Heart of the Canadian Rockies + Alaska Cruise (Volendam)

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Heart of the Canadian Rockies + Alaska Cruise (Volendam)

Journey through the awe inspiring scenery of the Rockies before joining your Holland America cruise through the beautiful waters of the Inside Passage and on to Alaska.

20 days from

£2862

per person

(based on 08/09/2014 departure date)

  • It's the perfect way to see Alaska
  • Jasper National Park
  • Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
  • Bird's eye view of Vancouver
  • The glaciers near Juneau are awe inspiring
  • Calgary and the Saddledome
  • Lake Louise, Banff National Park
  • Inside Passage wildlife
  • Take a glorious peak at the Inside Passage
  • Columbia Icefield
  • Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies
  • Mendenhall Glacier (optional from Juneau)
  • Mendenhall Glacier (optional)
  • Butchart Gardens, Victoria
  • A Stanley Park totem pole, Vancouver
  • Skagway's Mascot Saloon
  • Skagway's Old Railroad House
  • Vancouver
  • Alaska's Glacier Bay is magnificent
  • Looking for whales
  • Tracy Arm View
  • Cruising in Glacier Bay
  • Vancouver
  • Enjoy 2 extra nights in Vancouver

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Calgary.

Fly to Calgary where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 2 : Calgary - Banff.

On this morning's included tour you'll see many of Calgary's attractions, including historic Fort Calgary and the Saddledome. Then drive into Banff National Park, and the mountain resort of Banff, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

DAY 3 : Banff.

The day is yours to enjoy the many pleasures of Banff, one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts. Perhaps take an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies?

DAY 4 : Banff - Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper.

Travel first to Lake Louise, its azure-blue waters a perfect natural mirror, reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges, and lakes come into view as you head through two mountain passes. After stopping at the Columbia Icefield for an exciting snowcoach ride over the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier, arrive in the picturesque resort of Jasper, where you will enjoy an orientation tour of the town. There will also be a chance to join an optional raft trip down the Athabasca River. Note: Unfavourable weather conditions may affect the availability of the Columbia Icefield snowcoach excursion.

DAY 5 : Jasper.

Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The rest of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer—from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.

DAY 6 : Jasper - Mount Robson - Kamloops.

Today, follow the Fraser River to the base of spectacular Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues alongside the mighty Thompson River with spectacular vistas of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.

DAY 7 : Kamloops - Victoria.

Enjoy more spectacular landscapes as you travel through British Columbia's lush Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline. Sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, to Victoria, the provincial capital and western Canada's oldest city. Your afternoon sightseeing features visits to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, Bastion Square and Thunderbird Park, with its unusual collection of totem poles. In the evening, how about a stroll around the lovely waterfront? Note: On some departures, the visit to Butchart Gardens will be on Day 8.

DAY 8 : Victoria.

The day is yours to experience more of the many attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum or whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In the evening, there is a chance to join an optional tour of Chinatown.

DAY 9 : Victoria - Vancouver.

Today, set sail back to Vancouver across the Strait of Georgia. On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing drive on the way to your hotel. You'll see Vancouver's Chinatown, Gastown, beautiful beaches and harbour, and tour Stanley Park.

DAY 10 : MS Volendam Cruise - Departure.

You'll be driven to the Holland America Line Cruise terminal for embarkation. Sailing time is around 5pm. This evening enjoy a lavish a-la-carte dinner. Includes Dinner

DAY 11 : Inside Passage cruising.

The beauty of the Inside Passage will amaze you as you cruise past 1,000 miles of epic scenery, towering glaciated mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands and virgin forests. There is also plenty of animal and marine life to look out for including sea lions, eagles and porpoises. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 : Juneau.

An afternoon arrival in Juneau, Alaska's capital. The city has a Gold Rush story to rival that of Klondike and is only accessible by seaplane or boat. An optional wildlife cruise and salmon fishing will normally be available, and you'll also have the opportunity to take an optional excursion to Juneau's own glacier, Mendenhall. This impressive river of blue ice is about 1.5 miles wide and over 12 miles long! Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 : Skagway.

Morning arrival in Skagway, Alaska's gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada's Yukon. Skagway was the turbulent staging point for prospectors and still has old-fashioned weathered boardwalks and old-time saloons. Optional sightseeing includes a ride in a vintage parlour car to see the White Pass and Yukon route. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore some more, before setting sail again late this evening. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 : Glacier Bay.

Cruise into spectacular Glacier Bay early this morning, where forests give way to a rugged landscape rising to rocky peaks. Sixteen huge mountains converge to create an awe-inspiring panoramic wonder, a dramatic scene of awesome glaciers and massive icebergs. Wildlife is abundant, and you may spot eagles, seals, mountain goats, moose and bears in their natural habitat. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 : Ketchikan.

A morning arrival in colourful Ketchikan, situated on Revillagigedo Island and known as the 'salmon capital of the world'. Here, a picturesque harbour shelters fishing boats and seaplanes. A wide choice of optional excursions will be available, including an outing to see Indian Heritage Villages, Totem Bight State Park and 'flightseeing' to Misty Fjords National Monument. Evening departure from Ketchikan. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16 : At sea.

Continue cruising south along British Columbia's spectacular coastline. Animal and marine life are abundant in this area and with a little luck you may spot a pod of graceful orca whales. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17 : Vancouver - UK.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

DAY 18 : Home landing in the UK.

Holiday Highlights

  • Calgary City sightseeing including Fort Calgary
  • Banff National Park
  • Lake Louise
  • Columbia Icefield Snowcoach ride
  • Victoria City sightseeing and visit to Butchart Gardens
  • Vancouver City sightseeing
  • Vancouver
  • Inside Passage Cruising
  • Juneau
  • Skagway
  • Glacier Bay Cruising
  • Ketchikan

Why Book With Cosmos Tours & Cruises?

  • Greater flexibility, with tailor made options
  • Expert staff both at home and overseas
  • UK Call Centre

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