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Canada's Rockies And Alaska Cruise - 15 Day Tour
The best of the Canadian Rockies plus cruising Alaska's Inside Passage equals the ultimate scenic sightseeing adventure! Nothing beats a combination of train and coach travel through the heart of the Rockies, the raw beauty of Alaska's Inside Passage, and ample time at your leisure.
Your 15-day rail-cruise combination tour includes first-class sleeping accommodations aboard VIA Rail's Canadian including access to the Skyline Car and the Park Car for amazing views of the passing scenery, a 7-night Holland America cruise of Alaska's Inner Passage, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, and more!
- One-way transportation aboard VIA Rail's Canadian from Jasper to Vancouver in Sleeper Plus (first-class) accommodations, including access to the Skyline and Park Cars
- 7-night round-trip Alaska cruise aboard Holland America's ms Volendam
- All meals onboard the train and ship
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- One-way transfer from Calgary Airport to Fairmont Banff Springs
- One way-transfers from Banff to Lake Louise and Lake Louise to Jasper
- One-way transfer from Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge to Jasper railway station
- One-way transfer from VIA Rail station to Vancouver hotel
- One-way transfer from cruise terminal to Vancouver Airport
- Banff sightseeing tour
- Vancouver city sightseeing tour
- Hotel taxes and GST on applicable items
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Lake Louise
- Tracy Arm
- Glacier Bay
Day 1 - Calgary to Banff
Fly into Calgary's international airport and transfer to the Fairmont Banff Springs Resort, 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 Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
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 Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Day 3 - Banff to Lake Louise
Take the morning to revisit some of your favorite 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 travelers to vacation 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 Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Day 4 - Lake Louise to Jasper
This morning depart on a scenic drive to Jasper with the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge as your destination. 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 Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Day 5 - VIA Rail: Jasper to Vancouver
Spend the morning exploring Jasper and its famed National Park, or you may elect to take a ride on the Jasper Tramway. Transfer to the railway station early this afternoon for a 2:30 pm departure aboard VIA Rail's Canadian to Vancouver.
Board the train and settle into your first-class accommodations: a sitting room by day and room with two comfortable upper and lower berths by night. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, you have exclusive access to the Skyline and Park Cars. Be sure to take time to visit both for impressive panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery as you travel through the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver. Overnight train. (D)
Day 6 - Arrival in Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver around 9:30 am and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day exploring this diverse city at your leisure. With so much to see and do, the question isn't what to do but rather how to see and do it all! Stroll the cobbled streets of Gastown, shop Robson Street, swing from the trees at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, visit towering Grouse Mountain, or seek out some of Vancouver's Olympic sites. Dine in one of the city's amazing restaurants this evening. Overnight Fairmont Waterfront Hotel or Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. (B)
Day 7 - Vancouver Sightseeing
Today enjoy a Hop On/Hop Off bus tour of Vancouver, 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 Fairmont Waterfront Hotel or Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Day 8 - Vancouver Cruise Terminal / Departure on Holland America Cruise
Check out of your hotel this morning and transfer cruise ship terminal where you will board Holland America's ms Volendam. Settle in to your accommodations on the ship before coming on deck to wave good-bye to Vancouver. Overnight ship. (D)
Day 9 - 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 10 - 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 harbor 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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.
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 Volendam 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 Volendam 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.
Port taxes of $99 - $160 per person are not included and will be added at time of booking.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book Canada's Rockies And Alaska Cruise vacation.
Passports are required for this vacation.
Senior and child rates are available upon request.
Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy.