Coast Starlight with Alaska Cruise via Glacier Bay
Combine two of the most exciting cities on the West Coast with an exciting Alaska cruise to create a spectacular rail-cruise vacation!
This 10-day rail-cruise adventure combines some of the most breathtaking scenery on the west coast by land and sea with a relaxed and well-paced itinerary to meet every lifestyle. The Coast Starlight links Los Angeles to Seattle, the Gateway to Alaska. Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular U.S. train routes, you will travel more than 100 miles of magnificent Pacific coastline as you journey north past the Cascade Mountains to Seattle where you will meet your Holland America cruise ship for your 7-day Alaskan cruise.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel on Amtrak, including private sleeping accommodations
- Hotel accommodations for 1 night
- All Meals onboard the train and ship
- 7-day Holland America Line Alaska cruise
- Port of Calls:
-Victoria, British Columbia
- Select transfers
Day 1 - Los Angeles En Route to Seattle
Your journey begins at Los Angeles' historic Union Station for a morning departure on Amtrak's Coast Starlight bound for Seattle. Settle into your accommodations as the train makes its way north. With miles of dazzling coastline stretching before you, take time to drink in the picture-perfect sights or explore the legendary train. Enjoy lunch and dinner in the Dining Car as the train hugs the Pacific coastline bound for its final destination. Overnight train. (L, D)
Day 2 - Coast Starlight to Seattle
Wake up this morning and enjoy breakfast in the Dining Car as you pass through Klamath Falls, Oregon. Spend the day relaxing in the Sightseer Lounge and marveling at the Cascade Mountains. The train will make a short stop in Portland, where you can stretch your legs and get some fresh, Pacific Northwest air. As you leave Portland, look out the left side of the train to catch a glimpse of Mt. Hood rising in the distance. Dinner is served as you pass through Washington's capital city of Olympia. Transfer on your own to your hotel. Overnight Seattle. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Seattle and Alaska Cruise
With Mount Rainier and the Space Needle standing watch, take the morning to discover the Emerald City before boarding your Holland America cruise ship. Explore historic Pioneer Square, browse the stalls and shops at Pike Place Market, visit the Experience Music Project, and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city atop the Space Needle. This afternoon, transfer to Holland America Line's ms Eurodam for the cruise portion of your fantastic rail-cruise combination tour. Your ship sets sail for Alaska at 4:00 pm, giving you enough time to settle into your cabin before heading on deck to wave good-bye to magnificent Seattle. With tomorrow at sea, you will have more than enough time to explore the ship and enjoy all of its amenities. Overnight ship. (D)
Day 4 - ms Eurodam at Sea
Take today to enjoy some of the ship's special features. Enjoy a hot stone massage at the spa, take a complimentary digital workshop taught by a Microsoft "techspert," spend some time at the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, or lounge poolside. Dine and dance the night away but ensure a good night's sleep as your Alaska sightseeing begins tomorrow. Overnight ship (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Juneau, Alaska
Located at the foot of majestic mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the city of Juneau is home to the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest. At 17 million acres, it is the largest U.S. national forest and includes fjords, glaciers, and peaks of the Coast Mountains. Visit the rustic local shops, climb aboard the Mt. Roberts Tramway for a great spot to hike and shoot a souvenir photo, or get back to nature and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. Because of the long daylight hours, there's no end to the adventure! Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Glacier Bay
A Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay National Park, located in southeastern Alaska, is a protected ecosystem of plants and animals living in a glacial setting. Glacier Bay contains 16 glaciers, 12 of which reach shorelines and have calved to produce icebergs. What is it like when a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Have your camera at the ready to capture this amazing sight. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Sitka, Alaska
The onion domes of St. Michael's Cathedral are a clue to Sitka's past as a Russian settlement - the colonial headquarters of Count Baranof, no less. Discover the echoes of its bustling past at a performance by the New Archangel Dancers. Meet Tlingit natives and stand on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska in 1867 for $7.2 million. Take a stroll through the Sitka National Historical Park, shop the downtown district, and visit the Sheldon Jackson Museum for a firsthand look at some of the city's most prized art, crafts, and Russian relics. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan is recognized as the "Salmon Capital of the World" and is known for several popular attractions including Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park, and Saxman Village. But its most popular attraction is undoubtedly Misty Fjords National Monument, a protected area in the southeastern portion of Alaska that covers more than 2,294,000 acres of Tongass National Forest in Alaska's panhandle. These deep water fjords left by retreating glaciers left granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters. Try a flightseeing trip to the area for an up-close look at the breathtaking sight. The souvenir photos you'll take from the pontoons of the plane are worth the trip alone! Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
A touch of England awaits you today as you dock in Victoria. The capital city of British Columbia, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, pays homage to its British ancestry with double-decker buses and horse-drawn carriages, tearooms, and some of the finest formal gardens in North America. In fact, Victoria has earned a reputation as the "City of Gardens" due to its sunny, mild climate and gardens full of palms, eucalyptus, bananas and rare plants not indigenous to Canada. The must-see attraction in Victoria is the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, featuring 55 acres of brilliant colors and blooms year-round. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Welcome Back to Seattle, Washington
Your Alaska cruise adventure comes to a close this morning as you enter the port of Seattle. Consider extending your stay in the Emerald City in order to fully explore Seattle, or enjoy your included transfer to the airport for your return flight home for flights after 1:00 pm. (B)
Rail Your Way
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Amtrak's Coast Starlight
Rediscover the Coast Starlight. This legendary train features enhanced rail coaches and Sleeping Cars, along with exclusive amenities. Indulge in fresh, regional cuisine in the Dining Car. The Sightseer Lounge offers roomy tables and a casual setting for enjoying meals and relaxing. Panoramic windows on the upper level of the Lounge afford an expansive view of the passing scenery.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Roomette and Bedroom. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.
Holland America's ms Eurodam
Accommodations aboard Holland America's ms Eurodam are available in Inside Stateroom, Oceanview Stateroom, and Deluxe Verandah Outside categories. Inside Stateroom features two lower beds convertible to one Queen-size bed and shower. Oceanview Stateroom features two lower beds convertible to one Queen-size bed, bathtub, and shower. Verandah Stateroom features two beds convertible to one Queen-size bed, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, private verandah, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
Click here to view testimonials for Coast Starlight with Alaska Cruise via Glacier Bay.
We had a wonderful trip from start to finish. The connections were smooth and the customer service received from Vacations By Rail was outstanding.
The train ride was great, also Holland America's service was impeccable. I would definitely ride Amtrak , and sail Holland America again. My wife and I were very happy with our vacation. Also our rep from Vacations By Rail was super nice and had all the answers we needed to proceed with our trip.
The Holland America portion was excellent, from the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle throughout the entire trip the people were helpful and friendly and competent. I would do this again. The Westin in Seattle at the end of our trip was a good experience, very good accommodations. We had a great contact at Vacations by Rail, prompt with answers to my questions and very good follow through. Thank you for a great vacation!
Dates & Prices
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|5th September 2019||$2,119||Book Now|
|30th April 2020||$2,148||Book Now|
|4th June 2020||$2,316||Book Now|
|2nd July 2020||$2,429||Book Now|
|6th August 2020||$2,316||Book Now|
|10th September 2020||$2,148||Book Now|
|5th September 2019||$2,498||Book Now|
|30th April 2020||$2,546||Book Now|
|4th June 2020||$2,714||Book Now|
|2nd July 2020||$2,826||Book Now|
|6th August 2020||$2,714||Book Now|
|10th September 2020||$2,546||Book Now|
|5th September 2019||$2,523||Book Now|
|30th April 2020||$2,440||Book Now|
|4th June 2020||$2,720||Book Now|
|2nd July 2020||$2,945||Book Now|
|6th August 2020||$2,776||Book Now|
|10th September 2020||$2,608||Book Now|
|5th September 2019||$2,901||Book Now|
|30th April 2020||$2,838||Book Now|
|4th June 2020||$3,118||Book Now|
|2nd July 2020||$3,342||Book Now|
|6th August 2020||$3,174||Book Now|
|10th September 2020||$3,006||Book Now|
|5th September 2019||$2,879||Book Now|
|30th April 2020||$2,832||Book Now|
|4th June 2020||$3,169||Book Now|
|2nd July 2020||$3,393||Book Now|
|6th August 2020||$3,281||Book Now|
|10th September 2020||$2,945||Book Now|
|5th September 2019||$3,258||Book Now|
|30th April 2020||$3,230||Book Now|
|4th June 2020||$3,567||Book Now|
|2nd July 2020||$3,791||Book Now|
|6th August 2020||$3,679||Book Now|
|10th September 2020||$3,342||Book Now|
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Amtrak Roomette / Inside Stateroom: Departs 5th September 2019 ($2,119), 30th April 2020 ($2,148), 4th June 2020 ($2,316), 2nd July 2020 ($2,429), 6th August 2020 ($2,316), 10th September 2020 ($2,148)
Amtrak Bedroom / Inside Stateroom: Departs 5th September 2019 ($2,498), 30th April 2020 ($2,546), 4th June 2020 ($2,714), 2nd July 2020 ($2,826), 6th August 2020 ($2,714), 10th September 2020 ($2,546)
Amtrak Roomette / Oceanview Stateroom: Departs 5th September 2019 ($2,523), 30th April 2020 ($2,440), 4th June 2020 ($2,720), 2nd July 2020 ($2,945), 6th August 2020 ($2,776), 10th September 2020 ($2,608)
Amtrak Bedroom / Oceanview Stateroom: Departs 5th September 2019 ($2,901), 30th April 2020 ($2,838), 4th June 2020 ($3,118), 2nd July 2020 ($3,342), 6th August 2020 ($3,174), 10th September 2020 ($3,006)
Amtrak Roomette / Deluxe Verandah: Departs 5th September 2019 ($2,879), 30th April 2020 ($2,832), 4th June 2020 ($3,169), 2nd July 2020 ($3,393), 6th August 2020 ($3,281), 10th September 2020 ($2,945)
Amtrak Bedroom / Deluxe Verandah: Departs 5th September 2019 ($3,258), 30th April 2020 ($3,230), 4th June 2020 ($3,567), 2nd July 2020 ($3,791), 6th August 2020 ($3,679), 10th September 2020 ($3,342)
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2018 Port taxes ranging from $225 - $230 per person are not included in the above rate. 2019 Port taxes are $250. Taxes will be calculated into the price upon booking. Valid Passport and proper documentation is required for this trip. Departures from San Francisco/Emeryville/Sacramento reduce base price by $150 per person. Reduce Bedroom upgrades by $150 per person. Please be advised that passengers traveling on Coast Starlight Trains may encounter delays of approximately three to six hours due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.