Canadian Masterpiece with Alaska Cruise


  • 19 days

  • Western Canada

tour : 8922

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Experience unmatched natural beauty on this affordable Canadian vacation and Alaskan Cruise. Arrive in Vancouver for a morning guided tour of the coastal seaport, including Stanley Park. You’ll board your Rocky Mountaineer train for a 2-day trip following the Fraser River through snowcapped peaks to Kamloops. Travel through the Selkirk Mountains before entering Yoho National Park, and wind through the Spiral Tunnels before your train climbs Kicking Horse Pass. Cross the Continental Divide before entering Alberta and Banff National Park and onto Lake Louise for a night.

Spend two nights in Banff and see the natural bridge spanning Kicking Horse River, and visit Emerald and Moraine Lakes. Ascend Bow Pass for views of glistening Peyto Lake. Next, board the Ice Explorer on the 750-foot-thick ice of the Columbia Icefield. Travel through magnificent Jasper National Park, and arrive at the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson on your way to Sun Peaks, then Whistler. Cross via ferry to Victoria for sightseeing and a visit to beautiful Butchart Gardens.

Embark on your 7-night cruise through the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Alaskan ports of call. Follow the coast through spectacular waterways to watch for orcas, whales, otters, and eagles. Dock in Juneau on the Gastineau Channel, and visit the Alaskan capital’s rustic shops in town. Next port is Skagway, with its history of tough prospectors who passed through on their way to find Gold in the Yukon. Visit Skagway’s Trail of ’98 Museum for a glimpse into the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s. Cruise on to Glacier Bay, which has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere in the world. Your next port of call is the picturesque town of Ketchikan. This value-minded vacation in Canada with an affordable Alaskan cruise is not to be missed and won’t soon be forgotten!

Highlights

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER 2-day scenic rail journey in SilverLeaf Service
LAKE LOUISESightseeing including Yoho National Park, Natural Bridge, Emerald Lake, and Moraine Lake
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Banff National Park
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Stay inside Jasper National Park
VICTORIA Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens
HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE7-night Inside Passage cruise on the MS Volendam

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2021 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

VANCOUVER

Day
1

Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

VANCOUVER

Day
2

This morning, an included city tour highlights Stanley Park, Chinatown, the harbor, beaches, and more. The remainder of the day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions. You could take a water-taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés, or visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, and art galleries!

VANCOUVER–ROCKY MOUNTAINEER–KAMLOOPS

Day
3

An exciting morning as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all-daylight, classic rail journey. The train travels through some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery. Follow the Fraser River through snowcapped mountains, eventually arriving at Kamloops.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

KAMLOOPS–ROCKY MOUNTAINEER–LAKE LOUISE.

Day
4

Reboard the train and prepare for spectacular sights, such as Revelstoke National Park, Shuswap Lake, the Monashee Mountains, Glacier National Park, and Castle Mountain, which early explorers compared to that of a medieval castle. Travel through the heart of the Selkirk Mountains before entering stunning Yoho National Park. The train winds through the Spiral Tunnels before climbing Kicking Horse Pass. Cross the Continental Divide into the province of Alberta. Enter Banff National Park, and journey to Lake Louise, where green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

LAKE LOUISE–BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Day
5

Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. Visit Natural Bridge and Emerald and Moraine lakes before arriving in Banff. Upon arrival, an orientation tour includes Banff’s unspoiled beauty. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for independent activities.

BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Day
6

Today is at leisure. Play golf, horseback ride, hike the many wilderness trails in the area, stroll through Banff, or simply relax at the hot springs. Banff National Park is the perfect place for photographers and wildlife watching, and as a visitor you may be lucky enough to encounter some of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzlies, or wolves. Your Tour Director will also have suggestions for an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies and can offer recommendations for dinner.

BANFF NATIONAL PARK–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK.

Day
7

Scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake, then climb Sunwapta Pass for stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next stop: the Columbia Icefield to ride the Ice Explorer that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick.

JASPER NATIONAL PARK–MOUNT ROBSON–SUN PEAKS.

Day
8

Stand at the base of the awesome 12,972-foot Mount Robson. Travel through British Columbia’s Fur Trade and Cariboo regions for tantalizing glimpses of the soaring granite mountains of Canada’s Rockies. Watch for wildlife as you continue to the internationally renowned Sun Peaks ski resort.

SUN PEAKS–LILLOOET–WHISTLER

Day
9

Head south, following the once-treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. From Lillooet, “Mile 0 of the Gold Rush Route,” our motorcoach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes, with a mid-afternoon arrival in Whistler. There are optional activities to choose from, including flightseeing by floatplane over glaciated peaks or a Gondola ride between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains for the perfect bear-spotting perch.

WHISTLER–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA

Day
10

Set sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. In Victoria, sightseeing includes Butchart Gardens, the Empress Hotel, Legislative Buildings, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park.

VICTORIA

Day
11

A day at leisure gives you the chance to stroll around the harbor, go shopping on Government Street, or have lunch in one of the many pubs. You may choose to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. Cruise the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, looking for whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles. Your Tour Director will suggest several optional excursions, including a flightseeing excursion with spectacular vistas of downtown Victoria.

VICTORIA–VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION).

Day
12

Board your ferry this morning and head back to the Canadian mainland, where you will transfer to Holland America’s luxurious MS Volendam for a 7-night voyage through the famed Inside Passage.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.

Day
13

Spend the day cruising one of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Located along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

JUNEAU.

Day
14

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on Gastineau Channel, Alaska’s capital city of Juneau has massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield at its back door. Visit the rustic shops in town—or get out and kayak, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There is no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SKAGWAY.

Day
15

In winter, the sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway, so you can imagine the frightful conditions endured by gold prospectors who passed through enroute to the Yukon. Take your time and poke your head into every little shop, from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy’s Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie, and other historic characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of ’98 Museum.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY.

Day
16

Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than any place else in the world. How does it feel when a colossal chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of meters into the air. You hold your breath as you capture the moment on camera, then you wait for it all to happen again.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

KETCHIKAN.

Day
17

Alaska’s “First City” of Ketchikan is so named because it is the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain. An important hub of the salmon-fishing and -packing industries—visitors can try their luck on a sport-fishing excursion or simply savor the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. It is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.

Day
18

Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orca plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline.

VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION)

Day
19

Your cruise ends this morning. Please schedule flights after Noon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

At least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

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