Canadian Rockies and Alaska Cruise

  • 21 Days

  • The Canadian Rockies

  • Steady pace

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.

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

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  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

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  • Day 15

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  • Day 19

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  • Day 21

of 21 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 23rd April 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

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.

Day 1

UK - Vancouver

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Vancouver

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Vancouver - Kelowna

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Kelowna - Rogers Pass - Banff National Park

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Banff

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Banff - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Jasper

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Jasper - Mount Robson - Sun Peaks

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Sun Peaks - Lillooet - Whistler

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Whistler - ferry crossing - Victoria

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Victoria

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Victoria - Vancouver for embarkation

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
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Inside Passage Cruising

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

Day 15

Juneau

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

Day 16

Skagway

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

Day 17

Glacier Bay

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

Day 18

Ketchikan

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

Day 19

At sea

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

Day 20

Vancouver - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 21

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • 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

Notes

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

Your ship

MS Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America Line has installed an array of works valued at over $3 million, ranging from antiques by traditional Dutch masters to creations by renowned contemporary artists. Some pieces reflect the Dutch Golden Age while others, such as the spectacular centrepiece in the atrium, express a contemporary curiosity. 

Adorning the ceiling of Nieuw Amsterdam is an eye-catching abstract sculpture of the inverted New York skyline made from clear translucent blocks that hang upside-down. 

The sculpture was created by husband and wife Italian artists Gilbert Lebigre and Corinne Roger of Creazioni Lebigre & Roger. The significant collection, which includes works by celebrated artists Andy Warhol, Richard Estes and Roy Lichtenstein, continues with astounding displays throughout the ship.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
Ship facts
  • Style: Premium
  • Class: Signature class
  • Size: Large
  • Number of crew: 929
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 28
  • Capacity: 2106 passengers
  • Main language on board: en-US
  • Currency on board: USD
  • Number of decks: 11
  • Gross tonnage: 86700
  • Length (m): 285.2
  • Width (m): 32.2
  • Speed in knots: 24
  • Launch year: 2010
Available cabins on this cruise
Pinnacle Suite

The Pinnacle Suite features bedroom with king-size bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower, with fragrant bath salts and exfoliating loofah mitt for an invigorating shower experience, living room, dining room, dressing room, private veranda, pantry, sofa bed for two persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, guest toilet, floor-to-ceiling windows.

Suite amenities include complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise, complimentary sparkling wine served in the Neptune Lounge upon embarkation and a complimentary bottled water provided in suite at embarkation. Guests in suites also benefit from gorgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night, cold hors d’oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request, binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise, as well as a cocktail party with the ship’s officers. Other benefits include: priority boarding for tendered ports of call, special disembarkation service, priority dining and seating requests, exclusive daily breakfast service, and high tea service in-suite on request. Elegant wooden clothing brush, lint remover and shoehorn for keeping clothing immaculate is also included.

Guests also have access to a very special amenity exclusively for those cruising in a Neptune or Pinnacle Suite, the industry-leading Neptune Lounge features a private place to relax, socialise with other suite guests and enjoy the personalised service of a concierge. The fleet-wide lounges provide worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and WiFi for a small charge. One-Touch 24-hour Concierge Service is available when the Neptune Lounge is closed.

Details

  • 1,357 Square feet 
  • Private Veranda
  • Sleeps 4

Neptune Suite

Neptune Suites feature two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, with fragrant bath salts and exfoliating loofah mitt for an invigorating shower experience, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, sofa bed for two persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows.

Suite amenities include complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise, complimentary sparkling wine served in the Neptune Lounge upon embarkation and a complimentary bottled water provided in suite at embarkation. Guests in suites also benefit from gorgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night, cold hors d’oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request, binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise, as well as a cocktail party with the ship’s officers. Other benefits include: priority boarding for tendered ports of call, special disembarkation service, priority dining and seating requests, exclusive daily breakfast service, and high tea service in-suite on request. Elegant wooden clothing brush, lint remover and shoehorn for keeping clothing immaculate is also included.

Guests also have access to a very special amenity exclusively for those cruising in a Neptune or Pinnacle Suite, the industry-leading Neptune Lounge features a private place to relax, socialise with other suite guests and enjoy the personalised service of a concierge. The fleet-wide lounges provide worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and WiFi for a small charge. One-Touch 24-hour Concierge Service is available when the Neptune Lounge is closed.

Details

  • 500-712 Square feet
  • Private Veranda 
  • Sleeps 4

Ocean View Stateroom

Ocean View Staterooms feature two lower beds convertible to a queen-size bed, and a bathroom with bathtub and shower, as well as fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure.

Stateroom amenities include luxurious beds featuring Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, and 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers. Suites also benefit from complimentary fresh fruit on request, elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, Flat-panel TV and DVD player, as well as ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

Details

  • 174-180 Square feet 
  • Ocean View
  • Sleeps 2

Interior Stateroom

Interior Staterooms feature two lower beds convertible to a queen-size bed, and a bathroom featuring fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure.

Stateroom amenities include luxurious beds featuring Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, and 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers. Suites also benefit from complimentary fresh fruit on request, elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, Flat-panel TV and DVD player, as well as ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

Details

  • 151-233 Square feet 
  • Sleeps 2

Signature Suite

Signature Suites feature two lower beds convertible to a queen-size bed, bathroom with dual-sink vanity, bathroom with full-size whirlpool bath & shower, as well as an additional shower stall with fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure. A large sitting area, teak-lined private verandah, sofa bed for one person, and floor-to-ceiling windows are also included.

Stateroom amenities include Holland America Line's signature Mariner's Dream bed featuring a plush Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens, daily housekeeping to tidy belongings and keep staterooms immaculate, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, lighted magnifying mirrors; salon-quality hair dryers, and luxurious bathrobes for use during the voyage. Each stateroom also benefit from flat-panel TV and DVD player, complimentary DVD library, generous storage, safes for your valuables, Complimentary fresh fruit on request, complimentary 24-hour In-Room Dining, nightly turndown service, complimentary shoeshine service, as well as complimentary ice service

In addition to the stateroom amenities, guests cruising in Signature Suites also benefit from a variety of firm, medium and soft pillows, premium duvet, oversized bath towels, and soft, cotton bathrobes and slippers, mini-bar, personalised cruise stationery, one-touch telephone concierge service, fresh flowers, and umbrellas for your use on the cruise.

Details

  • 372-384 Square feet 
  • Private Veranda
  • Sleeps 3

Verandah Staterooms

Verandah Staterooms feature two lower beds convertible to a queen-size bed, bathroom with bathtub & shower featuring fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, sitting area, teak-lined private veranda, floor-to ceiling windows.

Stateroom amenities include Holland America Line's signature Mariner's Dream bed featuring a plush Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens, daily housekeeping to tidy belongings and keep staterooms immaculate, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, lighted magnifying mirrors; massage showerheads; salon-quality hair dryers, and Luxurious bathrobes for use during the voyage. Each stateroom also benefit from flat-panel TV and DVD player, complimentary DVD library, generous storage, safes for your valuables, Complimentary fresh fruit on request, complimentary 24-hour In-Room Dining, nightly turndown service, complimentary shoeshine, as well as complimentary ice service.

Details

  • 212-359 Square feet 
  • Private Veranda
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Launched from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Venice on July 4, 2010, the 86,000-ton Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates the glamor and history of New York City, formerly called Nieuw Amsterdam, with its inspired interior design and art collection.

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23rd July 2017

Excellent Vacation. Expertly organised to the last details.

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