Five-Star Alaska Cruise & The Canadian Rockies - From London
14 nights. May - September 2018. From £2499.00.
Breathtaking wonders of nature
Explore America's wilderness in comfort and style on an unforgettable cruise through the 'Inside Passage' to remote Alaska and the protected seascape of Glacier Bay. Your journey into the spectacular heart of the Canadian Rockies will take in its stunning capital, Banff, beautiful Lake Louise and scenic Jasper, as well as delightful Vancouver.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
An Alaskan cruise exploring UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay and the scenic Inside Passage
Visits to Juneau, remote Skagway and colourful Ketchikan
Take in Banff, the stunning capital of the Rockies
Tour the scenery of the Rockies, via sparkling Lake Louise, on the Icefields Parkway
Discover Vancouver, often voted the 'best place in the world to live'
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 Manager (The ship's staff and crew will take care of you during your cruise)
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 west to oil and 'Stampede' town Calgary, and upon arrival meet your Tour Manager and board the coach for the scenic journey up into the towering Rocky Mountains, to spend two nights in the exquisite mountain capital Banff, in its breathtaking setting.
Discover and explore the Rockies' spectacular capital, perhaps joining exciting optional excursions that include a cable-car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, a trip to the scenic Surprise Corner viewpoint overlooking the famous Banff Springs Hotel, and an unforgettable helicopter ride. However you choose to spend your day, you are assured of some wonderful scenery.
Another breathtaking day awaits, as you re-board the coach to journey to beautiful Lake Louise, where the year - are set against the awesome backdrop of imposing Victoria Glacier.
This afternoon, continue the journey along the renowned Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic roads, to the historic Rockies' railroad town of Jasper, at the gateway to picturesque Jasper National Park, for an overnight stay. Soak up the atmosphere of one of Canada's most 'western' townships.
The scenic feast of a journey continues as you head past majestic, towering Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies' highest point, and travel along the Yellowhead Highway for an overnight stay in the delightful mountain resort of Sun Peaks. Enjoy a last evening in the Rockies, before tomorrow's journey through the coastal ranges.
Head towards the glorious Pacific-rim city of Vancouver, to join your cruise, boarding 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 prospecting, 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, and today bringing 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
This morning your ship arrives in the glittering waterfront city of Vancouver, and you disembark to enjoy a three-night stay. Step ashore to meet your tour manager, and transfer to your hotel, after which the rest of the day is free to take in the sights and sounds of a city that is often voted 'the best place in the world to live'.
Join this morning's optional guided tour, which will include restored Gastown, hectic, colourful Chinatown, and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. Cross Lion's Gate Bridge into the leafy suburbs of 'North Van' wilderness beyond to brave famous Capilano Bridge, the world's longest suspended pedestrian span.
Enjoy the optional full-day tour to beautiful Vancouver Island and the unashamedly British provincial capital, Victoria, with its vast Parliament Buildings and grand old Fairmont Empress Hotel. The hugely enjoyable day also includes a visit to the world famous, fifty-acre Butchart Gardens, after which you'll return to spend a last evening in beautiful Vancouver.
After time for last-minute shopping and sightseeing, transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight.
Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a truly wonderful holiday.Back to top
AccommodationAlaska and Canada Touring Hotels and Cruise Vessel
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities, and there will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby. You will also enjoy seven nights on board a Holland America Line cruise ship.Back to top
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.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes.
Changes to your itinerary
Please note that the itinerary is reversed for the departure on 17th September 2016, starting in Vancouver and ending in Calgary. It will depart from London Heathrow, instead of from London Gatwick, and fly with Air Canada.
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.
Shore excursions during the cruise can be booked on board the ship.
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.
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