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Canadian Rockies vs Alaska Land Tour

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Canadian Rockies vs Alaska Land Tour

Hello, I am helping my parents (age 60s, coming from Asia) to plan an Alaska Cruise and land tour. The cruise would be Gulf of Alasca Cruise. Which land portion would be more interesting to see - Canadian Rockies or Alaska Land Tour? Is there any recommendation for cruisetour combination? They are planning to spend around 14 days in total. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Canadian Rockies vs Alaska Land Tour

G'day Mandy,

This in some way will attract some quite subjective answers, and on this forum they will nearly all be in favour of Alaska. If you asked the same question on the Canada BC forum they would nearly all be in favour of the Rockies. I would also.

I must admit that I have only toured the Rockies, and not Alaska, and that was before a Vancouver round trip cruise, so I cannot comment on the Alaska part, except to say that from my readings of this forum, and my experiences in Canada, either would be great. Had we had more time available, and could do it again, I would have loved to also have done the Alaska land trips.

In reply to a previous question about Alaska cruises I recently did some research and consider that if your parents are doing the one-way Princess cruise they will start or end in either Seward or Whittier, Alaska. As they will already be there anyway, perhaps, as an economic reality, Alaska makes more sense.

You should also give serious consideration to helping your parents plan this trip outside of the organised tours. Plan to do it themselves. There are many previous great pieces of advice on here in regard to suggested itineraries, particularly from Manitoba_Maple and fti.

I hope this gives some little assistance, and am sure that others will be along son with good advice.

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2. Re: Canadian Rockies vs Alaska Land Tour

I will keep it simple . . . if they are taking the time to already be in Alaska, then do a land tour of Alaska. That just makes sense because of the distance in being here. But I would plan that on your own either before or after the cruise. I think most land tours by companies herd people around like cattle, and Alaska is very easy to see on your own. The Canadian Rockies are beautiful, but you might as well see Alaska and save the Rockies for another time. :)

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3. Re: Canadian Rockies vs Alaska Land Tour

My experience in this region is limited, but I have occasionally recommended the Banf-Jasper area in the Rockies over Alaska for people with limited time. They seem to have a concentration of beauty that is quite an experience. The disadvantage is that they are a long way from the coast, so driving there from Vancouver is a trip in itself. It is that trip that I am lacking and hope to drive in the next year or two.

Now if you are considering time in the Vancouver area, that is extremely highly recommended by everyone I have ever talked to, and another place I have to visit someday.

If you let us know the time available before and after the cruise, perhaps we can make more solid recommendations. Then again, if you can be more specific about the beginning and end points of the "Alaska Gulf" cruise, we can again be more specific. Some of us are land lubbers and not familiar with cruise specifics.

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4. Re: Canadian Rockies vs Alaska Land Tour

My wife and I (late 50's) are thinking of planning a very similar cruise/land vacation to Alaska. Please note some of the most important things you have picked up on....what about weather...best month to go?

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>>My wife and I (late 50's) are thinking of planning a very similar cruise/land vacation to Alaska. Please note some of the most important things you have picked up on....what about weather...best month to go?<<

You give no specific dates or places of travel, so the best place to get specifics on weather, and to play with variations in schedule, is at www.wunderground.com (as short for weather underground). At the main screen, look for the third line down "Features", and click on "Trip Planner". There you can enter the place in Alaska or in Canada you are interested in, and the time period you are considering.

The answer is not as simple as generalizations, but it sure is a lot more accurate!

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