Trans Canada by Rail & Alaska by Sea
Combine a Canadian train adventure between two of the country's most cosmopolitan cities and a cruise through Alaska's waters and to some of its most famed ports of call on this land and sea expedition.
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- Trans Canada by Rail & Alaska by Sea
The beauty of Canada's ever-changing landscape and the glory of the open water lie ahead on this 15-day, dual-country adventure. The tour begins as you arrive in Toronto - Canada's largest city. Spend the day exploring this cosmopolitan city on your own. The following morning, board VIA Rail's Canadian for a 4-night complete trans-Canada rail journey. Enjoy the vast amenities of the train and the impeccable views from the Park and Skyline Cars.
Upon arrival in Vancouver, take some time to get to know the city on a Hop-on/Hop-off Tour of some of Vancouver's major attractions. The following day in this beautiful city is yours to explore the sights at leisure. After 2 overnights, head to the city's port to board Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam for 7 days worth of cruising through Alaska's surrounding waters.
Most of the cruise is spent on the sea, enjoying the magnificence of the likes of the Inside Passage,
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation aboard VIA Rail (4 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 3 nights
- All meals onboard the train and ship
- 7-night round-trip Alaska cruise aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam
- One-way transfer from Toronto Airport to hotel
- One-way transfer from cruise terminal to Vancouver Airport
- Vancouver city sightseeing tour
- Ports of Call:
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 interesting 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 - Board VIA Rail's Canadian
Get an early start to the day and enjoy breakfast on your own before heading to Toronto's Union Station to board the famed Canadian. Get settled into your Sleeper Plus accommodations before setting off to explore the train and its many amenities. Relax in one of the observation lounges and enjoy the impressive passing scenery. Overnight train. (L, D)
Day 3 - En Route to Vancouver
After you wake this morning, enjoy a hot breakfast in the Dining Car while admiring the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield. First-class passengers have access to all of the lounges on board the train as well as to the Skyline Car - your 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 great vantage points for photo opportunities along your trip, so be sure to bring your camera. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - En Route to Vancouver
Spend the day chatting with other travelers and enjoying exclusive access to first-class lounges, dining on superb meals, and delighting in impeccable service. Today's journey takes your through Saskatchewan, which has been inhabited for thousands of years by various indigenous groups. Saskatchewan was first explored by Europeans in 1690 and settled in 1774. In 1992, the federal and provincial governments signed an historic land claim agreement with the First Nations people in Saskatchewan. The First Nations received compensation and were permitted to buy land on the open market, now reserve lands. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - VIA Rail, Nearing Vancouver
Your final full day onboard takes you through Alberta and into the heart of the Canadian Rockies. VIA Rail's Canadian rolls into Jasper for a short stopover before continuing the journey west, past Mt. Robson and into British Columbia. This evening, enjoy your last sumptuous dinner aboard the train and reflect on your breathtaking voyage across five provinces. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Arrival in Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and transfer to your hotel by taxi (included). Spend the day exploring historic Gastown, Granville Island, or Stanley Park. Vancouver is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, so be sure to bring your appetite. Overnight Vancouver. (B)
Day 7 - Sightseeing in 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 Nieuw Amsterdam. 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 unique 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 in 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 famous 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 area's most impressive sights, Misty Fjords National Monument, more than 2,294,000 acres of protected acres of Tongass National Forest in Alaska's panhandle. Deepwater 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.
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
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Extend Your Vacation
Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.
Look for the Extend Your Vacation icon to identify those vacations which offer new city stay packages. Ask your rail specialist for details about these pre- and post-night extensions.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Inside Stateroom Accommodations
Hotels include the Chelsea Hotel and Georgian Court (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam is in an Inside Stateroom including two beds convertible to one Queen-size bed, and shower.
Outside Stateroom Accommodations
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 Nieuw Amsterdam 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 Nieuw Amsterdam 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.
The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort and service for travellers on the Canadian, one of the world's greatest train journeys. Each Prestige Sleep Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of this Prestige Class includes; a personalized dedicated service by Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
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The accommodations, food and service were top notch. I enjoyed every minute. I would recommend this journey to all my friends.
Dates & Prices
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|11th May 2019||$3,380||Book Now|
|8th June 2019||$4,175||Book Now|
|13th July 2019||$4,135||Book Now|
|3rd August 2019||$4,290||Book Now|
|7th September 2019||$3,895||Book Now|
|11th May 2019||$4,895||Book Now|
|8th June 2019||$5,875||Book Now|
|13th July 2019||$5,835||Book Now|
|3rd August 2019||$5,835||Book Now|
|7th September 2019||$5,635||Book Now|
|11th May 2019||$5,955||Book Now|
|8th June 2019||$7,370||Book Now|
|13th July 2019||$7,369||Book Now|
|3rd August 2019||$7,370||Book Now|
|7th September 2019||$6,810||Book Now|
|11th May 2019||$8,498||Book Now|
|8th June 2019||$9,520||Book Now|
|13th July 2019||$9,520||Book Now|
|3rd August 2019||$9,520||Book Now|
|7th September 2019||$8,965||Book Now|
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VIA Rail Berth / Inside Stateroom: Departs 11th May 2019 ($3,380), 8th June 2019 ($4,175), 13th July 2019 ($4,135), 3rd August 2019 ($4,290), 7th September 2019 ($3,895)
VIA Rail Cabin / Oceanview Stateroom: Departs 11th May 2019 ($4,895), 8th June 2019 ($5,875), 13th July 2019 ($5,835), 3rd August 2019 ($5,835), 7th September 2019 ($5,635)
VIA Rail Cabin / Verandah Stateroom: Departs 11th May 2019 ($5,955), 8th June 2019 ($7,370), 13th July 2019 ($7,369), 3rd August 2019 ($7,370), 7th September 2019 ($6,810)
VIA Rail Prestige Class / Verandah Stateroom: Departs 11th May 2019 ($8,498), 8th June 2019 ($9,520), 13th July 2019 ($9,520), 3rd August 2019 ($9,520), 7th September 2019 ($8,965)
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Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
* In the event that there is heavy ice flow, the Tracy Arm shore excursion may not be offered on a particular sailing. Tracy Arm excursion will not be available on 2019 sailings.
Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.