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This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.
This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide.
These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. You will travel with a maximum of 20 other guests. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.
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Welcome to Canada! The rest of the day is yours to relax or see the city at your own pace.
A visit to British Columbia means you’ll be close to nature, even in the city. With mountain and ocean views, Vancouver is actually quite compact and a great city to explore on foot. You can take the 3km loop around False Creek Olympic Village for great views of the city skyline.
Bike or walk through the urban oasis of Stanley Park. It’s larger than New York’s Central Park, with a seawall of nearly nine kilometres to protect it from winter storms. There’s a lake, gardens, totem poles and more. Or head to historic Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, and wander the cobblestone streets, admire old Victorian buildings and see the iconic Gastown Steam Clock.
Vancouver is an exciting foodie destination, whether it’s for fine dining, buzzing Granville Island market, or a bite of a famous Japadog, a small chain of street food stands selling Japanese-inspired hot dogs.
The wild beauty of Canada’s west awaits – we’ll board the Rocky Mountaineer train this morning at Vancouver Station. We’ll travel from this coastal city to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior.
On today’s journey you’ll see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior.
Highlights include descending through the narrow Fraser Canyon and passing the raging waters of Hell’s Gate, and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River.
The train itself is a luxurious way to travel. Breakfast and lunch are included onboard. At the end of the trip, the Rocky Mountaineer will travel along the shores of Kamloops Lake to arrive into Kamloops between 6pm and 7:30pm. The evening is yours to explore the city of Kamloops or relax.
Kamloops is known as an adventure destination, a haven for hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing or paddling the many lakes. There is plenty to do at night, whether it’s enjoying live music or eating at buzzing restaurants, lively pubs and food trucks.
Hotel: Will be assigned by Rocky Mountaineer
We’ll board the Rocky Mountaineer train again this morning, to continue north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta, often referred to as wild rose country.
Once again, you’ll be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3954 metres the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. There’s also Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. It’s home to an array of native wildlife including bears, moose, wolves and mountain goats.
Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard. You’ll arrive in the resort town of Jasper between 7:30pm and 9pm.
This morning we’ll depart along the Icefield Parkway, one of the world’s most beautiful drives, passing some of Canada’s highest mountains and most magnificent glaciers. It’s hard to grasp the magnitude, the sheer majesty of the Rocky Mountains until you’re actually surrounded by them. Jagged peaks, brilliant blue lakes, waterfalls, impressive glaciers – this is what you’ve imagined. The wildlife won’t disappoint, either. Perhaps you’ll pause to watch a passing moose or elk!
We’ll stop at Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls before reaching Athabasca Glacier, one of the largest non-polar ice fields in the world. We’ll pass Bow Lake and Peyto Lake, with its surreal colour – yes, it really is that blue! – on the way to Banff, the flagship town of the Rockies, to stay the night. This quaint mountain town is located within Banff National Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today it’s a full day touring the stunning beauty of Banff, passing the Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain Drive with the wind-eroded hoodoos and Surprise Corner, revealing the Banff Springs Hotel. Bow Falls is not particularly high, but the sheer volume of water roaring over it is impressive.
Like the rest of this region, Banff is a dream location for photography. We’ll see the quaint high street of Banff and the luxurious Banff Springs Hotel. Nicknamed the ‘Castle in the Rockies’, it was built in 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Today’s sightseeing also includes a photo stop at incredible Lake Louise. Imagine postcard-perfect views of calm turquoise waters against a backdrop of rocky mountain peaks. It’s usually busy, for good reason. In summer, visitors come to canoe or paddle board and in winter, it transforms into a skating rink. You may spot a grizzly bear wandering the shore.
We’ll continue onto Johnston Canyon via Bow Valley Parkway. This gives great views of the Bow River that meanders through the valley, alongside the parkway. We’ll visit magnificent Moraine Lake, another beautifully coloured Rockies lake, with its picture perfect vistas and the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks framing the lake.
We’ll return to Banff to stay overnight.
Heading west into British Columbia and Yoho National Park, we’ll make a stop at the natural bridge of stone across the Kicking Horse River as well as the beautiful, peaceful Emerald Lake. The natural bridge of stone is a fascinating feat of nature, a unique rock that has been gradually carved out over time by the powerful river to resemble a bridge.
Continue through Rogers Pass and Revelstoke on the way to the quaint mountain village of Sun Peaks for overnight.
This morning we’ll head for Vancouver. It’s a scenic trip, travelling west along the shore of Kamloops Lake to reach Cache Creek. You may wish to visit the Hat Creek Ranch, a restored roadhouse from the 1860s gold rush, which displays the history of the gold rush era as well as the culture of the region - the cowboys and native peoples (admission not included).
We’ll continue along the Fraser Canyon, where you’ll view the raging turbulence of Hell’s Gate. You may like to ride the Airtram (additional expense), which descends 153 metres across the Fraser River. It offers stunning views and the thrill of the steep run across the canyon.
We’ll continue through Hope and the fertile agricultural lands of the Fraser Valley to reach Vancouver.
The morning is free time for you, until your midday transfer to Vancouver Cruise Terminal for your 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer cruise.
You might spend the morning exploring the downtown sanctuary of Stanley Park, a favourite for tourists and locals alike. Stop and smell the roses at the Stanley Park Rose Garden or visit the Vancouver Aquarium, located within the park. There are always people walking, cycling or rollerblading along the scenic seawall, enjoying the views of the city, ocean, mountains and Lions Gate Bridge.
You’ll board your ship ready for the cruise experience of a lifetime to the vast, pristine wilderness of Alaska. Over the next 14 days you’ll see nature’s wonders like Tracy Arm and Hubbard Glacier and visit interesting Alaskan towns like Homer and Ketchikan.
Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rainforests 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.
Sailing the Inside Passage today offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orca plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline.
Today will give you a glimpse of the Native Alaskan experience with a visit to Alaska’s “First City” of Ketchikan – 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.
Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon fishing and packing industries – visitors can try their luck on a sportfishing excursion or simply savor the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. It 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.
There are several port activities to choose from. 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 offer the chance to see Tlingit culture in action, with working carvers and a dance show in the clan house. A salmon fishing excursion is not only a chance to land the day’s catch, but you’ll also have a great chance of spotting sea lions, whales, seals and other wildlife. You can also fish for the largest flatfish in the world, halibut, on a fishing expedition with an experienced Alaskan guide.
Leave time to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon and local art, while exploring gold rush-era tourist attractions like Dolly’s House Museum.
A scenic cruising day today to see the dramatic natural gem of Tracy Arm, a classic fjord. Steep cliffs and glacier-covered mountains flank this fjord, fringed by the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest in the United States. Old-growth trees colonised Tracy Arm’s mouth long ago as the Ice Age retreated. But further up the sinuous 48 km waterway, its icy grip lingers a little. There, the twin Sawyer Glaciers flow from the peaks down to the sea, sloughing off stories-high chunks of water frozen decades or even centuries before.
Even more glorious than nearby Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm is part of the 5.7 million acres 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 0 to 16 degrees Celsius, so pack warm clothing. And don’t forget waterproof gear, even when traveling by cruise ship: More than a metre and a half of rain falls here each year! We also recommend a water bottle, thermos or reusable coffee cup: On scenic cruising days, cruise ships ban paper and disposable plastic products that could litter this unsullied environment.
Today we’ll visit Haines, the adventure capital of Alaska. Haines boasts a unique rustic feel, even more so than other Alaskan cities. It’s almost as if time has stopped and chain stores, and even stop lights, haven’t infiltrated this town.
In the late 1890s, when Jack Dalton turned an Indian trail into a tollway ($10 for four horses with an unloaded sled or wagon), the town emerged as a stop for prospectors headed to the Yukon for the Klondike Gold Rush. Decades later it became a logging town, before turning to tourism. These days, Haines is known as a haven for artists and nature lovers and is visited by far fewer cruise ships than other Alaskan coastal cities.
Haines is a hotspot for rafting and hiking, fishing (salmon, halibut and trout) in the Chilkat River or kayaking on Chilkoot Lake – as well as heli-skiing in the winter. During the late fall and early winter, thousands of bald eagles migrate through this area to feed on the salmon, an event celebrated by the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival in November.
The memory of prospector days lingers on with opportunities to pan for gold, while the Indian Arts gallery, with its totem pole carving studio, offers a glimpse of an even older Haines.
Port activities include nature and wildlife delights like the Glacier Point wilderness safari, or freshwater fishing on Chilkoot Lake. Experience the adventure capital with an ATV exploration or a kayaking excursion.
Back in the old days when a freezer was a piece of ice, fishermen in Alaska had two problems. The first one was finding the fish, although that wasn’t too complicated, the ocean was chock-full of fins; but the second problem was a little harder. The government regulated how long you could keep your catch on the boat, and it wasn’t very long.
Canneries were the answer. As operations spread up and down Southeast Alaska, these became true company towns. A big cannery needed a couple of hundred workers, for everything from keeping books to making the millions of cans needed to ship all that fish, as well as the actual cleaning and prepping of fish on the line, called "slime row".
Canneries were usually somewhere beautiful, someplace you could see from far off and aim your boat towards. But canneries didn’t survive the advent of refrigeration. Most were taken back by the forest or simply left to rot. With one exception: Icy Strait Point, beautifully restored. Just opposite Glacier Bay, Icy Strait Point stretches for a few hundred metres along the beach; the old wooden buildings, bright red in the endless green of the Tongass, now offer a museum and a cannery demo. But more interesting is simply the madness of scale. Icy Strait Point gives a chance to look into history to see where Alaska’s money came from, all in a ghost town of millions of fish.
There are other exciting things you might opt to see and do here, like a whale watching cruise, a cooking class or a halibut fishing excursion. Explore Chichagof Island’s stunning mountain trails on a small-group ATV expedition, or experience the world’s longest zip-line.
We’ll cruise on to enjoy Alaska at its most pristine and wild as we pass the Inian Islands. Located at the northernmost point where the Gulf of Alaska enters the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, the Inian Islands are prime feeding waters for a wide array of creatures, including sea lions, humpback whales and sea otters. This is the undisturbed wilderness you’d hoped to experience on your Alaskan adventure.
It’s a day at sea today, and a chance to relax and explore the best of what your cruise ship has to offer. Every day onboard offers delicious dining options, culinary experiences, world-class entertainment and cultural performances.
We’ll visit Anchorage today, where approximately 40 percent of Alaska’s population live. This diverse city of 300,000 includes a large military population, Native Alaskans, individuals who work for the oil industry and adventure-seeking types who want to get away from “the Lower 48”.
Much like Seattle, Anchorage is a place where you can find a coffee shop (or espresso shack) anywhere. Locals enjoy skijoring, a winter sport where a person is pulled on skis by one or more dogs or sometimes a horse. While some cities have deer, Anchorage has lots of moose, known for being a bit rambunctious (and should be steered clear of if seen wandering down a street).
Anchorage is a city where you can see the northern lights – aurora borealis – on a clear dark night, typically during colder months. There are also plenty of attractions to hike, bike and enjoy wildlife at, such as the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or Flattop Mountain Trail inside Chugach State Park.
Optional port activities include a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a glacier cruise or a tour within Anchorage to experience Alaska Native culture.
A day in Homer today, the area known as the halibut fishing capital of the world. These rich fishing grounds here attracted Native Alaskans centuries before British settlement. The town captivates audiences around the globe as the home of the Discovery Channel’s Kilcher family, made famous by Alaska: The Last Frontier. Homer’s port also anchors the F/V Time Bandit, which swashbuckled into TV viewers’ hearts via Deadliest Catch.
This plucky little town sells End of the Road certificates to visitors who’ve motored here to the furthest reach of the Kenai Peninsula. It’s something worth celebrating: a drive down the world’s longest street that protrudes into the ocean! But walkers, bikers and in-line skaters can also experience the thrill, thanks to a 6.5km-long paved multi-use trail.
Top Homer attractions include the Pratt Museum, the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and hikes at Grewingk Glacier Lake. Of course, optional port activities include a fishing expedition to snare some famed halibut. There is also guided sea kayaking, hiking and a chance to learn about farming in Alaska.
A paradise for fishing enthusiasts, Valdez offers every kind of salmon, huge halibut and ample opportunity to reel them in. Rivers and streams spill into the Sound here and are ideal for kayaking.
You’ll have the chance to take an optional coach tour through the stunning alpine setting of Thompson Pass and Worthington Glacier, or a historical cruise to discover the rich history of Port Valdez. For the adventurous types, there is whitewater rafting and kayaking.
A cruising day today and one to savour – sailing towards Hubbard Glacier is an incredible feeling. The glacier is up to 65 metres wide at its face and 50 metres tall, but that’s only the tiniest piece of the ice: The main channel of this frozen river begins 122 kilometres back, pouring down from around the 3400-metre mark off the shoulder of Mt. Walsh. The deep blue of the face of the glacier on a sunny day is simply dazzling.
The glacier is on the move. Hubbard is the longest tidewater glacier (meaning it ends at the ocean) in North America. But unlike nearly every other tidewater glacier on the continent, Hubbard is advancing, not retreating; it’s forever pushing a little further into the bay. Chunks of ice that break off become floaties for seals.
You might like to take the option of boarding an expedition vessel for Hubbard Glacier, cruising near the rocky shoreline and weaving through a maze of icebergs.
We’ll visit Juneau today, which may well be 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 can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day.
The city itself is pleasant, but the real highlight of a visit to Juneau is tracking down some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles. Most sightseeing and whale-watching tours head north to Auke Bay – bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly graceful creatures. Optional tours include visiting the Mendenhall Glacier, or taking to the air to see glaciers from an authentic Alaskan seaplane. Or you might enjoy a traditional Alaskan salmon bake in Southeast Alaska’s rainforest before toasting marshmallows over a campfire.
The sleepy, misty city of around 32,000 – mostly fishermen and small-business owners – has a frontier town vibe, but welcomes more than a million visitors each summer to its natural attractions, cementing Juneau as Alaska’s number one tourist destination.
Sculpted by glaciers over millions of years, Misty Fjords’ u-shaped ‘canals’ wind through steep canyons of granite, shrouded in western hemlock, Sitka spruce and western red cedar. Misty Fjords is a part of Tongass National Forest and home to grizzlies, salmon, whales, mountain goats and deer.
We’ll cruise back along the glacier-lined, wildlife delight of the Inside Passage again. Enjoy the last of the calm waters and spectacular scenery before you return to Vancouver.
Upon arrival at the Vancouver Cruise Terminal, you’ll be met by your guide. A morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver begins leaving Canada Place and the waterfront with a drive around Stanley Park, stopping at the totem poles. We’ll see Chinatown, North America’s second largest, and historic Gastown with its 19th century buildings, cobblestone streets and hidden passageways.
We’ll then make a stop at Granville Island with its famous public market, art and craft shops and many cafes and restaurants.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this extraordinary journey.
Arrive home today. We hope you've been inspired.
Maasdam’s size gives her access to many new and off-the-beaten-path ports of call, allowing you to delve deeper into the places and cultures you visit. Each voyage features fascinating lectures, interactive workshops, cultural performances and memorable shore excursions to explore your destination through the lens of photography, culture, nature and port-to-table culinary experiences. Experienced onboard naturalists and discussions with local tribal members deepen your understanding of the place you visit.
Each stateroom aboard MS Maasdam includes the following services and amenities:
Holland America will automatically charge US$14.50 per person, per day to passengers in interior, ocean-view and balcony cabins and US$16 to suite passengers. Gratuities apply to both adults and children. You may adjust or remove these automatic gratuities by visiting the front desk.
INSIDE - Included
Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—Holland America’s signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms (Approximately 13-20 square metres).
OCEAN VIEW - Additional £165 per person
These expansive staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—Holland America’s Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view (Approximately 16-26 square metres).
LANAI -Additional £989 per person
Sliding glass doors (mirrored for privacy) open onto the public Promenade deck from this comfortable stateroom, which includes two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—Holland America’s Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and other amenities (Approximately 18-22 square metres).
VISTA SUITE WITH PRIVATE BALCONY - From an additional £2199 per person
With a teak-lined verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sitting area, these comfortable suites are filled with light. They include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus a whirlpool bath and shower, mini-bar and refrigerator (Approximately 21-33 square metres).
For more information on your Holland America cruise, click HERE.
For a list of available shore excursions, click HERE. Please note that shore excursions listed are subject to change. Shore excursions are bookable on board or through your Holland America cruise personaliser, which you will receive approximately 120 days prior to departure.
Within the unique world of rail travel, Rocky Mountaineer is so much more than just a train. It's the key to unlocking a hidden world of unparalleled beauty as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain in the Canadian Rockies. And your job aboard their all-dome fleet? To indulge in the most luxurious journey you've ever experienced. It's a tall order, but you're moving in the right direction. Hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches served at your spacious seat means you won't have to miss a moment of the splendor out your window. Nor will you miss a moment of the latest captivating yarn or historical tidbit from your onboard Host.
Travel through scenic valleys, the Coast Mountains range and the Fraser Canyon with its spectacular white water rapids and dramatic landscape. You will follow the route of the Fraser River, home of British Columbia’s largest salmon run, pass by the Albreda Glacier and magnificent Pyramid Falls, and hopefully see wildlife on the way. The highlight of this route is majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Rocky Mountaineer service levels
SilverLeaf - Included
Your SilverLeaf service on board Rocky Mountaineer includes:
GoldLeaf - Additional £440 per person (twin-share)
In addition to the SilverLeaf inclusions listed above, your GoldLeaf experience includes:
For more information on the Rocky Mountaineer, click HERE.
Refundable deposit within 28 days of purchase:
For cancellations made within 28 days of paying the deposit on any tour, your deposit can be refunded in full or can be transferred to a new booking should you decide to change to another package or destination. Please note this change of mind guarantee does not apply for bookings made within 90 days of departure, after which time our standard 48 hour cooling off period applies. After this time, your booking becomes non-refundable.
All cancellation or change requests must be advised in writing to our Customer Service Team at support@inspiringvacations.
Refund times will vary and the timeframe of which will be advised at the time of cancellation. Any refund of deposit will be issued back to the original form of payment.
Any bookings made prior to 13 March 2020 must abide by the original payment term conditions.
Transferrable second installment up until 90 days before scheduled departure:
Following the second installment payment and up until 90 days before your departure only, should you wish to postpone your travel or transfer to another package, we can provide you with a credit note of the current balance paid on your booking, to be used to rebook within 18 months of the credit being issued.
Any change request must be advised in writing to our Customer Service Team at support@inspiringvacations.
Any bookings made prior to 13 March 2020 must abide by the original payment term conditions.
Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions for more details
Deposit & Payment
Inspiring Vacations will endeavour to book flights as per the below schedule. A suitable alternative will be arranged if flights are no longer available.
|Flight 1||Air Canada||AC 855||LHR - YVR||10:05 AM||11:35 AM||9hrs 30m|
|Flight 1||Air Canada||AC 854||YVR - LHR||6:30 PM||11:50 AM||9hrs 20m|
|Flight 1||Air Canada||AC 1931||MAN - YYZ||12:25 PM||3:10 PM||7hrs 45m||2hrs 35m|
|Flight 2||Air Canada||AC 123||YYZ - YVR||5:45 PM||7:34 PM||4hrs 49m|
|Flight 1||Air Canada||AC 854||YVR - LHR||6:30 PM||11:50 AM||9hrs 20m||2hrs 10m|
|Flight 2||British Airways||BA 1394||LHR - MAN||2:05 PM||3:10 PM||1hr 5m|
|Flight 1||Air Canada||AC 1905||EDI - YYZ||8:20 AM||10:40 AM||7hrs 20m||3hrs 20m|
|Flight 2||Air Canada||AC 115||YYZ - YVR||2:00 PM||4:07 PM||5hrs 7m|
|Flight 1||Air Canada||AC 34||YVR - YYZ||9:00 AM||4:24 AM||4hrs 24m||2hrs 16m|
|Flight 2||Air Canada||AC 1904||YYZ- EDI||6:40 PM||6:20 AM||6hr 40m|
Premium Economy or Business Class upgrades
Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable, or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.
How to extend your stay
Some customers like to enhance their holiday by extending their stay pre- and/or post-tour. If you wish to do so, please follow these steps:
Please note, a supplement of £75 per person (plus any applicable fare and tax differences) applies to deviate from the standard itinerary. We will contact you via email with a quote and proposed flight itinerary, and then proceed with collecting the additional payment required to confirm your request.
You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour, adding a stopover package en-route or booking a tour extension. On this tour you can choose from the following options:
Pre and post tour accommodation (deviating from group flights forfeits your group airport transfers)
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Your transfer may be shared with other Inspiring Vacations customers.
Please specify in the 'Special Request' field when making your purchase your preferred travel arrangements and if you would like our team to book additional nights' accommodation and/or airport transfers. The additional cost for these land arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers. As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available. This particular tour is categorised as a “3”:
3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision. For the services of your guide, it is suggested that you budget for £3 per person, per day. Tipping of your driver is also appreciated and we would suggest £3 per person, per day. Holland America will automatically charge £9 per person, per day to passengers in interior, ocean-view and balcony cabins and £10 to suite passengers. Gratuities apply to both adults and children. You may adjust or remove these automatic gratuities by visiting the front desk.
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.
Single supplement is £2499 per person in addition to the twin-share price.
Travel insurance is required to protect yourself against the unexpected.
Visa & Passport Information
It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from your intended date of return to the United Kingdom. All British passport holders require to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before you travel. For more information about the eTA system, and to apply online, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada.html
Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.
Final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.
Trip Style - Small Group Tour
These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. You will travel with only a maximum of 20 other guests. Enjoy choice features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.
Children must be 5 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent inflight and is subject to change, depending on the flight schedule. Please refer to the day-by-day itinerary for the time spent in your destination(s).
Inspiring Vacations UK is an ATOL Licensee (Licence number 11519). As such all flights and travel packages including transport and accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations UK are protected under the ATOL scheme. Upon booking with us you will receive an ATOL certificate as a record of this protection.
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