Canada Travel w/ Alaska Cruise - Cosmos® Guided Tours

Heart of the Canadian Rockies with Alaska Cruise (8915)

17 Day Tour from Calgary to Vancouver

2017 Tour Details

The Canadian Rockies are known for their stunning scenery, rugged mountains, breathtaking glaciers, mighty rivers, and gorgeous national parks. On this Heart of the Canadian Rockies tour, you’ll experience this breathtaking scenery and enjoy thrilling experiences as you overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Victoria, and Vancouver. Plus, you’ll enjoy a 7-night Alaska cruise where you’ll witness the amazing Inside Passage, one of the world’s most picturesque sea lanes with unbelievable beauty.

Enjoy two nights in Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. You’ll have time to take an optional excursion and explore the alpine meadows, glaciers, lakes, hot springs, and quaint shops on your own. You’ll also enjoy two nights in Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada. You can hike, explore the shops, and take an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island. Between Banff and Jasper, enjoy a highlight of this Canadian Rockies tour—a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle, on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Your journey between the two national parks also includes a stop in Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a natural mirror that reflects the surrounding mountains and pristine wilderness.

This tour also includes ferry crossings between Vancouver and Victoria as well as sightseeing in Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. In Victoria, your sightseeing includes world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of showcase floral exhibits. Free time in Victoria allows you to explore on your own or to take an optional excursion.

All of this and more await you on this Canadian Rockies tour designed for the savvy, value-minded traveler. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the stunning landscapes you’ll see on this once-in-a-lifetime vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Calgary, Victoria, and Vancouver; Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), Butchart Gardens, and Stanley Park. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising on Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam.

Scenic Highlights:
Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Mount Robson, Fraser River, Thompson River with spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains, British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.

NOTE:
Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Glacier Bay
  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Calgary

Welcome to Calgary! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Calgary–Banff National Park

The discovery of oil converted this ranching town into a sophisticated city. It is also home to the world-famous Calgary Stampede. Tour many of the city’s attractions, including Canada Olympic Park, and the Saddledome. Motor west through the foothills and into BANFF NATIONAL PARK, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Join the optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery.

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Day 3 Banff National Park

Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, with summer activities such as hiking, boating, and fishing. With a free day, your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Day 4 Banff National Park–Lake Louise–Columbia Icefield–Jasper National Park

Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. First stop is Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a natural mirror that reflects the surroundings. Up next: a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 1,200 feet thick. Then, journey north into JASPER NATIONAL PARK, where precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Later, your Tour Director suggests an optional float trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper townsite upon arrival.

Day 5 Jasper National Park

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

Day 6 Jasper National Park–Mount Robson–Kamloops

Depart Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues south along the mighty Thompson River, with spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 7 Kamloops–Ferry Crossing–Victoria

As you travel through British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park, and world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. This evening, consider a stroll along the lively Waterfront Promenade.

Day 8 Victoria

Today is free to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have ideas for enjoying this most British of Canadian cities. Take an optional whale-watching cruise, or you could join an optional historic walk, followed by dinner in Chinatown.

Day 9 Victoria–Ferry Crossing–Vancouver

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes STANLEY PARK, Gastown, Chinatown, and other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.

Day 10 Vancouver (Embarkation)

Embark your cruise ship.

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Day 11 Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers.

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Day 12 Juneau

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier.

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Day 13 Skagway

Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway.

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Day 14 Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

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Day 15 Ketchikan

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street.

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Day 16 Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment.

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Day 17 Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule flights after Noon.

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 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ELAINE WRIGHT

Years of Experience: 2

During my years as a tour director I have guided tours in the Western United States, the Maritime provinces, Eastern and Western Canada and Alaska. I enjoy all of the areas I have worked in but Western Canada has a special place in my heart as this has always been my home. I would love to show you the spectacular beauty of Canada and tell you stories about the interesting people who have lived here in the past as well as today. I invite you to come and experience Canada with me.

Tour Director - ELAINE WRIGHT

 Accommodations

CALGARY International Hotel Calgary (SF)
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Bow View Lodge (ST)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Marmot Lodge (F)
KAMLOOPS The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre (F)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)
VANCOUVER Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown (F)
ALASKA CRUISE Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam

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