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DAY 1: Depart London – Toronto – Niagara

Depart on your International flight from London Heathrow Airport on your scheduled flight to Calgary, Alberta’s major city and gateway to the Canadian Rockies.

Welcome to Canada. Upon arrival in Toronto, clear immigration, collect your luggage and follow exit sign. We board our coach and transfer to our hotel on the Falls in Niagara for the two nights.

Tonight we experience the Niagara Falls by night. See the Falls magically lit-up, an awe-inspiring sight.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Meals: Dinner                                                                    Overnight: Niagara


DAY 2: Niagara – City tour

 This morning after breakfast we depart for our tour of  the Niagara Falls. On arrival we will be free to discover the awe-inspiring Horseshoe and American Falls. The Falls can be viewed from the vantage point of the Skylon Tower. Next, experience the Journey behind the Falls excursion, where the sound is like thunder and the view is unparalleled. See the Horseshoe Falls rumble from 13 stories above — dropping over 700,000 gallons of water every second at 40 miles per hour.

We board the Maid of the Mist Cruise boat for an amazing close-up view of the thundering water of the Horseshoe Niagara Falls. It’s a fantastic journey through crashing waters surrounded by massive rock formations.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Later at 8:30pm enjoy the spectacle of nightly Niagara Falls lights and nightly illuminations.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                               Overnight:  Niagara Falls


DAY 3:Niagara – Toronto – Calgary

This morning after early breakfast, we travel to Toronto, Canada’s commercial and cultural centre, a city of contrasting modern and Victorian architecture.

Upon arrival in Toronto, we enjoy a guided panoramic sightseeing tour, featuring the Rogers Centre, formerly known as the SkyDome, the City Hall and Parliament Building.

Later we have free time at leisure at Eaton’s Centre or to discover Toronto at your own pace.

We also call at the CN Tower, where you take a ride to the top for unforgettable panoramic views over the city and Lake Ontario. 

Later transfer to Toronto Airport to board your flight to Calgary, Alberta’s major city and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. On arrival at Toronto Airport, please check in, clear security and proceed to the departure lounge to board your flight to Calgary.

Upon arrival in Calgary the cowboy city, clear immigration, collect your luggage and follow exit sign. Watch out for our representative who will be holding a placard with ‘Welcome Cobra holidays’ on it.

After meet & greet, we board our coach and transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Then proceed to our hotel for check-in and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                       Overnight: Calgary


DAY 4: Calgary – Banff – Lake Minnewanka & Bow falls

Today after breakfast, we board our coach and  proceed for sightseeing tour of Calgary city to include visiting popular attractions & landmarks, such as the Fort Calgary (walk around from outside), Calgary Tower (from outside), the Canada Olympic Park, St Stephens Ave Mall, City hall, Pengrowth Saddledome Olympic Plaza the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics and much more.

Then drive to Banff, through the rolling prairies of Alberta, and gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

We take a trip to the Hoodoos, Tunnel Mountain, and scenic Surprise Corner viewpoint overlooking the famous Banff Springs Hotel and the Bow Falls. Enjoy the unparalleled mountain scenery as we explore wondrous Banff National Park, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our sightseeing tour includes a Gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain experiencing stunning views at every turn of six mountain ranges, the village below, walk along the boardwalk to the Observation Deck (weather permitting). Bow falls and Banff Town Truly an exhilarating experience!

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                      Overnight: Banff


DAY 5: Banff – Lake Louise, Icefield Parkway, Sky Walk Jasper

This morning we board our coach and travel first to Lake Louise, its azure-blue waters a perfect natural mirror, reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges, and lakes come into view as you head through two mountain passes. We stop at Bow lake which is a small lake in western Alberta, Canada. It is located on the Bow River, in the Canadian Rockies, at an altitude of 1920 m.

Later we drive to Columbia Icefield for Glacier Adventure.

  1. We visit the New Glacier Skywalk for the breath taking views. Walk on the cliff edge glass floored observation platform 918 feet over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls.
  2. Then we proceed for an exciting ride on the Ice Explorer ‘Snow Coach’ over the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier.

 

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure

The Great Wall of China, the Statue of Liberty, the Pyramids of Egypt; every corner of the world has its must-see attraction….in the Canadian Rockies, it’s the Glacier Adventure.

This tour takes visitors onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier by Ice Explorer; a massive vehicle specially designed for glacial travel. An experienced driver-guide shares a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment during this one hour and 20 minute journey.

Mid-point in the tour, passengers can safely step out onto the glacier and take in the most stunning alpine and glacial vistas. Tours depart every 15-30mins from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre.

Note: Unfavourable weather conditions may affect the availability of the Columbia Icefield Snowcoach excursion.

We continue our journey to view the thundering Athabasca waterfalls and we continue driving to picturesque resort of Jasper, where you will enjoy an orientation tour of the town.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant:

After dinner check in to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                               Overnight: Jasper


DAY 6: Jasper – Mount Robson – Maligne LakeKamloops

Today board our coach and follow the Fraser River to the base of spectacular Mount Robson in Jasper National park, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies .

We drive from Jasper to visit Maligne Lake a spectacular lake in the Canadian Rockies. It is famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks, and the three glaciers.

We enter British Columbia so remember to set your clocks one hour back. We stop for lunch at Clear blue water.

Later we visit Spahat water falls which is a waterfall on Spahats Creek within Wells Gray Provincial Park of British Columbia.

Our journey is alongside the mighty Thompson River abounding in scenic delights as we travel westwards to the small city of Kamloops.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

After dinner check-in to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                          Overnight: Kamloops


DAY 7: Kamloops – Shannon water falls – Vancouver

This morning we depart at 8:30am and our journey takes us southwards towards Vancouver. We can expect a day of scenery changes when we drive through the ranch lands and head for the coastal dramatic mountains.

We drive south along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway through a dramatic landscape of jagged fjords and glaciated mountain peaks. Proceed to visit Shannon water Falls located 58 kilometers from Vancouver. Later continue our journey to Vancouver.

In the evening we arrive in Vancouver city, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                               Overnight: Vancouver


DAY 8: Vancouver – Seattle (USA)

After breakfast, explore the metropolis of Vancouver on a sightseeing tour. Highlights include Stanley Park, Prospect Point, English Bay, Lion bridge, historic Gastown, bustling Chinatown.

Then we depart to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge – the world’s longest and highest suspended footbridge. Later time permitting, we visit one of the shopping mall for shopping.

Later in the afternoon at 2pm we cross the border into Washington and then travel onwards to Seattle and on to our hotel.

Note:

  1. At the Canadian / USA border clear immigration.
  2. USA custom officer will charge USD$6 per person Custom Tax payable directly to them.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                     Overnight: Seattle


DAY 9: Seattle – Boeing factory – Cruise ship

This morning after breakfast we visit the world famous Boeing Aero plane Factory. – Boeing’s Future of Flight Aviation Center.

The factory tour itself is comprehensive, starting with an introduction in the theatre and then proceeding to the factory itself. Certainly an unforgettable experience. We stand inside the very building that houses 747s! And witness airplanes in various stages of construction & flight testing along with 777 dream liner and 787. 

Highlights

  1. 1.5-hour guided tour of Seattle’s Boeing factory
  2. Guided factory tour
  3. See 747, 767, 777 and Dream liner aircraft
  4. Largest building in the world
  5. Future of Flight interpretive centre and Boeing Tour

Later we proceed for an orientation tour of Seattle before transferring to the Port of Seattle to commence the next step of our journey 7 night Alaska Roundtrip Cruise.

There will be time to make yourself comfortable in your stateroom before sailing this afternoon.

This afternoon our Cruise begins with celebrations on deck (weather permitting) as we leave Seattle behind for our 1,200 mile journey Inside passage to Alaska.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                       Overnight: Cruise


DAY 10: At Sea

Today is a full day at sea, a great opportunity to explore this vast ship and familiarise yourself with your home for the next seven days.

Enjoy a day at sea aboard the ship as you cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as Orca whales and bald eagles. Humpback whales are often seen breaching by the ship, sometimes even lifting their whole bodies out of the water in a spectacular acrobatic displays.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                        Overnight: Cruise


 DAY 11: Juneau, Alaska

The Cruise ship arrives at 11:00 am in Juneau, the capital of Alaska and also called ‘Alaska’s peak experience. Juneau offers a wide variety of activities from helicopter tour, dog sledding to whale watching. Try your luck sport fishing for king salmon, or simply stop by a local restaurant for an authentic salmon bake.

Later in the evening set sail toward Skagway.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                                   Overnight: Cruise


DAY 12: Full Day Skagway

This morning the cruise ship arrives in Skagway at 06:00hrs(6:00 am). This city was originally founded by hopeful adventurers looking for gold, but today the city is the perfect jumping off point for a hike or horseback ride. The Yukon train rail & road offers scenic rides through the countryside, and the Chilkat Glacier system offers the opportunity for an up close and personal view of icebergs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                                   Overnight: Cruise


DAY 13: Glacier Bay (Scenic Cruising)

Today the ship arrives in Glacier Bay.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve contains some of the world’s most impressive tidewater glaciers. The bay has experienced at least four major glacial advances and four major retreats and serves as an outdoor research laboratory. Mountains rise right from its tidewater up to three vertical miles. Mount Fairweather is southeastern Alaska’s highest peak. The dramatic variety of plant communities ranges from barren terrain just recovering from glacial retreat to lush temperate rain forest. The story of plant succession is nowhere more richly told than at Glacier Bay.

Glacier Bay has more than 50 named glaciers, as well as two major arms: East Arm and West Arm. Most people who come to the Park—and there can be 400,000 of them a year—come by way of a cruise ship, and most of those ships head up the West Arm, towards the Margerie Glacier. The reason? It’s the most impressive glacier, which is advancing 12 to 14 feet a day and calves frequently.

Depart at 13:00hrs(1:00pm)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                       Overnight: Cruise


DAY 14: Ketchikan, Alaska

This morning the cruise ship arrives in Ketchikan at 07:00am, Alaska. Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass. Besides the main attractions which include Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village, try a flight seeing trip to breath taking Misty Fjords National Monument, an adventure not to be missed. These deep water fjords left by retreating glaciers left granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                       Overnight: Cruise


DAY 15: Victoria British Columbia

The cruise arrives this evening in Victoria at 19:00hrs (7:00 pm), British Columbia. A touch of England awaits. Perhaps, walk through Beacon Hill Park or near the Inner Harbour. Also, take time to visit the famed Butchart Gardens (subject to opening time), which is a brilliant tapestry of colour spread across 50 blooming acres.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                              Overnight: Cruise


DAY 16:  Seattle – London 

The cruise ship arrives early in morning at Port of Seattle.

After breakfast, we disembark our and proceed to clear immigration. After collecting our luggage, we board our coach and depart for Seattle / Tacoma International Airport to board your flight to London.

Note: Time permitting we will stop at one of the shopping mall for shopping on the way to Seattle / Tacoma International Airport.

Meals: Breakfast


 

DAY 17: Arrival London

On arrival at London Heathrow Airport, follow signs for arrival/baggage claim, clear immigration, collect baggage and follow sign for exit.

** Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful holiday. **

Note:

Return flight – If your flight departs in the morning, you will arrive in U.K. on the same day.

Return flight – If your flight departs in the afternoon / evening, you will arrive in U.K. on the next day.

Highlights

Niagara Falls (2 Nights):

  •  City tour of Niagara
  • Cruise - Embrace the spray, wind and thunder on a cruise through Niagara Falls
  • Niagara by Night

Toronto (0 Night):

  • City tour
  • Admire the stunning views from the top of the CN Tower in Toronto
  • Roger Centre

 Calgary (1 night):

  • City tour of Calgary

 Banff (1night):

  • City tour of Banff, Gondola Ride, Bow falls
  • Lake Louise - See snow-capped peaks reflected in iconic Lake Louise
  • Columbia Icefield, Ride the Ice Explorer (Snow Coach) over the Athabasca Glacier & walk on the Glacier
  • Take a sip of ice cold glacier water.
  • Travel along the spectacular Icefields Parkway

 Jasper (1 night):

  • City tour of Jasper, Mount Robson
  • Keep an eye out for grizzly bears, moose and elk

 Kamloops (1 night):

  • Scenic Route

 Seattle (1 night):

  • City tour of Seattle
  • Boeing Factory

Vancouver (1 night):

  • City tour of Vancouver
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

Alaska 7 Night Cruise Inside Cabin: (Full Board)

  • Seattle
  • Juneau
  • Skagway
  • Glacier Bay (scenic Cruising)
  • Ketchikan
  • Victoria
  • Seattle

Included/Excluded

Escorted Tour Package Includes:

  1. Meet and greet with our Tour Manager upon your arrival at London Heathrow Airport check in desk.
  2. International flights in economy class departing from London Heathrow Airport with Full ATOL Protection.
  3. We can also arrange departures from your local airport upon request.
  4. Return hotel / airport transfers at your destination.
  5. Twin / Double sharing room at quality hotels with private facilities including general hotel amenities.
  6. Meals Plan - (B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner, N =No Meal). Indian dinners will be provided daily as specified in the itinerary.
  7. All International and Domestic flights during your holiday including airport taxes.
  8. Sightseeing excursions and activities including entrance fees.
  9. Services of our multilingual Tour Manager including English speaking local tour guide.
  10. 7 nights Alaska Cruise – Inside Cabin.
  11. Tips for local tour guides and drivers. No hidden Charges.
  12. For groups of less than 20 passengers, there will be no Tour Manager escorting the group on the cruise
  13. Entertainment and surprises.

Escorted Tour Package Excludes

  1. Alaska Cruise Shore Excursion.
  2. Travel & Medical Insurance – We request you to purchase your own comprehensive travel insurance to cover you during your holiday.
  3. Optional tours that may be available during your holiday. Please speak to your Tour Manager.
  4. Any expenses of personal nature, for example: Room service, drinks, porterage, telephone calls, laundry, bar service and beverages with meals etc.
  5. Any additional expenses incurred due to flight delay, flight cancellation, unforeseen weather conditions, natural disasters, political unrests / closures and technical faults etc.
  6. Excess luggage costs.
  7. Any surcharges, taxes, fuel increases and rate of currency exchange prior to your tour departure.

Visa Requirements

British citizens require machine-readable passports, valid for 90 days after the return date, when travelling to the CANADA and USA.

Visa: Canada - Under Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) program, British passport holders are required to obtain an ETA prior to travelling to Canada. Other nationality passport holders should check with the relevant embassy. The application can be done via the website: canada.ca/eta. You will need to provide basic personal information similar to what was previously collected on arrival into Canada. ETA is a convenient authorization that is electronically linked to your passport, which means you will need to travel with the same passport you used when they applied for and obtained your ETA.

Please ensure you make your own arrangements to obtain the eTA.

Alaska, USA: British passport holders do not require a visa under the USA Visa Waiver Programme (The VWP allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days). British passport holders qualifying for the Visa Waiver programme must apply online for authorisation to enter the USA, for which there is an administration fee of $14 per person. This may only be submitted online by visiting the official website https://esta.cbp.dhs.govand registering at least 72 hours prior to travel. Without authorisation prior to travel, admission may be denied at a US port of entry. Holders of non-British passports will need to contact the American Embassy in London for details at least three months prior to departure. Details can be found on: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/tourism-visitor/how-to-apply/

Please ensure you make your own arrangements to obtain the ESTA.

As of 01 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP now need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). Your passport is an ePassport if it carries the internationally recognised symbol on the front cover. If you do not have an e-passport then you have two options. Either apply for a new passport which contains the embedded electronic chip or obtain a US Tourism & Visitor visa via the following link: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/tourism-visitor/how-to-apply/

From 21 January 2016 most people who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or are dual nationals of these countries, will no longer qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Programme and existing ESTAs could be revoked. You will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify for the VWP, or if you’re concerned that an existing ESTA may have been cancelled, you should contact the US Embassy or Consulate.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.

There are no current health requirements for Canada or the USA. However, whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we often enjoy walking tours (sometimes over unmade paths) of the various places of interest. This tour also reaches an altitude of 5,700ft and temperature variations can be unpredictable, especially during spring and autumn. For these reasons this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind when considering this holiday.