Canadian Rockies by Rail, Coastal Passage & SeattleReference WW37973
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Fly direct from the UK to Calgary. Transfer to the mountain town of Banff where you will join the 5-night Coastal Passage tour with Rocky Mountaineer.
Travel on-board the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf service from Banff to Kamloops in the heart of British Columbia. Your journey takes you through wondrous arrays of scenery as you travel between the glacier and the snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Over mountain passed and through phenomenal tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranch land of the interior. Today's highlights include the Continental divide, the spiral tunnels, Kicking horse canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops.
Your Journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey, you will again see thrilling 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 rich green fields of Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and the rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hells Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening where you will stay for 2 nights.
Spend the day at leisure in Vancouver, or join today's optional excursion to beautiful Vancouver Island and the unashamedly 'British' provincial capital of British Columbia, charming Victoria. Explore the vast Parliament Buildings and grand Empress Hotel, and visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, boasting over a million plants including several hundred floral species
Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineers Coastal Passage route from Vancouver to the gateway to the Pacific Northwest, the ‘Emerald City’ of Seattle. After boarding, toast to the voyage ahead and indulge in a delectable hot breakfast as you cross the mighty Fraser River and depart Vancouver. Highlights include the community of White Rock as the train hugs the Pacific Coast, views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands beyond, the fields at the foot of the Cascade Mountains near Mount Vernon, the fishing fleet (and Boeing jets) of Everett, and unique view of the Chittenden Locks linking Puget Sound to Lakes Union and Washington as the train nears Seattle. Upon arrival in Seattle transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Embark on 7 Night Emerald Princess Alaska Cruise.
Princess is one of a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay, the highlight of our 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. Just west of Juneau, this breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world's most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea. Not surprisingly, Glacier Bay National Park and its epic ice giants are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising Alaska's magnificent park system.
During your scenic cruise, friendly Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place and host a fun Junior Ranger program for kids. They may even be able to help you identify Glacier Bay's abundant wildlife.
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travellers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town.
In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city.
Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center.
In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans."
From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually, the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government.
Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn't the easiest. Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail. The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska's largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome.
Enjoy a day at sea.
Roam the spacious lawns of stunning Butchart Gardens with its exotic flora, unusual topiary and exquisite fountains. Explore historic Bastion Square, the treasures of Chinatown and the many sights and sounds to be found along the boardwalk of the Inner Harbour.
Disembark and transfer to your hotel for a 3-night stay.
The iconic city of Seattle is a true joy to explore and on an exciting harbour cruise, you’ll have the chance to see the city from a unique perspective. Seattle is brimming with great cultural experiences and famous landmarks to experience, including the majestic Space Needle, which offers amazing views for all those who climb to the top. Whilst here you will enjoy an included harbour cruise to take in the views of this amazing city from a unique vantage point.
Transfer to the airport for your direct flight.