searching out last-minute souvenirs - before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Local Information

Language

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

Local Time

The United Kingdom is 7 hours ahead of Calgary, Alberta.

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 Calgary is approximately 9 hours. Departures can be arranged from all regional UK airports.