Majestic Alaska & Rocky Mountain Rail Journey
Sample itinerary – call our specialists to tailor make your personalised tour
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For a trip of a lifetime we recommend this fantastic 12 night holiday. With a special early season offer there is very limited availability at this price. Book today and take advantage of some great added value and upgrades.
From the beautiful mountain town of Banff you will travel back in time to the Wild West and watch it all from the luxurious surroundings of the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train. Travelling from Banff to Vancouver retrace the steps of the 19th century explorers. You will witness the historic spot at Craigellachie where the last spike was driven home on the Canadian Pacific Railway line.
Your pre and post Cruise stay will be in the stunning pacific coastal city of Vancouver the culture and culinary capital of Canada. Relax and soak up the wonderful atmosphere before you set sail on a luxurious Vancouver Alaska Cruise onboard Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam. Visit historic ports and have your camera ready for glaciers, bears and whales.
Book a Balcony & receive Free Rail Upgrade on Rocky Mountaineer train to GoldLeaf Dome Service.
Fully domed windows give you unparalleled panoramic views in the upper-level of custom designed bi-level dome coach.
Delectable hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches from an a la carte menu,served in the lower-level dining room of your dome coach.
Complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) including beer and wine with lunch.
An exclusive outdoor vestibule area in the lower level of your dome coach.
Upon your arrival into Calgary, a scenic transfer has been arranged to take you from the airport to Banff. In Banff you will stay 2 nights.
Today you can spend at your leisure in Banff. We have included Banff gondola admission for you to experience and marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff. Located just 5 minutes from the Town of Banff, on the shoulder of Sulphur Mountain, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Day at leisure in Banff
Travel on board the Rocky mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver. 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.
Pre cruise day in Vancouver
Embark on 7 night Alaska cruise on board Nieuw Amsterdam
The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a lifeline to the outside world. All day long it hums
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 Forrest stretches away to the northeast. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee or fish.
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 Historical Park.
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.
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.
Past waterfalls, thick forests and glacier tongues you will experience the beauty of nature. The Inside Passage has a coast line of approximately 24,000 kilometres. You will find a lot of islands along the sea way.
After a leisurely breakfast disembark your cruise ship, and make your way (independently) to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Vancouver
Vancouver to UK