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Canadian Rockies Circle Tour by Rail with Alaska Cruise

Reference WW37974
19 nights from
£4999 pp
Overview

Holiday Ref: 16545

Discover the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies and Alaska by Rail and Cruise on one of our popular holidays.  Visit some of the most iconic destinations such as the mountain towns of Banff and Jasper, and the Pacific Coastal city of Vancouver nestled at the foot of the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Top all this off with a four day rail journey onboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer train, then sit back and relax on your balcony onboard your cruise and watch the scenery go past.

Book an Oceanview or Balcony Stateroom by 31st October and receive a FREE Classic Drinks – Call for prices!

Price based on Inside Cabin & September 2019 departure. Other dates available May – September 2019

What's Included

Return flights from the UK
Transfer throughout
12 Night Hotel Accommodation
4 day rail journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver and Banff/Jasper and Vancouver
FREE Sightseeing tour of Banff
Banff Gondola
Coach transfer Banff to Lake Louise
Full day tour Lake Louise to Jasper with picnic lunch
Ice explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
Glacier Skywalk
FREE Evening Jasper Wildlife Tour
7 night Alaska Cruise onboard Celebrity Eclipse
All meals & entertainment onboard ship
FREE Vancouver City & the Lookout Tour

Got your own itinerary idea? Let us know your plans & one of our USA specialists will be in touch to help you plan your unique trip.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Upon arrival into Vancouver International Airport transfer (included) to your Vancouver Hotel, and remainder of the say is at leisure.

Today you tour begins with an introduction to downtown including Canada Place, and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural oasis, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. View the First Nations Totem Poles, and gaze upon rainforest and shoreline scenery on the way through the park. Get the camera ready for a photo stop at Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the English Bay beach area, followed by the eclectic Granville Island Market. Top off this adventure with a glass elevator ride 169 metres above the streets, at the Vancouver Lookout, for views of the ocean, the Coastal Mountains, the city and rugged shoreline. This tour is a great introduction to the scenic and historic highlights of Vancouver.

This morning you will transfer from your Vancouver Hotel to the Rocky Mountaineer rail station. All aboard Rocky Mountaineer for the scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser River Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes to historic Kamloops. (Breakfast & lunch is included today)

Back on-board the Rocky Mountaineer following the South Thompson River to Shuswap Lake with its thousand miles of shoreline. Pass Craigellachie, where the ‘last spike’ was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Enter Rogers Pass, with its tunnels, snow-sheds and glistening Glaciers. The Kicking Horse River leads you to Kicking Horse Pass, the Spiral Tunnels and over the Continental Divide to Banff, and Banff National Park. (Breakfast & lunch is included today)

This morning, tour the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos, Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and the Banff Gondola for a breath-taking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain Return to downtown Banff at your leisure. (Transfer not included)

Depart Banff early afternoon for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Lake Louise.

Your sightseeing tour today will encompass the ultimate glacier exploration as you travel along the spectacular Icefields Parkway From walking on ancient ice at the Glacier Adventure (included), to standing on a glass platform almost one thousand feet in the air at the Glacier Skywalk (included), today’s experiences will leave you with a special appreciation for this treasured region of the Rockies (picnic lunch included today)

Today is free to explore Jasper before departing this evening to experience the environs of Jasper, and for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife.

All aboard Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson ‘the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and follow the mighty Thompson River, the route of early fur traders, before arriving in Kamloops. (Breakfast & lunch is included today).

Leaving Kamloops, follow the Thompson River through Ashcroft, one of Canada’s driest towns, with an average rainfall of just 18 centimetres. Pass through Rainbow Canyon, named for its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys creating a stunning rainbow effect. Continue on to the Fraser Canyon, where at Hell’s Gate watch water torrent past the canyon walls at its narrowest point. The last leg of the journey takes you through the fertile farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the Pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon. (Breakfast & lunch is included today)

Today is yours to explore the amazing city at your leisure.

Morning at leisure then transfer to Cruise terminal (included) to embark on your 7 night Alaska Cruise onboard Celebrity Eclipse

The dramatic scenery of the Inside Passage has been shaped by glaciers for millions of years. The terrain here is verdant and vivid – mysterious forests blanket the towering mountains.

Go whale watching, learn Tinglit tribal customs, buy arts-and-crafts gifts, or fly high above Port Frederick on a 1.6km long zip-rider. Later, tuck into the best ever halibut and chips on the cookhouse deck of historic Hoonah Packing Company cannery.

Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes.

Some sightseeing is best from above. View the majestic Mendenhall Glacier from the East Glacier Loop Trail, or sail 1,800ft aloft via gondola to Mount Roberts. The fresh air’s sure to whet your appetite so try out the local treat - crisp crab cakes.

Experience Eden firsthand. Kayak tranquil saltwater fjords fringed by ancient forests, keeping an eye out for black bear and playful porpoise. Tour the great outdoors by foot or bike, or whiz above ocean shores and never-ending forests by zipline

You'll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage, a complex labyrinth of fjords and bays where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months

After a leisurely break disembark your ship and transfer (included) to your overnight hotel.  Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Today your amazing journey comes to an end when you check out of your Vancouver Hotel and transfer (included) to Vancouver Airport for your flight back to the UK.

Local Info

Language

English is the official language of the USA and is spoken throughout the country.

Local Time

United Kingdom is 8 hours ahead of Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Currency

The local official currency is the Canadian Dollar. All major credit cards are widely accepted too.

Flight Time

Fly from UK to Vancouver is around 9 hours.