Vancouver & Alaska Cruise
Independent Tour and Cruise
Enjoy three nights in vibrant Vancouver before embarking on a quintessential Alaska cruise visiting the quaint towns of the Inside Passage. Skagway was home to the world’s greatest gold rush, and you’ll be immersed in the town’s history from the moment you step off your cruise ship. As you cruise the stunning Glacier Bay National Park, keep an eye out for wildlife such as grizzly bears and wolves and incredible glacial activity.
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Vancouver & Alaska Cruise
Day 1 : Depart UK - Arrive Canada
Take your flight from the UK to Vancouver and on arrival make your way to your downtown hotel for a two night stay.
Day 2&3 : Vancouver
Two days to explore this amazing city.
Simply a city like no other, Vancouver effortlessly combines the excitement and energy of a modern city with the invigorating appeal of the great outdoors. From spring’s abundance of cherry blossoms and summer’s sparkling waterfront days, through to the city’s fall cultural festivals and the snowy winter wonderland on the mountain peaks, Vancouver offers its visitors year-round adventures in this laidback urban metropolis right on the edge of a spectacular natural landscape. Explore diverse neighbourhoods, decadent dining, outdoor pursuits and multicultural attractions - in Vancouver, you won’t have to choose between city and nature.
Day 4 : Depart Vancouver
A free morning before making your way to the cruise terminal to check in for your Alaska cruise.
Holland America Line’s Koningsdam departs Vancouver at 4:30pm. On-board relax, unpack and settle in before enjoying an evening meal. Surrounded by remarkable nature, you may even see breaching whales, soaring eagles and barking seals.
For more than 140 years, Holland America Line has been a recognised leader in cruising, taking guests to exotic destinations around the world in mid-sized ships. If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea with award-winning service, five-star dining and extensive activities then they are the cruise line for you. There is a plethora of onboard activities that enable you to learn, play, relax and enjoy. Your carefully crafted journey is all about balance, depth and authenticity, with all the details taken care of so that the moment you step aboard, you’ll feel the difference. Sit back, relax and get ready to set sail to Alaska
Day 5 : Cruising the Inside Passage
Today will be spent cruising the Inside Passage. This beautiful scenic waterway reaches 1000 miles from British Columbia to historic Skagway. Through a maze of bays, straits, arms and fjords, you’ll cruise past an everchanging panorama of unspoiled beauty; cascading waterfalls, virgin forests and majestic glacier-carved fjords.
Day 6 : Tracy Arm - Juneau
You’ll arrive at Tracy Arm fjord at around 10am. Listen carefully and you may even hear the ice crackle and pop and take in the sights uninterrupted while you wait for the glacier to calve. Later, you’ll continue your journey to Juneau, Alaska’s capital city.
Day 7 : Skagway
Your next stop is Skagway. The staging grounds for the most incredible gold rush the world has ever known, today you’ll stroll past false fronted buildings and the wooden boardwalks that line the street. If you want to know more, you can head to the ship’s luxury jewellery boutique to learn about gold nuggets and maybe even pick out a piece of jewellery for yourself or a loved one to forever remind you of your Alaska cruise.
Day 8 : Glacier Bay
You’ll be served cups of Dutch green pea soup on the Lido deck today as your ship edges so close to the face of Glacier Bay’s Margerie Glacier that you can feel its coolness in the air. If you listen closely, you’ll hear ‘White Thunder’ the Tlingit name for the sound of glaciers crashing into the sea. Keep an eye out for wildlife too; Glacier National Park is home to deer and lynx. National Park Service rangers will board your ship to point out wildlife and explain glacial activity.
Day 9 : Ketchikan
Today you’ll be heading to Ketchikan; much of the town’s colourful past is still in evidence, as you’ll realise when you the world’s largest collection of totem poles which stare out to sea. Study the stories carved into the Tlingit totem poles and then carve a story of your own with a tribal elder.
Day 10 : Cruising the Inside Passage
As you make your way back to Vancouver via the Inside Passage, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife. Keep an eye out for fishing trawlers laden with their catch heading to harbour, historic lighthouses on rocky isolated shores, coastal First Nations long houses fronted with proud totems and all manner of marine life.
Day 11-12 : Depart Vancouver - Arrive UK
Arrive back in Vancouver at 7am. After Breakfast on board disembark and make your way to the airport to check-in in time for your homeward flight.