Vibrant Vancouver & Regent’s All-Inclusive Alaska Cruise
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Experience the untamed wilderness of the Alaskan outback from the spacious all-suite Seven Seas Mariner - an Alaska Cruise like no other. With only 350 suites, no queues or crowds, you will get a close personal view of the dramatic depth and beauty of Alaska's vast landscapes when cruising to Alaska. Journey to the wilderness of Alaska and you'll make new discoveries and enjoy the all-inclusive Regent Experience featuring FREE Shore Excursions, complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits served throughout the ship, complimentary 24-hour room service and butler service in upper suite categories.
Combine this with a majestic journey through the Canadian Rockies onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train visiting many iconic destinations including Banff, and Lake Louise and Vancouver. This is the holiday of a lifetime.
Exclusive departure – 13th May 2019 – other similar itineraries available – call for details!
Departure day from UK to Vancouver. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your Vancouver Hotel.
Early start today for a wonderful day trip to Vancouver Island, where you will visit beautiful Victoria, the capital of British Columbia and the Butchart Gardens. You will view the spectacular British Columbia coastline by land and ship. Board a BC ferry for a sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. Stay out on deck for wildlife sightings of whales, sea lions & eagles. You will have time to stroll along Victoria’s Inner Harbour, visit the unique shops and cafes.
Another early start and full day tour from Vancouver to Whistler. Traverse from the scenic coastline of Howe Sound fjord to the lush forested peaks of the Coast Mountains. Gaze out over ever-changing landscapes surrounding the Sea to Sky Highway, with a scenic stop at the 335 metre Shannon Falls en route to the alpine village of Whistler. This pedestrian village is located at the base of world-famous Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains. Spend an afternoon exploring eclectic downtown shops and cafes, hiking along nature trails, or relaxing and breathing in the fresh mountain air. Returning to Vancouver, mountains give way to ocean as your coach winds downwards from towering peaks through rugged coastline, to Vancouver city.
After breakfast you will depart your hotel for a 4 hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver which 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 and its First Nations Totem Poles/ Visit 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. Upon return to your hotel, check out and transfer to the cruise terminal for the departure of your cruise.
You will have the morning at leisure, then transfer to the cruise terminal to board the ship for your 10 night Alaska Cruise
Today you sail along the world famous Inside Passage en-route to Alaska.
Ketchikan, on the southwest side of Revillagigedo Island, grew up around salmon canneries and sawmills. Ketchikan's name supposedly comes from the native term "Katch Kanna", which roughly translates: "spread wings of a thundering eagle." At one time Ketchikan was proclaimed the “Salmon Capital of the World.” An outstanding collection of totem poles make a visit to Ketchikan essential for anyone interested in Native art. Travelers flock to Ketchikan for their first look at the North Country, and are rarely disappointed.
Founded by Russian fur traders as New Archangel in 1799, Sitka was the historic centre of Russia’s Alaskan empire. The Russian flag was replaced by the Stars and Stripes when the United States purchased the Alaska territory in 1867. Today, picturesque Sitka, is known for its fishing industry, an annual summer classical music festival and, of course, its many historic visitor attractions. On a clear day Sitka, the only city in southeast Alaska that actually fronts the Pacific Ocean, rivals Juneau for the sheer beauty of its surroundings.
Skagua, as it is known by the Tlingit, means” windy place.” Skagway, a place of many names, and much history is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway. It was known to thousands of hopeful gold rushers as the gateway to the gold fields. Skagway retains the flavour of the gold rush era and the character of such colourful inhabitants as Soapy Smith “King of the Frontier Con Men”; especially on Broadway, with its false-front buildings, and in the Trail of ‘98 Museum, with its outstanding collection of gold fever memorabilia.
Day at sea to enjoy the many on-board activities. Relax at the Canyon Ranch Spa or take part in an exercise class. Take this opportunity to peruse the many Boutiques onboard.
Juneau - In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris were prospecting for gold with the help of Indian guides. Here they discovered nuggets “as large as beans” at the mouth of the aptly named Gold Creek. Out of their discoveries came three of the largest gold digs in the world where more than $150 million in gold was mined. Juneau’s surrounding beauty and natural wonders have attracted cruise ship travellers for over a century, with steamship companies bringing tourists here since the early 1880’s.
Prince Rupert - The port of Prince Rupert is the largest community on British Columbia's north coast. Deep-green fjords and coastal rain forest surround this quaint fishing town, located on Kaien Island at the mouth of the Skeena River, where the Tsimshian people have been for thousands of years. Prince Rupert was, at the time of its incorporation in 1910, poised to rival Vancouver as a centre for trans-pacific trade. Prince Rupert turned instead to fishing and forestry.
Cruising the Outside Passage en-route to Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria - Victoria is a picture-perfect city exuding old-world charm, with fragrant and colourful flowers everywhere. Founded in 1843 by James Douglas of the Hudson’s Bay Company, it was first known as Fort Victoria. By 1848, Vancouver Island was made a British colony. In 1868, Vancouver Island was incorporated with mainland British Columbia. Although it is a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver. The harbours, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure crafts, ferries, and floatplanes.
Arrive in Vancouver. Disembark and take your private transfer to Vancouver Airport for your return flight back to the UK