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Mountain Rails and Alaskan Cruise

Tour Description

Duration

Date

Price per Adult

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Inclusions

  • 7 nights in deluxe accommodations in Banff, Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver.
  • 7 nights cruise in Outside Cabin from Vancouver to the Glacier Bay, Alaska
  • Transfers between Calgary Airport and Banff.
  • Shuttle to/from and entry into the Banff Gondola.
  • Full day sightseeing transfer from Banff to Jasper.
  • Columbia Glacier Ice Explorer tour.
  • Entry to the Glacier SkyWalk.
  • Transfer to/from hotel to Maligne Lake and sightseeing boat cruise.
  • Jasper / Kamloops / Vancouver rail passage on the Rocky Mountaineer (SilverLeaf Service)
  • Transfer to/from Kamloops train station.
  • Two (2) breakfasts and two (2) lunches on board the Rocky Mountaineer.
  • Full day excursion to Victoria including Butchart Gardens visit.
  • Full board on Days 8 - 14 starting with dinner on Day 8 and ending with breakfast on Day 15
  • All taxes.

Top Sites

  • Townsites: Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Kamloops, Vancouver, Victoria, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan
  • Sulphur Mountain
  • Athabasca Glacier
  • Columbia Icefield
  • Maligne Lake
  • Rivers: Athabasca, Frasier and Thompson
  • Gulf Islands
  • Stephens Passage
  • Tracy Arm
  • Glacier Bay National Park

Accommodation

Postcard Views

Suggested Itinerary

Welcome to Alberta! Arrive at Calgary’s International airport and board your transfer to the idyllic parkland town of Banff. Check into your hotel and take the rest of the day to explore the many unique shops, eateries and attractions around town. Overnight at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, your luxury mountain home for the next couple nights!
Enjoy a delicious meal at the award-winning Park Distillery in Banff. Their water originates at six glaciers high in the Rocky Mountains and gains minerality as it travels across rich limestone deposits.

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Banff Town
Time to discover one of Canada’s most famous mountain resort towns. Get up early and venture around the legendary mountain town of Banff and check out the shops, boutiques and restaurants and then jump on the local bus service to take a gondola ride to the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain. From a theatre and interpretive centre inside to epic views of six stunning mountain ranges and the sweep of the Bow Valley from the rooftop deck and mountain boardwalk outside.
If you’re hungry and looking to grab a hearty meal, then we recommend you visit the Saltlik Banff. This classic steakhouse has certified Angus Beef PRIME Steak that is graded the top 2% of all steaks in North America and has a menu that goes beyond that. From succulent seafood to rustic homemade pasta and season-inspired desserts, their team do it all, and they do it all well. Complete your experience with their sommelier-curated wine list and handcrafted cocktails.

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Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada. This is the site of natural thermal mineral springs around which Canada’s first national park (Banff National Park) was established. View the natural hot spring cave which was first explored in 1883 and the exhibits which share its interesting past.
Depart on your full-day sightseeing transfer to Jasper including a stop at the incredible Columbia Icefield along the famous Icefields Parkway. The huge Columbia Glacier covers nearly 325-km2 and dominates the surrounding landscape. An Ice Explorer ride will take you onto the ancient Athabasca Glacier and is followed up by a walk on the Glacier SkyWalk – a glass-floored platform extending 30m out over the Sunwapta Canyon. Continue on to Jasper and arrive in the late afternoon. Overnight at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
We recommend visiting the DownStream Lounge to indulge in a meal that captures Jasper’s mountain town spirit and casual feel with the freshest and most innovative plates.

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If you are looking for pure Canadiana, then add on a guided evening canoe tour. Fish breaking the surface of the still water, the call of a loon, the sighting of beaver, or perhaps a moose grazing in the water, as you paddle a canoe on a lake at sunset, surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Today you will view some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the world. Declared the “Best Boat Cruise in Canada”, the Maligne Lake Cruise is an experience like no other. You’ll enjoy a panoramic tour across the crystal waters of magical Maligne Lake, fed by the glaciers of Jasper National Park. Glide past the jagged mountain peaks as you cruise to Spirit Island, a world-famous destination only accessible by boat. When you arrive back at your hotel, confirm the shuttle for your departure tomorrow morning.
Jasper was designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society in Canada, due to its limited light pollution that creates ideal conditions for dark sky viewing. Venture outside for a stargazing walk to get lost in the wonders of the universe.

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Embark on an informative evening wildlife tour to seek out the region’s furry original inhabitants. Bear, moose, elk, deer, mountain goats, and big horned sheep are just a sample of the many animals that roam this area.
Wake up and get on the hotel shuttle for the rail station and board the Rocky Mountaineer train for a spectacular rail excursion from Jasper to Kamloops, BC (breakfast and lunch included). This unique daylight service allows you to view some of the most spectacular sights in Western Canada. The route departs the Rocky Mountains through the Kicking Horse Pass. By late afternoon, you are in the arid ranch land of interior British Columbia, where you disembark for the night. Upon arrival in Kamloops, enjoy the evening at your leisure. Overnight in Kamloops at the Thompson Hotel.
If you are looking to stretch your legs from your travel day, visit Riverside Park just around the corner from your hotel. This beautiful green space is wonderful for a stroll or a picnic.

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Upgrade your train experience to the height of luxury with GolfLeaf service. Indulge your senses with gourmet meals prepared by Executive Chefs, enjoy VIP hosts, expansive views through the panoramic windows of a bi-level glass dome coach and exclusive outdoor viewing platform.
You will set out on the last leg of your spectacular rail experience today. The Rocky Mountaineer takes you through the “cowboy country” ranchlands and along the rushing torrents of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. You are now truly in pioneer territory and en route you can listen to the history and legends of the West while enjoying all the comforts of your luxury train. The last stretch takes you through lush farmlands and past historic towns to Vancouver. Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Just minutes away from your hotel is Stanley Park, Vancouver’s first and largest urban park. Explore the 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest and enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park’s famous Seawall.

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Visit Canada’s largest aquarium and get up close with some of the world’s most elusive creatures. The Vancouver Aquarium has over 65,000 animals, 120 world-class exhibits and offers you one unforgettable experience.
This full-day trip to Victoria begins with a cruise through the scenic Gulf Islands and includes a visit to the acclaimed Butchart Gardens. Afterwards continue to Victoria for a city sightseeing tour that encompasses Victoria’s stately homes and gardens as well as historic landmarks. You will see the University of Victoria and Beacon Hill Park and pass the Royal British Columbia Museum, Thunderbird Park, the Parliament Buildings and the exclusive homes of the Uplands and Oak Bay. You will return to Vancouver in the early evening.
If you have time, explore the historic neighborhood of Gastown, located ten minutes northeast of the hotel. Noted for its quaint cobblestone streets, late-Victorian architecture and unique First Nations galleries and souvenir shops. Visit the world’s first Historic Steam Clock, enjoy a hot latte or a cold beer on a sidewalk patio and watch life go by.

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Unwind after your travels and include a world class spa experience. A 45 minute therapeutic massage or a head to toe restoration spa package, will help your relax and reset before you head home.
Today you check out of your hotel and transfer individually to the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board Holland America Line’s cruise ship and are welcomed by the crew who will be your hosts for your cruising adventure. Familiarize yourself with amenities of the ship and watch the sun set over the water from the wide decks of this magnificent craft. The ship weighs anchor and sets sail this afternoon for one of the most famously beautiful passages in the world. Full board begins at dinner. Overnight on board the ms Zuiderdam. Outside cabin features: Two lower beds convertible to queen, approximately 16.25 sq metres, complimentary 24-hour room service, Dual voltage 110/220 AC, Four pillows in every stateroom, complimentary use of bathrobes, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, bathroom accessories & hair dryer, complimentary beach towel service, plentiful storage space in your bathroom & wardrobe, 23” LCD-HD Interactive television system to view & select shore excursions, luggage delivery, individual safe, direct-dial telephone, thermostat controlled air-conditioning and window.
15% of people have reported feeling seasick while on a cruise ship. If you have a weaker stomach or want to prevent nausea, pick up the appropriate medication to help you feel grounded.

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Interested in having a bit more space and a balcony? Upgrage to the Balcony / Verandah room to receive a sitting area, some with sofa bed, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and a balcony (approximately 3.9 sq metres). Please note: Inclusion of a balcony can vary depending on ship and location of cabin.
Enjoy the fantastic scenery on the first full day of cruising, travelling through the Inside Passage. Just beyond the deck rails, the gems of Alaska are laid open in a spellbinding vista of rain forests, glaciers, fjords and white-capped peaks. Along the way it is common to view whales and sea lions at play along the coastlines as well as a near countless assortment of marine bird life.
Enjoy classic cruise ship music and entertainment at one of the many venues onboard. Intimate solo performances to live concerts with a two-story LED display wraparound screen. There is something for everyone!

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Travel the Stephens Passage as it flows into the Boundary Ranges at Tracy Arm, a narrow, twisting, 48 -kilometre-long fjord that ends at the twin Sawyer glaciers. Lush rain forest gives way to ancient stone as the land dramatically rises to 2100m towering peaks, the waterway ending at the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Arriving in the port of Juneau, take some time to explore this unique state capital and its frontier culture and spirit.
If you like seafood, you need to visit Tracy’s King Crab Shack. It features locally caught crab legs, bisque, cakes and other fresh seafood bites.

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Cruising to the Gold Rush stopover town of Skagway, travel in the footsteps of the prospectors that either continued on to the gold fields, or remained to create the historic town that still thrives today. Perhaps take some time to ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, step into the Red Onion Saloon or peruse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
A short walk from the dock, you’ll find the Klondike Gold Rush visitor center and museum. Talk to a ranger, learn about daily programs, watch park film “Gold Fever: Race to the Klondike,” and more. If museums are your thing, you can also check out a historic home, saloon, and parlor museum.

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An exciting day cruising ahead, exploring the famous waters of Glacier Bay – home to Glacier Bay National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park boasts a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea, the impact shoots water dozens of metres into the air. Glacier Bay has more active ‘calving’ (splitting off) tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!” Be sure you bring warm attire on your trip to Alaska.

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Cruise into the port of Ketchikan today, set along the shores of the Tongass Narrows, unique for its many shops and houses built suspended above the water. Known as the Salmon Capital of the World, this lively town also is home to Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and the Saxman Village. The town is surrounded by natural wonders, inviting all visitors to discover their wild side amidst the wilds of the Alaskan landscape.
Souveniers are part of the travel experience. Get a meaningful piece of local art from Crazy Wolf Studio as they feature traditional Northwest Coast Native work inspired by the Wolf Clan.

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Today the ship slowly retraces its voyage along the Alaskan and British Columba coastlines. Watch how the landscape slowly and subtly changes as you descend into the more southern and warmer climate of the Pacific Northwest temperate area.
If you are looking to warm up, treat yourself to an experience at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. This heavenly retreat pampers your skin and nurtures your body with treatments employing time-honored, hands-on massage techniques gleaned from around the world.

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Its time to pack up your belongings, grab breakfast and disembark. Don’t forget to search your room for any left-over belongings; its a long way to return to pick up any forgotten items! If you haven’t done so already, be sure to charge your devices and check in online for your flight. Individually transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your departure.
You never know when and where you are going to be delayed. Be sure to bring a snack, fully charged phone and a good book to keep you preoccupied.

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If you are looking to enjoy Vancouver for another day or two, we have access to accommodations and activities in town to make your time memorable.

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Price Details

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy (assuming 2 adults in the room)

The inclusions are listed above.

Our prices include hotel taxes and GST!

What else you Might need

Below is a list of common things you might need to purchase for your tour at an extra cost. (not included)

  • Transfers to/from airport and/or train stations (unless specified)
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • Meals & Gratuity (unless specified)
  • Cruise ship in-room mini bar
  • Daily excursions and featured activities during the Alaskan cruise
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Cancellation Terms

Due to partners policies, at time of bookings up to 72 days prior to arrival: 15% of package cost is non-refundable. 71 to 50 days prior to arrival: 50% of package cost is non-refundable. 49 to 29 days prior to arrival : 75% of package cost is non-refundable. 28 days and less or no show: 100% of package cost is non-refundable. Changes in train departure dates or routes are considered cancellations. Reduction of the number of passengers on an existing reservation (e.g. a Triple occupancy reduced to a Twin) may result in partial cancellation charges. Name and date changes is considered a cancellation.

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Something Not Perfect?

That’s ok. We can customize any part of this tour so that it suits you perfectly.

Leisure

Leisure activities are the least physically demanding and are accessible to almost everyone. You should be able to stand and walk in short bursts. Examples: Sightseeing, nature walks, golfing, food tours. 

Active

A step up from easy. For those looking to do something more exciting and get their heart rate elevated. Examples: Skiing, hiking, canoeing, skating. 

Challenging

Difficult yet rewarding activities. You should be in great physical shape to participate in these activities. Examples: Rock climbing, heli-skiing, whitewater rafting, diving.