Grand Western Canada Vacation with Alaska Cruise (CGI) - 2015 / 2014

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20 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver


Grand Western Canada Vacation with Alaska Cruise
The beautiful harbour in Vancouver
The beautiful harbour in Vancouver
Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada
Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies
Vancouver Island
The scenic city of Ketchikan is know as the Salmon capital of the world
Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792
Enjoy all the wildlife of Jasper National Park
Lake Louise

Vacation Overview

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Spend time in some of Canada’s most scenic areas on this grand vacation to Canada’s national parks and mountain towns. Plus, enjoy a 7-night Alaska cruise. See stunning scenery and spend time in Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Victoria, Vancouver, and Kelowna. Take an Ice Explorer ride on the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield, and marvel at the spectacular scenery, including alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Witness panoramic views of Banff from the Banff gondola, and enjoy dinner at a winery in Kelowna.

Admire the beauty of Lake Louise, with green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Take a cruise on Maligne Lake, the largest lake and one of the most picturesque spots in the Canadian Rockies. Be sure to have your camera ready, so you can capture photos of the beautiful lake and towering peaks.

Extend the fun by boarding a Holland America 7-night cruise ship bound for majestic Alaska. Explore the remote and rugged beauty of Alaska, and watch for spouting whales, 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 just a sampling of the highlights offered on this tour. Let Globus handle the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the tranquil beauty and fun experiences on this marvelous vacation.

     
Similar Vacations that may interest you:

VANCOUVER
City sightseeing; farewell dinner

VANCOUVER–VICTORIA
Ferry ride through the Gulf Islands

VICTORIA
Orientation tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit and dinner at Butchart Gardens

WHISTLER
Visit Shannon Falls; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Breakfast at Squamish Lil’ Wat Cultural Center

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; cruise Maligne Lake

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Gondola ride up Banff’s Sulphur Mountain

BRITISH COLUMBIA WINE COUNTRY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine pairing dinner at Summerhill Pyramid Winery

NOTES:

  • The Canadian Rockies are blessed with stunning scenery and extraordinary outdoor attractions. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favorable weather conditions.
  • 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 1Arrive in Vancouver, BC

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

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

This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Catch the FERRY over to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Major attractions on your city orientation tour include the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. (Breakfast)

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

This morning is free to explore on your own; your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Next, visit world-famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUTCHART GARDENS followed by a special dinner in 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–Whistler

This morning, board a BC FERRY and cross the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Stop at SHANNON FALLS, where a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform near the base of the roaring falls. On to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. Time today to explore many of the 2010 Winter Olympics’ sites. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the spectacular views of Whistler 
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DAY 5Whistler

Today is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. You might enjoy a trip on Whistler’s Peak2Peak Gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you travel via the longest unsupported gondola span in the world. Other options include a walk in the tree tops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the spectacular views of Whistler 
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DAY 6Whistler–Sun Peaks

This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Then, journey north through the heart of the magnificent Cariboo region. Spectacular scenery abounds as you pass by rolling hills, deeply incised rivers, and sparkling lakes. Afternoon arrival in Sun Peaks, with the balance of the day at leisure. You may take advantage of an optional canoe trip on Lake McGillivray, where, surrounded by beautiful scenery, you learn about Canada’s fur trade. (Breakfast)

NOTE:
Operation of the canoe trip is subject to favorable weather conditions.

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DAY 7Sun Peaks–Jasper

Continue north, following the Yellowhead Highway and hugging the mighty North Thompson River into the province of Alberta. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) before entering JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Marvel at the precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens in this wild mountain wilderness. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Experience the Northern Lights as viewed from Alberta Absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park Enjoy all the wildlife of Jasper National Park Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies 
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DAY 8Jasper

Enjoy a short sightseeing tour to see Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Afterward, travel to glacial Maligne Lake for a narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own or perhaps take an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River, where your experienced guide will navigate as you absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park. (Breakfast)

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies Wildlife roams freely in Jasper National Park Enjoy all the wildlife of Jasper National Park Absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park 
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DAY 9Jasper–Columbia Icefield–Lake Louise–Banff

This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (Breakfast)

Lake Louise Ice Explorer Peyto Lake in Banff National Park Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada 
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DAY 10Banff

Sightseeing includes a visit to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the BANFF GONDOLA, complete with panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery. Also visit Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional float trip excursion on the Bow River or a helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks 
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DAY 11Banff–Yoho National Park–Glacier National Park–British Columbia's Wine Country

This morning, depart Banff and scale Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into British Columbia and Yoho National Park. Next, enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Descend into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the resort city of Kelowna. A special evening is in store for you with Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a dinner at a WINERY, producing some of the best wine in British Columbia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Glacier National Park in Montana Glacier National Park in Montana Yoho National Park, established in 1886 Glacier National Park in Montana 
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DAY 12British Columbia's Wine Country–Vancouver

Today, continue through the fertile Fraser Valley, with grand vistas of vineyards and orchards, before traveling over the towering Cascade Mountains into Vancouver. Upon arrival, enjoy some time at leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Vancouver Harbour at dusk Vancouver Island Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 The beautiful harbour in Vancouver 
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DAY 13Vancouver (Embarkation)

Embark Holland America’s MS Zaandam. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 14Inside 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 15Juneau

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 16Skagway

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 17Tracy Arm (Scenic Cruising)

This narrow, 26-mile-long fjord is another of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The lush rainforest recedes to reveal a stunning canyon of bare rock. The panorama of 7,000-foot mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. Waterfalls appear at every turn. Icebergs make their way to the sea in all sorts of wondrous shapes. And tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age—the twin Sawyer Glaciers, which calve icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea. Kittiwakes, mountain goats, and seals are a common sight. Whales and bears may even make an appearance in this magical place. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 18Ketchikan

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 19Inside Passage (Scenic Cruising)

Take a second spin through Alaska’s Inside Passage to enjoy the spectacular contrast from wide bays of still waters and barrier islands to narrow waterways edged with towering forested cliffs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 20Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Airport transfers are provided. Please schedule flights after Noon. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 12 three-course dinners including a special farewell dinner in Vancouver


With Globus, 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.

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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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Grand Western Canada Vacation with Alaska Cruise:

  • Glacier Bay
  • Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks