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Exploring Western Canada with Alaska Cruise

Reference WW37981
13 nights from
£3099 pp
Overview

Ref: 16315

Start planning your Canadian getaway with one of our most popular tours. Everything you must see on maybe your first trip the Rocky Mountains is included for you from the beautiful resort of Banff to vibrant Vancouver nestled at the foot of the Coast Mountains and hugging the Pacific Ocean, to an unforgettable Alaska Cruise. Sandwiched in between is an incredible rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train. Memories never to be forgotten!

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.

Return flights from the UK
1-night Hotel stay in Calgary
Coach transfer to Banff
2-night Hotel stay in Banff
2-day rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf service from Banff to Vancouver. Including 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & overnight hotel in Kamloops.
2-night pre-cruise Hotel stay in Vancouver
7-night Alaska Cruise onboard Star Princess
FREE Banff Gondola Admission
FREE $100 onboard ship spend per stateroom

Upon arrival into Calgary Airport, transfer by scheduled motor coach to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy this stampede town. Overnight in Calgary.

This morning transfer by motorcoach to Banff.  The remainder of the day is free to explore Banff at your own pace. Why not take a walk along one of the many mountain trails? Don't forget to enjoy some world-class cuisine with a view of the snow-capped mountains that surround this resort town. Overnight in Banff.

Today is free to allow you time to explore this beautiful town nestled below Sulphur Mountain. Make sure you use your Banff Gondola Admission to take an exhilarating ride to the top of the mountain and witness some of the most breathtaking 360-degree scenery you will ever see.

Travel onboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer from the resort town of Banff to Kamloops in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular variety of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops.

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. Today you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.

Today is yours at leisure to enjoy Vancouver. 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.

Transfer to the cruise terminal where you will board your 7-night luxury cruise to the Gulf of Alaska onboard Star Princess. Make sure you take some time to explore the incredible facilities onboard!

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.

Princess is one of a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay. 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.

During your scenic cruise, friendly Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place and host a fun Junior Ranger program for kids. They may even be able to help you identify Glacier Bay's abundant wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and large colonies of seabirds.

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! While there are now less than 1000 residents, 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

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.

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 Vancouver Airport for your flight 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.