Alaska Cruise and Canadian Rockies Tour

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $1,599
  • Length: 15 days
  • Operator: YMT Vacations
  • 800-922-9000

Tour Description

Explore exciting Seattle, a city famous for its coffee consumption and entertaining fish-hurling Pike Place Fish Market. See Alaska like never before, embarking in Vancouver and cruising along the amazing Inside Passage aboard Holland America’s five-star luxury liner, the ms Volendam. Stop in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan - all amazing Alaska locales sure to offers unique memories of the Frontier State that will last a lifetime. Witness spectacular vistas of immense chunks of glacial ice in Alaska’s Glacier Bay while pampering yourself with the exquisite accommodations, delectable cuisine, and Signature of Excellence service that Holland America provides. After your cruise, take a seven night tour into the heart of the Canadian Rockies, enjoying stops in Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, and Calgary. Along the way, planned visits or plenty of leisure time to explore great locations like Jasper National Park, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, and the Icefields Glacier Experience will make for an incredible tour itinerary filled to the brim with the majestic, natural beauty that makes the Canadian Rockies an unforgettable destination!

Please note: although all these sites are featured on all departures for this vacation, some departure dates operate in the reverse order, offering the tour portion of this vacation before the cruise portion. This difference may impact arrival and departure cities depending on the applicable itinerary. Please select your desired departure date(s) in the above drop-down menu to see the correct corresponding itinerary.

  • Experience the majestic glaciers ad fascinating wildlife of world-famous Glacier Bay - limited to others, accessible to you
  • Visit Alaska’s most interesting towns: Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan
  • Learn how the Gold Rush changed history
  • See the verdant forests, quaint towns and soaring mountains of the Inside Passage
  • Gaze in awe at the picture-postcard scenery of Banff and Lake Louise
  • Meet the neighborly townsfolk of Kamloops, British Columbia
  • Explore Jasper National Park with its abundant wildlife
  • Take a remarkable excursion on a Massive Ice Explorer to the Athabasca Glacier

Itinerary

Day 1

(Tuesday) - Fly to Seattle, WA:

Today your Alaskan adventure begins with your flight to Seattle. Upon arrival at the Seattle International Airport, guests who have purchased their airline tickets from YMT Vacations, please meet your YMT staff representative in baggage claim for meet and greet services and transfers to the hotel. Overnight at Doubletree (or similar accommodations) in the Seattle area.

Day 2

(Wednesday) - Transfer to Vancouver, BC to board Holland America’s ms Volendam:

This morning you are off to Vancouver via your spacious motor coach. En route you will pass through Washington’s evergreen forests, view her mighty Cascade Mountains and be amazed at the great lumber mills that harvest the nearby forests. Then, it’s only a short distance into Vancouver, BC. Regarded as one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver is a place where the mountains and the oceans seem to have had a love affair and given birth to a picturesque city with plenty of historical sites, including Gastown. After a brief drive through tour of the city, wave “Bon Voyage!” as you set sail under Lion’s Gate Bridge to begin your awaiting Alaska experience. Holland America’s stellar five­star service will soon take your breath away.

Day 3

(Thursday) - Scenic Inside Passage Cruising:

When explorer John Muir first sailed the Inside Passage, he could hardly tear himself away from the rail for fear of missing some new marvel. “Never before,” he wrote, “have I been embosomed in scenery so hopelessly beyond description tracing shining waves through fjord and sound, past forest and waterfall, islands and mountains.” All this while you-re gliding along in the lap of luxury that only Holland America can provide.

Day 4

(Friday) - Juneau (2:30pm - 10:30pm):

Nestled at the feet of snowcapped Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts, Alaska’s state capital is nicknamed “Little San Francisco” because of its narrow streets and flights of wooden steps hugging the hillside on which its multicolored houses are built. While visiting, you may choose to taste salmon baked over an alderwood fire, pan for gold, flightsee the Juneau Ice Field, or walk up to the Mendenhall Glacier located just outside the city limits. No matter your interests, Holland America offers a wide assortment of shore excursions sure to fill your day with adventure.

Day 5

(Saturday) - Skagway (7:00am - 9:00pm):

Where the Gold Rush began, Skagway was the turbulent staging point for prospectors hell­bent on getting to the Klondike gold fields; even in modern day, Skagway’s well­preserved history and culture brings to life the 1898 gold rush atmosphere like no other Alaska port of call. Go ashore to stroll the weathered boardwalks and drop in at old­time saloons or shop for gold nuggets. Follow along historic paths by purchasing tickets for a ride in a vintage parlor car up the historic White Horse Pass, via the narrow gauge railway. No matter how you decide to experience Skagway, you-re bound to feel the gold rush fever!

Day 6

(Sunday) - Scenic cruising Glacier Bay National Park (7:00am - 4:00pm):

One of Alaska’s noblest and most impressive natural beauties is the climax of your cruise. The overwhelming grandeur of glaciers, exotic wildlife, and pristine environment combine to offer a breathtaking view of raw nature. You’ll spend the entire day cruising a 60­mile passage, passing glaciers galore, abundant wildlife and scenic beauty unique in all the world. Great chunks of the glaciers are continually falling into the bay with a deafening roar, which enhances the fascinating spectacle ­ truly a vacation highlight!

Day 7

(Monday) - Ketchikan (10:00am - 6:00pm):

Nicknamed “the Salmon Capital of the World,” this important fishing port is also home to the world’s largest collection of Native American totem poles. You can enjoy a stroll through the picturesque waterfront district of this quaint boardwalk city built on stilts, as well as the historic and former “Red Light” district lined with gold shops, gift shops, and restaurants.

Day 8

(Tuesday) - Cruising the Inside Passage:

By now you have been totally spoiled with your way of life aboard ship. So why stop now? Make the most of the Holland America’s Signature of Excellence service, spacious staterooms, delectable cuisine, and amazing entertainment ­ all while surrounded by the magnificent vistas which surround you!

Day 9

(Wednesday) - Disembarkation and transfer to Kamloops, BC:

After disembarking, your tour of the Northwest begins as you travel to Kamloops. Characterized by a unique combination of energizing recreational activities and a warm, welcoming culture, you’ll soon understand why Kamloops is known as British Columbia’s friendliest city. Boasting over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, it’s no wonder that thousands of visitors enjoy the world­class sport facilities available in Canada’s Tournament Capital each year. Kamloops’ diverse terrain and environment will offer you the chance to partake in an array of activities, from leisurely­paced wildlife watching to hiking, while an assortment of helpful faces will make your stay nearly as comfortable as being among familiar faces at home. Overnight at the Hampton Inn or Comfort Inn (or similar accommodations) in the Kamloops area.

Day 10

(Thursday) - Transfer to Jasper, AB for Leisure Day:

In the morning, say farewell to the friendly faces of Kamloops and make your way to the heart of Jasper National Park, Canada’s largest park. Established in 1907, Jasper National park encompasses approximately 10,900 square kilometers of majestic mountain wilderness and is internationally hailed for its wildlife viewing opportunities. A quaint and quiet location in the midst of the mighty Canadian Rockies, the resort town of Jasper will quickly find a place in your heart. The rest of the day is yours; relax in town or begin to explore the amazing Jasper National Park on your own, perhaps catching a glimpse of some of North America’s rarest animals, including wolves, moose, grizzly bears, and caribou. Overnight at the Lobstick Lodge or Chateau Jasper (or similar accommodations) in the Jasper area.

Day 11

(Friday) - Jasper Leisure Day or Optional Tour and Cruise on Lake Maligne:

The friendly, picturesque community of Jasper, Alberta is the heart of Jasper National Park, the largest and most northerly of Canada’s Rocky Mountain national parks and one of a group of four national parks and three provincial parks which together are designated by UNESCO as the Canada Rocky Mountain Park World Heritage Site. Jasper is a world­renowned vacation destination offering first­class visitor attractions, activities, facilities and services. The town nestles in a rugged, unspoiled wilderness of unparalleled beauty: towering snow­ capped mountain peaks provide the backdrop for evergreen forests, pristine glacier­fed lakes and waterfalls. Enjoy your day in Jasper or take part in our “optional tour and cruise” on Lake Maligne. Overnight at Lobstick Lodge or Chateau Jasper (or similar accommodations) in the Jasper area.

Day 12

(Saturday) - Transfer to Banff via the Icefields Parkway and the Icefields Glacier Experience on the Athabasca Glacier:

This morning, leave Jasper behind and embrace the beauty of the spectacular Canadian Rockies as you travel along the 230 kilometer Icefields Parkway en route to stunning Lake Louise. Along the way, you’ll stop to experience the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier, the most visited glacier in North America, nestled at the bottom of the Columbia Icefield. You will board a Massive Brewster Ice Explorer, specially designed for glacial travel, and take a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Next, you’ll continue to be surrounded by towering peaks, ancient glaciers, deep valleys, and pristine lakes ­ truly an unforgettably stunning transfer. After, you’ll continue on you Banff, located in the heart of Banff National Park. Overnight at Spruce Grove Inn or Inns of Banff (or similar accommodations) in Banff.

Day 13

(Sunday) - Morning Tour to Lake Louise and Afternoon Banff Leisure Day:

In the morning, you’ll head to Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness,” Lake Louise. The tranquil, crisp waters that mirror the magnificent peaks and lush forest all around will leave you speechless, making Lake Louise a perfect location to take a picture worth way more than 1,000 words! After your morning trip to Lake Louise, the afternoon is at your leisure. Banff is a vibrant, bustling little village, filled with sites to explore and experiences to enjoy, most of which can be reached by foot or public transit. The streets of Banff offer a mosaic of uniquely Canadian shopping opportunities for visitors and locals alike. Visitors who are looking for gifts and souvenirs can explore any number of specialty shops offering a vast selection of souvenir items and memorabilia. Several gift shops highlight the work of aboriginal artists and artisans, an integral part of Banff’s Rocky Mountain heritage. Similarly, the many art galleries in the area celebrate the mountain artwork of local and Canadian artists. Overnight at Spruce Grove Inn or Inns of Banff (or similar accommodations) in Banff.

Day 14

(Monday) - Calgary, AB via Bow Falls:

As you leave Banff behind, enjoy another scenic transfer in the midst of the amazing Canadian Rockies to Calgary. Along the way, you’ll stop to enjoy Bow Falls; the sight of sparkling water dancing in the sunlight, accompanied by the song of roaring water cascading down limestone ledges, is one not to be missed. After, you’ll continue on to Calgary, Canada’s “Heart of the New West.” Overnight at Sandman Hotel (or similar accommodations) in the Calgary area.

Day 15

(Tuesday) - Depart Calgary, AB for Home:

Although your amazing vacation amid the Frontier State and majestic Canadian Rockies is coming to an end, you will take with you new friends, memories, stories to share, and plans for your next YMT adventure!

Departures

Pricing Information

May 14, 2012

From $1,599.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,400.00 single room supplement.

May 16, 2012

From $1,599.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,400.00 single room supplement.

May 28, 2012

From $1,599.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,400.00 single room supplement.

May 30, 2012

From $1,599.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,400.00 single room supplement.

June 11, 2012

From $1,899.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,800.00 single room supplement.

June 13, 2012

From $1,899.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,800.00 single room supplement.

June 25, 2012

From $1,899.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,800.00 single room supplement.

June 27, 2012

From $1,899.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,800.00 single room supplement.

July 9, 2012

From $2,099.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,850.00 single room supplement.

July 11, 2012

From $2,099.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,850.00 single room supplement.

July 23, 2012

From $2,099.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,850.00 single room supplement.

July 25, 2012

From $2,099.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,850.00 single room supplement.

August 6, 2012

From $1,899.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,800.00 single room supplement.

August 8, 2012

From $1,899.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,800.00 single room supplement.

August 20, 2012

From $1,899.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,800.00 single room supplement.

August 22, 2012

From $1,899.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,800.00 single room supplement.

September 3, 2012

From $1,599.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,400.00 single room supplement.

September 5, 2012

From $1,599.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,400.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • 7-Night Alaska Cruise: Aboard Holland America’s ms Volendam. All meals onboard are included.
  • 7-Night Hotel Accommodations: Based on twin/double accommodations in moderate hotels.
  • Sightseeing: Special events as listed on land portion. A full program of optional shore excursions will be available at additional cost.
  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your land tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.
  • Service: Accompanied throughout by a professionally trained tour guide. They are knowledgeable on the local area and will provide you with a wealth of information. This friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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