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Self-Drive Rocky Mountain Journey & Alaskan Cruise

14 Night Tour & Inside Stateroom from £2,119 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Self-Drive Rocky Mountain Journey starts in Calgary and ends in Vancouver with stopovers in Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Sun peaks. Then continue your adventure on a cruise through the Inside Passage to Alaska with Holland America.

Highlights:

  • Explore the stunning national parks of Banff and Jasper
  • Visit Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks
  • Travel on Canada's scenic Icefields Parkway
  • Cruise the Inside Passage to Alaska with Holland America

Details

Day 1

Calgary

Arrive at Calgary International Airport, pick up your rental car and make your way to your downtown hotel.  The remainder of the day is at your leisure to create your own urban adventure in the Stampede City and form your first impressions of Western Canada.

Standard Hotel: Sandman Calgary City Centre or similar
 

Day 2

Calgary to Banff (129 km)

Leaving Calgary behind, you will set your sights today on the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Feel the majesty of these mountains as you first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park where the craggy peaks loom larger the closer you get. After you have a rived in the bustling town of Banff, the remainder of the day is free to explore its charms.

Standard Hotel: Elk and Avenue Hotel or similar
 

Day 3

Banff

The entire day is free tour Banff and the surrounding area.  Hot sulphur water bubbling from the side of Sulphur Mountain was well known by the local aboriginal peoples of the 1800’s. The hot spring was “discovered” by a pair of American hunters in 1875, and Canadian Pacific Railway surveyors who happened upon the location in 1883. The Canadian government declared the hot spring to be a “federal preserve” in 1885 and two years later, Rocky Mountain National Park, Canada’s first national park, was officially established.

Standard Hotel: Elk and Avenue Hotel or similar
 

Day 4

Banff to Lake Louise (61 km)

Depart Banff today and travel to Lake Louise, the “Jewel of the Rockies”.  Visit Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks.  Perhaps rent a canoe at either Moraine or Lake Louise and see the area from a different perspective.  A hike around the area will sure to invigorate your body.

Standard Hotel: Lake Louise Inn or similar
 

Day 5

Lake Louise to Jasper (236 km)

Today travel the scenic Icefields Parkway. The Icefields Parkway is Canada’s second-highest paved highway, and is among the country’s most scenic drives. A kaleidoscope of new experiences is yours to discover amidst the waterfalls, mountain lakes and awesome glaciers, which dominate the landscape. Be sure to visit the Columbia Icefield, featuring a Parks Canada Interpretive Centre and Brewster’s famous Glacier Adventure on the Athabasca Glacier (Ice Explorer not included). The Athabasca Glacier is part of the Columbia Icefield, the greatest mass of ice outside the Arctic Circle.  The ice is 365 metres (1,200 feet) thick - about the height of the Empire State Building.  Only a few minutes away visit the Glacier Skywalk is Jasper National Parks’ newest attraction (admission not included).  Winner of the 2011 World Architecture Future Projects award, the Glacier Skywalk consists of a 400 metre interpretive boardwalk and a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley.  The walkway contains interpretive stations highlighting the ecology, geology, glaciology, Aboriginal history and social history of the area. 

Leaving the Athabasca Glacier, your camera should be ready to capture the majesty of the Athabasca Falls prior to your arrival into Jasper. Jasper, fascinating in beauty and history, is set amid some of the most rugged peaks in the Rockies.

Standard Hotel: Marmot Lodge or similar
 

Day 6

Jasper to Sun Peaks (450 km)

The Yellowhead Highway will take you on a route first explored by trappers and traders.  You will see Mount Terry Fox as well as Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, often shrouded by clouds. If time permits, explore Wells Gray Provincial Park, a nature reserve priding itself on the untamed and pristine state of its wilderness.  Continue to Sun Peaks, a year-round resort catering to families as well as sports enthusiasts.

Standard Hotel: Coast Sundance Lodge or similar
 

Day 7

Sun Peaks to Vancouver (408 km)

Driving past Kamloops, you'll traverse the stunning, sage brush-covered ranch lands along the South Thompson River.  This is still the land of vast herds of cattle and cowboys on horseback. Entering between the towering rock walls of the Fraser Canyon, you'll be amazed at the whitewater rapids of the Fraser River gushing far below.  Over 750,000 litres of water surge through the 34-metre Hell's Gate gorge every minute and a gondola ride over this part of the canyon is sure to impress (not included).  Further downstream, the lush Fraser Valley opens up into the maritime basin characteristic of the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia as you approach Vancouver, Canada's Gateway to the Pacific.

Standard Hotel: Sandman Vancouver City Centre or similar
 

Day 8

Embarkation

Transfer independently early this afternoon to the Vancouver cruise terminal where you will board your ship.

Overnight on Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam (Dinner included).

Day 9

Inside Passage

Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 10

Port of Call Juneau, Alaska

Situated at the foot of the mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, Juneau is a city made for nature lovers. There’s so much to do here that makes the most of the beautiful scenery, such as hiking, fishing and kayaking. Take a trip to the nearby Juneau Icefields or the Mendenhall Glacier, each found on Juneau’s doorstep. Due to the long daylight hours, there’s plenty of time for your perfect Juneau adventure.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 11

Port of Call Skagway, Alaska

Explore Skagway today, visiting the quaint stores and bars, and visiting the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park which has restored buildings and wooden boardwalks inviting you to take a step back in time.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 12

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay National Park is today’s port of call, with a scenic cruise journeying through this beautiful region. Listen out for the sound of chunks of ice crashing into the water – Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 13

Port of Call Ketchikan, Alaska

Set out over the waters and clinging to weathered stairways – Ketchikan, the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, is a cheerful destination found on Revillagigedo Island.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 14

Inside Passage

Today sees you embark on your last stretch of the tour, sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 15

Vancouver

After breakfast you will disembark your cruise ship in Vancouver, where your holiday comes to an end.

(Breakfast included)

An extra night in Vancouver may be required due to flight schedules.

Day 16

Arrive back home

What's Included

  • Transatlantic schedule flights
  • Economy car rental with fully inclusive insurance (upgrades available at supplement)
  • Accommodation for 7 nights as shown or of a similar standard
  • Driving directions, maps and travel documentation delivered to your 1st hotel

 

ON THE CRUISE:

  • Inside Cabin (Upgrades available at a supplement)
  • Luxurious beds featuring Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens
  • Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage
  • 100% Egyptian cotton towels
  • Premium massage showerheads
  • 5x magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
  • Complimentary fresh fruit on request
  • Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
  • Flat-panel TV and DVD player
  • Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

What's Not Included

  • National Park Entrance fees
  • Hotel Parking fees
  • One way car hire drop fee approximately $250 subject to change please check at time of booking
  • Transfers from Calgary airport to Hotel, Vancouver hotel to port and port to airport in Vancouver
  • Gratuities on the cruise at approximately $12 per day

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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