Alaska Holidays

Overview

Cruise in luxury through Alaska’s phenomenal glaciers, incredible wildlife and striking national parks. Pass through glacial waters hued with vivid greens and translucent blues as you follow pods of whales at sea and packs of bears on land. Afterwards go onwards across to Eastern Canada to explore some of the very best cities and most inspiring nature that Canada has to offer – from urban Montreal to the unparalleled Niagara Falls.

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Alaska – A quick view

Time difference: GMT -08.00 Hours
Flight time: Approx 16 hours
Visa Required: Yes (British passport holders may qualify to enter the USA using VMP)
Currency: U.S. dollar
Tel Code: +1 907
Population: 736,732 (approx)
Official Language: English
Recommended cruises: Celebrity Cruises, Holland America
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Itinerary Ideas

17 Days
Western Canada & Alaska Cruise
from £3,499pp

 Experience breathtaking mountain views and can capture that signature Banff National Park….
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14 Days
Discover Vancouver & Alaska Cruise Tour from £2,499pp

 CLIFFWALK at Capilano Suspension Bridge, Tour through brilliant mountainous terrain and….
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18 Days Magnificent Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise Tour from £4,099pp
 07 Nights Alaska Cruise ( Inside passage), CLIFFWALK at Capilano Suspension Bridge….
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16 Days Majestic Canadian Rockies and Alaska Cruise Tour
from £4,099pp

 Board the world famous Rock mountaineer train .Enjoy your Silver leaf service jaw-dropping….
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Specialist Knowledge

With Skanda, you can join optional cruises with either Holland America or Celebrity cruises to take you through Alaska’s most intensely beautiful and rewarding sights for a truly once in a lifetime trip. Cruises in Alaska will take you from Vancouver and through the Inside Passage where you’ll see pods of whales, wildlife-filled fjords and staggering glaciers shaped over the course of millions of years by the force of nature. You’ll sail past mountains that are carpeted with lush forests and can arrange excursions to the shore to see the towering totems left by the native American peoples and onion-domed churches left by Russian settlers. You’ll sail onwards through vast open waters and onwards to the likes of the Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm Fjord to Ketchikan, Juneau and the dreamlike Glacier Bay National Park, which are without a doubt some of the most unique places on earth.

Alaskan Cuisine

The cuisine in Canada changes as much as the scenery does, but in general, you’ll find a delicious and homely mix of European influences, seafood and local ingredients. Poutine (potatoes soaked in gravy and cheese curds) is a perfect dish for Canada’s wintery weather and is served all over Canada, but in cities such as Montreal you’ll also find Bagels and Shish Taouk (think vertical spit roasted kebab), while in Québec you’ll see that Maple Syrup is even more loved and adored than in the rest of Canada – with dishes such as Tire sur la Neige (taffy formed by pouring boiled maple syrup onto fresh snow) especially popular.

Alaskan Etiquette

Etiquette here is very similar to both the USA and Britain, but with a slightly more refined French twist. In the French speaking parts of Canada though, such as Québec, learning a little French will go a very long way with the locals, some of whom, speak no English. Canadians are well known to be a little bit more reserved and polite than Americans, and in cities with more of a French flare, it’s not uncommon to see French formalities such as cheek and hand kissing – but one doesn’t have to indulge – it’s up to you (though don’t kiss anyone’s hand unless you know them well!)

Tipping is normal in Canada – especially in restaurants, taxis and hotels. As a guideline, it’s customary to tip approximately 15-20% on the total bill before tax, or a little less or more if you receive poor or exceptional service.

Attractions

Hubbard Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America

Top Cities
  • Anchorage
  • Fairbanks
  • Denali National Park
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Valdez
  • Skagway

Nearby Countries

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE

  • First-hand knowledge, friendly regional experts
  • Start to finish, handled by our specialists who's been there
  • Our specialists help you get the best value for your money and time
  • We really do know the world, we love what we do
  • We know all about hospitality
  • Award winning service
  • Handpicked hotels and best English speaking tour guides

PEACE OF MIND

  • From the moment you speak to one of our specialists, until after you have returned home, we will take care of you every step of the way
  • We care about the environment, communities you visit, we help preserve our eco-system
  • Dedicated 24/7 emergency UK and destination contact number whilst you are on holiday
  • Fully ABTA and ATOL protected

TAILOR MADE

  • We listen to your requirements, we are creative and tailor-made
  • We build your holiday around what you want
  • Choose your preferred cuisine, choice of accomodation and comfortable pace
  • We go the extra mile
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