Trans-Canada Explorer + Alaska Cruise (Zuiderdam)

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Trans-Canada Explorer + Alaska Cruise (Zuiderdam)

The best of Canada from East to West followed by a cruise of the awe-inspiring Inside Passage and on to Alaska - this ultimate experience reveals the beauty and diversity of this extraordinary environment.

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  • It's the perfect way to see Alaska
  • Grizzly Bear, British Columbia
  • Niagara Falls
  • Bird's eye view of Vancouver
  • The glaciers near Juneau are awe inspiring
  • Victoria
  • Columbia Icefield
  • Inside Passage wildlife
  • Take a glorious peak at the Inside Passage
  • Mount Robson, Jasper
  • Lake Louise, Banff National Park
  • Mendenhall Glacier (optional from Juneau)
  • Mendenhall Glacier (optional)
  • Banff National Park
  • Calgary and the Saddledome
  • Skagway's Mascot Saloon
  • Skagway's Old Railroad House
  • Jasper National Park
  • Toronto and the CN Tower
  • Alaska's Glacier Bay is magnificent
  • Looking for whales
  • Museum Of Civilization, Ottawa
  • Rideau Canal, Ottawa
  • Tracy Arm View
  • Cruising in Glacier Bay
  • Ottawa Parliament Buildings
  • The Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa
  • Vancouver
  • Enjoy 2 extra nights in Vancouver

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Toronto.

Fly to Toronto where you will transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2 : Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto.

See Toronto's major landmarks today, including the CN Tower and Roger's Stadium. Later, visit thundering Niagara Falls. View the falls from above and onboard the sightseeing cruise, for a close up view from the river below the falls. Note: The operation of the sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. Usually favourable conditions occur from May to October. If unfavourable conditions occur a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be offered.

DAY 3 : Toronto - Kingston - Ivy Lea - Ottawa.

Leave Ontario's capital and stop in Kingston, a city with an exciting history dating back more than 300 years. Continue to quaint Gananoque and Ivy Lea, where you'll enjoy a scenic cruise along the St Lawrence River, past wooded islands dotted with beautiful summer homes. Then proceed along the St Lawrence River to Ottawa, standing at the confluence of the Ottawa, Gatineau and Rideau rivers.

DAY 4 : Ottawa.

This morning see the Canadian Mint, the embassy district, stately Parliament Hill and Rideau Falls. Also visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stables, a living tribute to Canadian heritage and history. Suggestions for this afternoon include a visit to the magnificent Canadian Museum of Civilisation or the array of restaurants and shops at the lively Byward Market. Note: Due to seasonal hours, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables will be closed and unavailable for the following departures: 24 April; 4, 11, 18, 25 September; 2 October 2014.

DAY 5 : Ottawa - Quebec City area.

We head into the French-Canadian province of Quebec, where you'll notice a sudden change in language and tradition. A late afternoon arrival in historic Quebec City, the heart of French Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 6 : Quebec City area.

This morning take an optional excursion to Erabliere le Chemin du Roy Sugar Cabin for breakfast and a guided visit with a presentation about maple extraction. Afterwards return to Quebec City for a guided tour of Canada's only walled city, crowned by the great turrets of the Chateau Frontenac. Within the walls is the Place d'Armes, the Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle and ancient Place Royale. Also see the stone houses crowding the narrow streets of Lower Town by the St Lawrence River and the historic Plains of Abraham.

DAY 7 : Quebec City area - Montreal.

Head south, and late this morning cosmopolitan Montreal comes into view. As you enter the city, the canted tower of the Olympic Stadium are clearly visible. Major attractions on this afternoon's sightseeing tour include once walled Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica, the Seminary of St Sulpice, Mont Royal and modern Montreal. In the evening be sure to try out one of the many sidewalk cafés.

DAY 8 : Montreal - Calgary.

Transfer to Montreal airport for your flight to Calgary, Canada's 'cowboy' capital.

DAY 9 : Calgary - Banff.

On your included tour you will see many of the city's attractions, including downtown, Fort Calgary, the Olympic Ski Jump and the Saddledome. Afterwards head through the foothills and into Banff National Park, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies. On arrival join the optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for a thrilling gondola ride.

DAY 10 : Banff.

With the day free, perhaps take the optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies, or visit one of Banff's many natural features including hot springs, hoodoos, lakes and waterfalls.

DAY 11 : Banff - Lake Louise - Jasper.

A day of scenic grandeur. First to Lake Louise: its cold turquoise waters are a perfect natural mirror reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the coach scales two mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop for a snowcoach ride on the 1200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield. Afterwards enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper townsite upon arrival. Note: Unfavourable weather conditions may affect the availability of the snowcoach excursion.

DAY 12 : 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 13 : Jasper - Mount Robson - Kamloops.

This morning leave Jasper following the Fraser River to the base of spectacular Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Kamloops.

DAY 14 : Kamloops - ferry crossing - Victoria.

Travel through British Columbia's mountain region to its majestic Pacific coastline. This afternoon sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands to Victoria. Sightseeing today includes world-famous Butchart Gardens, Bastion Square and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. Note: Due to changes in the ferry schedule throughout the season, the visit to Butchart Gardens is planned during the morning of Day 15 on some departures.

DAY 15 : Victoria.

The day is yours to explore Victoria further at your own pace. There are many sightseeing attractions to experience, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel, whale watching and shopping along Government Street.

DAY 16 : Victoria - Vancouver.

Board the ferry to the British Columbia mainland. On arrival it's a short drive to Vancouver, where city sightseeing includes Stanley Park, Gastown and Chinatown. The remainder of the day is free.

DAY 17 : MS Zuiderdam 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 18 : 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 19 : 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 20 : 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 21 : 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 22 : 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 23 : 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 24 : Vancouver - UK.

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

DAY 25 : Home landing in the UK.

Holiday Highlights

  • Niagara Falls Sightseeing cruise
  • St Lawrence Islands National Park Scenic cruise
  • Banff National Park
  • Columbia Icefield Snowcoach ride
  • Victoria City tour including Butchart Gardens
  • 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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