The Canadian Rockies and Spectacular AlaskaReference WW38015
This fantastic 12 night Canadian Rockies and Alaska cruise and rail combination is one of popular itineraries. Enjoy a stay in the beautiful mountain resort of Banff complemented with a rail journey through the rockies where you will discover impressive scenery of waterfalls, forests and snow capped mountains, follow this with a spectacular cruise to Alaska onboard Holland America Line ms Volendam.
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You will then be transferred to Banff where you will spend 2 nights.
Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.
This morning, begin your journey on the legendary Rocky Mountaineer train, following the path of the North Thompson River past Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls and Yellowhead Pass. You'll arrive in Kamloops in the late afternoon and transfer to your hotel, which is arranged by Rocky Mountaineer.
Re-board the train for another spectacular journey as you head to the coastal city of Vancouver. You'll witness a diverse range of scenery, today, from the untouched landscape of British Columbia's interior - comprised of winding river canyons and pristine forests - to the Coast and Cascade Mountain ranges and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon.
Day at leisure to 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 take a trip up Grouse Mountain for spectacular views over the city, on a clear day you can see as far as Seattle! Overnight: Vancouver
Morning at leisure. Embark on MS Volendam on your 7 night Alaska Cruise
The fabled 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 forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative 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. All day long it hums with activity.
No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. You need to come by air or water, but when you arrive, the place will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in 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, flightsee or fish.
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. Booms fade and dreams move on, but the glory days still reverberate through the town. 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.
If you didn't know any better, you'd think Glacier Bay ostentatious for the way it flaunts its ice. The glaciers practically terminate in your lap. A cruise to Glacier bay national Park with Holland America Line will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert 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. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again.
Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. The stairways are weathered and the vibe is cheerful in the town that calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World. Besides the main attractions — Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village — try a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. These deepwater fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters.
Past waterfalls, thick forests and glacier tongues you will experience the beauty of nature. The Inside Passage has a coast line of approximately 24,000 kilometres. You will find a lot of islands along the sea way.
Disembark in Vancouver and catch your return flight to the UK