Soak up the magnificent views that scenic Canada and stunning Alaska have to offer
About the Tour
Soak up the magnificent views that scenic Canada and stunning Alaska have to offer. With a journey on the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer, and a 7-night cruise through Alaska's sparkling waters, we take in the very best of these two destinations.
- 2 days of scenic rail travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service
- 7-night cruise on board the MS Volendam
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- 24 meals
- Meet a Mountie in Banff, a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, dressed in their traditional Red Serge
- Relish an excursion through the Canadian Rockies, visiting iconic Lake Louise, one of the most photographed sights in Canada
- Visit Skagway, famed for its association with Jack London's 1903 novel, 'The Call of the Wild'
- All rail and coach transfers
- Services of a professional tour escort and local guides for touring
Day 1 – Banff
Arrive in Banff, a scenic town set in Canada's oldest national park. On arrival, you are free to settle in and unwind as you wish. Overnight Banff.
Day 2 - Banff and Lake Louise
Today begins with an excursion to crystal-clear Lake Louise, one of the most photographed and iconic sights in the Canadian Rockies. This region is famous for its picture-perfect vistas, from snow-covered mountain peaks to the aquamarine waters of this idyllic lake. Later, we continue to Emerald Lake, the largest of Yoho National Park's lakes, and known for its vivid colors. Following a day of spectacular natural wonders, this evening we are introduced to a Mountie, who gives us a fascinating talk. Overnight Banff.
Day 3 - The Icefields Parkway and Athabasca Falls
We depart by coach along the famous Icefields Parkway, a 144-mile road that links Jasper with Lake Louise and passes through incredible scenery. We travel past many of the highest and most rugged peaks in the Rockies, pausing for a photo opportunity above the turquoise waters of Peyto Lake, before making our way to the Icefields Centre at the foot of the Columbia Icefields. Here we stop to marvel at the Athabasca Glacier, and you have the option to enjoy a ride over the ice field by giant Snocoach (payable locally) . Afterwards, we continue to Athabasca Falls, where thundering waters carve their way through the peaceful mountain scenery. Overnight Jasper.
Days 4 & 5 - Rocky Mountaineer
Today we board Rocky Mountaineer for a superb daylight journey through some of Canada's best-loved scenery. Our 309-mile trip to Kamloops takes in the scenery of the 'Journey Through the Clouds' route, passing through Banff National Park and across the Continental Divide. We travel in SilverLeaf Service, with plenty of time to watch the unfolding story of Canada's landscapes, as breakfast and lunch are served at our seats. We overnight at a hotel in Kamloops. You can also choose to Upgrade your experience to GoldLeaf Service.
On Day 5, our Rocky Mountaineer experience continues on another dramatic stretch of the line, travelling along the Thompson and Fraser Canyons. As we keep our eyes open for Canadian wildlife, the line begins its descent towards the Pacific Coast. Overnight Vancouver. (Day 4 – B, L; Day 5 – B, L)
Day 6 - Vancouver
Today we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver, one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is among Canada's largest cities, and its port is the largest on North America's west coast. With its European settler roots stemming from the Gold Rush of 1858, Vancouver has developed over the centuries and is now consistently ranked as one of the planet's top 3 most desirable places to live.
Our tour includes the old Gastown Quarter - an area of coffee shops, galleries, native art stores and home to the famous Gastown Steam Clock, and Chinatown, with its colorful traditional architecture, as well as beautiful Stanley Park, home to a set of unique totem poles. Overnight Vancouver.
Days 7 & 8 - Cruising the Inside Passage
Late this morning, we say goodbye to mainland Canada and we board the MS Volendam for our incredible 7-night Alaskan cruise. After settling in, we enjoy our first dinner on board this evening.
Day 8 takes us on the first step of our journey through the famous 'Inside Passage' to Alaska, an area of pristine waters, snowcapped mountains, and deep fjords that's famous as a haven for wildlife. Overnight ship. (Day 7 - D; Day 8 – B, L, D)
Days 9 & 10 - Tracy Arm, Juneau and Skagway
This morning, our ship arrives at Tracy Arm, a fjord surrounded by high-rock cliffs and plunging waterfalls, that's home to the ice-blue North and South Sawyer Glaciers. As the ship sails through the Tracy Arm Inlet, we enjoy lunch on board before arriving into the Alaskan state capital, Juneau, this afternoon. Completely inaccessible by road, this former gold rush city is set against a backdrop of mountains and our time here is at leisure.
On Day 10 we call at Skagway, famed for its association with Jack London's 1903 novel, 'The Call of the Wild.' With free time here, you may wish to take a stroll along the town's historic boardwalk. Overnight ship. (Day 9 – B, L, D; Day 10 – B, L, D)
Days 11 & 12 - Glacier Bay and Ketchikan
Today is spent on board as we cruise through some of the most amazing scenery in Alaska. The ice formations of Glacier Bay are thought to be 4,000 years old and are protected by UNESCO as part of the 3.3 million acres of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The bay is home to a number of incredible creatures, from whales and seals that inhabit the water, to bears, mink and moose that stalk the shores. With ample opportunity to capture the icy scenes, this is the perfect time to pop up to the upper decks with your camera.
On Day 12, we dock at Ketchikan, where you have the option to disembark and explore. Native culture and art flourishes throughout Alaska and perhaps no more so than here. Totem poles, dances, and tribal houses are all accessible via the town, most a short walk or taxi ride. In town, the Totem Heritage Centre is not to be missed, with its large display of poles that were found in abandoned villages. North of town is Totem Bight State Park, which boasts another collection of famous poles, along with a native community house. Overnight ship. (Day 11 – B, L, D; Day 12 – B, L, D)
Days 13 & 14 – Vancouver and Return Home
Our ship begins its return journey today, taking us back along the Inside Passage to Vancouver. After breakfast on Day 14, we disembark in Vancouver, where you have some free time. Vancouver combines its breathtaking setting with beautiful architecture and a perfectly-pitched way of life; perhaps sample some world-class cuisine. Later this afternoon, we transfer to the airport for our flight back home. (Day 13 – B, L, D; Day 14 – B)
Caribou Lodge, Banff
An impressive log-clad hotel situated a short walk from the center of Banff, the Caribou Lodge is an authentic mountainside experience. From the welcoming fire in its cozy lobby, Caribou Lodge is heated throughout and has excellent hot pool, steam and exercise rooms. The Red Earth Spa includes six areas offering a variety of treatments from hydrotherapy to manicures and pedicures. Casual dining is available at the hotel's Keg Steakhouse and Bar. Rooms have free wireless internet access, and complimentary bus passes are offered for travel around snowy Banff.
Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver
The 4-Star Sheraton Wall Centre hotel in Vancouver features an indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center, as well as a bar and restaurant. The hotel's relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen television, and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views across Vancouver.
Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver
Situated on Robson Street, Vancouver's most famous street for shopping, eating and entertainment, the contemporary Blue Horizon Hotel offers spectacular views of the city. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, lounge, bar, fitness center, sauna and lap pool. All rooms have a private balcony, air conditioning, television, hairdryer, safe, telephone, minibar and coffee maker.
Operating on four spectacular routes throughout Canada, the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer offers a unique and instantly memorable trip through one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
The Rocky Mountaineer operates in daytime only in order to allow for the best possible views across the vast Canadian landscapes. The scenery from the train is truly a sight to behold, with the dramatic Rocky Mountains lining the backdrops and towering over dense, verdant forests and pristine sapphire lakes. The Canadian Rockies are also home to a myriad of wildlife, including wolves, coyotes, eagles, moose and bear; all of which can often be spotted on the journey.
We travel on the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service. The single-level dome car boasts over-sized windows which provide magnificent panoramic views. Meals are expertly prepared by award-winning chefs and served at your comfortable seat, with a hot breakfast, and gourmet lunch options with complimentary local wine or beer. Complimentary beverages and a range of snacks are also included through the journey.
GoldLeaf Service Upgrade
For unrivalled views of the Canadian landscape, upgrade to the premium GoldLeaf Service and travel in ultimate style, in a custom-designed bi-level dome car. The GoldLeaf car boasts unparalleled views of the towering Canadian Rockies, as well as spacious, reclining seats. GoldLeaf passengers have access to covered open-air vestibules, perfect for reflection-free photography, as well as the separate GoldLeaf dining room where an impeccable à la carte menu is served. Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks are available throughout the journey.
The MS Volendam is a classic cruise-liner with a high caliber of on-board activities, including cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, digital workshops and lectures from fantastic location experts.
Taking inspiration from beautiful gardens, the Volendam has a tasteful floral theme with floral fabrics and tapestries on display throughout the ship, as well as an abundance of fresh flower arrangements. The ship boasts an array of on-board facilities including intimate restaurants which utilize the freshest ingredients, an elegant Greenhouse Spa & Salon with thermal pool and a variety of treatments, as well as several relaxing bars and lounges.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
Tour Dates & Prices
Register for Free Notification of 2022 Dates & Prices
Sign up to receive insider access and special deals on 2022 departures of Rocky Mountaineer & Alaska Cruise.