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Overview

Fly into Calgary and head to Banff.  You will travel the Icefields Parkway to Jasper taking in Lake Louise on the way before joining the Rocky Mountaineer for a two day train trip to Vancouver.  After 2 nights in Vancouver you will join the Holland America ms Volendam, which cruises along the Inside Passage, past countless islands and fjords to icy Alaska.  This is a tailor made itinerary and any hotels can be changed should you wish.

 

Details

Day 1

Fly to Calgary and take an included scheduled transfer to your hotel Banff for 2 nights.  Rest of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Mount Royal Hotel

Day 2

Day at leisure in Banff to explore independently or we can arrange sightseeing for you.  Highlights include Banff Gondola, Banff Springs and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.  Banff has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy.
Hotel: Mount Royal Hotel

Day 3

Today you check out of your hotel in Banff and for a one way full day sighseeing tour Jasper.  Travel the Icefields Parkway through the natural splendour of Banff and Jasper national parks.  Spectacular glaciers, cascading waterfalls, turquoise lakes and colourful meadows dot this awe-inspiring mountain wilderness.  The snow-capped peaks and endless mountain ridges are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including bears, wolves, deer and eagles.  The tour stops at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture by Ice Explorer onto the massice Athabasca Glacier.  Other brief sightseeing stops include an opportunity to photograph the turquoise waters of picturesque Lake Louise are made throughout the tour.  You finish the tour at your hotel in Jasper located next to the train station.

Hotel: Whistlers Inn

Day 4

Jasper to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia 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, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops.
Overnight in Kamloops. B, L.

Day 5

Kamloops to Vancouver
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 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. Transfer Independently from the train station to your hotel. B, L.
Hotel: Georgian Court

Day 6

Time to enjoy the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver at your leisure. Vancouver has a stunning setting on a natural harbour, with a mountainous backdrop. As well as excellent shopping there are plenty of attractions to explore.
Hotel: Georgian Court

Day 7

Transfer independently today to the cruise terminal to join Holland America’s ms Volendam.

Day 8

Cruise the Inside Passage

Day 9

Cruise Tracy Arm, Arrive 10.00am Depart 10.30am

Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings. The dramatic Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains on either side, and are often bathed in a light mist that amplifies the blue hue of the ice. The glaciers also are home to black and brown bears, wolves, deer and moose, and seals and whales make their home in the fjord’s icy waters.

Cruise to Juneau, Arrive 1.00pm Depart 10.30pm

No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. You need to come by air or water, but when you arrive, the place will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in close proximity. The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door. The vast Tongass National Fores stretches away to the northeast. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee or fish. The adventures are as bountiful as the daylight.

Day 10

Cruise to Skagway, Arrive 7.00am Depart 9.00pm

Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers who made it to Skagway took a look at the 500-mile journey that still lay ahead of them and decided a change of profession was in order. So many of them set up shop as provisioners that Skagway was the largest city in Alaska by the end of the 19th century. Booms fade and dreams move on, but the glory days still reverberate through the town. 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 Historic Park.

Day 11

Cruise Glacier Bay, Arrive 7.00am Depart 4.00pm

If you didn't know any better, you'd think Glacier Bay ostentatious for the way it flaunts its ice. The glaciers practically terminate in your lap. A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park with Holland America Line will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects 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 hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. And it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.

Day 12

Cruise to Ketchikan, Arrive 10.00am Depart 6.00pm

Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. 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 flightseeing 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 13

Cruise the Inside Passage.

Day 14

Vancouver, Arrive 7.00am.
After breakfast you will disembark the ms Volendam in Vancouver, where your holiday concludes. Transfer independently to the airport for your flight home.

Day 15

Arrive back home

What's Included

  •     Scheduled flights
  •     Scheduled Coach Transfer from Calgary Airport to your Banff hotel.
  •     2 nights in Banff
  •     Full day sightseeing trip from Banff to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway
  •     1 night in Jasper
  •     2 day Rocky Mountaineer RedLeaf Service
  •     2 nights in Vancouver
  •     7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise in an Inside Stateroom on Holland America ms Volendam
  •     9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners
  •     Rail station transfers in Kamloops

Not Included

  •     Transfers from hotel to Rocky Mountaineer station in Jasper; Vancouver train station to hotel; hotel to cruise port and port to airport.
  •     Onboard ship gratuities charged at approx USD $11 per person per day plus 15% on liquor purchases
  •     Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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