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Iconic Rockies & Western Canada with Alaska Cruise

21 Days from $5,816 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Embrace the laid-back lifestyle of Vancouver and a dramatic mountain wilderness. Explore the traditions of the First Nations, behold the icy fingers of the Columbia Icefield and meet a retired Mountie. Travel through the calm waters of the Inside Passage, through glacier-carved fjords, snowcapped mountains and lush forests on your Alaska cruise.

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Overview

Embrace the laid-back lifestyle of Vancouver and a dramatic mountain wilderness. Explore the traditions of the First Nations, behold the icy fingers of the Columbia Icefield and meet a retired Mountie. Travel through the calm waters of the Inside Passage, through glacier-carved fjords, snowcapped mountains and lush forests on your Alaska cruise.

  1. Tackle the 'Great Outdoors' on this effortlessly delivered adventure through Western Canada. Discover why Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world's most livable cities. Then, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
  2. Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park before delving into the historic neighborhoods of Chinatown and Gastown. Explore Stanley Park.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. Board a ferry to Vancouver Island. Taste local cider at a family owned ciderhouse, before continuing to Victoria.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
  4. Enjoy breakfast at Butchart Gardens and learn how the spectacular floral display was once a giant disused quarry. Enjoy a your choice dining experience tonight.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Your Choice Dining
  5. See the vivid murals of Chemainus. Board a ferry and then take the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Ascend to Summit Lodge, admiring the views from the Sea-to-Sky Gondola. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal dinner in Whistler Village. Our Stay with a Story is Whistler's landmark ski-in ski-out hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Fairmont Chateau Whistler
  6. First Nation traditions are revealed by a Local Specialist at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  7. We continue towards Kamloops where we'll enjoy an evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Kamloops DoubleTree
  8. Sample the best of the UNESCO-listed Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. We overnight at a mountain resort in Banff National Park, where we'll meet a retired "Mountie" Local Specialist.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Banff Park Lodge
  9. Immerse yourself in Banff's soul-stirring natural surrounds. We venture into the Kananaskis Valley to Connect with Locals at a traditional Rocky Mountain Be My Guest dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  10. Enjoy a lakeside talk at Lake Louise, then board an Ice Explorer and drive over the Athabasca Glacier. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:The Sawridge Inn
  11. Embark on an invigorating guided walk to Maligne Canyon. Board a narrated cruise on Maligne Lake (seasonal) stopping at Spirit Island.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  12. Admire Mount Robson - the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Learn about the First Nation Shushwap people and stroll around their ancestral grounds where we'll see a traditional kekuli winter homestead.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Quaaout Lodge and Spa
  13. Transfer to the hotel in Vancouver.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
  14. Enjoy some free time until you are transferred to Canada Place where your cruise begins on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
  15. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, cruise the Inside Passage for a unique view.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. The dramatic Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains and bathed in the blue hue of the ice. Arrive in Juneau where you can shop downtown, kayak, dogsled, raft, or flightsee. Due to anticipated ice flows in Tracy Arm, the "Tracy Arm Fjord & Glacier Explorer" shore excursion may not be offered on this sailing.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Step into the town's colorful past at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. From the comfort of your ship, enjoy the pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. While ashore, check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles or an optional guided tour through town or a harbor cruise.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  20. Today is a day for relaxation as you cruise back to Vancouver.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Sail into Vancouver Harbor this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport, arriving at approximately 9:30 am, or to the hotel if you wish to extend your stay.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $3,225.

Single and Triple cruise staterooms are on a request basis only.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on cruise.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $142 per person.

Cruise Fees, Taxes and Tips: The compulsory charges are levied by the cruise line and are comprised of a Non-Commissionable Fare, Hotel Service Charges (cruise tips), Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses. These charges are included in the prices shown above.

The above prices are for an Ocean View stateroom. Inside staterooms and Veranda staterooms are also available. Please call for details.

Included transfer from cruise terminal will arrive airport at approximately 9:30 am. Please be aware when booking your flights.

Due to cruise ship schedule, an additional overnight is required before boarding the ms Nieuw Amsterdam on Day 14.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

38 meals: 20 full breakfasts, 6 lunches, 12 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Enjoy a hosted dinner on a family-owned ranch in Kananaskis Valley at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies

Stays with Stories

  • Stay at the landmark ski-in, ski-out Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center, meeting a retired Mountie

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Banff
  • Visit Chase, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park
  • Cruise across Maligne Lake to iconic Spirit Island
  • View Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Rogers Pass, Athabasca Falls, Sea-to-Sky Gondola, Butchart Gardens, a traditional kekuli built by the people of the First Nations
  • Scenic drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Icefields Parkway
  • Cruise the Inside Passage on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam
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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

VICTORIA

*Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

Adult Price: 123.00

Board your vessel to enjoy a three-hour whale-watching expedition in the waters off Victoria. While it can’t be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you’ll see on your journey, chances are you’ll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to see the resident Orca whales in all their glory. Approx. duration: 3 hours.

WHISTLER

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Adult Price: 65.00

From our ancient, volcanic peaks with their 360 degree views, to our vibrant and sophisticated village with its incredible vibe, Whistler Blackcomb has summer covered from top to bottom. Travel across BC’s rooftop on the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, explore over 50 kms of high alpine hiking trails, then head to the valley for a bike ride on Whistler’s paved valley trail, or its renowned single-track network in the world-famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Approx. duration: 1 hour.

BANFF

Brewster Banff Gondola

Adult Price: 59.00

At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet ( 2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

Mt. Assiniboine Tour 30 mins

Adult Price: 331.00

You are in for something special as you are transported to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Our most popular adventure has all the fantastic scenery of the previous tours plus a fly by over top of the glacier. This photogenic peak rises majestically to 3,611meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget! Approx. duration: 30 minutes.

Royal Canadian Tour 25 mins

Adult Price: 273.00

This journey will only enhance the Three Sisters Peaks Tour by exploring the Goat and Sundance Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls and untouched glacier lakes. Perhaps even a glimpse of some wildlife. It's an extraordinary adventure not to be missed.

Three Sisters Peak Tour 12 min

Adult Price: 136.00

The most action packed twelve minutes of your life. Get up close and personal with the world famous Three Sisters Peaks. Reach out and touch them as you whisk by before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore.

JASPER

*Jasper Float Trip

Adult Price: 73.00

Join the fun and experience an easy rafting / scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the “fur traders” over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 25 foot (7 meter) long, oar powered rafts; offer a safe and comfortable ride through several small, easy sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first time rafter will enjoy. Don’t worry the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery drifting down a route that was used by fur traders many years ago. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. Tours will operate rain or shine, and a poncho will be provided when required. Approx. duration: 50-90 minutes

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