Canadian Wildlife & Rail Adventure with Luxury Alaska CruiseReference WW37976
A wonderful combination: a 7-night cruise of the famed Inside Passage to Alaska onboard the luxurious Silver Shadow, followed by the excitement of seeing Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat. Get up close to these wonderful creatures from the specially constructed viewing platform as they feed on the Salmon in the Glendale River. To top it all off, board the world famous Rocky Mountaineer train for an unforgettable rail journey through the spectacular Canadian Rockies from Vancouver to Jasper then on to the beautiful mountain town of Banff.
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Upon arrival into Vancouver Airport, make your way independently to your overnight hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this vibrant city.
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 voyage onboard your Silver Shadow Cruise.
Today, relax and make use of the world-class facilities on board this ship. Place your bets at the casino, get pampered at the spa or make a splash in the pool – the decision is yours on how you will spend your day at leisure.
Experience Eden firsthand with a stop in Ketchikan. Kayak tranquil saltwater fjords fringed by ancient forests, making sure you keep 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. Ketchikan is nature's playground for anyone with a keen sense of 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.
Called "Shee Atika" by the Tlingit Indians, then "New Archangel" by the Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Sitting opposite snow-capped Mount Edgecumbe, Sitka is known for its fishing, its annual summer classical-music festival and, of course, its many historic visitor attractions. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, a structure built by the Russians in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska's oldest native culture collections.
Spend another day relaxing onboard your luxury cruise ship. Make use of the incredible facilities available, or simply relax and take in the views of the varied Alaskan landscape.
Nicknamed “The Best Place on Earth”, Victoria is walkable seaside city packed full of fragrant gardens, waterfront paths, engaging museums, and beautiful 19th century architecture and British influence. In the summer, the Inner Harbour – Victoria’s social and cultural centre – buzzes with visiting yachts, horse and carriage rides, street entertainers and excursion boats heading out to visit pods of friendly local whales.
Wave goodbye to your Alaskan adventure as you disembark from your ship in Vancouver after breakfast and make your way independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.
Knight Inlet is a 100 km long fjord carved by glaciers in the coastal mountains. This pristine wilderness is the native habitat of the Grizzly Bear. Every spring when the bears come out of hibernation, they can be seen from a boat on the banks of Glendale Cove eating sedge grasses, mussels and barnacles that abound in the cove. In the fall, the bears feed heavily on the salmon in the Glendale River.
Situated 60 kilometres from the mouth of the inlet is Knight Inlet Lodge. The floating lodge is tucked into Glendale Cove, which offers one of the few protected anchorages in the inlet, and it is here that you will begin each day’s adventure. These majestic creatures can be seen in large numbers from the specially constructed viewing platform. You will make memories here that will last a lifetime.
Today is yours at leisure to explore this wonderful coastal city. 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
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Farmland gives way to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains before the rumble of raging waters hail the arrivals of Hell's Gate. Piney forests turn into the abstract beauty of dusty desert hills. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson - at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies - Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends on arrival in the resort town of Jasper this evening. Overnight in Jasper.
Day at leisure to explore. Why not enjoy a cruise on Maligne Lake or take a trip on the Jasper Sky Tram (not included)? With glaciers, lakes and snow-capped peaks galore, Jasper National Park is nature's playground. Overnight in Jasper.
Today you will following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and over 100 glaciers. The entire day is spent in Canada’s two most famous National Parks; Banff and Jasper. Enroute, make a stop at Athabasca Falls located just outside of the Jasper Townsite. Among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, the Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholed by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. Your next stop is the breathtaking Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier where you will enjoy an Ice Explorer ride on the Glacier and the Glacier Skywalk (optional). Next we continue to the Weeping Wall, Peyto Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier before joining the Trans Canada Highway near Lake Louise. A stop will be made to view the lake and famous Chateau before continuing on the Trans Canada Highway, passing fortress formations of Castle and Protection Mountains and arriving in to Banff late afternoon. Overnight in Banff.
Today you will learn about the people, geology and wildlife while exploring the spectacular sights of the renowned mountain town of Banff on a sightseeing tour. This excursion is highlighted with a journey on the Banff Gondola for phenomenal 360º views of the six mountain ranges that surround the town. After a brief stop at Lake Minnewanka you will return to your hotel. Overnight in Banff.
Today you will transfer by scheduled coach from Banff to Calgary Airport for your flight back to the UK