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Alaska Cruise & Spirit of the West Self-Drive

Reference WW37961
Overview

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Begin your time in Canada in the modern city of Vancouver, exploring the sights, cuisine and nature of this coastal city. Then climb aboard the luxurious Celebrity Infinity for your journey sailing through Alaska, taking in the picturesque sights of the Icy Strait Point in Hoonah and the Hubbard Glacier. End your North American discovery on the open road on a self-driven adventure where you can stop off at Banff, Jasper and visit the stunning Lake Louise.

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Return flights from the UK
10-nights Hotel stay
7-night Alaska Cruise onboard Celebrity Infinity, based on an Inside Cabin
$200 onboard ship credit per cabin
7-day car hire, based on an intermediate car

Upon arrival into Vancouver, please make your own way to your overnight hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overtime in Vancouver.

You are free today to explore this coastal city at leisure.  No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to Stanley Park - its seawall, beaches, walking trails, totem poles, pool, miniature railway and more attract 8 million visitors each year. Later, indulge in fabulous shopping, have a coffee at the cities famous harbour or search for a bargain at the Granville Island Markets. You could also take a trip up Grouse Mountain for spectacular views over the city - on a clear day you can see as far as Seattle! 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 Celebrity Infinity.

Located between Vancouver and Ketchikan, Alaska's Inside Passage is home to some of the most breath-taking 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.

Go whale watching, learn Tinglit tribal customs, buy traditional crafts, or fly high above Port Frederick on a 1.6km long zip-rider for panoramic views of this popular stop. Once you’ve worked up an apetite, tuck in to fresh halibut and chips on the cookhouse deck of historic Hoonah Packing Company cannery. The wildlife outnumbers the human population in Icy Strait point, so keep your eyes peeled for some of Alaska’s majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

The Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes. Watching the icebergs crash into the waves will be one of the most unforgettable moments of your trip - make sure you capture it on film so you can relive it time and time again.

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.

Experience Eden firsthand with a stop in Ketchikan. Kayak tranquil saltwater fjords fringed by ancient forests, making sure you keep an eye out for black bear and playful porpoise. Tour the great outdoors by foot or bike, or whiz above ocean shores and never-ending forests by zipline. Ketchikan is nature's playground for anyone with a keen sense of adventure

Today, relax and make use of the world-class facilities onboard this ship. Place your bets at the casino, get pampered at the spa or take a dip in the pool – the decision is yours on how you will spend your day at leisure.

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.

Enjoy a full day at leisure, soaking up any remaining sights in Vancouver. Make sure you indulge in some of the finest cuisine this foodie city has to offer! Overnight in Vancouver.

This morning collect your hire car and depart Vancouver along the iconic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. After a short stroll through this charming alpine resort, resume your journey along Duffey Lake Road through Lollooet, Cache Creek and on into the stunning resort of Sun Peaks and your overnight hotel. Overnight in Sun Peaks.

Today follow the Thompson River, view Pyramid Falls and pass by Mount Robson - the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies - before arriving into Jasper and at your overnight hotel. Overnight in Jasper.

Today is yours to explore the sights of Jasper. Don't forget to go into Jasper National Park and visit the awe-inspiring Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed sights in Canada. Overnight in Jasper.

This morning depart on the scenic drive that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. Along the way you will see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride onto the glacier (included). Arrive in Lake Louise and enjoy some time at leisure to explore the iconic sights. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Tahe the short drive from Lake Louise to Banff at your leisure and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore this mountain hamlet at your own pace. Overnight in Banff.

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park at your own pace. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Why not take in the view from the skies with a ride on the Banff Gondola (included)? Overnight in Banff.

Today your adventure comes to an end as your depart the Rocky Mountains at leisure and travel to Calgary. Return your hire car at Calgary Airport and fly back to the UK.

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.