Luxury Alaska Cruise & Canadian Rockies Escape
Price based on 17th May 2017 departure
See the very best of Alaska by sea as the Silver Shadow passes through Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and the Hubbard Glacier on it's way to Canada. Spend a day exploring the beauty and history of Vancouver as you enjoy the remainder of your journey to Kamloops, Jasper and Banff in luxury on the world famous Rocky Mountaineer.
You will be met upon arrival into Vancouver Airport and transferred to your overnight hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Vancouver
Morning at leisure, and then late afternoon make your way (Independently) to the Vancouver Cruise Terminal where you will board your Luxury cruise ship for your 7 night Alaska Cruise.
Today you'll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage, a complex labyrinth of fjords and bays where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months.
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town.
In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans." From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government. Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau's 3,248 square miles. Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.
Go for gold. Go for gold. Thousands have before you, because the once infamous port of Skagway was gateway for the 1898 Yukon Gold Rush. Climb aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Railway, travelling though stunning mountain scenery to a trail camp where you can pan for gold and enjoy ‘naughty nineties’-style entertainment.
Called "Shee Atika" by the Tlingit Indians, then "New Archangel" by the Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, a structure built by the Russians in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska's oldest native culture collections.
Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes.
After a leisurely breakfast, disembark your cruise ship and be transferred by scheduled coach to Anchorage and your overnight hotel. Overnight: Anchorage
Day at leisure to enjoy the sights of Anchorage, the largest city and cosmopolitan centre of Alaska. A vibrant and unique city on the edge of the Alaskan wilderness – parks, trails, and moose all for a unique setting. The quaint log cabin visitor centre is a good place to start. Overnight: Anchorage
This morning, check out of your Anchorage Hotel and transfer (independently) to Anchorage Airport and your flight back to Vancouver and your overnight Hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Vancouver
This tour is all about adventure, as you take in the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver. Begin with a traverse through the green urban oasis of Stanley Park, and across the historic Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s North Shore. At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, stand above an old growth cedar forest and the Capilano River. Experience the awe of natural surroundings, view First Nations Artwork, and feel the rush of adrenaline at the Cliffwalk attraction. The Treetops Adventure walk showcases the beauty and diversity of the Capilano coastal rainforest. Continue to the Capilano River Hatchery, a project dedicated to several species of BC salmon and trout. Learn about the life cycle of salmon, with opportunity to view hatching and juvenile fish before they are released into a nearby river. Spectacular Grouse Mountain is next, offering up ever changing views as the Skyride ascends to the peak. Explore the wildlife refuge, awesome chainsaw carvings and learn about the local wildlife at the Theatre in the Sky. Be amazed and enchanted by the forests and mountains surrounding Vancouver on this memorable tour. Overnight: Vancouver
The morning your tour begins with an introduction to downtown including Canada Place, and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural oasis, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. View the First Nations Totem Poles, and gaze upon rainforest and shoreline scenery on the way through the park. Get the camera ready for a photo stop at Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the English Bay beach area, followed by the eclectic Granville Island Market. Top off this adventure with a glass elevator ride 169 metres above the streets, at the Vancouver Lookout, for views of the ocean, the Coastal Mountains, the city and rugged shoreline. This tour is a great introduction to the scenic and historic highlights of Vancouver. Overnight – Vancouver
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends on arrival in the resort town of Jasper this evening. Overnight – Jasper
Day at leisure to explore this beautiful friendly town with its many restaurants and lovely shops that line the main street. You can easily walk this town from end to end in about fifteen minutes. Make sure you take time out to explore the many galleries, museums and shops dedicated to beautiful works of aboriginal art, such as paintings, prints and native crafts. Overnight: Jasper
Today you will board your luxury motor coach and follow the spine of the Canadian Rockies, view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and over 100 glaciers. The entire day is spent in the majesty of Canada’s two most famous National Parks, Banff and Jasper. Enroute, make a stop at Athabasca Falls located just outside of the Jasper Town site. Among the most powerful and breath-taking falls in the Rocky Mountains, the Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholed by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. Our next stop is the breath-taking Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier where we will allow time to enjoy an Ice Explorer ride on the Glacier and the Glacier Skywalk (optional). Next you continue to the Weeping Wall, Peyto Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier before joining the Trans Canada Highway near Lake Louise where a stop will be made to view the lake and famous Chateau, then continue on the Trans-Canada Highway, passing fortress formations of Castle and Protection Mountains to arrive in to Banff late afternoon.
Day at leisure to explore the mountain resort of Banff. Stroll along Banff Avenue and check out its many coffee shops, restaurant and craft shops. Maybe take a trip up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola for spectacular views out over Bow Valley and sheer mountain beauty. Overnight: Banff
This morning check out of your Banff Hotel, and board your scheduled coach which will transfer you to Calgary Airport and your flight back to the UK