Vancouver Alaska Cruise & Canadian Rockies by Rail
There’s no better way to experience the magnificence of Alaska than onboard Queen Elizabeth. Wherever you dream of sailing in the world, let Cunard take your experience even further. With a selection and choice of amazing voyages, our focus this month is on Inspirational Alaska. We have combined this fantastic 10-night cruise with a rail journey through the Canadian Rockies. A perfect match and one that will guaranteed memories to last a lifetime!
Departure date: 01 June 2020.
Got your own ideas for your holiday? Get in touch and one of our Canada Specialists will be delighted to help you tailor-make your unique trip.
On arrival transfer to your hotel. Vancouver is a busy port city with a multi-cultural ambiance. The spectacular setting invites you outdoors: explore the restaurants, shopping, galleries and museums, nightlife, entertainment and more.
Transfer to the Port of Vancouver to embark on Queen Elizabeth for your 10 night Alaska Cruise.
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 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. 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.
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.
Nicknamed “The Best Place on Earth”, Victoria is walkable seaside city packed full of fragrant gardens, waterfront paths, engaging museums, and beautiful 19th century architecture and British influence. In the summer, the Inner Harbour – Victoria’s social and cultural centre – buzzes with visiting yachts, horse and carriage rides, street entertainers and excursion boats heading out to visit pods of friendly local whales.
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.
You are free today to explore the city at leisure. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to Stanley Park - its seawall, beaches, walking trails, totem poles, pool, miniature railway and more attract 8 million visitors each year. Later, indulge in 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 in Vancouver.
Today is your final full day in this beautiful coastal city, so take some time to walk the streets at your leisure and squeeze in any last sights. Overnight in Vancouver.
Transfer from your Vancouver Hotel and board the Rocky Mountaineer train from to Kamloops in GoldLeaf Service. Fully domed windows give you unparalleled panoramic views from the upper-level of your bi-level domed coach.
This morning you will board the Rocky Mountaineer train from Kamloops to Banff in GoldLeaf Service and continue your journey through the Canadian Rockies to the beautiful mountain town of Banff. Upon arrival into Banff transfer to your overnight hotel.
Transfer from Banff to Calgary Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.