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Vancouver Island Self-Drive & Alaska Cruise

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After a 3 nights stay in the vibrant and urban city of Vancouver nestled at the foot of the Coast Mountains you will take a scenic ferry trip to beautiful Vancouver Island with a stay in the capital of the Province of British Columbia – Victoria, you will also visit the beautiful coastal town of Tofino within The Pacific Rim National Park.

Take a spectacular Floatplane transfer from Victoria’s Inner Harbour back to Vancouver where you will board your cruise ship and set sail for Alaska!

Sample itinerary – call our specialists to tailor make your personalised tour

Return flights from the UK
3 nights hotel accommodation in Vancouver
5 day Car Hire – Intermediate size, including insurance & 1 additional driver
BC Ferry Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo for 2 adults and 1 vehicle
3 nights hotel accommodation in Tofino
2 nights hotel accommodation in Victoria
Floatplane transfer from Victoria Inner Harbour to Vancouver
7 night Alaska Cruise onboard MS Nieuw AmsterdamAdded Value:
FREE Vancouver City & Lookout Tour
FREE Coastal Bear Watch Tour in Tofino
FREE Butchart Gardens Tour in Victoria

Itinerary

Upon arrival into Vancouver make your way to your overnight Hotel, and the remainder of your day is at leisure. Overnight – Vancouver

Today take a tour of Vancouver. The highlights of this tour include stops at Stanley Park at the Totem Poles and Queen Elizabeth Park. You will also travel by Chinatown, Gastown, Prospect Point and English Bay Beaches. Admission to the Lookout Tower is also included. Overnight: Vancouver

Enjoy a free day in Vancouver. There is so much to see and do. From fantastic shipping to great optional sightseeing tours, spend the day doing what you want. Overnight: Vancouver

Collect your car from downtown Vancouver and make your way to Horseshoe Bay for your BC Ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Overnight: Tofino – Black Rock Ocean front Resort

You may wish to walk along the famed Long Beach, with its miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf, or explore the rain forests on a selection of well groomed trails. Overnight – Tofino – Black Rock Ocean front Resort

Today is yours to explore. Why not take a Whale Watching cruise (included) through the Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery and wildlife such as Gray Whales, Sea Lions, Porpoises and Killer Whales. Overnight – Tofino – Black Rock Ocean front Resort

Today you will travel back to the east Coast of Vancouver Island and head south to Voctoria. En-route stops should be made at the artist community of Chamainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town and Duncan the “City of Totems”. Overnight: Victoria

Today is free to explore Victoria with its turn of the century architecture, and British traditions such as high tea and shops full of woolens and china. Admission is include to the Butchart Gardens with its 50-acre display of magnificent colour. Later in the day drop off your hire car. Overnight: Victoria

Today your will transfer by Floatplane from Victoria’s Inner Harbour to Vancouver Harbour to board your cruise ship for your 7 night Alaska Cruise onboard Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam

The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls, The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a lifeline to the outside world. All day long it hums with activity

Visit the historic Alaskan capital of Juneau, uniquely positioned so that it’s not accessible by road. This city offers a colourful mix of atmospheres; from the frontier feel of its hillside setting and lonely downtown buildings, to its cosmopolitan vibe ensured by wonderful restaurants, noteworthy museums and al fresco lifestyle. Learn about Alaska’s native history at the brilliant Alaska State Museum, arguably the best museum in the country, or visit the colonial-style Governor’s Mansion with its impressive totem. For outdoor adventure, the 50 acre Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure centre makes a fun family visit. Hop aboard the guided tours on golf carts which will whizz you past the most incredible views of the Chilkat Mountains. For those who wish to venture further afield, take a trip to the breath-taking Mendenhall Glacier or visit Admiralty Island where bear spotting and rainforest hiking in Pack Creek are the order of the day.

Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers who made it to Skagway took a look at the 500-mile journey that still lay ahead of them and decided a change of profession was in order. So many of them set up shop as provisioners that Skagway was the largest city in Alaska by the end of the 19th Century. Booms fade and dreams move on, but the glory days still reverberate through the town. Ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, step into the Red Onion Saloon or peruse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

If you didn't know any better, you'd think Glacier Bay ostentatious for the way it flaunts its ice. The glaciers practically terminate in your lap. A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park with Holland America Line will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. and it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.

Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongrass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. The stairways are weathered and the vibe is cheerful in the town that calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World. Besides the main attractions - Creek Street, the Tongrass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village. These deep-water fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters.

The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls, The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a lifeline to the outside world. All day long it hums with activity

After a leisurely breakfast, disembark your cruise ship and make your way (independently) to Vancouver Airport for your return flight back to the UK.