Splendour of the Rockies & Ultra Luxury Alaska Cruise
Holiday Ref: 16504
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 and Vancouver. This is the holiday of a lifetime.
Upon arrival into Calgary Airport transfers have been arranged for you to your overnight Calgary Hotel. You will stay at the Fairmont Pallister Hotel, and admission to the Calgary Tower has also been included for your enjoyment. Experience views from 525 feet above the city.
Today you will transfer by scheduled motorcoach to Banff where you will stay for 2 nights at the stunning Rimrock Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
An early start to the day for a tour of Banff where you will Learn about the people, geology and wildlife while exploring the spectacular sights of the renowned mountain town of Banff. This
excursion is highlighted with a journey on the Banff Gondola (included) for a 360º view of six mountain ranges that surround the town, then a brief stop at Lake Minnewanka before returning to your hotel. Remainder of the day is yours to enjoy as you please.
Highlights of this tour include:
Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Hoodoo’s, Surprise Corner, Lake Minnewanka Loop, Two Jack Viewpoint, Banff Gondola admission, Sulphur Mountain, light snacks & refreshments.
Depart your hotel this morning for a short transfer to join the Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf Service for a two-day rail journey to Vancouver. This route will take you through the remarkable engineering achievement of the Spiral Tunnels and continue through Rogers Pass in the Glacier National Park. Onboard you will experience endless views of snow- capped mountains and stunning glaciers through the domed panoramic roof allowing you incredible photo opportunities. Overnight in Kamloops.
Re-board Rocky Mountaineer® ready for a day of show stopping scenery and superior service. Following the Thompson River, you will pass through Ashcroft, the Rainbow Canyon with its beautiful colourful cliffs and on to the Fraser Canyon and Hells Gate. The last leg of this incredible journey takes you through the lush farming regions of Fraser Valley and on to the Pacific City of Vancouver. Upon arrival into the rail station we have arranged your short transfer to the Vancouver Loden Hotel where you will stay for the next 3 nights.
Morning at leisure then around 12 noon depart on a 5 hour City Tour with a visit to the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. Vancouver’s fascinating past and present come together in this tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rain
forests. 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.
Highlights Include: Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park, Historic Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street Shopping District, Granville Island, Canada Place
Today is all yours to relax and explore the city.
You will have the morning at leisure, then transfer to the cruise terminal to board the ship for your 10 night Alaska Cruise.
Today you sail along the world famous Inside Passage en-route to Alaska.
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.
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 gold fields. 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.
Day at sea to enjoy the many on-board activities. Relax at the Canyon Ranch Spa or take part in an exercise class. Take this opportunity to peruse the many Boutiques onboard.
Juneau - 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.
Prince Rupert - The port of Prince Rupert is the largest community on British Columbia's north coast. Deep-green fjords and coastal rain forest surround this quaint fishing town, located on Kaien Island at the mouth of the Skeena River, where the Tsimshian people have been for thousands of years. Prince Rupert was, at the time of its incorporation in 1910, poised to rival Vancouver as a centre for trans-pacific trade. Prince Rupert turned instead to fishing and forestry.
Cruising the Outside Passage en-route to Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria - Victoria is a picture-perfect city exuding old-world charm, with fragrant and colourful 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 harbours, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure crafts, ferries, and floatplanes.
Arrive in Vancouver. Disembark and take your private transfer to Vancouver Airport for your return flight back to the UK.