Vancouver & Alaska with Princess Cruises
Alaska & British Columbia
- 7 night Alaska Cruise on-board Island Princess
- 2 night pre/1 night post-cruise hotel stay
There’s no better way to experience the magnificence of Alaska than on-board Queen Elizabeth. Wherever you dream of sailing to in the world, let Cunard take your experience even further. With a selection and choice of amazing voyages, our focus is on Inspirational Alaska. We have combined this fantastic 10-night cruise which includes majestic Glacier Bay with a rail journey through the Canadian Rockies onboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. A perfect match and one that will guaranteed memories to last a lifetime!
Fly from London to Vancouver (we can also arrange flights from your regional airport) On arrival transfer to your downtown hotel for an overnight stay.
Transfer by taxi to Vancouver Cruise Terminal & embark on Cunard Queen Elizabeth for a 10 night Alaska Cruise. Vancouver provides some stunning scenery, such as Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge, just two highlights. British Columbia's marine parks feature remote fjords and vast, beautiful lakes.
Vancouver is ideal for whale watching and hiking, or swimming and kayaking in the summer months. The Gulf Islands are teeming with wildlife, including dolphins, eagles and sea lions.
The Alaskan Inside Passage is a sea route of fjords, islands and bays. It is one of the most scenic maritime journeys in the world, with its spectacular mountain ranges, quaint towns and lush islands.
This protected waterway is one of the few where larger vessels can sail so near to the steep mountain walls, enabling you to experience glaciers, forest-clad islands and ice-carved fjords up-close.
Beneath an ice field that never melts, on a waterway that never freezes, Juneau is the unusual and disarmingly beautiful capital of Alaska. The Mendenhall Glacier is the not-to-be-missed attraction.
Look for orca and humpback whales as we sail into Juneau. There’s plenty to entertain and intrigue in the city. If you’re feeling fit, explore the glaciers by kayak or trek with crampons and an axe.
Gateway to the Klondike, with highlights including White Summit Pass and the cable Yukon Suspension Bridge. The gold rush coastal town of Skagway, Alaska, was previously a lawless Wild West outpost.
It’s now a national historic park, so the town’s restored boardwalk, shops and streets provide the perfect setting for actors to bring the town’s colourful past to life.
Sitka is a hidden beauty on the east coast of Baranof Island in southeast Alaska. Towered over by snowy mountains in the distance, it has previously been known as the Indian River Park and Totem Park.
Sitka’s National Historical Park is the oldest national park in Alaska, and along with the town’s warm welcome, its many natural wonders combine for a remarkable experience.
Glacier Bay is the crowning jewel of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Part of a 25-million-acre World Heritage Site, it’s home to an array of wildlife and some of the world’s most amazing tidewater glaciers.
With snow-capped peaks piercing temperate rainforests, shimmering glaciers gliding through dynamic fjords, and an exceptional abundance of wildlife, it’s no wonder Glacier Bay is the crowning jewel of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Covering 3.3 million acres, Glacier Bay is part of a 25-million-acre World Heritage Site, and one of the world’s largest internationally protected areas.
Glacier Bay is home to some of the planet’s most impressive tidewater glaciers. One of the highlights of visiting Glacier Bay is watching the prolific calving of these shimmering ice giants. Towering hundreds of feet above the water, and stretching a hundred feet below, huge jagged pinnacles of ice break off in thunderous explosions, creating flotillas of icebergs. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle.
Glacier Bay is home to more than 1,000 glaciers, most of which are nestled in the surrounding mountains. Soaring to over 15,000 feet, these are the highest coastal mountains in the world, and with their abundant snowfall, the perfect breeding grounds for glaciers.
The Bay is also a vibrant habitat for a rich variety of wildlife. Massive, spouting humpback whales are often spotted breaching and slapping their tails, as pods of orcas silently glide by and huge Steller sea lions bask in the sun on rocky outcrops. Along the endless miles of pristine coastline, you may see brown bears, mountain goats, and moose, while the sky is filled with hundreds of bird species, including rare puffins and majestic bald eagles.
To further enrich your experience of this wilderness sanctuary, National Park Service rangers will join you on board and offer deeper insight into this fascinating region. They will present you with a host of fascinating facts about the spectacular scenery, glaciers, and wildlife you will see, and inform you about some of the conservation efforts that go on behind the scenes. They will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about this important biosphere reserve
Witness the grace and brilliance of glacial formations and towering icebergs in action as you sail by a highlight of Alaska’s many coastal wonders. Learn the history its created and take in the view.
Hubbard Glacier has dictated local geography and human endeavour over millennia. This is your chance to get close to one of Earth’s majestic giants of slow-moving ice.
Time at sea and time to relax onboard this beautiful ship and enjoy the Cunard Experience.
The capital of British Colombia, Victoria, possesses a unique blend of historic charm and contemporary charisma. It offers a wide variety of exquisite sights that draw visitors from around the world
Notable landmarks include Craigdarroch Castle and the elegant Empress Hotel, which contrast with the shops and restaurants. There’s ample opportunity for whale watching and wildlife viewing, too. With a full day to explore before an evening departure, it’s the perfect end to an amazing cruise itinerary.
Disembark in Vancouver and transfer to your Vancouver hotel for an overnight stay.
The day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver. Canada’s third largest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port city with a multi-cultural ambience. The spectacular setting invites you outdoors explore the restaurants, shopping, galleries and museums, nightlife, entertainment and more. Overnight hotel accommodation in Vancouver
Full day to explore Vancouver. There are many excursions available and our Canada specialists will be happy to discuss these with you so that you can make the most of your time. One recommendation is a trip to the top of Grouse Mountain where the views of the city are amazing. Stanley Park is also a must for a relaxing stroll or cycle around the seawall.
Rocky Mountaineer rail travelling on the popular First Passage to the West route from Vancouver to Kamloops. After boarding at the Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver Station, travel through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley. Farmland gives way to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains before the rumble of raging waters hails the arrival of Hell's Gate. Piney forests turn into the abstract beauty of dusty desert hills as you pull in to spend the night in Kamloops.
Rocky Mountaineer rail travelling from Kamloops to Banff. Your journey continues east along the South Thompson River past Craigellachie, the site of the Last Spike, which completed the historic Canadian Pacific Railway. Continue onward to Rogers Pass with its glaciers and rail tunnels. Brace yourself for a dramatic climb through the engineering marvel of the Spiral Tunnels. Your rail journey comes to an end in the beautiful mountain resort town of Banff. Overnight hotel accommodation in Banff
Today you will have time to enjoy the mountain air in Banff – there are many excursions available and our Canada specialists will be happy to discuss these with you so that you can make the most of your time. One recommendation is a trip on the Banff Gondloa to the top of Sulphur Mountain – the views of the Bow Valley are stunning” Overnight hotel accommodation in Banff.
Today is at leisure with more time to explore Banff National Park – perhaps take a trip to Lake Louise – its so close to Banff and the views from the iconic Chateau Lake Louise are so spectacular you wont want to miss out. Our Canada specialists will be happy to discuss this and other options available on the final day of your amazing “trip of a lifetime”!