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Rockies, Rail and an Alaska Cruise

Discover Canada’s mountain vistas and dazzling Lake Louise before boarding the iconic Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day journey through the scenic Rockies. The thrills continue with a seven-day cruise amongst Alaska’s misty fjords and giant glaciers.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with Air Canada or similar scheduled airline
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 6 nights’ hotel accommodation on a room-only basis
  • 7 nights on board Holland America Line’s Volendam on a 
full-board basis
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches included on board the Rocky Mountaineer and 1 night in flight
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager (pre-cruise) and Local Guide
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)

Included holiday highlights

  • 
Tour of Banff, known for its hot springs
  • Lake Louise, one of Canada’s most beautiful sights
  • Two-day journey through the Rockies on board the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Enjoy the luxurious facilities on board your ship on a 7-night cruise

Optional excursions

  • 
Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, and its Butchart Gardens
  • Amazing Banff helicopter tour
  • A full programme of shore excursions will be available on your cruise and are bookable on the cruise line’s website.

Please note: To maximise your enjoyment of this holiday a certain amount of walking is essential.

Depart on your scheduled flight to Calgary today. On arrival you will transfer to your hotel in Banff for a three-night stay.
This morning, head off on an included sightseeing tour of Banff. It will include attractions such as the classic Hoodoos of Bow Valley – imposing spires of rock, carved by wind and water, standing guard over the Bow River. Don’t miss Surprise Corner, either – so named because, as you drive out of Banff, the view suddenly opens out into a fantastic mountain vista, featuring the famous picture-postcard Banff Springs Hotel on your right. You’ll be glad you brought your camera.
Today, we’ll take you on a full-day included excursion to Lake Louise – a glacial, jade-green lake, surrounded on all sides by towering peaks, and described as one of Canada’s most beautiful locations. There are hiking trails and a chairlift/gondola up onto the mountains, from which to take in the stunning view.
You will bid Banff farewell today as you board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train for an exciting two-day journey to Kamloops. On board, the RedLeaf service includes breakfast and lunch served at your seat, while complimentary snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks are available throughout the journey. Beer and wine is included with your meals, and a full bar service is also available.


Settle back in your roomy, reclining seat and enjoy the on-board commentary which will ensure you don’t miss any of the scenic grandeur of the Rockies. Your journey takes you past Lake Wapata, into two spiral tunnels down to Kicking Horse Pass, past Golden and through Roger’s Pass with its tunnels, snowsheds and glistening glaciers, past Craigellachie, Silverdale, and along the South Thompson river to Kamloops, where an overnight stay has been arranged.
This morning you will re-board the Rocky Mountaineer and continue your journey from Kamloops to Vancouver, following the Thompson River. Eventually the Thompson merges with the Fraser River, which the train follows nearly all the way to Vancouver. After the town of Hope, the rugged canyons give way to the fertile fields of the Fraser River Valley. On arrival in Vancouver, you’ll leave the train and transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay.
The city of Vancouver is located in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, surrounded by mountains, forests and islands. As Canada’s third largest city, it is a busy seaport and an important centre for fishing and timber industries. You are free to explore Vancouver at your own pace today. Alternatively, join our full-day optional tour of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. You’ll take a ferry across to the island, where you’ll visit the internationally-renowned Butchart Gardens, Parliament building, the impressive Empress Hotel, and see much of Canada’s British Victorian heritage.
You will transfer to Vancouver harbour today and join your cruise ship, the impressive Volendam, which sets sail at 5pm. Before that you’ll have plenty of time to settle into your comfortable stateroom and explore the ship, your floating hotel for the next seven nights.
Ahead of you lie days of luxurious relaxation and exploration as your ship traces the outline of North America’s most scenic coastal landscape. Enjoy the facilities on board and make sure you spend plenty of time on deck keeping a watchful eye open for breaching whales, soaring eagles, inquisitive seals, and grizzly bears on the shoreline.
Your ship will be cruising Tracy Arm and Sawyer Glacier (weather permitting) today, ahead of an early-afternoon arrival in Juneau, the capital of Alaska, where you’ll be free to explore the city and its surrounding natural wonders, such as the mighty Mendenhall Glacier.
This morning you’ll arrive in Skagway, a lively relic of the famous Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Wooden sidewalks and turn-of-the-century buildings recall the riotous living of those days.
Today you’ll visit the scenic highlight of your cruise, Glacier Bay, where great ice castles float serenely in blue-green water, and glaciers ‘calve’, sending thousands of tons of ice crashing into the mirror-calm water with a thunderous sound – an unforgettable experience.
You’ll arrive in Ketchikan early this afternoon. This quaint, weathered town clings to the mountainside, and you can soak up its spectacular setting by exploring the Totem Poles Park, or simply by enjoying a lunch of fresh Alaskan salmon.
Today you’ll cruise the Inside Passage back towards Vancouver as its scenic splendours continue to unroll before you, a wonderland of ice and rock, forest and river.
This morning, your cruise comes to an end as you disembark your ship in Vancouver, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Arrive in the UK.

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Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Vancouver - Victoria on Vancouver Island

Vancouver - Victoria on Vancouver Island

from £138

Enjoy the opportunity to go by scenic ferry to Vancouver Island and visit Victoria, the state capital of British Columbia. Soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque seaside town by strolling around the Inner Harbour and marvel at the wonderful architecture of the nearby Parliament buildings and the Empress Hotel. No visit to the island would be complete without going to see the world famous Butchart Gardens. Take time to amble around and admire the wonderful flower gardens that Jenny Butchart created out of the old cement quarry!!

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Not to be missed

Please note: To ensure that you enjoy and experience your holiday to its fullest, we may need to combine this excursion with customers travelling with our sister company.
The Rundlestone Lodge boasts an abundance of amenities for you to enjoy. These include an indoor hot tub, exercise facilities, complimentary wi-fi and a swimming pool. Room facilities include 42 inch TV's, writing desk and in-room safes.

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Sheraton Vancouver is centrally located with facilities such as Restaurants, Bar and Café. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, health club and shop.

Rundlestone Lodge Banff

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Thursday 12 May 2016

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Thursday 26 May 2016

15 Days

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Thursday 01 September 2016

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Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days and the price shown is inclusive of the main tour:

Rockies, Rail and an Alaska Cruise with Vancouver Add-on

Extend your holiday to 17 days from £149

May 2016 - Sep 2016 Departures
You can choose to extend your holiday with an extra two nights in Vancouver, staying at the Best Western Plus Downtown hotel. The city has a truly beautiful setting, surrounded by mountains, forests and delightful islands. There will be plenty of time to discover Vancouver?s many highlights during your stay. You might choose to board a hop-on-hop-off bus, which stop at all the main attractions so you can explore at your own pace. Why not head to Vancouver?s North Shore, where you can witness the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. The remarkable Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gas Town and the impressive harbour are also amongst the city?s many must-see sights. A Tour Manager will not accompany you on this add-on.

A Canadian Rockies journey like no other

First Passage to the West route mapA Rocky Mountaineer rail journey through the Canadian Rockies provides unparalleled vantage points to some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Indulge all your senses as you wind through awe-inspiring landscapes, complemented by gourmet cuisine, vibrant storytelling, and impeccable service.


The Route

First Passage to the West

Travel through Canada's stunning Rocky Mountains, alongside the powerful Kicking Horse River, and pass by monumental landmarks from the early days of the National Railway. This legendary route along the Canadian Pacific track is famous for uniting the country and connecting British Columbia to Canada over 125 years ago.
Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by the spot where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, and its construction is one of the most important in Canadian history as it united Canada from east to west. You'll also transverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains and dramatic canyons. If you're a history buff, this route is for you.

Day 1 Banff To Kamloops
Travel on-board the Rocky Mountaineer from the resort town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today's highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops.
Day 2 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 River 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

World-class travel means world-class service

Select from either SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service while onboard the train.
SilverLeaf Service
SilverLeaf Service
COACH STYLE CUSTOM-DESIGNED SINGLE-LEVEL DOME
Window Style Oversized domed windows
Included Meals Served Onboard Delicious hot entree options plated to your preference
Meal Service Style Served in the comfort of your seat
Number of Hosts Two, plus a culinary team member
Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverages Complimentary throughout the journey
Snacks Included
Outdoor Viewing Area Outdoor viewing between coaches
Full Storytelling Included
GoldLeaf Service
SilverLeaf Service
COACH STYLE BI-LEVEL DOME LETS YOU SLIP UP TOP AND DINE DOWN BELOW
Window Style Fully domed windows with panoramic views upstairs, private dining room on the lower-level with large picture windows
Included Meals Served Onboard Gourmet a la carte meals
Meal Service Style Served in the lower-level dining room
Number of Hosts Three to four, plus full culinary team
Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverages Complimentary throughout the journey
Snacks Included
Outdoor Viewing Area Large exclusive open-air vestibule
Full Storytelling Included
Every night of your Rocky Mountaineer journey is spent in hotel rooms that range from charming to luxurious.
SilverLeaf Service
Style of Hotels & Room Selection Comfortable accommodations with restaurants on the property or within walking distance
GoldLeaf Service
Style of Hotels & Room Selection Luxurious hotels with premium room categories