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Journey through the Clouds Explorer Westbound with Celebrity Eclipse Post-Tour Alaskan Cruise

16 days Cruising

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Turquoise-blue lakes. Free-flowing waterfalls. Snow-capped peaks. You’ll experience everything you might picture when you think of the Rockies. Take to the skies and see those iconic mountains from Banff Gondola and a helicopter ride, drive on an ancient glacier, and simply relax and enjoy the ever-changing landscapes from the comfort of your train carriage. All of that before you set sail over the border into Alaska. See glaciers and ice formations as high as 10-story buildings. And feel the icy sea breeze on your skin as you cruise the Inside Passage. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Calgary Arrival

Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in “The Heart of the New West” independently. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 2: Calgary – Lake Louise

Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Lake Louise. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in world famous Lake Louise late this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 3: Lake Louise – Banff

This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff.

Please note: while departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00pm, scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00pm. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.

Day 4: Banff – Jasper

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Spend the next 2 nights in Jasper. (L)

Day 5: Jasper

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. Highlights include lunch and a lake cruise at historic Maligne Lake. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. (L)

Day 6: Jasper – Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B/L)

Day 7: Kamloops – Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver. (B/L)

Day 8: Vancouver

Enjoy an extra night in Vancouver before joining the cruise ship on day 9. 

Day 9: Celebrity Eclipse

Check out of your Vancouver hotel and make your way to Vancouver cruise port to board the spectacular Celebrity Eclipse, the next part of your adventure.

Day 10: Celebrity Eclipse – Inside Passage

You’ll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage, a complex labyrinth of fjords and bays where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months.

Day 11: Celebrity Eclipse – Icy Strait Point

Onto Icy Strait Point, go whale watching, learn Tinglit tribal customs, buy arts-and-crafts gifts, or fly high above Port Frederick on a 1.6km long zip-rider.

Day 12: Celebrity Eclipse – 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 13: Celebrity Eclipse – Juneau

Next its Juneau where some sightseeing is best from above. View the majestic Mendenhall Glacier from the East Glacier Loop Trail.

Day 14: Celebrity Eclipse – Ketchikan

Experience Eden firsthand in Ketchikan. Kayak tranquil saltwater fjords fringed by ancient forests, keeping an eye out for black bear and playful porpoise.

Day 15: Celebrity Eclipse – Inside Passage

Back through inside passage, Journey through the forested islands and majestic mountain ranges of the Inside Passage, utterly breathtaking.

Day 16: Celebrity Eclipse – Vancouver

Disembark in Vancouver, Ranked in the world’s top 5 cities for quality of life, on a clear day you’ll see as far as distant Mount Baker. Make your way to Vancouver Airport for your onward flight.

 

B - Breakfast
L - Lunch 

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Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

GMT -5 hours Eastern Canada 
GMT -8 hours Western Canada

Tour inclusions

  • 2 days Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service
  • 2 breakfasts and 4 lunches
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Jasper Highlights Tour
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer
  • Yoho National Park
  • Calgary to Lake Louise Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Panoramic Helicopter Tour
  • Calgary Tower
  • Luggage handling and rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper
  • National parks pass

Tour exclusions

  • International flight in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Meals, other than specified
  • Activities, other than specified
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
  • Fuel surcharges
  • GST as applicable
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfer upon arrival and on departure
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)

Dining inclusions

2 breakfasts and 4 lunches included.

Accommodation

Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.