Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime with the pristine Canadian Rockies. Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels, traverse the Continental Divide, and be inspired as you wind through mountain passes and dramatic canyons. The adventure doesn’t stop here, after touring the beautiful Coastal city of Vancouver, set sail to Cruise the Inside Passage to Alaska. Gaze at the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Glacier Bay, with an opportunity to view diverse wildlife from whales to brown bears. Its the perfect voyage between Western Canada and Alaska!
• International Flights from the UK based on economy class
• Scheduled Transfer Calgary Airport to Banff
• 2 nights’ accommodation in Banff
• 2 Day Rocky Mountaineer Banff to Vancouver
• 4 nights’ accommodation in Vancouver
• Full board 7 Day Alaska Cruise in an Inside Cabin
• Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic Seward to Anchorage
• 1-night accommodation in Anchorage
• Internal flight between Anchorage and Vancouver
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Day 1 Arrive in Calgary transfer to Banff
After your flight, board your scheduled transfer to Banff. Making your way along the Trans-Canada Highway to Banff will take you through the beautiful Kananaskis region prior to the soaring Rocky Mountains coming into view. Overnight Banff
Day 2 Banff
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 Expeirience. Spend your evenings either at Wild Bill's offering heart warming Western hospitality or stay closer to home and dine at one of the Banff Springs four restaurants boasting local ingredients and offering a truly Western Canadian experience.
Day 3 On-board Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Kamloops
Today, board the Rocky Mountaineer to travel west. Enjoy some of the most spectacular sights in western Canada. Overnight in Kamloops
Day 4 On-board Rocky Mountaineer from Kamloops to Vancouver
The journey leads through the “cowboy country” ranch land of British Columbia passing lush forests. Arriving in Vancouver, enjoy the rest of the day exploring, one of Canada’s most diverse cities.
Day 5 – 6 Vancouver
Gateway to the Pacific, Vancouver is a beautiful city of 2 halves, the coastal mountains and the Pacific Coast. Explore her downtown from Gastown to Chinatown or stroll the seawall along English Bay to Stanley Park.
Day 7 Embark on Cruise
Explore more of downtown Vancouver this morning prior to embarking on your cruise from Vancouver’s Canada Place. Why not take in some shopping at Robson Street or experience Vancouver’s Flyover Canada an exhilarating 8 minute journey across Canada showcasing the iconic locations and spectacular scenery all from the comfort of your chair, feet dangling, in front of a 20-metre spherical screen!
Day 8 Inside Passage Cruising
The Inside Passage is a coastal route weaving through the islands of the Pacific Northwest. Shaped by the forces of massive glaciers millions of years ago, the Inside Passage boasts wildlife filled fjords and lush island scenery. Watch out for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and whales.
Day 9 Ketchikan, Alaska
Set at the Southernmost entrance to Alaska’s famed inside passage Ketchikan is known for three things: feisty salmon, idyllic scenery and an incredibly rich Alaska Native culture. Ziplining, kayaking and fishing are just some of the activities you can partake in whilst docked here.
Day 10 Juneau, Alaska
Standing on one of the largest wilderness areas in the United States, Juneau offers wildlife viewing, fishing and exploration of glaciers. Kayak up one of the areas protected waterways or try panning for gold. Trek to the majestic Mendenhall Glacier located 12 miles outside of Juneau.
Day 11 Skagway, Alaska
Famous for the discovery of gold in the 1800’s, Skagway’s charming boardwalk will take you back to the Gold Rush days. Visit Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park or the famous White Pass Railway.
Day 12 Cruising Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a World Heritage Site. At 33.3 million acres it showcases natural wonders and wildlife. Magnificent glaciers, mountains and fjords have made Glacier Bay one of the most spectacular settings.
Day 13 Cruising Hubbard Glacier
This glacier is gigantic at more than six miles wide. The face is up to 400feet tall and icebergs 3 to 4 stories are not uncommon. The sight is awe inspiring
Day 14 Alaska Railroad Seward to Anchorage
Best known for its beautiful parks and mountain scenery Seward is not to be missed. After you have disembarked your cruise spend time exploring via boat and travel out to Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park for a chance to spot humpback whales, harbour seals, Steller sea lions and much more. This evening board the Alaska Railroad for your journey 114miles north to Anchorage. The journey will take you over the Kenai Mountains through a 1,063-foot summit pass as well as hugging the coast line of the Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. Overnight in Anchorage.
Day 15 Anchorage - Vancouver
Spend the day exploring Anchorage prior to your flight to Vancouver. Lean more about Anchorage at Anchorage Museum, Alaska’s largest museum telling the story of Alaska and the north. Or visit the Alaska Native Heritage Centre showcasing Alaska’s 11 major cultures, experiencing them first hand through stories, dance and more. Overnight in Vancouver
Day 16 Fly Home
Take today to explore more of downtown Vancouver and get those last-minute souvenirs prior to your flight back to the UK.
ESTA online application for entry to the USA
Your cruise arrives back into port in the early morning, giving you time for a last whip around the shops in Vancouver, or a final afternoon in the sunshine by English Bay before you make your way to the airport for your return flight home. Important: All cruise passengers must complete the online Visa Waiver form by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov which is needed for entry into the US at a cost of $14 per person.
You must complete an ESTA application at least 72 hours before flying. Any traveller who fails to complete an ESTA application at least 3 days before departure will almost certainly be refused entry into the country under new US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations. If you are even considering visiting the States, it's worth filling out an ESTA application now as they are valid for two years.
Important: If you are refused entry because you do not hold the correct travel documents or have had your application for ESTA rejected - you will NOT be entitled to any form of refund or covered by your travel insurance policy.
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