Rockies, Rail & an Alaskan Cruise
The ultimate way to discover the west. This holiday includes both a ride on the Rocky Mountaineer and an Alaskan Cruise
Begin your Canadian holiday with three nights in Banff. Enjoy spectacular views of the Hoodoos and Surprise corner and discover the beauty of Lake Louise on an included excursion. From Banff, board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day journey through the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver. Spend two nights exploring this beautifully located city before boarding your ship for a 7-night cruise. Sail the Inside Passage, catch glimpses of Alaska’s wildlife, and explore Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. After time cruising Glacier Bay and a relaxing day at sea you’ll head back to Vancouver for one last chance to tour the city before heading home from your unforgettable journey.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 2-day journey on the Rocky Mountaineer
- 7 night cruise through Alaska
- Return flights from Heathrow with Air Canada
- 6 nights room only in hotels of a good standard
- 4 meals; 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches
- Sightseeing tour of Banff
- Excursion to Lake Louise
- Vancouver city tour
- Tour Manager (pre-cruise)
- Overseas transfers and other transportation
Day 1 – UK/Banff
Depart on your scheduled flight to Calgary today. On arrival, we will transfer you to the Rocky Mountains and your hotel in Banff. This will be our base for the next three nights.
Day 2 – Banff
This morning we’ll head out together to explore Banff. The views are bound to take your breath away, so be sure to remember your camera! During our tour we’ll see the Hoodoos of Bow Valley – imposing spires of rock, carved by wind and water, and the fabulous Surprise Corner. Here, a stunning view of the famous Banff Springs Hotel suddenly opens up before you go.
Day 3 – Lake Louise
Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of Lake Louise – a glacial, jade-green lake surrounded on all sides by towering peaks. It’s been described as one of Canada’s most beautiful locations and you’ll see it in all its glory on today’s included excursion If you wish, there will be plenty of time to take in the views from hiking trails along the shore.
Day 4 – Rocky Mountaineer
Today’s the day you’ll step aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train. You’ve an exciting two-day journey ahead and will enjoy SilverLeaf service on board. Breakfast and lunch will be served at your seat and complimentary snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available throughout your journey. Beer and wine is included with your meals, and a full bar service is also available. Sit back in your reclining seat, enjoy the commentary and relax as the scenic grandeur of the Rockies unfolds. Today’s journey takes us through tunnels, over high mountain passes along the South Thompson River to Kamloops. We’ll stay in a hotel here overnight.
Day 5 – Rocky Mountaineer
We’ll climb back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer and continue our journey to Vancouver, following the course of the Thompson and then the Fraser River. On arrival in Vancouver we will transfer you to your hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 6 – Vancouver
Surrounded by mountains, forests and islands, Vancouver is one of the most beautifully located cities in the world and you are free to do as you please here today. If you want to explore further afield, our optional tour to Victoria, on Vancouver Island, comes highly recommended. You'll travel by ferry to the capital of British Columbia and visit the famous Butchart Gardens, Parliament building and the impressive Empress Hotel.
Day 7 – Vancouver & Volendam
Today we'll transfer you to Vancouver harbour and you'll board your cruise ship, Volendam. You'll have plenty of time to settle into you comfortable cabin and explore the ship, before setting sail on your seven-night cruise at 5pm.
Day 8 – The Inside Passage
As your cruise through North America's most scenic coastal landscape begins, you'll want to spend time on deck gazing at the scenery and watching out for wildlife. You never know, you could be lucky enough to spot breaching whales, soaring eagles, inquisitive seals, and grizzly bears
Day 9 – Juneau
Early this afternoon we'll dock in the Alaskan capital, Juneau, where you can step ashore and make your own discoveries. The 13-mile long Mendenhall Glacier is definitely a worth a visit
Day 10 – Skagway
Today we arrive in Skagway, a lively relic of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. With its wooden sidewalks and turn-of-the-century buildings, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time.
Day 11 – Glacier Bay
Get ready for one of the scenic highlights of your cruise as we head to Glacier Bay. You'll see enormous icebergs floating in the blue-green water, and if we're lucky, we might watch as a glacier 'calves', sending thousands of tons of ice thundering into the bay.
Day 12 – Ketchikan
This afternoon our journey takes us to Ketchikan, a quaint town clinging to the mountainside. It's a lovely place to explore at your own pace, and maybe sample some fresh Alaskan salmon. Or, you could explore Totem Poles Park, the choice is entirely yours.
Day 13 – Cruising at Sea
It's your final day on board, so take every opportunity to appreciate the scenery as it unfurls before your very eyes. We'll cruise the Inside Passage back towards Vancouver and you'll have plenty of time to relax with new-found friends, reliving the wonderful moments you've shared.
Day 14 – Vancouver/UK
Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark in Vancouver. A Local Guide will take you on a city tour and later we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 15 – UK
You’ll arrive in the UK today.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel accommodations include the Mount Royal Hotel, Banff and Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown
Bask in the breathtaking scenery of the Canadian Rockies through the panoramic windows of the custom-designed single-level dome coach in the SilverLeaf Service.
You’ll sail aboard Holland America Line’s Volendam where many fresh floral arrangements are on display reflecting the garden theme of the ship. Facilities include a spa and salon, fitness centre, two outdoor pools, tennis courts, five different restaurants, a show lounge and four bars
Dates & Prices
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: Departs 29th August 2019 (£4,149), 12th September 2019 (£4,049)
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Prices are correct at the time of publication, however are subject to change at time of booking. All accommodations in Kamloops are of moderate standard. UK Domestic connecting flights available, please ask a rail specialist for details. Rate is based on an Inside Cabin on board the MS Volendam, however it is possible to upgrade, please speak with a rail specialist for details. Additional CAD tax to be confirmed at time of booking.
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