This 17-day itinerary is a true journey into the culture and history of both British Columbia and Alaska. Learn of the indigenous tribes that have worked these lands and how Russian influence is still at the heart of Alaskan towns along the coastline of Southern Alaska. Learn how towns changed as the Gold Rush era descended onto these remote towns making Southern Alaska the region it is today.
• International Flights from the UK based on economy class
• 5 nights’ hotel accommodation
• 7 Night Full Board Alaska Cruise with Princess Cruises based on an Interior Cabin
• 4 nights’ accommodation at Haida House at Tllaal
• All meals from dinner on day 2 through to breakfast on day 6; includes traditional Haida dinner
• Roundtrip flights between Vancouver and Masset
• Cultural Introduction Reception with Cultural Concierge at Haida House
• Use of Guest Den with complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages during the day at Haida House
• Activates at Haida House: Cultural Day Tour, Day Tour to Skedans village site on Moresby Island by Zodiac, Tlell Artisans’ Tour, Golden Spruce Trail, Discover North Island – Tow Hill and Totem Tour
• All airport transfers on Haida Gwaii with meet and greet and transfers to and from activities
• 7 Night Full Board Alaska Cruise with Princess Cruises based on an Interior Cabin
• Glacier Discovery Alaska Railroad between Whittier and Anchorage
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Day 1 Vancouver
Upon arrival in Vancouver independently transfer to your downtown hotel. Jump on a sightseeing trolley to get your bearings of the city on your first day and see some of Vancouver’s most famous landmarks. Overnight Vancouver
Day 2 Vancouver to Haida Gwaii
Independently transfer from Vancouver downtown to Vancouver Airport South Terminal where you will fly to Masset Airport. Meet your driver for your transfer to the Haida House at Tllaal. Upon arrival at the lodge, settle in, enjoy an orientation and explore the surrounding grounds prior to dinner and a well-deserved rest. Overnight Haida House at Tllaal Lodge. Dinner Included
Day 3 – 5 Haida House
Over the next three days participate in captivating guided tours that showcase the majesty of the landscape and culture of the Haida Nation that have occupied the land for thousands of years. Cultural Day/Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Village is just one of the adventures over the next few days. Begin with an invigorating morning walk along the Tlell Rover Bank and by mid-morning depart on a scenic drive along the coast. View local attractions and photo stops such as Balance Rock, Jungle Beach, and St. Mary’s Springs. Continue the tour with a narrated drive through Skidegate Village to see the 3 neewest totem poles and a stop in the village of Queen Charlotte for yet another perspective of the Island’s cultural diversity. Transfer to the Kaay Llnagaay Heritage Centre and Museum (picnic lunch on site). Then continue a privately guided interpretative tour of the facility to learn more about Haida Gwaii through the carvings and historic displays. Overnights at Haida House at Tllaal Lodge. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.
Day 6 Haida Gwaii to Vancouver
After breakfast check out of your room and depart on the last tour of your package. Visit the local Tlell Artisan’s studios and gift ships, including, Sitka Studio and the Crystal Cabin. The surrounding agricultural region is quite different from the north and south ends of Graham Island. Non-Haida families settled in Tlell decades ago and one of the farms ‘Richardson’s Rach’, is fast becoming world renowned for its high-grade breeding cattle, after the tour depart for the airport for your return flight back to Vancouver. Breakfast included.
Day 7 – 8 Vancouver
Vancouver has many neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, Yaletown, West End, Davie Village and many more. A visit to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers a glimpse into Chinese culture and symbolism, visit Gastown’s Steam Clock and vintage lampposts in Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods or visit Granville Island’s Public Market, housed indoors there are endless rows of stalls that feature fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked good and seafood. A walking tour of the market is a great way to get a local’s insight. Hire a bike and take in the seawalls and Stanley Park’s many trails or shop ‘til you drop on Robson Street, Vancouver’s oldest commercial street the city’s best-known shopping precinct.
Day 9 Embark Princess Pacific Cruise
Head down to Vancouver’s Canada Place to board your Princess cruise. And say farewell to downtown as you set sail on your Alaskan Adventure.
Day 10 At Sea
The Inside Passage is famed for its glacier-carved fjords and pristine forested shores. Whales, dolphins and other marine life as well as bald eagles and tufted puffins can be seen from the decks of your ship. Cascading waterfalls and majestic snow-capped mountains will have you captured at every turn.
Day 11 Ketchikan
Be captivated by Ketchikan’s thriving native culture, home to the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Centre as well as three south eastern groups, the Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian. Take in the dramatic beauty of Misty Fjords National Monument encompassing 2 million acres of granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls and crystalline lakes.
Day 12 Juneau
Welcome to the state capital Juneau surrounded by beautiful glaciers and stunning views of mountains and waterways. View the Mendenhall Glacier at 12miles long, half a mile wide and 200-1,800 feet deep. Juneau offers opportunities for whale watching, glacier flightseeing as well as dog sledding.
Day 13 Skagway
Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for those who flocked north in search of riches. The White Pass route through the Coast Mountains as well as the Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders and many would perish in their journey for gold. Today Skagway reflects that gold rush era in Broadway where false fronts have been attached to buildings and saloons house locals dressed up in period costumes to recreate the gold rush buzz. Today you can journey the White Pass on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad linking Skagway with Yukon, Canada as well as panning for gold at the camps to experience what life was like during the boom-town days.
Day 14 Glacier Bay
Princess cruises are one of a select few cruise lines permitted to journey the waters of Glacier Bay. This national park and reserve boasts some of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers. Glacier Bay National Park are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge and help identify the areas abundant wildlife and glaciers.
Day 15 College Fjord (Scenic Cruising)
Named by the college professors who found College Fjord, this area features snow-capped mountains and tidewater glaciers. Here you’ll hear the rumble of the ice moving prior to seeing enormous slices of ice calve away into the sea as it makes a thunderous splash. As well as witnessing the ice calving you may also get the chance to see one of the area’s humpback whales feeding in the fjord.
Day 16 Alaska Railroad Whittier to Anchorage
Approximately 65 miles southeast of Anchorage, Whittier lies at the base of the Chugach Mountains bordering Passage Canal. Established in World War II as a port for cargo and troops Whittier remained activated until 1960. Today Whittier’s community relies on the fishing industry as well as the increasing trade in tourism. After disembarking the cruise explore the surrounding area of Whittier prior to boarding the Alaska Railroad. The first 12 miles of this journey will take you from Whittier to Portage, through two long tunnels. Once in Portage the train tracks join the mainline taking you on to Anchorage covering 50 miles along the rocky bank of the Turnagain. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 17 End of tour
This morning purchase those last-minute souvenirs in this tax-free haven prior to making your way to Ted Steven’s Airport for your flight back to the UK.
ESTA online application for entry to the USA
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