Grand Western Canada Vacation with Alaska Cruise
Who says you can’t have it all? Certainly not Canadians! From international cities to national parks, snow-dusted summits to vineyard-dotted valleys, dramatic glaciers to soothing hot springs, and the calmest of lakes to the wildest of creatures, Western Canada presents the greatest range of sights and cities, not to mention mountains! Pack your bags for a variety of adventure as we’ve packed the best of British Columbia and Alberta into one encompassing vacation. On this grand tour of Western Canada, you’ll spend time in the multicultural metropolis of Vancouver and the British-infused city of Victoria before trading the pubs of the “garden city” for the peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Devour the majestic scenery of four national parks – Glacier, Yoho, Banff, and Jasper – get a taste of resort life in renowned Whistler, sip your way through the vineyards of charming lakeside Kelowna, and clink your glasses to mountains of fun. Make a grand vacation even grander by adding a leisurely Alaska cruise to your tour of Western Canada. While your ship will sail through the glacial beauty of the Inside Passage, Tracy Arm, and Glacier Bay National Park, you’ll personally cruise through several exciting ports of call, including the capital city of Juneau, the gold rush town of Skagway, and totem-pole-dotted Ketchikan.
Highlights of Grand Western Canada Vacation with Alaska Cruise
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Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase. 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.Cruise line non-commissionable fare, government taxes, and fees from $485 to $555, depending on ship/date, are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.
CP|Grand Western Canada VacationCPI|With Alaska Cruise
Visiting and participating in activities in this region may be subject to favorable weather conditions.
We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides, to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.
Banff National Park|Glacier Bay|Jasper National Park
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Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select North America dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
Grand Western Canada Vacation
Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 12 dinners
ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your travel companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
VANCOUVER–KELOWNA Bountiful Beauty Depart Vancouver and travel into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the thriving lakefront resort community of Kelowna. (B)FREE TIME TIPSEXPLORE MORE in Kelowna with its long stretches of sandy beaches, vineyards, and orchards. Enjoy an evening at leisure where you may wish to take a stroll on the lakefront boardwalk, enjoy dinner at one of the many alfresco restaurants, or sample a glass of local wine. Your Tour Director has suggestions to make the most of your free time. Tap your GlobusGO mobile app for maps, tips, and more.
KELOWNA–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–BANFF, ALBERTA Breathtaking Banff Drive east and enjoy the panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Continue over the Continental Divide into Alberta before descending Kicking Horse Pass into Banff National Park. Dinner at a local restaurant tonight. (B,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHT PICTURE PERFECT Get ready for a spectacular adventure to explore the beauty of Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes in Banff National Park - Canada’s first national park. This awe-inspiring natural wonder, where soaring peaks and sapphire lakes meet the heavens for a breathtaking experience like no other on Earth!
BANFF Heavenly Heights Breakfast this morning is served on top of Sulphur Mountain. Take a scenic ride on the [LF] Banff Gondola to the top of the mountain and then enjoy spectacular views of the valley below as you savor a flavorful meal. Additional sightseeing in Banff includes a visit to Bow Falls. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. (B)LOCAL FAVORITEEPIC RIDE Soar to the top of the world on the Banff Gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy breakfast and be in awe of the magnificent, natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies with breathtaking views you’ll never forget.
BANFF–LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD –JASPER Rocky Mountain Majesty Visit Lake Louise, whose blue-green waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue on the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to the Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ride on the Ice Explorer. Discover the power of nature as you drive on the Athabasca Glacier. Continue along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park. Tonight, enjoy a special fireside chat with drumming, singing, and indigenous stories shared by the legendary [LF] Warrior Women. (B,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHT EPIC RIDE Be moved by an expedition across the Athabasca Glacier. Traverse this massive glacier aboard the all-terrain Columbia Ice Explorer and walk on the surface where the Earth’s geology is changing beneath your feet. Feel the force of nature’s strength on an ancient glacier that still carves the face of the Rocky Mountains today.
JASPER. EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE Spectacular Jasper National Park Enjoy a short orientation tour to see Jasper’s unspoiled beauty, followed by an excursion to glacial Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to Spirit Island. Cruise on clear azure waters amid lofty snow-capped peaks and learn the history of Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own. Perhaps take an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River, where your experienced guide will navigate as you absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTNATURAL WONDERS Spanning nearly 4,250 square miles of spectacular natural beauty, Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Its vast wilderness, majestic peaks, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking panoramic sights lie below an incredible Dark Sky to thrill stargazers as well. A cruise to Spirit Island on the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake is a spectacular sight to behold as one of the most photographed locations in the world for its jaw-dropping beauty.
JASPER–KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA Historic British Columbia Scenic drive on Yellowhead Highway past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, en route to Kamloops. (B)FREE TIME TIPSEXPLORE MORE in Kamloops with a stroll through downtown to find a wealth of shops, cafes, and eateries amid a vibrant local art and cultural scene in this outdoor mecca for hikers, skiers, and nature lovers. Take a walk through picturesque Riverside Park along the Thompson River for a touch of natural beauty in the heart of this modern city with its roots in 10,000 years of its Native Peoples and early 19th-century fur trading and gold prospecting. Check with your Tour Director for the best way to explore Kamloops or get the maps and tips you need on your handy GlobusGO mobile app!
KAMLOOPS–WHISTLER Alpine Adventures Travel to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain, for a 2-night stay at the luxury basecamp, the Fairmont Chateau. The evening is free with time to explore. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT The luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler resort is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain where you’ll enjoy spectacular mountain setting in this stunning architecture that blends with the natural alpine views. Relax in the spa, by the pool, or with a stroll through the Olympic village. Your Tour Director and GlobusGO mobile app have plenty of expert tips, maps, and more.
WHISTLER Alpine Adventures Full free day to explore all that Whistler has to offer. (B)FREE TIME TIPSEXPLORE MORE in Whistler. You might enjoy a trip on Whistler’s Peak2Peak Gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you travel via the longest unsupported gondola span in the world. Other options include a walk in the treetops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort.
WHISTLER–VICTORIA Ancient Traditions Enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the [LF] Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Then travel west to catch a BC Ferry to Vancouver Island for Victoria, said to be the most British city outside of Britain. See major attractions on your city orientation tour, including the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. (B)LOCAL FAVORITECULTURAL GEMS Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre before opening hours where you will be greeted with a First Nations welcome followed by breakfast. The centre is a spectacular setting, which brings to life the history of Native peoples whose traditions and beautiful culture still resonate today.
VICTORIA The Grandest of Gardens This morning and afternoon are free to explore on your own; your Tour Director may recommend an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. Later, visit world-famous [LF] Butchart Gardens, followed by a special dinner in the former greenhouse, renovated to the Blue Poppy Restaurant. (B,D)LOCAL FAVORITE PICTURE PERFECT Butchart Gardens, named for the woman who founded this botanical oasis of blooming shades and horticultural design, is a National Historic site for its legacy and lush treasure of millions of flowering beds and over 900 varieties of plants in exquisitely landscaped gardens bring fairytales to life.
VICTORIA–VANCOUVER British Columbia Treasures Board a BC Ferry and cross the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. In the evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travel companions for a festive farewell dinner tonight. (B,D)
VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION) Alaskan Adventure by Sea Embark on your 7-Night Alaska’s Inside Passage cruise. (B,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTNATURAL WONDERS You’re in for one wild and wonderful week on a roundtrip cruise on the incredible Inside Passage through the spectacular ports of Alaska. Cruise from Vancouver to discover spellbinding scenery from narrow fjords to scattered islets and towering peaks. Get close to massive glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park and wait breathlessly for ice to calve off and plunge into the ocean. Inside Passage waters are as smooth as it gets, while on shore you’ll find endless thrills and chills.
CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE, ALASKA Glacial Fjords & Grand Forests Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. (B,L,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTWILD BY NATURE Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orcas plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline.
CRUISING: TRACY ARM–JUNEAU, ALASKA Coastal Cliffs & The Catch of the Day Steep cliffs and glacier-covered mountains flank the Tracy Arm fjord, fringed by the largest intact coastal temperate rain forest in the United States. Old-growth trees colonized Tracy Arm's mouth long ago as the Ice Age retreated. Continue cruising to Juneau, Alaska and visit the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day. (B,L,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTUNTAMED WILDERNESS Even more glorious than nearby Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm is part of the 5.7 million acres (or around 23,000 square kilometers) of pure wilderness sheltered by the Tongass National Forest (America's biggest). Visitors often see bears, whales, and mountain goats roaming across various corners of this pristine area—not to mention chubby baby seals resting on the ice floes. Summer temperatures average 35 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 16 degrees Celsius), so pack warm clothing. Pack your waterproof gear, even when traveling by cruise ship, in preparation for the more than 1 ½ meters of rainfall each year!
SKAGWAY The Rush for Gold At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons, and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway—but today it has been reinvigorated as a gateway for a new kind of visitor: those looking to explore Alaska’s colorful history, pristine wildlife, and unrivaled natural beauty. (B,L,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTLEGENDS & LORE At every turn, you’ll find yourself immersed in gold rush lore in the town of Skagway, from the infamous Red Onion Saloon that still keeps a pistol that Wyatt Earp left behind on his way to the Klondike, to the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, traversing rugged mountains, waterfalls, and towering glaciers on its course to Whitehorse deep in the Yukon.
CRUISING: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK Ice Dancing On your cruise to Glacier Bay (A UNESCO World Heritage Site), close your eyes and take in the sounds—the creaks and groans of “living” ice, the shrill cries of gulls and soaring eagles, the splash of a breaching humpback whale. Frosted peaks towering over mossy forests, wide tidewater glaciers (there are seven in the park), and marine wildlife are givens on Glacier Bay cruises, but every experience in this changing biosphere is unique. (B,L,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHT WILD DISCOVERIES Cruise to Glacier Bay where the sounds of creaking groans of living ice in constant flux, the shrill calls of gulls and soaring eagles, and the splash of breaching humpback whales are likely to greet you. Frosted peaks towering over mossy forests, wide tidewater glaciers (there are seven in the park), and marine wildlife are main attractions, but every discovery in this dynamic biosphere is unique. With the serene majesty of snow-flecked and forested mountains defining its shores, Glacier Bay National Park offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Keep your binoculars and camera at the ready as you cruise Glacier Bay to the mile-wide Margerie Glacier for the chance to witness ice calving. Wildlife abounds in Glacier Bay, so stay ready—you never know when you will see the fluke of a humpback rise out of the water or spot a lone brown bear patrolling a windswept beach.
KETCHIKAN Port of Call Take an adventure and cruise to Ketchikan, Alaska. Alaska's "First City" of Ketchikan is so named because it’s the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain. (B,L,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTHISTORY & TRADITION Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon-fishing and -packing industries. Visitors can savor the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants on a cruise to Ketchikan excursion. Ketchikan is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park, while the attractions of Saxman Village just outside of Ketchikan offers the chance to see Tlingit culture in action, with working carvers and a dance show in the clan house.
CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE Where the Wild Things Are Scenic cruising through the Inside Passage again offering opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife. (B,L,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTALASKAN ADVENTURE Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orcas plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline. One of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.
VANCOUVER, BC (DISEMBARKATION) Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Schedule flights departing from Vancouver International Airport after Noon. (B)
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|1||Georgian Court Hotel||The boutique Georgian Court Hotel is situated in downtown Vancouver, steps from BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, fashionable Robson Street, and many of Vancouver's main attractions. The hotel features sophisticated and elegant decor, attentive service, first class amenities, and one of Vancouver's best Italian restaurants - Frankie's Italian Kitchen and Bar.||Vancouver||773 Beatty St||Superior First-Class|
|2||Delta Grand Okanagan Resort||This beautiful hotel is ideally situated in downtown Kelowna and features contemporary design, fitness centre, business centre, gift shop, and several restaurants. Guestrooms are also fully equipped with internet access, air-conditioning, and private baths.||Kelowna||1310 Water Street||Superior First-Class|
|3||Banff Park Lodge||The hotel offers an indoor pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, Hot Plunge Pool, several boutiques, concierge desk, restaurant, and room service. Guestrooms feature cable TV, coffee maker, Internet access, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and in-room safe.||Banff||201 Lynx Street||First-Class|
|4||Forest Park Hotel||Located at the base of the mountains, the Forest Park Hotel features 152 spacious non-smoking guestrooms. The hotel combines rustic charm expected of a mountain inn with modern accents and amenities.||Jasper||82 Cannaught Drive||First-Class|
|5||Sandman Signature Hotel||Facing Riverside Park and the Thompson River, Sandman Signature Hotel is smartly designed with thoughtfully appointed guestrooms, indoor pool and hot tub, on-site restaurant, fitness room, and complimentary Wi-Fi.||Kamloops||225 Lorne Street||First-Class|
|6||Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort||The Chateau is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain and just 5 minutes from the center of Whistler Village. The hotel has a golf-course, indoor & outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis courts, fitness center, spa, concierge service, gift shops, guest laundry, business center, several restaurants, baker, lounge, Afternoon Tea, and room service.||Whistler||4599 Chateau Blvd.||Deluxe|
|7||DoubleTree by Hilton Victoria||DoubleTree by Hilton Victoria boasts an ideal downtown location steps away from the Inner Harbour, boutique shops, whale watching, museums, and many arts and cultural activities. Guestrooms offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Olympic Mountain Range, downtown Victoria, and the Legislative Building.||Victoria||777 Douglas Street||First-Class|