Sonora Resort & Luxury Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey
British Columbia & Alberta
Luxury Alaska Cruise onboard Silversea’s Silver Shadow cruising the world famous Inside Passage to Alaska, combined with a pre-cruise stay in the vibrant Pacific Coastal city of Vancouver, nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and a post-cruise stay in the mountain village of Whistler, famed for its Winter Skiing but is also a world class summer destination with so much to see and do.
Upon arrival into Vancouver Airport and after clearing immigration a driver will be waiting inside the terminal with a sign displaying your name, and take you to you overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Enjoy the best of Vancouver on this private tour. See the highlights of the downtown core plus the unique neighbourhoods of Chinatown, historic Gastown and fashionable Yaletown. Immerse yourself in Stanley Bay and listen to the stories of the Stanley Park Totem Poles. Pass by English Bay, visit Granville Island Market and The Lookout for 360 degree views of the Vancouver coastal mountains.
Morning at leisure. Afternoon make your way to the cruise terminal and board your cruise ship.
Day of leisure at sea.
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town.
In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans." From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government. Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau's 3,248 square miles. Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.
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.
Enjoy a day of leisure at sea.
Victoria, the capital of a province whose license plates brazenly label it “The Best Place on Earth”, is walkable, liveable seaside city of fragrant gardens, waterfront paths, engaging museums, and beautiful resorted 19th century architecture. In summer, the Inner Harbour – Victoria’s social and cultural centre – buzzes with visiting yachts, horse and carriage rides, street entertainers, and excursion boats heading out to visit pods of friendly local whales. Yes it might be a bit touristy, but Victoria’s good looks, gracious pace, and manageable size are instantly beguiling.
Disembark your cruise ship and transfer by private sedan to Whistler Resort. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Make sure you use your admission to the Peak2Peak Gondola which spans the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, it’s a breathtaking ride.
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains support a population of up to 50 black bears that have adapted to feeding, mating, and hibernating amongst ski area habitats. In this area are also other wildlife such as Coastal Mountain blacktailed deer, coyote, ruffed grouse, red-tailed hawks, barred and great horned owls, and western hoary marmots. Riding in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle, you are lead through a maze of ski area roads that traverse the area’s diverse forests, meadows, and stream environments. Take short walks to bear feeding sites, daybeds, rub trees, and old growth trees where bears have hibernated during the winter.
This morning check out of your Whistler hotel and take your Private Sedan transfer back to Vancouver Airport and you flight back to the UK