WMT’s 28th Annual Alaska Cruise Tour with Optional Canadian Rockies

Dates: June 2021

Vacation your way – choose the Canadian Rockies, the Alaskan cruise – or both for a vacation of a lifetime! Words and photos cannot adequately capture the beauty of the Canadian Rockies on this 11-day tour to a land of majestic and jagged mountain peaks, fascinating wildlife, alpine meadows, waterfalls, sparkling glaciers, crystal-clear lakes and breathtaking scenery. Relax and be pampered on a 7-day cruise with stops at quaint mining towns and adorable cities, plus cruising by beautiful sites and glaciers. Select either or both for indescribable beauty!

Opt to join us for the 28th Annual WMT’s Alaska Cruise, the Canadian Rockies OR both!

SATURDAY, JUNE 12: DEPART FOR VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Depart from Cedar Rapids and arrive in Vancouver for a pre-night stay.

SUNDAY, JUNE 13: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA-BOARD SHIP

Today we board the ship and prepare for our journey to Alaska! (D)

MONDAY, JUNE 14: INSIDE PASSAGE (CRUISING)

No better way to enjoy the cruise than a relaxing day at sea with breathtaking sightseeing along the way of British Columbia’s Inside Passage. We’ll keep an eye out for wildlife sightings such as: salmon sharks, white spirit bears and seabirds. (B, L, D)

TUESDAY, JUNE 15: KETCHIKAN, ALASKA

Ketchikan is canned the salmon capital of the world and is also home to three tribes of Northwest Coast Indians, making it a fantastic cultural stop.  (B, L, D)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16: JUNEAU, ALASKA

Alaska’s remote state capital is a fantastic place to dive into nature with its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife. Downtown offers centuries-old bars, boutique shops and historic landmarks. (B, L, D)

THURSDAY, JUNE 17: SKAGWAY, ALASKA

The tiny town of Skagway still looks like it did during the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago— and today it remains an outpost for thrilling Alaskan adventure. If outdoor adventure is more your thing, there are plenty of ways to amp up the adrenaline, from sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier to rafting Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America. (B, L, D)

FRIDAY, JUNE 18: TRACY ARM FJORD

See active glaciers carved into 7,000-foot-tall mountain peaks and plunging waterfalls burrowed into evergreen-clad cliffs. Glimpse native wildlife and watch deep blue icebergs float past the ship. (B, L, D)

SATURDAY, JUNE 19: CRUISING

Wrapping up the cruise, we enjoy a full day cruising with the opportunity to relax. There is however plenty to do onboard including mini golf and a rock climbing wall. (B, L, D)

SUNDAY, JUNE 20: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA-DISEMBARK SHIP

Following a relaxing 7-day cruise of Alaska, your journey will either take you on a return flight home or you will stay in Vancouver to begin the Canadian Rockies portion of the tour! (B)

CANADIAN ROCKIES PORTION

SUNDAY, JUNE 20: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA—TRANSFER TO HOTEL

You will join the group today either after departing the Alaska Cruise or after a pre night stay on June 19 if you’re just starting your journey. Enjoy the day at your leisure before a group dinner this evening. (D)

MONDAY, JUNE 21: VANCOUVER-VICTORIA

This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Catch the BC ferry over to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Visit world-famous Globus Local Favorite Butchart Gardens, followed by a special dinner in the former historic greenhouse overlooking the gardens. (B, D)

TUESDAY, JUNE 22: VICTORIA

The day is free to explore on your own; perhaps consider an optional marine wildlife and whale-watching trip. Shoppers will love Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s specialty stores, while history buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. (B)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23: VICTORIA-WHISTLER

Today, board a BC ferry  and cross the Strait of Georgia and cruise through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Stop at Shannon Falls, where a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform near the base of the roaring falls. On to the alpine resort of Whistler at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain to explore the 2010 Winter Olympics’ sites. (B)

THURSDAY, JUNE 24: WHISTLER

This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. The rest of the day is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. 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 tree tops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort. (B)

FRIDAY, JUNE 25: WHISTLER-SUN PEAKS

This morning, journey north through the heart of the magnificent Cariboo region. Spectacular scenery abounds as you pass by rolling hills, deeply incised rivers, and sparkling lakes. Afternoon arrival in Sun Peaks with the balance of the day at leisure. You may take advantage of an optional (weather pending) canoe trip on Lake McGillivray, where, surrounded by beautiful scenery, you learn about Canada’s fur trade. (B)

SATURDAY, JUNE 26: SUN PEAKS-JASPER

Continue north, following Yellowhead Highway and hugging the mighty North Thompson River, into the province of Alberta. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) before entering Jasper National Park. Marvel at the precipitous gorges, snow-capped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens in this wild mountain wilderness. Before arriving at your hotel, 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, D)

SUNDAY, JUNE 27: JASPER-EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE

Enjoy a sightseeing tour to see Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Afterward, travel to glacial Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own. (B)

MONDAY, JUNE 28: JASPER-COLUMBIA ICEFIELD-LAKE LOUISE-BANFF

This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer Ride. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass with splendid views. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into Banff National Park. (B)

TUESDAY, JUNE 29: BANFF

Breakfast this morning is served on top of Sulphur Mountain. Take a scenic ride on the 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 flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner together. (B, D)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30: BANFF-CALGARY-RETURN HOME

Today we will transfer to Calgary International Airport and return home following a tour of the Canadian Rockies and perhaps also of Alaska. (B)

Choose From:

A) Alaska Cruise

B) Both: Alaska Cruise & Canadian Rockies tour

C) Canadian Rockies

 

Included:

  • Escorted by Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
  • Overnight accommodations and taxes
  • Transfers
  • Select meals, per the itinerary

 

For more information about this tour and to request a full brochure – contact: travel@duagency.com