Sonora Resort & Luxury Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey
British Columbia & Alberta
See the very best of Alaska by sea as the Silver Muse passes through Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and the Hubbard Glacier on its way to Canada. Spend a day exploring the beauty and history of Vancouver as you enjoy the remainder of your journey to Kamloops, Lake Louise and Banff in luxury on the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer.
Based on 2nd July 2019 – other similar itineraries available May – September 2019 – call for details.
Upon arrival into Anchorage Airport, make your way independently to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today you will travel to the Port of Anchorage and Ship Creek. Take in the views of the city from the port as your guide explains the history behind the port of Anchorage and the area at Ship Creek. Next you’ll travel past Bootleggers Cove, stopping for a visit to Earthquake Park where you’ll learn about the perils of living on the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” and see places where the ground liquefied and massive landslides occurred during the biggest earthquake in US History and 2nd largest earthquake ever recorded worldwide.
Next you’ll visit Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world - watch some of Alaska’s finest bush pilots splashland and then take to the sky outbound for nearby wilderness areas. The Chugach Mountains are the last and finest stop. Here you’ll experience Anchorage from the place locals go for stunning vistas and beautiful sunsets. Flat Top Scenic Overlook is home to many Alaskan animals including Alces alces gigas, otherwise known as the Giant or Alaska Moose! A short walk to the overlook provides beautiful views of the city of Anchorage, the Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains.
Today you will travel onboard The Coastal Classic Train, which is a local favourite that winds through the stretch of wilderness between Anchorage and Seward. A string of massive glaciers visible from the track enriches the journey. You will travel in GoldStar Service sitting in the most beautiful cars and the exclusive upper level outdoor deck. Breakfast is included.
Arrive into Seward approximately 11am, and board your cruise ship for your 7 night southbound journey onboard Silverseas Silver Muse.
Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes.
In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans." From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government. Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau's 3,248 square miles. Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.
Go for gold. Go for gold. Thousands have before you, because the once infamous port of Skagway was gateway for the 1898 Yukon Gold Rush. Climb aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Railway, travelling though stunning mountain scenery to a trail camp where you can pan for gold and enjoy ‘naughty nineties’-style entertainment.
Called "Shee Atika" by the Tlingit Indians, then "New Archangel" by the Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, a structure built by the Russians in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska's oldest native culture collections.
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town.
Today you'll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage, a complex labyrinth of fjords and bays where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months.
Disembark your cruise ship and make your way independently to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise.
Today your tour begins with a visit to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This is one of the great photo opportunities in the Canadian Rockies. Cross the Great Divide into Yoho National Park via the scenic Kicking Horse Pass. Takakkaw Falls, in the magnificent Yoho Valley, will be the final stop before beginning the trek back to Lake Louise. Highlights: Moraine Lake, Valley of the Ten Peaks, Spiral Tunnels, Takakkaw Falls, BBQ lunch at Emerald Lake Lodge.
This morning check out of your Lake Louise Hotel and transfer by scheduled coach to Banff and your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today your sightseeing tour lets you visit Banff’s landmarks and historic places. Hear how the 11,000 year old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered the Cave & Basin, now a National Historic Site - Your time will be spent enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to view points, on the many stops of the tour.
This morning check out of you Banff Hotel and transfer by scheduled coach to your Calgary Hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today your tour comes to an end. Transfer by Private Sedan from your hotel to Calgary Airport where you will board your flight back to the UK