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Rockies by Rail and Alaska Cruise


Discover the stunning Canadian Rockies to the dramatic and rugged Alaska

15 days From £4,215 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2022 Tour code: QRA22

About the tour

From the stunning Canadian Rockies to the dramatic and rugged Alaska enjoy the scenic beauty from the comfort of the Rocky Mountaineer with large picture windows where you won't miss a thing, before joining the elegant Holland America Line cruise.


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Day 1 - Arrival in Calgary/Banff

Arrive at Calgary's International airport and board your transfer to the idyllic town of Banff nestled in Banff National Park. Check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day and evening at leisure.

Day 2 - Banff

A day at leisure to enjoy Banff, cradled amidst the soaring, snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies. It was here that Canada's national park system first began when railway workers discovered the Cave and Basin National Historic site back in 1883. Perhaps take a guided hike along the myriad of trails that depart either from the town, or from the nearby trailheads along the highway, meander along Banff Avenue and enjoy the shops, bars and restaurants that line the street or take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain and breathe in that fresh mountain air.

Day 3 - Banff to Jasper including Columbia Icefield Excursion

Depart on your full-day sightseeing tour to Jasper travelling on the Columbia Parkway, said to be one of the most scenic drives in the world. Included is a stop at the incredible Columbia Icefield where an Ice Explorer ride will take you onto the ancient Athabasca Glacier and is followed by a walk on the Glacier SkyWalk - a glass-floored platform extending 30m out over the Sunwapta Canyon. Continue to arrive in Jasper late in the afternoon.

Day 4 - Jasper

Enjoy a day at leisure in the alpine town of Jasper, nestled between soaring mountain peaks, with an abundance of wildlife, beautiful lakes and hiking trails to explore. You could enjoy a thrilling rafting trip down the Athabasca River or enjoy a scenic cruise on the beautiful Maligne Lake.

Day 5 - Rocky Mountaineer Jasper to Kamloops

Board the Rocky Mountaineer train for a spectacular rail excursion from Jasper to Kamloops in SilverLeaf service. 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, the evening is at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to Vancouver

Continue on board the Rocky Mountaineer which takes you through the "cowboy country" ranch lands 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, Lunch
Day 7 - Victoria

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. Return to Vancouver in the early evening.

Day 8 - Vancouver and Alaska Cruise

Today you check out of your hotel and transfer to the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board Holland America Line's cruise ship. You are welcomed onboard by the crew who will be your hosts for the next week. Enjoy the sun setting over the water as the ship weighs anchor and sets sail for one of the most famously beautiful passages in the world.

  • Dinner
Day 9 - Inside Passage

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - Port of Juneau

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Port of Skagway

Cruising to the Gold Rush stopover town of Skagway, travel in the footsteps of the prospectors that either continued on to the goldfields 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 - Glacier Bay

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 any place else in the world.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 - Port of Ketchikan

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 - Inside Passage

Today the ship slowly retraces its voyage along the Alaskan and British Columbia 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 - Vancouver and home

Early this morning you arrive in the port of Vancouver and disembark the cruise ship. Transfer under own arrangements to Vancouver airport or alternatively extend your stay in Vancouver.

  • Breakfast

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Pricing Plans

Standard accommodations

Elk and Avenue or Ptarmigan Inn Banff, Marmot Lodge or Lobstick Lodge Jasper, Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown Vancouver or Rosedale on Robson Vancouver. SilverLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer and a L grade cabin on the Holland America Line cruise Nieuw Amsterdam or Zuiderdam.

Superior accommodations

Brewster's Mountain Lodge Banff or Banff Caribou Lodge Spa, The Crimson Jasper, Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver or Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver. SilverLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer and a L grade cabin on the Holland America Line cruise Nieuw Amsterdam or Zuiderdam.

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Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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Rockies by Rail and Alaska Cruise

Discover the stunning Canadian Rockies to the dramatic and rugged Alaska


James Starkie