Rockies Explorer and Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

18 Days
Victoria to Vancouver
From (AUD)
$ 7,895
Dates & Pricing

2020 Victoria > Vancouver

Tour Map
Tour Code:
ERPK
Duration:
18 days
Departure City:
Victoria
Return City:
Vancouver

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrive Victoria

    Welcome to Canada! You will be met at Victoria International Airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
    Two Night Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Victoria – Butchart Gardens

    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. The afternoon is free to explore Victoria.

    Discover More: Go whale watching, or take a horse and carriage ride (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Georgia Strait – Whistler

    Optional Flight - View this spectacular landscape from the air with a one hour floatplane flight over the Georgia Strait to Whistler (seasonal, must be pre-booked, additional cost).

    After breakfast, drive north along Vancouver Island to Nanaimo. Board the BC Ferry and travel through the Georgia Strait to Horseshoe Bay. Journey inland along the Sea to Sky Highway as the road follows the rugged coastline with views of Horseshoe Bay on your left and forested parks and mountains on your right. You will have the chance to stop at the awesome Shannon Falls before arriving at the charming alpine resort of Whistler. This evening, you are free to explore the village’s cobbled pathways and plazas.
    Overnight Stay: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

    Discover More: Undertake a bear viewing tour with a local expert, or have dinner with a twist on a tasting tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Whistler – Sun Peaks

    Travel through the historic farming village of Pemberton, along the scenic Duffy Lake Road
    lined with thick forest, into the town of Lillooet. In the afternoon we head into the mountains to the picturesque ski resort village of Sun Peaks. You’re Invited: The fur traders were legendary in Western Canada and lived lives of adventure, gruelling work and camaraderie. This evening, our highlight dinner involves an authentic Fur Traders presentation and feast.
    Overnight Stay: Sun Peaks Lodge

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Sun Peaks – Banff

    Today, you will be rewarded with astounding views as you reach the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies. Travel through British Columbia and into Alberta, enjoying glimpses of the soaring mountains as you make your way through the three spectacular National Parks of Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Yoho. Travel from primeval forests to Ice Age glaciers, waterfalls and mountain peaks. Late this afternoon, we arrive into Banff National Park.
    Two Night Stay: Caribou Lodge

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Banff at Leisure

    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: Spend time with magnificent wolfdogs*, take a breathtaking helicopter flight, enjoy an outback dinner and wagon ride, or relax on a float trip along the river (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Banff – Lake Louise

    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 Louise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Glacier ‘Ice Explorer’ – Jasper

    This morning, we travel north along the Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most spectacular journeys in the world. Enjoy breathtaking 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 abundant wildlife. You’re Invited: Walk above the Rockies deepest canyon; Maligne Canyon, then dine at Wilderness Kitchen an original Canadian smokehouse located at the canyon trailhead. An authentic experience which goes beyond the table and the stories of Maligne come alive with a special horns and antlers presentation.
    Overnight Stay: Lobstick Lodge

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Jasper – South Thompson River

    Make our way out of beautiful Jasper National Park and enjoy views of the towering 3954 metre Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Weave through thick forests, winding rivers and jewelled lakes and spend the night at a ranch style inn.
    Overnight Stay: South Thompson Inn or similar

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Kamloops – Vancouver

    Travel through lush countryside then reach the peaks and valleys of the coastal mountain range. Follow the fertile Fraser Valley and pass an abundance of rural scenery before arriving in the exciting city of Vancouver.
    Overnight Stay: Delta Vancouver Suites

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Vancouver – 7 Night Alaskan Cruise

    Today, 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. This afternoon, head to Canada Place Pier to board your cruise ship. Check into your comfortable ocean view stateroom (upgrade to verandah stateroom additional expense)
    on the luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship ms Koningsdam and settle-in for an unforgettable 7 night voyage through the famed Inside Passage.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Scenic Cruising

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Inside Passage Cruising – Juneau

    Spend the day cruising the Inside Passage with its jaw dropping scenery. In the afternoon, sail into Juneau, arguably one of America’s most beautiful state capitals, with the looming summits of Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts providing a gorgeous backdrop. The historic city centre goes back to its gold-rush origins, but nature is the priceless treasure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Skagway

    Established in 1897 as a trading post for prospectors headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was an untamed town controlled by organised criminals. Today, the town retains its gold rush character and 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).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Glacier Bay National Park

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Ketchikan

    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. Rich native history and an outstanding collection of totem poles makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - The Inside Passage

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Depart Vancouver

    Disembark early this morning and transfer to Vancouver Airport to board your homeward flight (book flight after 2pm).

    Discover More: Fill your day and explore beyond Vancouver with an exciting Sea to Sky tour (extra expense, book flight after 9pm).

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director
  • 11 Day Canadian Rockies Experience
  • 7 Nights on a luxury cruise ship – Holland America Line ms Koningsdam#
  • Premium First Class hotels including all hotel service charges and porterage
  • Return airport transfers
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Cruise the famed Inside Passage
  • Discover Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness” Lake Louise while staying at the famous Chateau Lake Louise
  • Climb aboard the Ice Explorer and ascend onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Explore Jasper National Park with a guided walk through the inspiring Maligne Canyon
  • Wander magnificent Butchart Gardens and admire the profusion of colour
  • Ascend Sulphur Mountain in a gondola for a delicious breakfast with views over Banff
  • Travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most breathtaking highways in the world
  • Visit the ski resort town of Whistler
  • Enjoy a guided nature walk through the forest at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Cruise by ferry across the Georgia Strait
  • Explore Bow River and Bow Falls in Banff
  • Discover Vancouver’s famous sights
  • Tour the harbour side town of Victoria
  • See Emerald Lake and Natural Bridge in the Rocky Mountains
  • Explore Banff National Parks
  • Travel along the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway
  • Experience Alaska’s number one glacier viewing attraction, Glacier Bay National Park
  • Visit the gold rush town of Skagway and explore its colourful past
  • Explore Juneau, the beautiful Alaskan capital

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 36 superb meals including: 16 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Breakfast (HB), 6 Lunches (L), 11 Dinners (D) & 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)
  • Fur Traders Feast in Sun Peaks
  • Canadian Rockies dinner in Jasper
  • Mountaintop breakfast experience in Banff
  • Welcome and farewell dinners

YOU’RE INVITED
  • Enjoy an entertaining and enlightening Fur Traders Feast and presentation in Sun Peaks
  • Walk the stunning Maligne Canyon followed by an authentic Rockies dinner and wildlife presentation

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