6* Luxury Alaska Cruise & Western Canada Rocky Mountain AdventureReference WW38003
Experience the most iconic landscapes of Alaska and the Canadian Rockies with this 21-night luxury itinerary. Begin your journey aboard Regent's Seven Seas Mariner. With only 350 suites, you will get a close personal view of the depth and beauty of Alaska. As you journey into the wilderness you will enjoy the all-inclusive Regent Experience featuring FREE Shore Excursions, complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits served throughout the ship, complimentary 24-hour room service and butler service in upper suite categories.
Following your Alaska Cruise you will embark on a short but breathtakingly scenic trip to Whistler. The natural beauty of the mountain scenery and the welcoming atmosphere make Whistler a truly special destination. Combined with Victoria and Vancouver, these three destinations are perfect for a stay before your Rocky Mountaineer rail journey to the beautiful hamlet of Banff.
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Upon arrival into San Francisco, make your way independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure to see as much of this fascinating city as you can. Overnight in San Francisco.
Make your way to the cruise terminal and embark on 10-night Alaska Cruise onboard the Regent's luxurious 6* Seven Seas Mariner.
Today, relax and make use of the world-class facilities onboard 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.
The oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria was established in 1811 on the Columbia River. The city is known as the "Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest" because of the colourful Victorian homes that cling to its steep hills. A fine example of that late 1800s architecture is the Flavel House, now a museum with period furnishings.
Cruise the Outside Passage and gaze in delight at the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean as you sail closer to the vast landscapes of Alaska.
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. On a clear day Sitka, the only city in southeast Alaska that actually fronts the Pacific Ocean, rivals Juneau for the sheer beauty of its surroundings.
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.
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.
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.
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 breathtaking 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.
Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a breathtaking, 4.4 kilometre journey to some of the most picturesque scenery in the world (included). Redefining the Whistler summer experience by creating new ways to get up-close-and personal with the mountains, this engineering marvel breaks three world records. Also, visit the Peak to Peak Viewing Gallery, a raised walkway that gives you the opportunity to see the gondola’s engineering and inner workings. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Whistler.
This morning is free to explore Whistler before departing by floatplane for Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Gulf Islands, Black Tusk peak & the Howe Sound on your journey. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Victoria.
From Victoria’s Inner Harbour, we take you to the Butchart Gardens, named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004. These 55 acres of breathtaking gardens 130 acre estate are visited by more than a million people each year. The gardens are glorious no matter when you visit. Take some time to explore the floral splendor which greets you at every turn. Return to downtown Victoria on a shuttle when you are ready. The rest of the day is yours to explore Victoria's sights at your own pace. Overnight in Victoria.
Enjoy a final morning at leisure in Victoria before you transfer on the luxury passenger ferry V2V Empress from Victoria Inner Harbour to Vancouver Harbour. Your will enjoy a 3-course meal, complimentary coffee, tea and water and premium leather seating on this 3.5 hour journey. The remainder of the day is free to explore coastal Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
Your included tour begins with an introduction to downtown Vancouver including Canada Place, and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural oasis. View the First Nations Totem Poles, and gaze upon rainforest and shoreline scenery on your way through the park. Get your camera ready for a photo stop at Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the English Bay beach area, followed by the eclectic Granville Island Market. Top off this adventure with a visit to the Vancouver lookout, and enjoy panoramic views of he ocean, the Coastal Mountains, the city and rugged shoreline from 169 metres above the streets. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.
Travel onboard the award-winning 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. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
Today you will continue your rail journey through the ever-changing landscape. 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, and the Spiral Tunnels. Make sure you have a camera on-hand to capture the beauty of the scenery. Your time onboard the Rocky Mountaineer comes to a close as you arrive in Banff. Overnight in Banff.
Today is free to explore this beautiful mountain resort nestled at the foot of Sulphur Mountain with its many unique shops, quaint coffee shops, and world-class restaurants.Why not explore one of the many mountain trails, or unwind in the famous Hot Springs? Overnight in Banff.
Explore the best of this World Heritage Site on our trademark sightseeing tour as you visit Banff’s landmarks and historic places. 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 panoramic viewpoints on the many picturesque stops of the tour. Overnight in Banff.
Today you will transfer by motor coach from Banff to Calgary Airport for your flight back to the UK.