San Francisco to Vancouver discovery Ft. Regent Seven Seas Cruise

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Canada, United States, Alaska

Best time to go: May

16 Nights | from £5,680pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the cosmopolitan cities of San Francisco and Vancouver with overnight stays before and after the cruise
  • Stop at some of the lesser-visited ports such as Astoria and Wrangell to delve into their history of fur trading and gold prospecting
  • A massive 58 shore excursions included as well as all meals, most drinks and gratuities
  • Deck Plan >
  • By booking this sailing with our pre and post cruise options guests will receive exclusive A&K benefits

Pre Cruise Days 1-2 UK/San Francisco
On arrival, a member of the A&K team will transfer you to your hotel for a two-night stay. Then the time is yours to explore the famous City by the Bay. Surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, Frisco is your ideal introduction to the sunny state of California. From your fantastic base at the Hotel Zetta, you can explore the eclectic neighbourhood of Fisherman's Wharf or take advantage of the hotel's amazing location in the heart of the action. We'd recommend a trip to the famous former prison of Alcatraz and complete your day with an evening performance at the San Francisco Symphony.
Fairmont San Francisco | Room Only

Day 3 San Francisco/Embarkation
Today a member of the A&K team will transfer you to the port for embarkation. But make the most of the time to squeeze in some extra sight-seeing. After all, San Francisco is full of characterful neighbourhoods that lend themselves to being explored on foot. The steep gravity-defying hills are guaranteed to keep you fit, or you can hitch a ride on the famous cable cars that trundle through the streets. Explore the city’s iconic sites such as Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Victorian architecture of Pacific Heights and the shops around Union Square.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Dinner

Day 4 Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Spend the day cruising northwards through the Pacific Ocean.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Astoria, USA
Known as the ‘Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest’, this quaint harbour town in Oregon was named after early fur trader and first American millionaire John Jacob Astor. Set amid steep wooded hills at the mouth of the Colombia River, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and is noted for its elegant historical Victorian mansions. Its long seafaring heritage is still celebrated and the old harbour has been revitalised with fashionable places to stay and trendy restaurants. It’s worth venturing outside the city to explore the beautifully-rugged coastline and dramatic landscape of Mount St Helens.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Cruising the Outside Passage
Sail the scenic Outside Passage along the coast from Washington State towards Canada and Alaska.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Sitka, USA
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.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Cruising 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 all the 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 water below.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Juneau, USA
Alaska’s state capital has its roots in gold, from when in 1880 prospectors Joe Juneau and Richard Harris discovered ‘bean-size’ nuggets that sparked a gold rush that resulted in three of the world’s largest gold digs where more than $150 million of the precious metal was mined. Today, one of the city’s biggest industries is tourism, founded on the wealth of natural attractions on its doorstep. Jump on a bus to get to the vast Mendenhall Glacier or soar away a helicopter ride; visit a salmon hatchery; and take a whale-watching trip. For adventurers there is white-water rafting, dog-sledding, sea plane rides and an abundance of hiking trails.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Wrangell, USA
Not only is this one of Alaska’s oldest towns, but it is the only one to have been ruled by four nations: Tlingit Indians, Russia, Britain and America. The British leased the area through the Hudson Bay Company for more than 20 years, preceding its purchase by America in 1867. While the fur trade attracted early settlers, it was the Gold Rush that put the town on the map, though it gained a rough and ribald reputation. Fishing and timber are Wrangell’s main industries today. Attractions include the nearby Stikine River, with its migrating birds; biking trails, and bear watching at the Anan Creek observatory.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Ketchikan, USA
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.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Cruising the Inside Passage
This is the classic cruising route to Alaska and regarded as one of the world’s most scenic sea-going journeys. 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, from whales and porpoises to seals and bald eagles.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Victoria, Canada
Quaint, charming and genteel, Victoria has long possessed an old-world reputation with its numerous displays of colourful flowers and English traditions. This former British colony, was long regarded as North America’s most English city, but has undergone something of a revolution in recent years that has injected a younger, more hip ambience. Its harbour is filled with pleasure craft, sea planes and ferries for whale-watching trips and flight-seeing adventures. The most popular draw is the 55-acre Butchart Gardens and themed botanical displays. Other attractions include the imposing 19th-century legislative buildings, the Victorian-era Craigdarroch Castle and the city’s butterfly gardens.
Seven Seas Mariner | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Vancouver, Canada
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. 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. After you disembark, Abercrombie & Kent will transfer you to one of our favourite hotspots, Rosewood Georgia for you next two nights.
Rosewood Georgia | Meals: Room Only

Post Cruise Day 15 Vancouver, Canada
Take in Vancouver's downtown sights or perhaps take a scenic float plane flight across the picturesque Strait of Georgia to Victoria's Inner Harbour where you might be fortunate to spot porpoise, seals, eagles and numerous other seabirds. Late into the afternoon, head to Gastown for cool restaurants and eclectic shops (don't forget the maple syrup!) Afterwards we recommend hiring a bike to explore Stanley Park or taking a kayak out into False Creek; all that exercise will work up an appetite for Casa de Gelato, where you can choose from over 200 ice cream flavours.

Day 16 Vancouver/UK
Spend those last few hours picking up souvenirs before a member of the A&K team transfers you to the airport for your flight home.

Pricing
At A&K all our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 17 day suggested holiday will cost from £5,680 per person, economy flights, pre and post accommodation as suggested. On board based on two sharing a Veranda Suite, including international flights, gratuities, service charges, all dining, premium standard alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi and 58 shore excursions to choose from during the voyage. We can also help you extend your stay with pre and post travel within North America > 

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Schedule of Travel


This cruise forms part of our tailor-made itinerary and pre and post cruise options can be tailored to your interests. Other similar cruises are available 
 

May 11th 2017 UK / San Francisco
May 12th 2017 San Francisco
May 13th 2017 San Francisco
May 14th 2017 Cruising the Pacific Ocean
May 15th 2017 Astoria (USA) 
May 16th 2017 Crusiing the outside passage
May 17th 2017 Sitka (USA)
May 18th 2017 Cruising the hubbard glacier 
May 19th 2017 Juneau (USA)
May 20th 2017 Wrangell (USA)
May 21th 2017 Ketchikan (USA)
May 22th 2017 Cruising the inside passage
May 23th 2017 Victoria (Canada)
May 24th 2017 Vancouver (Canada)
May 25th 2017 Vancouver 
May 26th 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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