Breathtaking wonders of nature
Explore America's wilderness in comfort and style on an unforgettable cruise through the 'Inside Passage' to remote Alaska and the protected seascape of Glacier Bay. Your journey into the spectacular heart of the Canadian Rockies will take in its stunning capital, Banff, beautiful Lake Louise and scenic Jasper, as well as delightful Vancouver.
Fly west to oil and 'Stampede' town Calgary, and upon arrival meet your Tour Manager and board the coach for the scenic journey up into the towering Rocky Mountains, to spend two nights in the exquisite mountain capital Banff, in its breathtaking setting.
Discover and explore the Rockies' spectacular capital, perhaps joining exciting optional excursions that include a cable-car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, a trip to the scenic Surprise Corner viewpoint overlooking the famous Banff Springs Hotel, and an unforgettable helicopter ride. However you choose to spend your day, you are assured of some wonderful scenery.
Another breathtaking day awaits, as you re-board the coach to journey to beautiful Lake Louise, where the year - are set against the awesome backdrop of imposing Victoria Glacier.
This afternoon, continue the journey along the renowned Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic roads, to the historic Rockies' railroad town of Jasper, at the gateway to picturesque Jasper National Park, for an overnight stay. Soak up the atmosphere of one of Canada's most 'western' townships.
The scenic feast of a journey continues as you head past majestic, towering Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies' highest point, and travel along the Yellowhead Highway for an overnight stay in the delightful mountain resort of Sun Peaks. Enjoy a last evening in the Rockies, before tomorrow's journey through the coastal ranges.
Head towards the glorious Pacific-rim city of Vancouver, to join your cruise, boarding the Holland America Line ship for the late afternoon sailing north towards the wilderness state of Alaska. Settle into your stateroom, and join fellow passengers on deck for the sailing out into the Strait of Georgia, as you leave the magnificent Vancouver skyline in your wake. Enjoy dinner and your first evening aboard.
Awake to enjoy a day at sea, as your ship cruises the waters of Alaska's scenic Inside Passage, a narrow passage line surrounded on both sides by a thickly forested land of mountains and glaciers and the very occasional settlement - this is a region that whilst nowhere near as inhospitable as the Alaskan north, is still referred to as 'the last frontier'. Take a turn on deck, to watch for aquatic life, and enjoy the ship's wide range of on-board amenities.
A call is made at the Alaskan capital Juneau, at the foot of great mountain peaks and gateway to the immense Mendenhall Glacier. Built with the proceeds from gold prospecting, Juneau, which is only accessible by air or sea, remains a surprisingly chic and stylish city, framed by dense forest. Optional shore excursions, in addition to guided city tours and a fascinating trip to the nearby Mendenhall ice-pack, include activities like kayaking or dog-sledding.
Skagway, the northernmost point of the cruise, was the historic gateway to the Yukon and remains
a pioneering town of honky-tonk saloons and Klondike memorabilia, from which tens of thousands of hopeful adventurers once set off into the wilderness, many never to return. A fascinating shore excursion to Klondike Gold Rush National Park will lift the veil on one of American history's most colourful chapters, and some of the improbable characters that wrote it.
Perhaps the scenic highlight of the cruise will come today, as your ship sails into breathtaking, UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay, formed by the slow retreat of the Grand Pacific Glacier over the last two centuries, and today bringing the opportunity to not only view the towering edge of the ice-pack up close, but also to witness a teeming display of wildlife on land and sea, as black and brown bears and native moose vie with hump-back whales, porpoises, seals and a whole variety of sea-birds for your attention - a truly unforgettable sight.
The last of the Alaskan ports of call is in the southernmost settlement of Ketchikan, with its historic wooden buildings, boardwalks and profusion of arts and craft stores. Many will wish to join the optional shore excursion by floatplane to the remote Misty Fjords National Monument.
Enjoy a last day 'at sea', cruising the Inside Passage, as you make the most of life aboard the wonderfully appointed Holland America Line ship. A farewell dinner seals the wonderful
This morning your ship arrives in the glittering waterfront city of Vancouver, and you disembark to enjoy a three-night stay. Step ashore to meet your tour manager, and transfer to your hotel, after which the rest of the day is free to take in the sights and sounds of a city that is often voted 'the best place in the world to live'.
Join this morning's optional guided tour, which will include restored Gastown, hectic, colourful Chinatown, and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. Cross Lion's Gate Bridge into the leafy suburbs of 'North Van' wilderness beyond to brave famous Capilano Bridge, the world's longest suspended pedestrian span.
Enjoy the optional full-day tour to beautiful Vancouver Island and the unashamedly British provincial capital, Victoria, with its vast Parliament Buildings and grand old Fairmont Empress Hotel. The hugely enjoyable day also includes a visit to the world famous, fifty-acre Butchart Gardens, after which you'll return to spend a last evening in beautiful Vancouver.
After time for last-minute shopping and sightseeing, transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight.
Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a truly wonderful holiday.
An Alaskan cruise exploring UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay and the scenic Inside Passage
Visits to Juneau, remote Skagway and colourful Ketchikan
Take in Banff, the stunning capital of the Rockies
Tour the scenery of the Rockies, via sparkling Lake Louise, on the Icefields Parkway
Discover Vancouver, often voted the 'best place in the world to live'
Seven nights' room-only accommodation in a series of three-star hotels in Banff (2 nights), Jasper (1), Sun Peaks (1) and Vancouver (3)
Seven nights' full-board inside cabin accommodation on board a five-star Holland America line cruise ship
Return flights to Calgary, returning from Vancouver
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)
Single rooms are available for a supplement
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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