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The Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer and Alaskan Cruise Adventure

14 days from £3925 per person

Travel in elegance and style as you journey through the Canadian Rockies on board the Rocky Mountaineer, before sailing along the Alaskan coast, admiring the spectacular scenery and discovering historical towns that take you back in time to the gold rush days. You’ll spend your first two nights in Banff, surrounded by stunning mountain ranges and experiencing warm hospitality before boarding the Rocky Mountaineer’s ‘First Passage to the West’ service. An unforgettable rail adventure that includes an overnight stop in Kamloops and ends in Vancouver, where you’ll spend a couple of nights before commencing your 7 night Alaskan cruise. From your comfortable and roomy cruise ship, admire the ever-changing, dramatic land and seascapes, witness actively calving glaciers and enjoy the silence and breathtaking views of isolated national parks, where wildlife roam freely. This itinerary combines two iconic experiences that take in the raw scenic beauty and rich cultures of Western Canada and Alaska.

Route: Banff – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Kamloops - Vancouver – Inside Passage – Juneau – Skagway – Glacier Bay – Ketchikan - Vancouver

Itinerary Highlights

Experience the Rockies with a panoramic view as you glide through an untouched world of exceptional natural beauty from the comfort of the prestigious Rocky Mountaineer train.

Take in dramatic sceneries of the Inside Passage a natural phenomenon that was formed millions of years ago by the staggering force of massive glaciers moving.

Be amazed by the sights and sounds of glaciers calving, a spectacular display where ice splits and forcefully falls into the sea, causing water to shoot hundreds of feet in the air.

Itinerary: The Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer & Alaskan Cruise Adventure

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international flight to Calgary. Upon arrival into Calgary airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel in Banff town. In 1883, Banff was the first National Park in Canada to be discovered and has since turned into a popular year round destination for locals and visitors alike. (N)

Accommodation in Banff: Banff Park Lodge (or similar)

Today is free for you to venture out and explore the highlights of Banff at your own pace; you might even choose to join an organised day tour. Banff is a wilderness retreat where the activity options are endless; take a ride on the Banff Gondola, tour Banff Park in search of wildlife and waterfalls, take a day trip out to Lake Louise and the remarkable Icefields Parkway or join in some canoe fun along the Bow River. (N)

Accommodation in Banff: Banff Park Lodge (or similar)

Today you will make your own way to Banff train station, where you will board the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service for your elegant ‘First Passage to the West’ rail journey through the breathtaking Canadian Rockies mountain range. Take in the historic delights of the Continental divide, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, before spending the night in Kamloops. (L)

Accommodation in Kamloops: hotel will be allocated by the Rocky Mountaineer

It's back on board the Rocky Mountaineer this morning as you continue on your journey towards the Pacific Ocean and the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. You’ll pass through more ever-changing scenery today, from the dry desert-like terrain of the Interior, to the flowing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the verdant fields of Fraser Valley. Your rail journey with Rocky Mountaineer ends on arrival in Vancouver late this afternoon. (B/L)

Accommodation in Vancouver: Hyatt Regency Vancouver (or similar)

Spend today exploring the sights of Vancouver. From city tours, the Grouse Mountain Skyride, Capilano Suspension Bridge walk, whale watching trips and cycling around Stanley Park - the activities on offer today are endless! (N)

Accommodation in Vancouver: Hyatt Regency Vancouver (or similar)

This morning you will make your way to Vancouver’s bustling port, where you will board your Holland America cruise ship. Over the next eight days you will cruise along the phenomenal Inside Passage to some of Alaska’s most iconic coastal towns and Glacier Bay National Park. (L/D)

Accommodation: Overnight on cruise ship

Today you will wake up to dramatic views of forested islands and jagged mountain peaks along the 1000 mile coastal stretch that’s known as the Inside Passage. A natural phenomenon that was formed millions of years ago by the staggering force of massive glaciers moving, now an untouched and wild habitat for various species of wildlife including whales, sea lions and bald eagles. (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Overnight on cruise ship

En route to Juneau, you will sail along the enclosed fjord of Tracy Arm to the South Sawyer Glacier. The scenery is an enchanting mix of bright turquoise waters, cotton candy icebergs, flowing waterfalls and home to various mammals such as sea lions and whales. Juneau, Alaska’s state capital, is a remote and beautiful city that’s nestled between Mount Juneau, Mount Roberts and Gastineau Channel. Enjoy wandering through the maze of narrow streets, with maintained old storefronts and architecture that gives you a taste of the town’s early gold-mining days. (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Overnight on cruise ship

Overnight your ship will reach Skagway, a colourful and historic town that’s an interesting and popular place to explore. A stroll along Broadway Street provides sightings of false-fronted buildings, wooden sidewalks and locals in costumes, causing the town to look much like it did some 100 years ago. During the summer months you might wish to join the free walking tour of the town, led by rangers of the National Park Service. For those feeling active, visit the Klondike National Park and hike part of the Chilkoot Pass, or for something slightly more relaxed, go for a ride on the White Pass Railroad from the comfort of a restored vintage cabin. (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Overnight on cruise ship

Today is spent onboard the ship. Sail along Glacier Bay, adjacent to the remote wilderness of Glacier National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the moving glacial scenery and look out for glaciers calving; a spectacular sight to see where ice splits and forcefully falls into the sea, causing water to shoot hundreds of feet in the air. (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Overnight on cruise ship

Located along the shores of the Tongass Narrows, where colourful wooden houses sit above the water, Ketchikan is the last port of call. Join in the optional excursion to the isolated Misty Fjords National Park, or explore the town and its deep-rooted native history, with various museums, monuments and parks showcasing a mixture of old and contemporary art. (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Overnight on cruise ship

Today you will sail back along the Inside Passage, towards Vancouver. Enjoy your last full day on board the ship, keeping an eye out for wildlife roaming freely across untouched bays and rugged coastal shores, cherishing the picture-perfect views. (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Overnight on cruise ship

Your cruise comes to an end today. You will disembark the ship around 7am this morning. If you wish, we can arrange a day room for you at the hotel you stayed at, at the beginning of your trip. Otherwise, enjoy spending your last day in the city at leisure. Later on today you will be transferred by private driver to the airport for your international flight back to the UK. (B)
Today you will arrive back into the UK, where you will continue your journey home. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

We design unique, tailor-made holiday itineraries to suit you, by combining your ideas with our knowledge and experience. Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, or if you require some advice, please call us or complete the enquiry form online for a quotation.

What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Train travel as specified
  • Cruise accommodation and sightseeing with other passengers
  • Private transfer to Banff

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals unless specified

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

 

Please note that during the Rocky Mountaineer train journey your overnight stay will be in a hotel in the destination the Rocky Mountaineer stops in at the end of Day One. Passengers travelling in SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf service will also have their luggage delivered to their hotel on this day. Further information on these two classes of travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer are below:

SilverLeaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer's new SilverLeaf service boasts a single-level dome, offering panoramic windows with 167% more viewing space than in the old RedLeaf Service. Passengers travelling in SilverLeaf will receive a welcome aboard toast, delicious hot breakfasts and lunches served to your seat, with lunch accompanied by a complimentary beer or glass of wine. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are also included, along with live storytelling from the Rocky Mountaineer hosts. On your overnight stop, guests travelling in SilverLeaf Service will have their baggage delivered to their hotel.

GoldLeaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer

For that extra measure of luxury, take the GoldLeaf service. You will travel aboard an air-conditioned, full length Dome Coach, dine in elegant surroundings and take in the mountain breezes from a large observation platform. The onboard staff provide you with the highest level of service. They are gracious, energetic, pleasant and attentive, and will keep you informed of the history and sights along the way. You will enjoy fine cuisine amidst the elegant ambience of the GoldLeaf dining lounge. You won’t be able to resist the Chef’s creations which feature local delicacies such as BC salmon, accompanied by fresh fruit and vegetables. As your first day aboard the GoldLeaf Dome Coach draws to a close you will enjoy a comfortable night’s rest at a hotel in Kamloops or Quesnel, or alternatively, in Kamloops, enjoy the unique evening show. (Please ask for further details).

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