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Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer and Holland America’s Canada & Alaska Explorer

15-day tailor-made holiday from £4,080 pp incl. flights


Short description

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


  • Take in the Rockies' stunning landscapes from the glass-domed comfort of 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 Kamloops
  • 2 Nights Vancouver
  • 7 Nights Holland America ms Koningsdam
  • 1 Night Vancouver


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 joining the glass-domed Rocky Mountaineer, speeding along rivers and over canyons, and sailing through gold rush towns and mountains on the luxurious Holland America ms Koningsdam, 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 fascinating Western Canadian history, and a lively arts and foodie culture. The city 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, including a 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, with included admission to the Banff Gondola. Your tour ends in Banff late this afternoon, followed by an overnight stay.

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

Day 3
Banff to Kamloops

Today you'll travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Kamloops, known for its rolling grasslands, alien hoodoos and sandstone slot canyons. On your way, you'll see tunnels, glaciers, mountain peaks and ranchlands, all from the comfort of your reclining seat. As you pass highlights such as the Spiral Tunnels, Rogers Pass and Kicking Horse Canyon, you'll enjoy warm Canadian hospitality and delicious meals served to your seat – GoldLeaf passengers will enjoy a la carte dining in a separate dining car. Tonight, you'll stay in selected accommodation in Kamloops.

Stay: Kamloops

Meals: B L

Day 4
Kamloops to Vancouver

Today you'll return to Rocky Mountaineer, heading towards the Pacific Ocean and the city of Vancouver. As you pass landmarks like the Thompson River, Hell's Gate, and Fraser Canyon, the scenery outside the train's glass-domed carriages will evolve from desert interior to verdant forest. You'll be served more regional cuisine onboard before you arrive into Vancouver this evening for an overnight stay.

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

Meals: B L

Day 5
Vancouver North Shore

Enjoy a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore, travelling 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, before an overnight stay in Vancouver.

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

Days 6-7
Vancouver/Inside Passage

Step on board the Holland America’s ms Koningsdam 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: Holland America ms Koningsdam

Meals: B L D

Day 8

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: Holland America ms Koningsdam

Meals: B L D

Day 9

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: Holland America ms Koningsdam

Meals: B L D

Day 10
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: Holland America ms Koningsdam

Meals: B L D

Days 11-12
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: Holland America ms Koningsdam

Meals: B L D

Day 13

Today you'll disembark ms Koningsdam and head to your accommodation in the heart of Vancouver. You have today to explore this waterfront city, perhaps hiking in the nearby mountains or simply soaking up the atmosphere along the harbour. There's plenty to do, from hiring bikes in Stanley Park to taking an aquabus to Granville Islands to visit the markets. And, if you're visiting Vancouver at the right time of year, a Canucks game is a highlight.

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

Days 14-15
Vancouver to UK

Today, you'll check out of your hotel and catch an overnight flight back to the UK, arriving the following day. 



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

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

15-day tailor-made holiday from £4,080 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £4,080 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £5,070 pp. incl. flights

Special offer - get two free perks promotion

  • One additional hotel night in Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria, Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise (must be booked as a consecutive night at the same hotel at the beginning or end of the package)
  • One private airport transfer in Vancouver or Calgary


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Calgary and returning from Vancouver
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 days Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise, Verandah (GoldLeaf) or Ocean-View (SilverLeaf)
  • Luggage handling and rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff
  • National Parks Pass
  • Admission to the Calgary Tower
  • Calgary to Banff tour including the Banff Gondola
  • North Shore tour in Vancouver with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain inclusions
  • Vancouver City Tour & Lookout
  • Hotel to cruise terminal transfers in Vancouver

SilverLeaf Service

  • Custom-designed single-level domed coach
  • Oversized glass-dome windows for taking in the spectacular views
  • Breakfast and lunch served in the comfort of you seat
  • Reclining, comfortable pre-assigned seating with ample leg room
  • Attended by two hosts, plus one culinary team member
  • Gourmet sweet and savoury snacks included
  • Complimentary alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Small outdoor viewing platform
  • Engaging hosts with stories about historic sites, flora, fauna and wildlife
  • Complimentary baggage delivery to overnight accommodation in Kamloops
  • Comfortable accommodation with restaurants on the property or within walking distance

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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