Marvel at the sheer natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies as you drive some of the most scenic roads in the world. View awe inspiring vistas, explore the Columbia Icefields and be taken back to the times of the Ice Age, wonder at the Dark Sky Preserve and live like a local at a ranch. These are just come of the moments that await you on your drive through Alberta and British Columbia. Once you have boarded your Seabourn vessel embark on a voyage of ultra-luxury as you make your way towards the shores of Alaska where magnificent marine wildlife awaits alongside the soaring peaks and rumblings of glaciers of Alaska’s shoreline.
• International Flights from the UK based on economy
• 16-day Intermediate car hire with Fully Inclusive Insurance
• 15 nights’ accommodation in a 4 or 5* hotel
• 2 nights at Nakiska Ranch
• 10-night - All Inclusive on Seabourn Sojourn in an Oceanview Cabin
• Coastal Classic Alaska Railroad in GoldStar service – Seward to Anchorage (Dinner soft drinks and two adult beverages included)
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Day 1 Fly to Calgary
Arrive in the Stampede City this afternoon and collect your car prior to making your way downtown. Whilst in Calgary take the time to visit Studio Bell, where you can explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada. Inspired by music festivals, Studio Bell is designed to activate all the senses. If a culinary experience tantalises the senses, then why not book a walking food tour with Inglewood Edibles. On this experience you can dine at some of the city's best restaurants and explore Inglewood's speciality shops. Overnight Calgary
Day 2 - 4 Banff
Today take the Trans-Canada Highway West to Banff. Marvel at the rising mountains on the horizon as you drive closer towards this beautiful mountain town. This little mountain town offers an array of activities, relax at the Upper Hot Springs or book the Mount Norquay Via Ferrata for a half day climbing excursion, Destination Canada's Signature Experience. Spend your evenings either at Wild Bill's offering heart-warming Western hospitality or stay closer to home at your hotel. 3 nights Banff
Day 5 Lake Louise
Lake Louise is world famous for its turquoise lake, the Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain backdrop, palatial hotel and incredible hiking. Marvel along the shoreline of the lake at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. A visit to the Lake Agnes Tea House is an experience not to be missed after a 3.5km hike or for a less strenuous approach, horses are available. A reservation at the Fairview Bar and Restaurant in the evening with a view of the lake would make for a truly unique dining experience. Overnight Lake Louise
Day 6 - 7 Jasper
Travelling north towards Jasper will lead you through some spectacular scenery. The Icefield’s Parkway is certainly one of the most beautiful drives in the world, think still turquoise lakes, glaciers such as Crowfoot and of course the Columbia Icefields. One of the most stunning and humbling experiences along this drive it is one of only two places in the world that forms a triple continental divide. The waters from the glaciers and melting snow flow across North America north to the Arctic Ocean, east to the Atlantic Ocean and west to the Pacific Ocean. The Columbia Icefield that is visible from the road is only a small portion of this large ice mass. Six glaciers are fed from here and 3 can be seen from the parkway itself. Take an Ice Explorer Adventure and experience the Athabasca Glacier on a 6 wheeled all terrain vehicle over 90minutes. Once you have stopped here to take in this magnificent sight continue north towards Jasper. The townsite of Jasper is unique in that it is a dark sky preserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is plenty to see and do here if you wish to go out and explore the park itself. 2 nights Jasper.
Day 8 – 9 Nakiska Ranch
Nakiska Ranch offers a taste of country living on a real working ranch in an incredible setting. The surrounding region of Clearwater offers an environment of quiet seclusion, located approximately halfway between Jasper and Vancouver. Cattle and horses graze peacefully nearby on the border of the protected and beautiful Wells Gray Provincial Park. Endless kilometres of riding trails and pristine wilderness await you on this authentic, rustic ranch. 2 nights Nakiska Ranch
Day 10 Sun Peaks
From its humble beginnings in the early sixties with a single chairlift on Tod Mountain, Sun Peaks has grown and spread to become the world class resort it is now. The European-style village has a charming, comfortable feel, and from the moment you arrive you will relax into the gentle pace of life. With a good selection of boutique shops and restaurants as well as lively pubs and evening entertainment, everything is within easy reach. Choose to explore this mountain by horseback, bike or Segway. Overnight Sun Peaks
Day 11 – 12 Whistler
Whistler, home to the 2010 Winter Olympics, offers an array of adventure both on and off the mountain. Two majestic mountains with a vibrant village base Whistler offers unbeatable shopping, hiking trails, spas, golf courses and numerous restaurants and bars. Spend time exploring via the Peak to Peak Gondola and take in the spectacular view of the coastal mountain range from both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. 2 nights Whistler.
Day 13 – 15 Vancouver
Once checked in to your Vancouver hotel explore the sights and sounds of this contrasting city from the coastal mountains to the Pacific coastline. Vancouver has plenty to offer in terms of sightseeing why not visit Granville Island Market a place heaving with locals buying locally produced fare or get back to nature at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Overnight Vancouver
Day 16 Embarkation and Transit the Seymour Narrows
After embarkation at Vancouver Cruise terminal you will depart at 5pm at make way up the Seymour Narrows. This 3 mile stretch of Discovery Channel north of Vancouver Island is notorious for the strength of tidal currents. This part of the cruise requires skill and technical accomplishment as the Venturi effect created from the tides increasing the velocity.
Day 17 Cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound
The Queen Charlotte Sound lies between the Queen Charlotte Strait, which winds between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland in the south, and Hectate Strait, which is northward, adjacent to the Haida Gwaii Islands of the pacific coast. This long shipping route is also called the Inside Passage, strecthing from the shores of Washington to Alaska.
Day 18 Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords)
Misty Fjords is a true wilderness, often shrouded in mist. Its vertical granite cliffs, which reach 900m above sea level, descend another 300m below the water's surface. Carved by glaciers and covered in a green carpet of mosses and lichens. Misty Fjords receives more than 381cm of rain per year. This rainfall keeps vegetation in abundance, bringing various wildlife to the area including Mountain goats, brown and black bears, coastal wolves, sea lions, bald eagles and ravens. Dall's porpoises, orca and humpback whales can also be spotted along its shorelines and throughout the waters. Your ship will cruise among these spectacular forests waterfalls and mountains., The onboard Ventures by Seabourn team will offer exceptional excursions including kayaking the fjords and a short sightseeing float plane flight.
Day 19 Wrangell, Alaska, US
Wrangell Island sits at the heart of the Tongass National Rain Forest and receives approximately 203cm of rain per year. The city of Wrangell, a true Alaskan frontier town, sits at the northern end of the island, a short distance from the mouth of the mighty Stikine River. The history is deeply rooted in the Tlingit people, the fur trade and the gold rush. The Sitkine River, Shakes Glacier and Anan Creek boast the largest pink salmon run of the Inside Passage, attracting brown and black bears in great numbers.
Day 20 Juneau, Alaska, US
The capital of Alaska, Juneau, is only accessible by air and sea, due to the rugged mountain terrain that surrounds the city. The city has plenty to offer the outdoor adventure. Choose to explore on foot along the Perseverance Trail or around Mendenhall Glacier, or board one of the many local whale-watching boats, or view the mountains and extensive glaciers of the Juneau Icefield from a helicopter.
Day 21 Glacier Bay Cruising Only
Designated as an International World Heritage Site in 1992, Glacier Bay is also a National Monument, a National Park and a designated Biosphere Reserve. Glacier Bay has experienced major advances of its glaciers, Temperate, coniferous rain forest dominates its southern shores. Black and brown bears, wolves, moose, eagles and ravens can be spotted. Glacier Bay has two major arms, East and West, and over fifty named glaciers. Combined with Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Canada's Kluane National Park and Alsek-Tatshenshini Park, Glacier Bay encompasses the largest protected wilderness area on Earth.
Day 22 Haines, Alaska, US
Haines can be found along the shores of the longest Fjord in North America. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Haines, is an authentic Alaskan experience. Haines is also home to the largest concentration of bald eagles on earth, and grizzly bears come to this shoreline for the spawning salmon in its rivers.
Day 23 Icy Strait Point, Alaska, US
This unique community on Chicagof Island near the entry to Glacier Bay National Park was created and is owned by a corporation of 1300 Native Americans of various local Tlingit tribes. The purpose being to offer visitors an enjoyable, educational experience of Alaska's native cultures. Your tender will dock at the 1912 salmon canning facility, which today is a museum. The surrounding area offers cultural performances, Native American-owned shops and galleries, restaurants and a variety of tours and excursions for every interest from sport fishing to whale watching, guided nature walks and excursions to view bears and other wildlife. ATV tours and even a zipline adventure that is said to be the longest at over a mile and the highest at over 1330 feet in North America. The small village of Hoonah can be reached either by walking or on a shuttle, offering shops and eateries as well as a totem-carving enterprise run by the corporation.
Day 24 Day At Sea
Today enjoy all the pleasures onboard the Sojourn. Including fitness centre, salon and card room. Enjoy a luncheon at the Patio or exquisite cuisine at the Restaurant.
Day 25 Scenic Cruising College Fjord
Set deep within the northwest reaches of Prince William Sound are the Harriman and College Fjords, with their numerous tidewater and valley glaciers. The Harvard Glacier, with a length of 24 miles and a face of 1.5 miles is the largest in the area. Prince William Sound is a l;arge waterway off the Gulf of Alaska on the state's southern coast. It is bounded on the east by the Chugash Mountain range and on the west by the Kenai Peninsula. The sound was explored by Captain James Cook, and names in 1778 for the eldest son of England's King George III. Its 3,800 miles of coastline features fjords and bays, with forested, snow capped mountains as a backdrop.
Day 26 Seward to Anchorage on the Coastal Classic Alaska Railroad
This morning say farewell to your Seabourn crew and new friends as you disembark in Seward. Spend some time exploring this pretty little harbour town before boarding the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage in their GoldStar service. GoldStar guests enjoy a reserved seat in the upper level dome offering 360-degree viewing, as well as priority seating in the lower level dining room with all-inclusive meals. The bartender on the upper level will wait on you offering complimentary soda, tea, coffee and non-alcoholic drinks. Two adult beverages including wine, beer and cocktails are included per trip. The most popular GoldStar amenity is the unique second level outdoor viewing platform. The Coastal Passage route takes you on a 4-hour trip hugging the coastline of Cook Inlet and Turnagin Arm. Here, marvel at the changing scenery as well as the wildlife. The Coastal Classic rain will also take you over the Kenai Mountains, through a 1,063-foot summit pass appropriately named Grandview. Keep the cameras at the ready for the trip features glaciers, waterfalls, scenic gorges and rivers. Overnight Anchorage (dinner included on Alaska Railroad)
Day 27 Anchorage
With the wonders of the Chugach and waters of Cook Inlet, Anchorage has a lot to offer. With 1,500 moose, incredible national parks nearby and 60 glaciers a short drive away this is a dream destination. There is plenty to do with your day in Anchorage, a flightseeing trip to Denali is a popular excursion or dog sledding on a glacier offers a truly Alaskan experience. Overnight Anchorage
Day 28 Fly home to UK
Today marks the end of this exploration holiday in Alaska. Enjoy some time at your leisure prior to boarding your flight back to the UK.
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