Venture into the American North as you take an unforgettable cruise through the fabled 'Inside Passage' to remote Alaska and the protected seascape of Glacier Bay. Your journey into the spectacular heart of the Canadian Rockies will take in its hiking capital, Banff, beautiful Lake Louise and scenic Jasper, as well as delightful Vancouver and colourful Ketchikan.
- Return flights from selected regional airports
- Seven-nights' full-board accommodation aboard Holland America Line
- A cruise through Glacier Bay and the scenic Inside Passage and to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan
- Seven nights' room-only accommodation in a series of good standard hotels
- A tour through the Rockies including visits to Banff, Jasper, Sun Peaks and Vancouver
- Full touring itinerary as described
- The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
- Government taxes and service charges
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly direct to Calgary, home to the famous 'Stampede', and continue on into the majestic Rockies, to Banff, for a two-night stay.
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.
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.
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.
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 stateroom - your home for the next seven nights.
As we cruise north, through the scenic Inside Passage, you can relax and enjoy the ship's vast range of facilities and dining opportunities.
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.
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.
Today we'll take a breathtaking cruise into Glacier Bay. Marvel at the ever-changing glacial seascape of this renowned UNESCO Heritage site where the silence is punctuated by the thunderous sound of ice splitting, in great chunks, into the water.
The colourful town of Ketchikan, its wooden houses built over the water, is the 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.
Enjoy a last day at sea as we cruise back south along the Inside Passage and the east coast of Vancouver Island.
Arrive early in the delightful coastal city of Vancouver and transfer to your downtown hotel.
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 and ascend Grouse Mountain by cable-car for spectacular views over the city.
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.
Spend a free morning exploring or perhaps searching out last-minute souvenirs, before transferring to the airport for your return overnight flight home.
Arrive back in the UK after a wonderful holiday.
Changes to your itinerary
Please note that for September 18th 2014 departures, the itinerary is reversed, starting in Vancouver and ending in Calgary. On the June 19th, July 3rd and September 4th 2014 departures, you will spend two nights in Vancouver prior to your cruise and one on your return. The itinerary order may vary slightly, but the visits and inclusions will remain the same.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes.
Passports and visas
British citizens require passports, valid for 90 days after the return date, when travelling to the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must register online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure. Full details of how to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. The current visa charge is $16 USD for British Citizens.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kgs.
Shore excursions during the cruise can be booked on board the ship.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 USD per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
- London Gatwick Airport
- Manchester Airport
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