Alaskan Inside Passage
Following a two night stay in beautiful Vancouver, join Holland America’s ms Neiuw Amsterdam for a 7 night cruise taking in some of the greatest scenery in North America. See majestic glaciers, cruise the Inside Passage, a spectacular labyrinth of islands, inlets, fjords and mountains wildlife and national parks; explore fascinating port cities including Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan; and discover the cultures of the indigenous people who have inhabited the region for centuries.
Duration: 9 nights cruise & stay tour
Price from: £1599pp
Day 1 Fly to Vancouver: On arrival make your way to your hotel.
Day 2 Vancouver: A day free to explore. Don’t miss Gastown, Stanley Park and Robson Street.
Day 3 Vancouver/Cruise: Morning at leisure before making your way to the port for a 4.30pm sailing.
Day 4 Scenic cruising the Inside Passage: Arguably one of the world’s greatest cruising routes, the fabled Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Watch for iconic wildlife, such as humpback whales and orca as they ply the bountiful waters alongside the ship, bald eagles soaring overhead or brown bears lumbering on the shoreline.
Day 5 Juneau, Alaska: Arrive Juneau early afternoon which is surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights. This sleepy, misty city has a frontier town vibe and is a pleasant place to stroll around. The real highlight of a visit to Juneau however, is tracking down some wildlife and a variety of optional excursions are available.
Day 6 Skagway, Alaska: At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. At every turn, you’ll find yourself immersed in gold rush lore, from the Red Onion Saloon to the White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway. Perhaps take a free walking tour around the historic district, home to a rich collection of galleries, shops and restaurants.
Day 7 Glacier Bay: This World Heritage Site is the crown jewel of southeastern Alaska’s natural wonders, with more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. Stand on deck and watch for vast chunks of ice as they split off a glacier and thunder into the sea.
Day 8 Ketchikan, Alaska: Clutching the shores of the Tongass Narrows, Ketchikan has long been an important hub for salmon fishing and is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. Don’t miss historic Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bright State Park and Saxman Village.
Day 9 Scenic cruising the Inside Passage: Another chance to soak up the stunning scenery.
Day 10 Vancouver, British Columbia: Disembark and transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or alternatively why not extend your holiday in Vancouver.
Departures: 11 May 20. Other dates available.
Accommodation: 2 nights before your cruise at BW Plus Sands by the Sea, Vancouver; 7nights in an L grade inside cabin aboard ms Volendam
Meals: Room only in Vancouver. Full board on cruise.
Cruise & stay price: Includes international flights and accommodation as shown above.
As this cruise goes into the USA, you will need to obtain either an ESTA or visa prior to departure.