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Cosmos The Canadian Rockies with Alaska Cruise (8904)

20 days from Vancouver to Vancouver 
Canada’s national parks and scenic drives highlight this wonderful Canadian Rockies tour that overnights in Vancouver, Kelowna, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Sun Peaks, Whistler, and Victoria. Plus, enjoy a 7-night Alaska cruise and marvel at the amazing spectacle of thunder and spray as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

You’ll spend time in Banff National Park, with its valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, rivers, and meadows, and Jasper National Park, with its majestic mountains and abundant wildlife. Other Canadian national parks on this tour include Glacier National Park, with its rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls, and Yoho National Park, with its vertical rockwalls, waterfalls, and beautiful peaks. In addition to national parks, you’ll also visit some of Canada’s most popular resort towns on this Canadian Rockies tour. In the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Lake Okanagan and surrounded by orchards and vineyards, enjoy a winery tour. In the mountain resort of Sun Peaks, you’ll overnight after a beautiful drive that includes passing Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ highest mountain at 12,972 feet. You’ll also overnight and have a full day in Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

A tour highlight is a stop at the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Here, you’ll ride the Ice Explorer that travels on ice that is 1,200 feet thick. You’ll also travel to the Pacific Coast, where you’ll sail across the Strait of Georgia to Victoria for a sightseeing tour, two overnights, free time to discover some of Victoria’s most popular attractions, and a visit to Butchart Gardens, rated as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

For the value-minded traveler, this Canadian Rockies tour with an Alaska cruise is a dream vacation!

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

In Vancouver and Victoria; orientation tour in Jasper, Stanley Park, included winery tour, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), and Butchart Gardens.

Cosmos Hotels

VANCOUVER Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver City Center (F)
KELOWNA Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre (F)
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Bow View Lodge, High Country Inn or Inns of Banff (ST)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Marmot Lodge (F)
SUN PEAKS Sun Peaks Lodge (ST)
WHISTLER Listel Hotel Whistler (MF)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)
ALASKA CRUISE MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam

Itinerary (2018)

Day 1VANCOUVER.
 Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2VANCOUVER.
 This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbor, beaches, and more. The rest of the day is at leisure; your Tour Director can suggest ways to further explore the city. Maybe take a water taxi to Granville Island with outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, and art galleries.
Day 3VANCOUVER–KELOWNA.
 Our journey begins in British Columbia’s fertile valleys and continues through rich mountain forests to Lake Okanagan. Travel along the lake to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the lake shore and surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Sample local wines on the included WINERY TOUR.
Day 4KELOWNA–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–YOHO NATIONAL PARK–BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
 Motor north through the Okanagan Valley, famous for its peaches and vineyards. Climb up 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass in GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Take a break at the pass, perfect for photos of the rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. Enter YOHO NATIONAL PARK and scale Kicking Horse Pass at 5,421 feet. By early evening, reach BANFF NATIONAL PARK, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
Day 5BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
 Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, and your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
Day 6BANFF NATIONAL PARK–LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
 First, to Lake Louise, its turquoise waters a perfect natural mirror that reflects the mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the motorcoach continues northward into JASPER NATIONAL PARK. A highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to ride the Ice Explorer that travels on ice that’s 1,200 feet thick. This afternoon, join our optional float trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper town-site upon arrival.
Day 7JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
 Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer—from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.
Day 8JASPER NATIONAL PARK–MOUNT ROBSON–SUN PEAKS.
 Leave Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, peaking at 12,972 feet. Continue following the Yellowhead Highway south along the North Thompson River—a route pioneered by fur trappers a century ago. Overnight at the Sun Peaks mountain resort.
Day 9SUN PEAKS–LILLOOET–WHISTLER.
 Head south, following the once treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. Via Lillooet, “Mile 0 of the Gold Rush Route,” your motorcoach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes with a late-afternoon arrival in Whistler.
Day 10WHISTLER.
 Spend the day in the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. Free time to explore many sites from the 2010 Winter Olympics or to join one of the many optional excursions, including flightseeing by floatplane over the lakes and glaciated peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Day 11WHISTLER–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA.
 Set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Afternoon arrival in Victoria. Sightseeing includes Marine Drive, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. Then, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, rated among the most beautiful gardens in the world. Stroll through the colorful Sunken Garden, the Japanese and Italian Gardens, the English Rose Garden, and the magnificent Ross Fountain.
Day 12VICTORIA.
 Today is at leisure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, an IMAX presentation at the National Geographic Theatre, whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.
Day 13VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION).
 Morning departure for Vancouver. Embark your cruise ship. (D)
Day 14SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.
 One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B,L,D)
Day 15JUNEAU..
 Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B,L,D)
Day 16SKAGWAY.
 Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. (B,L,D)
Day 17SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY.
 This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. (B,L,D)
Day 18KETCHIKAN.
 This self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)
Day 19SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.
 Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B,L,D)
Day 20VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION).
 Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

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Cosmos Pricing Details

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase. Gratuities for cruise are additional and paid on board ship.

Any applicable Goods and Service Tax (GST) and/or Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) for Canada are additional. Taxes will be calculated and listed at the time of booking, prior to payment being collected.

Pricing is based on inside category K or J; upgrade to an outside cabin category D or C for $450, or a verandah cabin category VD (Nieuw Amsterdam) from $614 or B (Volendam) from $1,050.

Cruise line non-commissionable fare, government taxes and fees of $440 to $485 depending on ship/date are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
from $1,455 based on date and cabin category

Triple Room Reduction per person:
from $150 based on date and cabin category

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Cosmos Notes

Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of publishing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

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Guaranteed Departure 04/23/2018 $2,539.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/04/2018 $2,589.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/14/2018 $2,679.00
05/21/2018 $2,779.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/25/2018 $2,679.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/28/2018 $3,009.00
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Guaranteed Departure 06/08/2018 $2,909.00
06/11/2018 $3,009.00
06/15/2018 $2,909.00
06/22/2018 $2,909.00
06/25/2018 $3,099.00
06/29/2018 $2,909.00
07/02/2018 $3,099.00
07/06/2018 $2,909.00
07/09/2018 $3,099.00
07/16/2018 $3,099.00
07/20/2018 $2,909.00
07/23/2018 $3,099.00
07/27/2018 $2,909.00
07/30/2018 $3,099.00
08/03/2018 $2,909.00
08/06/2018 $3,099.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/10/2018 $2,909.00
08/17/2018 $2,909.00
08/20/2018 $2,909.00
08/24/2018 $2,819.00
08/31/2018 $2,819.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/07/2018 $2,779.00
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