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Heart of the Canadian Rockies and Alaska Cruise

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Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

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

  • 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.

Private home pick-up service

Our private 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.

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Make your own way

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Customer Reviews

Fantastic, even better than imagined....

28th September 2018
Mrs Karen Morgan

Fantastic, even better than imagined.

Excellent/well organised trip with terrific scenery. The only downside are the...

20th June 2018
Mr Russell Kennedy

Excellent/well organised trip with terrific scenery. The only downside are the flight connections. Not enough time is given to change flights at Heathrow regardless of what their website might say. On the outbound flight we only just made the Calgary connection, on the return flight from Vancouver only 90 minutes was given to transfer. Flight landed on time but then sat on runway for 30 minutes as there was no available gate. After running through terminals 3 and 5 we were told we were too late and had our tickets cancelled (even though flight hadn't departed). Had to spend night at a nearby hotel. If transfer flight had been booked for later this wouldn't have happened.

The lack of service on the cruise was evident and...

4th October 2017
Mrs Carol Heslop

The lack of service on the cruise was evident and unexpected which let the holiday down slightly

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29th September 2017
Trusted Customer

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27th July 2017
Mrs Linda Ward

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

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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 National Park - Bow View Lodge

The Bow View Lodge is the only 3 Star Canada Select hotel located directly on the beautiful Bow River, where you can enjoy a river walk along a tree-lined path that offers an exceptional view of the surrounding mountains and occasional wildlife. This limited service hotel is able to offer guests access to facilities at their sister property, the Banff Park Lodge, located next door; guests at the Bow View may use the swimming pool, hot tub, fitness centre, and concierge services. There are also two restaurants available, and a variety of shops.

  • Location

    228 Bow Avenue, T1L 1A5 Banff, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Jasper National Park - Marmot Lodge

The Marmot Lodge features a number of services including concierge service, currency exchange, indoor pool, business centre, and Embers Steakhouse restaurant. All 107 guestrooms are all equipped with coffeemakers, mini-fridge, hairdryers, and complimentary toiletries.

  • Location

    86 Connaught Drive, T0E 1E0 Jasper, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

Kamloops - The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre

The Thompson Hotel and Conference Centre features a great stay with exceptional guest service. The 96-room hotel offers clean, comfortable accommodations as well as various dining options including The Noble Pig Brewhouse serving Canadian cuisine with a creative flair and Vittorio's Downtown, which specialises in authentic and modern Italian dishes. Take a dip in the pool or have fun in the game room.

  • Location

    650 Victoria Street, V2C 2B4 Kamloops, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Victoria - Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Located in the centre of downtown, the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites is just a short walk to Victoria's famous Inner Harbour as well as shopping, dining, entertainment, and attractions. The hotel features an indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre, game room, concierge service, guest laundry, gift shop, business centre, Internet access, restaurant, and lounge.

  • Location

    425 Quebec Street, V8V 1W7 Victoria, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

Vancouver - Holiday Inn & Suites Vancou

This seven-story Downtown Hotel is located 3 blocks from the shopping plaza & 15 km from the airport. Overlooking the vibrant view, the modern guestrooms put you near the heart of Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, cable TV and rest easy on a pillow top mattress for a great night's sleep.

  • Location

    1110 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC Canada

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

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