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Breathtaking Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise 16 Days

$5,999.00 $4,999.00

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

Features

  • Cruise on either Explorer of the Seas® or award-wining Celebrity Solstice®, with no surcharge – choose your cruise!
  • Fly with award-winning Qantas Airways and frequent flyer points for Qantas members
  • Less time driving, more time exploring the Rocky Mountains
  • Stay centrally in Banff and Jasper
  • Vancouver and Seattle day tours
  • Cruise Gratuities included
  • More departure dates

 

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 time is usually spent aboard the coach, Nexus Holidays’ brand new itinerary is based on the most direct route to the mountains, with reduced travel times and virtually no backtracking. This means extra comfort and time for you to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

So beat ‘road lag’ and maximise your time at the 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-offs at Vancouver and Seattle en route to a luxurious Inside Passage Cruise of Alaska. The most relaxing way to end a truly memorable journey.

Testimonial:

We have returned from our fantastic Alaska and Rockies trip. I would to say thanks to you Jenny and your excellent staff for providing us the opportunity to experience such an amazing adventure. Everything was fantastic starting from our arrival in Seattle and being met by Spencer who was just the most amazing and fantastic tour guide who showed us the wonderful sights of Seattle, he was just so knowledgeable and friendly, the accommodation at the Sheraton – Bellevue in Seattle was great the beds were to die for after a flight of 18 hours +. We also had a fabulous small group of fellow travellers -13 who all got on so well together, and having the smaller tour coach was great, we will remain friends for a long time. The smaller coach just added to the trip.

The cruise with Royal Caribbean, Explorer of the Seas was amazing we had the best cabin on the boat right at the very front, fabulous experience, the Sawyer Glacier was incredible, as were the shore excursions we took, can’t wait till the next cruise!!!

After the cruise Ursula and our driver Nick met us at the dock and started another amazing adventure – the fabulous Rockies. Ursula was another fantastic guide who provided us with so much information and looked after us in every aspect. She is truly an asset as is Spencer, and Nick was a very good and safe driver.

The Rockies were amazing, the scenery spectacular, the whole trip fabulous, the accommodation was great and the food choices on the package were excellent, the additional tours we undertook were all worthwhile and enjoyed to the max, some of the scenery was just the wow factor, we also experienced being snowed upon, which living in our desert climate was a great experience, for us.

All in all it was an adventure we won’t forget in a long time and thank you for helping us with every aspect of the trip and nothing was ever too much trouble for you and your staff, thank you thank you, and also thanks for provided such excellent tour guides, can’t thank you and your team enough.

(Gaynor Holliday. October 11, 2016 at 11:05 am)

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2018 Per Person Twin Share
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Single Supplement $2,500
* Peak Season Surcharge: $500

Package Inclusions:

  • Return International economy class airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane$, Adelaide$ or Perth$ with Qantas Airways. International long haul sectors only.
  • 7 nights cruising aboard Explorer of the Seas® or Celebrity Solstice® interior stateroom with onboard meals, gratuities, taxes & port charges
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin share)
  • Round trip airport & hotel transfers
  • Air conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Admissions to scenic attractions and national parks (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides

Package Exclusions:

  • Interstate Surcharge: Brisbane $300, Adelaide $400, Perth $650 (flights may be via Sydney)
  • 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 complete 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 Vitality at Sea 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.

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

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
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.
Embark on a scenic road trip of breathtaking Banff National Park along the Bow Valley Parkway, between the iconic mountain resort towns 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 quick stop at world famous Bow Falls before riding the Banff Gondola^ (optional at your own expense) to the top of Sulphur Mountain, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Rockies.
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 on the way 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.
Step into 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, location of the film ‘Rambo – 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.

Explorer of the Seas: At midday arrive at Juneau, which boasts some of the country’s most amazing scenery. Visit several fjords, or the majestic Mendenhall Glacier which is nearby. Depart at 9pm.Celebrity Solstice: Cruise to Ketchikan docking at 7am, 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. Depart at 4pm.

Explorer of the Seas: Arrive at Skagway at 7am and relive the gold rush. Make the most of all the area has to offer until the 8.30pm departure.Celebrity Solstice: Cruise to Tracy Arm Fjord, arriving at 6am. Gaze in awe at a landscape carved by glaciers, with hundreds of waterfalls cascading down 3000-foot granite walls. Depart at 10am. Cruise to Juneau, the capital of Alaska, docking at 1:30pm and departing at 10pm.

Explorer of the Seas: Cruise through Tracy Arm Fjord, arriving at 7am. Gaze in awe at a landscape carved by glaciers, with hundreds of waterfalls cascading down 3000-foot granite walls. Depart at 12 noon.Celebrity Solstice: Cruise to Skagway, arriving at 7am. Relive the gold rush by riding the Yukon Railraod. Discover Dyea, or go horseback riding through the majestic forests. Depart at 6pm.

Enjoy the day at sea as we sail through the calm waters of Alaska.
Cruise to Victoria, BC docking at 9am and prepare to be romanced with blooming flowers, magnificent architecture, and gourmet treats, an unforgettable getaway. Explorer of the Seas arrives 9am and departs at 6pm. Celebrity Solstice arrives 5.30pm and departs at 11.59pm
Disembark from the cruise after an early 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. Scale the iconic Space Needle (optional admission at your own expense), and view the dazzling skyline from 158 meters on the observation deck. Then we will view the amazing collection of blown glass art and sculptures at popular Chihuly Garden & Glass (optional admission at your own expense).
Bid farewell to beautiful Canada and Alaska, with a transfer to the airport for your homebound or onward flights via connecting cities.
Arrive back in Australia this morning.