WESTERN CANADA AND THE INSIDE PASSAGE– HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE
14 NIGHTS • 15 DAYS
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.

INCLUSIONS

  • 14-night moderate accommodation
  • Banff sightseeing tour
  • Calgary sightseeing tour
  • Vancouver sightseeing tour
  • 7 night return cruise from Vancouver to Alaska, on board Holland America, Koningsdam
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts Days 2 – 8; Full board days 8 to 15 starting with dinner on Day 8 and ending with breakfast on Day 15
  • Transportation by modern tour coach
  • Assisted transfer from hotel to cruise terminal on Day 8
  • Experienced tour driver
  • Tour director Days 1 – 7
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST

Not included

Flights – Gratuities to guides and hotel personnel -Beverage at meals – Hotel city taxes must be paid locally (if applicable) – Travel insurance – Optional excursions – Anything not mentioned under “INCLUSIONS”

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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN CALGARY (SATURDAY)

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.
Accommodation: Calgary for 1 night

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DAY 2 - CALGARY TO BANFF NATIONAL PARK/CANMORE (SUNDAY)

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. Canadian breakfast included. (B)

Accommodation: Canmore for 2 nights

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DAY 3 - CANMORE/BANFF NATIONAL PARK (MONDAY)

The entire day is at leisure to tour Banff area 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. Overnight in Canmore. Continental breakfast included. (B)

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DAY 4 - CANMORE TO KAMLOOPS (TUESDAY)

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. (B)
Accommodation: Kamloops for 1 night

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DAY 5 - KAMLOOPS TO WHISTLER (WEDNESDAY)

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.  (B)

Accommodation: Whistler for 1 night

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DAY 6 - WHISTLER TO VANCOUVER (THURSDAY)

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. (B)
Accommodation: Vancouver for 2 nights

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DAY 7 - VANCOUVER (FRIDAY)

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. Canadian breakfast included. (B)

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DAY 8 - VANCOUVER / ALASKAN CRUISE (SATURDAY)

Today you check out of your hotel and are transferred to the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board Holland America’s Koningsdam and are welcomed by the crew who will be your hosts for your cruising adventure. Familiarize yourself with amenities of the ship and watch the sun set over the water from the wide decks of this magnificent craft. The ship weighs anchor and sets sail this afternoon for one of the most famously beautiful passages in the world. Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight on board the Koningsdam. (B/D)

Accommodation: Onboard Ms. Koningsdam for 7 nights

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DAY 9 - INSIDE PASSAGE (SUNDAY)

Enjoy the fantastic scenery on the first full day of cruising, travelling through the Inside Passage. Just beyond the deck rails, the gems of Alaska are laid pen in a spellbinding vista of 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 Koningsdam. Full board included. (B/L/D)

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DAY 10 - TRACY ARM INLET / PORT OF JUNEAU (MONDAY)

Travel the Stephens Passage as it flows into the Boundary Ranges at Tracy Arm, a narrow, twisting, 48 -kilometre-long fjord that ends at the twin Sawyer glaciers. Lush rain forest gives way to ancient stone as the land dramatically rises to 2100m towering peaks, the waterway ending at the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Arriving in the port of Juneau, take some time to explore this unique state capital and its frontier culture and spirit. Overnight on board the Koningsdam. Full board included. (B/L/D)

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DAY 11 - PORT OF SKAGWAY (TUESDAY)

Cruising to the Gold Rush stopover town of Skagway, travel in the footsteps of the prospectors that either continued on to the gold fields, or remained to create the historic town that still thrives today. Perhaps take some time to ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, step into the Red Onion Saloon or peruse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Overnight on board the Koningsdam. Full board included. (B/L/D)

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DAY 12 - GLACIER BAY (WEDNESDAY)

An exciting day cruising ahead, exploring the famous waters of Glacier Bay – home to Glacier Bay National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park boasts a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea, the impact shoots water dozens of metres into the air. Glacier Bay has more active ‘calving’ (splitting off) tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. Overnight on board the Koningsdam. Full board included. (B/L/D)

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DAY 13 - PORT OF KETCHIKAN (THURSDAY)

Cruise into the port of Ketchikan today, set along the shores of the Tongass Narrows, unique for its many shops and houses built suspended above the water. Known as the Salmon Capital of the World, this lively town also is home to Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and the Saxman Village. The town is surrounded by natural wonders, inviting all visitors to discover their wild side amidst the wilds of the Alaskan landscape. Overnight on board the Koningsdam. Full board included. (B/L/D)

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DAY 14 - INSIDE PASSAGE (FRIDAY)

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 Koningsdam. Full board included. (B/L/D)

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DAY 15 - END OF TOUR (SATURDAY)

Early this morning you arrive in the port of Vancouver and disembark the Koningsdam. You transfer individually to Vancouver’s International Airport in time to check in for your return flight. Breakfast included. (B)

HOLLAND AMERICA ACCOMMODATION

The Holland America Koningsdam cruise ship featured in the Western Canada and the Inside Passage programme offers 3 cabin types: interior cabin, ocean view cabin and verandah. The verandah and ocean view cabins have an either a window or sliding glass door. The interior cabin does not have a window.

All cabins feature:

Two lower beds convertible to queen, approximately 16.25 square metres, complimentary 24-hour room service, Dual voltage 110/220 AC, Four pillows in every stateroom, complimentary use of bathrobes, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, bathroom accessories & hair dryer, complimentary beach towel service, plentiful storage space in your bathroom & wardrobe, laundry service*, 23” LCD-HD Interactive television system to view & select shore excursions, order room service & watch movies*, luggage delivery, individual safe, direct-dial telephone, thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, mini-bar*.

*at additional charge

In addition to these features, the individual categories feature:

Vernandah

  • Balcony (3.9 sq metres). Please note: Inclusion of a balcony can vary depending on ship and location of cabin.
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Sitting area, some with sofa bed

Ocan view Cabin

  • Window

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

Optional activities may be booked on site with the tour director. Prices will be competitive with locally available sightseeing tours. Passengers must pay the tour director directly. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard) are accepted. Approximate cost per person:

Approximate cost per person:

  • Day 3 Banff – Columbia Icefields Excursion including Ice Explorer ride $168
  • Day 5 Whistler Floatplane Sightseeing Tours – Spectacular Glacier Tour $178
    Whistler Floatplane Sightseeing Tours – Ultimate Glacier Tour $222
  • Day 7 Vancouver – Victoria Excursion including coach/ferry transfers and visit to Butchart Gardens (14-18 Pax) $215 / (19+ Pax) $196
  • Days 8 – 15 Holland America Cruise offers daily port-of-call excursions, bookable
    and payable on-site. Cruise directors will have a list of available
    excursions and pricing.

2022 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

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Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to special events, operation hours/days and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment. The prices indicated exclude the contribution to the Customer Compensation Fund of $3.50 per $1,000 of tourism product or service purchased from a travel agent in Quebec.