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Bears, Whales & Glaciers

  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Tofino
  • Alaska Cruise
  • 15 nights from
  • £3,729 per person
  • Holidays in 2025 From £4,269
  • Trip Code: CR-727

    • Free cabin upgrades available
    • Book by 29th February and save £200 per person
    • Receive a free case of wine

Holiday Overview

Bears, Whales & Glaciers - an incredible Canada holiday

 

Discover the wildlife of Canada on this wonderful Canada holiday experience as you discover Vancouver Island and take an Alaskan Cruise. With a whale watching trip from Victoria and a bear viewing opportunity in Tofino, this itinerary has it all.

You will start your trip with a 2-night stay in Vancouver, explore the city with the popular Hop on Hop off sightseeing bus before taking a scenic ferry ride over to Vancouver Island for your 2-night stay in picturesque Victoria. We have included a 3 hour whale watching trip during your stay in Victoria. Continue your journey on Vancouver Island to Tofino, part of the Pacific Rim National Park. Discover Tofino's beaches, rainforest, walking/hiking trails and wildlife, head off on a coastal bear viewing adventure and indulge on a floatplane experience from Tofino to Vancouver. End this trip on a high with a 7-night Alaska cruise with Celebrity Cruises onboard Celebrity Solstice. Your cruise includes meals, wifi and a classic drinks package.

Discover glaciers, whales and more breath-taking scenery on your Alaska sailing!

Bears, Whales & Glaciers includes:

  • Return flights from the UK
  • 8 night hotel accommodation
  • 5 Day Car Hire
  • Ferry - Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay
  • Ferry - Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay
  • Vancouver Hop on Hop off
  • 7 night Celebrity Alaska Cruise onboard Celebrity Solstice with classic drinks package, meals & wifi
  • Coastal bear viewing excursion in Tofino
  • Whale watching excursion in Victoria
  • Butchart Gardens Admission
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Day 1 - Fly UK to Vancouver

Arrive Vancouver and transfer to your downtown hotel (transfer not included).

Featured accommodation

Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

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The Fairmont Vancouver

Four Seasons Hotel

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Day 2 - Explore Vancouver

This flexible city tour offers up the highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest with live commentary. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 20 plus stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour.

Today, make use of your 1-day City Hop on / Hop off tour

Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District.

Full commentary over headphones in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.

Below is a list of the key attractions you get to experience when riding Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing.

False Creek Ferries Departs from Aquatic Centre and David Lam Park Goes to Granville Island

Your pass on Hop-on, Hop-Off Sightseeing is good for a one way trip with False Creek Ferries to Granville Island

Granville Island with one way ferry The amazing public market Galleries and great boutique shops Improv theatre Restaurants and food stands Kayak rentals Stanley Park 1000 acres (400 hectares) of Coastal Rainforest dominated Park Totem poles Vancouver Aquarium Stunning Seawall Walk

Featured accommodation

Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

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The Fairmont Vancouver

Four Seasons Hotel

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Day 3 - Vancouver to Victoria 115km

This morning you will will pick up your car hire and head for your ferry crossing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. The ferry journey will take approx. 95 minutes it is incredibly scenic so you will want to go up on deck for a walk and take in the sights, keep your camera handy as you migh be lucky to spot some wildlife. Once you arrive in Victoria take a stop at the beautiful Butchart Gardens before checking into your hotel. 

Featured accommodation

Oswego Hotel

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Hotel Chateau Victoria

Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Unmissable Experiences

Victoria Experiences

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Day 4 - Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of Orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a comfortable covered vessel or a custom-built zodiac boat that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilarating, safe and intimate whale watching experience. Comments by a certified marine biologist and naturalist are provided. Duration 3 hours. Various departure times available please ask for details.

Featured accommodation

Oswego Hotel

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Hotel Chateau Victoria

Magnolia Hotel & Spa

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Day 5 - Victoria to Tofino 317km

This morning drive along to Tofino.

Featured accommodation

Tofino Resort + Marina

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Long Beach Lodge Resort

Wickaninnish Inn

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Day 6 - Coastal Bear Viewing Excursion

This tour features black bears and explores the fjord inlets of Clayoquot Sound. During the winter, local black bears are in semi-hibernation. Come May, they leave their dens and head for the closest food source - the ocean! While the bears forage in the intertidal zone, you can unobtrusively observe and photograph their behaviour. You will experience the tour aboard an open-air, rescue-style, 24’ rigid-hulled Zodiac suitable for this calm water program. The vessel’s shallow draft is especially good for manoeuvring in the small sheltered bays while you are watching for bears and learning about this unique environment. Remote Passages provides Mustang Floater Suit, toque and gloves and complimentary hot drinks on return. Participants should dress warmly, bring a camera, binoculars, sun glasses and sun screen

Featured accommodation

Tofino Resort + Marina

Enhance your experience

Long Beach Lodge Resort

Wickaninnish Inn

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Day 7 - Tofino to Vancouver 283km

Spend the morning at lesuire in Tofino before making your way Departure Bay Ferry Terminal for your journey to Horseshoe Bay for your travel back to Vancouver. Spending the rest of your day at lesuire. 

Featured accommodation

Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

Enhance your experience

The Fairmont Vancouver

Four Seasons Hotel

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Day 8 - Vancouver

A free day to spend at your leisure in Vancouver, speak to your consultant about booking an excursion. 

Featured accommodation

Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

Enhance your experience

The Fairmont Vancouver

Four Seasons Hotel

Unmissable Experiences

Vancouver Experiences

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Day 9 - Board Celebrity Alaskan Cruise

Transfer (not included) from your Vancouver hotel to Canada Place and join Celebrity Solstice for your awe-inspiring 7-night Alaska Cruise.

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Day 10 - Cruise the Inside Passage

Today cruise one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world - the Inside Passage - where ships can sail close to steep mountain walls, giving magnificent views of the unbelievable scenery from forests to evocative towns.

Unmissable Experiences

Inside Passage

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Day 11 - Icy Strait Point, Alaska

For thousands of years, the Tlingit Indians have called this place home. Located just 22 miles southeast of Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait Point offers travellers the chance to view an enormous variety of wildlife including humpback whales, eagles, and brown bears, or explore monuments to the region’s fishing heritage.

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Day 12 - Hubbard Glacier Cruising, Alaska

Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-storey buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes.

Unmissable Experiences

Hubbard Glacier

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Day 13 - Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, the capital of Alaska, has an air of mystique – a town you cannot reach by road, you need to fly or come by sea! Juneau delights with an abundance of water, forests and mountains.Situated between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, Juneau offers a lot of variety, with the immense Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields at its back door and the Tongass National Forest stretching out to the northeast. Juneau offers a variety of activities from shopping downtown to dogsledging, hiking, whale-watching and so much more.

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Day 14 - Ketchikan

With shops and houses built out over the water, Ketchikan clings to the shoreline of the Tongass Narrows. The stairways are weathered and the vibe is cheerful in the town that calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World. Besides the main attractions – Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village – try a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. These deepwater fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters

Unmissable Experiences

Ketchikan

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Day 15 - Cruise the Inside Passage

Cruise back along the Inside Passage and take in the breath-taking wilderness coastline, with snow-capped mountain peaks, glaciers, and rain forests. You may see whales, eagles, sea lions, sea otters, and mountain sheep

Unmissable Experiences

Inside Passage

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Day 16 - Arrive Vancouver, fly to UK

Upon disembarking the ship, make your own way to Vancouver Airport for your return flight to the UK

Transfer from port to airport not included.

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