Journey across Canada and Alaska CruiseReference WW37993
Discover the very best of Canada on this truly epic journey from east to west. Enjoy stays in dynamic cities and quaint mountain towns, the chance to witness natural wonders and awe-inspiring scenery at every turn onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer. The views outside your window is be ever-changing, from the towering Rockies to the central plains and emerald lakes dotted along the way.
Upon arrival into Toronto Pearson Airport, transfer independently to your hotel. Overnight in Toronto.
You have today at leisure to explore Canada’s largest and most diverse city. We recommend you take a City Tour. Highlights include: The Eaton Centre, Chinatown, CN Tower and Old and New City Hall’s, with lots of photo opportunities. There is an optional drop off at the Harbour for a boat tour (prices available on request). Overnight in Toronto.
This morning you will depart from your Toronto Hotel in an air-conditioned motorcoach for an unforgettable full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Included is Hornblower Cruise, lunch overlooking Niagara Falls, free time in Niagara-on-the-Lake and a Winery tour including a wine tasting. Overnight in Toronto.
Upon arrival into Calgary, transfer by coach to the quaint town of Banff, characterised by its snow-capped peaks. The remainder of the day is at leisure – why not walk one of the many mountain trails or unwind in the famous hot springs? Overnight in Banff.
Today is yours to explore more of this beautiful mountain town with its many craft shops, quirky coffee houses and cafes. Take a ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular 360-degree views over the Bow Valley below and beyond (included). Overnight in Banff.
Today you will travel north along the famous Icefields Parkway - one of the world most spectacular drives in Canada - to mountain resort of Jasper. Fascinating in beauty and history, Jasper is set amid some of the most rugged peaks in the Rockies. Overnight in Jasper.
Enjoy a day at leisure exploring Jasper. You may wish to take a tram ride up Whistler's Mountain or soak in the pools at Miette Hot Springs. Visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed wonders in the world and enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (suggested activities are not included). Marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water's edge. Overnight in Jasper.
Spend another day onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, this time travelling from Jasper to Kamloops. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and the river valleys of the Monashee and the Cariboo mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson - the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres -, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass and the journey along the North Thompson River as you arrive in Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
Your final journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer takes you west towards the Pacific Coast. Today 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 time onboard the Rocky Mountaineer ends on arrival in Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
Today your tour begins with an introduction to downtown Vancouver including Canada Place and Robson Street. Wind through 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 both 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 and 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 mountains, the city and the shoreline (admission is included). Overnight in Vancouver.
Check out of your Vancouver hotel and embark on a 7-night Alaska Cruise onboard Holland America Line’s MS Westerdam.
The Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with lush forests painted green, tumbling turquoise glaciers and unique towns loaded with history, culture and adventure. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a lifeline to the outside world.
Only accessible by air or water, there is something mysterious about Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in waters, forests and mountains in very close proximity. The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door. The vast Tongass National Forrest stretches away to the northeast. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch or fish while visiting this fascinating city.
Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers who made it to Skagway looked at the 500-mile journey that still lay ahead of them and decided a change of profession was in order. So many of them remained there that Skagway was the largest city in Alaska by the end of the 19th century! 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.
Your cruise to Glacier Bay National Park with Holland America will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem. The plants and animals living in the park are part of an ever-changing glacial landscape. Who knows, perhaps you will be witness to a chunk of ice splitting off a glacier. As it thunders into the sea, the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air, making for an aspect of your trip that you will not forget.
Ketchikan – nicknamed “The Salmon Capital of the World” - clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. Check out the main attractions of Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village, then why not partake in a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument? These deep-water fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters.
The Inside Passage encompasses over 1,000 islands, endless shoreline and breath-taking scenery. One of the most picturesque waterways in the world, the scenery is constantly changing. Keep your eyes peeled for everything you missed on your first passage and take some last photos as your Alaska Cruise comes to an end.
Wave goodbye to your cruise ship and make your way independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to squeeze in some last-minute sightseeing and shopping in this coastal city. Overnight in Vancouver.
Check out of your Vancouver hotel and make your way independently to Vancouver Airport for your return flight back to the UK.