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    Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast Cruise Ocean View Stateroom

    Resort:Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast Cruise Ocean View Stateroom
    Operator: Insight Vacations
    Destination: United States
    Price From: £6245.00

    Overview

    Discover the majestic landscapes, towering peaks, sparkling turquoise lakes and gushing rivers of the Canadian Rockies teamed with the charming and sometimes quirky Pacific Northwest.This fabulous journey is as relaxed as the Canadian wilderness is vast. A majority of the time you are at the mercy of Mother Nature’s eye-popping palette – a whole day at leisure in Banff National Park, free time in Jasper and Waterton National Parks. And when you not soaking up the scenic splendour, you can while…

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Vancouver

    Enjoy your complimentary private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Welcome to beautiful Vancouver, one of the most eclectic cities in Canada. On arrival, your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over drinks and a light meal.(WD)

    Day 2: Cruise the Channel Islands to Victoria

    Embark on a guided tour of Vancouver and all its highlights. Explore Gastown, Chinatown and the diverse community of English Bay. See the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Then board the ferry and sail through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island and onto Victoria, British Columbia’s stunning capital city. Enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing or taking in the city as you please.(FB)

    Day 3: Butchart Gardens.

    Start your day with a visit to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada, situated in a former cement quarry covering 55 acres (22 ha) of stunning floral displays. Enjoy a Victoria sightseeing tour with the city’s spectacular Inner Harbour, driving past the stately Parliament Buildings, down Government Street to Old Town, Canada’s oldest Chinatown and view the last remnants of Fort Victoria. Continue on as you follow Antique Row before passing Craigdarroch Castle and through the Oak Bay residential area. Stop at the summit of Mount Tolmie for a photo opportunity high above the city and continue on to Uplands and along Marine Drive with vistas of the straits of Juan de Fuca and past Beacon Hill Park, the city’s largest park, back to your hotel. This afternoon is free for you to do as you please before an evening of fine dining at a local restaurant.(FB / HD)

    Day 4: Victoria, Vancouver’s Bridges, VIA Rail’s The Canadian

    Cruise back to the mainland and head to Vancouver’s North Shore to experience the Capilano Suspension Bridges, 7 suspended footbridges 100 feet above the forest floor. View towering evergreens, gushing streams and breathe in the fresh cedar-scented rainforest air. Enjoy dinner with your travelling companions at a local restaurant before stepping aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian for your overnight journey to the world-renowned Canadian Rockies. Settle in the newly restored rail cars and celebrate the start of your rail journey with a champagne send-off. Retire to your private Sleeper Plus Class cabin and let the train gently lull you to sleep.(FB / D)

    Day 5: The Alpine Wonderland of Jasper National Park

    Wake up to stunning vistas from your private compartment or from the reserved access seats of the Skyline, Park or brand new Panorama Car, a one-of-a-kind car topped with a full domed window roof. Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard, served in the café-style Dining Car, a treat for the taste buds and the eyes as your travel past towering peaks and glaciers, cross the Continental Divide into the province of Alberta. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper National Park, your home for the next two nights and an alpine wonderland of immense forests, jewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountains.(FB)

    Day 6: Exploring Jasper National Park

    Start the day with an interpretive walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Then, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies. Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites of the Canadian Rockies, before returning to Jasper where the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Perhaps join an optional, fun and easy scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River, your National Park guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the “fur traders” over two centuries ago. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel, followed by a presentation about the history and fauna of the area by a local naturalist.(FB / D)

    Day 7: Icefields, Glaciers & Lakes to Banff National Park

    Get ready for a scenic symphony of glistening glaciers, turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls as you follow the majestic Icefields Parkway – simply one of the world’s most stunning mountain drives. At the Icefield Visitor Center, embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Led by an expert driver-guide, step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. After your icy adventure, warm up at sumptuous Chateau Lake Louise, where a delightful experience awaits – an afternoon tea in one of the resort’s charming venues. Continue to Banff, your home for the next two nights.(FB)

    Day 8: Enjoying the Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park

    Enjoy the full day exploring the wonders of Banff as you wish. Perhaps take a helicopter flight over the magnificent peaks of the Canadian Rockies or a ride aboard the Banff Gondola. For your dining pleasure tonight, choose from three popular local eateries in the village of Banff.(FB / DA)

    Day 9: Hunting Buffalo on the way to Waterton Lakes

    After breakfast, depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to discover how the indigenous people used this 36-foot high cliff to hunt stampeding herds of bison. Join a local Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people long ago. Continue to Waterton Lakes National Park where windswept mountains rise abruptly from gentle prairie grassland and join a scenic narrated cruise on stunning Waterton Lakes.(FB)

    Day 10: Going-to-the-Sun and the Glacier National Park

    Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience as you cross the US border into the rugged beauty of the mountainous, lake-filled, Glacier National Park. Board the historic Red Buses for a journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, an engineering marvel running through the park’s wild interior. During your narrated trip, marvel at the stunning views from Logan Pass, before disembarking at Lake MacDonald where you meet a ranger for a more intimate look at the environment. A fine dinner is served at the hotel this evening.(FB / D)

    Day 11: Silver Mine, Lake Coeur d’ Alene and Spokane

    Keep on travelling through Glacier National Park, exit the park and skirt the spectacular shores of Flathead Lake. Head east and stop in Wallace, Idaho, where you meet an experienced miner for a personalized visit to the Sierra Silver Mine. Walk through the main drift of an actual underground silver mine as your guide shares with you his personal experiences as a hard-rock miner and you learn about the unique and colourful culture of this historic mining area. Continue on to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, one of America’s most beautiful lakes, and arrive in Spokane, where you stay at Washington State’s grandest hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with soaring architecture, award-winning amenities and a rich history. This evening, enjoy fine dining at the Steam Plant, an award-winning brewery situated in nationally recognised historic building.(FB / HD)

    Day 12: Wonderful Wines en route to Seattle.

    On through the wide endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State, ranking second in the United States behind California in the production of wine. Enjoy a visit behind the cellar doors of Cave B Estate; meet the owners for a guided visit of this award-winning boutique winery and explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings. Learn how these excellent wines combine with food over a delicious lunch. Then it’s on to Seattle, also known as the “Emerald City” for an evening at leisure at the stunning Olympic Fairmont Seattle, your home for the next two nights.(FB / HL)

    Day 13: The Soaring Sights of Seattle

    Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Seattle’s major sights including Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market – watch out for flying fish and Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, with its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Seattle skyline and Puget Sound. This afternoon is yours to do as you please, perhaps visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits, or the Experience Music Project Museum, dedicated to contemporary music culture. This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Celebration Dinner at one of Seattle’s popular waterfront restaurants.(FB / CD)

    Day 14: Depart Vancouver or Alaska cruise extension

    Guests will be transferred back to the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown for overnight before boarding their cruise on Day 15.(FB)

    Day 15 to Day 22: Your Alaska Cruise

    From the moment you are greeted aboard Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam, a Signature class ship, you’ll notice its generous proportions, light and spacious interiors. Launched in 2010, this cruise ship celebrates the glamor and history of New York City, formerly called Nieuw Amsterdam, with it inspired interior design, museum quality art collection and fresh floral arrangements. Set off from Seattle for the primeval forests, ice-blue glaciers, majestic fjords and must-see towns of the Inside Passage. After a delightful day to take advantage of your ship’s many outstanding facilities, call in at the Alaskan capital of Juneau – only accessible by sea or air. Wake up to the watery wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO protected site, where the sounds of modern life are replaced by the deep, thunderous explosions of building-sized icebergs calving into the sea from a vast river of ice. You’ll also visit Sitka – the former Russian capital that calls itself the Paris of the Pacific. You can catch a performance by the New Archangel Dancers or stand on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska in 1867. Next port of call is Ketchikan, self-proclaimed salmon capital of the world! Part of the town is built along a steep hillside, another on pilings over the water where bald eagles search from waterside perches. An outstanding collection of totem poles makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art. Victoria is a city that started as a Salish Village and a main port for gold prospectors and opium traders, before transforming itself into an icon of British respectability. For many, a visit to Victoria is incomplete without a trip to the beautiful Butchart Gardens or perhaps High Tea at the landmark Empress Hotel. Your cruise draws to a close back in Seattle the following morning. A complimentary transfer is provided to Seattle International Airport. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private V.I.P. transfer home.(FB / L / D)

    Departure Dates

    2016-06-112016-06-252016-07-232016-08-062016-08-202016-09-03

    Highlights

    • Vancouver: Guided tour, see the totem poles in Stanley Park.
    • Seattle: Sightseeing tour of the city.
    • Hotel Overview: A fabulous range of contrasting hotels awaits your delight. Cosmopolitan. Urban. Stylish. Three words that sum up the Four Diamond Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Be treated to plush amenities and uncompromising service whilst enjoying large, luxurious guestrooms. You’ll enjoy stunning views at the cosy and historic Lake McDonald Lodge located on the western side of the beautiful Glacier National Park. The historic Davenport Hotel is a landmark in itself. With soaring architecture and a rich history that dates back to 1914, it has earned the reputation as Spokane’s grandest hotel.
    • Banff: Choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around evening.
    • Welcome Reception (WD), 14 Full breakfasts (FB), and 2 lunches (L), 1 Dine Around (DA), 4 table d’hote three-course dinners (D), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) On the ms Westerdam* 8 Full Breakasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D) *Exclusive to 21-day land and cruise itinerary.
    • Victoria: Visit Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada.
    • Jasper: Join your Tour Director for an interpretive talk on the trails of Maligne Canyon and cruise the lake.
    • Icefields Parkway: Experience Athabasca Glacier on board a specially designed Ice Explorer.
    • Chateau Lake Louise: Have afternoon tea at this historic location.
    • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump: Join a Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains People.
    • Glacier National Park: Board a ‘Red Jammer’ for a narrated trip with stunning views. Stop and meet a ranger for a guided exploration.

    Included

    • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your ‘travelling concierge’, this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your ‘friend in a foreign land’.
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It’s Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
    • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
    • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    • Included airport transfers on Day 1, 14 and 21.