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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Rockies Explorer and Alaska Cruise

Enjoy a 9-night luxury tour of Canada including 2 days on the famous Rocky Mountaineer followed by a 7-night cruise through Alaska's stunning Inside Passage, with return flights from the UK and overseas transfers

Fly Cruise
19 nights from £7995pp

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Banff
  • Vancouver
  • Butchart Gardens, Victoria
  • Glacier Bay
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Jasper National Park
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Lake Louise

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The Canadian Rockies are home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. This cruise and tour of Canada and Alaska combines the scenic beauty of the Canadian Rockies with the unforgettable experience of an Alaskan cruise through the Inside Passage to historic gold rush towns and majestic glaciers.

After exploring the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, experience a rail journey like no other on board the famous Rocky Mountaineer, a truly momentous way to explore the Canadian Rockies. Discover the snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes in Banff and Jasper National Parks, look out for grizzly bears on a Blue River Safari and hear a Mountie tell tales of the iconic Royal Mounted Police.

Embark your 7-night Alaska cruise to historic Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway where there is the chance to learn about the gold rush era. Explore the unforgettable sights of Glacier Bay National Park and its huge tidewater glaciers extending down to the sea. Local rangers come aboard to point out the wildlife and explain the geological wonders of the region.

A440 Operated by APT Luxury Cruises


Rockies Explorer and Alaska Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Vancouver (Canada)

Fly from the UK to Vancouver and transfer to the Fairmount Waterfront Hotel for a 2-night stay before meeting your fellow guests and Tour Director at a Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 - Vancuover

Take a sightseeing tour of Vancouver with a local guide this morning. The reminder of the day is at leisure. You may like to wander through the old cobblestone streets of Gastown, the birthplace of Vancouver, visit the shopping mecca of Robson Street, or embark on an optional gondola ride or walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge. (B)

Day 3 - Rocky Mountains

Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Rocky Mountaineer for your two-day journey. Enjoy GoldLeaf Service on board and take in awe-inspiring scenery along this historic route. On arrival in Kamloops, leave the train and transfer to a hotel for an overnight stay. (B,L)

Day 4 - Rocky Mountains

Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer and travel through stunning landscapes including the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Pass. On arrival in Banff National Park, leave the train and transfer to the Fairmount Banff Springs Hotel for a 2-night stay. (B,L)

Day 5 - Banff

Today there is a range of Freedom of Choice sightseeing excursions in Banff National Park. Enjoy an amazing panoramic helicopter tour taking in snow-capped peaks and valleys; go sightseeing with a local guide on the Banff Experience tour; join a float trip along the Bow River or experience a day in the life of a Canadian ice hockey player. For a more relaxing experience there is a cruise on Lake Minnewanka or a day at the Willow Stream Spa. (B,D)

Day 6 - Banff - Lake Louise

This morning hear a Mountie tell tales of the iconic Royal Mounted Police before enjoying a gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for 360-degree views of Banff. Join an expert guide for a stroll then continue on your way to the Fairmont Chateau hotel overlooking the world-famous waters of Lake Louise, renowned as the jewel of the Rockies. (B,D)

Day 7 - Lake Louise - Athabasca Glacier - Jasper

This morning, journey along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Stop at Athabasca Glacier for an Ice Explorer ride, then continue to the fairytale setting of Jasper for an overnight stay at the Faimont JAsper PArk Lodge. (B,D)

Day 8 - Jasper - Blue River - Sun Peaks

Descend the Canadian Rockies and journey to Blue River. Set off on an extraordinary boat trip to look for grizzly and black bears (not available on Apr 27 departure) then after lunch continue to Sun Peaks for an overnight stay at Sun Peaks Grand Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Sun Peaks - Whistler

Travel through the Cariboo region, stopping at the picturesque Seton and Duffey lakes, then head to the famous resort of Whistler for an overnight stop at the The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa. (B,D)

Day 10 - Whistler - Victoria

Travel to stunning Horseshoe Bay via Shannon Falls, take a ferry to Vancouver Island then travel by coach to Victoria for a 2-night hotel stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific. There is the option to fly via seaplane from Whistler to Victoria (extra cost). (B)

Day 11 - Victoria

Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens before the crowds and enjoy breakfast in the original Butchart house. Choose to explore Victoria's heritage district on a guided tour; join a whale-watching cruise; enjoy a seaplane flight; fish for salmon; take a horse-drawn carriage ride or take afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Enjoy a special dinner tonight with your fellow guests. (B,D)

Day 12 - Victoria - Vancouver

Travel to Vancouver and board your cruise ship. This evening there is a delightful Sail Away Dinner at the Pinnacle Grill. (B,D)

Day 13 - Inside Passage (Alaska)

Spend today cruising through the majestic landscapes of the Inside Passage. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Juneau

Juneau is the fascinating capital of Alaska and located on the Gastineau Channel. Perhaps explore the town and its rustic shops or take in the diverse landscapes. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Skagway

Skagway was once a frontier town and renowned as the gateway to the Klondike. The saloons in the town capture the essence of the gold rush era. Perhaps discover gold prospecting or view local wildlife (both at own expense). (B,L,D)

Day 16 - Glacier Bay National Park

Wake up to the breathtaking sight of World Heritage-listed Glacier Bay National Park which boasts more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. (B,L,D)

Day 17 - Ketchikan

Arrive in Ketchikan today, a lovely town that is set right on the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many colourful shops and houses built right over the water. Perhaps join a walking tour or visit the Saxman Native Village (both at own expense). (B,L,D)

Day 18 - Inside Passage

Spend today cruising south through the majestic landscapes of the Inside Passage and soak in the stunning sights of this awe-inspiring region during your final day at sea. Marvel at the towering snow-capped peaks and icy glaciers, and from the ship’s deck, watch for the fascinating variety of marine life that can be spotted here. (B,L,D)

Day 19 - Vancouver (Canada) - UK

Disembark ship in Vancouver and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Day 20 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 11-night land tour including 2-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey in GoldLeaf Service and hotel stays in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Sun Peaks, Whistler and Victoria
  • Maximum of 40 guests on all land journeys
  • 7-night full board cruise in a balcony cabin
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided shore excursions and hand-picked Signature Experiences during the tour
  • APT Tour Director and dedicated Cruise Escort, plus local guides in select locations
  • Complimentary drinks throughout the cruise
  • 18 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 14 dinners
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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