Deluxe Rockies, Vancouver and Alaska Cruise

Overview

Deluxe Rockies, Vancouver and Alaska Cruise

This 17-day tour has to be the ultimate Canadian adventure and certainly a trip of a life-time. Enjoy two nights in Banff before joining the famous Rocky Mountaineer, this scenic rail journey is arguably the best way to see this truly amazing scenery. The two level glass domed Gold Leaf carriage allows you to take in panoramic views from your seat and enjoy gourmet meals in the dining car below. On the Rocky Mountaineer you will pass Mount Robson, Rainbow Canyon and Frazer Valley to Vancouver. Enjoy five nights in Vancouver before embarking on the seven night luxury Alaska cruise with outside veranda cabin included.

Aboard the MS Voldendam you will cruise the Inside Passage, straddling steep mountain walls in one of the world’s most picturesque sea-lanes to Juneau. This Alaskan capital sits at the foot of majestic Coast Mountains and blends the cosmopolitan with the frontier.

Other ports off call include Skagway, brimming with the history of its boom during the Klondike Gold Rush, Glacier Bay, featuring rivers of ice and diverse wildlife, and Ketchikan, with its colourful buildings and totem poles, before returning down the Inside Passage to Vancouver.

What's Included:

  • Return flights
  • 8 nights in hotels, 1 night on the Rocky Mountaineer and 7 nights cruising (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • Mixed meal plan basis
  • All excursions, transfers and listed activities
  • Services of an experienced tour leader
Highlights include
  • 2 nights in picturesque Jasper
  • Travel the Icefields Parkway and ride on a glacier
  • Experience beautiful Lake Louise and Banff
  • Rocky Mountaineer, one of the great rail journeys
  • Cruise the Inside Passage to Alaska

Full Itinerary

Day 1: London - Calgary

On arrival into Calgary a private transfer is included to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight - Sandman Downtown

Day 2: Calgary, Banff

This morning depart Calgary for a scenic drive through the foothills of the scenic Rockies to the resort town of Banff. On arrival enjoy a short tour visiting such points as Bow Falls, and Surprise Corner, and a stop at the Banff Gondola to ride up into the mountain tops for spectacular views (admission included), before arriving at your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy this pretty alpine town.
Overnight - Irwin’s Mountain Inn

Day 3: Banff, Lake Louise

Enjoy a free morning in Banff. Perhaps stroll down Banff Avenue or walk the Bow Falls Trail and look at Bow Falls before you leave in the early afternoon for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Lake Louise.
Overnight - Lake Louise Inn

Day 4: Lake Louise, Jasper

Travel by coach along one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefield Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield for an included Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier and a walk on the new Glacier Skywalk. Along the way stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bear, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy.
Overnight – Lobstick Lodge Meals - Lunch

Day 5: Jasper

Today is at your leisure to enjoy the spectacular wonders of Jasper. Enjoy the superb vistas, stroll the quaint streets and perhaps take an optional float ride down the Athabasca River or visit to Maligne Lake. This evening experience the Jasper Wonderland for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife. Destinations can include the Maligne Valley or Pyramid Bench with its beaver ponds.
Overnight – Lobstick Lodge

Day 6: Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Kamloops

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer in Redleaf Service for a scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Leaving Jasper National Park behind you travel the ‘Yellowhead’ route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Follow the mighty Thompson River, the route of early fur traders, before arriving in Kamloops.
Overnight - moderate grade allocated by Rocky Mountaineer Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Rocky Mountaineer from Kamloops to Vancouver

Back on-board the Rocky Mountaineer this morning. Leaving Kamloops follow the Thompson River, pass through Rainbow Canyon and Fraser Canyon, where at Hells Gate watch water torrent past the canyon walls at its narrowest point. The last leg of the journey takes you through the fertile farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the Pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon. On arrival at the station, a transfer will take you to your hotel.
Overnight - Rosedale on Robson, One Bedroom Deluxe Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Vancouver

A free day to explore Vancouver, voted the world’s third most liveable city and most liveable in Canada; a young, friendly city with countless natural charms in close proximity. Shop on chic Robson Street or explore the funky Granville Island with its market and artists enclave; visit the city’s vast array of museums; walk or cycle around the 1000-acre Stanley Park or visit quaint and atmospheric Gastown. Discover the surrounding peaks of the Coastal Mountains or go whale watching on the Pacific Ocean. Dining is a delight and a dilemma, there’s so many restaurants and cuisines to choose from; the nightlife so varied you’ll be spoiled for choice. Across the Strait of Georgia, Vancouver Island has Victoria, the quintessentially British provincial capital; famed for its gardens and history, with plenty of remnants of its 1840’s origins to be found around the picturesque Inner Harbour. It makes an interesting day out by ferry or floatplane.
Overnight - Rosedale on Robson, One Bedroom Deluxe

Day 9: Board Holland America Cruise

Enjoy a morning at leisure, before transferring to the Vancouver cruise terminal to check in for your cruise. MS Volendam sets sail at 5pm this evening.
Overnight - MS Voldendam

Day 10: Inside Passage

A full day at sea as you cruise along the British Columbia coast towards the Alaska Panhandle. Glide past rocky headlands, through the frigid waters of the Inside Passage and sail close to steep mountain walls in one of the world’s most picturesque sea-lanes.
Overnight - MS Voldendam Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Juneau

Your ship will dock in Juneau today, Alaska’s capital city, set at the foot of the majestic Coast Mountains on the shores of the Gastuneau Channel. Disembark after breakfast and enjoy the opportunity to explore at leisure. Rejoin your ship in the afternoon and set sail for Skagway.
Overnight - MS Voldendam Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Skagway

Located at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage, Skagway’s history as a frontier town and gateway for the Klondike Gold Rush is still evident today. The city is also renowned for its pristine wilderness, fascinating culture and history.
Overnight - MS Voldendam Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Glacier Bay

Wake to the breath taking sight of World Heritage-listed Glacier Bay National Park with its formidable rivers of ice. There are more active calving tidewater glaciers here than anywhere else in the world. A local ranger will join you on board to explain the geological wonders and point out some of the diverse wildlife and marine mammals as you cruise through this breath taking region.
Overnight - MS Voldendam Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Ketchikan

Arrive in Ketchikan today, a lovely town that is set right on the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many colourful shops and houses built right over the water. After breakfast, disembark and set off to discover this charming town. Perhaps join a walking tour of the town or learn about Tlingit Indian culture at Saxman Native Village (both at own expense). Alternatively, Ketchikan offers many attractions including the Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Bright State Park, which you may like to visit during your time at leisure.
Overnight - MS Voldendam Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Inside Passage

Spend today cruising south through the majestic landscape of the Inside Passage. Take the time to relax on-board as you glide past the icy fjords, watching for the abundant native wildlife.
Overnight - MS Voldendam Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Disembark Vancouver

Arrive into Vancouver this morning. A private transfer is included to your hotel, then the day is at leisure.
Overnight - Rosedale on Robson, One Bedroom Deluxe Meals - Breakfast

Day 17: Vancouver - London

Take an included transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Hand Picked By

Vicky Gurney

Canada simply has something for everyone: Breath-taking scenery, amazing wildlife, vibrant cities, wonderful restaurants and plenty of shopping – to name just a few. I would thoroughly recommend experiencing the Rocky Mountaineer. During your trip, sit back and enjoy the first class service, food and scenery. Experience Heli-Hiking from Banff; a must visit is Calgary Tower, home to the highest 360° observation deck in the World. An amazing add-on to any Canadian itinerary has to be an Alaskan Cruise, a wonderful way to complete your holiday of a lifetime.

Vicky Gurney

Additional Information

  • Date: 4th May 2021
  • Board Basis: Mixed meal plan
  • Duration: 17 nights
  • Departure Airport: London Heathrow
  • Guide Price: From £4,579pp
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