Vancouver Alaska Cruise & Sunshine Coast Self-Drive
Holiday Ref: 16004
In the Summer of 2018 Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam will sail round-trip from Vancouver to Alaska. Combine this with a post-cruise self-drive to the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia visiting Quadra Island, Tofino and Victoria the capital of this wonderful province.
Weekly departures May – September 2017 & 2018. Call for details.
Upon arrival into Vancouver make your way (independently) to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
This morning see the sights of Vancouver such as Robson Street and Stanley Park. Afternoon is at leisure.
Embark on Nieuw Amsterdam on your 7 night Alaska Cruise.
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.
No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. You need to come by air or water, but when you arrive, the place will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in close proximity. The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door. The vast Tongass National Forrest stretches away to the northeast. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee or fish.
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
Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass 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 Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village — try a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. These deepwater fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters
Past waterfalls, thick forests and glacier tongues you will experience the beauty of nature. The Inside Passage has a coast line of approximately 24,000 kilometres. You will find a lot of islands along the sea way
Remainder of the day at leisure to explore more of this beautiful city.
Overnight accommodation at West Coast Wilderness Resort.
The beautiful natural landscape of Canada’s Pacific Coast will allow you to take part in a variety of outdoor adventures.
Today, travel north to Campbell River and your destination on Quadra Island.
Eco Wilderness cruise into Desolation Sound by Zodiac – cruise through breathtaking Desolation Sound and enjoy the majesty of Toba Inlet to seek out black bears in their natural habitat (included).
Depart Quadra Island on a short BC ferry ride back to Vancouver Island and head south-west to Tofino where you will arrive around mid-afternoon.
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. Also today, enjoy a 3 hour whale watch cruise (included) through the Clayoquot Sound.
Travel back to the East Coast of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. 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.
Leaving Victoria, drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90 minute ferry ride to Tsawwassen. From Tsawwassen continue on to Vancouver Airport, return your hire car and board your flight back to the UK.