Independent VIA Rail Tours
Winter Rail Tours
Trans Canada By Rail & Alaska By Sea - 15 Day Tour
Combine a trans-Canadian train adventure between two of the country's most cosmopolitan cities and a Holland America Alaska cruise, and the result is nothing short of amazing. The pleasures of train travel, the beauty of the ever-changing Canadian landscape, and the elegance of sailing Alaska's Inside Passage create one memorable 15-day dual-country vacation.
Your rail-cruise combination tour includes first-class sleeping accommodations aboard VIA Rail's Canadian including access to the Skyline and the Park Cars for amazing views of the passing scenery, a 7-night Alaska cruise, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, and more!
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- One-way transportation aboard VIA Rail's Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver
- Four nights aboard VIA Rail's Canadian in Sleeper Plus (first-class) accommodations, including access to the Skyline and Park Cars
- Special in-room train amenities including shower kit, bottled water, and ear plugs
- Priority boarding from exclusive pre-boarding lounge
- 7-night round-trip Alaska cruise aboard Holland America's ms Volendam
- All meals onboard the train and ship
- Hotel accommodations for three nights
- One-way transfer from Toronto Airport to the Fairmont Royal York
- Transfer from VIA Rail Station to Vancouver hotel
- One-way transfer from cruise terminal to Vancouver Airport
- Toronto Hop On/Hop Off city sightseeing tour*
- Vancouver city sightseeing tour
- Hotel taxes and GST on applicable items
- Sioux Lookout
- Tracy Arm
- Glacier Bay
Day 1 - Toronto, Canada's Largest City
The cosmopolitan city of Toronto offers visitors a plethora of memorable sights and experiences. After transferring to your hotel located in the heart of the city, take the day to discover Toronto at your leisure. Ride to the top of CN Tower for breathtaking views of the city. Visit Eaton Centre for shopping, Chinatown, Old Town Toronto, and the city's many fascinating ethnic markets. Toronto is well-known for its nightlife. Dine at a gourmet restaurant, sample the fare at one of the city's smaller ethnic restaurants, or visit a club to enjoy some local music. Overnight Toronto.
Day 2 - Toronto City Sightseeing
Today embark on a Hop On/Hop Off sightseeing tour of Toronto, which takes you along a 12-mile route through the city's core. Hop off at any of 20 stop and visit Toronto's most popular landmarks. Afterward, indulge in some of the city's fine dining. This evening embark on your trans-Canada train journey. VIA Rail's Canadian departs from Toronto's Union Station, conveniently located across from your hotel, at 10:00 pm. Settle in to your first-class accommodations complete with a comfortable sitting room by day that converts to upper and lower berths at night. Overnight train.
Day 3 - VIA Rail's Canadian to Vancouver
Enjoy a hot breakfast in the Dining Car before setting off to explore the train and its many amenities. First-class passengers have access to all of the lounges on board the train as well as to the Skyline Car-your exclusive entertainment center with an observation dome offering 360-degree views-and the Park Car with three different salons and an upper observation deck. Both the Skyline and Park Cars offer impressive views of the passing scenery and are a wonderful location for photo opportunities along your trip so be sure to bring your camera as you explore the train. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - En Route to Vancouver
A highlight of today's leg of the trip is your arrival in Winnipeg, the capitol of Manitoba. Winnipeg was originally the hub of the Canadian fur trade as it was positioned at the intersection of three important rivers. Today this area is known as The Forks. It's the downtown location for some of Winnipeg's more exclusive restaurants, shopping, and live entertainment. You'll have the opportunity to leave the train and explore the town for a couple hours before continuing your journey west at noon.
This afternoon cross the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. This signals the mid-point of your rail journey. This afternoon's travels will take you through the town of Melville, named after Charles Melville Hays, President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company who died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Spend the day chatting with your fellow travelers and enjoying exclusive access to first-class lounges, dining on superb meals, and delighting in impeccable service. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - VIA Rail, Nearing Vancouver
Awake this morning in Alberta's capitol city of Edmonton, often regarded as the gateway to the north because of the prominent role its location played in fur trading, the Yukon gold rush, and the Alberta oil discoveries. Make the most of your last full day on the train. Admire the breathtaking scenery from your private room or from one of the train's observation decks.
The Canadian rolls into Jasper, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, at 1:00 pm for a 1 ½ hour stopover. Keep your camera nearby as the train comes to a short stop. Jasper National Park is a wildlife sanctuary so be on the lookout for wildlife wandering about. Late this afternoon, the train passes Mt. Robson and travels into British Columbia, the last province on your Canada rail journey. This evening enjoy your last sumptuous dinner aboard the train. Take in the stunning views from your table and reflect on your breathtaking voyage across five provinces. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Arrival in Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver around 9:30 am and transfer to your hotel by taxi (included). Spend the day exploring this diverse city on your own. 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, ferry over to Granville Island for a visit to the markets, 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 Vancouver. (B)
Day 7 - Vancouver
Today enjoy a Hop On/Hop Off sightseeing tour of Vancouver, which includes some of the city's most popular attractions including Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, 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 Vancouver.
Day 8 - Vancouver Cruise Port and Departure on Holland America Cruise
Check out of your hotel this morning and head to the pier 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-and say hello to Alaska's Inside Passage. 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-presented by Food & Wine Magazine-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 Tracy Arm fjord, a deep and narrow waterway full of jaw-dropping amounts of floating ice of varying sizes. At the end of the fjord are the massive Sawyer Glaciers. The area, which is surrounded by the rainforests of the Tongass National Forest, boasts both breathtaking scenery and an assortment of wildlife.
Tracy Arm is only 45 miles south of Juneau, the capital of Alaska and your port of call this afternoon. Juneau is known for being 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 United States' largest national forest that includes 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
Skagway is a small town with a Gold Rush past that is long on organic beauty, offering an assortment of sights and activities that show off its storied history and natural setting. During your visit today, admire the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad, recalling the town's mining past and now for tourist use. 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 as you cruise the area. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 13 - Ketchikan
Today's excursion takes you to Ketchikan, located just 90 miles north of Prince Rupert. The town is popular not only for its salmon fisheries but also for its natural history, which is paid tribute through the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park, and Saxman Village. Ketchikan is also home to one of the areas most impressive sights, Misty Fjords National Monument, more than 2,294,000 acres of protected acres of Tongass National Forest in Alaska's panhandle. 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 the Alaska's Inside Passage
Unwind from your adventuresome days of sightseeing by relaxing onboard the ship today, enjoying the scenery as you cruise Alaska's Inside Passage and taking advantage of some of the ship's many amenities. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 15 - Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver today. You may elect to extend your stay in Vancouver for additional sightseeing or you can transfer from the cruise terminal to the airport for your return flight home.
Hotels include the Fairmont Royal York 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 Royal York 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 $98.03 are not included and will be added at time of booking. A passport is required for this trip.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book Trans Canada By Rail & Alaska By Sea.
Senior and child rates are available upon request.
Single and triple rates available upon request.
*Toronto Hop On/Hop Off tour is availabe from May 1-October 10, 2013. A Toronto CityPass will be substituted for travel outside of those dates.
Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)