Alaska Glacier & Canada's Western Discovery SELF DRIVE Tour, 3 May 2019 (17 nights)

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Ship:
Nieuw Amsterdam
Line:
Holland America Line
Depart Date:
3rd May 2019
Duration:
17 nights | View itinerary
Customer Rating:
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Cruise Type:
Cruise and Stay
  • Hotel Included

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Holiday Features

Canada's Western Discovery SELF DRIVE Tour
  • 8 Nts Tour: Vancouver, Whistler, Clearwater, Jasper National Park, Lake Louise, Canmore, Banff National Park, Calgary
  • Car Rental: Large Car (CDW, Taxes), One Way Rental Drop Off Fee
  • Tour date can be changed to your plans so why not consider adding pre or post nights in Vancouver or/and Calgary?
Full board enjoy everything from a burger and fries by the Lido Pool to the authentic Pan-Asian flavors of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at the Pinnacle Grill.
Activities offered onboard: America's Test Kitchen, BBC Earth Experiences
Rijksmuseum at Sea,
EXC Explorations Central, Digital Workshop, powered by Windows
Greenhouse Spa & Salon
Club HAL and The Loft, Two swimming pools, Fitness Center
Basketball & Volleyball courts
The Shops of Holland America Line
Entertainment offered onboard: B.B. King's Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard
The Showroom at Sea, Casino, Ocean Bar, Gallery Bar , Pinnacle Bar
Movies in the Screening Room
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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Fly from the UK
1 Vancouver Hotel Stay - 1 Night
2 Vancouver
Vancouver
Vancouver is a gorgeous thriving metropolis with numerous parks, beaches, gardens, museums, art galleries and ethnic diversity, offering something for all.
3 Inside Passage - Cruising
4 Juneau
Juneau
For supreme glacier viewing at the Mendenhall Glacier, with the imposing backdrop of Mt. Juneau.
PM PM
5 Skagway
Skagway
For an insight into Alaskan history and culture, follow in the footsteps of gold rushers through the ‘gateway to the Klondike’.
AM PM
6 Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay
With ample supplies of herring and shrimp, here humpback whales are frequently spotted splashing around.
AM PM
7 Ketchikan
Ketchikan
For the Totem Heritage centre, where you can find the largest collection of Totem poles in the world.
AM PM
8 Inside Passage - Cruising
9 Vancouver
Vancouver
Vancouver is a gorgeous thriving metropolis with numerous parks, beaches, gardens, museums, art galleries and ethnic diversity, offering something for all.
AM
9 Vancouver
10 Whistler
11 Whistler to Clearwater
12 Clearwater to Jasper National Park
13 Jasper
14 Jasper National Park - Lake Louise - Canmore
15 Banff National Park
16 Canmore to Calgary
17 Fly Calgary/UK
18 Arrive in UK

Western Canada Discovery SELF DRIVE Land Tour

Canada’s Western Discovery SELF DRIVE TOUR

This Self Drive Tour can be started on any day after your cruise disembarkation in Vancouver. So why not consider 1 or 2 post cruise nights in Vancouver before collecting your Rental Car?

Day 1: VANCOUVER

Arrive in Vancouver, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel. The remainder of your evening is at leisure to create your own urban adventure amid the stores, parks, restaurants, theatres and various other attractions of downtown Vancouver.

Day 2: VANCOUVER - WHISTLER

Depart Vancouver and follow the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway to the resort of Whistler. En route, admire Shannon Falls and explore the dramatic canyons, ravines and lofty peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Once in Whistler, located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, you might enjoy a hike along the endless trails and high alpine meadows.

Day 3: WHISTLER - CLEARWATER

Follow the Cariboo Highway north, visit towns and villages that echo the past, as this route was travelled by gold seekers and traders during the famous Cariboo Gold Rush in the late 1800s. Drive through the region known as Lakes Country, towards the breath taking vistas and unspoiled wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Don’t miss a visit to Clearwater's Yellowhead Museum to see frontier life or Spahats Creek Park, where the volcanic origins of the area are still in evidence.

Day 4: CLEARWATER - JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Explore Wells Gray Park’s mineral springs, serene lakes, dormant volcanoes and don’t miss towering Helmcken Falls, located near the entrance to the park and over twice as high as Niagara Falls. Then set out for Jasper following the scenic Yellowhead Highway through the water and lava-shaped valley of North Thompson River. En route, enjoy panoramic views of Mount Terry Fox as well as Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies often shrouded by mist.

Day 5: JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Jasper National Park's serene lakes and gentle meadows stand in stark contrast to its jagged peaks and spectacular glaciers. Perhaps take an early morning hike on one of the many trails for a chance to observe bears and deer. The wilderness of the park also offers wonderful opportunities for canoeing, white water rafting and horseback riding. Great sites to visit include Miette Hot Springs, Medicine Lake and Maligne Canyon.

Day 6: JASPER NATIONAL PARK - LAKE LOUISE - CANMORE

Experience the Icefields Parkway today, meandering through a landscape of peaks and glaciers before pausing to admire the picturesque alpine waters of Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake. The sparkling turquoise colours and the impressive glacier at Lake Louise are not to be missed. Take a moment to stop at the inspiring Columbia Icefield, where you may even be moved to embark on an unforgettable ride by ice explorer over the glacier's surface. (Optional)

Day 7: CANMORE - BANFF NATIONAL PARK - CANMORE

Today, explore the region from the ground. Maybe start by walking on the area's numerous hiking trails. Keep your eyes open, you are bound to encounter a variety of wildlife along the way. Consider a thrilling helicopter ride that offers an unforgettable aerial view of the Rocky Mountains (Optional). You might also visit the Sundance Range, the Bow and Spray river valleys, Hidden Glacier and the indomitable peaks of the Three Sisters.

Day 8: CANMORE - CALGARY

Leave the majesty of the Canadian Rockies behind and set your sights east. We suggest a visit to Canada Olympic Park where the bobsled and luge events of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games were held. Enjoy an evening in Calgary.

Day 9: CALGARY DEPARTURE

Enjoy your remaining time in Calgary before returning your rental car to the airport for your departure flight back to the UK.

Documentation: All Self Drive Itineraries include a courtesy phone call on the morning of day 2 to check that everything is okay from our supplier and to remind customers to collect their package from reception if you haven't already.

Documentation will be at your first nights hotel and is a Back-Pack with a North America Atlas, local sightseeing information and detailed itinerary of tour. NOTE: On arrival at hotel ask for 'PACKAGE' in your name. Detailed itinerary can be sent electronically 5-6 weeks before departure for an additional $15 (£12) but does not include the Atlas or local sightseeing information.

Note: There will be a one way car rental fee included in the rental fee. This is levied by the rental companies not by Iglu/Planet.

Cabins on the Nieuw Amsterdam

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Customer reviews for Nieuw Amsterdam

  • Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Holland America Line
  • 30 Sep 2018

The stateroom was very comfortable and spacious and we liked having a bath as well as a shower but it was noisy. On the whole the food was good but the self service restaurant was very crowded and it was often difficult to find a table even at time when we didn’t expect it to be busy. One had to be served from the salad bar which made it very slow and difficult to choose just what one wanted. It was impossible to book a table for 2 in the dining room in the evening between 5.15 pm and 8pm unless one did it several days in advance. The quality of the food was variable except on gala nights when it was excellent. Space was wasted round the pool by cabanas which he’d to be booked but remained unoccupied almost all the time during our cruise.

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  • Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Holland America Line
  • 28 Aug 2018

Ship good but trips poor

  • Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Holland America Line
  • 28 Sep 2015

Just back from a wonderful cruise on the Neiuw Amsterdam, it was the first time with Holland and America but the best ship we have been on in 17 cruises. We booked with Iglu and spoke to a very nice lady called Tina Conlan who was brilliant. She kept in touch by email with every detail and the transfers where there waiting for us, everything went smoothly. We even got an upgrade on the ship to a balcony which made it even better. Have booked another cruise to Australia and New Zealand so i am confident there won't be any problems.

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Terms and Conditions

All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. Prices are based on two passengers sharing unless otherwise stated and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Cabin and Flight supplements may apply. Other supplements may apply in addition to the price shown above. Flight details, timings and routing may be subject to alteration. Other tour operator charges may also apply. Any Onboard Spending money or drinks package value shown will be per cabin, again based on two sharing.

Note: On 13 January 2018, new European legislation is being adopted in the UK which as result will mean that we may change our required method of payment at our discretion, irrespective of how any deposit or prior payment was made.

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