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Spectacular Canadian Rockies with Alaska Cruise

17 Days from $4,826 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Travel via cruise ship through the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage, through glacier-carved fjords, snowcapped mountains and lush forests of Sitka spruce and the western hemlock. Back on land, your exhilarating encounter with western Canada will have you breakfasting in floral splendor, riding on glaciers and meeting a retired Mountie on your journey into the heart of the Rockies. 

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Travel via cruise ship through the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage, through glacier-carved fjords, snowcapped mountains and lush forests of Sitka spruce and the western hemlock. Back on land, your exhilarating encounter with western Canada will have you breakfasting in floral splendor, riding on glaciers and meeting a retired Mountie on your journey into the heart of the Rockies. 

  1. Welcome to Vancouver, the entire day is yours to enjoy.

    hotel:Pinnacle Harbourfront
  2. Enjoy the day on your own until you are transferred to Canada Place to board Holland America Line's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
  3. 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
  4. 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.

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

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

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Go ashore in Ketchikan for an optional guided tour through town or a harbor cruise.

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

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Sail into Vancouver Harbor this morning. After disembarking, transfer to the hotel and join your trip on Day 1 for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel:Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront
  10. Embark on a morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver's historic neighborhoods—Chinatown and Gastown—before viewing the First Nations totem poles in Stanley Park. Continue by ferry to Vancouver Island and Connect with Locals during a Be My Guest lunch stop at a family-owned working farm.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Chateau Victoria
  11. Embrace the Garden City status of Victoria as you greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens that have colorfully transformed a once unused quarry. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the walkable capital of British Columbia.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  12. The soul-stirring sounds of the Shuswap melodies welcome us, as we gain insights into First Nation traditions and culture. Indulge in dinner followed by s'mores roasted on an open fire with a Local Specialist.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:South Thompson Inn
  13. Visit the British Columbia Wildlife Park, where you get a chance to view wildlife. Then, journey into majestic Rocky Mountain territory today, stopping for a jaw-dropping view of UNESCO-listed Mount Robson, the giant among giants and highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Continue to the raw wilderness of Jasper where we'll spend the next two nights.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:The Sawridge Inn
  14. Join an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon and learn about the underground river system that flows out to Medicine Lake. Surrounded by a ring of mountains, we cruise the aqua waters of Maligne Lake to Spirit Island (seasonal), the heart and soul of Jasper National Park. The rest of the day is yours to explore the park on your terms before dinner at your hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
  15. The icy fingers of the Columbia Icefield beckon and we journey along the Icefields Parkway to Athabasca Glacier. Cross its icy terrain on board a specially designed Ice Explorer, then travel to Banff National Park in the heart of the Rockies, Admire the reflection of the Victoria Glacier in the calm, clear waters of Lake Louise before you settle in for an evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Banff Park Lodge
  16. Join a Local Specialist and learn about his experiences as a retired Mountie and the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Spend the afternoon exploring the rugged beauty of Banff, from its postcard viewpoint of Surprise Corner to Bow Falls. Tonight, we join our newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner to toast the end of our unforgettable encounter with Canada's Rockies.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  17. Descend from the glorious Canadian Rockies and transfer to Calgary International Airport or to the Westin Calgary if you are extending your stay. Airport arrival will be at approximately 11:30 am. Please be aware when booking your flights.

    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 Supplement: from $2,195.

Single and Triple Cruise Staterooms: On a request basis only.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on cruise.

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.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $100 per person.

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

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

35 meals: 16 full breakfasts, 7 lunch, 12 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at a family-owned farm on Vancouver Island

Local Specialist

  • Meet a First Nations member in Kamloops and a retired Mountie in Banff

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Vancouver, Victoria, Banff
  • Visit scenic Butchart Gardens
  • View Lake Louise, Stanley Park, Athabasca Glacier, Mount Robson, Jasper, Banff National Park
  • Scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway
  • Cruise the Inside Passage
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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.

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

Mount Edith Cavell Guided Walk

Adult Price: 72.00

Join your guide on the “Path of the Glaciers” with Mount Edith Cavell's snow-capped peak towering a mile overhead. See the emerald green of the “Lake of Forgiveness” and look out for incredible glacial formations, including icebergs and ice avalanches. Be sure to wear your good walking shoes for this 90-minute moderate walk. You'll have plenty of stops for picture taking, enjoying the scenery and learning about the local history and geography. You may also spot wildlife during the 40-minute drive to and from this area. Operates seasonally. Approx. duration: 3 hours.

BANFF

Royal Canadian 25 mins

Adult Price: 262.00

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.

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 3,611 meters (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.

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