Touring Date


05 Aug 2018  - 13 Aug 2018

General

Discover nature at its most enchanting in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. The Canadian Rockies are the northern section of the mountain range that runs the length of North America. Exploring the Rockies is a wondrous experience of exhilarating natural beauty, forests and lakes, jagged mountain tops, glaciers and snowy plains, mountainside towns and villages, testimonies of volcanic activity, cascading waterfalls – and even bears! Visit the most beautiful national parks in all of North America: Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise. And finally, enjoy the panoramic beauty that is Vancouver, the world’s most desirable city.

Available departures

This tour is repeated every weekday (working day).

Full Itinerary

Candian Rockies & Deluxe Cruise to Alaska

August 5-12 / August 12-19, 2018

Choice 1: Land Tour of the Canadian Rockies

Choice 2: Alaskan Cruise

Choice 3: Canadian Rockies + Alaskan Cruise

 

Day 1: Sunday August 5, 2018; Arrive in Calgary 

Welcome to Calgary! Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to your Calgary accommodations. Overnight – Hotel Blackfoot  

Day 2: Monday August 6, 2018; Calgary to Banff 

Today starts with a city highlights tour including Chinatown, Scotsman Hill, Stephen Avenue, Olympic Park and more. Visit Calgary’s famous Heritage Park, the largest living history attraction in Canada. Take a walkthrough Gasoline Alley, visit the Historical Village, chat with costumed characters and take a turn on some classic rides like the Whip or the Ferris wheel. After dinner we go to sleep early as we have an early morning the next morning. Overnight – Hotel Blackfoot.

Day 3: Tuesday August 7, 2018; Banff Sightseeing, Lake Louise

Drive to Banff and explore on a sightseeing tour with stops at beautiful Bow Falls, Moraine Lake,  Lake Louise and much more. Ride the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of the mountains and valley below. Also included is time at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, which tells the story of the hot springs that drew visitors to Banff National Par in the first place.

Overnight – Fox Hotel & Suites

Day 4: Wednesday August 8, 2018; Banff to Hinton 

Today travel through the heart of the Canadian Rockies along the renowned Icefields Parkway, voted one of the most scenic drives in the world. Follow the winding road that boasts a unique and irreplaceable landscape, rich in history and natural beauty, second to none. From the summit of Bow Pass, see the baby blue waters of Peyto Lake and Mistaya River Valley below. Arrive at the famous Columbia Icefields, whose waters feed three oceans. Visit the Interpretive Centre, then have the experience of a lifetime, a ride on the Ice Explorer for an up close look at the Athabasca Glacier. Visit the powerful and breathtaking Athabasca Falls before arriving in Hinton for the night.

NOTE – This is a long travel day, stop times limited. Overnight – Quality Inn & Suites

Day 5: Thursday August 9, 2018; Hinton to Kamloops 

The journey into British Columbia begins this morning. Enjoy a stop at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. An unforgettable highlight today is a River Safari ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Observe bears and other wildlife in their natural environment, without the constraints of gates and cages, from the safety of a boat mid river, presenting the optimum opportunity for the perfect snapshot. Your destination today is Kamloops.

Overnight – Four Points by Sheraton Kamloops

Day 6: Friday August 10, 2018; Kamloops to Vancouver 

Today travel the fertile Fraser Valley through the Coast Mountains and into the rugged BC Interior. Along the way, a stop is made at Hell’s Gate Airtram for an amazing Fraser Canyon experience. Also enjoy the suspension bridge, observation decks, and fisheries exhibit. Your destination today is Vancouver, a vibrant metropolitan city nestled between majestic mountains, sparkling ocean and rainforest. Visit Capilano Park and experience the suspension bridge, the tree top adventure and cliff walk, plus Salish Nations Culture.

Overnight – Park Inn & Suites by Radisson

 Erev Shabbat – Tefilah & Kosher meals in Kosher L' Mehadrin Restaurant 

15 minute walk from the hotel.

Day 7: Shabbat August 11, 2018; Vancouver at Leisure  Tefilah & Kosher meals in Kosher Mehadrin Restaurant  15 minute walk from the hotel.

Overnight  Park Inn & Suites by Radisson

Day 8: Sunday August 12, 2018; The group splits. Those of you joining our Alaska Cruise (Group 1), will Depart Vancouver and head to Seattle, where you will board the Holland America Amsterdam. Those finishing up the Canadian Rockies tour (Group 2) will board a ferry to Vancouver Island and enjoy a tour of this distinctly old world city with its Victorian architecture, elaborate gardens and British flavor. Visit the famous Butchart Gardens with time to wander.

Return to Vancouver later today via BC Ferry.

Overnight – Park Inn & Suites by Radisson

 Monday August 13, 2018; Group 2: Vancouver departure

Depending on your flight schedule, the group will explore Vancouver in the morning on a city sightseeing tour to include including Chinatown, Gastown, English Bay, Stanley Park and more. Those leaving in the late morning will depart on their own to the airport while the rest of our group will continue the tour with an elevator ride to the Vancouver Lookout for stunning, unobstructed views of picture-perfect Vancouver. We will then head to the stunning Capilano Suspension Bridge, where we will tour this marvelous Park. We will then head back to Vancouver for an early dinner and then transfer to the international airport for your return flight home. 

Day 8: Sunday August 12, 2018 Group 1;

Holland America Cruise Ship:  MS Amsterdam.

In the early afternoon, we will board the Holland America Cruise Ship. The voyage will start through the Puget Sound.

Day 9: Monday August 13, 2018;  Cruising the Inside Passage. Spend the entire day cruising the Inside Passage, one of the worlds’ famous waterways.

Day 10: Tuesday August 14, 2018;  

Stephens Passage is a long stretch of dark water filling the gap between mountain ranges in Southeast Alaska. The water is deadly cold and rich with sea life. Fog and low clouds usually hang in the Passage, which is an arm of the Pacific. Fjords with emerald rivers pour in and it is lined with conifers, blue stone and rocky hollows. It is indescribably beautiful. On a chilly day, with low-hanging fog, you can see pods of Orca knifing through brackish inlets; humpback whales, their flukes high, plunging towards the ocean floor; clear water gushing from crevasses; brown bears with cubs scouring the beaches for salmon remains; bald eagles; hundreds of birds, their calls filling the air. The  wilderness almost inviolate.                                

We'll arrive at Alaska’s scenic capital city, Juneau. We will explore the city and the Capitol Building. Auke Lake. View the Mendenhall Glacier, a river of ice with rugged crevasses and a distinctive blue color, and we will learn about the lifecycle of salmon and hatchery operations.

Day 11 Wednesday August 15, 2018;  Hubbard Glacier - Stretching over 90 miles long and covering over 1,350 square miles in area, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. It is also one of the most impressive, a 300-foot wall of ice rising sheer and jagged from the ocean. You may hear the rumble and see the monumental splash as the glacier severs into great ice chunks, known as "calves."

Day 12 Thursday August 16, 2018;  Sitka

One look at lovely Sitka and you'll know why Alexander Baranof, governor of the Russian American Company, decided to build his "castle" here. With views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water's edge, Sitka is considered Alaska's most beautiful seaside town. Sitka's past is a unique blend of Tlingit culture and Russian history. The historic and scenic community is situated on Baranof Island, nestled between forested mountains and the great Pacific Ocean, on the outer waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. Sitka offers a combination of Native culture, Russian history, and Alaskan wilderness which will provide a diverse and unequaled experience. Sitka lies at the heart of the largest temperate rain forest in the world, the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy the fresh outdoors on well-marked mountain trails. Take to the water for a picturesque boat trip or kayaking adventure among nearby islands or charter a boat to nearby fishing grounds to fish for world-class salmon and halibut.

 Day 13 Friday August 17, 2018;  Ketchikan

We'll arrive at Ketchikan, the salmon capital. The town is built along a steep hillside, part built on pilings over the water where bald eagles watch from waterside perches. An outstanding collection of totem poles makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art.

Day 14 Shabbat August 18, 2018; Victoria:
Shabbat morning is a day of relaxation as the cruise sails back towards Seattle. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by. In the evening (after Shabbos) we will stop in Victoria/Canada - This intimate, sophisticated seaside City is the vacation capital of Canada and the premiere tourist spot in the Pacific Northwest. Victoria is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and sparkles in one of Canada's mildest climates. This area is the sunniest spot in the province and the gentlest in the country in terms of climate, environment, and lifestyle. Victoria's unique character is deeply rooted in its 150-year history -- a history full of colorful people and fascinating tales. The city's British colonial heritage is still very much in evidence, but contemporary Victoria has a distinctly Pacific northwest flavor. Today, Victoria is best known as the capital city of British Columbia, and as a world-renowned tourism destination. One of the most visitor-friendly cities anywhere, Victoria is also one of Canada's favorite places to call home. Greater Victoria and its outlying areas now have a population of 300,000, and the one-time colonial outpost is alive with cosmopolitan dining, superb shopping, a colorful nightlife and a full complement of cultural offerings.

Day 15 Sunday August 19, 2018; Arrive in Seattle

Early this morning after departing our cruise, we will board a ferry from Seattle to Vancouver Island. Once in Victoria, enjoy a tour of this distinctly old world city with its Victorian architecture, elaborate gardens and British flavor. Visit the famous Butchart Gardens with time to wander. Return to Vancouver later today via BC Ferry.

Overnight – Park Inn & Suites by Radisson

Day 16 Monday August 20, 2018; Vancouver Departure

Explore Vancouver on a city sightseeing tour this morning including Chinatown, Gastown, English Bay, Stanley Park and more. (Time permitting). Top off the morning with an elevator ride to the Vancouver Lookout for stunning, unobstructed views of picture-perfect Vancouver. Afterwards, a transfer is provided to the international airport for your return flight home.

 

Pricing

Package from USA

Canadian Rockies only 5-13 August: $3,590

Alaska Cruise only 12-19 August: $2,105 Interior Cabin

Alaska Cruise + Canadian Rockies 5-19 August: $5,505 Interior Cabin

Add-on’s to “cruise only package”

Seattle plus Victoria Island only 19-20 August: $390

Shabbat in Vancouver 10-12 August $490 (includes transfer to cruise in Seattle]

 

Cabin Upgrades Supplement per person

$350 to Ocean View cabin with a window obstructed

$400 to Ocean View cabin with a window unobstructed

$450 to Ocean View Stateroom mid-ship

$1,200 to Vista Suite with balcony unobstructed

$1,490 to Vista Suite mid-ship with balcony

*Alaska Cruise Port Charges & Taxes $285 per person

Price Includes:

  • Air-conditioned tourist coach
  • Kosher half board & lunch packs daily
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • first class hotels throughout
  • Tips for local service providers

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses and services
  • Insurance
  • Tip for the tour guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)

Important to Know:

  • There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 60 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 30-59 working days prior to departure: 25% of total per passenger
• 15-29 working days prior to departure5025% of total per passenger
• Less than 14 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance

 

Flights

If you are joining us for the Land Tour package only (from outside Israel) you can get an obligation free quote for your flights from Shelley@eddiestravel.com

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance encompassing both cancellation and medical insurance is very important and we cannot stress that enough. We strongly recommend that our clients are adequately insured when travelling. It is crucial to purchase the travel insurance within 14 days from the 1st payment that you make for this trip (flights/cruise/tour etc). Your payment is made directly to the insurance company. We highly recommend the 'cancel for any reason' upgrade option.  Our preferred policies are Travel Safe (USA & Canadian residents), Travel Select (USA residents) and Global Trip Protection Elite (All other Nationalities). 
For an obligation free quote and further details email yonah@travelinsuranceisrael.com

Bookings: Due to the limited number of spaces on this tour, we urge you to please complete the attached booking form and return it to us by fax as soon as possible.