2017 SEASON
Jul 2017 - Sep 2017
2018 SEASON
Apr 2018 - Sep 2018

20 Day Majestic Canadian Rockies & Alaska

Cosmos Guided Tour & Cruise starting in Vancouver and finishing in Vancouver

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Read 17 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 20 Day Majestic Canadian Rockies & Alaska. See some of Canada and Alaska's most spectacular scenery on this 20 day tour. Travel through British Columbia's fertile valleys and rich mountain forest. Visit Canada's famous...read more

Overview

Operator: Cosmos
Type: Coach Tour & Cruise (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 20 Days
From: Vancouver to Vancouver
Tour Code: 8904
Visits: Canada, USA
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Day By Day

1

Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
2

Vancouver

This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbour and beaches, and more. The remainder of the day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.
3

Vancouver - Kelowna

This morning, our journey begins in British Columbia's fertile valleys and continues through rich mountain forests to Lake Okanagan. Travel along the lake to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the lake shore and surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Sample the local wines on the included WINERY TOUR this afternoon.
4

Kelowna - Glacier National Park - Yoho National Park - Banff National Park

Motor north through the Okanagan Valley, famous for its peaches and vineyards. Then, begin the climb up 1,334-metre-high (4,379-foot) Rogers Pass in GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Take a break at the pass, a perfect spot for photos of the impressively rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. Enter YOHO NATIONAL PARK and scale Kicking Horse Pass at an altitude of 1,652 metres (5,421 feet). This evening, reach BANFF NATIONAL PARK, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
5

Banff National Park

Banff is one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts, with activities ranging from skiing in winter to hiking, boating, and fishing in summer. With this free day, your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
6

Banff National Park - Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

A day of scenic grandeur. First, Lake Louise, its turquoise waters a perfect natural mirror that reflects the mountains and glaciers. A highlight on today's agenda is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to board the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 365-metres (1,200-feet) thick. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the motorcoach continues northward into JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Late this afternoon, your Tour Director suggests an optional float trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper townsite upon arrival.
7

Jasper National Park

Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer-from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.
8

Jasper National Park - Mount Robson - Sun Peaks

Leave Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, peaking at 3,953-metres (12,972-feet). Continue following the Yellowhead Highway south along the North Thompson River-a route pioneered by fur trappers a century ago. Overnight at the mountain resort of Sun Peaks.
9

Sun Peaks - Lillooet - Whistler

Head south, following the once-treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. Via Lillooet, "Mile 0 of the Gold Rush Route," your motorcoach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes, with a late-afternoon arrival in Whistler.
10

Whistler

Spend the day in the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. Free time to explore many of the 2010 Winter Olympics' sites or join one of the many optional excursions, including flightseeing by floatplane over the lakes and glaciated peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
11

Whistler - Ferry Crossing - Victoria

Set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Afternoon arrival in Victoria. Sightseeing today includes Marine Drive, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. Then, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, one of Victoria's most celebrated sites and rated among the most beautiful gardens in the world. Once there, stroll through the colourful arrangements of the Sunken Garden, the Japanese and Italian Gardens, the English Rose Garden, and the magnificent Ross Fountain.
12

Victoria

Today is at leisure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, an IMAX presentation at the National Geographic Theatre, whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.
13

Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver (Embarkation)

Early this morning, board the ferry for a scenic crossing to the mainland. Upon arrival, transfer to Canada Place to board Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise. (D)
14

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage.

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B/L/D)
15

Juneau.

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B/L/D)
16

Skagway.

Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. (B/L/D)
17

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay.

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and "calve" into the sea. (B/L/D)
18

Ketchikan.

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed "Salmon Capital of the World" boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B/L/D)
19

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage.

Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B/L/D)
20

Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Disembark the ship this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon. (B)

Day By Day

1

Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
2

Vancouver

This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbour and beaches, and more. The remainder of the day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.
3

Vancouver - Kelowna

This morning, our journey begins in British Columbia's fertile valleys and continues through rich mountain forests to Lake Okanagan. Travel along the lake to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the lake shore and surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Sample the local wines on the included WINERY TOUR this afternoon.
4

Kelowna - Glacier National Park - Yoho National Park - Banff National Park

Motor north through the Okanagan Valley, famous for its peaches and vineyards. Then, begin the climb up 4,379-foot (1335 metres) high Rogers Pass in GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Take a break at the pass, a perfect spot for photos of the impressively rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. Enter YOHO NATIONAL PARK and scale Kicking Horse Pass at an altitude of 5,421 feet (1652 metres) . This evening, reach BANFF NATIONAL PARK, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
5

Banff National Park

Banff is one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts, with activities ranging from skiing in winter to hiking, boating, and fishing in summer. With this free day, your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
6

Banff National Park - Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

A day of scenic grandeur. First, Lake Louise, its turquoise waters a perfect natural mirror that reflects the mountains and glaciers. A highlight on today's agenda is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to board the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 1,200 feet (365 metres) thick. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the motorcoach continues northward into JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Late this afternoon, your Tour Director suggests an optional float trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper townsite upon arrival.
7

Jasper National Park

Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer-from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.
8

Jasper National Park - Mount Robson - Sun Peaks

Leave Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, peaking at 12,972 feet (3954 metres). Continue following the Yellowhead Highway south along the North Thompson River-a route pioneered by fur trappers a century ago. Overnight at the mountain resort of Sun Peaks.
9

Sun Peaks - Lillooet - Whistler

Head south, following the once-treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. Via Lillooet, "Mile 0 of the Gold Rush Route," your motorcoach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes, with a late-afternoon arrival in Whistler.
10

Whistler

Spend the day in the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. Free time to explore many of the 2010 Winter Olympics' sites or join one of the many optional excursions, including flightseeing by floatplane over the lakes and glaciated peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
11

Whistler - Ferry Crossing - Victoria

Set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Afternoon arrival in Victoria. Sightseeing today includes Marine Drive, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. Then, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, one of Victoria's most celebrated sites and rated among the most beautiful gardens in the world. Once there, stroll through the colourful arrangements of the Sunken Garden, the Japanese and Italian Gardens, the English Rose Garden, and the magnificent Ross Fountain.
12

Victoria

Today is at leisure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, an IMAX presentation at the National Geographic Theatre, whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.
13

Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver (Embarkation)

VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION). Early this morning, board the ferry for a scenic crossing to the mainland. Upon arrival, transfer to Canada Place to board Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise. (D)
14

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Spend the day cruising one of the world's most spectacular waterways. Located along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales. (B/L/D)
15

Juneau

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on Gastineau Channel, Alaska's capital city of Juneau has massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield at its back door. Visit the rustic shops in town-or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There's no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours. (B/L/D)
16

Skagway

In winter, the sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway, so you can imagine the frightful conditions endured by gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon. Take your time and poke your head into every little shop, from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy's Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie, and other historic characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of `98 Museum. (B/L/D)
17

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. How does it feel when a colossal chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of metres into the air. You hold your breath as you capture the moment photographically, then you wait for it all to happen again. (B/L/D)
18

Ketchikan

Built over the water and up weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a hospitable air. (B/L/D)
19

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Cruise through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage, keeping watch for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B/L/D)
20

Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Disembark the ship this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In Vancouver and Victoria; orientation tour in Jasper, Stanley Park, included winery tour, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), and Butchart Gardens.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Lake Okanagan, Okanagan Valley, Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park, Kicking Horse Pass, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Fraser River, Mount Robson, Seton & Duffey Lakes, Whistler, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.
  • GUIDES: Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising the Inside Passage on Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam.
  • TRANSPORTATION: 7-night Holland America cruise on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam (INSIDE CABIN); private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST), Tourist Class (T)
  • Vancouver Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver City Center (F), Kelowna Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre (F), Banff National Park Mount Royal Hotel (F), Jasper National Park Marmot Lodge (F), Sun Peaks Sun Peaks Lodge (ST), Whistler Listel Hotel Whistler (MF), Victoria Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F), Alaska Cruise Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam

Included Meals

  • On Holland America cruise - 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
  • Guaranteed share option is not available on this tour

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In Vancouver and Victoria; orientation tour in Jasper, Stanley Park, included winery tour, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), and Butchart Gardens.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Lake Okanagan, Okanagan Valley, Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park, Kicking Horse Pass, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Fraser River, Mount Robson, Seton & Duffey Lakes, Whistler, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.
  • TRANSPORTATION: 7-night Holland America cruise on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam (INSIDE CABIN); private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • GUIDES: Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising the Inside Passage on Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Included Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners

Accommodation

  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • Vancouver Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver City Center (F), Kelowna Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre (F), Banff National Park Bow View Lodge, High Country Inn or Inns of Banff (ST), Jasper National Park Marmot Lodge (F), Sun Peaks Sun Peaks Lodge (ST), Whistler Listel Hotel Whistler (MF), Victoria Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F), Alaska Cruise Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: Canada & Alaska
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 39)
Free WiFi: Onboard
* Source: Cosmos for trips in Canada & Alaska. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (17)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Majestic Canadian Rockies & Alaska with Cosmos.
Reviewer

Australia
  “Majestic Canada Wonderful”
Trip Date: 16/06/2017
Thank you Hannah for looking after our booking. Every thing went as smooth as silk. From making our payments to receiving our documents. Jennifer our Cosmos tour guide was excellent so was our coach driver Jeff. 51 people on the coach & no one was late ever. Float plane & Peak to Peak in Whistler was Magic. Maligne Lake & Spirit Island was very picturesque. Optional tour not to miss. Due to our hotel in Banff having a fire early in year we had 3 one nights in a row. Cosmos gave us a free dinner. What a great night it was. We went to a ranch had a BBQ, hay ride, country music & line dancing. Disappointed in cruise. Ports were full of shops & cruise ships. Glacier Bay was magic the best part of the cruise. Overall value for money yes. Beautiful photos of snow cap mountains & waterfalls for memories. Would I book with Global Journeys again. Yes Yes.
P.S.In Vancouver at Canada Place Fly Over Canada is a must!
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Australia
  “Majestic Canadian Rockies & Alaska”
Trip Date: 16/06/2017
Great tour especially through the Rockies - awesome views, great weather, great tour director and coach driver. Special thanks to Cosmos for extra-free visit to Boundary Ranch with free B.B.Q dinner. Tour Director Jennifer was exceptional with her guidance and superb knowledge of the region. Buchart Gardens were breathtaking. All-in-all an excellent tour.

Inside passage on Holland America was awesome-especially the Glaciers in Glacier Bay. Ship Vollandam considered a bit second hand but entertainment was good and food great. Consider that service fee requested was far too steep and would question if Holland America distributed total evenly to all employees. However, the sea tour overall was great. Thanks Jemma for your input which we consider was very helpful.
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Australia
  “Canadian Rockies & Alaska Inside Passage Cruise”
Trip Date: 12/05/2017
This tour was by coach from Vancouver all the way through the Rockies and back. We believe we saw more of the interesting countryside & smaller towns between Vancouver & Banff, with stops for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea than if we had travelled by the Rocky Mountaineer train. The scenery through the mountains was beautiful. Lake Louise & Maligne Lake were still frozen over due to Spring being colder this year.

Our hotels were generally very good, only let down by the Sandman Hotel Vancouver and Marmot Hotel Jasper. Although no breakfasts were included originally in this tour, a complimentary breakfast was included for the 2 days we were at the Listel Hotel Whistler, which was a nice surprise.

Our tour director Sandra provided useful information on the major towns and their attractions we stopped at. We would have liked to have had more information about the history of the smaller towns, their people and what they do to make a living in some of these isolated areas. The coach used during the whole trip was brand new and our driver JP was excellent.

Our cruise to Alaska was on the Holland America Lines MS Volendam. Our cabin attendants were very friendly and efficient. Meals at dinner were interesting some nights, as the servings for starters or mains were quite small, although you could ask for seconds. The entertainment provided on the ship was ok. Disembarkation from the ship was well organised and went smoothly for us. Thank you to Madeline at Global Journeys for all her assistance with our booking and questions we asked prior to our departure.
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Australia
  “Fantastic Tour”
Trip Date: 12/08/2016
This is our second time booking Cosmos tours through Global Journeys. Though we were not given the booking reference for the cruise before flying to Vancouver, however, our consultant Hannah was very helpful and immediately sent us the reference upon our request during the land tour so that we could do the online check-in and got our boarding passes on time. We were very happy with itinerary as well as accommodation. Scenery was breathtaking. Our tour guide Sibylle was very knowledgeable about the area, history, best places to look at, local stories, etc., that made our experience unforgettable. Our driver John was an experienced coach driver and also very pleasant and courteous. Will definitely book Cosmos through Global Journeys again in future.
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Australia
  “Canadian Rockies and Inside Passage cruise”
Trip Date: 20/05/2016
We had a very good experience booking our trip on line with Global Journeys. Hannah our consultant answered all our queries promptly and reminded me of a few things like getting an eta for USA. Our bus tour was everything and more than we expected. Choosing late May to travel was a good time as we saw 6 bears and 2 grizzlies and many other wild life.We really enjoyed the short Ice explorer journey to the Columbia Icefield and later the gondola trip at Whistler. It was the last day the snow lifts were operating for the season and with recent snow overnight it was a lot of fun. The most memorable part of the cruise was Glacier Bay. Our cruise ship the MS Volendam slowly glided over the water to the glacier as the passengers stood silently in awe of the huge glacier and listened to the almighty crack as pieces broke off and fell into to water.
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