British Columbia Wildlife Safari with Alaska Cruise (CWI) - 2014

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17 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver


British Columbia Wildlife Safari with Alaska Cruise
The Vancouver Harbour at dusk
The Vancouver Harbour at dusk
The scenic city of Ketchikan is know as the Salmon capital of the world
Enjoy bear-watching in Tofino, British Columbia
Go whale watching near Telegraph Cove
The beautiful harbour in Vancouver
Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792
Vancouvers skyline and harbour
The picturesque city of Juneau, nestled in the mountains
Visit Butchart Gardens with over 50 acres of floral extravagance

Vacation Overview

Tucked away in the beautiful forests and islands of British Columbia, you will embark on a fantastic new journey packed with opportunities to witness the wildlife here. Off the coast of Victoria, embark on a whale-watching cruise, and maybe see seals and porpoises; then, enjoy a visit to the Raptors Centre to learn about and see the most majestic and fascinating large bird species. In Pacific Rim National Park you can really take in the scenery, where powerful waves crash against the rugged coastline and breathtaking sunsets conclude each day. Some of the highlights of this vacation will be the quiet and intimate exploration of wild bears on a cruise through inlet bays, walking through massive forests of trees as old as 800 years, and playing in Campbell River—where you can bike, play a round of golf, or take to the river by kayak! After your wildlife sojourn, board Holland America's MS Zuiderdam cruise ship for a 7-night cruise through Alaska's stunning Inside Passage. Watch for soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. Marvel at glaciers and witness the amazing spectacle of thunder and spray as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. Soak in the local flavor of Juneau, Alaska’s capital, and see the world’s largest totem collection in Ketchikan. This is the perfect vacation for those who want to experience the natural beauty, peace, and wildlife of British Columbia and the true majesty of Alaska.

     
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VANCOUVER
Sightseeing, visit the Vancouver Aquarium; farewell dinner

VICTORIA
Sightseeing, whale-watching excursion, Butchart Gardens

DUNCAN
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided visit to the Raptors Centre

PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK
Visit to Kwisitis Visitor Centre

CATHEDRAL GROVE
Sightseeing

TOFINO
Bear-watching excursion

COOMBS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit to Coombs Old Country Market with local specialty

CAMPBELL RIVER
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Whale and nature safari excursion in Telegraph Cove

NOTE:

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


DAY 1Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver. At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming wildlife adventure.

Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 The Vancouver Harbour at dusk Vancouver Island View of downtown Vancouver 
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DAY 2Vancouver–Victoria

Enjoy an orientation tour of Vancouver, including Chinatown, Gastown, the beautiful beaches, harbor, and STANLEY PARK. Afterward, visit the VANCOUVER AQUARIUM, where you’ll have the chance to get up close to more than 50,000 amazing animals. Later, cruise across the Strait of Georgia past the rugged coastline and tranquil beaches of the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island. Arrive in Victoria, where city sightseeing includes the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. (Breakfast)

The beautiful harbour in Vancouver The Vancouver Aquarium Stanley Park features numerous unique Totem poles Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 
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DAY 3Victoria

This morning, embark on a WHALE-WATCHING CRUISE on the Pacific Ocean. Keep your camera handy as you seek out orca, minke, humpback whales, seals, and porpoises. The rest of the day is free to explore this splendid city on your own. Later, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, an estate with more than 700 varieties of flowers on 55 acres. Enjoy dinner at the original Butchart family residence. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada Visit Butchart Gardens with over 50 acres of floral extravagance The floral displays in the Butchart Gardens 
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DAY 4Victoria–Duncan–Tofino

Venture across Vancouver Island to the coast, stopping in Duncan, the “City of Totems,” where we’ll visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite RAPTORS CENTRE to meet some amazing eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. Learn about the essential role raptors play in the ecosystem. Next up: spectacular PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK, the only national park on Vancouver Island. The full force of the mighty Pacific Ocean mercilessly pounds the ever-changing shores of this rugged coastline. The evening is free to explore Tofino. Maybe stroll along the beach and enjoy a spectacular sunset. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy bear-watching in Tofino, British Columbia Vancouver Island Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 Enjoy bear-watching in Tofino, British Columbia 
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DAY 5Tofino

Enjoy today’s highlight: BEAR WATCHING! You will travel quietly along fjord inlets, with stops in sheltered bays to look for bears. Watch closely; you may see them turn over large boulders in their search for crabs, clams, and beach barnacles. Your knowledgeable guide shares information about the bears and other inlet wildlife, including seals, eagles, porpoise, and heron. During free time, consider an optional flightseeing excursion or go kayaking. An included excursion to the KWISITIS VISITORS CENTRE is available for insight on the plants and animals in Pacific Rim Park as well as its geography and history. (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Tofino–Coombs–Campbell River

This morning, a spectacular winding road takes you back to the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. Visit CATHEDRAL GROVE, home to incredible old-growth trees. The biggest in the grove is 800 years old and measures 250 feet in height and 29 feet in circumference. Next, a unique stop at the Old Country Market in Coombs, where you’ll enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local specialty and perhaps be entertained by the market’s rooftop residents. Continue to Campbell River, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” for an adventurous 3-night stay. The evening is free—maybe stroll down Discovery Pier for a chance to see salmon, eagles, or even whales. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Go whale watching near Telegraph Cove Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 The beautiful harbour in Vancouver Vancouver Island 
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DAY 7Campbell River. Excursion to Telegraph Cove

Voted by travel writers as one of the 10 best communities in Canada to visit, Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the eastern coast of northern Vancouver Island in one of the last virtually untouched areas of North America. Embark on an exciting Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SEA ADVENTURE in the “Whale Watching Capital” of British Columbia. Cruise the calm, protected waters of Johnstone Strait and the Blackfish Archipelago. Your trained Naturalist on board will identify and discuss the local marine mammals, sea birds, and wildlife. Watch for humpback whales, Stellar sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, bald eagles, and so much more. (Breakfast)

The beautiful harbour in Vancouver Vancouver Island View of downtown Vancouver Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 
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DAY 8Campbell River

Enjoy a full day at leisure to take in the breathtaking scenery and pursuits of the region. You may rent a bike, play golf, or journey to nearby Quadra Island. Continue the search for grizzly bears by joining today’s optional excursion (September to mid/late-October only). This evening, stroll along Campbell River’s scenic waterfront and relax in one of its charming restaurants or pubs. (Breakfast)

Go whale watching near Telegraph Cove 
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DAY 9Campbell River–Vancouver

This morning we make our way back to the mainland, sailing through picturesque Horseshoe Bay. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a festive farewell dinner, the perfect ending to your wildlife adventure. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Vancouver (Embarkation)

Embark Holland America’s MS Zuiderdam to begin your cruise. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Inside Passage (Scenic Cruising)

Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 12Juneau

Visit one of the most remote capital cities—Juneau. Accessible only by air and water, Juneau is located at the base of two towering mountains in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and is home to a rich Gold Rush history, Native culture, wildlife, and a wealth of natural wonders. Shop for gold nuggets, visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive river of ice that is 12 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The picturesque city of Juneau, nestled in the mountains 
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DAY 13Skagway

Once a major port for gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon, today you can still ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway up past Deadhorse Gulch to see what it was like ages ago. Step back in time as you stroll the wooden sidewalks of the town, preserved as a U.S. National Historic Park. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 14Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic Cruising)

This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects a unique ecosystem in an ever-changing glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea—making for lasting memories. National Park rangers accompany the ship, adding expert commentary to the day’s events. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 15Ketchikan

Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale, and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Saxman Totem Park or Totem Bight State Historic Park. Or, explore Creek Street, now home to contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 16Inside Passage (Scenic Cruising)

Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 17Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Transfers provided to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after Noon. (Breakfast)

The beautiful harbour in Vancouver The Vancouver Harbour at dusk Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 View of downtown Vancouver 
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Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 10 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Vancouver


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LYNDA BROWN

Years of Experience: 15 years

Born in Calgary, I caught the travel bug while teaching in Europe-and I haven't looked back since! Western Canada is my preferred travel destination, and having the Rockies in my backyard to enjoy year round is indeed a privilege! I've also had the thrill of introducing many visitors to Calgary's famous Stampede every July. I'm a proud Canadian and proud Calgarian. I am here to share the pride and love I have for my country-its people, culture, food, geography, and history.



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