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

Experience the majestic scenery, railway towns, native culture and diverse wildlife of North America on this three-week adventure through the Rocky Mountains and into Alaska. Explore spectacular mountain forests, spotting bears, moose and elk. Walk across the 1,200ft-thick Columbia Icefield, explore dynamic Vancouver and cruise up through the icy wilderness of the Inside Passage, where eagles, porpoises and sea lions come to hunt, dive and bask in the sunshine.

At a glance


  • Vancouver Explore Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. Take a water taxi to Granville Island.
  • Banff National Park Discover an ardent wilderness full of wolves, bears and elk. Free time to explore by foot or helicopter.
  • Columbia Icefield Ride the Ice Explorer coach on ice 1,200 feet thick.
  • Mount Robson Stand at the base of the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
  • Victoria Sightseeing and visits to the renowned Butchart Gardens, with free time to explore the city.
  • Inside Passage Sail past virgin forests, roaring waterfalls and glacial mountains. Look out for sea lions, eagles and porpoises.
  • Juneau Soak up the bustling waterfront atmosphere with cruise ships, fishing boats and floatplanes buzzing in and out.
  • Glacier Bay Cruise past the massive icebergs of Glacier Bay.
  • Ketchikan Known for its rich Alaska Native culture and breathtaking scenery.

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
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.

Customer Reviews

Great itinerary, excellent tour guide and driver in Canada, first...

10th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Great itinerary, excellent tour guide and driver in Canada, first cruise experience better than feared, everything worked to plan. Even the weather was brilliant!

Excellent Vacation. Expertly organised to the last details....

23rd July 2017
Trusted Customer

Excellent Vacation. Expertly organised to the last details.

Overview

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Vancouver

Day
1

Fly to Vancouver and transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Vancouver

Day
2

This morning, take the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Vancouver with plenty of sightseeing opportunities including Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. Vancouver has an impressively creative culture, friendly neighbourhoods, stunning sunset beaches, unfurling ocean and mountains. In the afternoon, take a water taxi to lively Granville Island - a local favourite and an important cultural district - and wander its outdoor markets and waterfront cafés.  It's a great spot for foodies, with a feast of fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods and seafood on offer.

Vancouver - Kelowna

Day
3

Today, travel to the resort city of Kelowna attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake and surrounded by pine forest, mountains and most importantly orchards and vineyards. Sample the exquisite local wines on a tour of the vineyards this afternoon.

Kelowna - Rogers Pass - Banff National Park

Day
4

Travelling north through Okanagan Valley, famous for its peaches and vineyards, head towards Glacier National Park via the Rogers Pass. Take a break at the 4,379 ft high pass to take photos of the impressive rugged mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. Enter Yoho National Park and climb Kicking Horse Pass at 5,421ft. Early this evening you will reach Banff National Park, bursting with dramatic, untamed wilderness and the gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Banff

Day
5

Enjoy a day in Banff, a gateway to adventure and wild countryside. If you wander in any direction and you will discover an ardent wilderness full of wolves, bears and elk. It is one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts with many summer outdoor activities. Take the optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies for a truly exhilarating experience.

Banff - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

Day
6

A day of scenic grandeur. First to Lake Louise, whose cold turquoise waters are a perfect natural mirror reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges and lakes of exquisite colour come into view as the coach scales two mountain passes. A highlight of today is a stop at the Columbia Icefield to ride the Ice Explorer on ice that is 1,200 feet thick.

Jasper

Day
7

Jasper is rich in wildlife, receives fewer visitors and much larger than other Rocky Mountain parks. Join the optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, with a narrated cruise of the lake. On your return journey, stop to view mighty Maligne Canyon, one of the most popular spots in Canada. The afternoon and evening are at leisure, perhaps take a hike along the trails, discovering the tumbling waterfalls, underground stream outlets and lush plant life as well as searching for elk.

Jasper - Mount Robson - Sun Peaks

Day
8

Depart Jasper, following the Fraser River to the base of spectacular Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, peaking at 12,972 feet. The Yellowhead Highway continues along the mighty Thompson River with spectacular vistas of the Monashee Mountains. Spend a night in the alpine setting of Sun Peaks.

Sun Peaks - Lillooet - Whistler

Day
9

Today, trace the Cariboo Wagon Trail, once a feat of engineering through extremely hazardous canyon territory in British Columbia. Follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes via Lillooet, with breathtaking scenery around every bend, and arrive at Whistler late afternoon.

Day
10

Enjoy time at leisure exploring the beautiful resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.

Whistler - ferry crossing - Victoria

Day
11

This morning set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for their Mediterranean-like climate, for an afternoon arrival in Victoria. Sightseeing here includes Marine Drive, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles. This afternoon, visit world famous Butchart Gardens, one of Victoria's most celebrated sites and rated among the most beautiful gardens in the world. Once there, stroll through the colourful arrangements of the Sunken Garden, the Japanese and Italian Gardens, the English Rose Garden and the magnificent Ross Fountain.

Victoria

Day
12

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the spectacular city of Victoria, the picturesque provincial capital. Stroll around the painted bohemian shops, coffee bars and innovative restaurants and visit the Royal British Columbia Museum or take afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel. Take the chance to do a bit of shopping along Government Street or whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Victoria - Vancouver for embarkation

Day
13

Early this morning board the ferry for a scenic crossing to Vancouver for a mid-morning arrival. Transfer to the cruise port to embark for your seven night Alaskan Cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Inside Passage Cruising

Day
14

Embark on the most impressive part of this trip: Inside Passage cruising, where you will glide past thousands of miles of roaring waterfalls, towering glaciers and iconic islands, as well as greeting marine life such as sea lions, eagles and porpoises.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Juneau

Day
15

An afternoon arrival in Juneau, Alaska's capital. Juneau is only accessible by seaplane or boat and has a Gold Rush story to rival that of Klondike. In the winter, Juneau is a hive of legislators and their loyal aides, and in the summer it's alive with waves of tourists. It's arguably the most scenically pleasing capital of the nation. Walk the maze of narrow streets and slanted houses, moulded within a network of staircases within the city centre. Soak up the bustling atmosphere along the waterfront with cruises ships, fishing boats and floatplanes continuously buzzing in and out. And finally, view the Juneau Ice Field which covers the Coastal range, with glaciers that tumble down between the mountainsides, a quaint frame to the charming city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Skagway

Day
16

Morning arrival in Skagway, one of the driest places in the Southeast and a gateway to Alaska's Klondike Gold Rush of Canada's Yukon. Skagway still has old-fashioned, weathered boardwalks and old-time saloons. It's a strange city, full of conflicts and contrasts, bordering a waterway that never freezes. It's most surreal feature is that its roads lead nowhere making it the most geographically secluded state capital in the country. 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, before setting sail again later in the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Glacier Bay

Day
17

This morning, cruise into spectacular Glacier Bay where 16 huge mountains converge to create a dramatic scene of awesome glaciers and massive icebergs. You'll see an abundance of wildlife in Glacier Bay, including whales, eagles, seals, porpoises, sea otters, mountain goats, moose and bears. The humpbacks whales are most impressive and if you're lucky you will see them hoist their massive bodies out of the water into spectacular leaps, a move called 'breaching'.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ketchikan

Day
18

A morning arrival in Ketchikan. Situated on Revillagigedo Island is the colourful Ketchikan, known as the salmon capital of the world. Ketchikan is backed by forested hills facing a picturesque waterway with fishing boats, floatplanes and ferries, and is abundant with bars and charismatic totem poles.  Ketchikan is charmingly small at just a few miles long and only a few blocks wide and is located just 90-miles north of Prince Rupert. Optional excursions include Indian Heritage Villages and Totem Bight State Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

At sea

Day
19

Continue cruising south along British Columbia's spectacular coastline, past thousands of miles of roaring waterfalls, towering glaciers and iconic islands. Look out for marine life along the way including sea lions, eagles and porpoises and if you're lucky you may spot a pod of killer whales.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vancouver - UK

Day
20

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
21

Things to note

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

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Vancouver: Sandman Hotel Vancouver Downtown City Centre
  • Kelowna: Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre
  • Banff: Mount Royal Hotel
  • Jasper: Marmot Lodge
  • Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Lodge
  • Whistler: Listel Hotel Whistler
  • Victoria: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

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