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Rockies Explorer & Alaska Cruise Escorted Tour

20-day escorted tour & rail journey

Summary

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Discover the beauty of Canada's Rocky Mountains and Alaska's west coast with APT

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Highlights

  • Travel through the majestic Rockies in style aboard the legendary Rocky Mountaineer
  • Enjoy a range of Signature Freedom of Choice excursions and dining
  • Cruise through Alaska's spectacular landscapes

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Vancouver
  • 1 Night Kamloops
  • 2 Nights Banff
  • 1 Night Lake Louise
  • 1 Night Jasper
  • 1 Night Sun Peaks
  • 1 Night Whistler
  • 2 Nights Victoria
  • 7 Nights Alaskan Cruise

Itinerary

Recommended for:
Escorted tour | History & culture | Natural world | Ocean cruise | Rail journey

This fully escorted holiday with our partners at APT begins with 12-days of luxury touring through the Rocky Mountains, starting in Vancouver and taking in spectacular landscapes of Whistler, Sun Peaks, Jasper National Park, Lake Louise and Banff, as well as a journey on the Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world's great rail journeys.

Your Rocky Mountain tour ends in Victoria on Vancouver Island, followed by a return to the mainland and the start of a memorable Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise with Holland America Line, visiting Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Vancouver

Fly from the UK to Vancouver on Canada's beautiful west coast in the province of British Columbia. You'll be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel, take the remainder of the day to relax before this evening's welcome dinner, the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow guests and APT Tour Director.

Stay: Four Seasons Vancouver*

Meals: D

Day 2
Vancouver

This morning you'll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver, introducing you to this cosmopolitan coastal city's main attractions, including Stanley Park, a beautiful, 400-hectare oasis located just moments from the heart of the city. From there you'll head to Granville Island, the hub of the Vancouver's burgeoning cultural scene. You'll also visit English Bay before enjoying an afternoon at leisure to explore the rest of the city at your own pace. Perhaps take in the quaint, cobblestone streets of Gastown, the shopping mecca of Robson Street or the peace and tranquillity and magical panoramic view from Queen Elizabeth Park.

Stay: Four Seasons Vancouver*

Meals: B

Day 3
Kamloops

After breakfast you'll transfer to Vancouver's railway station for your first taste of life aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Relax in the comfort of GoldLeaf class as you set out across the Rocky Mountains, passing through the Fraser River Valley, the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains and the thundering waters of Hell's Gate and follow the path of the Thompson River to the town of Kamloops where you'll spend the night. Please note, accommodation in Kamloops is arranged by Rocky Mountaineer. The town has limited accommodation so your hotel will be of a two to three-star standard.

Stay: Kamloops accommodation (Standard)

Meals: B L

Day 4
Spiral Tunnels, Banff

Your journey continues east as you head deeper into the mountains. Today's journey takes you through vast ranchlands, past Shuswap Lake and along the banks of the South Thompson River. Pass through the spectacular Spiral Tunnels and across the Kicking Horse Pass, as you head across the Continental Divide and into the province of Alberta. On arrival in Banff you'll be transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Meals: B L

Day 5
Banff National Park

Today is free to enjoy the delights of the Banff National Park. With APT's Signature Freedom of Choice - sightseeing you can choose from a range of activities including the Banff Experience, which includes a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Alternatively you may wish to take to the skies for an aerial view of Banff on a helicopter flight-seeing excursion, or take a relaxing float trip down the beautiful Bow River. Other options include a visit to the Willow Stream Spa, a cruise on Lake Minnewanka, or a guided canoe paddle.

This evening enjoy dinner in one of the hotel's many superb restaurants. 

Stay: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Meals: B D

Day 6
Moraine Lake and Lake Louise

You'll meet a Mountie this morning and hear stories of the adventures of the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police before boarding the Banff Gondola for a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain and breathtaking views of the national park. Return to the town for a tour of Banff village, before boarding a coach for a scenic journey along the Trans-Canada Highway, passing Moraine Lake on your way to Lake Louise and a guided hike around the lake shore. 

Dinner this evening is in one of the hotels excellent restaurants. 

Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Superior)

Meals: B D

Day 7
Athabasca Glacier and Jasper

This morning you'll travel along Highway 93 more commonly known as the spectacular 'Icefields Parkway' regarded one of the worlds truly great scenic drives the view is an astounding vision of icy glaciers, vast icefields and serene blue lakes. You'll stop at the huge Columbia Icefield for ride onto the Athabasca Glacier in a purposely designed Ice Explorer. Travelling via the Athabasca Falls you arrive at Jasper National Park in the late afternoon with time to relax and explore this pretty alpine village.

Stay: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Meals: B D

Day 8
Mount Robson, Blue River and Sun Peaks

Head down the Yellowhead Highway this morning, which takes you across the pass of the same name and back across the Continental Divide into British Columbia, stopping along the way at the Mount Robson Provincial Park to take in the spectacular views of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in the town of Blue River where you'll board a boat for a wildlife cruise, keeping an eye out for black and grizzly bears, moose, caribou, eagles and other native species. After lunch you'll continue by coach to Sun Peaks, a picturesque alpine resort, which sits at the base of three mountains.

Stay: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Whistler

Depart Sun Peaks this morning, following in the footsteps of the early gold rush pioneers as you make your way across the rugged landscapes of the Cariboo Region. Travel back through the rural communities of Cache Creek and Lillooet, enjoying views of the Seton and Duffey Lakes. In the late afternoon you'll enter the Coast Mountains, before arriving at the resort of Whistler.

Stay: The Westin Whistler Resort & Spa

Meals: B D

Day 10
Georgia Strait, Victoria

Leave Whistler behind this morning, travelling down the Sea-to-Sky Highway via Shannon Falls on the way to Horseshoe Bay, where you'll board a ferry across the Georgia Strait to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Disembark and travel by coach to Victoria, stopping en route to see a series of interesting murals Chemainus. There is also the opportunity to take a scenic seaplane flight from Whistler to Victoria (own expense). 

Stay: Hotel Grand Pacific

Meals: B

Day 11
Victoria and The Butchart Gardens

This morning, join your guide for a tour of the famous Butchart Gardens, beginning with breakfast in the original Butchart residence. Later you'll be able to choose from a number of excursions. Enjoy a whale watching cruise, take a sea plane flight, take a tour of Victoria's historic houses and gardens, fish for salmon, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or relax with a sumptuous afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Tonight you'll enjoy a farewell dinner and drinks with your fellow guests and Tour Director for those not taking the Inside Passage cruise extensions.

Stay: Hotel Grand Pacific

Meals: B D

Days 12-18
Holland America Line Cruise (Inside Passage)

After breakfast at your hotel, you'll take the ferry across Vancouver Harbour to board your Holland America Line cruise ship and begin your eight-day cruise through the beautiful Inside Passage to Juneau, the capital of Alaska.

The next few days will be truly memorable as you cruise through the icy waters of this incredible region, passing through stunning landscapes and fascinating ports steeped in history, including Skagway, where you'll have the chance to ride the antique White Pass and Yukon Route (not included); Glacier Bay with its impressive rivers of ice and towering mountain peaks and Ketchikan, home to the largest collection of totem poles in the world and where you'll have the chance to try some of the local smoked salmon. Finally head back south through the Inside Passage back to Vancouver.

Stay: ms Volendam - Verandah Stateroom

Please note Day 12 includes breakfast and dinner only

Meals: B L D

Day 19
Departure

Arrive back into Vancouver where you'll transfer to the airport for your overnight flight.

Meals: B

Day 20
Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK.

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