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Seattle Alaska Cruise & Canada’s Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers

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This holiday option gives you the chance to visit the city of Seattle before embarking on an Alaska Cruise followed by a stay in the beautiful Pacific Coastal city of Vancouver. Top this off with a rail journey through the Canadian Rockies onboard ViaRail from Vancouver to Jasper. You will then venture from Jasper to the iconic Lake Louise, then on to the beautiful mountain town of Banff. Take a ride on an Ice Explorer when you visit the Athabasca Glacier, then experience walking the glass floor of the award-winning Glacier Skywalk.

Itinerary
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Day 1: Fly UK to Seattle

Upon arrival into Seattle transfers independently to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Embark on 7 night Alaska Cruise onboard Explorer of the Seas

Morning at leisure. Check out Chihuly’s joyful glass sculptures in hip Seattle, where art, fun and culture happily collide. Smell the coffee and tuck into a tasty club sandwich in Pike Place Market or see the sights from the 520ft futuristic Space Needle. Kids will love the Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Vertical World and Discovery Park while adventurers can explore Seattle and its beautiful surroundings by boat, bike or kayak.  Afternoon make your way to the Cruise Terminal to board your ship.

Day 3: At Sea

Sit back, kick off your shoes and put your feet up during our 'at sea' days, where you can chill in the bar, lounge by the pool or enjoy a relaxing beauty treatment in the spa. For simple pleasures, why not try a game of table tennis? Or if you’re feeling energetic, now’s the chance to explore all the amazing activities the ship has to offer, from spectacular, West-End-style entertainment to adrenalin-charged sports.

Day 4: Juneau, Alaska & Inside Passage Cruising

Whizz above the tundra on a zip wire or experience the amazing buzz of mushing with husky sled dogs across the snow. Soar above a glacier in a helicopter or pan for gold like the pioneers of yesteryear. Watch humpback whales, seals and orcas up close or glide in a gondola to Mount Roberts for some breath-taking views. It’s a thrill a minute in Juneau, with unforgettable holiday experiences that will last a lifetime.

Sit back and relax as you sail through Alaska’s Inside Passage. In this stunning region of coastal mountains, fjords, temperate forests and glaciers take in the awe-inspiring scenery from the comfort of your ship as you explore a labyrinth of islands, waterways, bays and small towns. Whales, sea lions and sea otters may accompany you on your journey, making your experience all the more spectacular.

Day 5: Skagway, Alaska

Ride the White Pass and Yukon railroads in a vintage rail car, learning the fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush. Meet a musher from the world-famous and gruelling Iditarod dog-sled race or discover Skagway’s breath-taking mountains and glaciers on a thrilling helicopter trip. Fly over the treetops on an exhilarating zip-line ride or explore Skagway’s stunning scenery by boat, jeep, bike or kayak.

Day 6: Tracy Arm Fjord (Sawyer Glacier), Alaska

Look out for black and brown bears, wolves, deer, moose, seals, whales and bald eagles as you cruise magnificent Tracy Arm Fjord, just south of Juneau. Be wow’ed by two of Alaska's most dramatic glaciers, the North and South Sawyers, with their stunning blue ice, and by the impressive mountains and waterfalls that surround them. With vast granite walls rising 3,000 feet from the emerald seas, it’s the experience of a lifetime.

Day 7: At Sea

Sit back, kick off your shoes and put your feet up during our 'at sea' days, where you can chill in the bar, lounge by the pool or enjoy a relaxing beauty treatment in the spa. For simple pleasures, why not try a game of table tennis? Or if you’re feeling energetic, now’s the chance to explore all the amazing activities the ship has to offer, from spectacular, West-End-style entertainment to adrenalin-charged sports.

Day 8: Victoria, British Columbia

Enjoy a garden tour of floral Victoria on Vancouver Island, known as the City of Gardens because of its mild climate and spectacular summer hanging baskets. Outdoor lovers will adore biking, kayaking, fishing, zip-lining and whale watching in the breath-taking scenery while Butchart Gardens, Canada's oldest Chinatown and historic Craigdarroch Castle provide plenty of fun-filled exploring.

Day 9: Disembark Seattle, Washington

Disembark your cruise ship and transfer by coach to Vancouver and your overnight hotel. Remainder if the day is at leisure.

Day 10: Vancouver Sightseeing

Today 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.

Day 11: Vancouver to Jasper (Rail)

This evening (7.30pm), check in at the Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class:

By day, sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the comfort of your very own accommodation. In the evening attendants transform your quarters into a cozy bedroom. Prior to dinner, enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres in the Dome where you will experience the true essence of travelling by train as a panoramic scene sweeps by. In Sleeper Touring Class some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 12: Canadian Rockies by daylight onboard VIA Rail; arrive Jasper late afternoon. (Rail)

By the time you awake this morning the train will have just departed Kamloops to begin a day of travelling towards the Canadian Rockies and Jasper. Around lunchtime the ‘Canadian’ begins its passage into the Canadian Rockies with views of snow-capped peaks, Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which at 3954 metres is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper at 4.00pm and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the afternoon is yours to explore this unique mountain community. (breakfast & lunch included today onboard VIA Rail)

Day 13: Jasper - Evening wildlife tour

Today is free to explore Jasper before departing this evening to experience the environs of Jasper, and for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife.

Day 14: Jasper to Lake Louise (Coach)

Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield that covers an area of nearly 125 sq mi (325 sq km) and reaches a depth of 1050 ft (320 m). Time allows for an Ice Explorer ride (included) on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft (280 m) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. After, continue along the Icefield Parkway where stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June. (picnic lunch included today)

Day 15: Lake Louise to Banff (Coach)

Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving midday.

Day 16: Morning sightseeing tour of Banff with Gondola

This morning, tour the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind) & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead: an abandoned mining town and the relic of Banff’s industrial past. At the end of the tour you will be taken to the Banff Gondola for a breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an aweinspiring 360-degree panorama of sheer  mountain majesty. Return to downtown Banff at your leisure. (transfer not included)

Day 17: Banff to Calgary (Coach)

This morning is free to explore Banff before your scheduled coach to Calgary departs midday. Follow the Trans Canada Highway and leave the Rocky Mountains to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometres and extend as far south as Mexico. This is ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada. Arrive Calgary mid afternoon with drop-off at Calgary Airport for your flight to Toronto. Upon arrival into Toronto make your way independently to you hotel.

Day 18: Toronto

Day at leisure to explore the vibrant city of Toronto

Day 19: Niagara Falls Day Tour

Today you will travel on an air-conditioned motorcoach for a breathtaking, full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Your tour includes: Hornblower Cruise or Journey behind the Falls, Meal overlooking Niagara Falls, Free time in Niagara on the Lake, winery tour including wine tasting.

Day 20: Toronto to UK

Today check out of your hotel and make you way to Toronto Airport for your return flight back to the UK

19 Nights from £4,299 pp
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Please Note all of our trips can be tailor-made to suit your requirements

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What's Included:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Seattle
  • 7 night Alaska Cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas
  • All meals & entertainment onboard ship
  • Quick Coach transfer to Vancouver for a 2 night stay
  • 2 daiy rail journey onboard ViaRail’s the ‘Canadian’ from Vancouver to Jasper. Overnight onboard the train in Cabin for 2. Including 1 breakfast & 2 lunches.
  • Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier, including Glacier Skywalk
  • 2 night stay in Jasper
  • 1 night stay in Lake Louise
  • 2 night stay in Banff
  • Scheduled flight from Calgary to Toronto
  • 3 night hotel stay in Toronto
  • FREE Vancouver City Tour
  • FREE Jasper Wildlife Tour
  • FREE Sightseeing tour of Banff including Gondola
  • FREE Niagara Falls day tour including lunch
  • FREE $100 onboard ship spend per stateroom
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