16 Day fly tour from Gatwick - June - September 2020
5* Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies
AMERICA'S FAR NORTH
Enjoy an unforgettable tour and cruise showcasing some of North America’s – and indeed the world’s – most breath-taking natural wonders.
The undoubted highlight of this extraordinary holiday will be a seven-night cruise on board a superbly appointed, five-star Holland America Line cruise ship. Board your ship in Vancouver, after a journey through the Rocky Mountains, and sail through the Inside Passage to wild, remote Alaska. You'll call at Glacier Bay, a UNESCO-World Heritage gateway to one of North America’s last great wildernesses, before you complete your thoroughly enthralling holiday with a stay in glittering Vancouver.
A seven-night cruise through Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage
Visits to Juneau, Skagway and colourful Ketchikan
Time in Banff, the stunning capital of the Rockies
Tour the scenery of the Rockies, via sparkling Lake Louise, on the Icefields Parkway
Discover Vancouver, voted one of the best places in the world to live
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Seven nights' room-only accommodation in a series of three-star hotels in Banff (2 nights), Jasper (1), Sun Peaks (1) and Vancouver (3), plus one night on the aircraft
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 throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager (the ship's staff and crew will take care of you during your cruise)
Day One - Fly to Croatia or Italy
Fly west to the oil-and-cattle town of Calgary, meet your tour manager and board our coach for a scenic journey up into the towering Rocky Mountains. Spend two nights, here, in the exquisite mountain capital, Banff, surrounded by breath-taking setting.
Day Two – At leisure in Banff
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.
Day Three – Visit Lake Louise and travel along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper
Another breath-taking day awaits as you re-board the coach and journey to beautiful Lake Louise, its turquoise waters – frozen for much of the year – set against the awesome backdrop of imposing Victoria Glacier. This afternoon, continue your 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. Spend the night here, and soak up the atmosphere of one of Canada’s most "western" townships.
Day Four – Journey through the Rockies to Sun Peaks
Your 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 to the delightful mountain resort of Sun Peaks where you'll spend the night.
Enjoy a last evening in the Rockies, before tomorrow’s journey through the Coastal Ranges begins.
Day Five – Travel to Vancouver and board your cruise ship
This morning we descend, through the Coastal Ranges, to the Pacific and the beautiful Pacific-rim city of Vancouver. Board your Holland America Line cruise ship ahead of the late-afternoon sailing. Settle in to your stateroom, or join fellow passengers on deck for the voyage out into the Strait of Georgia, as you leave the magnificent Vancouver skyline in your wake and head north towards the wilderness state of Alaska.
Later, enjoy dinner and your first evening on board.
Day Six – Cruise the Inside Passage
Awake to enjoy a day at sea, as your ship cruises the waters of Alaska’s scenic Inside Passage. This narrow waterway is surrounded on both sides by a thickly forested land of mountains and glaciers, and the very occasional settlement (while this region is nowhere near as inhospitable as the Alaskan north, it is still referred to as The Last Frontier). Take a turn on deck, keep watch for aquatic life, and enjoy the ship’s wide range of on-board amenities.
Day Seven – Call at Juneau
Today you'll call in the Alaskan capital, Juneau, in its awe-inspiring setting at the foot of the magnificent mountains from which the immense Mendenhall Glacier flows. Built with the proceeds of gold prospecting, Juneau, which is only accessible by air or sea, is a surprisingly chic and stylish city framed by dense forest.
Optional shore excursions on offer will include guided city tours, a fascinating trip to the nearby Mendenhall , and activities like kayaking or dog-sledding.
Day Eight – Visit Skagway
Skagway, the northernmost point of your cruise, was the historic gateway to the Yukon Territory. It was from here that tens of thousands of hopeful adventurers once set off into the wilderness, many never to return, and it remains a pioneering town of honky-tonk saloons and Klondike memorabilia. A fascinating shore excursion to Klondike Gold Rush National Park will reveal one of American history’s most colourful chapters, and some of the improbable characters that lived through it.
Day Nine – Sail through Glacier Bay
Today brings, arguably, the scenic highlight of your cruise, as your ship sails into breath-taking, UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay. Formed by the slow retreat of the Grand Pacific Glacier over the last two centuries, the Bay brings the opportunity not only to view the towering edge of the ice 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.
Day 10 – Explore Ketchikan
The last of your Alaskan ports is the southernmost settlement of Ketchikan, with its historic wooden buildings, boardwalks and profusion of arts and crafts stores. From here, many will wish to join the optional shore excursion by floatplane to the remote Misty Fjords National Monument.
Day 11 – Sail back along the Inside Passage
Enjoy a last day at sea, cruising the Inside Passage, and making the most of life aboard your wonderfully appointed Holland America Line ship.
This evening, a farewell dinner completes your wonderful cruise experience.
Day 12 – Arrive in Vancouver
This morning your ship returns to the glittering waterfront city of Vancouver, and you disembark to begin a three-night stay. Step ashore to meet your tour manager, and transfer to your hotel. After checking in, you'll have the rest of the day free to take in the sights and sounds of a city that is often listed among the best places in the world to live.
Day 13 – See the sights of Vancouver
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 and the wilderness beyond to brave the famous Capilano Bridge.
Day 14 – Optional visit to Vancouver Island
Today you'll have the chance to enjoy an 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. This hugely enjoyable trip also includes a visit to world-famous, 50-acre Butchart Gardens, after which you’ll return to beautiful Vancouver to spend a last evening in the city.
Day 15 – Final morning in Vancouver and flight home
After time for last-minute shopping and sightseeing, you'll transfer to the airport to check in for your overnight flight.
Day 16 – Arrive back in the UK
Today you'll return home, at the end of a wonderful Alaskan holiday.
Alaska and Canada Touring Hotels and Cruise Vessel
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities, and there will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby. You will also enjoy seven nights on board a Holland America Line cruise ship.
Elk and Avenue Hotel, Banff (nights 1-2)
This modern hotel stands on Banff Avenue, in the heart of downtown, surrounded by mountain scenery. It has its own restaurant, a bar and a gift shop. The rooms have private facilities, telephones, TV, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Most rooms also have mini-fridges.
On selected departures you will stay at the High Country Inn, instead.
Whistler's Inn, Jasper (night 3)
On the main street of this very small township in the mountains, this hotel has two restaurants, a pub, a gift shop and an outdoor hot tub. All rooms have private facilities, TV and telephones.
Sun Peaks Lodge, Sun Peaks (night 4)
This lovely mountain inn is situated in the heart of the Sun Peaks resort, close to a variety of restaurants and bars. All the rooms have private facilities, TV with movie channels, safes, telephones, coffee-makers, irons and ironing-boards and hairdryers.
Your Alaskan Cruise Ship (nights 5-11)
Your beautiful cruise ship offers a memorable taste of 'life on the ocean waves'. Sailing with nearly one crew member to every two guests, the ship features spacious wraparound teak decks, panoramic views, abundant spacious private verandas and large staterooms.
Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel, Vancouver (nights 12-14)
This hotel boasts a central location, just a 10-minute walk from Robson Street and 20 minutes from Canada Place. It has an indoor swimming pool, and each of the guest suites has a bedroom, a separate living area, and a kitchen with a cooker, fridge and microwave.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in a conveniently located, alternative hotel of a similar standard.
Passports and visas
When travelling to Canada and the US state of Alaska, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT). The passport must also be valid for 90 days after the return date of the tour. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply online for both an eTA with Canadian Immigration (available atwww.canada.ca/eta) and an ESTA with US Immigration (available at and must be completed at least 72 hours before departure). The current charges are 7 Canadian dollars and 14 US dollars respectively for British citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult both the US and Canadian Embassies as a visa may be required.
If you have visited North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the ESTA Visa Waiver Programme.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes.
Changes to your itinerary
Please note that the itinerary is reversed for the departure on 17th September 2016, starting in Vancouver and ending in Calgary. It will depart from London Heathrow, instead of from London Gatwick, and fly with Air Canada.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Shore excursions during the cruise can be booked on board the ship.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver and tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 15-20 per cent of the bill and in a bar leave a dollar or so per drink. Gratuities on board Holland America Line ships are not included in your holiday price, and are automatically charged at a cost of $12.50 per person per day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.