Canada - Niagara Falls To The Rockies & Alaska Cruise
19 nights. May - September 2018. From £2999.00.
The very best of Canada and Alaska
Experience the very best of Canada and Alaska on an escorted tour that begins in lakeshore Toronto, takes in the plunging Falls at Niagara, then heads through picturesque Ontario, via grand capital Ottawa, to the contrasting French Canadian jewels of Montreal and historic, walled Quebec City. You'll then fly west, and journey through the awe-inspiring Rockies to explore delightful British Columbia and discover Vancouver, before setting sail on a seven-night Alaska cruise.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Free time to enjoy waterfront gem Toronto
A visit to tumultuous Niagara Falls
Enjoy an en-route visit to Ottawa, Canada's elegant capital
Discover Quebec City, North America's only walled city
Montreal is the French Canadian centre of style
Explore Rockies' capital Banff
Journey via sparkling Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway to Jasper
Stay at Rockies resort Sun Peaks
Glittering Vancouver is often voted 'best place in the world to live'
An Alaska cruise exploring UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay and the scenic Inside Passage
12 nights' carefully chosen room-only hotel accommodation
Seven nights' full-board inside cabin accommodation on board a five-star Holland America line cruise ship (outside cabins and veranda suites available at a supplement)
Flights to Toronto, returning from Vancouver, and an internal flight from Montreal to Calgary
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly to Toronto, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach into the city and the hotel for a three-night stay. Enjoy your first evening in one of North America's most engaging, cosmopolitan and cultured metropolises.
An optional guided city tour will introduce sparkling Toronto, with its glittering waterfront developments beneath the sky-piercing CN Tower, its colourful, contrasting historic neighbourhoods, and its ultra-modern shopping malls. This evening, make the most of the city's dining options, or perhaps take in a show.
Today's included excursion will be an unforgettable highlight, as you travel by coach around the lake to the wondrous spectacle of Niagara Falls. Spend a fascinating visit taking in the natural wonder, perhaps taking an optional helicopter ride above the tumult, or enjoying lunch from the
viewpoint of an overlooking restaurant.
You'll return to spend a final evening in colourful Toronto.
This morning, board the coach and journey along Lake Ontario's northern shoreline, on the 'Maple Leaf Trail' that leads past handsome Kingston and north to romantic Ottawa, Canada's beautiful administrative capital, with its Victorian houses and famous Rideau Canal. After a chance to explore, you'll continue to stylish Montreal, for a two-night stay.
Today's included excursion is to charming, historic Quebec City, North America's only walled city, overlooking the mighty St Lawrence River. On arrival, enjoy an optional guided city tour before you explore the narrow, cobbled alleyways of the lower Basse Ville and its upper Haute counterpart. Together these form the endlessly enthralling Vieux-Quebec, dominated by the monumental Citadelle and the Chateau Frontenac hotel.
Transfer to the airport for the flight west to 'oil and cowboy town' Calgary, and the onward scenic journey by coach up into the heart of the Rockies and exquisite Banff, for a two-night stay.
Explore the stunning Rockies' capital, in its majestic setting, perhaps joining exciting optional excursions that include a breathtaking cable-car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and a trip to the scenic Surprise Corner viewpoint overlooking the famous Banff Springs Hotel. You'll also have the chance to take an unforgettable helicopter ride for peerless close up views of the towering peaks.
Another memorable day awaits you, as you journey first to beautiful Lake Louise, where turquoise waters are set against the awesome backdrop of Victoria Glacier. You'll then continue along the renowned Icefields Parkway to the historic railroad town of Jasper, for an overnight stay.
Your scenic adventure continues, with a drive past majestic Mount Robson - the Rockies' highest
point - to the mountain resort of Sun Peaks, where you'll enjoy an overnight stay in yet more delightful surroundings.
Today you'll journey west into British Columbia, descending through the coastal ranges to the truly beautiful city of Vancouver, in its spectacular Pacific Ocean-side setting, for a three-night stay.
Join today's optional guided city tour and get to know delightful Vancouver. Highlights will include restored Gastown, hectic, colourful Chinatown, and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. You'll also cross into the leafy suburbs of 'North Van' for the chance to brave the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge - the world's longest pedestrian span.
Today's final optional excursion heads across the Georgia Strait to beautiful Vancouver Island and charming Victoria, with its vast Parliament buildings and grand Empress Hotel. The hugely enjoyable day also includes a visit to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a breathtakingly colourful fifty-acre horticultural Mecca.
After a leisurely morning in Vancouver, board the Holland America Line ship for the late afternoon sailing north towards the wilderness state of Alaska. Settle into your stateroom, and join fellow passengers on deck for the sailing out into the Strait of Georgia, as you leave the magnificent Vancouver skyline in your wake. Enjoy dinner and your first evening aboard.
Awake to enjoy a day at sea, as your ship cruises the waters of Alaska's scenic Inside Passage, a narrow passage line surrounded on both sides by a thickly forested land of mountains and glaciers and the very occasional settlement - this is a region that, whilst nowhere near as inhospitable as the Alaskan north, is still referred to as 'the last frontier'. Take a turn on deck, to watch for aquatic life, and enjoy the ship's wide range of on-board amenities.
A call is made at the Alaskan capital, Juneau, at the foot of great mountain peaks and gateway to the immense Mendenhall Glacier. Built with the proceeds from gold, Juneau - which is only accessible by air or sea - remains a surprisingly chic and stylish city, framed by dense forest. Optional shore excursions, in addition to guided city tours and a fascinating trip to the nearby Mendenhall ice pack, include activities like kayaking or dog-sledding.
Skagway, the northernmost point of the cruise, was the historic gateway to the Yukon and remains a pioneering town of honky-tonk saloons and Klondike memorabilia, from which tens of thousands of hopeful adventurers once set off into the wilderness, many never to return. A fascinating shore excursion to Klondike Gold Rush National Park will lift the veil on one of American history's most colourful chapters, and some of the improbable characters that wrote it.
Perhaps the scenic highlight of the cruise will come today, as your ship sails into breathtaking, UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay, formed by the slow retreat of the Grand Pacific Glacier over the last two centuries. Today brings the opportunity to not only view the towering edge of the ice-pack up close, but also to witness a teeming display of wildlife on land and sea, as black and brown bears and native moose vie with hump-back whales, porpoises, seals and a whole variety of sea-birds for your attention - a truly unforgettable sight.
The last of the Alaskan ports of call is in the southernmost settlement of Ketchikan, with its historic wooden buildings, boardwalks and profusion of arts and craft stores. Many will wish to join the optional shore excursion by floatplane to the remote Misty Fjords National Monument.
Enjoy a last day at sea, cruising the Inside Passage, as you make the most of life aboard the wonderfully appointed Holland America Line ship. A farewell dinner seals the wonderful cruise experience.
This morning your ship arrives in the glittering waterfront city of Vancouver, where you'll have some time to do some last minute exploring before transferring to the airport to catch your overnight flight home.
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Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel in Toronto is approximately 30 minutes.
Passports and visas
When travelling to Canada and the US state of Alaska, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT). The passport must also be valid for 90 days after the return date of the tour. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply online for both an eTA with Canadian Immigration (available at www.canada.ca/eta ) and an ESTA with US Immigration (available at www.cbp.gov/esta and must be completed at least 72 hours before departure). The current charges are 7 Canadian dollars and 14 US dollars respectively for British citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult both the US and Canadian Embassies as a visa may be required.
If you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the ESTA Visa Waiver Programme.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver and tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 15-20 per cent of the bill and in a bar leave a dollar or so per drink. Gratuities on board Holland America Line ships are not included in your holiday price, and are automatically charged at a cost of $11.50 per person per day.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.Back to top