Day 1: New Zealand – -Calgary
Today, depart New Zealand to begin your Canada & Alaska holiday! On arrival after clearing customs and immigration formalities make your own way to your hotel. The hotel provides a 24/7 airport shuttle. You can request the hotel shuttle with the phones located in the arrivals hall. On arrival at your hotel the rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, your Webjet tour guide will welcome you to Canada.
Alberta’s landscape encompasses mountains, prairies, desert badlands and vast coniferous forests. It has more than 600 lakes, and rich mineral deposits. In the west, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks have glaciers in the Columbia Icefields. The Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is a biosphere reserve that straddles the southern border with the USA.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton or similar
Day 2: Calgary – Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper (B)
After breakfast, we begin our journey into the Canadian Rockies, with our first stop in the chic mountain town of Banff. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. After time to wander the streets of Banff, we continue our drive heading north to the “Diamond in the Wilderness” otherwise known as Lake Louise. Later proceed to the “Columbia Icefield”, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains of North America. After, we continue to our overnight in the mountain town of Jasper.
Optional Tour: This tour takes visitors onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier by Ice Explorer; a massive vehicle specially designed for glacial travel. An experienced driver-guide shares a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment during this one hour and 20 minute journey—Must be booked prior to departure.
PLEASE NOTE: for those customers not wishing to purchase the icefields optional tour, you’ll have free time at the visitors centre while waiting for the other passengers to complete the 1 hour 20 minute activity.
Hotel: Hotel Chateau Jasper or similar
Day 3: Jasper – Kamloops (B)
This morning we check-out of our hotel and visit Lake Pyramid, a stunning natural landmark that overlooks the town of Jasper. After, we stop by Jasper’s famed Maligne Canyon, a narrow canyon eroded out of the Palliser Formation, the canyon measures over 50 metres deep with a spectacular plummeting waterfall. Once we have finished exploring Jasper’s surrounding wonders, we continue through the stellar scenery before making our way out of the Rocky Mountains and on to the town of Kamloops.
Hotel: Quality Inn or similar
Day 4: Kamloops – Whistler – Vancouver (B)
Today our journey takes us along the Trans Canadian Highway towards the Ski town of Whistler. After arriving in Whistler, you will enjoy some time to eat or stroll around this picturesque mountain town. Whistler is only about 2 hours North of Vancouver, and roughly about 4 hours West of Kamloops. Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and snowboarding and, in Summer, mostly mountain biking. Its pedestrian village centre has won numerous design awards and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America. Whistler’s urban landscape was specifically designed to accommodate the natural environment. Many of Whistler’s bears have learned to do things like open car doors or hold spring-closed gates open so they can reach food. Some have even learnt to open the newspaper bins! We then continue down the North Shore. Highway 99, between Horseshoe Bay & Squamish, has to be one of the most beautiful roads in the area. With the ocean glimmering on the right and the mountains rising on the left, it is truly enchanting. On arrival into Vancouver, enjoy a panoramic tour of Vancouver before arriving at hotel.
Hotel: Abercorn Inn Richmond or similar
Day 5: Vancouver – Disembark on cruise (B,D)
Today, your private motor coach will transport you from the hotel to the Vancouver cruise port to join your luxury 5 star Celebrity Cruise of the inside passage. After settling into your cabin, kick back and begin to enjoy everything your world class ship has to offer.
Day 6: Inside Passage (scenic cruising) (B,L,D)
Today, enjoy everything your ship has to offer as you sail between the Inside Passage. Today you’ll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage. Home to diverse wildlife—orca, mountain goats, bald eagles, bears, puffins, sea otters and more—the complex labyrinth of fjords and bays are where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months.
Day 7: Icy Strait Point (B,L,D)
For thousands of years, the Tlingit Indians have called this place home. Located near the city of Hoonah, and home to a historic cannery, Icy Strait Point also offers travelers the chance to view wildlife like humpback whales, orcas, seals, eagles, and brown bears, or to explore monuments to the region’s fishing heritage.
Day 8: Hubbard Glacier (B,L,D)
Today you are in for a treat, spectacular views of the Hubbard Glacier. Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes.
Day 9: Juneau (B,L,D)
Today we are ported in Juneau. Here’s your chance to take a glacial dogsled adventure via helicopter in Alaska’s capital (optional). A city that gracefully balances frontier ruggedness with cosmopolitan flair. Mendenhall Glacier, a river of ice measuring 1.5 miles in width and over 6 miles in length, is part of Juneau’s Icefield, 1500 square miles of ice that feeds 38 glaciers and ready for you to take a float trip on it.
Day 10: Ketchikan (B,L,D)
You’ve never tasted salmon so fresh. Known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan is also the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who have carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles. If you’re up for an adventure, take a canoe and nature trail excursion through the rain forest or a wilderness exploration followed by a sumptuous crab feast you can’t resist (optional).
Day 11: Inside Passage (scenic cruising) (B,L,D)
Today, enjoy your luxury ship and the spectacular scenery as your ship makes to way through the narrow channel of the Inside Passage.
Day 12: Vancouver – – Australia (B)
This morning, disembark from your Luxury cruise ship to start your journey home. Upon disembarkation you will be meet and transferred to the airport to board your flight back to Australia.
Day 13: In flight
Day 14: New Zealand
Arrive home today.