Breathtaking mountain scenery in Canada, followed by the dramatic coastline of Alaska, all slowly revealed on this stunning Rockies & Alaska cruise and rail holiday. Snow-capped peaks look close enough to touch, whilst icebergs float by as you cruise along the Inside Passage.
We depart from London Heathrow for Calgary and transfer by coach into the Rocky Mountains, and Banff National Park to spend two nights at the Caribou Lodge, in the resort of Banff.
Today we enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Banff National Park, visiting Emerald Lake and the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Louise, whose emerald green waters are surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks.
Our excursion takes us along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, home to the Athabasca Glacier. You have the opportunity of taking an excursion on the Icefields Parkway by giant Snocoach. After time for lunch we head for the thundering Athabasca Falls before continuing by coach to Jasper for two nights at Mount Robson Inn.
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jasper National Park, including a visit to the spectacular Maligne Canyon. We also visit the stunning turquoise Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed body of water in the region.
We embark on a daylight journey through the Rockies on the famed Rocky Mountaineer. This 309 mile trip to Kamloops takes in the magnificent scenery of the 'Journey through the Clouds' route, crossing the Continental Divide. We travel in SilverLeaf Class, enjoying breakfast and lunch at our seats. We overnight at a hotel in Kamloops.
Today our Rocky Mountaineer experience includes one of the most dramatic stretches of the line, along the Thompson and Fraser Canyons. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, as the line descends to the Pacific Coast. On arrival in Vancouver we transfer to the Blue Horizon Hotel for three nights.
This morning we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver by coach. Our tour visits historic Gastown, the exciting scents and sights of Chinatown, and leafy Stanley Park, with its colourful Totem Poles. On Day 8 we have a day to explore Vancouver at leisure. On Day 9 we transfer to the port and board our cruise ship, the Norwegian Sun, for our incredible seven-night Alaska cruise.
Today takes us through the famous 'Inside Passage', an area of pristine waters, snow-capped mountains, and deep fjords, famous as a haven for wildlife. On Day 11 we reach Juneau today and disembark to explore Alaska's capital. Set against a backdrop of rugged mountains, the town has a rich gold mining heritage. Here you can visit the Alaska State Museum, home to an exquisite collection of Russian Orthodox and Gold Rush relics.
We continue to Skagway where you can walk along the town's historic boardwalk. The port town is a popular tourist destination, with the former mining destination sitting between mighty peaks. Skagway is an iconic location from the famous novel 'The Call of the Wild.'
We spend this morning sailing towards Tracy Arm, a fjord surrounded by high-rock cliffs and plunging waterfalls. It is also known for its plentiful blue floating icebergs and as home to the scenic twin Glaciers of north and south Sawyer, located at the far end of the fjord. Alternatively, we may sail on to Glacier Bay National Park, one of the world's largest internationally protected areas and a stunning natural wilderness.
Departure dependent - In 2017 our May 21 departure will sail to Sawyer Glacier and our departures on the 3rd and 10th of September will sail to Glacier Bay.
We arrive in Ketchikan this afternoon, the ancestral home of the Tlingit tribe and home to the world's largest collection of totem poles. Built out on stilts over the water, the town clings dramatically to the shores of Tongass Narrows. Day 15 is spent cruising the Inside Passage to Vancouver.
We disembark, and after a short time to enjoy Vancouver's charms, we transfer to the airport for our flight to London, arriving on Day 17.
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
British Citizens do not require a visa to enter the USA but please see the Visa section of 'Things You Should Know' for details of the USA's Visa Waiver Programme and the ESTA form, which must be completed online prior to departure and is subject to an administration charge.
British Citizens do not require a visa to enter Canada.
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Rail and cruise holiday in Canada and Alaska