Vancouver Alaska Luxury Cruise & the Best of Seattle, Washington
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Unspoiled wilderness and glorious glaciers! This is Alaska America’s largest state. Watch whales cavorting just offshore and bears ambling across pristine meadows. From the native culture of Ketchikan and the Russian charm of Sitka, Alaska will enchant you.
And if that’s not enough – Seattle awaits you! An urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. Adventure awaits you!
Price based on May 2019 departure - other dates available call for details!
Upon arrival into Vancouver make your way independently to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today board your motorcoach and find out more of how Vancouver’s fascinating past and present came together in this tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rain forests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place, the Arts and Financial Districts, and Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park where you visit the First Nations Totem Poles. Continue across the Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Don’t miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre. From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over the Capilano River before you walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side where many unique experiences await. Return to downtown Vancouver and get ready to engage all your senses as you step out into Granville Island Market. This market is an artisan haven for all things local and hand-made, including delicious food, coffee, tea, eclectic artwork, and west coast music. Carry on through bustling Chinatown and continue to historic Gastown, the heart of Vancouver.
Departing from the float plane terminal Coal Harbour downtown. This is an ideal introduction to seaplane aviation which departs from downtown Vancouver’s bustling Coal Harbour and includes a complete aerial tour of the city and surrounding mountains. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during takeoff and landing.
By far the largest port on Regatta's Alaska cruises, Vancouver offers every imaginable big-city attraction. Explore the Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Art Museum for culture. History flourishes in the Gastown district, which borders vibrant Chinatown. Or enjoy a break from the bustle in Stanley Park, one of North America's largest urban parks.
Totem poles are one of Ketchikan's chief attractions, and the best places to view them are Saxman Village and Totem Bight State Park. Drop by the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center to learn about the local cultures and ecosystems.
At Sea, International Waters
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.
British Columbia's most northern coastal city, Prince Rupert sits on the very edge of the wilderness. The majority of its attractions revolve around the outdoors, such as sport fishing or a walking tour of the bonsai-like forest at Oliver Lake. Wildlife abounds, including bears, mountain goats and a variety of migrating whales.
At Sea, International Waters
Disembark your cruise ship and make your way independently to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure
Sit back and relax in your spacious coach as your knowledgeable guide presents Seattle’s neighborhoods and attractions like Pike Place Market, the waterfront, historic Pioneer Square, Chinatown and International District, Lake Washington, I-90 Floating Bridge, Fremont neighborhood & Troll, Fishermen’s Terminal, Ballard Locks/salmon ladder, Discovery Park and the Space Needle. Stops on this 50-mile Seattle Tour include Pioneer Square, the Ballard Locks and a great city skyline photo opportunity.
Experience the essence of Washington’s wild beauty and independent spirit on this journey to Snoqualmie Falls and Woodinville Wine Country. Start your day at Snoqualmie Falls where you’ll watch the powerful waters plunge 268 feet into the river canyon below. The waterfall is nestled in the evergreen forests of the Cascade Mountains, which cut across the state and divide the lush coastal climates of the West from the dry, vineyard- rich regions of the East. Your guide will use these evocative settings to tell stories of Snoqualmie tribe members who lived off these lands and settlers who fought to tame the wild environment with agriculture and logging. After exploring the Falls, you’ll travel northwest to Woodinville Wine Country for a gourmet picnic lunch and wine tastings at three wineries that deliver on elegance but leave pretense at the door. Learn to sip like a sommelier with a fun lesson on wine tasting techniques and the flavor profiles of different varietals. Meet wine makers and hear the passionate processes used to craft the wine in your glass. Experience Woodinville’s tight-knit community and taste award-winning wines that are rarely found outside of the state. Washington is the second biggest wine-producer in the country but exports only 1% of its wine! From trails to terroir, you’ll come away with an understanding of how Washington is intertwined and influenced by its dramatic surroundings and enthralling natural history.