Silversea Cruise – Anchorage to Vancouver

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Canada, United States, Alaska

Best time to go: June to September

11 Nights | from £4,550pp

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Holiday type: Group departure

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sail up close to giant glaciers calving and witness the dramatic sight of thousands of tons of ice crashing into the sea below
  • Visit Sitka’s traditional Russian Orthodox Cathedral as you trace the town’s fascinating heritage of Russian fur traders and Indian tribes.
  • Spot hunting packs of killer whales and breaching humpbacks and as you sail through the misty fjords of the Inside Passage
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  • Abercrombie & Kent are proud to collaborate with Silversea Cruises and can offer exciting pre and post cruise experiences >

Pre Cruise Day 1-2 UK/Anchorage 
On arrival in Seattle, a member of the A&K team will transfer you to The Captain Cook Hotel for an overnight stay. Anchorage may have a big city feel with its tourist stores, coffee shops and brewpubs, but it is only 30 minutes by road from the vast Alaskan wilderness. This makes it an ideal jumping off point to explore this region if you wish to add some additional time.
The Captain Cook Hotel | Room Only

Day 3 Seward/Embarkation
Today a member of the A&K team will transfer you to Seward, 125 miles away, to embark Silversea’s Silver Shadow. The picturesque port town at the head of Resurrection Bay is one of the oldest in Alaska. It is also a good base from which to explore the Kenai Fjords National Park with its bountiful marine-life and excellent sea kayaking, salmon fishing, hiking and biking. The town itself is divided between the older downtown and the newer tourist area around the harbour.
Silver Shadow | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 The Hubbard Glacier 
This, Alaska’s largest tidewater glacier, extending around 76 miles from its source in the Yukon, is one of the main highlights of this sailing. The cliff face of the glacier, where it meets the sea stretches more than six miles across and towers as much as 400ft above the water. As you get closer to the glacier the blue hues of the ice become more intense and the groaning of the ice becomes more apparent. This is broken by the dramatic sounds as the glacier ‘calves’ with huge chunks of ice breaking off and crashing into the icy waters below. 
Silver Shadow | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Sitka 
With its obvious Russian heritage, Tlingit Indian influences, and American way of life, Sitka is easily the most exotic port in Alaska. Founded by Russian fur traders, this former Alaskan capital may have become American in 1867, but is still proud of its Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Bishop’s House. The city lends itself to native folklore shows, while other diversions include rainforest hikes, high-speed boat trips in Sitka Sound, sea kayaking and boat tours to see sea otters. Sitka also benefits from its beautiful mountainous location, though only smaller vessels like Silver Shadow can dock here.
Silver Shadow | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Tracy Arm Fjord/Sawyer Glaciers/Juneau 
Spectacular Tracy Arm Fjord is famous for the Sawyer Glaciers, located at the end of a 30-mile channel with a 3,000ft towering cliff-face and hundreds of cascading waterfalls. Further north is Alaska’s state capital Juneau, reachable only by air or water, which adds to the remote feel of this former Gold Rush city. Today Juneau is known for its wealth of natural attractions. Jump on a bus to the vast Mendenhall Glacier or soar away on a helicopter ride; visit a salmon hatchery; and take a whale-watching trip. There is also white-water rafting, dog-sledding, sea plane rides and an abundance of hiking trails. 
Silver Shadow | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Skagway 
This is true Klondike Gold Rush territory, where thousands of prospectors stampeded to the lucrative Yukon goldfields in the 1890s. As a result, Skagway became a lawless frontier town as well as Alaska’s largest city. Today, the stampede is led by tourists who walk part of the Chilkoot Trail the original prospectors followed, or ride the narrow-gauge railroad built along the White Pass. There are coach rides along the Klondike Highway, while active alternatives include dog-sledding, horse-riding and zip-wiring. The main attraction among Skagway’s restored buildings is the Red Onion Saloon, where you can tour its former brothel!
Silver Shadow | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Ketchikan 
There’s a pioneering feel to this former Indian fishing camp, which was colonised by settlers drawn by its bountiful natural assets. So many salmon canneries opened, Ketchikan became known as the salmon capital of the world. But it is a land of lumberjacks too, thanks to a profusion of sawmills and pulp mills that sprang up here. Another Ketchikan speciality is rain – lots of it. The town is famous as one of the rainiest spots on earth. It is also a good jumping off point for natural adventures: float plane rides along the Misty Fjords, fishing trips, rainforest walking tours, bear-spotting trips and even lumberjack shows.
Silver Shadow | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 The Inside Passage 
This is the classic cruising route to Alaska and regarded as one of the world’s most scenic sea-going journeys with its steep mountain and expansive forests. The Inside Passage has been shaped by colossal glaciers and spans Alaska, British Colombia and Washington State. Expect to see a wealth of marine life in these fertile waters, from whales and porpoises to seals and bald eagles.
Silver Shadow | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Vancouver 
Sail into the harbour of this West Coast Canadian city and you can see why Vancouver is regularly voted the world’s top place to live. It’s not just the spectacular setting, but the lively arts scene and vibrant cultural mix too. On disembarking, a member of the A&K team will transfer you to the Fairmont Waterfront at Canada Place, where Silver Shadow will dock. Explore the city’s sights on foot, aboard the harbour ferry or by the SkyTrain. Alternatively, take the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour that takes in First Nation totem poles at Brockton Point, Vancouver Aquarium and the cobblestone streets of the historic Gastown area.
Fairmont Waterfront | Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Vancouver /UK 
Enjoy a last morning exploring the city. Take the tram to the top of Grouse Mountain or visit picturesque Stanley Park in the city centre.
Then a member of the A&K team will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: Room Only 

Pricing 
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 12 day suggested holiday will cost from £4,550 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights, pre and post hotel as detailed. On board, gratuities, service charges, all dining, premium standard alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included. 

All our pre- and post-cruise options are tailor made to suit your tastes, check out our  Alaska and Canada itineraries for ideas and further information.

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Schedule of travel 

  • We are happy to arrange pre and post travel for you for this sailing
  • This cruise has multiple sailings throughout the summer including : 01st June, 15th June, 29th June, 13th July, 27th July, 10th August, 24th August, 07th September
  • Other similar cruises are available 
May 17th 2017 UK / Anchorage 
May 18th 2017 Anchorage
May 19th 2017 Seward
May 20th 2017 Hubbard Glaicer
May 21st 2017 Sitka
May 22nd 2017 Sawyer Glacier 
May 23rd 2017 Juneau
May 24th 2017 Ketchikan
May 25th 2017 Inside Passage
May 26th 2017 Vancouver 
May 27th 2017 Vancouver / UK 

 


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Useful info

 

Best time to be there

Make the most of long days and the best weather by travelling between June and September during this time the days are long (19 hours of daylight in June) and nature is in full bloom. Sadly the weather in this part of the world isn't predictable. During the summertime days can be pleasantly warm, even hot, but this can be followed in equal measure by rain, fog and then sun again.

Fly to

Seattle (10 hrs) and then onto Anchorage (3 hrs 40) or Juneau (2 hrs 30)

time difference

GMT -8 hours

Visas

ESTA Visa required for UK Passport Holders

Health Requirements

Travel insurance is highly recommended as health bills can be high in the USA.


Best time to be there

The peak season is from June to September. Humpback and Killer whale viewing is best in June and July.

Fly to

For Western Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Vancouver and Calgary.
For Eastern and Atlantic Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Toronto, St John's and Halifax.

Flying time

For Western Canada, 9-12 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada, 5-7 hours.

Time difference

Western Canada is GMT -8 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada is GMT -4 hours.

Visas

Visas not required for UK passport holders for travel prior to 1st March 2016. An eVisa will be required thereafter.


Best time to be there

At 38 times the size of the UK, there is always a part of the country having great weather. The peak season is from June to September.

Fly to

British Airways fly to all the major cities in the States.

Flying time

7-12 hours

Time difference

From -5 to -10 hours behind GMT

Visas

ESTA Visa required for UK Passport Holders


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