Journey Across Canada & Alaska Cruise
Holiday Ref: 16402
Discover the very best of Canada on this truly epic journey from Toronto in the east to Vancouver in the west. Begin your journey 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. Follow this with a rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train from Jasper to Vancouver, the views outside your window is always changing, from the towering rockiest go the central plains and emerald lakes.
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Book a Balcony Stateroom on your cruise and we will upgrade your Rail Journey to GoldLeaf Service for £250pp which includes:
- Fully domed windows give you unparalleled panoramic views in the upper-level of custom designed bi-level dome coach.
- Delectable hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches from an a la carte menu, served in the lower-level dining room of your dome coach.
- An exclusive outdoor vestibule area in the lower-level of your dome coach
Available on selected dates May – September 2019
Upon arrival into Toronto Pearson Airport transfer independently to your overnight hotel.
Day at leisure to experience the sights of Canada’s largest and most diverse city. We recommend you take a City Tour – highlights include: The Eaton Centre, Chinatown, CN Tower and Old and New City Hall’s with lots of photo opportunities. There is an optional drop off at the Harbour for a boat tour (prices available on request).
This morning you will depart from your Toronto Hotel in an air-conditioned motorcoach for a breathtaking full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Included is Hornblower Cruise, Lunch overlooking Niagara Falls, Free time in Niagara on the Lake and a Winery tour including a wine tasting.
Upon arrival into Calgary, transfer by coach to the mountain town of Banff. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today is yours to explore more of this beautiful mountain town with its many craft shops, quirky coffee houses and cafes. Take a ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular 360 degree views over the Bow Valley below and beyond (included)
Today you will travel north along the famous Icefields Parkway one of the world most spectacular drives to mountain resort of Jasper.
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Jasper. Fascinating in beauty and history, Jasper is set amid some of the most rugged peaks in the Rockies. You may wish to take a tram ride up Whistler's Mountain, soak in the pools at Miette Hot Springs (among the Rockies' warmest natural hot springs) or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world and enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (suggested activities are not included). Marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water's edge.
Today you will travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet), Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops
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.
You'll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage, a complex labyrinth of fjords and bays where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months.
Go whale watching, learn Tinglit tribal customs, buy arts-and-crafts gifts, or fly high above Port Frederick on a 1.6km long zip-rider. Later, tuck into the best ever halibut and chips on the cookhouse deck of historic Hoonah Packing Company cannery.
Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes
Some sightseeing is best from above. View the majestic Mendenhall Glacier from the East Glacier Loop Trail, or sail 1,800ft aloft via gondola to Mount Roberts. The fresh air’s sure to whet your appetite so try out the local treat - crisp crab cakes.
Experience Eden firsthand. Kayak tranquil saltwater fjords fringed by ancient forests, keeping an eye out for black bear and playful porpoise. Tour the great outdoors by foot or bike, or whiz above ocean shores and never-ending forests by zipline
You'll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage, a complex labyrinth of fjords and bays where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months
After a leisurely breakfast disembark your cruise ship, and make your way (independently) to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure
Today your amazing journey ends with a checkout of your hotel and transfer independently to Vancouver Airport for your return flight back to the UK