Pacific Coast Adventure and Alaskan Cruise.
Venture into America’s wilderness as you cruise through the fabled ‘Inside Passage’ to remote Alaska and the protected seascape of Glacier Bay. Your journey into the stunning heart of the Canadian Rockies will take in its hiking capital, Banff, beautiful Lake Louise and scenic Jasper, as well as charming Vancouver and delightful Ketchikan.
- An Alaskan cruise exploring UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay and the scenic Inside Passage
- Visits to Juneau, remote Skagway and colourful Ketchikan
- Take in Banff, the stunning capital of the Rockies
- Tour the scenery of the Rockies, via sparkling Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway
- Discover the delightful city of Vancouver
- Nine nights’ room-only accommodation in a series of three-star hotels in Vancouver (4 nights), Sun Peaks (1), Jasper (1), and Banff (3)
- Seven nights’ full-board inside cabin accommodation on board a five-star Holland America Line cruise ship
- Return flights to Vancouver, returning from Calgary
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfer
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager (the ship’s staff and crew will take care of you during your cruise)
Fly direct to Calgary, home to the famous ‘Stampede’, and continue into the majestic Rockies, heading 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-rim city of Vancouver, often voted ‘ best place in the world to live’. Enjoy a two-night stay in this delightful 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 world-famous Butchart Gardens.
Spend a free morning exploring or perhaps searching out souvenirs, before you board your ship for a late-afternoon sailing into the Inside Passage and the wilderness State of Alaska. Settle into your cabin – 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 and falling, 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.
Our cruise ends today in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Enjoy an included city tour, where you’ll discover restored Gastown, the kaleidoscopic thoroughfares of Chinatown, pretty Stanley Park and its authentic totem poles and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. Transfer in the afternoon to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
Arrive back in the UK after a wonderful holiday.