Canada’s Rockies & Alaska Cruise
Take on the world by land and sea, as you transverse the very best of the Canadian Rockies by train and board a luxury cruise liner for a cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage.
Set your sights on the best of the Canadian Rockies, as you arrive in Calgary and transfer to the resort town of Banff. Enjoy a sightseeing tour; quintessential Banff sites, such as the hot springs; a gondola ride and much more over the course of two days before transferring to Lake Louise for an overnight in Lake Louise's iconic Chateau. The next morning, soak up the scenery and board an Ice Explorer for a trek onto the Athabasca Glacier enroute to Jasper. You'll have a full day to explore the beautiful town of Jasper and its eponymous National Park. The following day, it is all aboard VIA Rail's Canadian for an exciting ride through the mountains to Vancouver.
Take in all of the historic sites and iconic neighborhoods this coastal city has to offer with a Hop-on Hop-off tour, before stepping aboard Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam for a 7-night cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage. There are ample opportunities to explore during the journey, including excursions to Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan. The ship heads through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage before returning to port in Vancouver, where the tour comes to a close.
Highlights and Inclusions
- One-way transportation aboard VIA Rail's Canadian from Jasper to Vancouver in Sleeper Plus accommodations, including access to the Skyline and Park Cars
- 7-night round-trip Alaska cruise aboard Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
- All meals onboard the train and ship
- Private transfers
- Banff sightseeing tour
- Vancouver Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour
- Hotel taxes and GST on applicable items
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Lake Louise
- Glacier Bay
Day 1 - Calgary to Banff
Fly into Calgary's international airport and transfer to Banff, your home for two nights. Once you've settled in to your accommodations, explore the grounds and all the amenities this grand hotel has to offer, or head out and start exploring this beautiful town. Make time during your stay in Banff to visit the Banff National Park and the Banff Upper Hot Springs, which are located inside the Park. Overnight Banff.
Day 2 - Banff
Banff is a veritable outdoor playground filled with pristine ski slopes, hiking trails, and bike paths. Banff was originally settled by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880's. Today visit some of its most famous sights on your guided "Discover Banff" tour. Learn about the history of the town as you visit some of its most scenic areas including Tunnel and Rundle Mountains, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, and the Hoodoos as well as a ride on the Banff gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The views of the Bow Valley are simply stunning. Overnight Banff.
Day 3 - Banff to Lake Louise
Take the morning to revisit some of your favourite spots in town or seek out new ones. This afternoon, travel west to Lake Louise. Upon arrival at the Chateau, take time to view the lake and explore the grounds. The original Chateau was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway over the course of several years as a means to entice wealthy travellers to holiday by rail in the West. Take advantage of picturesque photo opportunities around the tranquil lake with its shimmering turquoise waters and Victoria Glacier looming in the distance. Overnight Lake Louise.
Day 4 - Lake Louise to Jasper
This morning depart on a scenic drive to Jasper. Your transfer doubles as a sightseeing excursion, as you'll pass some of the most stunning vistas as you travel along the Icefield Parkway with a stop at the Columbia Icefield. Once in Jasper, settle into your accommodations and take time to explore the impressive grounds. Overnight Jasper.
Day 5 - Jasper at Leisure
Spend the day exploring Jasper and its famed National Park. or you may elect to take a ride on the Jasper Tramway. Perhaps spend the day hiking or biking the area, soaking in the hot springs or riding the Jasper Tramway. Overnight Jasper.
Day 6 - VIA Rail's Canadian to Vancouver
After breakfast on your own, transfer to the rail station for your departure aboard VIA Rail's Canadian to Vancouver.
Board the train and settle into your onboard accommodations. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, you have access to the Skyline and Park Cars. Be sure to take the time to visit both for impressive panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery as you travel through the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver. Overnight train. (L, D)
Day 7 - Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and transfer by taxi (included) to your hotel. Make use of your included Hop-On Hop-off sightseeing tour, which includes some of the city's most important sights including Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, Granville Island, Chinatown, and the Robson Street shopping district in addition to many other attractions. Use the tour to learn about the city and its diverse neighborhoods as well as your means of transportation between Vancouver's must-see destinations. Overnight Vancouver.. Overnight Vancouver. (B)
Day 8 - Vancouver at Leisure
You have a full day to explore this beautiful coastal city on your own. Revisit some of your favorite sights from yesterday's tour, dine at the city's many critically-acclaimed restaurants, or perhaps take an optional day-trip to Victoria or Whistler. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 9 - Vancouver Cruise Terminal / Departure on Holland America Cruise
Check out of your hotel this morning and make your way to the cruise ship terminal, where you will board Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Settle in to your accommodations on the ship before coming on deck to wave good-bye to Vancouver. Overnight ship. (D)
Day 10 - Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage
Take today to enjoy some of the ship's special features. Enjoy a hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite, or enjoy a variety of other relaxation and beauty treatments in the spa, visit the Culinary Arts Center for gourmet cooking lessons, or enjoy the scenery as you lounge poolside. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Cruising Tracy Arm* and Excursion to Juneau
This morning finds you cruising the narrow Tracy Arm fjord,* a deep waterway full of jaw-dropping amounts of floating ice. At the end of the fjord are the massive Sawyer Glaciers. The area boasts both breathtaking scenery and an assortment of wildlife including harbour seals, goats, and wolves.
From Tracy Arm, cruise 45 miles south to Juneau for an afternoon excursion. The capital of Alaska is home to the immense Mendenhall Glacier and colossal Juneau Ice Fields. In addition to exploring both sights, be sure to see the lush Tongass National Forest, the largest U.S. national forest that includes islands, fjords, glaciers, and peaks of the Coast Mountains. Enjoy the local shops in town or embark on some soft adventure activities like kayaking, rafting, or flightseeing. Before you leave Juneau, hop aboard the Mt. Roberts Tramway for a short hike to one of the area's many dramatic locations for the perfect photo spot to capture today's excursion. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 12 - Skagway
Today's excursion takes you to the Gold Rush town of Skagway. Admire the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad, which heralds the town's mining past. Pop into the town's old-time saloons, browse the rustic shops, visit the Trail of '98 Museum or the Gold Rush Cemetery, or embark on a shore excursion that will reward you with a taste of Skagway's local flavor. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 13 - Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
Surrounded by high cliffs, rugged rock walls, and a protected ecosystem, breathtaking Glacier Bay contains 16 glaciers, 12 of which reach shorelines and calved to produce icebergs. The area has more actively calving icebergs than anywhere else in the world! Watch in awe is as it happens time and again. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 14 - Ketchikan
Today visit Ketchikan, located just 90 miles north of Prince Rupert. Learn about the town's natural history and proud heritage through the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park, and Saxman Village. One of the town's most awe-inspiring sights is Misty Fjords National Monument. Deep water fjords left by retreating glaciers left granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into the tranquil waters. It is truly a sight to behold! Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 15 - Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage
Unwind from your days of sightseeing by relaxing onboard the ship today, enjoying the onboard entertainment and amenities and admiring the passing scenery as you cruise Alaska's Inside Passage. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 16 - Vancouver
You arrive back in the port of Vancouver today. You may elect to extend your stay in Vancouver for additional sightseeing or you can transfer from the pier to the airport for your return flight home.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Ptarmigan, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Whistler Lodge, and Georgian Court. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam is in an Inside cabin including two lower beds convertible to one Queen-size bed and shower.
Hotels include the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Waterfront (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam is in an Oceanview cabin including two lower beds convertible to one Queen-size bed, bathtub, and shower.
Hotels include the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Waterfront (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam is in a Verandah Suite including two beds convertible to one Queen-size bed, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities
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Prices are correct at the time this web page is published; however, are subject to change. Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Transfers from Calgary Airport are included for flights arriving in Calgary by 7:00 pm. Private transfers are available at an additional cost for flights that do not fit with the schedule listed. The above 2019 rates include Port Taxes in the amount of £184-£195. This rate is subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking." Passports are required for this vacation.
Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
* In the event of heavy ice flow, the Tracy Arm shore excursion may not be offered on a particular sailing. 2019 sailings will not include the Tracy Arm excursion.
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