Alaska Cruise, Rocky Mountaineer & Stay

Overview

Combining a spectacular Alaskan Cruise, with the Icon Rocky Mountaineer Rail trip through the Canadian Rockies, with stays in the cosmpolitan city of Vancouver and beautfiul Rockies resort of Banff. A Miles Morgan exclusive.

What's Included:

  • Return flights from London Heathrow with BA
  • Airport Taxes
  • All Transfers to and from hotels, cruise, Train stations and airport.
  • 3 Nights in Sutton Place Vancouver Hotel (1 Pre cruise and 2 post cruise). Room only
  • Vancouver hop on hop off tour
  • 7 Nights Full board Holland American line Koningsdam (based on inside cabin - supplements for outside & balcony cabins).
  • Iconic 2 day Rocky Mountaineer Rail journey = Silverleaf, Vancouver to Banff including breakfast & lunch onboard the train and drinks.
  • 2 Nights ELK Hotel, Banff room only.
  • Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake tour.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: UK - Vancouver

Fly from London Heathrow to Vancouver. Once arrived in Vancouver transfer to Sutton Place Hotel for your pre-cruise stay.

Located at Canada’s southwestern border, the city of Vancouver boasts majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage in all four seasons. A vast multicultural population, endless activities, and excellent infrastructure ensure Vancouver is welcoming to all. While the city has excellent public transportation, it is a great walking city - easily accessible, clean, green and safe. Vancouver caters to almost any interest throughout the year; visitors can enjoy world-class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theatre, outdoor adventure, a huge array of watersports, and spectacular sights and attractions. The city is also known for its easy access to Whistler, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, and Vancouver Island. Don’t miss the opportunity to traverse the thrilling, famous Capilano Suspension Bridge and its new related activities, including palpitation-inducing cliff walks and historical tribal sites.

Day 2: Vancouver - Alaskan Cruise

Today you will embark on your 7 night Alaskan Cruise. Transfer to the Cruise Terminal and board the Holland America - Koningsdam.

Day 3: Alaskan Inside Passage

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

Day 4: Juneau, Alaska, US

Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day.

The city itself is pleasant, but the real highlight of a visit to Juneau is tracking down some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles. Most sightseeing and whale-watching tours head north to Auke Bay—bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly graceful creatures. If you prefer land mammals, catch a floatplane to a nearby wildlife reserve such as Chichagof or Admiralty Island to spy some bears lolling around.

The sleepy, misty city of around 32,000—mostly fishermen and small-business owners—has a frontier town vibe, but welcomes more than a million visitors each summer to its natural attractions, cementing Juneau as Alaska’s number-one tourist destination.

Day 5: Skagway, Alaska, US

At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway—but today it has been reinvigorated as a gateway for a new kind of visitor: those looking to explore Alaska’s colorful history, pristine wildlife and unrivaled natural beauty.

At every turn, you’ll find yourself immersed in gold rush lore, from the infamous Red Onion Saloon that still keeps a pistol that Wyatt Earp left behind en route to the Klondike, to the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, a classic narrow-gauge railway that traverses rugged mountains and passes cascading waterfalls and towering glaciers as it connects Skagway to Whitehorse deep in the Yukon. Much of the town has been preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, where rangers offer free walking tours around the historic district. Here you’ll also find a vibrant local community, home to a rich collection of local galleries, curio shops and restaurants serving seafood plucked fresh from nearby waters.

Day 6: Glacier Bay

Frosted crags descend into mossy forests and a 457-meter-deep (1,500-foot-deep) fjord at this World Heritage Site, which is also one of the planet’s largest biosphere reserves. Stone, ice and water continue to collide, sculpting a dramatic landscape that is the crown jewel of southeastern Alaska’s natural wonders.

The area’s first European explorer missed it all—but with good reason. When Captain George Vancouver sailed here in 1794, a vast shield of ice, more than 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) thick, dominated the area. In one of the fastest retreats on record, the glaciers shrank back 105 kilometers (65 miles) by 1916. The formerly glacier-squashed land is rebounding now, rising 30 millimeters (1.18 inches) each year. Visitors can observe this rebirth: A spruce-hemlock rain forest has sprouted near the mouth of Glacier Bay. Farther north, the more recently exposed land shows sharper edges and thinner vegetation. Still, it’s enough to encourage the return of wildlife, from bald eagles to bears, moose and humpback whales.

While the national park is open year round, most travelers prefer the warmth of late May to early September. Even in summer, be prepared for any weather—especially rain! Pack a hat, gloves, wool or fleece layers, a warm coat and waterproof gear if you want to admire the landscape from the open deck of your ship.

Day 7: Ketchikan, Alaska, US

Alaska’s “First City” of Ketchikan is so named because it’s the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain.

Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon-fishing and -packing industries—visitors can try their luck on a sportfishing excursion or simply savor the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. It is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park, while the attractions of Saxman Village just outside of Ketchikan offers the chance to see Tlingit culture in action, with working carvers and a dance show in the clan house. And leave time to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon and local art, while exploring gold rush­–era tourist attractions like Dolly’s House Museum.

Day 8: Scenic Cruising The Inside Passage

Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orca plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline.

Day 9: Disembark in Vancouver

Disembark your cruise after breakfast. Transfer back to the Sutton Place Hotel for two nights post cruise.

Day 10: Vancouver

Spend this day at leisure exploring Vancouver. Take the 24 Hour Vancouver Hop-On, Hop-Off bus to see as many of the sights of the city as you can.

Day 11: Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer

Transfer to the train station to begin your journey through the Rocky's on board The Rocky Mountaineer.

Guests experiencing Rocky Mountaineer for the first time will tell you it's a bit like falling in love. You get goosebumps and at that very moment, the entire world seems perfect. Just to board the shining carriages of blue and gold is to feel something special. A chattery hubbub fills the air as sparkling windows portend Western Canada's snow-capped mountain crags, glacier-fed lakes, and fertile river valleys. Whether your ultimate getaway is being swaddled in Banff's lap of luxury or tracing the footsteps of early explorers, Rocky Mountaineer has something for everyone. Let yourself be swept away to enigmatic landscapes that still defy civilisation. With five-star service and fresh regionally inspired cuisine, this isn't just a luxury trip, it's a life-changing experience that leaves tracks across the soul. Rocky Mountaineer offers over 65 Canadian holiday packages and four unique rail routes - three train journeys through British Columbia and Alberta to Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Calgary, and one train excursion from Vancouver to Whistler. This world-renowned, luxurious train travels by daylight through the wild beauty of Canada's West and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies and the breathtaking scenery of glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountains and ferocious rivers.

Day 12: Arrive in Banff

Transfer to Downtown Banff. Check into the Elk + Avenue Hotel where you will stay for two nights. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 13: Discover Lake Louise & Moraine Lake

Today you will discover the stunning alpine lakes which look too beautiful to be real. On this sightseeing tour you will visit the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies”, Lake Louise, and the world renowned Moraine Lake, both of which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of their priceless natural beauty. They’ll stop you in your tracks in awe.

Day 14: Calgary - UK

Transfer to Calgary airport where you will journey back to the UK on an overnight flight.

Hand Picked By

Vicky Gurney

Canada simply has something for everyone: breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, vibrant cities, wonderful restaurants and plenty of shopping – to name just a few. I was lucky to travel to this amazing country and enjoyed some if its wonderful highlights.

Vicky Gurney

Additional Information

  • Date: 1st May 2020
  • Board Basis: Mixed meal plan
  • Duration: 13 nights
  • Departure Airport: London Heathrow
  • Guide Price: From £3,885pp
  • Exclusive tour to Miles Morgan Travel!
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