Rockies Rail, Alaska Cruise & Toronto City TourReference WW38011
Experience the very best of Canada and Alaska in one jam-packed visit combining the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver with the vibrant metropolis of Toronto. Sandwiched in-between is a luxury Alaska cruise. Relax onboard Holland America's spectacular ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam, where you can take in Alaska's beauty and history in Juneau and Skagway. Finally, enjoy an unforgettable two-day, all-daylight train journey through the Canadian Rockies onboard the world famous Rocky Mountaineer.
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Upon arrival in Vancouver, make your way (independently) to your hotel. Overnight in Vancouver.
Today is yours to enjoy the sights of this coastal city at leisure. Enjoy Vancouver’s fabulous Shopping, have a coffee at the cities famous harbour or search for a bargain at the Granville Island Markets. You could also travel up Grouse Mountain for spectacular views over the city - on a clear day you can see as far as Seattle! Overnight in Vancouver.
You are free today to explore the city at leisure. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to Stanley Park. Situated between English Bay and Burrard Inlet, Stanley Park covers 1,000 acres. Its seawall, beaches, walking trails, totem poles, pool, miniature railway and more attract over 8 million visitors each year. Why not hop on a horse drawn tour to see the highlights of the park in style. Overnight in Vancouver.
Check out from your hotel and make your way to the Vancouver cruise terminal. Embark on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam for your 7-night Alaska Cruise. Spend the remainder of the day discovering the phenomenal facilities onboard.
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.
Accessible only by water or air, Juneau is shrouded with a sense of mystery. 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.
A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in harmony with an ever-changing glacial landscape. When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Make sure you have a camera on-hand - this is a moment you will want to relive over and over again.
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.
With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a 2,400km lifeline to the outside world and hums with activity all-day long. The landscape is ever-changing as you travel past forests, glaciers and vast mountain peaks. Keep a camera on-hand – these are memories you will want to treasure forever.
Wave goodbye to your Alaskan adventure as you disembark from your cruise anytime after breakfast. Transfer (independently) to your hotel in downtown Vancouver and spend the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.
Enjoy a final day at leisure in this coastal city. Squeeze in some last-minute shopping, sample more culinary delights and visit the expansive Stanley Park to explore the parts you missed the first time. Overnight in Vancouver.
Travel on board the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Kamloops. Sit back, relax and take in the phenomenal scenery from your comfortable seat. Travel through the Fraser Valley which gives way to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains and pass the raging waters of Hell’s Gate. The first day of your Rocky Mountaineer journey comes to a close as you arrive in Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
Today 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 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, Kicking Horse Canyon and the Spiral Tunnels. Your rail journey ends the mountain town of Banff, surrounded by glaciers and snow-capped mountains. Overnight in Banff.
Today is free for you to explore Banff and it's surrounding areas at your leisure. Why not walk one of the many trails around Banff National Park, or unwind with a dip in the famous Hot Springs. Overnight in Banff.
Check out from your hotel and transfer by coach from Banff to Calgary Airport, and your onwards flight to Toronto. Transfer independently to your hotel in downtown Toronto. Overnight in Toronto.
Today is free for you to explore Toronto at your own pace. Why not take the opportunity to embark on the Toronto Trolley Tour to learn more about this vibrant city (included?). No visit to the city would be complete without taking in the view from the iconic CN Tower. Overnight in Toronto.
Today, check out of your hotel and make your own way to Toronto Pearson International Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.