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Take on the world by land and sea, as you traverse the very best of the Canadian Rockies by train and board a luxury cruise liner for a cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage.

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2024 Tour code: PR-CACN-24

About the tour

Set your sights on the best of the Canadian Rockies, as you arrive in Calgary and transfer to the rest town of Banff. Enjoy a sightseeing tour quintessential Banff sites, such as the hot springs; a gondola ride and much more before transferring to Lake Louise for an overnight. The next morning soak up the scenery and board an Ice Explorer for a trek onto the Athabasca Glacier en route to Jasper. You'll have a full day to explore the beautiful town of Jasper and its eponymous National Park. The following day, it is all aboard VIA Rail's Canadian for an exciting ride through the mountains to Vancouver.

Take in all of the historic sites and iconic neighborhoods that Vancouver has to offer before stepping aboard Holland America's ms Koningsdam for a 7-night cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage. There are ample opportunities to explore during the journey, including excursions to Juneau, Slagway, and Kitchikan. The ship heads through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage before returning to port in Vancouver, where the tour comes to a close.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Calgary to Banff

Fly into Calgary's international airport and transfer to Banff, your home for two nights. Once you've settled into 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 Banff.

Day 2 - Banff Sightseeing

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 tour of Banff. 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 just stunning. As an alternative, take in a sightseeing tour of Banff that focuses on the wildlife of Banff in addition to the top sites of the town including a ride on the Banff Gondola.

Your evening is yours to continue to explore the town of Banff. Opt to add on admission to the Banff Hot Springs with panoramic views of the mountains, or take in an evening excursion to search for some of Banff's most visible wildlife. Overnight Banff.

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, check in to your hotel and begin exploring the charming village. Alternatively, head out this morning on a sightseeing transfer from Banff to Lake Louise through Yoho National Park. Highligts of the tour include Valley of the Ten Peaks, Spiral Tunnels, and Emerald Lake.

Once in Lake Louise, take advantage of picturesque photo opportunities around the tranquil lake with its shimmering turquoise waters and Victoria Glacier looming in the distance. Overnight Lake Louise.

Day 4 - Lake Louise to Jasper

This morning depart on a scenic drive to Jasper. 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 the time to explore the impressive grounds. Overnight Jasper.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 5 - Jasper at Leisure

Spend the day exploring Jasper and its famed National Park. You may elect to take a ride on the Jasper Tramway to take in panoramic views of Jasper and its surrounding area. Opt into a walking food tour that visits four restaurants and discusses the history of the town. Or, add on an easy rafting/float trip on the Athabasca River that provides commentary along the way. Overnight Jasper.

Day 6 - VIA Rail's Canadian to Vancouver

After breakfast on your own, transfer to the rail station for your departure aboard VIA Rail's Canadian to Vancouver.

Board the train and settle into your onboard accommodations. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, you have access to the Skyline and Park Cars. Be sure to take the time to visit both for impressive panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery as you travel through the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and transfer on your own to your hotel. You may wish to take a Hop-On Hop-off sightseeing tour, 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. Alternatively, you can use this day as a free day to explore the diverse neighborhoods on your own. Overnight Vancouver.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Vancouver at Leisure

Today is at leisure for you to explore this beautiful coastal city on your own. If you're interested in a more structured day, you may wish to add a Vancouver city tour that includes the Capilano Suspension Bridge or take part in a walking food tour of Granville Island Market. If you are looking to be more active today, add on a bike tour of Stanley Park. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 9 - Cruise Departure

Check out of your hotel this morning, and make your way to the cruise ship terminal to board your Holland America ship. Settle into your accommodations before coming on deck to wave goodbye to Vancouver. As we set out, marvel at how quickly the scenery changes from urban to remote. Overnight ship.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 10 - Inside Passage Scenic Cruising

As you wake this morning, the ship is traveling along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. This network of protected waterways winds through glacier-cut fjords and beautiful temperate rain forests and is known as Alaska's Inside Passage. One of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage offers opportunities to view Alaska's most iconic wildlife, such as humpback whales, orcas, bald eagles and grizzly bears, as well as to view amazing changes in the landscape. The Inside Passage stretches from Misty Fjords National Monument to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve and includes numerous beloved port cities along the way. While you watch the vistas unfold, enjoy the many amenities of the ship, including the spa, which offers a variety of massages and beauty treatments; the pool; and the Culinary Arts Center, where you can enjoy professional cooking instruction. Overnight ship.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Tracy Arm Inlet/Juneau

This morning, our ship approaches the Tracy Arm Inlet, where steep cliffs and glacier-covered mountains flank the beautiful fjord. This area is home to the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest in the United States, thanks to the old-growth trees that have colonized the inlet since the Ice Age. This scenic stretch is part of the 5.7 million acres that encompass Tongass National Forest and includes 30 miles of wonderful views. The cruise continues through the sinuous waterway en route to Juneau.

We arrive at our port of call early this afternoon, and you have the remainder of the day to explore. Juneau, Alaska's capital city, is home to endless sites to explore, including the Mendenhall Glacier, the colossal Juneau Ice Fields and Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States. During your time here, hop aboard the Mt. Roberts Tramway for views across the city, mountains and surrounding water, or peruse the unique shops that line Juneau's streets. You may wish to try some of the local adventure activities, such as kayaking, rafting or flightseeing or to hike the mountainous trails. Alternatively, you can embark on an optional excursion (payable locally) that introduces you to the sights and culture of the region. Overnight ship. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 - Skagway

This morning, take a step back in time as our ship docks in the Gold Rush town of Skagway. This town has an undeniable essence of yesteryear, thanks to its careful preservation as part of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Spectacular surroundings complement the charm of the rugged town and make Skagway the perfect place to adventure today. While here, admire the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, a narrow-gauge railway that takes travelers on a remote journey past mountains, glaciers and sites that recall the town's mining past. You may wish to visit the old-time saloons in town, such as the Red Onion Saloon that still houses Wyatt Earp's pistol, or to browse the offerings of the rustic shops. There are great museums in town, such as the Skagway Museum and the Trail of '98 Museum, as well as a beautiful old cemetery where Gold Rush miners were laid to rest. Several optional shore excursions are also available, including those that offer gold panning, dogsledding and gastronomic adventures that reward you with a taste of Skagway's local flavor. Overnight ship. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 - Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising

Some of the most dramatic scenery in the world lies ahead as our ship voyages through Glacier Bay today. Sheer cliffs and rugged rock walls surround us as we cruise through pristine glacier-fed waters. Glacier Bay contains 16 glaciers and has more actively calving icebergs than anywhere else in the world. Look upon snow-capped mountains in the distance and the temperate rainforests and untamed beaches that line the shore. You may even see pods of whales or bears fishing along the shoreline. As we cruise, National Park Service Rangers and local Huna Tlingit cultural guides join us onboard to provide invaluable insight into the incredible ecosystem that surrounds us. We also learn more about the native culture throughout their presentations. Overnight ship.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 - Ketchikan

We moor in "Alaska's First City," Ketchikan, this morning. Located 90 miles north of Prince Rupert, this region is teeming with history and natural beauty. Ketchikan is an important hub for Alaska's fishing industry and is home to fantastic seafood restaurants that serve local catches. You can learn about the town's natural history and proud Native Alaskan heritage at the sites like the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Heritage Center, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village. Perhaps wander along Creek Street and peruse the colorful shops that are situated above Ketchikan Creek. No trip to Ketchikan is complete without a visit to Misty Fjords National Monument, where steep granite cliffs, thick rainforests and countless waterfalls all come together to make a truly spectacular sight. There are several options for optional excursions (payable locally), as well. Overnight ship. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 - Inside Passage Cruising

Idyllic natural vistas and breathtaking displays of wildlife in their native habitat surround us as our cruise presses on through the Inside Passage and back down the coast of Alaska. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the onboard entertainment, take a cooking class or to soak up the amenities of the ship. You may wish to get a hot stone massage in the spa, to shop in the onboard boutiques or to try your luck in the casino. Overnight ship.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16 - Vancouver

We arrive back at the port of Vancouver today. Upon disembarking the ship, you are free to transfer to the airport for your return flight home or to extend your adventures in Vancouver.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Moderate Accommodations
• Hotels include Banff Ptarmigan Inn, Lake Louise Inn, Whistler's Inn, Delta Hotels by Marriott Vancouver Downtown or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
• VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a semi-private berth featuring a wide couch-style seat during the day that folds out into a bed at night with heavy curtains for privacy, public washroom including shower facilities in the same car.
• Holland America accommodations are in an inside stateroom including two lower beds convertible to one Queen-size bed and shower.
• Meals are included onboard the Canadian in the dining car and onboard the Holland America Cruise. You will have evening access to the Park Car on the Canadian.

Superior Accommodations
• Hotels include Rimrock Resort, Post Hotel, The Crimson, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
• VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin featuring two comfortable sofa chairs during the day that are replaced by an upper and lower bed at night, with en suite washroom and access to shower facilities.
• Holland America accommodations are in an Oceanview stateroom including two lower beds convertible to one Queen-size bed, bathtub, and shower.
• Meals are included onboard the Canadian in the dining car and onboard the Holland America Cruise. You will have evening access to the Park Car on the Canadian.

Deluxe Accommodations
• Hotels include the Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Waterfront Hotel or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
• VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin featuring two comfortable sofa chairs during the day that are replaced by an upper and lower bed at night, with en suite washroom and access to shower facilities.
• Holland America accommodations are in a Verandah Suite including two beds convertible to one Queen-size bed, shower, sitting area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
• Meals are included onboard the Canadian in the dining car and onboard the Holland America Cruise. You will have evening access to the Park Car on the Canadian.

Please note

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change.

Transfers from Calgary Airport are included for flights arriving in Calgary by 7:00 pm. Private transfers are available at an additional cost for flights that do not fit with the schedule listed. Port Taxes start at $240 per person and will be added at time of booking. Pricing is based on standard level cabin category on Holland America Ship and may be subject to change at time of booking.

Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 25 reviews

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DAVID LEE SHIPLEY

5 stars

Submitted 04 Oct 2023

This was a great trip. I would highly recommend it. The tours were great.

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CHRISTINE JEANETTE BARBER

3 stars

Submitted 10 Sep 2023

The trip started off wonderfully. Our transfers at the airport were easy, the Rim Rock Hotel we stayed in in Banff was beautiful. The stay in Banff was great. The bus tour from Banff to Lake Louise was great. The hotel, Lake Louise Inn was not good. Old, musty, very few options for dining, shopping. The next morning we were transferred from the hotel to Lake Louise. Our party of 6 were waiting outside the hotel from 15 minutes early to about 20 minutes after our meet time. The van we assumed was our ride did not have a driver present. We waited and waited eventually saw someone get into the van and almost drive away. We flagged him down and he said he thought we were a no show. I can’t really explain where communication broke down there, but was glad we were able to catch him. Lake Louise is beautiful. Prepare to hike or hang out at the really nice hotel at Lake Louise, or stand in line for a long time to rent a canoe. If you are not interested in any of those activities, you will only need about an hour at Lake Louise. Do a little walking and take some pictures. From Lake Louise we went on another bus ride to Jasper. The sight seeing was amazing. The bus driver was fun and informative. Arriving in Jasper, The Forest Park Hotel - Atrium Room was not so amazing. The hotel was nice, not Rim Rock nice, but much better than the Lake Louise Inn. The room was awful. It was very humid I think because it is an interior room. The windows view was of the inclosed pool area and the door was off of a common hall. The AC stopped working on our second night. The hotel had much nicer rooms available. Vacations by Rail should book nicer rooms. Atrium sounds nice, but they really are not. Then we found out the next day that the rail portion of the trip was cancelled due to smoke in the area. We needed to make our way to Vancouver because we were getting on a cruise. The options were limited. We (all 6) rented a van and drove. Between the car expense (divided by 3) and the extra night at the Sheraton and meals that would have been provided on the train, our expenses were not covered by the reimbursement we received from Vacations by Rail. So getting back to the rating - Quality - Rim Rock Hotel 5*, Lake Louise Inn 1*, Forest Park Hotel 2*, Sheraton 5*. I can’t rate the train because that never happened. Value for money, because 1/2 of the hotels did not meet the value for money and the rail trip reimbursement did not make up for the expenses incurred to finish the land portion of the trip. There were many positives. The sight seeing was awesome. Brewster’s bus tour was great. The drivers were friendly and informative. Overall we had a good time.

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SUSAN MARY BULTMAN

4 stars

Submitted 06 Sep 2023

Overall the trip was great. Hotels in Lake Louise and Jasper were not.

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WILLIAM DALE

3 stars

Submitted 23 Aug 2023

TRAIN RIDE AWFUL 350 MILESIN 22 HRS

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STEVE MINK

4 stars

Submitted 04 Jun 2023

Good to outstanding

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DONALD

5 stars

Submitted 14 Aug 2019

Excellent services. Very professional

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