Alaska Cruise
Departing by Air
Duration 15 Days
Available Until September 2019

An unforgettable tour and cruise showcasing some of North America’s most breathtaking wonders of nature. The undoubted highlight of this extraordinary holiday will be a seven-night cruise on board a superbly appointed, five-star cruise ship of Holland America Line. Board the ship in Vancouver after a journey through the Rocky Mountains, sailing through the fabled ‘Inside Passage’ to wild, remote Alaska, calling at Glacier Bay, a UNESCO-World Heritage gateway to one of North America’s last great wildernesses, before the thoroughly enthralling tour is completed with a three-night stay in glittering Vancouver.

Tour Highlights

  • An Alaskan cruise exploring UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay and the scenic Inside Passage
  • Visits to Juneau, remote Skagway and colourful Ketchikan
  • Take in Banff, the stunning capital of the Rockies
  • Tour the scenery of the Rockies, via sparkling Lake Louise, on the Icefields Parkway
  • Discover Vancouver, often voted the ‘best place in the world to live’

Price Includes

  • Seven nights’ room-only accommodation in a series of three-star hotels in Banff (2 nights), Jasper (1), Sun Peaks (1) and Vancouver (3)
  • Seven nights’ full-board inside cabin accommodation on board a five-star Holland America line cruise ship
  • Return flights to Calgary, returning from Vancouver
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager (The ship’s staff and crew will take care of you during your cruise)

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.

Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Calgary and continue to Banff

Fly direct to Calgary, home to the famous ‘Stampede’, and continue on into the majestic Rockies, to Banff, for a two-night stay.

Day Two: Explore Banff

Join the optional guided tour this morning and explore Banff, undisputed ‘capital’ of the Rockies. Take in Surprise Corner for exquisite views of the iconic Banff Springs Hotel and venture to the summit of Sulphur Mountain by cable car. In the afternoon, perhaps join our exhilarating helicopter flight over the mountains.

Day Three: Visit Lake Louise and travel along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper

Today we’ll call at beautiful Lake Louise, where turquoise waters – frozen for much of the year – are set against the awesome backdrop of the Victoria Glacier. We’ll then travel the renowned Icefields Parkway – a spectacular journey through the heart of the Rockies – before continuing to Jasper, in scenic Jasper National Park.

Day Four: Continue your journey through the Rockies to Sun Peaks

Your wonderful journey west continues, past majestic Mount Robson – the highest point in the Rockies – to the mountain resort of Sun Peaks and another overnight stay.

Day Five: Travel to Vancouver and board your cruise ship

Descending through the Coastal Ranges towards the Pacific and the beautiful city of Vancouver, board your ship for a late afternoon sailing into the Inside Passage and the wilderness State of Alaska, and settle into your cabin – your home for the next seven nights.

Day Six: Cruise along the Inside Passage

As we cruise north, through the scenic Inside Passage, you can relax and enjoy the ship’s vast range of facilities and dining opportunities.

Day Seven: Call at Juneau

Today we’ll make an afternoon and evening call at the Alaskan capital, Juneau, in its awe-inspiring setting at the foot of the magnificent mountains from which the immense Mendenhall Glacier flows. Optional shore excursions today will include tours and exhilarating activities such as kayaking or dogsledding.

Day Eight: Visit Skagway

Enjoy a full day at Skagway, northernmost point of the cruise and our last stop before the Yukon. Part of the setting for Jack London’s iconic book ‘The Call of the Wild’, Skagway is still a pioneering town of honky-tonk saloons and Klondike memorabilia.

Day Nine: Sail through Glacier Bay

Today we’ll take a breathtaking cruise into Glacier Bay. Marvel at the ever-changing glacial seascape of this renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site where the silence is punctuated by the thunderous sound of ice splitting and crashing, in great chunks, into the water.

Day 10: Explore Ketchikan

The colourful town of Ketchikan, its wooden houses built over the water, is our last port of call. You will have the opportunity to join the optional shore excursion to the remote Misty Fjords National Monument, a vast wilderness reserve where some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery can be found.

Day 11: Sail back along the Inside Passage

Enjoy a last day at sea as we cruise back south along the Inside Passage and the east coast of Vancouver Island.

Day 12: Arrive in Vancouver

Arrive early in the delightful coastal city of Vancouver and transfer to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.

Day 13: See the sights of Vancouver

On today’s optional guided tour of Vancouver you’ll discover restored Gastown, the kaleidoscopic thoroughfares of Chinatown, and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. You’ll also be able to explore the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Afterwards, explore at your leisure.

Day 14: Enjoy the chance to visit Vancouver Island

Join an optional tour, sailing through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island where you’ll visit Victoria, the charming, colonial Provincial capital set around the beautiful Inner Harbour, as well as the world-famous Butchart Gardens.

Day 15: Spend a final morning in Vancouver and transfer to the airport

Spend a free morning exploring or perhaps searching out last-minute souvenirs, before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 16: Arrive home

Arrive back in the UK after a wonderful holiday.


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