Vancouver Alaska Cruise, Rockies by Rail & Calgary Stampede
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The Ultimate Journey
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Buckle up and book today to take advantage of this fantastic early booking offer. Demand is always high for the Calgary Stampede and with an amazing itinerary in store, you won’t want to miss out!
Each July, for the 10 days of the Stampede, Calgary puts on its hats and welcomes the world. The entire city is swept up in Stampede celebrations as the Calgarians take western hospitality to a new level!
For the ultimate adventure, we have included your 3-night “stampede experience” in a fantastic itinerary that includes a rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer Train ( SilverLeaf service) and a luxurious 7 night Alaska Cruise sailing on Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam. With time to relax in Vancouver pre & post-cruise, this is without a doubt the Ultimate Journey!
Book a Balcony Stateroom or above and receive a FREE upgrade to GoldLeaf Service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer – enjoy gourmet cuisine in a private dining room, wonderful views of majestic scenery from the upstairs glass dome seating area and take photographs to last a lifetime from an exclusive outside vestibule.
Fly from UK to Vancouver, Canada (regional airports and business and first class flights available on request). Upon arrival transfer from the airport to your Vancouver downtown hotel.
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 with activity.
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
Today take a tour of Vancouver. The highlights of this tour include stops at Stanley Park at the Totem Poles and Queen Elizabeth Park. You will also travel by Chinatown, Gastown, Prospect Point and English Bay Beaches. Admission to the Lookout Tower is also included. Overnight: Vancouver
Today, embark on your 2 day Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey from Vancouver to Banff in SilverLeaf Service. From Pacific Central Station in Vancouver you meander through the lush and fertile lands of British Columbia, from the Fraser Valley where you are left to marvel at the spectacular peaks that make up the Coast Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon, part of the Fraser Fault. You’ll see the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate, with towering 1000 foot rock walls. With stunning vistas of the Thompson River you will continue on towards the historic city of Kamloops and deeper into Thompson Country, gateway to the Interior of British Columbia. You will enjoy an overnight stop in Kamloops. The train stops and so do you so you won’t miss any scenery whilst sleeping! Overnight Kamloops
The Rocky Mountaineer continues onwards east giving wondrous views of the South Thompson River and pass Craigellachie. Rising up to 1300m at Rogers Pass, a high mountain pass in the Selkirk Mountains, you will be amazed; With seemingly endless tunnels and unbelievable views of the Glaciers nearby, it's one of the highlights of the tour. Banff National Park is one of the latter choices you'll have, you can end your journey here and take in some of the exquisite wildlife parks, reserves and sample the Banff area. A transfer has been arranged to take you to your hotel. Overnight Banff
Today is at leisure for you to make your own exploration of Banff. Outside of town, the dramatic Canadian scenery awaits you. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, or why not go for a soak in the famous therapeutic spring waters of the Upper Hot Springs? Overnight: Banff
Today you'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff. Highlights include the Hoodoos rock formations, Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive and a stop at the Banff Gondola to ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for breathtaking views. Upon arrival in Calgary, transfer to your hotel for your three night stay
Enjoy admission to the legendary Half Million Dollar Rodeo, where top professionals take on the west's wildest horses in the Saddle Bronc, witness Bareback riding events and the famous Bull Riding event
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to the UK (regional airports and business& first class flights available on request)