6* Luxury Alaska Cruise & Majestic Rockies by Rail
Holiday Ref: 16325
Weekly departures May - September 2018. 2019 Now on Sale. Call for details.
Experience the untamed wilderness of the Alaskan outback from the spacious all-suite Seven Seas Mariner - an Alaska Cruise like no other. With only 350 suites, no queues or crowds, you will get a close personal view of the dramatic depth and beauty of Alaska's vast landscapes when cruising to Alaska. Journey to the wilderness of Alaska and you'll make new discoveries and enjoy the all-inclusive Regent Experience featuring FREE Shore Excursions, complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits served throughout the ship, complimentary 24-hour room service and butler service in upper suite categories.
Combine this with a majestic journey through the Canadian Rockies on board the award winning Rocky Mountaineer train visiting many iconic destinations including Banff, and Lake Louise. This is the holiday of a lifetime.
Upon arrival into San Francisco, make your way independently to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Embark on 10 night Alaska Cruise onboard Regents Seven Seas Mariner
Nestled against the wooded hills along the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. With its steep hills and beautiful Victorian homes, Astoria has been called the “Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest.” Named for the early fur trader, John Jacob Astor, Astoria offers the traveller Fort Clasop, the reconstructed winter quarters of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the elegant Victorian mansion of Captain Flavel and excursions into the breathtaking surroundings including Mount St. Helens.
Founded by Russian fur traders as New Archangel in 1799, Sitka was the historic centre of Russia’s Alaskan empire. The Russian flag was replaced by the Stars and Stripes when the United States purchased the Alaska territory in 1867. Today, picturesque Sitka is known for its fishing industry, an annual summer classical music festival and, of course, its many historic visitor attractions. On a clear day Sitka, the only city in southeast Alaska that actually fronts the Pacific Ocean, rivals Juneau for the sheer beauty of its surroundings.
Skagua, as it is known by the Tlingit, means” windy place.” Skagway, a place of many names, and much history is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway. It was known to thousands of hopeful gold rushers as the gateway to the goldfields. Skagway retains the flavour of the gold rush era and the character of such colourful inhabitants as Soapy Smith “King of the Frontier Con Men”; especially on Broadway, with its false-front buildings, and in the Trail of ‘98 Museum, with its outstanding collection of gold fever memorabilia.
In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris were prospecting for gold with the help of Indian guides. Here they discovered nuggets “as large as beans” at the mouth of the aptly named Gold Creek. Out of their discoveries came three of the largest gold digs in the world where more than $150 million in gold was mined. Juneau’s surrounding beauty and natural wonders have attracted cruise ship travellers for over a century, with steamship companies bringing tourists here since the early 1880’s.
Ketchikan, on the southwest side of Revillagigedo Island, grew up around salmon canneries and sawmills. Ketchikan's name supposedly comes from the native term "Katch Kanna", which roughly translates: "spread wings of a thundering eagle." At one time Ketchikan was proclaimed the “Salmon Capital of the World.” An outstanding collection of totem poles make a visit to Ketchikan essential for anyone interested in Native art. Travellers flock to Ketchikan for their first look at the North Country and are rarely disappointed.
Cruise the Inside Passage
Disembark your cruise ship and make your way independently to your overnight hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Vancouver’s fascinating past and present come together in this tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rainforests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place, the Arts and Financial Districts, and Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park where you visit the First Nations Totem Poles. Continue across the Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Don’t miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre. From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over the Capilano River before you walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side where many unique experiences await. Return to downtown Vancouver and get ready to engage all your senses as you step out into Granville Island Market. This market is an artisan haven for all things local and hand-made, including delicious food, coffee, tea, eclectic artwork, and west coast music. Carry on through bustling Chinatown and continue to historic Gastown, the heart of Vancouver.
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
Full day at leisure.
This morning check out of your Hotel and transfer by scheduled motor coach to Banff. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Build a connection to the World Heritage Site on this trademark sightseeing tour as 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.
Disembark your Coach at the foot of the Banff Gondola and take a trip to the top of Sulphur Mountain and witness some of the most stunning 360 degree views over the Bow Valley and beyond.
Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today you will transfer by scheduled motor coach from Banff to Calgary Airport for your return flight back to the UK