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- 1 Night Anchorage
- 1 Night Seward
- 1 Night Esther Passage
- 1 Night Icy Bay
- 1 Night Hubbard Glacier
- 1 Night Point Adolphus
- 1 Night Sitka
- 1 Night Sail Island
- 1 Night Metlakatla
- 1 Night Rudyerd Bay
- 1 Night Prince Rupert
- 1 Night At Sea
- 1 Night Alert Bay
- 1 Night Vancouver
- 1 Night Kamloops
- 2 Nights Banff
From searching for the tiny hummingbird to the mighty Bald Eagle, a wide and varied program is promised. Expert lecturers take you on thrilling excursions to show you the remarkable wildlife, indigenous cultures and magnificent landscapes of these remote lands. As mighty glaciers rise up from the frigid waters and Orcas breach for your camera, experience an Alaskan adventure as never before.
Day by day itinerary
UK to Anchorage
After enjoying your VIP airport lounge, fly to Anchorage, where you will be transferred to the Captain Cook hotel for an overnight stay on a B&B basis.
Check out of the hotel and transfer to Seward to embark Silver Explorer.
It is hard to believe that a place as beautiful as Seward exists. Surrounded on all sides by Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach National Forest, and Resurrection Bay, Seward offers all the quaint realities of a small railroad town with the bonus of jaw-dropping scenery. This little town of about 2,750 citizens was founded in 1903, when survey crews arrived at the ice-free port and began planning a railroad to the Interior. Since its inception, Seward has relied heavily on tourism and commercial fishing.
College Fjord in the northern sector of Prince William Sound, is considered one of the most scenic fjords in the world with spectacular glacier viewing. . There are over a dozen major glaciers in the fjord, all surrounded by rugged snow-capped mountains. It is possible from one point to see eight glaciers at once. College Fjord was discovered in 1899 during the Harriman Expedition. Edward Henry Herriman, a millionaire railroad tycoon, set sail with 125 other passengers and crew, including 23 of esteemed scientists from several Ivy League schools, to explore the fjords of Alaskan.
Esther Passage is a narrow passage separating Esther Island from the mainland. It is only 10 miles long, but it is one of the most scenic passages in Alaska. In places it becomes so narrow that it seems like the lush green hills on either side are going to envelop the ship. It is also rich in wildlife, with possible sightings of bald eagles, otters, bears, and orca
Cape St Elias, Kayak Island
Cape St Elias is the southwest end of Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. It is separated from the mainland by a channel 4 miles wide. The island, named by Lt. Sarichef of the Russian Navy in 1826 because its outline resembles the shape of an Eskimo skin canoe, is 20 miles long and only 2 miles wide and covered in dense rainforest. The cape itself was named by Russian explorer Vitus Bering on July 20, 1741 in honour of St. Elias, whose saint's day is July 20. The lighthouse, located at the southernmost tip, is a National Historic Landmark.
Cruise Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier, off the coast of Yakutat, Alaska, is the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front that is more than six miles wide. One of the main sources for Hubbard Glacier originates 76 mi inland. It has been a very active glacier, experiencing two major surges in the past 30 years. This glacier was named after Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a U.S. lawyer, financier, and philanthropist. He was the first president of the National Geographic Society.
Elfin Cove & George Island, Alaska
The southeast Alaska community of Elfin Cove lies on the northern shore of Chichagof Island, 70 miles west of Juneau and 33 miles west of Hoonah, and is only accessible by small seaplane or boat. IT has a total area of 10.7 square miles of land and 0.1 square miles of water. Historical accounts suggest the well-protected, flask-shaped harbour was originally called "Gunkhole" by local fishermen seeking anchorage. Its safe anchorage and close proximity to Fair-weather fishing grounds made this natural harbour an optimal location for fish buyers and supplies.
Inian Islands, Alaska
The Inian Islands are a group of scenic islands located in the frigid waters of Icy Strait. They lie between the northern tip of Chichagof Island and Glacier Bay National Park. They are included as part of the Tongass National Forest and are renowned for the forest of stunted trees that are the result of extreme ocean weather. In 1990, the federal government recognized the islands’ pristine condition and ecological, geological, and scenic, values, by declaring them a Wilderness area under the federal Wilderness Act, and is managed by the Forest Service.
During the evening Silver Explorer will be near Point Adolphus, a well-known area for whale watching. Enjoy an aperitif while you are on the outer decks, looking for humpback whales as well as orcas, or simply enjoying the landscape.
This narrow passage is used by small vessels to traverse from the open Pacific Ocean to the Alaskan Inside Passage. It is notoriously difficult to navigate due to raging currents and whirlpools. All vessels wait until slack tide when the currents are at their slowest to start manoeuvring. The narrow passage, less than 100 meters wide in places, wanders through heavily forested steep hills of the Tongass National Forest.
It's hard not to like Sitka, with its eclectic blend of Alaska Native, Russian, and American history and its dramatic and beautiful open-ocean setting. This is one of the best Inside Passage towns to explore on foot, with such sights as St. Michael's Cathedral, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Castle Hill, Sitka National Historical Park, and the Alaska Raptor Center topping the town's must-see list.
Sail Island and Wrangell Narrows, Alaska
Sail Island is one of the many small, narrow islands located in Frederick Sound, in the inside passage of Alaska. It is home to the largest of all sea lions, the Stellar Sea Lions, and they are often seen hauled out on the rocky shores, lazing around in the sun. The waters surrounding Sail Island are well known as a place where the magnificent humpback whales congregate to feed.
The Wrangell Narrows is one of the most scenic and well-known ‘Narrows’ in Alaska. It is a winding 22 mile (35 km) long channel between Mitlof Island and Kupreanof Island in Southeast Alaska. There are about 60 lights and buoys to mark it because of its navigation hazards. It was originally named in 1838 by G. Lindenberg to honour Admiral Baron Ferdinand Petrovich von Wrangell, a Baltic German explorer who was the chief manager of the Russian-American Company and governor of the Russian settlements in Alaska.
Ketchikan is famous for its colorful totem poles, rainy skies, steep–as–San Francisco streets, and lush island setting. Some 13,500 people call the town home, and, in the summer, cruise ships crowd the shoreline, floatplanes depart noisily for Misty Fiords National Monument, and salmon-laden commercial fishing boats motor through Tongass Narrows. In the last decade Ketchikan's rowdy, blue-collar heritage of logging and fishing has been softened by the loss of many timber-industry jobs and the dramatic rise of cruise-ship tourism.
Since the late 19th century, Metlakatla has been the major settlement of the Metlakatla Indian Community of the federally recognized Annette Islands Reserve, the only remaining reservation in Alaska. It is located on Annette Island, and in 2010 had 1,405 residents. Membership in the community is primarily by lineage and is comprised primarily of Tsimshian people. Metlakatla comes from a Tsimshian word meaning "Salt Water Passage.
Walker Cove, Alaska
Walker Cove, located just 41.8 miles from Ketchikan, extends about 8.5 miles into the mainland. The scenery is stunning with towering rock walls on both side and hundreds of waterfalls plunging down into the fjord. There is always the possibility of seeing bears, Harbour Seals Bald Eagles along the shoreline. The British explorer George Vancouver noted this bay on his chart in 1793, although there was no mention of it in his log. It was named after Dr. William Walker, the physician on board the HMS Chatham.
Rudyerd Bay, Misty Fjords, Alaska
Rudyerd Bay is one of the highlights of the Misty Fiords, 40 miles east of Ketchikan, along the Inside Passage. This fjord cuts through steep-sided mountainous terrain and extends far into the mainland. The scenery is stunning, with dramatic thousand-foot waterfalls plunging down rainforest covered cliffs to the water below.
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Just 40 mi (66 km) south of the Alaskan border, Prince Rupert is the largest community on British Columbia's north coast. Set on Kaien Island at the mouth of the Skeena River and surrounded by deep green fjords and coastal rain forest, Prince Rupert is rich in the culture of the Tsimshian, people who have been in the area for thousands of years. As the western terminus of Canada's second transcontinental railroad and blessed with a deep natural harbor, Prince Rupert was, at the time of its incorporation in 1910, poised to rival Vancouver as a center for trans-Pacific trade.
While Silver Explorer sails south through Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound, you might attend a workshop by the ships Photographer to edit the many photos taken so far, or join one of the experts for final lectures regarding Alaska and British Columbia. Perhaps a wine tasting seminar is more to your liking. Make sure you get some exercise, either on the outer decks or in the Fitness Centre.
Or simply relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy being at sea.
Inside Passage and Alert Bay, British Columbia
Alert Bay is a small village on Cormorant Island, with approximately 1,300 residents. More than half are First Nations people. The settlement was named in 1860 in honour of the Royal Navy ship HMS Alert, which conducted survey operations in the area. The traditional Kwakwaka’wakw people of Alert Bay have endured a difficult history of devastating foreign diseases and failed government policies of assimilation. Today there is a revival of their traditions.
As you debark the ship the local Silversea representative is on hand to direct you to your motor-coach for a three-hour deluxe sightseeing tour of Vancouver. The city is renowned for its splendid gardens, as well as the mountains, ocean forest and parklands surrounding the city. Following your tour the balance of the day is at leisure. Lunch and dinner are at your own expense.
Overnight at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver to Kamloops
This morning you are transferred to the Rocky Mountaineer Rail Depot to begin your journey. Enjoy breakfast aboard the train. Your journey today takes you through the scenic Fraser Valley and over the dramatic Fraser Canyon. At Hell's Gate you see one of the most spectacular scenes along the entire route as thousands of gallons of rushing water are forced through one of the canyon's narrowest points. Continue alongside the Thompson River as you make your way toward Kamloops, British Columbia. A variety of lunch entrees is offered either at your seat for those who have booked the "Red Leaf" service, or in the dining car for those who have booked "Gold Leaf" service.
At the end of the day, arrive in Kamloops, British Columbia and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Breakfast and lunch are served on the train. Dinner is at your own expense.
Overnight at the Thompson Hotel (or similar 3-star property) - Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Kamloops to Banff
Rise and shine early today to re-board the Rocky Mountaineer and continue eastward to the Canadian Rockies. Breakfast is served on the train. You travel through vast ranchlands to Shuswap Lake Pass Craigellachie where the "last spike" was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Beyond Craigellachie is Rogers Pass with its tunnels, glistening glaciers, and snowcapped mountains. Thrill as you pass through the Spiral Tunnels in Yoho National Park. Lunch is served on the train as the magnificent scenery continues to parade past.
Arrive in Banff in the early evening and transfer to the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Resort. For more than a century, 'The Castle in the Rockies' has provided the unique blend of luxurious comfort, individualized service and timeless beauty for the most discerning traveler. Please note: rooms in all categories vary in size and location. Dinner this evening is on your own.
Overnight at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Banff, Alberta, Canada
After breakfast at the hotel, the rest of the morning is spent at your leisure. A visit to the Banff Visitor Center, which features a uniquely original interpretive program, offers an outstanding overview of the area. After lunch on your own, depart for a sightseeing tour of Lake Louise, the 'Jewel of the Canadian Rockies'. Along with Moraine Lake, this area is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, time is made available to take photos, explore their shorelines, and learn about the area's mountaineering history. Your tour concludes with a stroll to a viewpoint in the Valley of Ten Peaks for splendid views and photo opportunities overlooking Moraine Lake. Following your visit, transfer back to the hotel for dinner at your own expense.
Overnight at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Banff, Alberta, Canada
Banff to Calgary to UK
Following breakfast this morning you should check-out of the hotel. Your transfer to the airport in Calgary is pre-arranged to depart the hotel four (4) hours prior to your flight time. Arrive in the UK the following day.
Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
19-day cruise & rail on board Silver Explorer (Silversea Expeditions) from £12,585 incl. flights
Departure: 24 August 2018
Adventurer Suite (AC):
Veranda Suite (VR): £16,585
Expedition and Rail Fares
Book by: 30 April 2018
Includes pre cruise:
- Flights to Anchorage
- All overseas transfers on a shared basis
- Overnight accommodation in Anchorage on a B&B basis
Includes on board:
- Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
- Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
- Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
- Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
- In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer
- Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
- Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
- Gratuities always included in your fare
- One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
- Complimentary Parka
Includes post cruise:
- Majestic Canadian Rockies Tour (Gold Leaf)
- Two-night stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Deluxe View Room) - Banff, Alberta, Canada
- One-night stay at the Thompson Inn (or similar 3-star property) - Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
- One-night stay at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel (Gold Floor, Harbour view Room) - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Two full days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
- Sightseeing tour in Banff
- 4 breakfasts, two lunches
- Transfers between airport, hotel and pier
- Flight from Calgary to UK
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