Western Canada & The Insider Passage- CELEBRITY CRUISE
Starting at CAD 5000 per person
The shared history of western Canada and Alaska is as intertwined and connected as their geographies, yet they endure and thrive as distinctive and unique cultures and destinations. Discover the iconic Rocky Mountain vistas of Banff, the stark beauty of the British Columbia interior and the magnificently developed Whistler village and metropolis of Vancouver. Board a fabulous cruising vessel and depart for the Alaskan wilds along the stunning Inside Passage. Watch the massive cliffs of ice move and shear off the Hubbard Glacier and explore the culturally rich communities of Juneau and Ketchikan. Arrive back in the welcome waters of Vancouver with a wealth of memories and a greater appreciation of the people and landscapes of western North America.
Experienced tour driver.
Baggage handling (one piece per person).
Transfer from Seattle Cruise Terminal to Vancouver Airport on Day 15.
Transfer from Vancouver to Seatlle Cruise Terminal on Day 8.
Transfer from hotel to cruise terminal on Day 9.
Sightseeing tour of Banff.
Sightseeing tour of Calgary.
Sightseeing tour of Vancouver.
Transportation by modern tour coach.
7 night / 8 day cruise from Vancouver to the Hubbard Glacier, Alaska.
Assisted transfer from hotel to cruise terminal on Day 9.
Tour director Days 1 – 7.
Meals: 8 breakfasts Days 2 – 9; Full board days 9 to 15 staring with dinner on Day 9 and ending with breakfast on Day 16.
Day 1 – ARRIVAL IN CALGARY
Arrive at Calgary’s International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. After an individual check-in, the remainder of the day is free to explore the streets of this dynamic city, famous for its annual Stampede. The tour director will contact you in the late afternoon. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 2 – CALGARY TO BANFF NATIONAL PARK / CANMORE
This morning we set out to meet fellow travellers at breakfast before we tour the sights of Calgary. We admire such modern and historic landmarks as the Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary and the skyscrapers of the commercial district. Leaving Calgary behind we set our sights on the Rocky Mountains, which can already be seen, far off in the distance. Experience the majesty of the mountains as we first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park. We tour the region around Banff amidst snow-capped peaks, sparkling glaciers and emerald green lakes and see landmark Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Tunnel Mountain. Overnight in Canmore. Full Canadian breakfast included.
Day 3 – CANMORE / BANFF NATIONAL PARK
The entire day is at leisure to tour Banff and browse through the many boutiques and specialty shops along Banff Avenue. An optional full-day tour is offered to the Columbia Icefield. The tour starts with a visit to Lake Louise, followed by a scenic drive to the world famous Icefields Parkway. At the spectacular Columbia Icefield we board an Ice Explorer vehicle that will take us onto the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier for an incredible and unique sightseeing experience. Alternately, you may also take an optional 12-minute helicopter sightseeing tour of the Spray Lakes and Spray Valley. The flight path takes you over the forested slopes of Mount Buller, offering a dramatic view of the shale patterns and rocky outcroppings of the surrounding mountains of the Goat Range. Overnight in Canmore. Continental breakfast included.
Day 4 – CANMORE TO KAMLOOPS
Our drive today is on the famed Trans-Canada Highway, following a route charted by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800s. We continue our tour of the Canadian parks system as we cross the jagged Kicking Horse Pass into British Columbia’s Yoho National Park. From the highway, we are treated to a dazzling display of vast icefields, deep canyons, dense forests and glacier-fed streams. One awe-inspiring landscape follows another en route to Glacier National Park. We continue through the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges to the rugged interior town of Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. Continental breakfast included.
Day 5 – KAMLOOPS TO WHISTLER
Kamloops to Whistler We can expect a day of dramatic scenery changes when we drive through the ranch lands and head for the coastal mountains. 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. Continental breakfast included.
Day 6 – WHISTLER TO VANCOUVER
We drive south along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway through a dramatic landscape of jagged fjords and glaciated mountain peaks. We leave the countryside behind and explore the metropolis of Vancouver on a sightseeing tour. Highlights include Stanley Park, Prospect Point, English Bay, historic Gastown, bustling Chinatown and much more. The afternoon is free to discover more of this coastal gem. Overnight in Vancouver. Continental breakfast included.
Day 7 – VANCOUVER
The Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains form the backdrop to your day at leisure in Vancouver. You might want to do some shopping down on Robson Street, relax in Vancouver’s playground Stanley Park or stroll through the markets of Granville Island. You can also go on an optional full-day tour to Victoria, the charming provincial capital that is proud of her maritime heritage. Before taking the ferry back to Vancouver, you will visit Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s great floral displays set in a reclaimed stone quarry. Overnight in Vancouver. Full Canadian breakfast included.
Day 8 – 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 9 – 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 sunset 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 10 – 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 rainforests, 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 11 – 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 12 – 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 sunset against the dramatic landscape as the ship anchors off the point for the night. Overnight on board the Celebrity Infinity. Full board included.
Day 13 – 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 14 – 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 many 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 15 – 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 16 – 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.
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