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5* Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies

5* Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies
5* Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies

Dates Available:

  1. 03-Jul-2014
  2. Sep-2014:
    1. 11,
    2. 18. 

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.


What The Price Includes
  • 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

Itinerary

Day One

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

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

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

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

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.

Day Six

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

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

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

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.

Day 10

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.

Day 11

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 early in the delightful coastal city of Vancouver and transfer to your downtown hotel.

Day 13

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.

Day 14

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

Day 16

Arrive back in the UK after a wonderful holiday.

Further information

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.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kgs.

Shore excursions

Shore excursions during the cruise can be booked on board the ship.

Tipping

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Departing From:

  • London Gatwick Airport
  • Manchester Airport

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