Breathtaking Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise 16 Days

$5,999.00

Canadian Rockies, Vancouver, Alaska, Victoria BC, Seattle

Introducing a once-in-a-lifetime best of the Canadian Rockies sampler tour, capped off with a luxurious Inside Passage cruise of the natural wonders of Alaska docking in Juneau, Skagway, Victoria BC and more. From the stunning alpine mountains, glacier-fed turquoise lakes & charming towns of the majestic Canadian Rockies to the vast Alaskan wilderness, totally immerse yourself in the absolute best that mother nature has to offer.

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 & “Emerald City” Seattle
  • Indulge in a luxurious week-long Inside Passage Cruise of Alaska
  • Extend your trip to Yellowstone National Park & Grand Canyon USA

 

The Nexus Holidays Advantage

Less driving, more sightseeing

Did you know that travelling to The Rockies normally involves long energy-sapping road trips to the mountains. While much of the sightseeing is absorbed aboard the coach, Nexus Holidays’ brand new itinerary is based on the most direct route to the mountains with virtually no backtracking and reduced travel times. This means extra comfort and time for you to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

So beat ‘road lag’ and maximise your time at attractions that you actually set out to see; the iconic Banff and Jasper National Parks staying centrally in the alpine resort towns of Banff and Jasper, with seamless stop in’s at Vancouver and Seattle en route to a luxurious Inside Passage Cruise of Alaska, the most relaxing way to ice a truly memorable journey.

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Departures

2017 Value Package ★ Premium Package
21 May 06 Aug **

From $5,999

per person twin share

Single Supplement $2,500

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From $7,999

per person twin share

Single Supplement $4,000

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04 Jun 20 Aug
09 Jul * 03 Sep **
23 Jul *
Peak Season Surcharge: * $300, ** $500

Inclusions

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne with United Airlines^ (subject to availability)
  • 7 nights cruising aboard Explorer of the Seas® interior stateroom including onboard meals, gratuities, taxes & port charges
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin share)
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Air conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Admissions to scenic attractions and national parks (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Professional English speaking tour guides

★ Premium Inclusions

  • 7 nights premium modern luxury cruising aboard Celebrity Solstice® interior stateroom including onboard meals, gratuities, taxes & port charges
  • 6 nights premium accommodation including world-class Fairmont properties & 2 Fairmont dinners

Exclusions

  • Tour guide and driver tipping prepaid in Australia: $100
  • Optional Admission Package
  • Optional cruise shore excursions, select onboard activities & specialty dining options
  • ESTA US visa waiver application fee (approx USD$14, mandatory)
  • eTA Canada visa waiver application fee (approx CAD$7, mandatory)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Optional Admission Package

$380 $350
Purchase all admissions and save

Our admission package adds another dimension to your tour and includes transportation to the venues, taxes, handling and service fees. Due to popular demand, admissions must be booked at least 60 days before departure and may not be available for individual purchase on site.

  • Banff Gondola $50
  • Ice Explorer $90
  • Glacier Skywalk $50
  • River Safari $110
  • Space Needle + Chihuly Garden & Glass $80

Note: Alternative activities and attractions may not be available in the vicinity and cannot be arranged. Non-participants must wait for the group to finish the activities.

Explorer of the Seas®

Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas® is home to an array of innovations that give you whatever type of vacation you desire. Climb a rock wall that overlooks the sea, or find your adventure on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course. If it’s zen you seek, achieve it poolside or at the relaxing VitalitySM Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing, and duty-free shopping deals. And bring along some friends – with spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms, and a spectacular three-story dining room, this ship has room for your whole crew.

Rest & Relaxation

  • Vitality at Sea Spa with 100+ treatments including medi-spa treatments and relaxing massages
  • 4 pools including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat*
  • 6 whirlpools
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Centre, with classes* including yoga and tai chi
  • Outdoor poolside movie screen
  • Stateroom amenities such as flat screen TVs, new bathrooms and completely remodelled interiors, including new linens and furniture

Action & Adventure

  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Ice-skating rink
  • Mini-golf course
  • Basketball court
  • Jogging tracks
  • FlowRider surf simulator

Dining Options

  • Main Dining Room with complimentary, multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • More complimentary options including Windjammer Café, Café Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks, and room service*
  • Casual dining and snacks at Johnny Rockets and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream*
  • New specialty dining including, our signature steakhouse, Chops Grille, Italian-style trattoria Giovanni’s Table and Izumi Japanese cruising*

Entertainment & Shopping

  • Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the Main Theatre
  • Complimentary ice-skating shows in Studio B
  • 9,623 square foot Vegas-style Casino Royale® with 287 slots and 16 tables
  • Bars, clubs and lounges, including Diamond Club, Star Lounge, R Bar, and The Tavern
  • Variety of name-brand, duty-free shopping on the Royal Promenade including jewellery, perfumes, apparel and shopping for teens and kids

* Select onboard activities and specialty dining options are at your own expense

★ Celebrity Solstice®

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 staterooms and award-winning service. It’s no wonder that it’s full of “firsts” like the first Lawn Club at sea, the first Hot Glass Show, and the first cruise line to have 5 women known as the “The Leading Ladies” redesign the staterooms. 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.

  • Canyon Ranch SpaClub®
    Relax and rejuvenate in our serene spa at sea. Experience the unique services of Canyon Ranch in a breathtaking setting—aboard Celebrity’s modern luxury ships. Enhance your vacation with a complete wellness and lifestyle program that increases resilience, restores serenity, and helps you feel rejuvenated.
  • Cellar Masters
    Try a bold collection of both familiar and unknown wines from around the world in this inviting wine bar. To help you explore, we feature the state-of-the-art Enomatic® wine-by-the-glass dispensing system. It will pour your choice directly from the bottle in a 1-ounce, 2.5-ounce or 5-ounce portion as you swipe your SeaPass® card. Our Sommeliers will offer further insight into the fine art of wine selection.
  • Lawn Club
    A freshly manicured lawn on the highest deck of Celebrity Solstice®. Enjoy casual outdoor activities in a decidedly Country Club atmosphere, and let the grass between your toes take you places no cruise has gone before.
  • Sky Observation Lounge
    A quiet refuge by day for gazing over the sea with a cocktail at hand. At night, the space comes to life with live music and dancing. In addition, special interactive theme parties include Live@Sky—music and dances of the 40s with a modern twist—and Motown, featuring funky soul with a live band, singers and dancers.
  • The Hot Glass Show
    Don’t just appreciate art, experience it. Witness the incredible, gorgeous art of glassblowing with intimate live demonstrations. Watch and learn from professional glassblowers in this popular, one-of-a-kind exhibition from the renowned Corning Museum of Glass.
  • Silk Harvest Restaurant
    A subtle taste of Far East delicacies meant to share. As the first Asian restaurant in the Celebrity fleet, Silk Harvest takes you on a journey to the Far East, offering authentic Asian hospitality perfectly paired with a contemporary blend of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Here you enjoy family-style dining in a warm and friendly setting.
  • Main Restaurant
    The Main Restaurant is the centrepiece of our immersive and enriching range of culinary experiences. We’re proud to present an unparalleled wealth of choices every evening. Working literally around the clock, the galleys delight in sending out artfully presented dishes, every delicate micro-green garnish perfectly in place.

* Select onboard activities and specialty dining options are at your own expense

★ The Fairmont Experience

Unforgettable Luxury. Since 1907.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ charismatic hospitality is the gateway to cherished memories. Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” is situated a mile high in Banff National Park and within walking distance to the charming town of Banff. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, “the Great Canadian Lodge Experience”, is nestled in the heart of Jasper National Park. Contemporary amenities and timeless elegance are reflected throughout every guest room. Unique architecture, stylish décor, spectacular views and thoughtful service creates the perfect ambiance for a memorable stay. Savour the very best in contemporary Canadian cuisine with cosy dinners at each property.

Value Accommodation

Banff Charltons Banff, Inns of Banff or similar
Jasper The Athabasca Hotel, Chateau Jasper Hotel, The Crimson Jasper, Mount Robson Inn or similar
Kamloops The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre or similar
Vancouver Executive Airport Plaza Hotel Richmond or similar
Seattle Sheraton Bellevue Hotel or similar

★ Premium Accommodation

Banff Fairmont Banff Springs or similar
Jasper Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or similar
Kamloops DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kamloops or similar
Vancouver The Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport or similar
Seattle Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, Grand Hyatt Seattle or similar

Optional Post-tour Extension

The Best of USA National Parks 5 Nights

From $1,999 per person twin share

Experience five of USA’s best national parks in a single trip with the top highlights of Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks. Be sure to have your cameras ready for bears, wolves, bison, elk, antelope and some of the world’s most exotic plants. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colourful hot springs, mudpots and geysers. Explore mountains, forests and lakes to witness wildlife and the drama of the natural world unfold. From the steep-sided canyons and ever-present waterfalls to the arresting sandstone walls of the mesmerising Grand Canyon, the road is endless with Nexus Holidays.

Highlights

  • Embark on a breathtaking expedition of Yellowstone National Park
  • Cherish mesmerising Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks
  • Step foot on the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon
  • Enjoy a romantic rendezvous at “Sin City” Las Vegas

2017 Departures

03 Jun
17 Jun
22 Jul *
05 Aug *
19 Aug *
02 Sep
16 Sep

* Peak Season Surcharge: $200

Inclusions

  • Economy class flights into Salt Lake City and out of Las Vegas
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation (twin share)
  • Round trip transfers
  • Air conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Admissions to scenic attractions and national parks (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Professional English speaking tour guide(s)

Exclusions

  • Tour guide and driver tipping prepaid in Australia: $130
  • Meals
  • Optional prepaid Grand Canyon Skywalk
  • ESTA US visa waiver application fee (mandatory, approx USD$14)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Price Guide

  • Single Supplement: $800
  • Stay Behind/Stopover Surcharge: Las Vegas/Los Angeles from $350 per city (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Triple/Quad Share: Same as twin share price
  • Child Price: Same as adult

Optional Grand Canyon Skywalk

$110

A Legacy Gold Package is required for a Skywalk Ticket to walk on the glass bridge. This is prepaid in Australia and includes:

  • Skywalk Ticket to walk on the glass bridge
  • Meal at viewpoint of choice
  • Hualapai Visitation Certificate
  • Photo Opportunities with Hualapai Members

Accommodation

  • 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

All prices, itineraries, airlines, hotels and cruise ships are subject to availability and change without prior notice. Nexus Holidays reserves the right to provide substitutes of similar standard and adjust the itinerary as we see fit to ensure the smooth running of the tour. Itinerary and sites to be visited are subject to change due to local and seasonal conditions, minimum and maximum numbers, time and other unforeseen constraints beyond our control. Passengers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not deviate from the set itinerary. The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land. Please check all information before booking. By booking, you accept all Booking Conditions.

Fly to Calgary via connecting cities, then transfer to the iconic alpine resort town of Banff. The main thoroughfare is lined with boutiques and restaurants mixed with chateau-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears.
Premium: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel as part of the Fairmont experience.
Embark on scenic road trip of breathtaking Banff National Park along the Bow Valley Parkway between the iconic mountain resort towns of Banff and Lake Louise. Marvel at glorious Moraine Lake with a panoramic view of the Valley of the Ten Peaks, followed by a leisurely hike to the Lower Falls of Johnston Canyon. Then stroll along the picturesque shores of Lake Louise, crowned as the “Jewel of the Rockies”. Conclude the day with a swift stop at world famous Bow Falls before returning to Banff.
Today’s highlight is a jaw-dropping road trip to Jasper National Park. Be prepared to take in the world’s most scenic glaciers, lakes and mountain peaks as we traverse the Icefields Parkway passing by subalpine forests through to the immense Columbia Icefield. Here, embark on a glacier adventure ride aboard the massive Ice Explorer (optional admission at your own expense) snow coach onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier, and experience an exhilarating cliff-edge Glacier Skywalk (optional admission at your own expense). Next is a quick stop at the powerful waterfall of Athabasca Falls before heading into the beautiful alpine town of Jasper.
Premium: Enjoy a special dinner at the hotel as part of the Fairmont experience.
Step foot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mount Robson Provincial Park, home to the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and recognised for its vast natural beauty and mountain landscapes containing rare species, peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, limestone caves and fossils. Then take off to Blue River for an exciting River Safari (optional admission at your own expense) to stunning Grizzly Bear Valley where you are likely to witness active wildlife on the riverbank. Reinvigorate yourself with an overnight stay at the city of Kamloops.
Set out on a fun hike at Othello Tunnels, a series of old train tunnels and bridges that cut through the solid granite walls and pass over the wild Coquihalla River near the town of Hope, the filming place of Rambo’s “First Blood”. After lunch, enjoy a mini tour of cosmopolitan metropolis Vancouver city stopping by bustling Granville Island Public Market, a food lover’s paradise, before reaching the coastal city of Richmond.
Bid farewell to beautiful Western Canada and cross the border into the United States of America through to the Port of Seattle to embark on your luxury week-long Inside Passage Cruise of Alaska’s undisturbed wildlife, rugged wilderness and jaw-dropping natural wonders.
Enjoy the day at sea as we sail through the natural wonders of Alaska.

Cruise the Alaska Inside Passage before docking at Juneau at 12pm, the capital of Alaska, founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favourite of visitors, is nearby. Depart at 9pm.

Premium: Cruise to Ketchikan docking at 7am, the “Salmon Capital of the World”, a popular port of call for Alaskan cruisers. If you’re up for an adventure, take a canoe and nature trail excursion through the rain forest or a wilderness exploration followed by a sumptuous crab feast you cannot resist. Depart at 4pm.

Cruise to Skagway docking at 7am and relive the gold rush. Ride the Yukon Railroad, discover Dyea or enjoy horseback riding through majestic forests. Depart at 8:30pm.

Premium: Cruise to Tracy Arm Fjord arriving at 6am and awe at a landscape carved by glaciers with hundreds of waterfalls cascading down 3000-foot granite walls. Depart at 10am. Cruise to Juneau docking at 1:30pm, the capital of Alaska, founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favourite of visitors, is nearby. Depart at 10pm.

Cruise through Tracy Arm Fjord arriving at 7am and awe at a landscape carved by glaciers with hundreds of waterfalls cascading down 3000-foot granite walls. Depart at 12pm.

Premium: Cruise to Skagway docking at 7am and relive the gold rush. Ride the Yukon Railroad, discover Dyea or enjoy horseback riding through majestic forests. Depart for the Inside Passage at 6pm.

Enjoy the day at sea as we sail through the calm waters of Alaska.
Cruise to Victoria, BC docking at 9am ( 5:30pm for Celebrity Solstice) and prepare to be romanced with blooming flowers, magnificent architecture, and gourmet treats, an unforgettable getaway. Depart at 6pm ( 11:59pm for Celebrity Solstice).
Disembark the cruise after an early breakfast. Begin your tour of “Emerald City” Seattle as we head downtown for a familiarisation drive stopping at scenic overlooks 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, restaurants with waterfront views, Scale the dazzling skyline from 520 feet at the Observation Deck of the iconic Space Needle (optional admission at your own expense) and gaze in awe of the amazing collection of full blown glass art and sculptures at popular Chihuly Garden & Glass (optional admission at your own expense).
Today bid farewell to beautiful USA with a transfer to the airport airport for your homebound or onward flights via connecting cities.
In flight. Your trip may be over but the memories will certainly last a lifetime.
Arrive at home sweet home this morning.

Optional Post-tour Extension

The Best of USA National Parks 5 Nights

Fly – Tour – Stay

Nature’s undisputed “awesome foursome” trip of a lifetime has arrived with Nexus Holidays – and it’s a game-changer. Experience beauty overload at picturesque Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park and wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Be sure to have your cameras ready for bears, wolves, bison, elk, antelope and some of the world’s most exotic plants. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colourful hot springs, mudpots and geysers. Explore mountains, forests and lakes to witness wildlife and the drama of the natural world unfold. From the steep-sided canyons and ever-present waterfalls to the arresting sandstone walls of the mesmerising Grand Canyon, the road is endless with Nexus Holidays.

Highlights

  • Embark on a breathtaking expedition of Yellowstone National Park
  • Cherish mesmerising Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks
  • Step foot on the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon
  • Enjoy a romantic rendezvous at “Sin City” Las Vegas
Today, bid farewell to beautiful Seattle with a transfer to the airport for your flight to Salt Lake City, the high-elevation capital of Utah. Upon arrival, transfer to the city of Idaho Falls, named after beautiful man-made dams and colossal waterfalls.
Commence your tour of the USA National Parks 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, glance 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 of 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. Refresh overnight in the metropolitan city of St. George.
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. If time permits, 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 at home sweet home this morning.