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Journey through the western reaches of Canada and experience some of the most dramatic landscapes and untouched wildlife in the northern hemisphere.
Explore the abundant nature, culture and tradition of British Columbia, relax to the railway rhythm of the award winning Rocky Mountaineer, one of the most luxurious ways to see the majestic, snow–capped Rocky Mountains and the mighty waters of the Thompson & Fraser Rivers.
Enjoy the vibrant charms of Vancouver and embark upon an unforgettable Alaskan cruise, spotting orcas, humpback whales and even bald eagles along the way.
The Rockies & Alaska Experience features:
GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer
7-night Alaska Cruise onboard Holland America Line
Day 1 Fly UK to Calgary
On arrival at Calgary, transfer to your hotel in Banff. Transfer included.
Day 2 Banff
At leisure in Banff. Why not take a trip on the Gondola and have lunch at the top, or relax at the Banff Hot Springs
Day 3 Banff to Lake Louise
Today, take the short transfer to Lake Louise (included) and check in at your hotel for your one night stay.
Day 4 Lake Louise to Jasper
Today you travel to Jasper on our "scenic transfer" : Depart Lake Louise and journey along The Icefields Parkway, Canada’s most scenic mountain roadway. This is the route to over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes, and rushing waterfalls. The highlight of this tour is the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure on an Ice Explorer, for a “Once in a life time trip” on to the 1000-foot deep Athabasca Glacier. Following lunch (included). Experience Jasper National Park’s newest attraction, the Glacier Skywalk. Step out onto a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley for an unobstructed view of the surrounding glaciers. Take a stroll around Athabasca Falls before your late afternoon arrival into Jasper. Highlights: Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls, Glacier Adventure and Skywalk admission and hot buffet lunch at Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre. Glacier Skywalk admission weather dependent.
Day 5 Jasper
Day at leisure in scenic Jasper. Jasper National Park is a designated Dark Sky Preserve. We highly recommend adding on the evening Discover Jasper & its Wildlife tour, it is our best selling tour.
Day 6 Jasper to Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service
Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet), Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day 7 Kamloops to Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening, where you will be transferred to your Vancouver hotel.(Transfer included) Breakfast and Lunch included
Day 8 Explore Vancouver
Day at leisure to explore Vancouver - take in Gastown, English Bay, Stanley Park and vibrant Granville Island. Ask one of Canada Experts for some recommended optional excursions.
Day 9 Cruise from Vancouver
Transfer from your hotel to Canada Place and embark Holland America Line's Koningsdam or Zuiderdam for an awe-inspiring 7 night Alaska Cruise.
Day 10 Scenic Cruising of Inside Passage
Today cruise one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world - the Inside Passage - where ships can sail close to steep mountain walls, giving magnificent views of the unbelievable scenery from forests to evocative towns.
Day 11 Tracy Arm/Juneau
The narrow Tracy Arm Fjord twists is way through the Tongass National Forest, surrounded by 300 foot high granite walls! The melting snowcaps create waterfalls which dot the shoreline, along with trees growing at odd angles from the rocky outcroppings. Catch a glimpse of the varied wildlife that make their home in and around the fjord’s icy waters, including black & brown bears, wolves, deer, moose, seals and whales At the end of the Fjord, view the dramatic Sawyer glaciers which are framed by the mountains. Juneau, the capital of Alaska, has an air of mystique – a town you cannot reach by road, you need to fly or come by sea! Juneau delights with an abundance of water, forests and mountains. Situated between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, Juneau offers a lot of variety, with the immense Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields at its back door and the Tongass National Forest stretching out to the northeast. Juneau offers a variety of activities from shopping downtown to dogsledging, hiking, whale-watching and so much more.
Day 12 Skagway
Skagway was the gateway to the Klondike gold rush in 1898 and the glory days still resound through the town. Stroll through Skagway and browse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park or take a ride on the White Pass & Yukon narrow-guage railway and finish up in the Red Onion Saloon!
Day 13 Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. It has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than any place else in the world. Watch as monumental chunks of ice split off a glacier and thunder into the sea - the impact sending water hundreds of feet into the air. Hold your breath, catch the moment on film. Then wait for it all to happen again. As it always does.
Day 14 Ketchikan
With shops and houses built out over the water, Ketchikan clings to the shoreline of the Tongass Narrows. 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 flight sightseeing 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.
Day 15 Scenic Cruising of Inside Passage
Cruise back along the Inside Passage and take in the breath-taking wilderness coastline, with snow capped mountain peaks, glaciers, and rain forests. You may see whales, eagles, sea lions, sea otters, and mountain sheep.
Day 16 Fly Vancouver to UK
Disembark in Vancouver this morning and transfer to the airport (included).