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Rockies & Alaska Grand Discovery

  • Calgary
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • Sun Peaks
  • Vancouver
  • Inside Passage
  • Juneau
  • Skagway
  • Glacier Bay
  • Ketchikan
  • 17 nights from
  • £3,299 per person
  • Trip Code: CR-779

Holiday Overview

An epic Canada escorted tour through the Rockies and Alaska

 

A blend of dramatic Canadian mountain scenery and rugged Alaskan shoreline, this 18-day trip will expose you to a wonderland of scenic delights in two of North America’s most glorious regions. Journey to the mountain town of Banff (gateway to the awe-inspiring Rockies and glittering Lake Louise); admire the iconic landscapes of Jasper National Park; and sightsee in vibrant Vancouver. Then, board the elegant Volendam - your window to Alaska’s immense coastal splendour.

 

Rockies and Alaska Escorted Tour 2021 Heathrow Dates : 12 May £3299 / 26 May £3499 / 09 June £3599 / 08 September £3549 / 15 September £3549

Alternative airports available - ask one of our Canada Experts for more details

Rockies & Alaska Grand Discovery includes:

  • Return UK flights
  • 9 nights room-only accommodation - 3nts Banff, 2 nights Jasper, 1 night Sun Peaks & 3 nights Vancouver
  • 7 nights Alaska Cruise - inside cabin on board a Holland America Line ship (full board)
  • Cocktail party on board cruise
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager (the ship's staff and crew will take care of you during your cruise)
  • VIP Door to Door service
  • Ice Explorer Ride
  • A dinner with an interpretative talk in Jasper
  • Tours of Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Vancouver
  • Porterage
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Day 1 - Fly to Calgary and continue to Banff

VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Calgary. On arrival, we transfer to the beautiful city of Banff, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Hotel Caribou Lodge (3T+) or Moose Hotel (4T), Banff

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Day 2 - Explore Banff & Lake Louise

Today we discover the unspoiled, rugged landscapes surrounding Banff, as we visit one of the Canadian Rockies’ most beloved destinations - Lake Louise - with turquoise waters sparkling underneath the towering Victoria Glacier. This evening take a stroll down Banff Avenue and soak up the atmosphere of this lovely mountain resort.

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Day 3 - Banff at your leisure

A full day to explore Banff at your leisure. Maybe take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views and great photo opportunities, or take a helicopter ride for a bird’s-eye view of the mountain ranges.

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Day 4 - Banff to Jasper via Icefields Parkway

Today we travel the Icefields Parkway, considered one of the most scenic highways in the world offering ever-changing scenery of waterfalls, emerald lakes, alpine meadows and snow-capped peaks. We make a stop at the Columbia Icefield, on the boundary of the Banff and Jasper National Parks, and board an Ice Explorer that has been specially designed for glacier travel (subject to favourable weather conditions). We continue our journey to our hotel in Jasper.

Chateau Jasper (3T) or Sawridge Inn (4T)

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Day 5 - Sightsee Jasper National Park

This morning we discover Jasper National Park with its many iconic landmarks such as Maligne Canyon, the shores of Medicine Lake, and one of the most photographed lakes in the world - Maligne Lake. This evening we enjoy an included dinner with an interpretative talk.

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Day 6 - Jasper to Sun Peaks

Today we drive through the Rockies, past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, to Sun Peaks. This popular alpine ski resort is a summer playground too, and a peaceful overnight stop to enjoy the mountains.

Sun Peaks Grand Hotel (4T)

Featured accommodation

Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

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Day 7 - Sun Peaks to Vancouver

It’s an early start today for our journey to Vancouver.

Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront (4T), Exchange Hotel Vancouver (4T) or Georgian Court (4T)

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Day 8 - Board Holland America Line Alaska Cruise

A leisurely morning before we transfer to the harbour to begin our unforgettable 7 night Alaska cruise.

Volendam (4T)

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Day 9 - Cruise the Inside Passage

The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. Calm and sheltered, this scenic ‘marine highway’ is cut deeply by fjords and passes dense forests and snow-capped peaks. Keep a watchful eye out for wildlife including seals, whales and bald eagles.

Volendam (4T)

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Day 10 - Juneau

Today we sail along narrow fjords to reach Juneau, the state capital of Alaska and the gateway to the Tongass National Forest. You can explore the compact city centre, or perhaps choose to join a whale-watching trip in the nearby waters.

Volendam (4T)

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Day 11 - Skagway

We arrive in Skagway early this morning, our starting point for the Chilkoot Trail. This compact town still remains rich in gold-rush history and character with its boardwalks, pebble streets and original buildings.

Volendam (4T)

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Day 12 - Glacier Bay National Park

We awake to the unforgettable scenery of Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world, and is home to huge icebergs and an abundance of birds and wildlife. We depart late afternoon for Ketchikan.

Volendam (4T)

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Day 13 - Ketchikan

A morning arrival into Ketchikan. Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan stretches along a narrow shelf of shoreline beneath the slope of Deer Mountain. The main attractions of this unique town are Creek Street, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village.

Volendam (4T)

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Day 14 - Inside Passage

We travel southwards, back through the Inside Passage, with more opportunities of wildlife sightings.

Volendam (4T)

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Day 15 - Arrive Vancouver, afternoon at leisure

We arrive back into Vancouver this morning and disembark. Our coach awaits to take us on an orientation tour so you can familiarise yourself with this cosmopolitan city. You may choose an optional tour this afternoon to Capilano Suspension Bridge. It’s home to the Cliffhanger, a cliffside journey taking you through rainforest vegetation on a series of unobtrusive walkways, jutting out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River.

Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront (4T), Exchange Hotel Vancouver (4T) or Georgian Court (4T)

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Day 16 - Vancouver at leisure

Today you are free to explore this coastal city on your own.

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Day 17 - Fly Vancouver to UK

Time this morning for some last-minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing before our transfer to the airport, for your return flight to the UK.

 

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