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Panoramic Canadian Rockies with Alaska Cruise

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Tour Pace: Active
Icefields Parkway, Jasper
Tour Style: Value
19 Days from $2,910 per person

Start your trip in stunningly beautiful Vancouver and see why this cosmopolitan city is consistently named one of the best places to live. 

Explore delightful Victoria filled with British charm before traveling high into the majestic Canadian Rockies. You'll be awe-struck by views of alpine peaks and sparkling blue lakes as you enter Alberta one of the most breathtaking places on earth. Enjoy spectacular National Parks, take a ride on a glacier and descend into the lush Okanagan Valley before returning to Vancouver where an Alaskan cruise awaits.

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  1. Welcome to Vancouver! Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
    hotel:Georgian Court
  2. Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Vancouver, one of the world's most naturally beautiful cities. Explore historic Gastown, the city's oldest neighborhood, designated a National Historical Site in 2009. At Stanley Park, view the famous collection of totem poles and enjoy lovely views from Prospect Point. Reach the coast and board the ferry for the crossing to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Enjoy picturesque views of the many islands dotting the Strait of Georgia before docking at Swartz Bay. A short drive takes you into charming Victoria, the capital City of British Columbia. Your introductory sightseeing tour takes you along the waterfront district, past the Parliament Buildings and Government Street.
  3. This morning, head for Butchart Gardens and start with an Iconic Breakfast at the Blue Poppy Restaurant with its conservatory atmosphere where light pours in through skylights and windows face the stunning gardens. Then roam one of the world's greatest floral displays in the amazing 55 magnificent acres of flowers and show gardens. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the many delights Victoria has to offer. Perhaps visit The Royal BC Museum, one of the finest in Canada. Another popular option in Victoria is whale watching as you cruise along the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca for the best views of whales and fantastic photo opportunities, all the while being entertained and educated by the industry's best marine adventure guides.
    meal(s):Iconic Breakfast
    hotel:Comfort Inn and Suites
  4. Travel to Chemainus, a seaside community that is renowned for its Mural Project–a series of giant outdoor wall murals. Then ride the ferry across the Georgia Strait back to the mainland at Horseshoe Bay. Travel along the Sea-to-Sky Highway offering stunning scenic ocean vistas of Howe Sound, soaring mountains, dramatic waterfalls and bustling communities. Stop at Shannon Falls Provincial Park to view the spectacular waterfalls, the third highest in the province of British Columbia. Arrive at the quaint alpine village of Whistler, co-host to the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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    hotel:Pinnacle Hotel, Whistler Village
  5. Spend a full day at leisure in the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled between the breathtaking Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. Explore the village at your own pace and relax at one of the many outdoor venues; perhaps visit the excellent Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center, where the Squamish and Lil'wat people invite you to learn about the cultures of the First Nations of BC. Join one of the many optional excursions, including ziplining, white water rafting, or a thrilling ride aboard the Peak-to-Peak Gondola, as you glide along the world's longest unsupported span—the gondola is also the highest elevator of its kind, linking the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain and the Rendezvous Restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain. Other activities include flightseeing over the lakes and glaciated peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
  6. Follow the scenic Duffy Lake Road along the shores of Duffy and Seton Lakes via Lillooet, “Mile 0” of the Gold Rush Route. Follow the once treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail, one of the most difficult construction jobs in the British Empire, before reaching Sun Peaks, British Columbia's premier sky resort.
    hotel:Sun Peaks Lodge
  7. Drive through white-fenced ranch lands and follow the Yellowhead Highway, catching a glimpse of the snowcapped Columbia Mountains in the distance. Enjoy views of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies and enter Jasper National Park. Arrive in the township of Jasper, nestled inside Jasper National Park. A brief tour gives you an overview of this charming laid back mountain resort.
    hotel:Marmot Lodge
  8. Enjoy a full day at leisure in the largest National Park of the Canadian Rockies. The beauty of the area will leave you breathless. Optional activities abound—from a gentle float trip on the scenic Bow River, to a glacier hike on Mount Edith Cavell, or a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake to iconic Spirit Island. The choice is entirely yours and your Travel Director is on hand to help you plan your day's activities.
  9. Proceed along the world-renowned Icefields Parkway amidst stunning vistas of deep green forests, snow covered mountains, hanging glaciers and towering peaks. Sightseeing stops along this beautiful highway include Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefield, Bow and Peyto Lakes and Crowfoot Glacier. Keep your camera ready as you look for wandering wildlife. Stop at the Columbia Icefield for a ride on a specially designed Ice Explorer. Wind your way along Glacier Trail and drive right on to the surface of the massive Athabasca Glacier. Learn about the Columbia Icefield, the power of glaciers and the early explorers who discovered them. Another stop is at the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies”—exquisite Lake Louise, offering quintessential Canadian Rockies scenery with its sparkling blue water lake, nestled at the base of the impressive Victoria Glacier. Continue along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway and arrive at the quaint township of Banff, inside Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    hotel:Banff Voyager Inn
  10. Your morning sightseeing tour of Banff includes the sights of Bow Falls and Tunnel Mountain. Few towns in the world boast as beautiful a setting as Banff. The mighty Bow River courses right through town, while massive mountains rear up around the outskirts of the township. The rest of the day is free for you to pursue your own interests. To see more of this beautiful area, perhaps take an optional gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain to experience stunning views of six mountain ranges and the village below or ride aboard a helicopter for one of the most epic adventures in the Canadian Rockies.
  11. Drive across the Continental Divide at Kicking Horse Pass and stop at Spiral Tunnels, a feat of early engineering for one of the steepest railroad stretches in the world. Then, it's on through Yoho National Park and across Roger's Pass in Canada's Glacier National Park. Pass Mount Revelstoke National Park, wind your way down the mountains and enter what is known as Canada's “fruit basket”—the Okanagan Valley. Stop at a local winery for a tour and tasting before arriving at your hotel in Kelowna.
    hotel:Ramada Kelowna Hotel
  12. After boarding the ms Nieuw Amsterdam, set sail at 4:30 p.m., passing below Vancouver’s spectacular Lion’s Gate suspension bridge.

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  13. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane cruise the Inside Passage for a unique view.

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  14. 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.

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  15. Step into the town’s colourful past at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

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  16. From the comfort of your ship, enjoy pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.

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  17. While ashore, check out the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles or join an optional guided tour through town or a harbour cruise.

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  18. Today is a day of relaxation as you cruise back to Vancouver.

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  19. Sail into Vancouver Harbour this morning. Arrive back in Vancouver between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for your departing flights.

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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. Please note that Guaranteed Room Share is not available on the cruise portion of this tour. 

Single Room Supplement: from $1675.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $158 per person.

Single and Triple Cruise Staterooms are available on a request basis only.

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Meal Summary

2 Breakfasts.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Sightseeing includes Gastown, Stanley Park and Prospect Point
  • Iconic Breakfast at Butchart Gardens, in the conservatory where light pours in through skylights, facing one of the world's greatest floral displays
  • Embark on an introductory sightseeing tour of the city
  • With more than 8,000 acres over 2 mountains, Whistler is the largest skiable area in North America which helped it earn co-hosting duties at the 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of this charming town
  • View stunning mountains and falls on your sightseeing tour
  • Sightseeing includes Peyto Lake, the Columbia Icefield and riding a giant ice explorer across Athabasca Glacier
  • Admire the soaring mountain peaks, majestic Victoria Glacier and glistening lake
  • Visit a winery and taste some of Canada's premier wines

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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 48 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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