Pure luxury awaits on this 19-day trip. Five-star hotels and private transfers will ensure you are truly pampered. A trip by helicopter or seaplane will take you to the stunning Sonora Resort part of the Relais & Chateau property collection as well as being a Canadian Signature Experience. Sonora offers five-star luxury with all the trimmings combined with a truly Canadian wildlife experience. Add on a Seabourn cruise to Alaska and you truly are in for an ultra-luxurious experience. Your eyes will be opened by the pure majesty and wonder of the British Columbia and Alaskan landscapes.
• International Flights from the UK based on Economy
• Private transfer Vancouver Airport to Vancouver Downtown
• 6nights accommodation in 5* accommodation
• Private transfer from Vancouver Downtown Vancouver South terminal return
• Helicopter or floatplane transfer from South Vancouver Airport to Sonora Resort
• 2 nights’ accommodation at Sonora Resort (Gold Room)
• Full Board beginning on Day 3 and ending with lunch on Day 5, including soft and alcoholic drinks
• Eco-nature tour by zodiac on Day 4
• Clothing and equipment supplied whilst at Sonora Resort: good quality light and heavy rain and windproof, outer layers, rubber boots and umbrella
• Use of resort facilities whilst at Sonora Resort: tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, exercise equipment, hiking trails, movie theatre, indoor golf simulator, stocked trout pond with fishing tackle.
• 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)
• Private Meet & Greet transfer from Anchorage rail station to Anchorage hotel
• Private Meet & Greet transfer from Anchorage hotel to Anchorage airport
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Day 1 – 2 Vancouver
Upon arrival in Vancouver meet your driver for your private transfer to Vancouver’s downtown. Spend the next 2 days enjoying the sights of this beautiful downtown. A juxtaposition of vistas await from the coastal mountains to the sounds of the Pacific waters hitting Vancouver’s coastline. Explore the beauty of Stanley Park, or view a magical sunset from a café on English Bay. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain are just two options to explore the great outdoors within this city. 2 nights Vancouver.
Day 3 – 4 Sonora Resort
Today meet your driver for you journey to Vancouver South terminal for your helicopter/seaplane transfer to Sonora Resort. Once checked in relax for a time before enjoying a dinner of locally sourced ingredients. Perhaps take some time to consult with the staff at Sonora as to what activities are planned for the next day, you can also prebook a Guided Bear watching excursion or a Guided Salmon Fishing excursion to do on Day 2. Day 2 at Sonora includes a 1-hour nature eco-tour on board an 8.53m Zodiac boat accompanied by a local guide. On this tour you will receive a fascinating commentary while viewing wildlife in its natural habitat. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, swimming and tennis throughout your stay. In the evening, sit down to a gourmet dinner and sip a fine wine or mingle with other guests in one of the lounges or games room. 2 nights Sonora Resort, including lunch and two dinners.
Day 5 – 6 Vancouver
After breakfast at Sonora Resort take some time to independently explore the area around the resort before a delicious lunch prior to your journey back to Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver South terminal meet your driver for a private transfer to downtown. Spend your time exploring more of Vancouver or why not hop over to Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia, to explore the history and vast wildlife off the shores here? 2 nights Vancouver.
Day 7 Embarkation and Transit the Seymour Narrows
After embarkation at Vancouver Cruise terminal you will depart at 5pm at make way up the Seymour Narrows. These 3 miles 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 8 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 Hecate Strait, which is northward, adjacent to the Haida Gwaii Islands of the pacific coast. This long shipping route is also called the Inside Passage, stretching from the shores of Washington to Alaska.
Day 9 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 forest’s 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 10 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 Stikine 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 14 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 15 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 16 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 large 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 17 Seward to Anchorage on the Coastal Classic Alaska Railroad
Seward is the historic start point of the original Iditarod dogsled race and the southern terminus of the Alaska railroad. It is also home to the Alaska SeaLife Centre, a premier public aquarium highlighting Alaska's local marine life. After disembarkation spend the day exploring Seward prior to 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. Upon arrival in Anchorage meet your driver for a private transfer to your Anchorage hotel. Overnight Anchorage
Day 18 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 19 Fly Home
Today take in the final views of Cook Inlet prior to meeting your driver for a private transfer to Anchorage Ted Stevens Airport where you will board your flight home.
ESTA online application for entry to the USA
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