We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website. Continue using our site if you are ok with this. Accept and Close »
Menu
0800 0334782 Call

Open 7 days

Call us free on 0800 0334782
Enquire Now

Exploring Western Canada with Alaska Cruise

Holiday Ref: 16315

Start planning your Rocky Mountain getaway with this one of our most popular tours. Everything you must see on maybe your first trip the Rocky Mountains is included for you from the beautiful resort of Banff with a rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver nestled at the foot of the Coast Mountains and hugging the Pacific Ocean, to an unforgettable Alaska Cruise. Memories never to be forgotten!

Selected departures May – September 2017 & 2018. Call for details.

Itinerary
ItineraryCollapse All
Day 1: Fly UK to Calgary

Upon arrival into Calgary Airport, transfer by scheduled motor coach to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Calgary to Banff

This morning transfer by motorcoach to Banff.  Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 3: Banff

Today is free to allow you time to explore this beautiful town nestled below Sulphur Mountain.  Make sure you use your Banff Gondola Admission to take an exhilarating ride to the top of the mountain and witness some of the most breath-taking 360 degree scenery you will every see.

Day 4: Banff to Kamloops onboard the Rocky Mountaineer

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

Day 5: Kamloops to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer

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.

Day 6: Vancouver

Full day at leisure in Vancouver.  You are free to enjoy Vancouver’s fabulous shopping, have a coffee at the cities famous harbour or search for a bargain at the Granville Islands Markets.  You could also take a trip up Grouse Mountain for spectacular views over the city, on a clear day you can see as far as Seattle!

Day 7: Embark on Star Princess 7 night Alaska Cruise

Today, please make your way to the Canada Place Cruise terminal for your 7 night Cruise onboard Star Princess.

Day 8: At Sea – Inside Passage

These are serene waters, where one moment you can be sailing a wide bay of barrier islands and the next you’re cruising through a narrow waterway flanked by towering forested walls. That’s the splendid spectacle of the Inside Passage – the scenery is constantly changing, from picturesque shores to friendly coastal towns.

Stretching from Puget Sound, Washington, through the British Columbia coast and into the Gulf of Alaska, the Inside Passage includes more than 1,000 islands, seemingly endless shoreline and thousands of idyllic coves and bays. Sailing with Princess, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking scenery and encounter ports like Gold Rush-era Skagway, Salmon Capital of the World Ketchikan, the capital city of Juneau and British-flavored Victoria.

These are places where you can visit a Native village, learn about the triumphs and tragedies of Alaska’s Gold Rush heyday or go dog sledding with a real musher. The Inside Passage is your gateway to the fascinating and colorful culture, history and sights of the Great Land.

Day 9: Glacier Bay National Park

Princess is one of a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay, the highlight of our 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. Just west of Juneau, this breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world's most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea. Not surprisingly, Glacier Bay National Park and its epic ice giants are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising Alaska's magnificent park system.

During your scenic cruise, friendly Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place and host a fun Junior Ranger program for kids. They may even be able to help you identify Glacier Bay's abundant wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and large colonies of seabirds.

Take in the awe-inspiring scenery as you enjoy an unforgettable day of sailing through this dazzling park, where you'll glide along emerald waters and past calving icebergs, and can breathe in the crisp, fresh air to your heart's content.

Day 10: Skagway

Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn't the easiest.

Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.

The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska's largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome.

Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.

Day 11: Juneau

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.

Day 12: Ketchikan

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.

In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city.

Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.

Day 13: Inside Passage

These are serene waters, where one moment you can be sailing a wide bay of barrier islands and the next you’re cruising through a narrow waterway flanked by towering forested walls. That’s the splendid spectacle of the Inside Passage – the scenery is constantly changing, from picturesque shores to friendly coastal towns.

Stretching from Puget Sound, Washington, through the British Columbia coast and into the Gulf of Alaska, the Inside Passage includes more than 1,000 islands, seemingly endless shoreline and thousands of idyllic coves and bays. Sailing with Princess, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking scenery and encounter ports like Gold Rush-era Skagway, Salmon Capital of the World Ketchikan, the capital city of Juneau and British-flavored Victoria.

These are places where you can visit a Native village, learn about the triumphs and tragedies of Alaska’s Gold Rush heyday or go dog sledding with a real musher. The Inside Passage is your gateway to the fascinating and colorful culture, history and sights of the Great Land.

Day 14: Disembark Vancouver

Disembark your cruise ship and make your own way to Vancouver Airport for your return flight back to the UK

13 Nights from £3,099 pp
Price Includes

Please Note all of our trips can be tailor-made to suit your requirements

Enquire Now
Call us free on
0800 0334782
What's Included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 1 night hotel stay in Calgary
  • Coach transfer to Banff
  • 2 night hotel stay in Banff
  • 2 day rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer in SilveLeaf service from Banff to Vancouver. Including 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & overnight hotel in Kamoops.
  • 2 nights pre-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver
  • 7 night Alaska Cruise onboard Star Princess
  • FREE Banff Gondola Admission
  • FREE $100 onboard ship spend per stateroom
Tailor-Make Your Holiday

You can swap out any part of this itinerary, add activities, tours or extend your stay and even upgrade your accommodation to build your dream holiday.

Enquire Now
View 2018 Rocky Mountaineer Rail Brochure