Tours

Canadian Rockies and Alaska Coach & Cruise Tour

Tour departs: 06 June 2018
Tour length: 21 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 – 6 June 2018.

Tour Length – 21 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 Passage Cruise

After the coach tour, we join our deluxe 5***** cruise ship “Infinity” for the 7-night cruise from 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 6 June

Auckland – Vancouver (D)

We assemble at Auckland International Airport early this evening and join the direct flight to Vancouver.  Cross the International Dateline en route arriving into Vancouver early afternoon of the same day.  On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel.  The remainder of the day is free to rest up and relax after the flight. Let’s enjoy dinner together tonight.


Thursday 7 June

Vancouver – Victoria (B)

Today we join the new fast ferry from downtown Vancouver, crossing the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. 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 flavor. Some free time is given in Victoria, before heading to our hotel for the night on the waterfront.


Friday 8 June

Victoria – Banff   (B,D)

A short flight over the Rockies this morning to Calgary, 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

  


       

Saturday 09 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.

Overnight – Moose Hotel and Suites


Sunday 10 June                             

Lake Louise & Yoho National Park Touring      (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. This afternoon enjoy some free time to explore the ‘Jewell of the Rockies’, Lake Louise before Last one more stop is included to admire the stunning Moraine Lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks. Return to Banff early this evening.


Monday 11 June                             

Banff 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


Tuesday 12 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 where you will join a scenic and remarkable boat cruise to the world famous Spirit Island.

Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge


Wednesday 13 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.

Overnight – Sun Peaks Grand Hotel


Thursday 14 June                                      

Sun Peaks to Whistler      (B, D)

Today  we begin our day traveling through the Fraser Valley and soon turn in to the coastal mountains as we near Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Alpine Events. Here you will have the afternoon at your leisure to enjoy the Village Stroll shops, or choose to add an optional Zipline Tour, ATV Excursion or relax at the Scandinave Spa. Rejoin the group for dinner this evening in Whistler Village.

Overnight – Westin


Friday 15 June                                           

Whistler to Vancouver        (B, D)

This morning we visit the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre, where we learn about the Squamish and Lil’Wat People who first settled the area surrounding what is now Whistler. Have your cameras ready as we depart Whistler and travel one of the most stunningly beautiful highways in the world – The Sea to Sky Highway. Along the way, we stop at the Sea to Sky Gondola for fantastic views of the surrounding area. This afternoon enjoy a tour of the Brittania Mine Museum, an old copper mine that was once the economic heart of the area. Later this afternoon we arrive back in the bustling city of Vancouver.

Overnight – Sheraton Wall Centre


Saturday 16 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


 Sunday 17 June                             

Vancouver – Join Cruise       (B, D)

Today enjoy a relaxed morning to explore the diverse city of Vancouver at leisure. Enjoy the shops, stroll along the Harbour front before we transfer to our cruise ship for an afternoon departure.  


Monday 18 June                             

Inside Passage Cruising       (B,L,D)

Our first 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.


Tuesday 19 June                                        

Icy Strait Point        (B,L,D)

Today our ship visits 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 20 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.


Thursday 21 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 8.00pm.


Friday 22 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 8.30pm this evening.


Saturday 23 June                          

Inside Passage       (B,L,D)

Another wonderful day as we cruise one of the most famous areas of the world and enjoy the scenery.


Sunday 24 June                             

Vancouver – Home (B)

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


Tuesday 26 June

Home

The tour ends today – ‘welcome home’!

 

Map

 

Prices

Tour Costs

Sharing Twin / Double Room & Ocean View Cabin: $15,950
Supplement for Single Room / Ocean View Cabin: $4,750

Sharing Twin / Double Room & Balcony Cabin: $16,950
Supplement for Single Room / Balcony Cabin: $5,500

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 or Balcony Staterooms.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary B = Full Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
  • First Class air-conditioned coach transportation for all touring.
  • 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.

“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

“We couldn’t fault the organisation and professionalism. This made it a very pleasurable experience for us.”
– J&D R

“I don’t know how you could improve it!”
– AM

“A fabulous small group tour – that had many delights – great to meet fellow kiwis and make new friends.”
– Corrine and Don Sinclair

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