Natural Wonders of the Rockies & Alaska Cruise
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Be truly moved by the spectacular setting of the Canadian Rocky Mountains aboard the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train. Weave along the mountain sides as you journey alongside steep canyons, unlocking a hidden world of unparalleled beauty. With stays in charming resort towns like Banff and Lake Louise, there is so much to see & do. On arrival to the city of Vancouver your welcomed to the gateway of adventure, where you sail onboard the Queen Elizabeth with Cunard to the frozen wilderness of Alaska. Witness the rugged coastal landscapes and hard-to-reach wilderness areas. Whether whale watching from your suite or stateroom or exploring The Great Land on shore, only on Queen Elizabeth can you immerse yourself in Alaska and experience all of this.
Day 1 Arrive in Calgary
After your flight, make your way to your Calgary Airport Hotel* where you will spend the rest of the evening. *Airport hotel is dependent on flight time this can be amended to a Downtown property
Day 2 3 Calgary to Banff
Making your way along the Trans-Canada Highway to Banff will take you through the beautiful Kananaskis region prior to the soaring Rocky Mountains coming into view. Enjoy the next 2 days exploring this beautiful mountain town with her peaks soaring above. Relax in the Hot Springs or head up Sulphur Mountain on a scenic gondola ride to enjoy incredible views. If you would like an authentic Western Canada experience why not book a Cowboy Cookout for a horse or wagon ride in the evening prior to a hearty meal.
Day 4 Banff to Lake Louise
Your scheduled transfer will take you to Lake Louise and probably one of the most famous lakes in the world. Explore this little mountain village packing a huge punch when it comes to the scenery she offers. Revel in the beauty of Lake Louises turquoise shores from a hike or horse ride up to the Lake Agnes Tea House. Overnight Lake Louise
Day 5 Rocky Mountaineer Lake Louise to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Lake Louise on a journey to Kamloops in the in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. The journey will travel between glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels. Todayss highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking JHorse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie where the last spoke of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Kamloops in moderate accommodation.
Day 6 Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to Vancouver
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On todays journey guests will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hells Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Vancouver
Day 7 Vancouver
Arrive at the cruise terminal in Vancouvers wonderful Canada Place. Check in to your stateroom for the next 11 days at sea on a journey of discovery to Alaska.
Day 8 Cruising the Inside Passage
The Inside Passage is an enchanting scenic waterway stretching from Vancouver all the way up to Alaska, including some of Alaskas beautiful islands that you will see along the way.
Day 9 Glacier Bay
You will never forget the sound of the glaciers calving as it sends a hush through the whole ship and you take in the enormous cliff-flanked fjords and remarkable wilderness. Enjoy a day of cruising through Glacier Bay which is a wildlife lovers dream with humpback and killer whales breaching the water below.
Day 10 Skagway, Alaska
Known as the best-preserved Gold Rush town, Skagway is a very historical town with so much history and local charm to discover. Spend the day discovering the enchanting Gold Rush story and visiting the wonderful historical buildings that the gold prospectors built.
Day 11 Sitka
This hidden beauty on the west shore of Baranof Island is stepped in Russian heritage. Sitkas National Historical Park is the oldest National Park in Alaska and this makes for an extraordinary visit.
Day 12 Hubbard Glacier
Witness this magnificent natural beauty up close as you sail by this glacial wonder with its thundering calving that make towering icebergs that can be 3-4 stories in height.
Day 13 Juneau, Alaska
Home of one of the largest wilderness areas in the United States it is abundant with wildlife, including orca and humpback. Explore glaciers including the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, Juneaus most accessible glacier.
Day 14 Ketchikan, Alaska
Circled by lush green landscape and with evergreen mountains sprouting out of the waters, the surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful due to the abundant rainfall of the rainforest environment. Explore the historical town.
Day 15 At Sea
Returning back to the Canadian waters you will cruise the scenic Inside Passage again and keep your eyes peeled for the enchanting wildlife that call this coastline home.
Day 16 Victoria
The capital of British Columbia possesses a unique blend of historic charm and contemporary charisma. there is ample opportunity for whale watching and wildlife viewing.
Day 17 Fly from Vancouver
Your cruise arrives back into port in the early morning, giving you time for a last whip around the shops in Vancouver, or a final afternoon in the sunshine by English Bay before you make your way to the airport for your return flight home.
ESTA online application for entry to the USA
Important: All cruise passengers must complete the online Visa Waiver form by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov which is needed for entry into the US at a cost of $14 per person.
You must complete an ESTA application at least 72 hours before flying. Any traveller who fails to complete an ESTA application at least 3 days before departure will almost certainly be refused entry into the country under new US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations. If you are even considering visiting the States, its worth filling out an ESTA application now as they are valid for two years.Important: If you are refused entry because you do not hold the correct travel documents or have had your application for ESTA rejected you will NOT be entitled to any form of refund or covered by your travel insurance policy.