The Rocky Mountains of Canada are the embodiment of the word “Unforgettable.” These are landscapes that will remain with you forever. When President Truman was asked about the Rocky Mountains, he replied admiringly: “In the face of the Rocky Mountains, the English language is dwarfed.” The Rocky Mountains extend over 4,800 km, of which about 1,500 km in Canada. The peaks of the ridge are exposed and pointed. The Canadian Rocky Mountains have all the possible landscape experiences: forests and lakes, icebergs and fjords, snow surfaces, towns and mountain villages, world class flower parks, salmon in the rivers.READ MORE
We’ll welcome our first Shabbat in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. After the weekend we’ll board a Holland America luxury cruise liner where we’ll enjoy 7 days and nights, sailing mainly within the “Inside Passage”, a quiet and calm waterway between islands, mountains, forests and glaciers. The ship is a floating palace – a friendly home, from which we’ll disembark at a few cities and towns. We’ll sail along the fjords, stop to gaze with awe at the glaciers as well as mighty and unforgettable bays. So, enjoy the experience of glaciers, scenic landscapes and special animals.
Alaska is a wonderful expanse of glaciers, fjords, towns of “an age gone by,” natural phenomena, a fascinating world of flora and fauna, and especially a curious encounter between the “last frontier” of yesteryear and modern-day tourists. In Alaska, we’ll meet and admire fascinating periods in the life of men who discovered gold arteries here. In the town of Skagway, we will visit the “Gold Rush” museum. We will be amazed at the amazing results of this wonderful event. Skagway is undoubtedly the peak of victory in Alaska. A small town reminiscent of the old west from where man’s nature seat out to beat the forces of nature. 100 years ago or more the Americans built one the world’s most spectacular railway lines through the granite cliffs above the town, elevating travelers up to divine landscapes of lakes, mountains and wonders of creation.
Arrival to Calgary. We’ll meet the tour guide at the hotel.
After breakfast we’ll head to the most beautiful national park in the world and the charming Canadian town of Banff. The first impression of the enchanting scenery that awaits us in the coming days will make us understand the saying “מה רבו מעשיך ה’?”.READ MORE
Welcome to the wonderful landscapes in the North American continent. We’ll take a cable car (“gondola”) for an amazing view of the rivers, lakes, green spaces and Rocky Mountains. Tens of thousands come here mainly for this wonderful panoramic view. We’ll explore the picturesque town of Banff, and to sing praises on Lake Minawaka. From there we’ll head to Johnston River and the Johnston Falls that form the Johnston Canyon. Then it’s on to the Eagles Bridge, to see how these birds of prey the guard and feed their chicks. Our next stop is the waterfall on the Bow River as well as the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a former castle converted to one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.Close this
Today we will visit the six mandatory sites of the spectacular Banff National Park. We’ll drive to Kicking Horse Canyon in Yoho National Park to view the amazing circular railway tunnels.READ MORE
The Canadians devised this method to enable trains traversing the Rocky Mountains to rise to impossible heights in order to cross this lofty mountain range. We’ll continue to the jewel in the crown of the Candian Rockies – Lake Louise with its beautiful promenade and the palatial Fairmont Lake Louis Hotel – a sister property to the hotel we saw yesterday in Banff. We will continue to Lake Moraine, whose colors, mountains and shadows are among the most special in the Rockies. We’ll conclude to the rapids, waterfall and canyon of the “natural bridge” and conclude this day with words of praise for the wonders of creation.Close this
This morning we’ll travel north along the Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most spectacular journeys in the world. We’ll enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery, as we pass between mountain peaks, glaciers and lakes.READ MORE
We’ll make a stop at the Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack. Here we’ll climb aboard an ‘Ice Explorer’ vehicle for a once-in-a-lifetime journey onto the mighty 300 meter thick Athabasca Glacier. We’ll see spectacular scenes such as the Crowfoot Glacier, hanging from a cliff face 275 meters above the Columbia Icefield. The Columbia Icefield is a glacial space from which mighty rivers travel thousands of kilometers: one spills into the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River on the outskirts of New York City, the second via the Fraser River into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver, and the third river crosses northern Canada, through Saskatchewan and into the Hudson Bay near the North Pole. We’ll take an hour-long hike inside the Maligne Canyon, arguably the most beautiful canyons in North America. From there we’ll continue to our hotel in Jasper.Close this
This morning we’ll begin with a stop at the twin lakes Patricia and Pyramid. On our way westward, we’ll view “Red Granite Mountain” as we travel through Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Cultural Treasure.READ MORE
We’ll see Ronson Mountain, the highest peak in the Rockies that soars to a height of 3.950m. Our journey will take us through the village of Blue River, which in the 19th century was a center of trade and gold exploration in the mountains. We’ll enter the dense forests of Wells Gray National Park to view the Wells Gray Falls. Once ouit of the mountains we’ll enter the Thomson River Valley and make our way to the city of Kamloops BC. It gets its name from the T’Kemplups tribe that used to live on these lands, and it is home to the First Nations “Pow-Wow” Stadium where local tribes still gather annually to meet and perform their ritual dances.Close this
Today we’ll travel to Vancouver, the diamond in the crown of British Columbia, and for a decade considered the best city in the world in which to live.READ MORE
Without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the city sits among snowy mountains, bays facing the sea, streets and squares tastefully designed and a mixture of cultures and landscapes. We will tour the enchanting gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park; the soaring sails of Canada Place where light airplanes land and take off from Vancouver’s aquatic airport; the cobbled streets of Gas Town, Vancouver’s “Old Quarter”; and then transfer to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.Close this
After Shabbat services and lunch we’ll enjoy a walking tour about the streets of downtown Vancouver.
Today We’ll start with an enjoyable visit to the colorful Granville Island, where street performances, various markets, art galleries and more are held.READ MORE
We’ll cross the famous Stanley Park, look out over the Fraser River and the mountains of North Vancouver from the Lion Bridge, pass through Chinatown – the second largest in North America. We will go on a tour of the Municipal Library – the work of architect David Safdie, who designed the library as a rounded arena, and see a museum built in Greek style in the center of the city. At the end of the tour we will travel to Seattle, the largest city in the northwestern United States, located in the state of Washington.Close this
Today we’ll embark on the luxury vessel that will serve as our luxurious floating hotel. This is a time for relaxation from our week of great natural experiences – and now its time for a different kind of fun.READ MORE
After completing the somewhat lengthy boarding process, we’ll have time to study the ship, and view the city of Seattle, from which our ship departs on our fabulous cruise. Tonight we’ll enjoy a gala dinner and a hearty reception. During the coming unforgettable week, we’ll sail comfortably and peacefully through a unique waterway known as British Columbia’s Inner Passage; some call it the “magical route to Alaska.” This is a completely peaceful marine route between mountains and land, between forests and glaciers. If we are lucky, we might come across various marine animals such as whales, dolphins and more.
We will leave the ship in several cities in Alaska, some of which will remind us of the “Wild West” towns. The most fascinating cities are: Juno, the capital of Alaska; Skagway, the “gold rush capital” town, whose people have overcome the hardships of nature and built bridges and tracks that tourists today welcome and admire; and Ketchikan, the native town and the capital of the northern fisherman.
Answer to the question of many travelers:
Our cruise is different from others in a number of ways:
1. The ship is more luxurious and sought after. The service, meals and performances are among the best in the world. That’s why you must hurry up and register, many in the world sign up here a year in advance!
2. Our cruise includes: lectures, presentations and films in Hebrew and some of the most beautiful shows in the world.
3. The level of meals – full board – exceeds ten times the rest of the voyages.
Our ship sails at 4:00 p.m.
The Ship’s Facilities: What’s on the ship?
* 12 elevators, 3 restaurants, cafes, cinema, casino, musicians’ corners: classical music, jazz, singers. Bingo, entertainers, food displays or works of art.
* Internet, fitness center, spa and beauty salon – for a fee.
* 2 swimming pools (one of which is covered by an open glass roof)
* Duty Free Shops
* Tennis training ground
* Basketball training ground
* Self-service laundries
* Cabin facilities include: Sofa, table and chairs, bath and toilet, cupboards, safe, free room service for cold or hot drinks, fruit, salad, vegetarian sandwich and more.
* Library, lecture halls, cinema, theater and spectacular theater.
Spend the entire day sailing the Inside Passage, one of the worlds’ most spectacular waterways, as our ship threads her way past forests of spruce and hemlock, mountains, islands and inlets.
Today we will dock in the small picturesque town of Ketchikan. This is the the center of Alaska’s salmon industry. It was also a central departure point during the famous Gold Rush. We will take a walking tour and see the old wooden buildings and the Indian totem poles that adorn the town.
Juno had a reputation for being one of Alaska’s most scenic towns. Above it are the snowy peaks of the Juno Mountains and Mount Roberts. We’ll tour the city and the Capitol building of Alaska. We’ll go to the Mendenhall Glacier and the salmon hatchery. Those who wish may also go whale watching (for a fee).
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.
Today is a day of relaxation as our cruise sails Southward. 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 we’ll dock in Victoria for a while. If time permits, we’ll take a short walking tour. (Not to worry – we’ll be coming back here.)
After breakfast, we’ll leave the ship and disembark at Seattle Harbor, Washington. This is the northernmost city in the west of the US. We’ll take a tour of the city including the famous Pike Place Market, one of the oldest markets in the US as well as the most famous building in Seattle is the Space Needle, which is 185 meters high. We’ll also visit Park Discovery, the largest park in Seattle.
Today we’ll 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. We’ll see the lovely Inner Harbour and the impressive Parliament Buildings. We’ll visit Buchart Gardens – one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.
Today we’ll make our way to Vancouver airport for airport from where we’ll 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.
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
Tips for local service providers
Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
First class hotels throughout
Visa fees (must have a visa for the USA)
Personal expenses and services
Tips during the cruise ($90 per person)
Tip for Israeli guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
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.
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.
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
• 30-14 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund
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