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San Francisco to Alaska Luxury Cruise & Canadian Rockies by Rail

 Holiday Ref: 16260

 

Based on 17th May 2019 departure – other similar itineraries available – call for details

Itinerary
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Day 1 - Fly UK to San Francisco

Fly from the UK to San Francisco where you will make your way independently to your central hotel.  

Day 2 - San Francisco

Scenic hills, iconic trams, world famouus prisons...San Francisco has a large, diverse amount of attractions that any new or returning traveller should see and experience which truly befit a city of San Francisco's stature.

Day 3 - Embark on your 10 night Oceania cruise

Day 4 - At Sea

Day 5 - Astoria

The oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria was established in 1811 on the Columbia River. The city is known as the "Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest" because of the colorful Victorian homes clinging to its steep hills. A fine example of that late 1800s architecture is the Flavel House, now a museum with period furnishings

Day 6 - Cruise the outside passage

Day 7 - Sitka, Alaska

Called "Shee Atika" by the Tlingit Indians, then "New Archangel" by the Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, a structure built by the Russians in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska's oldest native culture collections.

Day 8 - Cruising the Hubbard Glacier

Day 9 - Juneau, Alaska

For a state capital, Juneau maintains a surprising small-town charm, in part because it can only be reached by sea or air due to the surrounding wilderness. Collections from the indigenous people are displayed in the Alaska State Museum. Visit Mendenhall Glacier for outdoor adventure.

Day 10 - Wrangell, Alaska

Once a Tlingit Indian stronghold, then a Russian outpost, and finally an American settlement in 1867, Wrangell has endured dramatic change and honors it. See a preserved tribal house on Chief Shakes Island. Learn about the three gold rushes that transformed the area in the Wrangell Museum. Behold the ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks on the nearby beaches.

Day 11 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Totem poles are one of Ketchikan's chief attractions, and the best places to view them are Saxman Village and Totem Bight State Park. Drop by the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center to learn about the local cultures and ecosystems.

Day 12 - Cruising the Inside Passage

Day 13 - Disembark Vancouver

Disembark your cruise and make your way to your downtown Vancouver hotel 

Day 14 - Disembark in Vancouver

Day at leisure to enjoy Vancouver’s fabulous shopping, have a coffee at the cities famous harbour or search for a bargain at the Granville Island 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! Overnight: Vancouver

Day 15 - Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver to Kamloops

After boarding at the Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver Station, travel through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley. Farmland gives way to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains before the rumble of raging waters hail the arrivals of Hell's Gate. Piney forests turn into the abstract beauty of dusty desert hills as you pull in to spend the night in Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 16 - Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to Banff

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 resort town of Banff.

Day 17 - Banff

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

Day 18 - Banff

Day at Leisure

Day 19 - Banff to UK

Transfer from Banff to Calgary where you will catch your return flight back to the UK

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18 Nights from £4,599 pp
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What's Included
  • Return flights from the UK 
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in San Francisco
  • Embark on your 11 night Oceania cruise 
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Vancouver 
  • 2 day rail journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff in GoldLeaf service 
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Banff 
  • FREE 24 hour sightseeing tour in San Francisco 
  • FREE Vancouver sightseeing 
  • FREE Discover Lake Louise & moraine Lake 
  • FREE Explore Banff sightseeing including the Banff Gondola 
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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.

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