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Canadian Rockies and Alaska Coach & Cruise Tour

Tour departs: 31 May 2017
Tour length: 26 Days

Alaska & the Canadian Rockies, together, they embrace North America’s greatest glaciers and ice fields, its highest peaks and mightiest rivers. It is the last true frontier where raw wilderness seems to stretch out forever.

Overview

Tour Departs – 31 May 2017.

Tour Length – 26 Days.

The Canadian Rockies & Alaska, together, they embrace North America’s greatest glaciers and ice fields, its highest peaks and mightiest rivers. It is the last true frontier where raw wilderness seems to stretch out forever. And if it could speak, what a story it would tell – from the days of the early fur traders who explored and mapped out the land, to the gold-fevered stampeders who flocked throughout the entire Northwest in their quest for gold. Alaska will make you feel more alive than almost any other place on earth.

When you visit Alaska, you will see, hear, touch and smell the natural wonders that, until now, were only tales from friends or pages in a travel brochure. One of the highlights is the day spent in Denali National Park with its fantastic array of wildlife, while the rail journey to Denali on the “McKinley Explorer Express” is a cracker.

 

Highlight: 7 Night Alaska – Inside Pasage Cruise

After the coach tour, we join our deluxe 5***** cruise ship “Millennium” for the 7 night cruise from Seward down to Vancouver. From the moment you step aboard, you are embraced in an air of complete elegance. The superb cuisine is served both in the dining rooms and on deck, and there is a never ending sequence of activities. Let’s not forget of course the magnificent passing scenery and interesting and exciting ports of call.

 

Itinerary

Wednesday May 31

Home to Vancouver   ( D)

We join our overnight flight to Vancouver, where we break the journey at the airport hotel. Tonight enjoy a get acquainted dinner this evening with our travel companions.

Overnight – Westin Wall Hotel



Thursday June 1                                          

Vancouver to Banff   (B,D)

A short flight over the Rockies this morning, before making our way to the town of Banff and Canada’s first National Park. Check into your downtown hotel.

Overnight – Moose Hotel and Suites



Friday 2 June

Banff  (B)
Explore Banff on a sightseeing tour and start the morning off with a scenic ride up the Sulphur Mountain Gondola and take in the stunning views of the entire Bow Valley. Visit Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain, Hoodoos, Surprise Corner and much more. Travel down the Minnewanka Loop and enjoy a magnificent interpretive Minnewanka Lake Cruise providing unique photo opportunities unavailable anywhere else. Your experienced crew will guide you through this rugged paradise richly steeped in history, native folklore and geology. Keep your camera handy today as there are tons of opportunities for wildlife sightings.


Saturday 3 June 

Banff to Lake Louise (B, D)
This morning travel along the famous Bow Valley Parkway, where wildlife sightings are common so keep your camera close by. Visit Johnston Canyon for an easy walk through a deep rugged canyon littered with waterfalls then explore the western part of the mountain chain and cross the Continental Divide into Yoho National Park. Visit Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake, filled with glacial run-off water that makes it glisten with the blue-green hue of an emerald. Last but not least, one more stop is included to admire the stunning Moraine Lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks. Your destination today is Lake Louise, jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering mountain peaks.
Overnight – Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room)


Sunday 4 June 

Lake Louise to Jasper (B, L)
Travelling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Follow the winding road that boasts a unique and irreplaceable landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none. At the summit of Bow Pass see the beautiful baby blue waters of Peyto Lake and the rugged beauty of the Mistaya River Valley below. Arrive at the famous Columbia Icefields whose waters feed three oceans. Visit the Interpretive Centre then have the experience of a lifetime – a ride on the Ice Explorer for a close up look at the Athabasca Glacier. Also experience the newly opened Glacier Sky Walk where you can stand on the glass floor overlooking the Sunwapta Valley. Visit the powerful and breathtaking Athabasca Falls before arriving to the charming town of Jasper and your home for the next two nights.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge



Monday 5 June

Jasper (B,D)
Start the day with a ride up Whistler Mountain on the Jasper Tram and enjoy breakfast at the top. A full day of sightseeing follows including a gentle walk down Maligne Canyon to see how the water has carved spectacular crevices out of the mountain. Next is a short stop at the “disappearing” Medicine Lake, and finally Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Enjoy a scenic boat cruise to the world famous Spirit Island.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge


Tuesday 6 June

Jasper to Sun Peaks (B, L)
Depart Jasper and travel south along the scenic Thompson River Valley, surrounded by pastoral farmland and ranches. Pass through the beautiful mountain corridors of the Monashee and Caribou Ranges. A stop is made at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival at the Blue River Safari, lunch is included in the unique floating restaurant. An unforgettable highlight today is a River Safari ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Observe bears and other wildlife in their natural environment, without the constraints of gates and cages, from the safety of a boat mid river, presenting the optimum opportunity for the perfect snapshot.
Our destination today is Sun Peaks, a cozy European-style four season resort town with great restaurants and shops in strolling distance from our hotel.
Overnight – Sun Peaks Grand Hotel



Wednesday 7 June

Sun Peaks to Vancouver (B, D)
Today travel the fertile Fraser Valley through the Coastal Mountains and into the rugged BC Interior. Your destination today is Vancouver, a vibrant metropolitan city. Vancouver is nestled between majestic mountains, sparkling ocean and rainforests.
Overnight – Sheraton Wall Centre


Thursday 8 June

Vancouver (B)
Vancouver is one of the most captivating cities within Canada, with its multicultural fusion and spectacular mountain and ocean setting. A city tour includes Stanley Bay and Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Queen Elizabeth Park, English Bay as well as some prestigious residential areas of Vancouver. Cross the Lion Gate Bridge and visit Capilano Park. Experience the suspension bridge, the tree top adventure and the cliff walk, plus Salish Nations culture. See the Salmon Hatchery before continuing onto Grouse Mountain to take the gondola ride to spectacular city, mountain and Gulf Island views.
Overnight – Sheraton Wall Centre



Friday 9 June 

Vancouver (B)
Leaving the mainland, cross the Strait of Georgia via BC Ferry to Vancouver Island for a full day of sightseeing. The first stop is at Butchart Gardens with time to wander, then enjoy a tour of this distinctively old world city with its Victorian architecture, elaborate gardens and British flavour. Some free time is given in Victoria before transferring back to Vancouver for the night.
Overnight – Sheraton Wall Centre



Saturday 10 June

Vancouver (B,D)
Today enjoy an entire day to explore the diverse city of Vancouver at leisure. Enjoy the shops, stroll along the harbour front or enjoy one of many optional activities before rejoining the group for dinner.
Overnight – Sheraton Wall Centre



Sunday 11 June

Vancouver – Anchorage (B,D)
This morning we start the next part of our adventure and fly to Anchorage.
Overnight – Downtown Marriott


Monday 12 June 

Anchorage – Talkeetna (B,D)
In the morning, travel on the Wilderness Express®, our glass-domed train cars, to Talkeetna. The remainder of the day is free to explore Talkeetna where you will find a multitude of optional activities to participate in including jet boat tours, float trips, and fixed-wing flightseeing of Mt. McKinley.
Overnight Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.


Tuesday 13 June

Talkeetna – Denali National Park (B,D)
The day begins with a journey to Denali where you will spend the afternoon and evening exploring Denali on your own, or participate in any one of our numerous optional activities, such as the Husky Homestead Tour or Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre.
Overnight in Denali.



Wednesday 14 June

Denali (B,D)
Spend the morning on the Denali Natural History Tour, a guided experience in Denali National Park, and see beautiful taiga forests and rolling tundra while searching for wildlife. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore Denali on your own. There is time this afternoon for an optional Helicopter sightseeing flight.



Thursday 15 June

Denali – Alyeska (B,D)
Today we travel by deluxe motorcoach on a scenic journey to Alyeska (Girdwood). Along the way a stop will be made in Anchorage for an independent lunch and free time in the city. Continue south to the quaint town of Girdwood. Our stay in Alyeska (Girdwood) includes a ride up the Mt. Alyeska tram. Overnight at the Hotel Alyeska.



Friday 16 June 

Girdwood – Seward – Alaska – Inside Passage (B,D)
This morning, we journey to the port of Seward where we commence boarding formalities for the magnificent cruise ship “Millennium”, our home for the next 7 nights. This evening we dine aboard and later our ship slips quietly out of Seward to commence the cruise south.


Saturday 17 June
Yakutat Bay – Hubbard Glacier (B,L,D)
Today sees us in Yakutat Bay, as our ship cruises close to Hubbard Glacier, known as the ‘Galloping Glacier’, because of its once incredible rate of growth. It is North America’s longest and most spectacular glacier, at one time it was surging forward at a rate of 130ft a day.


Sunday 18 June 

Juneau (B,L,D)
Our ship docks in Juneau at 9.00am this morning. Juneau is Alaska’s capital city, nestled between mountains and the sea. Here the Alaska Museum includes a native clan house and birch bark canoe, gold rush memorabilia and Russian Orthodox Church relics. There are optional tours available on board. Ship sails at 9.00pm.


Monday 19 June 

Skagway (B,L,D)
Our ship docks this morning to spend the day in Skagway, where the frontier spirit is alive and well in this gold rush town at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage. Optional tours once again available on board – lively saloons, rousing dance hall revues, vintage car tours, historic White Pass and Yukon railway. Lots to do independently, before we set sail again this evening.


Tuesday 20 June

Icy Strait Point (B,L,D)
Today our ship visit0 Icy Strait Point, 22 miles west Glacier Bay, known for its proliferation of wildlife. In season, there can be found the Humpback whales, feeding off the schools of herring, as bald eagles swoop down for their share of the pickings. It really is a truly majestic setting which will keep viewers spellbound. Shipping traffic is carefully controlled to preserve the ecology of the area.



Wednesday 21 June 

Ketchikan (B,L,D)
Our ship slips quietly into Ketchikan this morning to spend the day there, the ancestral home of Alaska’s Tlingit Indians. The rustic waterfront village has the world’s largest collection of Totem Poles. Ketchikan is also known as the salmon capital of the world and is a jumping off point for seaplane excursions to the 2.2 million acre Misty Fjords. Optional tours available on board. We set sail at 6.00pm this evening.


Thursday 22 June

Inside Passage Cruising (B,L,D)
Our final day aboard, sit back, relax and enjoy the passing vista of snow capped mountains and fjords as our ship sails majestically through the Inside Passage. Maybe time for some wildlife spotting and don’t forget to enjoy the facilities of our luxury floating hotel. Fine dining this evening and maybe a ‘Broadway’ show in the theatre afterwards.


Friday 23 June

Vancouver – Home (B)
Sadly today our cruise and our tour comes to an end. Following disembarkation from ‘Celebrity Millennium,’ we are transferred to our hotel where day rooms have been reserved until our evening transfer to Vancouver airport for our homeward flight.

***Cross International Dateline***


Sunday 25 June

Home
The tour ends today – ‘welcome home’!

 

Map

Canadian Rockies

Prices

Tour Costs

Sharing Twin / Double Room & Ocean View Cabin: $17,950
Supplement for Single Room / Ocean View Cabin: $5,950

Additional Costs to Upgrade Cabin

Upgrade to Balcony Cabin – Please inquire as to availability

Costs include
  • Economy class air travel from the tours international departure point. (Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class available at additional cost).
  • First Class / Superior grade hotel accommodation.
  • Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary B = Full Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
  • First Class air-conditioned coach transportation for all touring.
  • Gold Star Class rail travel in Alaska where available.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Services of driver/guides and local guides for touring and sightseeing.
  • All port taxes and tips to crew on the 7 night cruise.
  • Tips to local guides and coach drivers.
  • Airport and government security taxes.
  • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person.
  • Fully escorted by Maher Tours Escort.
Costs exclude
  • Any meals and sightseeing tours not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, drinks, telephone charges etc.

Testimonials

While this was one of the most expensive tours I have done, I feel it was money very well spent.
Every day was a wonderful adventure, and I loved everything we did.
Thank you Maher Tours for a truly fabulous time, I really appreciated the personal contact and organisation of the team.
MH, Wanaka


Travelling with Mahers takes all the worry and uncertainly out of the trip.  We can thoroughly recommend this fantastic tour.
RG and GT, Greytown
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