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Rocky Mountaineer - Rail Tour Holidays

Vancouver, Alaska Cruise & Rockies by Rail

Reference CTS9636
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This fantastic holiday combines an Alaska cruise with a journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train. You will visit some of the most iconic locations in the world!

Return flights from UK
1 night pre/2 nights post-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver
7 Night Alaska cruise onboard MS Nieuw Amsterdam
2 Day Rail Journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer Train travelling in SilverLeaf Dome Coach service including 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & overnight hotel in Kamloops.
2 nights in the beautiful mountain town of Banff

Itinerary

Upon arrival into Vancouver make your way to your overnight Hotel, and the remainder of your day is at leisure. Overnight – Vancouver

Today, please make your own way to Vancouver's Canada Place cruise terminal in time for your 7-night Alaskan Cruise on board Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam. Overnight on board

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 with activity

Visit the historic Alaskan capital of Juneau, uniquely positioned so that it’s not accessible by road. This city offers a colourful mix of atmospheres; from the frontier feel of its hillside setting and lonely downtown buildings, to its cosmopolitan vibe ensured by wonderful restaurants, noteworthy museums and al fresco lifestyle. Learn about Alaska’s native history at the brilliant Alaska State Museum, arguably the best museum in the country, or visit the colonial-style Governor’s Mansion with its impressive totem. For outdoor adventure, the 50 acre Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure centre makes a fun family visit. Hop aboard the guided tours on golf carts which will whizz you past the most incredible views of the Chilkat Mountains. For those who wish to venture further afield, take a trip to the breath-taking Mendenhall Glacier or visit Admiralty Island where bear spotting and rainforest hiking in Pack Creek are the order of the day.

Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers who made it to Skagway took a look at the 500-mile journey that still lay ahead of them and decided a change of profession was in order. So many of them set up shop as provisioners that Skagway was the largest city in Alaska by the end of the 19th Century. Booms fade and dreams move on, but the glory days still reverberate through the town. Ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, step into the Red Onion Saloon or peruse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

If you didn't know any better, you'd think Glacier Bay ostentatious for the way it flaunts its ice. The glaciers practically terminate in your lap. A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park with Holland America Line will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. and it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.

Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongrass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. The stairways are weathered and the vibe is cheerful in the town that calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World. Besides the main attractions - Creek Street, the Tongrass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village. These deep-water fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters.

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 with activity

After a leisurely breakfast, disembark your ship and make your way (independently) to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Vancouver

You are free today 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 travel up Grouse Mountain for spectacular views over the city, on a clear day you can see as far as Seattle! Overnight: Vancouver

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Kamloops. Travel through the Frazer Valley which gives way to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. Pass the raging waters of Hell’s Gate. Overnight in Kamloops

Your journey continues along the South Thompson River and onwards to Rogers Pass. Climb through the engineering marvel of the Spiral Tunnels, and end your journey in the mountain town of Banff and your overnight Hotel. Overnight: Banff

Full day at leisure to explore Banff and the surrounding area. Why not take a ride on the Banff Gondola (not included). Check out the shops, cafes, nightlife and museums. Overnight: Banff

Coach transfer from Banff to Calgary Airport to board your flight back to the UK