• Alaska & Die Kanadese Rockies

Alaska & Die Kanadese Rockies

10 – 26 September 2020

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‘n Natuurlike wonderland van berge, gletsers, swart bere en moordvisse

Reisprogram

Dag 1: 10 September 2020

JOHANNESBURG – SEATTLE

We meet at O.R. Tambo International Airport and check in for our flight to Seattle.

Overnight Aircraft Meals on-board

Dag 2: 11 September 2020

SEATTLE

Upon arrival in Seattle, we collect our luggage and make our way through security. We meet our local guide and transfer to the harbour and board our “hotel on water”. Rest of the day, and evening, is at leisure.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean Lunch and Dinner on-board ship

Dag 3: 12 September 2020

AT SEA

Enjoy the luxuries of the boat as we navigate through the breath-taking Inside Passage. You are on holiday and are free to sleep in, visit the spa or sit outside drinking in the scenery.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean Breakfast and Dinner on board

Dag 4: 13 September 2020

ALASKA INSIDE PASSAGE – JUNEA

Enjoy the luxuries of the boat as we navigate through the breath-taking Inside Passage. You are on holiday and are free to sleep in, visit the spa or sit outside drinking in the scenery.

At lunchtime we dock in Juneau, the capital of Alaska. The city, which started because of a gold rush in 1880, is located at the foot of Mount Juneau. It has retained its historical, frontier ruggedness, while still exuding a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Here, along the Gastineau Channel and surrounded by glacier-capped mountains rising thousands of feet, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some of Alaska’s most beautiful scenery, including fjords, the majestically Mendehall Glacier and many hiking trails through the largest temperate rainforest in the state. Helicopter and float-plane flights are some of the optional activities available.

Otherwise, spend time exploring this beautiful city at your own pace and as your heart desires. Don’t miss our departure later this evening!

Overnight: Royal Caribbean All meals

Dag 5: 14 September 2020

SKAGWAY

Now a beautiful and popular borough located on the Alaska panhandle, Skagway was once a little more than a small and lawless settlement. All quickly changed when gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory. Thousands of dreamers in search of riches soon made their way to the community. From July to October 1897 the area had grown from a dishevelled collection of tents into a town with well laid out streets, buildings, stores, saloons, gambling and dance houses and a population of approximately 20,000.

Skagway is the smallest borough in Alaska and is located in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Taiya Inlet, the northernmost fjord on Alaska’s Inside Passage. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers and the beautiful Alaskan sea, Skagway is worth visiting for its breath-taking geography alone. Remember it is from Skagway that you can ride on the world- famous White Pass and Yukon Railroad, do look out for this optional excursion.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean All meals

Dag 6: 15 September 2020

ENDICOTT ARM & DAWES GLACIER

In the early hours of the morning we cruise through one of Alaska’s lesser-known gems. Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As we drift through its 30- mile-long stretch, we can’t help but be awed by the surrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle’s appeal.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean All meals

Dag 7: 16 September 2020

AT SEA

Enjoy the luxuries of the boat as we navigate through the breath-taking passages. You are on holiday and are free to sleep in, visit the spa or sit outside drinking in the scenery.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean All meals

Dag 8: 17 September 2020

VANCOUVER

Upon arrival at the Vancouver Cruise Ship Terminal we will be met by our local guide. Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage throughout all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Our sightseeing tour upon arrival includes a drive around Stanley Park with stops at interesting places, among them the famous Totem Pole Display at Brockton Point, Canada Place and the waterfront, historic Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, with its 19th Century buildings, the Steam Clock, cobblestone streets and hidden passageways and Granville Island with its famous public market.

Remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: River Rock Resort or similar Breakfast

Dag 9: 18 September 2020

VANCOUVER

Day at leisure to explore this beautiful city on your own.

Overnight: River Rock Resort or similar Breakfast

Dag 10: 19 September 2020

VANCOUVER – VICTORIA – VANCOUVER

We enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then make our way to the ferry harbour where we board the ferry to Victoria. We cruise through the beautiful Gulf Islands, followed by a visit to the famous Butchart Gardens – one of the world’s great floral displays. Ample time will be given for browsing through the regal gardens.

We then continue to Victoria, British Columbia’s provincial capital. This used to be a Gold Rush town, its pioneering heritage and traditions are well preserved in museums, art galleries, pioneer homes and great mansions. Victoria is known as the “Sunshine City of Gardens”, because of an abundance of green spaces and spectacular floral gardens. The hanging flower baskets, the buskers along the Inner Harbour, ocean vistas and the relaxing pace captivate all visitors.

We return to Vancouver later afternoon.

Overnight: River Rock Resort or similar Breakfast

Dag 11: 20 September 2020

VANCOUVER – KAMLOOPS

We leave Vancouver for the Fraser Valley with its lush green fields, rolling hills, endless forests, prosperous farm communities and award-winning wineries. The Fraser River is the heart of one of the world’s greatest salmon producing river systems and the country it traverses is simply magnificent.

We continue to Kamloops, located at the confluence of the South and North Thompson rivers in British Columbia’s semi-arid grasslands. With over 2,000 hours of sunshine each year, Kamloops is

home to an incredibly diverse landscape of sagebrush-covered hills, rugged mountains, forested valleys and pristine lakes.

Overnight: Hampton Inn by Hilton or similar Breakfast

Dag 12: 21 September 2020

KAMLOOPS – BANFF

After breakfast we depart for Banff. We travel through the Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and teeming with wildlife. Watch for moose, elk, grizzly and black bears, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

Among other we will admire picturesque Lake Louise where we will see the reflection of the Victoria Glacier onto the turquoise blue waters of the Lake – symbolic of the quintessentially Canadian mountain scene.

In Banff we will have the opportunity to ride with the Banff Dongola to the top of Sulphur Mountain and take in the breath-taking views surrounded by six mountain ranges, see the town site of Banff nestled far below (optional excursion).

Overnight: Banff In or similar Breakfast

Dag 13: 22 September 2020

BANFF

Today we leave for the Icefield Parkway, one of the world’s most beautiful highways. Here one can find more than 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls cascading from dramatic rock spires and turquoise lakes set in sweeping valleys.
We stop at Bow Lake, Crowfoot Glacier and pass by Peyto Lake before reaching the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle.

We enjoy a Columbia Icefield Adventure, one of the most unique attractions in the Canadian Rockies. Massive Ice Explorers take us on a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. We walk to the Athabasca Falls – at 23 meters in height, not the tallest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies but it is on of the most powerful, due to the sheer volume of water flowing into the gorge from the Athabasca Rover, fed by the massive Columbia Icefield.

We return to Banff late in the afternoon.

Overnight: Banff Inn or similar Breakfast

Dag 14: 23 September 2020

BANFF – CALGARY

After breakfast we continue our journey to Calgary. Set dramatically between prairies and peaks, a chic metropolis, buzzing with innovative energy while embracing its rich western heritage, awaits us.

We enjoy a sightseeing passing the main sights including Fort Calgary, the Stampede grounds, the Eau Claire market and the downtown business district. We see the Calgary Tower, which at 1,228 meters above sea level is home to the highest 360 degree observation deck in the world.

Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on our own.

Overnight: Residence Inn by Marriott or similar Breakfast

Dag 15: 24 September 2020

CALGARY – EUROPE

Morning at leisure for last minute shopping and sightseeing.
Early afternoon we depart for the airport to check in for our flight home via Europe.

Overnight: Aircraft Breakfast & meals on-board

Dag 16: 25 September 2020

EUROPE – JOHANNESBURG

We arrive early morning in Europe and stay in transit while waiting for our next flight. Lounge access can be arranged at an additional charge (subject to availability).

Evening departure from Europe.

Overnight: Aircraft Meals on-board

Dag 17: 26 September 2020

JOHANNESBURG

Arrive home early morning after an unforgettable holiday!

BON VOYAGE!

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