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Canadian Rockies by Rail & Alaska Cruise

Reference WW37972
13 nights from
£2499 pp
Overview

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Explore Canada’s most iconic destinations at your own leisurely place. Visit the beautiful mountain town of Banff. Make memories as you travel west through the Canadian Rockies to the pacific coastal city of Vancouver surrounded by pristine mountains, parks and ocean. Then enjoy a luxury 7-night cruise through Alaska onboard Holland America's MS Westerdam. This itinerary allows you to experience a vibrant city, welcoming mountain towns and luxury travel onboard your ship and the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer.

Selected Departures April  – September 2018. Call one of our Canada Specialists for more details.

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.

Return flights from the UK
2-nights Hotel stay in Banff
2-day rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train in SilverLeaf Service including 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & overnight hotel in Kamloops
3-nights pre-cruise Hotel stay in Vancouver
7-night Alaska Cruise onboard Holland America MS Westerdam
FREE $200 Onboard ship spend
FREE Vancouver Sightseeing

Upon arrival into Calgary transfer by coach to Banff and your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore this mountain town. Overnight in Banff.

Today is yours to explore the beautiful mountain town of Banff. Take a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola for awe-inspiring views, or why not unwind in the famous Hot Springs (prices available on request)? For those keen to explore the surroundings, there are dozens of mountain trails that allow you to get closer to nature. Overnight in Banff.

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops in the heart of British Columbia. Your full-daylight journey will take you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops.

Today your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. You will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.

Today is yours at leisure in Vancouver to enjoy some shopping, grab a coffee at the cities famous harbour or search for a bargain at the Granville Island Market. Don't forget to enjoy this diverse city's incredible culinary scene by dining in one of the many world-class restaurants that call Vancouver home. Overnight in Vancouver.

Another day to explore this vibrant metropolis at your own pace. Why not take a trip up Grouse Mountain for spectacular views over the city? Alternatively, embark on a Vancouver Sightseeing Tour to learn all about the fascinating history of the city (included). Overnight in Vancouver.

Enjoy a final morning at leisure in this stunning coastal city. Later, make your way to the Vancouver cruise terminal to embark on MS Westerdam for a 7-night Alaska Cruise. Spend the rest of your day discovering the outstanding facilities on-board.

Located between Vancouver and Ketchikan, Alaska's Inside Passage is home to some of the most breath-taking 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. 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. 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. These deepwater fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters. 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 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.

Disembark in Vancouver and make your way to Vancouver Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Language

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

Local Time

The United Kingdom is 7 hours ahead of Calgary, Alberta.

Currency

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

Where to Fly From

The flight time from London to Calgary is approximately 8 hours. Departures can be arranged from all regional UK airports.