Springtime in the Canadian Rockies
Discover the beauty of the U.S Pacific Coast on this 12-day rail-cruise vacation.
Discover the beauty of the U.S Pacific Coast with the combined delight of traveling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies on this 12-day rail-cruise vacation. Begin your journey boarding Holland America's ms Amsterdam for a four-night cruise up the Pacific coastline. Along the way, stop in Astoria, Oregon.
As you journey north, take full advantage of the ship's amenities including spa treatments, wine tasting, basketball courts, and much more. Arrive in Vancouver where you will disembark and have time to explore the city during an overnight stay. Then, begin your rail adventure through the Rockies aboard VIA Rail's Canadian, a classic overnight train. Your first destination is majestic Jasper. Take time to explore this quaint town as well as Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake with views of Spirit Island.
From Jasper continue on to breathtaking Banff where you will have the opportunity to visit the Hot Springs and the Columbia Icefields. Following your discovery of Banff, embark on an excursion to Yoho National Park and witness stunning Lake Louise and the Bridal Veil Falls. Your rail journey comes to a conclusion as you transfer from Banff to Calgary for your flight home.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Four-nights onboard the ms Noordam of Holland America Line.
- Overnight stay in Vancouver
- Travel aboard Via Rail's Canadian including meals
- Hotel accommodations for 5 nights
- 22 meals
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary (admission to all attractions included in tour price)
- Professional and experienced tour host
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and service charges
Scenic highlights include:
- Queen Elizabeth Park
- Maligne Canyon
- Columbia Icefields Parkway
- Athabasca Glacier
- Banff Hot Springs
- Sulphur Mountain
- Peyto Lake
- Lake Louise
Day 1 - San Diego
Guests arrive in San Diego today by plane or train and board Holland America Line's ms Noordam this afternoon . This evening we set sail for our four-night Pacific Coastal voyage to British Columbia. (D)
Day 2 - Cruising the Pacific Coast
At Sea aboard ms Noordam. A special cocktail party is held today for our guests, a chance to meet your fellow travelers! (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Cruising the Pacific
At sea off the coast of Oregon, sailing North with all day at sea to sleep in, savor Afternoon Tea, see a movie and enjoy life aboard one of the finest ships afloat. (B,L,D)
Day 4- Victoria, British Columbia
Glorious enchanting Victoria is our port of call today with time for Butchart Gardens, a visit to the magnificent Royal British Columbia Museum or dinner at the Bengal Bar at the renowned Empress Hotel. Set against the backdrop of Victoria's Parliament Building, lit at night by thousands of individual light bulbs, Victoria is often considered the highlight of this voyage. (B,L,D)
Day 5- Vancouver
We arrive in Vancouver this morning and disembark the Noordam after breakfast. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of this lovely city including Queen Elizabeth Park. Overnight at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. (B)
Day 6 - All Aboard!
All day free to explore this modern Canadian metropolis with an evening boarding of the legendary ‘CANADIAN' bound for Jasper. The train is a perfect 1950's time capsule with its famed Vista-Dome cars, a real old-fashioned dining car with first rate dining and service. Tonight there is time for cocktails in the swank, end of train ‘Bullet Lounge' as we roll east over the Canadian Pacific Rwy. Tonight is spent on board. (B,D)
Day 7 - Arrive Jasper
After breakfast, the ‘CANADIAN' begins its ascent of the western slope of the Rockies, a not to be missed spectacle. After lunch, we arrive in gorgeous Jasper and transfer to Chateau Jasper where we enjoy a two-night stay. The evening is at leisure to enjoy this quaint town (B,L)
Day 8 - Jasper
All morning to sleep in with a midday excursions to stunningly beautiful Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake with its haunting views of Spirit Island. A final overnight in Jasper to enjoy the unhurried charm of this small town. (B,L)
Day 9 - Banff
A stunning day of sightseeing as we travel to Banff via the Columbia Icefields Parkway and enjoy a ride on the Glacier itself aboard a ‘Sno-coach' stopping for lunch en route before our arrival at the AAA Four Diamond rated Rimrock Resort in Banff with its oversized rooms and great location. (B)
Day 10 - Banff
A full day to enjoy Banff beginning with a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain followed by a visit to the Banff Hot Springs that have made this village famous. Later tonight, our special dinner at Le Beaujolais. (B,D)
Day 11 - Banff
Another magical day with a sightseeing tour to Yoho National Park that takes in Bridal Veil Falls, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise with all afternoon at leisure to further enjoy Banff. (B,L)
May 16 - Journey Home
Day 12 - Journey Home
We depart Banff this morning arriving at the Calgary airport by 11:00 am with easy connections possible to all North America points. We recommend not booking flights that depart before 1:00 pm to allow time for Customs and checking-in.
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Dates & Prices
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|16th May 2016||$3,995||Book Now|
|16th May 2016||$4,295||Book Now|
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Double Berth: Departs 16th May 2016 ($3,995)
Double Bedroom: Departs 16th May 2016 ($4,295)
Two Roomettes: Departs 16th May 2016 ($4,795)
Suite: Departs 16th May 2016 ($4,995)
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Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy and Inside Staterooms and are subject to change. Optional upgrade aboard the ms Amsterdam is available beginning at $125 per person (double)/$250 (single). Port taxes of $95 per person are not included in the above prices.