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Rockies, Rail and an Alaska Cruise

This incredible tour takes you past Canada’s rushing rivers, jagged mountains and whispering pine forests on board the famous Rocky Mountaineer. Then it’s plain sailing through the pristine wilderness of Alaska, passing misty fjords, giant glaciers and log cabin countryside.

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)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Tour of Banff, known for its hot springs (half day)
  • Lake Louise, one of Canada’s most beautiful sights (full day)
  • 2-day journey through the spectacular Canadian Rockies on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer
  • Enjoy the luxurious facilities on board your ship as you sail amongst North America’s scenic coastal landscape on a 7-night Alaskan cruise

Optional excursions

  • Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, and its famous Butchart Gardens (full day)
  • 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.
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, by taking a seaplane flight over the Misty Fjords, 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.

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

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 - Vancouver Island and Butchart Gardens

Vancouver - Vancouver Island and Butchart Gardens

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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 4-star Irwin's Mountain Inn is situated Banff National Park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, gym and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities and a TV.

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The 4-star Best Western Downtown Vancouver is conveinently located minutes away from Granville Island and Stanley Park in Vancouver.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, gym and a spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, complimentary wi-fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Banff Irwins Mountain Inn

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Thursday 13 August 2015

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Thursday 10 September 2015

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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

17 days from £3,648

Aug 2015 - 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.
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