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15 Day Wild Alaska & Rockies

  • Tour the Rockies & Cruise the Inside Passage
  • Bonus Cabin Upgrade for first 200 bookings
Includes Return International Flights

Discover the untamed beauty of Alaska and Canada on this incredible 15 day tour and cruise taking in the Rocky Mountains and Alaska’s Inside Passage. To make the experience even more unforgettable, the first 200 bookings will receive a bonus upgrade to a Verandah Stateroom.

Journey through scenic Banff and Jasper National Parks, see the turquoise waters of Louise and Moraine lakes, and enjoy a photo opportunity at the famous Rockpile lookout. Visit the Last Spike of the Transcontinental Railway, plus witness Clawfoot Glacier, Bow Summit and more. From Vancouver, set sail on an epic seven-night cruise aboard the Celebrity Solstice - a grand ship featuring numerous ‘firsts at sea’ including a lawn club with real lawn and a glass blowing show. Sail through Tracy Arm Fjord, spot wildlife such as a whales and seals from the deck, and dock in ports including Ketchikan and Victoria - the capital of British Columbia. Includes return flights, five nights hotel accommodation, 25 meals, return airport and cruise transfers, and more. If you have ever wanted to experience Alaska and Canada in the flesh, this is the perfect opportunity!

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, *Adelaide or *Perth for Calgary, Alberta! Fly with either Virgin Australia, Delta Airlines or Air Canada (subject to availability). Upon arrival be met with a transfer to your hotel by hotel shuttle.

Overnight: Ramada Plaza Airport or similar, Calgary

Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast at the hotel, make use of a free day at leisure to experience the fascinating city of Calgary. Alternatively, take the opportunity to join an optional Old West and First Nations Heritage Day Trip (not included).

On this tour you will discover the history and culture of Canada’s Northern Plains. This tour will offer a unique perspective on the culture of Canada’s Old West, a deep dive into the heritage of the First Nations tribes and cowboys who once roamed these lands. Begin the day with a scenic drive into the open plains and grazing pastures of southern Alberta. Your first stop will be the Bar U Ranch History Site in the foothills. Gaze out towards the majestic Rocky Mountains before learning about the evolution of the Canadian ranching industry, and its contribution to the development of Canada.

Next will be a visit to the unusually named Head Smashed-in Buffalo Jump - a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Here you will learn about the practice of ‘buffalo jumping’, which the native people of the Northern Plains used to drive buffalo herd off cliffs to obtain food and clothing. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is one of the most significant of such sites in North America, offering a fascinating glimpse into how past tribes were able to live off the land. Spend time exploring the site’s interpretive centre on your own, or tag along with your guide as they provide commentary on the life and culture of people that once lived here at the base of the Rockies.

Afterwards, enjoy the scenic ride back to Calgary.

Overnight: Ramada Plaza Airport or similar, Calgary

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, travel to the magnificent Banff National Park. The incredible glaciers, dramatic peaks and brilliant emerald waters of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake have wowed visitors since the 1890s. Experience the birthplace of Canadian mountaineering today. You will visit Lake Louise, the ‘Jewel of the Canadian Rockies’, and the world renowned Moraine Lake. You will have enough time to take some souvenir photos at both lakes, as well as walk to the Rockpile, a popular viewpoint over Moraine Lake. Storytelling abounds on this trip, as you learn of the mountaineering history and local legends of the area.

Overnight: Days Inn or Ramada Inn & Suites or similar, Canmore

Meals included: Breakfast

Head for the Icefields Parkway in Banff and Jasper National Parks. Considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world, the jaw-dropping scenery is punctuated by more than 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls cascading from dramatic rock sprees and turquoise lakes set in sweeping valleys. Views of Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Summit, Mistaya Canyon are sure to please all who journey to this amazing part of the world. For an extra special experience, ride the specially designed ‘Ice Explorer’ onto the surface of stunning Athabasca Glacier (not included).

Overnight: Days Inn or Ramada Inn & Suites or similar, Canmore

Meals included: Breakfast

Journey through three of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Yoho. On the way stop at the Eagle Pass and visit the “Last Spike” of the transcontinental railway, where it connects the east and the west.

Overnight: Best Western Plus Regency or Quality Hotel & Conference Centre or similar, Abbotsford

Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will travel through the fertile Fraser Valley, journeying over the Cascade Mountains, and arriving into Vancouver. Enjoy a sightseeing tour, taking in a variety of sights including the famous 400-hectare Stanley Park, Gastown, and Chinatown. Afterwards transfer to Canada Place to begin your 7 Night Alaska Cruise aboard the ‘Celebrity Solstice’ ship. The cruise ship departs at 4:30pm.

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises – ‘Celebrity Solstice’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises – ‘Celebrity Solstice’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan is also the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who have carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles.

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises – ‘Celebrity Solstice’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Book-ended by two of Alaska’s most dramatic glaciers, the North and South Sawyer, and surrounded by granite walls that rise 3,000 feet from the emerald coloured seas, Tracy Arm Fjord area has everything you’ve come to Alaska to experience in one convenient location. Juneau is a city that gracefully balances frontier ruggedness with cosmopolitan flair.

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises – ‘Celebrity Solstice’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The great Klondike Gold Rush lives on in the charming downtown area of Skagway, which features restored 19th-century buildings and its historic railway. 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.

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises – ‘Celebrity Solstice’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises – ‘Celebrity Solstice’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The capital of British Columbia is also its largest island. This one-time British colony has retained much of its colonial splendour. Victoria is a seaside enclave that enjoys a temperate climate. Which is great, because you will definitely want to take time to explore some of the museums and parks Victoria has to offer.

Overnight: Celebrity Cruises – ‘Celebrity Solstice’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The ship will dock at 6:00am. After a final breakfast, disembark and then enjoy a Seattle highlights tour. See attractions like the Space Needle, Pioneer Square, Lake Union and the Ballard Locks. Following the tour, enjoy 60 minutes of free time at Pike Place Market to explore and buy lunch (not included), and visit Queen Anne. Be transferred to Seattle Airport for your return flight back to Australia.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover Canada’s breathtaking Rocky Mountains
  • Enjoy a free day to explore fascinating Calgary
  • Witness the famous Louise and Moraine lakes
  • Drive through scenic Banff and Jasper National Parks
  • See Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Summit and Mistaya Canyon
  • Take in the beauty of Yoho, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks
  • Visit the 'Last Spike' of the transcontinental railway
  • Travel through the beautiful Fraser Valley region
  • Cruise to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria
  • Explore Ketchikan, the 'Salmon Capital of the World'
  • See the waterfalls and mountain peaks of Tracy Arm Fjord
  • Discover Alaska’s remote capital of Juneau
  • Explore the historic Gold Rush town of Skagway
  • Spot wildlife including humpback whales and seals
  • Visit Victoria, the capital of British Columbia
  • Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Seattle
  • Return international flights (economy class) from SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • 7 night Alaska Inside Passage cruise with Celebrity Cruises
  • Sail aboard the incredible ‘Celebrity Solstice’ ship
  • Selected entertainment and standard (pre paid) gratuities
  • Bonus Verandah Stateroom upgrade for the first 200 bookings
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation on tour
  • Enjoy 25 meals including daily breakfast
  • English-speaking tour leader (day 1 – 6)
  • English speaking local tour guide (day 13)
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C coach
  • Return airport and cruise transfers

Customer Reviews

Our trip to west USA and Alaskan Cruise saw 47 of us on a coach & we all got on so well. The majority of us are keeping in touch via Facebook & sharing our photos. Alaska was my highlight. Thank you Trip a Deal for the opportunity to do this trip at a price I could afford.

Lynette G

A fantastic trip was had by all at the top on Athabasca Glacier at Columbia Ice Fields thanks to TripADeal. Thank you!

Mark K

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on the 6th May 2018

Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share.

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $3900 applies.

Departure Dates
6th May 2018

Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth

Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide or *Perth: $350 per person



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Virgin Australia, Delta Airlines and Air Canada plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).



Arrive early in Calgary, Canada
$300 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Stay behind in Seattle, USA
$350 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy (International long haul sectors only): Buy now for $3900 per person.
- Business Class (All sectors excluding Los Angeles/Vancouver to Calgary): Buy now for $5800 per person.
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.





Accommodation Used


3-4 Star (self-rated)

- Calgary: Ramada Plaza Airport

- Canmore: Days Inn or Ramada Inn & Suites

- Abbotsford: Best Western Plus Regency or Quality Hotel & Conference Centre

- Cruise: Celebrity Cruises - ‘Celebrity Solstice’ Ship

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.



Extra Nights
Not available

Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).

Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 2 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.

Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability.

Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability).

Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.

Optional Tours / Activities
DAY 2:
* Old West and First Nations Heritage Day Trip
-  $140 - tour must be purchased during checkout or with our reservations team up to 50 days prior to travel
- minimum number for tour to run: 20 people
DAY 4: 
* Columbia Icefield “Ice Explorer” Ride (Jasper National Park) 
- $80 CAD (approx. $82 AUD) payable on arrival
Please Note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).



- Visa fees and requirements (An ESTA visa waiver and ETA are strict requirements if travelling to or over the USA and Canada on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
* Gratuities/tipping
- Recommended land: $10 CAD (approx. $11 AUD) per person/day in total for driver and guide
- Mandatory Cruise: Additional gratuities are payable on additional items and services such as wines and spa treatments.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
Canada: Average weather in May is from from 3°c to 16°c.
Alaska: Average weather in May is from 10°c to 14°c.

TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 

Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 

Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 

CRUISE
Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.

COACH TOUR
Meals:
25 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.

Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of their luggage from the coach.

Gratuities:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is $10 CAD (approx. $11 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. Standard (pre-paid) gratuities onboard the cruise are included in the package price. Any optional extras purchased onboard the cruise will have up to an 18% gratuity added.

Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a standard level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.



If travelling on an Australian Passport, the following tourist visas apply: 
- An ESTA (Visa Waiver) for the USA is a strict requirement when travelling to or flying through the USA. Once a USA ESTA Visa Waiver is issued it is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires (whichever is sooner) and will allow multiple entries into the USA. For information on ESTA eligibility or to apply, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

- An ETA for Canada is also a strict requirement as of the 15 March 2016. Apply via this link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp
- Canadian dual citizens must check their visa/passport requirements prior to purchase as there have been consular changes made on the November 10, 2016. Please follow this link for more information - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/dual-canadian-citizens.asp

Please Note:
- Due to recent changes in the USA Immigration policies, TripADeal recommend all travellers visit US Customs & Border Protection: https://www.cbp.gov/ 
Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.



· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.



Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply.
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