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Rockies Explorer and Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

(18 days, Vancouver - Vancouver, 2017)
Day 1: Arrive Vancouver (D)

Welcome to Canada! You will be met at Vancouver International Airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Overnight Stay: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Day 2: Vancouver - Kamloops (B,D)

Follow the fertile Fraser Valley and pass an abundance of rural scenery, travel through lush countryside before reaching the peaks and valleys of the coastal mountain range before arriving at your riverside inn.

Overnight Stay: South Thompson Inn

Day 3: Kamloops - Banff (B)

Continue your journey into the soaring, rugged snow-capped mountains. Marvel at the beauty of the glaciers, lakes and forest sitting at the foot of these grand mountains before arriving into Banff. Late this afternoon we arrive into Banff National Park.

Two Night Stay: Mount Royal Hotel

Day 4: Banff at Leisure (B)

This morning you will have breakfast with one of the best views Canada has to offer. Take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain where you will witness inspiring views and enjoy a sumptuous buffet. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy Banff and its many sights and attractions.

Discover More: Take a breath-taking helicopter flight, enjoy an outback dinner and wagon ride, or relax on a float trip along the river (additional cost).

Day 5: Banff - Lake Louise (B,D)

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour including Bow River, the Hoodoos and Bow Falls. See the glacier fed Emerald Lake and the spectacular Natural Bridge, which has been carved by the Kicking Horse River. Prepare yourself for one of the highlights of your journey as you arrive at Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness”, the beautiful Lake Louise where you have the opportunity to stay at one of the Rockies most stunning and historic properties. This afternoon you have free time to explore this beautiful lake or relax and take in the amazing scenery.

Overnight Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake

Day 6: Glacier ‘Ice Explorer’ - Jasper (B,D)

This morning we travel north along the Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most spectacular journeys in the world. Enjoy breath-taking mountain scenery as you pass rugged peaks and glaciers fringed by thick forest and shimmering lakes. We make a stop at the Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack, where you’ll climb aboard the ‘Ice Explorer’ for a once-in-a-lifetime journey onto the mighty 300 metre thick Athabasca Glacier. The day’s end finds us in Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of pristine wilderness and an abundance of wildlife where you will be taken through the park to the beautifully carved Maligne Canyon. You're Invited: This evening we journey to the foothills of Pyramid Mountain and experience an authentic Canadian Rockies Western style dinner.

Overnight Stay: Lobstick Lodge

Day 7: Jasper - Sun Peaks (B,D)

Make our way out of the beautiful Jasper National Park and enjoy views of the towering Mt Robson, the highest peak In the Canadian Rockies. Weave through thick forests, winding rivers and jewelled lakes before arriving in the quaint village of Sun Peaks. You're Invited: This evening our highlight dinner involves an authentic Fur Traders presentation and feast.

Overnight Stay: Coast Sundance Lodge or Cahilty Lodge

Day 8: Sun Peaks – Whistler (B)

Travel through fertile countryside and continue along the scenic Duffy Lake Road and into the charming alpine resort of Whistler. This evening you are free to explore the village's cobbled pathways and plazas.

Overnight Stay: Delta Whistler Village Suite or Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

Discover More: Undertake a bear viewing tour with a local expert (additional cost).

Day 9: Georgia Strait - Victoria (B)

Travel along the Sea to Sky Highway following the rugged coastline with views of Horseshoe Bay on your right and forested parks and mountains on your left. Stop at the awesome Shannon Falls before boarding the BC ferry and cruising through the Georgia Strait to Nanaimo. Drive south along Vancouver Island to Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city.

Two Night Stay: Chateau Victoria

Discover More: Culinary dinner tour (additional cost).

Day 10: Victoria Sightseeing - Butchart Gardens (B,D)

This morning visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 22 hectare showplace of magnificent, colourful gardens. Learn about the history and flora while exploring the gardens. Afterwards enjoy an orientation tour of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Beacon Hill and residential areas.

Discover More: Discover Victoria tour, or go whale watching (additional cost).

Day 11: Vancouver - 7 Night Alaskan Cruise (B,D)

This afternoon we return to Canada Place Pier to board your luxurious cruise ship. Check into your comfortable Outside Stateroom (upgrade to Balcony Stateroom additional expense) on the luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship ms Noordam and settle-in for an unforgettable 7 night voyage through the famed Inside Passage.

Day 12: Cruising the Inside Passage (B,L,D)

Spend the day cruising the Inside Passage, one of the world's most spectacular waterways passing forests of spruce and hemlock, mountains, islands and inlets.

Day 13: Tracy Arm Fjord - Juneau (B,L,D)

This morning we cruise into the spectacular Tracy Arm, a narrow, 56 kilometre long fjord, another of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The panorama of 7,000-foot mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. Tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are the twin Sawyer Glaciers, calving icebergs into the jade-coloured inland sea. In the afternoon arrive into Alaska’s scenic capital city, Juneau.

Day 14: Skagway (B,L,D)

Established in 1897 as a trading post for prospectors headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was an untamed, violent town controlled by organised criminals. Today, of course, the town is civilised, though its colourful past is carefully preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. For a truly memorable excursion, take an optional ride on the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Railroad (shore excursions are at own expense).

Day 15: Glacier Bay National Park (B,L,D)

Early this morning your cruise ship enters the iceberg-strewn waters of Glacier Bay National Park, where thirteen spectacular glaciers flow from surrounding mountains into the waters of the bay. A National Park Service Ranger will help you spot wildlife, while pointing out sights and explaining glacial activity. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to see a pinnacle of ice ‘calve’ or break away from the face of the glacier, and with a thunderous boom land in the bay.

Day 16: Ketchikan (B,L,D)

Welcome to the salmon capital of the world! Part of the town is built along a steep hillside and part is built on pilings over the water, where bald eagles watch from waterside perches. An outstanding collection of totem poles makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art.

Day 17: The Inside Passage (B,L,D)

Today is a day of relaxation. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by as you travel south through the Inside Passage.

Day 18: Depart Vancouver (B)

Disembark early this morning and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver including Stanley Park, the waterfront, Gastown and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Make your way across this spectacular suspension bridge, 70 metres above the Capilano River, and join the award winning Treetops Adventure along a series of elevated walkways. In the evening, transfer to Vancouver International Airport to board your homeward flight (book flight after 6 pm) or consider taking in more of Vancouver with some post tour accommodation (enquire for details, additional cost).

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Apr 2017
from AUD $6,695
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May 2017
from AUD $6,895
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Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in CAD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.
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