Western Canada Explorer with Alaska Cruise (CJI)

24 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver

2018 Tour Details

Stunning lakes, towering peaks, breathtaking landscapes, and thrilling experiences describe this Canadian Rockies tour with an Alaska cruise. You’ll overnight aboard your Holland America cruise ship and in Vancouver, Seattle, Spokane, Cranbrook, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Whistler, and Victoria.

Tour highlights include a ride on the Ice Explorer on the 1000-foot Athabasca Glacier and a river safari on the Blue River, where you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife such as bears, eagles, moose, elk, and more. These exciting adventures, along with a western barbeque in Banff National Park and a salmon barbecue in Lillooet, are special experiences Globus includes to make your Canadian Rockies tour a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Other tour highlights include a cruise on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies; a trip to Moraine Lake, where 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the lake’s tranquil, turquoise waters; a walk in Maligne Canyon to see unique rock formations and waterfalls; and a visit to Emerald Lake, where you’ll witness turquoise-colored water and amazing scenery.

But that’s not all…watch for wildlife on your 7-night Alaska cruise as you marvel at glaciers and witness the tremendous slabs of ice break off into the sea. Explore the remote and rugged beauty of areas such as Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Ketchikan, and the amazing Inside Passage.

This is just a small sampling of the many experiences and stunning scenery included on this amazing Canadian Rockies tour with an Alaska cruise. Just be sure to bring your camera!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing
SEATTLE
Sightseeing
SPOKANE
Sightseeing
FORT STEELE
Visit the restored town
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Western ranch barbecue dinner with entertainment
LAKE LOUISE
Sightseeing including visit to Moraine Lake, Natural Bridge, and Emerald Lake
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Maligne Lake cruise and visit to Maligne Canyon
BLUE RIVER
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Scenic wildlife river safari
LILLOOET
Xwisten archaeological site with Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite salmon barbecue
VICTORIA
Orientation tour; farewell dinner
CRUISE
7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam
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.

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

  • Glacier Bay
  • Banff National Park
  • Kootenay National Park

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 14 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Victoria

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER

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

Day 2 VANCOUVER–SEATTLE

This morning’s city tour includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This afternoon, travel to the “Emerald City” of Seattle. This evening is free to start exploring on your own.

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Day 3 SEATTLE

Seattle sightseeing includes Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Seattle’s original downtown, and the city’s diverse neighborhoods. After lunch at a waterside restaurant, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may wish to take a trip to the top of the Space Needle for amazing views of the city below, visit the original Starbucks store, take a tour of underground Seattle, or spend time at the Museum of Pop Culture. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

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Day 4 SEATTLE–LEAVENWORTH–SPOKANE

Depart Seattle and stop in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth. There’s time to stroll the charming streets, visit the Nutcracker Museum, or sample local fare. Arrive in Spokane later this afternoon for an evening at leisure. You may wish to walk along the banks of the Spokane River or ride the Gondola Skyride over some of the area’s waterfalls.

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Day 5 SPOKANE–SANDPOINT–CRANBROOK

Start the day with sightseeing of Spokane, including Manito Park Gardens. Then, travel along the scenic Pend Oreille River into Idaho. Stop in charming Sandpoint, nestled on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. There’s time to browse the boutiques and galleries before traveling back into Canada and the former railway town of Cranbrook. Dinner this evening is at your resort.

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Day 6 CRANBROOK–FORT STEELE–BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Visit the restored town of FORT STEELE, where fortunes were made during the Kootenay Gold Rush. Next, drive through the steep red cliffs of Sinclair Canyon before entering BANFF NATIONAL PARK, the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Sightseeing in Banff includes stops at Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. Your home for the next three nights is the amazing Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, the hotel is internationally recognized as the “Castle of the Rockies.”

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Day 7 BANFF NATIONAL PARK

A full day at leisure to enjoy all that Banff has to offer. You may wish to take a ride on the Banff Gondola, shop for souvenirs on Main Street, or perhaps take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff.

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Day 8 BANFF NATIONAL PARK

An additional day to explore more of Banff. Your Tour Director recommends a visit to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, a stroll along Bow River, or a relaxing soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. This evening, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WESTERN BARBECUE featuring Prime Alberta Beef and musical entertainment.

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Day 9 BANFF NATIONAL PARK–LAKE LOUISE

En route to Lake Louise, a side trip showcases one of the crown jewels of the Rockies—Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Next, visit Natural Bridge, where the Kicking Horse River disappears before re-emerging through a natural span of rock. Then, visit Emerald Lake to enjoy views of the turquoise-colored water and spectacular scenery. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into your room, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this famous location. Dinner this evening is at your historic resort, whose past guests have included celebrities and royalty alike.

NOTE:
The visit to Moraine Lake is normally possible from late May to early September.

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Day 10 LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Ride an exciting ICE EXPLORER on the 1,000-foot Athabasca Glacier and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Arrive in Jasper and enjoy a 3-night stay at the alluring Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, nestled on beautiful Beauvert Lake.

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Day 11 JASPER NATIONAL PARK. EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE

This morning, CRUISE on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy clear azure water, lofty snow-capped peaks, and learn the history of Spirit Island. Before returning to Jasper, a stop is made at MALIGNE CANYON, where a short walk reveals unique rock formations and waterfalls. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Why not explore one of the many hiking trails in Jasper National Park?

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Day 12 JASPER NATIONAL PARK

A full free day to explore more of Jasper. You may want to join in on an exciting float trip down the Athabasca River, shop for a favorite souvenir, enjoy a world-famous scone from Bear’s Paw Bakery, or just kick back and relax at your resort.

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Day 13 JASPER NATIONAL PARK–BLUE RIVER–KAMLOOPS

Depart Jasper and travel to Blue River, British Columbia. Here, board a specially designed boat for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite RIVER SAFARI. As you travel up small rivers, keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife, which could include bears, eagles, moose, elk, and more. Make sure to have your camera handy! We finish the day in Kamloops.

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Day 14 KAMLOOPS–LILLOOET–WHISTLER

Continue through British Columbia to Lillooet and visit the XWISTEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, which contains over 80 identified pit houses—the traditional winter homes of the First Nations people. Afterward, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SALMON BARBECUE along with traditional dishes, such as bannock (flatbread) and whipped berries. Arrive in Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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Day 15 WHISTLER–VICTORIA

Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British city of Victoria. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing including Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening is at your leisure.

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Day 16 VICTORIA

A full free day to explore the capital city of British Columbia. You may wish to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip, visit nearby Butchart Gardens, enjoy Afternoon Tea at the historic Empress Hotel, or sample local ales at one of the city’s local craft brew pubs. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner.

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Day 17 VICTORIA–VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION)

This morning, transfer back to Vancouver, where you will transfer to the pier to embark on your Holland America cruise ship, the MS Niew Amsterdam (sailing on the May 10, 24, and August 30 departures) or the MS Volendam (sailing on the June 25, July 9, and August 6 & 20 departures).

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Day 18 SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE

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.

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Day 19 TRACY ARM & JUNEAU

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. 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.

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Day 20 SKAGWAY

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.

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Day 21 SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

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.

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Day 22 KETCHIKAN

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.

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Day 23 SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE

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.

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Day 24 VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION)

The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after Noon.

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 Tour Director

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.

BRAD NOYES

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Brad began his career in tourism as part of a very small team of passionate guides onboard the fledgling Rocky Mountaineer. Over the next 15 years, he moved his way up in the company, eventually running the Guest Services Department and helping to shape the train into a world-class experience. Twenty years later, he has owned his own travel agencies, tour companies and also written marketing materials, with a flair for working with tourism based companies. In 2007, he decided to start motorcoach touring, beginning as an international guide in China and Italy before finally deciding to focus on Canada's West Coast and the Rocky Mountains, his own backyard. He has escorted thousands of inspired guests through one of the most beautiful areas of the world.

Tour Director - BRAD NOYES

 Accommodations

Vancouver
Seattle
Spokane
Cranbrook
Banff
Lake Louise
Jasper
Kamloops
Whistler
Victoria

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Banff
Jasper
Victoria

Banff

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Discover unparalleled views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies region by helicopter. There are several options to choose from, but all deliver spectacular opportunities for a once in a lifetime experience in the Rockies.

Price Range: $$$

Jasper

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

Jasper's best rafting scenic float trips take you down the Athabasca River for a unique perspective for Jasper National Park.

Price Range: $$

Magical Mystical Maligne Canyon Walk

Magical Mystical Maligne Canyon Walk

Join us on a walk along the edge of the Maligne Canyon, the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park.

Price Range: $$

Victoria

Zipline Adventure

Zipline Adventure

Experience the exhilaration of zip lining through a coastal temperate rainforest with magnificent mountain and ocean views.

Price Range: $$

Victoria Panorama

Victoria Panorama

This flightseeing excursion is an ideal introduction to seaplane aviation and includes spectacular vistas of downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Price Range: $$

Marine and Wildlife Whale Watching

Marine and Wildlife Whale Watching

Given Southern Vancouver Island is world renowned for the rich marine wildlife, including home to resident pods of orca whales, no trip to Victoria is complete without a cruise experience.

Price Range: $$

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