Journey Across Canada & Alaska Cruise
Alaska & Across Canada
- 2 day rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer
- 7 night Alaska Cruise onboard Celebrity Eclipse
Discover the very best of Canada on this truly epic journey from Toronto in the east to Vancouver in the west. Your journey begins with a stay in the dynamic city of Toronto where we have included a day trip to one of the world natural wonders: Niagara Falls. You will then fly to Calgary, aka the gateway to the Canadian Rockies before spending time in Banff, Jasper and perhaps a visit to Lake Louise. Follow this with a rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train from Jasper to Vancouver. Then in Vancouver, you'll board a luxury Alaska Cruise onboard Holland America Line ms Koningsdam
Available Weekly departures April – September 2020.
Book a balcony stateroom and receive a complimentary rail upgrade to GoldLeaf service which includes
Interior Stateroom from £3699pp
Oceanview Stateroom from £3999pp
Verandah Stateroom Includes rail upgrade from £4499pp
Fly from UK to Toronto, on arrival transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to acclimatise and explore Toronto’s many neighbourhoods.
A full day in Toronto to explore. We recommend you take a City-Tour and visit the Eaton Centre for some shopping, Chinatown, the CN Tower, the Old and New City Hall’s all have lots of photo opportunities.
Take a breath taking day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to the famous Niagara Falls. Take a Hornblower Cruise and get up close to the falls, you will get wet! Then have a lovely lunch overlooking the falls. You will also have some free time in beautiful Niagara on the Lake and a winery tour including a wine tasting.
Fly from Toronto to Calgary. On arrival in Calgary transfer to Banff and overnight at your Banff hotel. (You may wish to extend your stay in Calgary – please ask our specialists who can help tailor your itinerary to include this)
Today you will have a full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement shopping, cafés, nightlife, museums. We recommend you check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site or the Banff Gondola where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs. Our Canada Specialists can book and suggest a selection of excursions and attractions.
Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield that covers an area of nearly 125 sq mi (325 sq km) and reaches a depth of 1050 ft (320 m). Time allows for an Ice Explorer ride (ask for prices) on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (ask for prices) experiencing a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft (280 m) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Photo stops along the Parkway will be made at Lake Louise, Bow Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June. On arrival in Jasper you will check into your hotel for an overnight stay. If you are travelling in April the day transfer is by Express Coach.
A full day to explore Jasper. We suggest taking the Jasper Tramway to the top of Whistlers Mountain for spectacular view over the valley below and beyond. Or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world.
All aboard Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson ‘the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and follow the mighty Thompson River, the route of early fur traders, before arriving in Kamloops. (breakfast & lunch is included today)
You will be transferred (included) from your Kamloops hotel to the railway station in Kamloops where you will re-board the Rocky Mountaineer train and follow the Thompson River through Ashcroft - one of Canada’s driest towns (with an average rainfall of just 18 centimetres). Pass through Rainbow Canyon with its cliffs stripped with pinks, greens and greys creating a stunning effect. Continue on to the Fraser Canyon where at Hells Gate you will observe a water torrent past the canyon walls at its narrowest point. The last leg of the journey takes you through the lush farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the Pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon. Overnight hotel accommodation in Vancouver
Spend a leisurely morning in Vancouver before you check out your hotel and make your way to the Vancouver port to embark on your Alaska Cruise onboard ms Koningsdam
The first of Holland America Line’s Pinnacle-class ships, Koningsdam combines 21st- century elegance and nautical tradition. Inspired by music, her design features fluid lines, light-filled spaces and innovative, new dining and entertainment venues—from the dazzling, two-story World Stage to Music Walk™, with Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Truly a destination all her own, there’s much to explore on Koningsdam. You will depart Vancouver late afternoon seeing the amazing sites of the city as you sail under the Lions Gate Bridge looking back to the downtown skyline.
Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage 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. (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Port of Call Juneau 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. (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Port of Call Skagway By the end of the 19th century, Skagway was the largest city in Alaska. Klondike 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. (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Cruise Glacier Bay A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park 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. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than any place else in the world. (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. The town 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. (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage Enjoy sailing through the fjords of the Inside Passage. (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Disembark your cruise ship and make your way to your downtown Vancouver hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring.
Today you will have time to explore the beautiful Pacific coastal city of Vancouver. We would recommend Vancouver Sightseeing perhaps a trip to the top of Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge? Be sure to see such sights as Chinatown, Historical Gastown, the markets of Granville Island, and the famous shopping district of Robson Street. Our specialists can help you book and plan all your attractions when you visit Vancouver.
Your amazing holiday has come to an end. Say your farewells to beautiful Canada & Alaska, and transfer to Vancouver Airport either by Skytrain or taxi . Our specialists can arrange this for you when you are planning your itinerary. Fly from Vancouver to the UK.