Tour & Cruise: Canada and Alaska

18 days


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.

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Day 1, Sunday: Calgary – Banff
After arrival to Calgary, we’ll transfer by coach to our hotel in Banff for overnight.

Day 2, Monday: Banff
We’ll set out to discover the charming town site of Banff, a thriving, four season resort of wood and stone, with activities all year round. Today’s sightseeing will highlight many local delights including Bow Falls, the Hoodoo Lookout, Lake Minnewanka, and Surprise Corner. We will take a ride up the Banff Gondola for a panoramic 360 degree view of the entire Banff area.

Day 3, Tuesday: Banff – Lake Louise – Banff
This morning we visit Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness”, the beautiful Lake Louise. There is plenty of free time for you to explore this beautiful lake or to sit back, relax and take in the amazing scenery and enjoy a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible views across the Canadian Rockies.

Day 4, Wednesday: Banff – Jasper
This morning we travel north along the Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most spectacular journeys in the world, and enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery. We make a stop at the Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack, where you’ll climb aboard the ‘Ice Explorer’ for a once-in-a-lifetime journey onto the mighty 300 meter thick Athabasca Glacier. See spectacular scenes such as the Crowfoot Glacier, hanging from a cliff face 275 meters above the Columbia Icefield.

Day 5, Thursday: Jasper – Kamloops
We explore Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of jeweled lakes, spectacular mountains and soaring waterfalls. Enjoy spectacular views of the soaring granite mountains of Canada’s Rockies including its highest peak, the awesome 3954 meter Mount Robson, as we journey towards Kamloops, Including the Thompson River and the magnificent Fraser Valley.

Day 6, Friday: Kamloops – Vancouver
Today we will have free tome for shopping. On our way to Vancouver we will stop at two large shopping malls.
We arrive to our hotel in Vancouver and prepare ourselves for Shabbat.

Day 7, Shabbat: Vancouver
After Shabbat services and meal we’ll stroll about the streets of the city.

Day 8-15, Sunday-Sunday: Holland America Cruise – Ship: MS Statendam
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver including Stanley Park, famous for its totem poles, the waterfront, Gastown and Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. Make your way across this spectacular suspension bridge, 70 meters above the Capilano River, and join the award winning Treetops Adventure along a series of elevated walkways. This afternoon we return to Canada Place Pier to board your luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship ms Zaandam and settle-in for an unforgettable 7 night voyage. Through the famed Inside Passage.


* 4 restaurants – Rotterdam dining room, Lido buffet restaurant, Canaletto restaurant, Pinanacle grill  * 11 bars/cafes including Mix champagne, Mix martinis, Mix spirits and ales, Ocean bar, Wine tasting room, Terrace grill, Lido bar

Health and Fitness
* 3 pools – Sea View pool, Lido pool, Oasis pool  * 3 jacuzzis  * Gym  * Greenhouse Spa  * Aerobics studio  * Beauty salon  * Thermal suite  * Basketball court  * Practice tennis court  * Lower Promenade deck walk

* Van Gogh theater  * Casino  * Crow’s Nest lounge/nightclub  * Explorations library/internet cafe  * Explorer’s lounge  * Culinary Arts center  * Neptune lounge  * Hudson card room  * Club HAL kids club  * Club HAL games room  * The Loft teens club  * The Oasis teens deck area

Other Facilities
* Shopping arcade  * Art gallery  * Launderette  * Half Moon meeting room  * Medical center

Day 9, Monday: Cruising the Inside Passage
Spend the entire day cruising the Inside Passage, one of the worlds’ most spectacular waterways, as your ship threads her way past forests of spruce and hemlock, mountains, islands and inlets.

Day 10, Tuesday: Ketchikan
Welcome to the salmon capital of the world! Part of the town is built along a steep hillside, part is 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 11, Wednesday: – Juneau
In the morning we arrive into Alaska’s scenic capital city, Juneau. We will explore the city and the Capitol Building, University of Alaska southeast campus and 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 during a tour of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

Day 12, Thursday: Skagway
Established in 1897 as a trading post for prospectors headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was once known as “hell on earth,” an untamed, violent town controlled by organized criminals. Today, of course, the town is a bit more civilized, though its colorful past is carefully preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

Day 13, Friday: Glacier Bay National Park
Early this morning your cruise ship enters the iceberg-strewn waters of Glacier Bay National Park, where thirteen spectacular glaciers flow from surrounding mountains into the waters of the bay. A National Park Service Ranger will help you spot wildlife, while pointing out sights and explaining glacier activity. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to see a pinnacle of ice ‘calve’ or break away from the face of the glacier and with a thunderous boom, land in the bay.

Day 14, Shabbat: The Inside Passage
Today is a day of relaxation as your cruise sails towards to Anchorage. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by, as you travel south through the Inside Passage.

Day 15, Sunday: Anchorage
Disembark in Whittier and travel via the Alaska Wildlife Refuge to Anchorage. Because of Anchorage’s latitude, summer days are very long and winter daylight hours are very short. Anchorage is often cloudy during the winter, which decreases the amount of sunlight experienced by residents.
We will enjoy an orientation tour of Anchorage including Lake Hood which is the largest and busiest International floatplane bases in the world.

Day 16, Monday: Anchorage – Vancouver
After breakfast you will be transferred to Anchorage Airport to board our flight to Vancouver.
On arrival at Vancouver Airport we will be transferred to our hotel.

Day 17, Tuesday: Vancouver
Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island and Victoria, home to fashionable tearooms and old English charm. Though the wooden fort is long gone, Bastion Square welcomes visitors with lovely architecture and a bustling market. You’ll see the lovely Inner Harbour and the impressive Parliament Buildings.

Day 18, Wednesday: Vancouver –Home Gateway
Today we’ll make our way to Vancouver airport for airport from where we take our flight home.
We’ve had an unforgettable experience, seen a beautiful and fascinating part of the world, and developed an appetite for more.


Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**

* Price per person in USD Iin double or twin room.

** Supplement for single room.

* Price of tour is subject to due to change in Air Fare.

Need to Know

All the cruises including mashgiach all the way.

Price Includes:

  • Air-conditioned tourist coach
  • Kosher half board & lunch packs daily provided by Alaska Jewish Campus
  • Kosher full board during the cruise provided by WEBERMAN’S CATERERS
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • first class hotels throughout

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Visa fees (must have a visa for the USA)
  • Personal expenses and services
  • Insurance
  • Tips for local service providers ($140 per person)
  • Tips during the cruise ($90 per person)
  • Tip for Israeli 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.

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.

• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $300 + $100 per passenger
• 60-30 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

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