Begeleid: Rockies trail and cruise to the Glaciers

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The majestic vistas, expansive protected parklands and western Canadian culture combines with an unforgettable Alaskan Cruise up the Inside Passage on a captivating 17-day coach and cruising tour. The relaxed lifestyle of the Alberta ranchlands give way to the national parks of the Rocky Mountains, teeming with wildlife amidst spectacular and unique geography. The high mountains of Whistler and the Coastal range are the gateway to the historic streets of Vancouver, followed by the ‘green city’ of Seattle. Boarding a comfortable, full service Celebrity Cruise (Infinity), sail north through the dramatic scenery of the Pacific Northwest coastline. With ports of call at several Alaskan destinations such as Ketchikan and Juneau, this cruise provides a true sampling of the wonders of Alaska.

 

Day 1 – Arrival in Calgary

Arrive at Calgary International Airport. Individual transfer to your centrally-located hotel. After a check-in the remainder of the day is free. The tour director will contact you in the late afternoon to give details on joining the tour. Explore the Old West at the Glenbow Museum or Fort Calgary on your own, browse through the Eau Claire Market, ride up the Calgary Tower for a great view and savour the great restaurants and dynamic nightlife.

Overnight in Calgary.


Day 2 – Calgary to Banff National Park

We begin the day with a city tour of Calgary. Leaving the city, we travel west on the Trans-Canada Highway into the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies soon fill the horizon as we approach Banff National Park, our first of several in the Canadian national parks system. We soon arrive in the charming resort town of Banff.

Overnight in Banff. Continental breakfast included.

Day 3 – Banff National Park  

Today we will enjoy a tour of the region around Banff. The area became Canada’s first national park in 1885 to protect its natural hot springs. An optional Helicopter Sightseeing Tour will give you the chance to see the eastern ranges of the Rocky Mountains. Alternatively you can take an optional gondola ride to spectacular Sulphur Mountain. Bring your camera! The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the surroundings of Banff, stroll along Banff Avenue, or relax and enjoy the scenery.

Overnight in Banff. American breakfast included.


Day 4 – Banff National Park to Jasper National Park

Today’s journey through Banff and Jasper national parks promises to be a highlight of our Rockies Trail programme. Shortly after leaving Banff we visit the famous scenery of Lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in Canada. Afterwards, we travel north on the famed Icefields Parkway through a rugged wilderness flanked by dramatic mountain ranges. At the Columbia Icefield we board a specially constructed Ice Explorer to ride on the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Close to Jasper, you have the chance to go on an optional raft trip on the Athabasca River. Your experienced guide will point out the natural and human history as you raft through short rapids and stretches of calm waters.

Overnight in Jasper. American breakfast included.


Day 5 – Jasper National Park to Sun Peaks

Before leaving Jasper National Park this morning, you can take part in an optional Spirit Island Cruise on Maligne Lake, the most picturesque and largest glacier-fed lake in the park. You may alternately take an optional motorcycle tour of Jasper, riding in the comfortable sidecar with an unmatched view of the forests and mountains. Then, we travel west along the Yellowhead Highway and into the heartland of British Columbia. Breathtaking, unspoiled vistas await visitors in every season of the year. The route takes us along the Thompson River through the picturesque Shuswap Highlands.

Overnight in Sun Peaks. Buffet breakfast included.


Day 6 - Sun Peaks to Whistler

We can expect a day of dramatic scenery changes when we drive through the ranch lands and head for the coastal mountains. A journey along the Duffey Lake Road exposes new vistas at every turn. An optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over Garibaldi Park gives you an inspiring view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Whistler. American breakfast included.


Day 7 – Whistler to Victoria

The Sea-to-Sky Highway leads us south through spectacular coastal scenery today. From Horseshoe Bay, we cruise by ferry across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and continue by coach to Victoria, British Columbia's capital city. Arriving in Victoria, we embark on a city tour of this former British enclave.

Overnight in Victoria. American breakfast included.


Day 8 – Victoria

Proud of her maritime heritage, Victoria has retained a quaint, colonial demeanour evident in the many 19th century landmarks throughout the city. Today we treat ourselves to a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s great floral displays set in a reclaimed stone quarry. Time will be allocated here for browsing through the regal gardens. You can take part in an optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Olympic Mountains in the distance. You can also go on an optional Whalewatching Excursion aboard a Zodiac or a regular vessel. Watch for the magnificent orcas and the abundance of marine wildlife. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city’s delights.

Overnight in Victoria. Continental breakfast included.


Day 9 – Victoria to Vancouver

We continue through the resort region of the Gulf Islands to the oceanside city of Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver, we enjoy an interesting tour of the city, including Stanley Park, English Bay, Gastown, Chinatown, and much more. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration or simple relaxation. This evening features our farewell dinner party at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Overnight in Vancouver. Continental breakfast and dinner included.


Day 10 - Vancouver

Today is yours at leisure in Vancouver to explore the sights and delights of the city. You may choose to take an optional zodiac and seaplane tour of Inner Harbour, followed by a dinner at a trendy Vancouver restaurant. Alternately, you may choose an optional tour of Grouse Mountain, and the magnificent Capilano Suspension bridge and parklands.

Overnight in Vancouver. Continental breakfast included.


Day 11 – Vancouver / Alaskan cruise

Today you check out of your hotel and are transferred to the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board the Celebrity Infinity and are welcomed by the crew who will be your hosts for the next 7 nights. Familiarize yourself with amenities of the ship and watch the sun set over the water from the wide decks of this magnificent craft. Overnight on board the Celebrity Infinity. The ship weighs anchor and sets sail this afternoon for one of the most famously beautiful passages in all the world.

Continental breakfast included and dinner included.

Day 12 – Inside passage

Enjoy the fantastic scenery as we continue to cruise through the inside passage. Just beyond the deck rails, the gems of Alaska are laid open in a spellbinding vista, including rain forests, glaciers, fjords and white-capped peaks. Along the way it is common to view whales and sea lions at play along the coastlines as well as a near countless assortment of marine bird life.

Overnight on board the Celebrity Infinity. Full board included..


Day 13 – Icy Point Strait

Eighty kilometers west of Juneau and at the mouth of Glacier Bay, lies historic Icy Strait Point. Travelers have the unique opportunity to experience Tlingit culture, superior wildlife viewing opportunities and years of Alaskan history on optional excursions offered by Celebrity Cruises. Watch the sun set against the dramatic landscape as the ship anchors off the point for the night.

Overnight on board the Celebrity Infinity. Full board included.


Day 14 – Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier is the one glacier in the world that does not move at a glacial pace. In 1986, Hubbard Glacier - the largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent - moved an average of just under 2 metres per hour. Keep a watchful eye as the ship sails through the Yakutat Bay as you geological history unfolds before you.

Overnight on board the Celebrity Infinity. Full board included.


Day 15 – Port of Juneau

Where the legacy of the tin pan prospector meets eco-adventure tourism of tomorrow would be a good way to describe the charms of Alaska's capital city. Here the pioneering spirit lives on in an interesting mix of cosmopolitan chic and frontier ruggedness. There are may places to visit in port including Alaska State Museum and its exquisite collection of Russian Orthodox and Gold Rush relics, or take advantage of optional excursions offered by Celebrity Cruises.

Overnight on board the Celebrity Infinity. Full board included.


Day 16 – Port of Ketchikan

Today you cruise down the coast to arrive in the town of Ketchikan - the ancestral home of the Tlingit tribe. This community with strong ties to its aboriginal past is also the departure point for Celebrity Cruise’s optional seaplane excursions into the Misty Fjords National Monument and its 8,900 sq kilometres of pristine wilderness. Ketchikan also boasts the world's largest collection of totem poles you can individual explore, or visit the Saxman Native Village, Totem Bight and Totem Heritage Center.

Overnight on board the Celebrity Infinity. Full board included.


Day 17 – Inside Passage

Today the ship slowly retraces its voyage along the Alaskan and British Columba coastlines. Watch how the landscape slowly and subtly changes as you descend into the more southern and warmer climate of the Pacific Northwest temperate area.

Overnight on board the Celebrity Infinity. Full board included.


Day 18 – End of tour

Early this morning you arrive in the port of Vancouver and disembark the Celebrity Infinity. You transfer individually to Vancouver’s International Airport in time to check in for your return flight.

Breakfast included.