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Alaska Glacier Cruise & USA National Parks 17 Days

$5,999.00 $5,499.00

Seattle, Alaska Glacier Cruise, Salt Lake City, & Las Vegas.

Visit Five National Parks: Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon, Zion & Grand Canyon

Tour Highlights:

  • Indulge in a luxurious week-long Alaska Glacier Cruise
    • Choose your cruise experience, on the Celebrity Solstice®, or for the first time ever in Alaska, Royal Caribbean International’s Ovation of the Seas® (surcharge applies)
    • Visit Juneau, Alaska's gorgeous state capital, surrounded by fjords, forest and snow-capped mountains
    • In Skagway you can relive the gold rush by riding the Yukon Railroad
    • Take in the stunning views of the Alaska Inside Passage, including massive glaciers, pristine fjords, soaring cliffs and the misty northern rainforest
  • Explore five of the best of the USA's National Parks:
    • Yellowstone, the world’s first national park and a vast wilderness recreation area atop a steamy, bubbling, spouting, volcanic hotspot
    • Grand Teton, with picture-perfect Colter Bay Village overlooking the beautiful shores of Jackson Lake
    • Bryce Canyon, characterised by its vast expanse of orange and red sandstone cliffs, sculpted by nature into ‘hoodoo’ pillars.
    • Zion, where steep canyons and stone towers have been carved over millions of years by rushing streams
    • The Grand Canyon, and gaze out from the West Rim at Eagle Point and Guano Point, to see 2 billion years of geological history

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A luxurious Alaskan Glacier Cruise, followed by a tour of five of the USA's best National Parks – what could be a better way to relax and recharge your soul!

After your cruise, visit Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks, and the iconic Yellowstone – the world's first national park! Be sure to have your cameras ready for bears, wolves, bison, elk, and antelope. Marvel at colourful hot springs, mudpools and geysers. See mountain vistas, deep forests and vast lakes, and witness wildlife and the drama of the natural world unfold before your eyes.

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Departures

2019 Twin Share PP Single Supplement
23 May* 15 Aug from $5,999
$5,499
$2,500
30 May* 22 Aug
20 Jun 29 Aug
27 Jun 05 Sep
08 Aug
* = Peak season surcharge: $500pp

Inclusions

  • Airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne with a full service North American carrier^
    • Eg. United Airlines, Delta Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 7 nights cruising on Celebrity Solstice® in a lead-in interior stateroom with onboard meals, gratuities, taxes & port charges
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Airport & hotel transfers
  • Air conditioned motor coach transportation
    • Baggage limit: 1 piece 20kg per person
  • Admissions to attractions & national parks
  • English-speaking tour guide(s)

Exclusions

  • Prepaid tipping: $140pp
  • ESTA US visa waiver (approx US$14pp, required)
  • eTA Canada visa waiver (approx CAD$7pp, required)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses & anything optional

Stopovers Optional Extension

Los Angeles, San Francisco or Las Vegas 3 Nights Self-Guided

From $750pp

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States and has cultural attractions that are second to none, whether it’s the Space Shuttle Endeavour, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Getty Center or art galleries and urban art. Los Angeles is also known as the centre of the nation’s film and television industry, not far from its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. During your free time, you may consider enjoying the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

San Francisco is a vibrant & bustling city full of museums, theatres and destination neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf. San Francisco is also home to the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Pier 39, all of which are easy to locate in the city. Consider a day trip to award winning wineries in Napa and Sonoma.

Las Vegas is known as Sin City, so get out and explore the dazzling Vegas night life! You can visit the world’s largest hotel – the Palazzo Venetian Mega Centre, see the neon light show on Fremont Street, the Music Fountain at the Bellagio, or the volcano show at Mirage. Many more delights await you – what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and in your memories!

Inclusions:

  • Airfares
  • 3 nights twin share accommodation in a 3-star hotel
  • Airport & hotel shuttle transfers

Exclusions:

  • Meals
  • Resort fee payable to hotel upon arrival (approx. USD30/room/day)

Price Guide:

  • Hotel upgrade: 4-star fr $200pp twin share
  • Single supplement: 3-star $250, 4-star $450
Accommodation Guide Los Angeles San Francisco Las Vegas
Standard Hotel The Fullerton Hotel or similar Embassy Hotel or similar Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower or similar
Upgrade Hotel Hilton Anaheim or similar Hilton San Francisco Union Square or similar Park MGM Las Vegas or similar

Pre-Tour ExtensionOptional Extension

Best of the Canadian Rocky Mountains

From $1999pp

Highlights

  • Revel in the unspoiled natural beauty of iconic Banff National Park
  • Reminisce in the tranquil serenity of glacier-fed Lake Louise
  • Lose yourself in the pristine alpine surrounds of Jasper National Park
  • Venture into Grizzly Bear Valley on a jaw-dropping Blue River Safari
  • Explore cosmopolitan metropolis Vancouver

Nexus Holidays’ itinerary guarantees the most direct route to the Rocky Mountains, meaning less time driving, more time sightseeing compared to most others’ itineraries. Designed for your comfort, the itinerary takes you to the very best of the Rockies, staying centrally in the alpine resort towns of Banff and Jasper.

For details, click here.

Optional Program in SeattleOptional Extension

$80pp Day 9: Scale the iconic Seattle Space Needle, and view the dazzling skyline from 158 meters on the observation deck. Then view the amazing collection of blown glass art and sculptures at popular Chihuly Garden & Glass.

Optional Grand Canyon Skywalk#Optional Extension

$120pp A prepaid Legacy Gold Package is required to walk on the Skywalk bridge, and includes:

  • A Skywalk ticket
  • Meal at your viewpoint of choice
  • Hualapai visitation certificate
  • Photo opportunities with Hualapai members

Please note: Due to popular demand, admissions must be booked at least 60 days before departure and may not be available for individual purchase on site. Alternative activities may not be available in the vicinity and cannot be arranged. Non-participants must wait for the group to complete the activities.

★ Ovation of the Seas® Optional Extension

Royal Caribbean International’s Ovation of the Seas® is the third of RCI’s Quantum class ships, entering service on April 14, 2016. Cruise Critic Australia voted Ovation of the Seas® ‘Best New Ship’ of the year.Home ported in Sydney for the summers of 2016-19, Ovation of the Seas® will be based in Seattle starting in the 2019 Northern summer, making her the first-ever Quantum class ship to ply the famed Alaskan Inside Passage!

From the world’s highest viewing deck on a cruise liner, to robot bartenders, to a Jamie Oliver Italian restaurant – there’s just so much to do and explore on board!

Activities, Dining, and Drinks:

  • Flowrider: Test the waters on this exciting outdoor wave simulator
  • Dreamworks: An ‘experience lounge’ with beloved characters from popular Dreamworks films
  • Dance Classes: Enjoy some fun on the dancefloor with professional instructors
  • Movie Nights on the Big Screen: Enjoy an outdoor night at the the movies – poolside!
  • Leisure and Sports Facilities: Rock climbing wall, basketball courts, swimming pool, an aqua park and more!
  • Pool Party: Stay up late and enjoy a pool party on the top deck with the grown-ups
  • Fine and Casual Dining: More than twenty options for your dining pleasure, or order gourmet room service
  • Drinks and Date Nights: Explore nine venues, from poolside to piano lounge, to classy cocktails
  • Art on the High Seas: View some of the 11,000 pieces of art on board – AU$5.8 million dollars worth!

Key Characteristics:

  • Tonnage: 168,666 GT
  • Length: 348 m (1,142 ft)
  • Beam: 41.2 m (waterline)
  • Draught: 8.5 m (28 ft)
  • Decks: 18 (16 passenger-accessible)
  • Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
  • Capacity: 4,905 passengers (max. occupancy)

Ovation of the Seas

Celebrity Solstice® Optional Extension

Unique Features & Accolades

  • Celebrity Cruises® voted best premium cruise line 8 years running
  • Celebrity Solstice® voted best ship in Australia 2015
  • 5 star décor/service/cuisine
  • 24/7 complimentary room service
  • 2:1 staff to guest ratio
  • 15% larger staterooms and bathrooms
  • More time docked in ports

Celebrity Solstice® is one of the most decorated ships at sea, offering fine dining, magnificent venues, spacious, redesigned staterooms, and award-winning service. It’s no wonder that it’s full of ‘firsts’, like the first lawn club at sea, and the first hot glass show. Other things that set the Celebrity Solstice® cruise ship apart are its specialty restaurants. Our passion for outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world. But staterooms and specialty restaurants are only part of this ship’s charm. Celebrity Solstice® also has the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness centre, where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments or push yourself in a workout with one of our trainers.

Note: Select onboard activities and specialty dining options are at your own expense.

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Seattle Sheraton Bellevue Hotel or similar
Idaho Falls Comfort Inn or similar
West Yellowstone The White Buffalo Hotel or similar
Salt Lake City Ramada Salt Lake City Airport Hotel or similar
St. George Red Lion Hotel & Conference Centre St. George or similar
Las Vegas Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower or similar
Fly to Seattle via connecting cities and take a shuttle transfer to your hotel for rest.
Transfer to the Port of Seattle to embark on your luxury week-long Alaska Glacier Cruise for your chance to witness the undisturbed wildlife and jaw-dropping natural wonders of the Alaskan wilderness.
Enjoy the day at sea as we sail through the natural wonders of Alaska.

Celebrity Solstice®: Cruise to Ketchikan, The ‘Salmon Capital of the World’ is a popular port of call for Alaska cruises. If you’re up for an adventure, take a canoe and nature trail excursion, or a wilderness exploration followed by a scrumptious crab feast.

Ovation of the Seas®: Have your camera ready to capture the rugged beauty of the islands and mainland coast of southern Alaska. The views on the Inside Passage include glaciers, fjords, soaring cliffs and misty northern rainforest. Watch for the exotic wildlife, including moose and whales. Witness enormous glaciers, misty temperate rainforests, and blue fjords. Surrounded by fjords, forest and snow-capped mountains, Juneau (pictured at right) is a gorgeous state capital. Its historic city centre harks back to its gold-rush origins and you can still pan for gold. But nature is the priceless treasure. You can’t miss the amazing glacial landscape.

Celebrity Solstice®: Cruise to the Tracy Arm Fjord (pictured right), and gaze in awe at a landscape carved by glaciers, with hundreds of waterfalls cascading down 3000-foot granite walls. Then, cruise to Juneau, the capital of Alaska, where you’ll spend the afternoon, departing late evening. Surrounded by fjords, forest and snow-capped mountains, Juneau is a gorgeous state capital. Its historic city centre harks back to its gold-rush origins and you can still pan for gold. But nature is the priceless treasure. You can’t miss the amazing glacial landscape.

Ovation of the Seas®: The great Klondike Rush lives on in Skagway’s charming city centre of restored 19th-century buildings and its historic railway. From the vintage train, admire the mountains and see the 1898 trail that fortune seekers travelled on foot. You’ll arrive early in the morning and depart in the evening.

Celebrity Solstice®: Cruise to Skagway (pictured right), arriving early in the morning. Relive the gold rush by riding the Yukon Railroad. Discover Dyea, or go horseback riding through the majestic forests. Depart late afternoon to sail through the Alaska Inside Passage. Have your camera ready to capture the rugged beauty of the islands and mainland coast of southern Alaska. The views include glaciers, fjords, soaring cliffs and misty northern rainforest. Watch for the exotic wildlife, including moose and whales.

Ovation of the Seas®: One of Alaska’s lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Ford’s Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30-mile-long stretch, you can’t help but be awed by the surrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle’s appeal. Glacier Harbour Seals: Endicott Arm is one of the largest breeding grounds for harbour seals on the planet. Keep your eyes peeled for these creatures splashing in icy waters near the ship. Along the shore, you might also glimpse brown bears, bald eagles, sea ducks, deer, moose and wolves. Dawes Glacier: Your journey through scenic Endicott Arm Fjord ends with a front-row view of Dawes Glacier. Standing over 182 metres tall and 0.8 km wide, this very active ice cap is known for its spectacular calving displays which produce the huge, chunky icebergs that float in the area.

Celebrity Solstice®: Enjoy the day at sea as we sail along the Canadian coast. Explore the varied onboard activities, restaurants, and bars.

Ovation of the Seas®: Spend the day at sea. Whether you seek an adrenaline rush or total tranquility, our ships have it all. Try rock climbing, bumper cars and flying without having to leave the ship in our skydiving simulator. Melt away land-based stress with a spa massage, build a scrapbook of memories or simply relax by the side of the pool. On board, dining is about more than just food. Think ambience, variety and the flexibility to decide when and what you savour.

Cruise to Victoria, BC. The capital of British Columbia is filled with blooming gardens, heritage architecture and historic charm. The heart of Victoria is its scenic harbour and Old Town, compact areas that are made for strolling and easily explored on foot. Prepare to be romanced with blooming flowers, magnificent architecture, and gourmet treats – an unforgettable getaway.

Disembark from the cruise after breakfast. Begin your tour of ‘Emerald City’ Seattle as we head downtown for a familiarisation drive stopping at scenic views as we pass by distinct neighbourhoods sitting high on hilltops or afloat on the calm waters. Explore the colourful Pike Place Market overlooking Elliot Bay, Seattle’s most popular tourist destination and home to a large variety of shops and restaurants with waterfront views.

Optional program: Scale the iconic Space Needle, and view the dazzling skyline from 158 meters on the observation deck. Then view the amazing collection of blown glass art and sculptures at popular Chihuly Garden & Glass (optional program is at your own expense; $80pp).

Today, bid farewell to beautiful Seattle with a transfer to the airport for your flight to Salt Lake City (pictured), the high-elevation capital of Utah. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Idaho Falls, named after the colossal local man-made dams and beautiful waterfalls.
Continue your tour with a road trip to Grand Teton National Park for a picture-perfect scenic photo shoot at Colter Bay Village overlooking the beautiful shores of Jackson Lake with the majestic Grand Tetons as a backdrop. Before long, you will enter the world-renowned Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park and a vast wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot characterised by hydrothermal geysers, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles. Begin your tour of Yellowstone at the Old Faithful cone geyser shooting water over 37 metres in the air. Then stop at the Midway Geyser Basin to see the Grand Prismatic Spring, the country’s largest hot spring and prepare to be mesmerised by the vivid colouration thanks to the heat-loving bacteria that produce colours ranging from green to red lining the edge of the deep blue spring water. Time permitting, take a look at the Fountain Paint Pot named after the reds, yellows and browns of the bubbling mud.
Continue your journey through Yellowstone National Park at Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest geyser basin in Yellowstone comprised of two distinct sections: The Back Basin in a forest setting and the Porcelain Basin characterised by a lack of vegetation. Then ascend the steep stairway of Uncle Tom’s Trail at the ‘Grand Canyon of Yellowstone’ for an observation deck view of the 400 foot tall Lower Yellowstone Falls. Continue by the picturesque Yellowstone Lake towards the resort town of Jackson in the Jackson Hole valley in Teton County, famous for cowboy bars and western souvenir shops among many Old West allures. Return to Salt Lake City to rest overnight.
Begin the day driving by the beautiful landscape and historic buildings of Temple Square in the heart of Salt Lake City before arriving at historic long-standing Cove Fort, constructed of volcanic rock. Then gain an everlasting impression of some of the world’s most beautiful scenery at the Sunset Point of Bryce Canyon National Park, characterised by its vast expanse of orange and red sandstone cliffs sculpted by nature into ‘hoodoo’ pillars. Cap off the day at one of United States’ most scenic canyons with a road trip through Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to Zion Lodge in Zion National Park whose steep canyons, stone towers and lush vegetation are carved over millions of years by rushing streams.
Stop at Hoover Dam for a perfect photo opportunity along the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. Then proceed to one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World, the majestic Grand Canyon. As you gaze out from the West Rim at Eagle Point and Guano Point, you are viewing 2 billion years of geological history. Millions of people each year stand in awe at the canyon and leave with a sense of fulfilment and realisation that they have witnessed nature at her finest. Time permitting, take a Grand Canyon Skywalk# (optional admission at your own expense) for a 720 degree view of the Canyon on the tallest man-made structure in the world, a horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge on the very edge of the Grand Canyon West Rim, with nothing but glass separating you and the Colorado River 4,000 feet below. A complete change of scenery awaits when you arrive in the heart of ‘Sin City’ Las Vegas, a neon desert oasis offering a collection of bright lights, shopping malls, iconic dancing fountains, famous hotels and innumerable casinos.
Enjoy the morning and early afternoon at your own pace and leisure to explore the entertainment capital of the world. Then in the mid-afternoon, bid farewell to beautiful Las Vegas with a transfer to the airport for your homebound or onward flight via connecting cities.
In flight. Your trip may be over but the memories will certainly last a lifetime.
Arrive back in Australia this morning.