Luxury Alaska Cruise , Vancouver and Majestic Rockies by Rail
BOOK CONCIERGE SUITE BY 26th FEBRUARY AND WE WILL UPGRADE YOUR ROCKY MOUNTAINEER RAIL JOURNEY TO GOLDLEAF DOME SERVICE FREE!
Experience the untamed wilderness of the Alaskan outback from the spacious all-suite Seven Seas Mariner. 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. 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, Jasper and Lake Louise. This is the holiday of a lifetime.
Canada (regional airports and business and first class flights available on request). Upon arrival transfer from the airport to your Vancouver downtown hotel.
Spend the morning at leisure before embarking on your 7 night Alaskan adventure onboard Regents seven seas Mariner
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
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. Travelers flock to Ketchikan for their first look at the North Country, and are rarely disappointed.
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 travelers for over a century, with steamship companies bringing tourists here since the early 1880’s.
This stupendous fjord is part of the 30 mile long Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness region -- located about 60 miles southeast of Juneau. Tracy Arm charms the traveler with snow capped peaks, shear rock palisades, waterfalls, rainbows and massive tidewater glaciers. Drift among the icebergs for close-up view of Sawyer Glaciers, gleaming subtle shades of blue under a glorious expansive sky. Be sure to watch for seals and whales frolicking among the clear, cerulean 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.
Victoria is a picture-perfect city exuding old-world charm, with fragrant and colorful flowers everywhere. Founded in 1843 by James Douglas of the Hudson’s Bay Company, it was first known as Fort Victoria. By 1848, Vancouver Island was made a British colony. In 1868, Vancouver Island was incorporated with mainland British Columbia. Although it is a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver. The harbors, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure crafts, ferries, and floatplanes.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before disembarking in Vancouver and making your way to your downtown hotel. Overnight - Vancouver
Day at leisure. Free to enjoy Vancouver’s fabulous shopping, have a coffee at the cities famous harbour or search for a bargain at the Granville Island Markets. Why not travel up Grouse Mountain for a spectacular view over the city, on a clear day you can see as far as Seattle! Overnight: Vancouver
Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops. You will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC 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. Overnight in Kamloops.
Your rail adventure continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park.
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. Overnight: Jasper
This morning check out of your Jasper Hotel and pick up you hire car and begin your journey along Canada’s most scenic mountain road – The Icefield Parkway. This is the route to over one hundred glaciers, turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls. There is plenty opportunity for you to stop and take in this amazing scenery. Make a stop at the Columbia Icefield Visitors Centre, and jump aboard an Ice Explorer for a spectacular ice adventure onto the Athabasca Glacier, you will also experience Jasper National Parks newest attraction the Glacier Skywalk (all of these have been included for you). Overnight: Banff
You will spend a night in the beautiful mountain town of Banff, nestled at the foot of the magnificent Sulphur Mountain. Banff is a perfect base to explore from – visit Lake Louise or Moraine Lake. Take time to enjoy the shopping, the restaurants and bars while strolling along Banff Avenue.
Full day at leisure to explore Banff and the surrounding area. Why not take a ride on the Banff Gondola a free excursion in your package. Check out the shops, cafes, nightlife and museums. Overnight: Banff