Heart of the Canadian Rockies and Alaska Cruise

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • The Canadian Rockies

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Take off on an incredible discovery of lush forests, snow-tipped mountains, crystal lakes and alpine towns. Journey deep into Canada’s virgin wilderness to explore Banff National Park, ride across the 1,200ft-thick Athabasca Glacier, and sail through the patchwork of Gulf Islands. Cruise across a strange and spectacular landscape of icebergs, islands and Gold Rush towns, spot Alaskan wildlife in Glacier Bay and hear the stories of the Alaska Native culture.

At a glance


  • Banff Time at leisure at Banff resort; optional helicopter ride across the Canadian Rockies.
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride across the 1,200ft-thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • Inside Passage Cruising Sail past virgin forests and glacial mountains.
  • Juneau Soak up the bustling waterfront atmosphere with cruise ships, fishing boats and floatplanes buzzing in and out.
  • Skagway Ride in a vintage parlour car, explore the White Pass and Yukon route and have a drink at an old-style saloon.
  • Glacier Bay Cruise past glaciers, icebergs and forests, looking out for eagles, seals, mountain goats, moose and bears in their natural habitat.
  • Ketchikan See Indian Heritage Villages and wander the fishing harbour in the ‘salmon capital of the world’ before cruising along the coastline to look for mighty killer whales.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport and port taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

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Overview

Take off on an incredible discovery of lush forests, snow-tipped mountains, crystal lakes and alpine towns. Journey deep into Canada’s virgin wilderness to explore Banff National Park, ride across the 1,200ft-thick Athabasca Glacier, and sail through the patchwork of Gulf Islands. Cruise across a strange and spectacular landscape of icebergs, islands and Gold Rush towns, spot Alaskan wildlife in Glacier Bay and hear the stories of the Alaska Native culture.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Calgary

Day
1

Fly to Calgary where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Calgary - Banff

Day
2

On this morning's included tour see many of Calgary's attractions including Canada Olympic Park. Then drive into Banff National Park, and the mountain resort of Banff, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff

Day
3

Today is at leisure to enjoy the many pleasures of Banff, one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts. Perhaps take an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies?

Banff - Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper

Day
4

Travel first to Lake Louise, its azure-blue waters a perfect natural mirror reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges and lakes come into view as you head through two mountain passes. After stopping at the Columbia Icefield for an exciting Ice Explorer ride over the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier, arrive in the picturesque resort of Jasper, for an orientation tour of the town. There will also be a chance to join an optional raft trip down the Athabasca River.

Jasper

Day
5

Today, join an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The rest of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer, from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.

Jasper - Mount Robson - Kamloops

Day
6

Today, follow the Fraser River to the base of spectacular Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues alongside the mighty Thompson River with spectacular vistas of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.

Kamloops - Victoria

Day
7

Enjoy more spectacular landscapes travelling through British Columbia's lush Coast Mountains to its majestic Pacific coastline. Sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, to Victoria, the provincial capital and western Canada's oldest city. The afternoon sightseeing features visits to the world famous Butchart Gardens, Bastion Square and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. In the evening, how about a stroll around the lovely waterfront?

Victoria

Day
8

The day is yours to experience more of the many attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum or whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Victoria - Vancouver

Day
9

Today, catch the ferry back to Vancouver across the Strait of Georgia. On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing drive on the way to your hotel. See Vancouver's Chinatown, Gastown, beautiful beaches, harbour and tour Stanley Park.

Vancouver for embarkation

Day
10

Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the cruise port to embark MS Volendam or MS Nieuw Amsterdam for a seven night Alaska cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Inside Passage Cruising

Day
11

The beauty of the Inside Passage will amaze you as you cruise past 1,000 miles of epic scenery, towering glaciated mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands and virgin forests. There is also plenty of animal and marine life to look out for: sea lions, eagles and porpoises.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Juneau

Day
12

An afternoon arrival in Juneau, Alaska's capital. The city has a gold rush story to rival that of Klondike, and is only accessible by seaplane or boat. An optional wildlife cruise and salmon fishing will normally be available, and you'll also have the opportunity to take an optional excursion to Juneau's own glacier, Mendenhall. This impressive river of blue ice is about 1.5 miles wide and over 12 miles long!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Skagway

Day
13

Morning arrival in Skagway, Alaska's gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada's Yukon. Skagway was the turbulent staging point for prospectors and still has old-fashioned weathered boardwalks and old-time saloons. Optional sightseeing includes a ride in a vintage parlour car to see the White Pass and Yukon route. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore some more, before setting sail again late this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Glacier Bay

Day
14

Cruise into spectacular Glacier Bay early this morning, where forests give way to a rugged landscape rising to rocky peaks. Sixteen huge mountains converge to create an awe-inspiring panoramic wonder, a dramatic scene of awesome glaciers and massive icebergs. Wildlife is abundant, and you may spot eagles, seals, mountain goats, moose and bears in their natural habitat.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ketchikan

Day
15

A morning arrival in colourful Ketchikan, situated on Revillagigedo Island and known as the 'salmon capital of the world'. Here, a picturesque harbour shelters fishing boats and seaplanes. A wide choice of optional excursions will be available, including an outing to see Indian Heritage Villages and Totem Bight State Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

At sea

Day
16

Continue cruising south along British Columbia's spectacular coastline. Animal and marine life are abundant in this area and with a little luck you may spot a pod of mighty, yet graceful killer whales.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vancouver - UK

Day
17

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
18

Things to note

Special Depatures: Calgary Stampede Special Departures 7 July & 10 July 2018 Be a part of the Calgary Stampede - a celebration of western values and heritage that boasts the richest outdoor rodeo in the world. Get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring internationally acclaimed artists, and see some of the best professional riders in the world. Your extension includes two extra nights in Calgary and a two day pass to the Calgary Stampede. Please see our website for full details and itinerary

Whale Watching: Enjoy a fascinating optional cruise that will be remembered for a lifetime. Whilst watching for whales and marine life in their natural habitat, you are likely to see the orca (killer whale), and perhaps spot porpoises, sea-lions, osprey and eagles

Accommodation as stated or similar

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Banff  Bow View Lodge

A view of the river is available in most guest room at the Bow View Lodge. A cable TV, seating area, and private bathroom are provided in each room. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is only 7 minutes' drive away. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is 1.6 miles from the property. 

  • Location

    228 Bow Avenue, T1L 1A5 Banff, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Sauna
    • Fitness centre

Jasper Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge Jasper features air conditioning and cable TV in each guest room. They have also equipped coffee/tea facilities and a small refrigerator. Located on main street, this hotel is surrounded by evergreens within Jasper National Park. It offers an award-winning steakhouse, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi throughout the entire property. The Jasper tramway is 5.6 miles away.

  • Location

    86 Connaught Drive, T0E 1E0 Jasper, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Sauna
    • Fitness centre

Kamloops The Thompson Hotel

A 37" flat-screen TV, mini refrigerator, and in-room coffee and tea are available in each room. Free WiFi is available.This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, this hotel offers two on-site restaurants and complimentary bikes for rental. Kamloops Airport is 15 minutes away from the property. 

 

  • Location

    650 Victoria Street, V2C 2B4 Kamloops, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Fitness centre

Victoria - Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Royal Scot Hotel & Suites features spacious rooms, studios and suites with pillow-top mattresses and in-room coffee facilities. This property is 12 minutes’ walk from the beach. Just 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria ferry terminal, this hotel features an indoor pool and a hot tub. Free WIFI is provided.

  • Location

    425 Quebec Street, V8V 1W7 Victoria, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

Vancouver Downtown Holiday Inn

A coffee machine and a desk are featured in all rooms at Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown & Suites. Ironing facilities are included. A private bathroom offers a hairdryer. The hotel is located just 200 yards from Granville Street entertainment district.

  • Location

    1110 Howe Street, V6Z 1R2 Vancouver, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Fitness centre

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