Rockies, Vancouver & North Pacific Alaska Cruise to Japan
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This is truly a journey of a lifetime! Experience the very best of the Canadian Rockies with a stay in the beautiful mountain town of Banff before setting off on an unforgettable two day, all daylight train journey onboard the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer. Witness impressive waterfalls, forests and snow-capped mountains as you travel west to the Pacific Coastal city of Vancouver where you will spend 3 nights before you board your cruise for a 14 night Alaska, Asia North Pacific Cruise to Yokohama, Japan.
Upon arrival into Calgary International Airport transfer (included) to the mountain town of Banff where you will stay for the next 2 nights. Check in to you hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today you will learn all about the people, geology and wildlife while exploring the spectacular sights of the renowned mountain town of Banff. This excursion is highlighted with a journey on the Banff Gondola (included) for a 360º view of six mountain ranges that surround the town. After a brief stop at Lake Minnewanka you will be dropped at your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today you will travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the resort town of Banff, or the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise 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.
Today 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.
Today your tour begins with an introduction to downtown including Canada Place, and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural oasis, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. View the First Nations Totem Poles, and gaze upon rainforest and shoreline scenery on the way through the park. Get the camera ready for a photo stop at Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the English Bay beach area, followed by the eclectic Granville Island Market. Top off this adventure with a glass elevator ride 169 metres above the streets, at the Vancouver Lookout, for views of the ocean, the Coastal Mountains, the city and rugged shoreline. This tour is a great introduction to the scenic and historic highlights of Vancouver.
Day at leisure to explore this amazing Pacific Coastal City.
Morning at leisure, then in the early afternoon transfer from your Vancouver Hotel (included) to the Cruise terminal where you will board Holland America Line ms Westerdam for your 14 night cruise.
Transfer (included) to your 4* Tokyo hotel where you will stay for the next 3 nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Full day Tokyo Panoramic Tour where you will see the very best of this incredible city including Meiji Shrine, Imperial Gardens, senso-ji temple and Tokyo Bay cruise and much more.
Day at leisure to explore Tokyo at your own pace
Transfer from your Tokyo Hotel to the Airport for your return flight back to the UK