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Rockies, Rail and an Alaskan Cruise

  • Rocky Mountaineer
  • Vancouver

The ultimate way to discover the west, this holiday includes both a ride on the Rocky Mountaineer and an Alaskan cruise. Travelsphere » code: UCRMA » id: 33186

15 Days from £3,799 per passenger

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  • North America
 

 

  • DAY 1 UK/Banff
  • Depart on your scheduled flight to Calgary today. On arrival, we will transfer you to the Rocky Mountains and your hotel in Banff. This will be our base for the next three nights.?
  • DAY 2 Banff
  • This morning we'll head out together to explore Banff. The views are bound to take your breath away, so be sure to remember your camera! During our tour we'll see the Hoodoos of Bow Valley – imposing spires of rock, carved by wind and water, and the fabulous Surprise Corner. Here, a stunning view of the famous Banff Springs Hotel suddenly opens up before you.
  • DAY 3 Lake Louise
  • Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of Lake Louise - a glacial, jade-green lake surrounded on all sides by towering peaks. It's been described as one of Canada's most beautiful locations and you'll see it in all its glory on today's included excursion. If you wish, there will be plenty of time to take in the views from hiking trails along the shore.?
  • DAY 4 Rocky Mountaineer
  • Today's the day you'll step aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train. You've an exciting two-day journey ahead and will enjoy SilverLeaf service on board. Breakfast and lunch will be served at your seat and complimentary snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available throughout the journey. Beer and wine is included with your meals, and a full bar service is also available. Sit back in your reclining seat, enjoy the commentary and relax as the scenic grandeur of the Rockies unfolds. Today's journey takes us through tunnels, over high mountain passes and along the South Thompson River to Kamloops. We'll stay in a hotel here overnight.

  • DAY 5 Rocky Mountaineer
  • We'll climb back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer and continue our journey to Vancouver, following the course of the Thompson and then the Fraser River. On arrival in Vancouver we will transfer you to your hotel for a two-night stay.?

  • DAY 6 Vancouver
  • Surrounded by mountains, forests and islands, Vancouver is one of the most beautifully located cities in the world and you are free to do as you please here today. If you want to explore further afield, our optional tour to Victoria, on Vancouver Island, comes highly recommended. You'll travel by ferry to the capital of British Columbia and visit the famous Butchart Gardens, Parliament building and the impressive Empress Hotel.

  • DAY 7 Vancouver & Volendam
  • Today we'll transfer you to Vancouver harbour and you'll board your cruise ship, Volendam. You'll have plenty of time to settle into you comfortable cabin and explore the ship, before setting sail on your seven-night cruise at 5pm.?
  • DAY 8 The Inside Passage
  • As your cruise through North America's most scenic coastal landscape begins, you'll want to spend time on deck gazing at the scenery and watching out for wildlife. You never know, you could be lucky enough to spot breaching whales, soaring eagles, inquisitive seals, and grizzly bears.?
  • DAY 9 Juneau
  • Early this afternoon we'll dock in the Alaskan capital, Juneau, where you can step ashore and make your own discoveries. The 13-mile long Mendenhall Glacier is definitely a worth a visit.?
  • DAY 10 Skagway
  • Today we arrive in Skagway, a lively relic of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. With its wooden sidewalks and turn-of-the-century buildings, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time.?
  • DAY 11 Glacier Bay
  • Get ready for one of the scenic highlights of your cruise as we head to Glacier Bay. You'll see enormous icebergs floating in the blue-green water, and if we're lucky, we might watch as a glacier 'calves', sending thousands of tons of ice thundering into the bay.?
  • DAY 12 Ketchikan
  • This afternoon our journey takes us to Ketchikan, a quaint town clinging to the mountainside. It's a lovely place to explore at your own pace, and maybe sample some fresh Alaskan salmon. Or, you could explore Totem Poles Park, the choice is entirely yours.?
  • DAY 13 Cruising at sea
  • It's your final day on board, so take every opportunity to appreciate the scenery as it unfurls before your very eyes. We'll cruise the Inside Passage back towards Vancouver and you'll have plenty of time to relax with new-found friends, reliving the wonderful moments you've shared.?
  • DAY 14 Vancouver/UK
  • Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark in Vancouver. A Local Guide will take you on a city tour and later we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.?
  • DAY 15 UK
  • You'll arrive in the UK today.

 

  • ?Return flights from Heathrow with Air Canada
  • 6 nights room only in hotels of a good standard plus 1 night in flight
  • 7 nights full board on board Holland America Line's Volendam
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches on board Rocky Mountaineer
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager (pre-cruise)
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage

 

  • Sightseeing tour of Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Two-day journey on the Rocky Mountaineer
  • A 7-night cruise through Alaska
  • Vancouver city tour

 

    • Mount Royal Hotel
    • Perfectly situated downtown in the very heart of Banff and overlooking the mountains, this historic hotel has been situated here since 1908. The hotel has been completely updated this winter inspired by the history of the hotel and the area.

      Warm, relaxed rooms and suites benefit from a desk area, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, kettle and coffee machine, smart TV, hairdryer, safe and iron.

      There are four dining options at the hotel including Tony Roma''s restaurant, a guest lounge and Toque Canadian Pub. Additionally the hotel boasts a library, and roof top lounge with outdoor hot tubs.
    • Elk + Avenue Hotel
    • Elk + Avenue Hotel is located within the heart of Banff National Park and is close to the Tri Area Ski Resort. The hotel features include 24-hour front help desk, ATM banking, bar/lounge, concierge services, a fireplace in the lobby, coffee shop/cafe and dry cleaning/ laundry facilities. The hotel amenities include HDTV, desk, coffee/tea-maker, daily housekeeping, and satellite with TV services, phone, hairdryer and MP3 docking station.
    • Kamloops Hotel
    • Your hotel in Kamloops this evening is arranged by Rocky Mountaineer and will be advised when you board the train.
    • Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown
    • A 7-minute walk from shopping on Robson Street, this modern hotel is also a 10-minute walk from the Hornby Street Aquabus, which offers direct access to Granville Island. Subdued rooms come with flat-screen TVs and desks, plus minifridges and coffeemakers. The facility also offers a casual restaurant/lounge, an indoor heated pool and a 24-hour exercise room, plus a spa.
    • MS Volendam
    • You’ll sail aboard Holland America Line’s Volendam where many fresh floral arrangements are on display reflecting the garden theme of the ship. Facilities include a spa and salon, fitness centre, two outdoor pools, tennis courts, five different restaurants, a show lounge and four bars. Your holiday price is based on an inside cabin, however it is possible to upgrade your cabin to range of outside cabins and suites (subject to availability) for the latest cabin availability and price information please call our Holiday Advisors on 01858 415 420.