Canada & Alaska Cruise

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - London - Arrival Calgary (D)

Depart from London to Calgary. Upon arrival at Calgary International Airport, the group is met in the arrival area. Direct transfer on the coach with driver-guide to the hotel. Overnight at the Sandman Hotel or similar in Calgary City Centre.

Day 2 - Calgary – Banff (B, L, D)

In the morning after breakfast, we take a short city tour in a coach with driver-guide showing the most important sites such as Stampede Grounds, downtown core, Eau Claire Market, Chinatown, Bow Valley, Fort Calgary and Calgary Tower.
After the city tour, we continue to Banff a journey which takes about 1 ½ hours for a sightseeing tour through the town of Banff and its environs. There we will see amongst others the Hoodoos, Surprise Corner, and Bow Falls, Banff Springs Hotel, enjoying a breath-taking Gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain (admission included), Lake Minnewanka and Tunnel Mountain Drive. Lunch included at the restaurant on top of Sulphur Mountain. Dinner in the Restaurant.
Overnight at the Rundlestone Lodge or similar.

Day 3 - Banff – Jasper (B, L, D)

After a full breakfast at the hotel, we have an early morning departure in a coach with driver-guide to Lake Louise and from there on the most scenic highway in the Rocky Mountains, the Icefield Parkway. Along the way, we will stop at Bow and Peyto Lake before a short detour is made to Rocky Mountain House for 20 minutes Cline Glacier Explorer Tour by helicopter. We then continue to Columbia Icefield for a ride with the Ice Explorer, lunch is included along the way. We make further stops on the way to Jasper at Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, time permitting. Dinner at the restaurant included. Overnight at the Marmot Lodge or similar.

Day 4 - Jasper (B, L, D)

After a full breakfast at the hotel today we have a full day excursion with driver-guide. We will first lead to Maligne Canyon for a short walk alongside the gorge. Then we continue to Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake. We return to Jasper for a tour of the town, explore Patricia and Pyramid Lake, lunch included at the restaurant. Dinner at the restaurant included. Overnight at the Marmot Lodge or Similar

Day 5 - Departure Jasper (B/L, D)

After a full breakfast at the hotel today, we are heading westward to Kamloops. The group drives along the Yellowhead Highway past that enormous heap of rock, Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. From here we drive deep into the interior of British Columbia. The route takes us along the Thompson River, through the Shuswap Highlands to Kamloops and the rolling, dusty ranch land of the interior plateau. Overnight at Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre, or similar

Day 6 - Kamloops - Vancouver (B/L.D)

After a full breakfast at the hotel today we leave the dusty, rolling ranch land of "cowboy country" and follow the dramatic course of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers, the road clinging to sheer canyon walls within the turbulent waters rushing below. Approaching the Pacific Coast, the canyon opens into a broad fertile valley with mountain backdrops. Our destination is Vancouver, a vibrant seaside city framed by the Coastal Mountains. Overnight at the Coast Plaza Hotel or similar.

Day 7 - North Vancouver (B, L, D)

After a full breakfast at the hotel today the group steps into the gondola for the elevation high up Grouse Mountain for a breath-taking view over Vancouver, Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet (weather permitting). Lunch at the restaurant up Grouse Mountain. On the way back to Vancouver we visit Capilano Canyon and Suspension Bridge with Treetops Adventure and Cliff walk. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight at the Coast Plaza Hotel or similar.

Day 8 - Departure Vancouver (B, L, D)

After a full breakfast at the hotel today the group departs on the chartered vehicle with driver-guide on a half day city tour of Vancouver showing sites such as English Bay, Stanley Park, Canada Place, Gastown, Chinatown, Lions Gate Bridge, Granville Island and Robson Street. The tour ends at the cruise ship terminal for embarkation on Alaska cruise.

Day 8 to Day 14 - Cruise

Vancouver, British Columbia, Inside Passage, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Ketchikan, Vancouver.

Day 14 - Vancouver (B, L.D)

Meet & greet at cruise ship terminal. Group is picked up by a shuttle coach for the transfer to Richmond south of Vancouver where we will depart on a whale watching cruise to see orcas and other marine life such as i.e. Dalls porpoises, seals, seas lions and bald eagles. Simple lunch on board included. Return by shuttle coach of the whale watching company. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for souvenir shopping. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at Coast Plaza Hotel or similar.

Day 15 - Departure Vancouver (B)

Full breakfast at the hotel. Depending on the departure time of the flight direct transfer to Vancouver International Airport for check-in with the airline.

Day 16 - Arrive in London

Say goodbye to all our new friends.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

• 8 nights’ accommodation in twin/double rooms at the hotels listed in the room categories listed, depending on availability at time of booking
• Transfers and transportation in mini coaches with driver (no board washrooms) as listed including deadheads
• Meet & greet at airport Day 1 and cruise ship terminal Day 14
• Luggage handling in and out at the hotels (1 bag per person)
• National Park fees, Vancouver Parks fee
• Admissions to attractions as listed: Banff Gondola, Cline Glacier helicopter tour, Ice Explorer, Grouse Mountain gondola, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Whale watching tour inclusive of transfers.
• In case of changes in tax regulations or major fuel rate increases, rates will be amended.
• Return International Flights on British Airways
• All meals as mentioned above
• 7 nights on Alaska Cruise with Celebrity Cruises in Inside Rooms (full board with varieties of Indian meals too)
• All tips included in the price.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

• Excess luggage
• other meals than listed as included, drinks with meals
• other fees and admissions than listed as included
• Anything stated as optional


SPECIAL NOTE UNLIKE OTHER TOUR OPERATORS OUR PRICES INCLUDE ALL RIDES AS MENTIONED ABOVE.
PLUS DIRECT INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON BRITISH AIRWAYS
OURS IS A 16 DAY TOUR ON FULL BOARD BASIS INSTEAD OF 14 DAYS ON HALF BOARD BASIS.