Western Canada by Rail and Vancouver Alaska CruiseReference WW38040
Sample itinerary – call our specialists to tailor make your personalised tour!
The wilderness of the Canadian Rockies needs to be experienced first-hand. On this tour you will venture from Banff to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway on a remarkable, unforgettable journey. Board VIA Rail’s “Canadian” for your rail journey to Vancouver highlights include Hell’s Gate (gorge), Suicide Rapids in the North Thompson Canyon and Cisco Tunnels above the Fraser River. Then, embark on a 7-night luxury Alaska cruise onboard Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam where you will enjoy Alaska's awe inspiring beauty firsthand.
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Upon arrival into Calgary Airport, transfer by scheduled service motor-coach to the resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff.
Today you will take a 3-hour tour of Banff, visiting its landmarks and its historic places (included). Hear how the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered the Cave & Basin, now a National Historic Site. You will have time to enjoy the sights, taking photos and participating in short walks to panoramic viewpoints on the many picturesque stops on the tour. Overnight in Banff.
Today you will transfer by coach from Banff to Jasper travelling along the scenic Icefields Parkway, ranked one of the most scenic drives in the world. Overnight in Jasper.
Enjoy a final morning at leisure in Banff before boarding Via Rail’s “Canadian” for a journey through the Rockies to Vancouver, taking in the awe-striking beauty of the mountains, glaciers and lush forests on your way. Overnight onboard the train.
Upon arrival into Vancouver train station transfer (independently) to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure to explore this coastal city. Overnight in Vancouver.
Today you will take a sightseeing tour of Vancouver. The highlights of this tour include stops in Stanley Park at the Totem Poles and Queen Elizabeth Park. You will also travel by Chinatown, Gastown, Prospect Point and English Bay Beaches. Take in the view from the skies with a trip up the Lookout Tower to see coastal Vancouver and beyond (included). Overnight in Vancouver.
You are free today to explore more of the city at leisure. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to Stanley Park - its seawall, beaches, walking trails, totem poles, pool, miniature railway and more attract 8 million visitors each year. Later, indulge in fabulous shopping, have a coffee at the cities famous harbour or search for a bargain at the Granville Island Markets. You could also take a trip up Grouse Mountain for spectacular views over the city - on a clear day you can see as far as Seattle! Overnight in Vancouver.
Enjoy a morning at leisure soaking up any remaining sights in Vancouver before checking out of your hotel. Transfer to the cruise terminal where you will embark on your 7-night Alaska Cruise onboard the Nieuw Amsterdam.
Located between Vancouver and Ketchikan, Alaska's Inside Passage is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery on the face of the earth, and is one of the few sea-lanes where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. Keep your eyes peeled as you travel past forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and peaceful coastal towns loaded with history, culture and adventure.
Accessible only by water or air, Juneau is shrouded with a sense of mystery and is surprisingly full of small town charm. Once you arrive, Alaska's capital city will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. View the majestic Mendenhall Glacier from the East Glacier Loop Trail, or sail 1,800ft via gondola to Mount Roberts, allowing you to take in panoramic views of Alaska's capital city. The fresh air is sure to whet your appetite so take some time to sample a local treat - crisp crab cakes.
Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers who made it to Skagway took a look at the 500-mile journey that still lay ahead of them and decided a change of profession was in order. So many of them set up shop as provisioners that Skagway was the largest city in Alaska by the end of the 19th century! Adventure awaits those who arrive in Klondike. Ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, step into the Red Onion Saloon or peruse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in harmony with an ever-changing glacial landscape. When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Make sure you have a camera on-hand - this is a moment you will want to relive over and over again.
Fondly nicknamed "The Salmon Capital of the World", Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. Its climate means it is home to incredible lush rainforest. Besides the main attractions — Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village — make this trip even more unforgettable with a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. This is scenery that should only be seen from the sky, and further highlights the savage beauty of Alaska's landscape.
With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a 2,400km lifeline to the outside world and hums with activity all-day long. The landscape is ever-changing as you travel past forests, glaciers and vast mountain peaks. Keep a camera on-hand – these are memories you will want to treasure forever.
Wave goodbye to your Alaskan adventure as you disembark from your ship in Vancouver and make your way independently to the airport for your return flight to the UK.