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Canada Holidays - Alaska Cruise - Silverseas - glacier bay

Luxury Alaska Cruise & Canadian Rockies by Rail

Reference WW37997
Overview

Sample itinerary – call our specialists to tailor make your personalised tour!

What's Included

Return flights from the UK
Private arrival transfer
2 nights pre/1 night post-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver
10 night Luxury Alaska Cruise onboard Silver Muse
2 day rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Banff. Including 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & overnight hotel in Kamloops
3 nights in the mountain town of Banff
FREE Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour
FREE Mountains Lakes & Waterfalls Tour from Banff
FREE Banff Gondola Admission

Got your own ideas for your holiday? Get in touch and one of our Canada Specialists will be delighted to help you tailor-make your unique trip.

Itinerary

Depart the UK and travel to Vancouver, British Columbia.  Upon arrival take your private transfer to your Vancouver hotel.  Once checked in take a stroll outside and discover this wonderful city.

Today is all about adventure as you take your tour to Grouse Mountain & the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Beginning with the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver, then cross the historic Lions Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s North Shore and the Capilano Bridge Park.  Spectacular Grouse Mountain is next, offering ever changing views as the Skyride ascends to the peak.

Transfer from your hotel to the cruise port to embark on your 10 night Alaskan Cruise.  Ship sails at 6pm.  Take time to explore the ship.

If it is drama that you are after, then you certainly need look no further that the dramatic beauty of the Inside Passage. With isolated communities nestling in shoreside villages, mountains rising from the tidal waters, seals basking on ice floes and massive glaciers calving with a thunderous snap in the distance, this stretch of water is quite unique. Named after early explorers who were looking for the Northwest Passage (found much further north), cruising the Inside Passage has become a must for any sailing aficionado.

Ketchikan is famous for its colorful totem poles, rainy skies, steep–as–San Francisco streets, and lush island setting. Some 13,500 people call the town home, and, in the summer, cruise ships crowd the shoreline, floatplanes depart noisily for Misty Fiords National Monument, and salmon-laden commercial fishing boats motor through Tongass Narrows.

It's hard not to like Sitka, with its eclectic blend of Alaska Native, Russian, and American history and its dramatic and beautiful open-ocean setting. This is one of the best Inside Passage towns to explore on foot, with such sights as St. Michael's Cathedral, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Castle Hill, Sitka National Historical Park, and the Alaska Raptor Center topping the town's must-see list.

Unlike most cities of Southeast Alaska, Haines can be reached by road. With a population of 2,200, Haines lies in the upper northern reaches of the Inside Passage and is an important access point to the Yukon Territory and Interior Alaska. While cruising into Haines, see the Lynn Canal, the longest and deepest fjord in North America. Once in town, mountains seem to surround you on all sides while the jagged cathedral peaks of the Chilkat Mountains loom over Fort Seward.

Juneau, Alaska's capital and third-largest city, is on the North American mainland but can't be reached by road. The city owes its origins to two colourful sourdoughs (Alaskan pioneers)—Joe Juneau and Richard Harris—and to a Tlingit chief named Kowee, who led the two men to rich reserves of gold at Snow Slide Gulch, the drainage of Gold Creek around which the town was eventually built. That was in 1880, and shortly thereafter a modest stampede resulted in the formation of a mining camp, which quickly grew to become the Alaska district government capital in 1906.

A small, unassuming timber and fishing community, Wrangell sits on the northern tip of Wrangell Island, near the mouth of the fast-flowing Stikine River—North America's largest undammed river. Trips on the river with local guides are highly recommended as they provide, basically, an insider's guide to the Stikine and a very Alaskan way of life.

Walker Cove, located just 41.8 miles from Ketchikan, extends about 8.5 miles into the mainland. The scenery is stunning with towering rock walls on both side and hundreds of waterfalls plunging down into the fjord. There is always the possibility of seeing bears, Harbour Seals Bald Eagles along the shoreline. Rudyerd Bay is one of the highlights of the Misty Fiords, 40 miles east of Ketchikan, along the Inside Passage. This fjord cuts through steep-sided mountainous terrain and extends far into the mainland. The scenery is stunning, with dramatic thousand-foot waterfalls plunging down rainforest covered cliffs to the water below.

Just 40 mi south of the Alaskan border, Prince Rupert is the largest community on British Columbia's north coast. Set on Kaien Island at the mouth of the Skeena River and surrounded by deep green fjords and coastal rain forest.

If it is drama that you are after, then you certainly need look no further that the dramatic beauty of the Inside Passage. With isolated communities nestling in shoreside villages, mountains rising from the tidal waters, seals basking on ice floes and massive glaciers calving with a thunderous snap in the distance, this stretch of water is quite unique. Named after early explorers who were looking for the Northwest Passage (found much further north), cruising the Inside Passage has become a must for any sailing aficionado.

Arrival in Vancouver.  Disembark and make your way to your Vancouver hotel.  The rest of day is yours to relax or explore more of the city.

All Aboard! Rise early this morning and transfer to the Rocky Mountaineer rail station where you will board the famous Rocky Mountaineer Train for a scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia.  Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon.  Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes to historic Kamloops.

Back onboard the Rocky Mountaineer and now your venture into the mountains begins in earnest.  Continue travelling east along the South Thompson River.  You will marvel at man’s ingenuity as Rocky Mountaineer enters the Spiral Tunnels.  Gaze in wonder at cascading waterfalls and icy glaciers on your to the alpine town of Banff where you will spend the next three nights.

Time to explore Banff.  If you are looking for the best view, then the Banff Gondola (included) is a must.  Finish off your evening b dining out in downtown Banff.

Early pick up at your Banff hotel for your Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls tour.  Visit the most treasured spots in the Canadian Rockies through Banff and Yoho National Parks. Some of the incredible sights you will come across include the unforgettable Lake Louise, Victoria Glacier, Moraine Lake and the Takakkaw Falls. All surrounded by soaring mountain peaks.  We have included a BBQ lunch for your enjoyment.

Your amazing adventure comes to an end when you check out of your Banff hotel and transfer to Calgary International Airport where you will board your flight back to the UK.