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AACI Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise with Kosherica   

18 August 2019 - 04 September 2019
Locations: Banff, Jasper, Kamloops, Lake Louise, Seattle, Vancouver

Join AACI for 18 days for the most spectacular touring in North America! Visiting Banff & Jasper – Canadian Rockies including Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle and a gorgeous 7 night Alaska cruise on board the deluxe Holland American Line MS Oosterdam with Kosherica’s delicious food and impeccable service. As with all AACI trips, the program is “All Inclusive” including All Touring, All land excursions, All tips, all taxes, and AACI staffed. The Canadian Rockies and Alaska may be the most beautiful places in the world and are now available to you on this once in a lifetime trip!

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Canada’s Rocky Mountains is nature at its most enchanting.  The 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 mountaintops, 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. Finally, enjoy the panoramic beauty that is Vancouver, the world’s most desirable city.

Alaska an extraordinarily beautiful place, with unforgettable scenery and magnificent wildlife. Enjoy Alaska’s glorious mountains, rivers, and glaciers, learn about the culture and history, and hopefully experience the wonder of the northern lights to add to your amazing lifelong memories.

Day 1, Sunday: Calgary – Banff
After arrival in 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 townsite 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.

jasperDay 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 the 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 meters 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 meters Mount Robson, as we journey towards Kamloops, Including the Thompson River and the magnificent Fraser Valley.

Day 6, Friday: Kamloops – Vancouver. Today we will drive to Vancouver. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver After the tour, we will arrive at 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, Sunday: Vancouver – Seattle – Holland America Cruise – Ship: MS Oosterdam
Today wMS_Oosterdame will drive to Seattle to board your luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship ms Oosterdam and settle-in for an unforgettable 7-night voyage.

Facilities
Dining
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

Entertainment
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: Day at sea
Today is a day of relaxation. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck.

Day 10, Tuesday:  Juneau
Today 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 distinctive blue color.

Day 11, Wednesday: Hubbard Glacier
The glacier is up to 65 meters (213 feet) wide at its face and 50 meters (164 feet) tall, but that’s only the tiniest piece of the ice: The main channel of this frozen river begins 122 kilometers (76 miles) back, pouring down from around the 3,400-meter (11,100-foot) mark off the shoulder of Mt. Walsh. Hubbard is the longest tidewater glacier (meaning it ends at the ocean) in North America. But unlike nearly every other tidewater glacier on the continent, Hubbard is advancing, not retreating; it’s forever pushing a little further into the bay. Chunks of ice that break off become floaties for seals, who like the bergs because orca sonar doesn’t work well among them. The deep blue of the face of the glacier on a sunny day—the color made by compression of ice crystals that can be a foot or more long—is the blue of the furthest stars. The glacier is on the move.

Day 12, Thursday: Sitaka
Russia controlled Alaska from the mid-1700s until the United States purchased it in 1867, and Sitka was settled as the capital of Russian America under the name New Archangel. Sailing into Sitka today, you’ll still see vestiges of Russia’s influence, including the Russian Bishop’s House, National Historic Landmark. Stop by the visitor center of the Sitka National Historical Park to peruse its interesting collections of Russian and Native Alaskan artifacts, and then join a ranger-led tour of the battlefield where Russia defeated the native Tlingit people. Sitka also boasts an abundance of epic natural scenery and wildlife. We will take a walk up Castle Hill to enjoy an ideal vantage point across the water to the dormant volcano Mount Edgecumbe.

Day 13, Friday: 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 14, Shabbat: Victoria
Today is a day of relaxation as your cruise. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on the deck with a drink.

Day 15, Sunday: Seattle
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.

Day 16, Monday: Seattle – Victoria Vancouver
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 Butchart Gardens – one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.

Day 17, Tuesday: Vancouver
Today we will 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 with a series of elevated walkways

Day 18, Wednesday: Vancouver –Home Gateway
Today we’ll make our way to Vancouver airport for the 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.

Price:
Airfare, land arrangements and cruise in large or standard inside cabins $11390 per person
*Outside Stateroom, Ocean View with window $11,940 per person
*Deluxe Veranda Stateroom, Ocean View with window $13,150 per person
*Superior Veranda Suite $14,640 per person
*Single supplement starts from $4480 (depending on the category of the cabin)
*Additional $75 per person for non-AACI members

Price for Landtour only

Sunday – Sunday just Canadian Rockies without flights.
*$4340 members
*$4415 non-members

All options are per availability at the time of registration and payment of deposit.
Prices & itinerary are subject to change.

Timetable of payments:
Registration: $1500 per person
15th April 2019 – 25%
15th May 2019 – 50%
15th June 2019 – 75%
15th July 2019 – final payment

Cancellations:
From the time of registration until April 15, 2019 – $1500
April 15 – May 15, 2019 – 25%
May 15 – June 15, 2019 – 50%
June 15 – July 15, 2019 – 75%
After July 15, 2019 – 100%

Price Includes:
*Air-conditioned tourist coach
*Kosher half board & lunch packs daily
*Kosher full board during the cruise
*Professional experienced English-speaking guide
*Tips for local service providers
*Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
*First-class hotels throughout

Price Excludes:
*Visa fees (must have a visa for the USA)
*Personal expenses and services
*Insurance

Credit for not flying from Israel is$1500

Flights Air Canada:
AC  85  SU 18AUG  TLVYYZ 1145 1630 (Tel Aviv-Toronto)
AC 151  SU 18AUG  YYZYYC  1825 2033  (Toronto-Calgary)
AC 102  WE  4SEP  YVRYYZ 0700 1430 (Vancouver-Toronto)
AC  84   WE  4SEP  YYZTLV  1630 1000 (Toronto – Tel Aviv)

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.  

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FOR MORE DETAILS/RESERVATIONS PLEASE CONTACT aacitravel@diesenhaus.co.il OR PHONE Carole at AACI: 02-6220000