Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies 2016
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)
Venture into America's wilderness as you take an unforgettable cruise through the fabled '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 hiking capital, Banff, beautiful Lake Louise and scenic Jasper, as well as delightful Vancouver and colourful Ketchikan.
16 Day 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, 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.
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.
As we cruise north, through the scenic Inside Passage, you can relax and enjoy the ship's vast range of facilities and dining opportunities.
Today we'll make an afternoon and evening call at the Alaskan capital, Juneau, in its awe-inspiring setting at the foot of the magnificent mountains from which the immense Mendenhall Glacier flows. Optional shore excursions today will include tours and exhilarating activities such as kayaking or dogsledding.
Enjoy a full day at Skagway, northernmost point of the cruise and our last stop before the Yukon. Part of the setting for Jack London's iconic book 'The Call of the Wild', Skagway is still a pioneering town of honky-tonk saloons and Klondike memorabilia.
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.
The colourful town of Ketchikan, its wooden houses built over the water, is our last port of call. You will have the opportunity to join the optional shore excursion to the remote Misty Fjords National Monument, a vast wilderness reserve where some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery can be found.
Enjoy a last day at sea as we cruise back south along the Inside Passage and the east coast of Vancouver Island.
Arrive early in the delightful coastal city of Vancouver and transfer to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.
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 exploring or perhaps searching out last-minute souvenirs, before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home.
Arrive back in the UK after a wonderful holiday.
Dates & Prices
|Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|London Gatwick||14 May 2016||£1999.00|
|21 May 2016||£1999.00|
|04 Jun 2016||£2519.00|
|03 Sep 2016||£2299.00|
|10 Sep 2016||£2249.00|
|London Heathrow||17 Sep 2016||£2199.00|
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.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports, valid for 90 days after the return date, when travelling to Canada and the US State of Alaska. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for both an eTA online with Canadian Immigration at www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp and an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charges are 7CAD and 14USD respectively for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult both the US & Canadian Embassies as a visa may be required.
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 or tour manager is about $5 USD per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the 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.
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