Luxury Alaska Cruise & Canadian Rockies DiscoveryReference WW37998
This 16-night trip is the perfect opportunity to experience the highlights of Alaska and the Canadian Rockies. After spending two days exploring the city of Anchorage, embark on the first of your luxury rail journeys to Seward. Continue your indulgent trip as you discover the very best of Alaska by sea as the luxury Silver Shadow passes through Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and the Hubbard Glacier on it's way to Canada. Spend a day exploring the beauty and history of Vancouver as you enjoy the remainder of your journey to Kamloops, Lake Louise and Banff in luxury on the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer.
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Upon arrival into Anchorage Airport, make your way independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Anchorage.
Today you will experience the highlights of the fascinating town of Anchorage. Take in the views of the city as your guide explains the history behind the port of Anchorage and the area at Ship Creek. Next you’ll travel past Bootleggers Cove, stopping at Earthquake Park where you’ll learn about the perils of living on the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” and see places where the ground liquefied and massive landslides occurred during the biggest earthquake in US History. Next you’ll visit Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world - watch some of Alaska’s finest bush pilots splashland and then take to the sky outbound for nearby wilderness areas. The Chugach Mountains are the last and finest stop. Here you’ll experience Anchorage like a local and take some photos of the stunning vistas and beautiful sunsets. Overnight in Anchorage.
Today you will travel onboard The Coastal Classic Train. A local favourite, this rail journey winds through the stretch of wilderness between Anchorage and Seward. A string of massive glaciers visible from the track enrich the journey. You will travel in GoldStar Service, sitting in the most beautiful cars and the exclusive upper level outdoor deck. Breakfast is included.
Arrive into Seward at approximately 11am, and board your cruise ship for your 7-night southbound journey onboard Silversea's Silver Shadow.
The Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes. Watching the icebergs crash into the waves will be one of the most unforgettable moments of your trip - make sure you capture it on film so you can relive it time and time again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wave goodbye to your Alaskan adventure as you disembark from your ship in Vancouver and make your way independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.
After boarding at the world-class Rocky Mountaineer at Vancouver Station, travel through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley. 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 as you pull in to spend the night in the charming town of Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels. Your rail journey ends in the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise, surrounded by glaciers and snow-capped peaks. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Today your tour begins with a visit to the iconic Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This is one of the great photo opportunities in the Canadian Rockies. You will then cross the Great Divide into Yoho National Park via the scenic Kicking Horse Pass. Takakkaw Falls in the magnificent Yoho Valley, will be the final stop before beginning the trek back to Lake Louise. A BBQ lunch at Emerald Lake Lodge is included. Overnight in Lake Louise.
This morning check out of your Lake Louise Hotel and transfer by scheduled coach to Banff and your overnight hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure - why not explore one of the many walking trails or unwind in the famous Hot Springs? Overnight in Banff.
Today your sightseeing tour lets you visit Banff’s landmarks and historic places, along with providing wildlife-watching opportunities. Hear how the 11,000 year old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered the Cave & Basin, now a National Historic Site. Your time will be spent enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to fantastic viewpoints, on the many picturesque stops on the tour.
This morning check out of your hotel and wave goodbye to Banff, and transfer by scheduled coach to your Calgary Hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the 'Stampede City'. Overnight in Calgary.
Today your tour comes to an end. Transfer by Private Sedan from your hotel to Calgary Airport where you will board your flight back to the UK