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Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies - from London

16 Days From £2129*
Departing May - September 2015
* Price shown: 13 May 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW
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Breathtaking wonders of nature

Explore America's wilderness in comfort and style on an unforgettable cruise through the 'Inside Passage' to remote Alaska and the protected seascape of Glacier Bay. Your journey into the spectacular heart of the Canadian Rockies will take in its stunning capital, Banff, beautiful Lake Louise and scenic Jasper, as well as delightful Vancouver and colourful Ketchikan.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • An Alaskan cruise exploring UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay and the scenic Inside Passage
  • Visits to Juneau, remote Skagway and colourful Ketchikan
  • Take in Banff, the stunning capital of the Rockies
  • Tour the scenery of the Rockies, via sparkling Lake Louise, on the Icefields Parkway
  • Discover Vancouver, often voted the 'best place in the world to live'
  • Seven nights' room-only accommodation in a series of three-star hotels in Banff (2 nights), Jasper (1), Sun Peaks (1) and Vancouver (3)
  • Seven nights' full-board inside cabin accommodation on board a five-star Holland America line cruise ship
  • Return flights to Calgary, returning from Vancouver
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager (The ship's staff and crew will take care of you during your cruise)

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly direct to Calgary, home to the famous 'Stampede', and continue on into the majestic Rockies, to Banff, for a two-night stay.

Day Two

Join the optional guided tour this morning and explore Banff, undisputed 'capital' of the Rockies. Take in Surprise Corner for exquisite views of the iconic Banff Springs Hotel and venture to the summit of Sulphur Mountain by cable car. In the afternoon, perhaps join our exhilarating helicopter flight over the mountains.

Day Three

Today we'll call at beautiful Lake Louise, where turquoise waters - frozen for much of the year - are set against the awesome backdrop of the Victoria Glacier. We'll then travel the renowned Icefields Parkway - a spectacular journey through the heart of the Rockies - before continuing to Jasper, in scenic Jasper National Park.

Day Four

Your wonderful journey west continues, past majestic Mount Robson - the highest point in the Rockies - to the mountain resort of Sun Peaks and another overnight stay.

Day Five

Descending through the Coastal Ranges towards the Pacific and the beautiful city of Vancouver, board your ship for a late afternoon sailing into the Inside Passage and the wilderness State of Alaska, and settle into your cabin - your home for the next seven nights.

Day Six

As we cruise north, through the scenic Inside Passage, you can relax and enjoy the ship's vast range of facilities and dining opportunities.

Day Seven

Today we'll make an afternoon and evening call at the Alaskan capital, Juneau, in its awe-inspiring setting at the foot of the magnificent mountains from which the immense Mendenhall Glacier flows. Optional shore excursions today will include tours and exhilarating activities such as kayaking or dogsledding.

Day Eight

Enjoy a full day at Skagway, northernmost point of the cruise and our last stop before the Yukon. Part of the setting for Jack London's iconic book 'The Call of the Wild', Skagway is still a pioneering town of honky-tonk saloons and Klondike memorabilia.

Day Nine

Today we'll take a breathtaking cruise into Glacier Bay. Marvel at the ever-changing glacial seascape of this renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site where the silence is punctuated by the thunderous sound of ice splitting and crashing, in great chunks, into the water.

Day 10

The colourful town of Ketchikan, its wooden houses built over the water, is our last port of call. You will have the opportunity to join the optional shore excursion to the remote Misty Fjords National Monument, a vast wilderness reserve where some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery can be found.

Day 11

Enjoy a last day at sea as we cruise back south along the Inside Passage and the east coast of Vancouver Island.

Day 12

Arrive early in the delightful coastal city of Vancouver and transfer to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.

Day 13

On today's optional guided tour of Vancouver you'll discover restored Gastown, the kaleidoscopic thoroughfares of Chinatown, and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. You'll also be able to explore the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and ascend Grouse Mountain by cable car for the spectacular views.

Day 14

Join an optional tour, sailing through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island where you'll visit Victoria, the charming, colonial Provincial capital set around the beautiful Inner Harbour, as well as the world-famous Butchart Gardens.

Day 15

Spend a free morning exploring or perhaps searching out last-minute souvenirs, before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 16

Arrive back in the UK after a wonderful holiday.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
London Gatwick06 May 2017 £2285.00
London Gatwick13 May 2017 £2129.00
London Gatwick03 Jun 2017 £2537.00
London Gatwick17 Jun 2017 £2369.00
London Gatwick02 Sep 2017 £2299.00
London Gatwick09 Sep 2017 £2299.00
London Gatwick16 Sep 2017 £2279.00

Alaska and Canada Touring Hotels and Cruise Vessel

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities, and there will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby. You will also enjoy seven nights on board a Holland America Line cruise ship.

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Further information

Passports and visas

When travelling to Canada and the US state of Alaska, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT). The passport must also be valid for 90 days after the return date of the tour. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply online for both an eTA with Canadian Immigration (available at www.canada.ca/eta ) and an ESTA with US Immigration (available at www.cbp.gov/esta and must be completed at least 72 hours before departure). The current charges are 7 Canadian dollars and 14 US dollars respectively for British citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult both the US and Canadian Embassies as a visa may be required.
If you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the ESTA Visa Waiver Programme.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes.

Changes to your itinerary

Please note that the itinerary is reversed for the departure on 17th September 2016, starting in Vancouver and ending in Calgary. It will depart from London Heathrow, instead of from London Gatwick, and fly with Air Canada.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Shore excursions

Shore excursions during the cruise can be booked on board the ship.

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver and tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 15-20 per cent of the bill and in a bar leave a dollar or so per drink. Gratuities on board Holland America Line ships are not included in your holiday price, and are automatically charged at a cost of $11.50 per person per day.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Hotel rooms

Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

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Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies - from GatwickScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 111 reviews
(8 out of 10)

ANTHONY

Newbury Couple
Overall I have rated this as a 4 star holiday though it had many 5 star features. The main reasons were the 12 hour daytime outward flight to Vancouver is just a very uncomfortable start. The initial Tour Manager in Vancouver was not impressive. The Holland America cruise offered a great itinerary and shipboard facilities were good. To get the best out of the cruise it was however necessary to pay for extras and at very high prices. The range of excursions was excellent but again generally prices were very high. The coach trip from Vancouver through the Rockies to Calgary was very interesting largely because of an outstanding Tour Manager and Driver but the quality of hotels varied and a majority of 1 night only stops is not ideal. Overall Newmarket could have provided much more information in advance so that we could have prepared much better for the trip not least so that our packing would have been much less and more appropriate!
Confirmed traveller: 02 October 2016
Published on: 10 October 2016
(9 out of 10)

PHILOMENA

harrow weald Couple
very enjoyable, but Holland America are very high pressured at selling
Confirmed traveller: 02 October 2016
Published on: 09 October 2016
(5 out of 10)

JAMES

Pontlottyn Couple
I was supposed have had a category D cabin on the cruise and was on deck 3 with all the other category D's. They all had patio doors and I was the only cabin with a window but when I went to reception to enquire they didn't oblige my enquiry and were not very helpful at all although I explained to them it had been prior arranged for a special occasion !!!!!
Confirmed traveller: 25 September 2016
Published on: 05 October 2016
(9 out of 10)

DAVID

Couple
Memorable holiday.

Suggestions for future improvements:
- the food on Air Transat was poor: consider another airline?
- our guide was excellent, with encylopaedic knowledge, but it would have been nice sometimes to enjoy the scenery without non-stop commentary.
- it was disappointing that we had to hunt for breakfast every day on land before setting off: would have preferred to pay extra for that to have been included.
- Sandman hotel in Vancouver not satisfactory.
- include 1/2-day Vancouver tour within the basic package?
- full day trip to Victoria was extremely long and tiring on the day before final departure: better on the preceding day.
Confirmed traveller: 25 September 2016
Published on: 05 October 2016
(9 out of 10)

MICHAEL

sherborne, dorset Couple
Every thing went well >We were Very, Very disappointed with the cabin on board ship. When we booked we asked for an outside cabin, Yes you gave us one BUT it overlooked the staff stair ways and was at the very end of the ship so you could not see anything until we sailed past. Totally Disgraceful. As you are aware I have travelled with Newmarket for many years and WE feel terribly let down , fellow travellers had a better deal Michael Boddington.
Confirmed traveller: 25 September 2016
Published on: 05 October 2016
(10 out of 10)

JEREMY

Fareham Couple
Being met by a very pleasant team in Calgary with a clean and smart coach we traveled over land through the Rocky Mountains. Seeing some of the most spectacular views till we arrived at Vancouver were handed over to the excellent crew of the Volendam were we got a true 5star cruise and experience some fantastic shore trip arranged by Holland American cruise line. On arriving back at Vancouver we were met by our courier and taken care of in a true Newmarket Holiday fashion before returning to the U.K.
Confirmed traveller: 25 September 2016
Published on: 02 October 2016
(9 out of 10)

JEREMY

Ottery St Mary Couple
A busy,brilliant time with a really informative,friendly, tour manager,who pulled out all the stops for us. All the hotels were fine , and the position of them was really good.
The flight was disappointing, as the food was poor and inadequate, and the cabin staff did not seem interested in their job, perhaps they were at the end of a long shift?
The cruise ship was good, although we thought the excursions expensive but enjoyed those we did those we did.
We were very impressed with Canada and Alaska, the scenery was stunning, the people were really friendly and we cannot wait to discover more of Canada.
Confirmed traveller: 18 September 2016
Published on: 04 October 2016