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Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer and Holland America’s Canada & Alaska Explorer

18-day tailor-made journey from £5,635 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Combine the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with Alaska's wilderness on board a luxury train and cruise ship

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Highlights

  • Take in the Rockies' stunning landscapes from the glass-domed comfort of the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Fly high above alpine forests and snow-capped peaks on an included flight-seeing tour
  • Explore Alaska's wild coastline with an all-inclusive cruise
  • Observe a vast range of wildlife from breaching whales to roaming bears
  • Explore fascinating Alaskan towns steeped in history

In Brief

  • 1 Night Calgary
  • 1 Night Banff
  • 1 Night Lake Louise
  • 2 Nights Jasper
  • 1 Night Quesnel
  • 1 Night Whistler
  • 4 Nights Vancouver
  • 1 Night Juneau
  • 1 Night Skagway
  • 1 Night Glacier Bay
  • 2 Nights Ketchikan
  • 2 Nights Vancouver

About

Recommended for:
City | Natural world | Ocean cruise | Rail journey

Canada and Alaska are, individually, home to some of the world’s most extraordinary landscapes. So combine a flightseeing tour above snow-capped peaks and alpine forests with whale watching and cruising through deep fjords and glaciers, and you're met with one of the most spectacular rail and cruise trips in America. Not only home to some of the world’s most striking terrain, among these backdrops lie fascinating historical towns, sleepy remote cities, and astounding gastronomy, showcased in fresh Alaskan seafood. You’ll discover this and more on our rail and cruise trip curated by our specialists, which starts in cosmopolitan Calgary before touring through the jewels of Canadian nature, including Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise. After boarding the glass-domed Rocky Mountaineer, speeding along rivers and over canyons, you'll then sail through gold rush towns and mountains on the luxurious Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ending your journey in Vancouver on the British Columbia Coast.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Calgary

After a relaxing start to your journey with included airport lounge access you’ll embark on a daytime flight to Calgary. Once you’ve arrived spend the rest of the day exploring this historic city where you’ll find hints of a past Western influence, encompassed in Canada’s biggest party, the Calgary Stampede. Held every July, millions of locals line the streets as they cheer on rodeo cowboys. You’ll never be stuck for things to do year-round however – Calgary boasts a fascinating Western Canadian history, arts and foodie culture. Calgary heralds itself as having some of the world’s best beef, so don’t miss a visit to a steakhouse – Saltlik is particularly good - before checking in to your city centre accommodation

Stay : Delta Calgary Downtown (Silverleaf) / Hotel Le Germain (Goldleaf)

Day 2
Calgary to Banff

Depart Calgary for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis for a Panoramic Helicopter Tour. Continue to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. Admission to the Banff Gondola is included. Your tour ends in Banff late this afternoon. Overnight in Banff.

Stay : Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa (Silverleaf) / Fairmont Banff Springs (Goldleaf)

Day 3
Banff to Lake Louise, with Yoho Park

A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise

Stay : Fairmont Chateau Lake Louse (Silverleaf) / Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Goldleaf)

Meals: L

Day 4
Lake Louise to Jasper

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia Icefield, ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

Stay : The Crimson Jasper (Silverleaf) / Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Goldleaf)

Day 5
Jasper

In the morning, enjoy a tour of the Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. If there's anywhere to capture that perfect shot, it's here, as you'll be completely surrounded by rugged alpine beauty from enormous mountains, such as the imposing Mount Alberta and Maligne Lake and Canyon. The rest of the day leaves you open to discover even more untouched wilderness, before you return for an evening of relaxation at your hotel. 

Stay : The Crimson Jasper (Silverleaf) / Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Goldleaf)

Day 6
Jasper to Quesnel

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesnel. Please note that all accommodation in Quesnel is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch included onboard.

Stay: Quesnel

Meals: L

Day 7
Quesnel to Whistler

Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Your rail journey today ends on arrival in the resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events. Overnight in Whistler. Breakfast and lunch included onboard.

Stay : Whistler

Meals: B L

Day 8
Whistler to North Vancouver

The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canapé style. Your rail journey ends upon your arrival in North Vancouver.

Stay: Hampton Inn and Suites (Silverleaf) / Fairmont Waterfront Hotel (Goldleaf)


Day 9
Vancouver North Shore

Enjoy a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore. Travel across the Lions Gate Bridge and into the Coast Mountains. Experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Treetops Adventure, discovering the coastal temperate rainforest and British Columbia’s First Nations heritage. Next, visit Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included), the Peak of Vancouver, and take in breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains. Overnight in Vancouver.

Stay: Hampton Inn and Suites (Silverleaf) / Fairmont Waterfront Hotel (Goldleaf)


Days 10-11
Vancouver/Inside Passage

Step on board the Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam to begin your luxury cruise through the Alaskan wilderness. Take the chance to relax in your suite and enjoy your first evening on board with the ship’s gastronomic delights and blues bands who grace the stage nightly. After spoiling yourself at the ship's luxury spa and salon, step on deck to marvel at the dramatic Inside Passage as you sail north, passing among glaciers and 100-metre-tall Sitka spruce trees, through spectacular fjords and striking snow-covered mountains. 

Stay: ms Nieuw Amsterdam (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Juneau

After a relaxing day at sea you’ll arrive at Alaska’s sleepy capital, Juneau. This remote state capital is not accessible by road, but this makes it all the more charming – embrace the absence of cars with a hike to the Mendenhall Glacier, then sample some freshly caught fish. Juneau’s fauna is the area’s crowning glory, though – trek Mount Roberts to catch sight of roaming wild deer and bald eagles soaring among snow-capped peaks. If you prefer your excursions on the open water, take a boat to Chichagof Island to watch bears foraging in their natural habitat, or spend a few hours at Auke Bay watching majestic whales breaching framed by stunning alpine forests.

Stay: ms Nieuw Amsterdam (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Skagway

After sailing north to Skagway, you’ll spend a day exploring this fascinating port town, formerly the main access point for prospectors hoping to cash in during the days of the Klondike Gold Rush. It's a heritage that can be explored in greater detail at the Klondike National Historical Park, much of which is comprised by the preserved town. Indeed, you’ll find remnants of the gold rush round every corner, from the White Pass/Yukon and Route Railway through mountains and glaciers that connected Skagway to Yukon, to the famous Red Onion Saloon and colourful restored buildings.

Stay: ms Nieuw Amsterdam (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 14
Glacier Bay Scenic Cruise

After breakfast and a short sail north, you’ll arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Glacier Bay National Park. The park is also a biosphere reserve, protecting the plants and animals that live in its barren wilderness, and its ice has, in recent years, risen annually by an average of 30mm. Here, you’ll explore the spectacular rainforest near the mouth of the bay, a region home to humpback whales and bears. The most magnificent sight you’ll see here though is the calving glacier itself – watch in awe as house-size chunks of ice crash into the ocean below. 

Stay: ms Nieuw Amsterdam (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 15-16
Ketchikan/Inside Passage

The first land you'll spot as you re-enter the Inside Passage, Ketchikan is all green forests, native culture, colourful buildings, and wilderness carved by its glacial surrounds. It's a superb place to sample fresh seafood – salmon fishing is a vital part of the region's heritage. The rugged Misty Fjords National Monument is a wonderful day trip, and be sure to take the opportunity for souvenir shopping on charming Creek Street, comprised of eclectic shops and locally-owned restaurants. As you navigate the dramatic Inside Passage, day 14 will be spent  cruising through the deep fjords and taking in more of that majestic scenery.

Stay: ms Nieuw Amsterdam (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 17-18
Vancouver

After breakfast, disembark the ms Nieuw Amsterdam and catch an overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on day 18. 

Meals: B

Map

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

18-day tailor-made journey from £5,635 incl. flights

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Low Season

from £5,635 pp. incl. flights

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from £7,510 pp. incl. flights

2020 Early Booking Bonus offer

  • Last sale date: 31 August 2019
  • Receive £600 GBP* per couple in added value credit when booking a qualifying 2020 Rocky Mountaineer package of 8+ days (7 nights or more) in any class of service from the 2020 brochure.
  • *Offer value is expressed in GBP is a guideline only and may vary at the time of booking due to exchange rate fluctuations.

Tour also available in reverse (starting in Vancouver) - please ask for details

Includes

  • Complimentary UK departure airport lounge access
  • Return flights from UK
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer Silverleaf Service
  • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside passage Cruise (Ocean view Stateroom)
  • hotel accommodation
  • Calgary tower excursion
  • Calgary to Lake Louise excursion including the Banff Gondola
  • Panoramic Helicopter Flightseeing in Banff
  • Lake Louise to Banff excursion including Yoho Park Tour
  • Banff to Jasper excursion including Icefields Parkway Tour, including the Ice Explorer tour
  • Jasper Highlights tour
  • Vancouver Lookout tour
  • Rail station transfers in Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
  • Hotel-cruise terminal transfers in Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • Port charges and taxes


Important: All cruise passengers must complete the online Visa Waiver form by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov which is needed for entry into the US at a cost of $14 per person. You must complete an ESTA application at least 72 hours before flying. Any traveller who fails to complete an ESTA application at least 3 days before departure will almost certainly be refused entry into the country under new US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations. If you are even considering visiting the States, it's worth filling out an ESTA application now as they are valid for two years. Important: If you are refused entry because you do not hold the correct travel documents or have had your application for ESTA rejected - you will NOT be entitled to any form of refund or covered by your travel insurance policy.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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