The Ultimate Journey
Holiday Ref: 16515
Each July, for the 10 days of the Stampede, Calgary puts on its hats and welcomes the world. The entire city is swept up in Stampede celebrations as the Calgarians take western hospitality to a new level!
For the ultimate adventure we have included your 3 night “stampede experience” in a fantastic itinerary that includes a rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer Train and a luxurious 7 night Alaska Cruise sailing on Holland America Line ms Volendam. With time to relax in the mountain resort of Banff and a stay in the beautiful pacific coastal city of Vancouver pre & post-cruise this is without doubt the Ultimate Journey!
Book by 31 August to benefit from the following offer –
Hotel Upgrade during your stay in Banff to the luxurious Rimrock Resort Hotel a AAA/CAA Four Diamond Hotel located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park.
The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, Fine dining, relaxations spa and complimentary shuttle transfer to the centre of Banff. For a trip of a lifetime the unmatched style and superb hospitality make the Rimrock Resort a very special place for a truly memorable experience.
Rail Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer 2 day rail when you book a Balcony Stateroom. – enjoy gourmet cuisine in a private dining room, wonderful views of majestic scenery from the upstairs glass dome seating area and take photographs to last a lifetime from an exclusive outside vestibule
This holiday is, without doubt, the Ultimate Journey!
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Fly UK to Calgary. On arrival make your way independently to your overnight hotel.
The next two days you will visit the largest outdoor rodeo in the world! Professional cowboys compete in a myriad of events. Don your western duds, saddle up and enjoy a Stampede breakfast, square dancing, parades, spectacular grandstand shows and fireworks.
This morning you will transfer by motorcoach to Banff where you will overnight.
Today you will take a tour exploring the spectacular sights of the renowned mountain town of Banff. This excursion includes a journey on the Banff Gondola and a brief stop at Lake Minnewanka.
Full day to explore Banff. Stroll along Banff Avenue, and stop off for a coffee in the one of the many coffee houses. Finish off your evening by dining in downtown.
Today you will board the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer and begin your journey to Vancouver. Travel through a spectacular array of scenery, glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight Kamloops.
On today’s rail journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environmental of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley Transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast you will take a city tour which will wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre oasis, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. View the First Nations Totem Poles, and gaze upon rainforest and shoreline scenery on the way through the park to Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the English Bay beach area, and the eclectic Granville Island Market. Top off this adventure with a glass elevator ride 169 metres above the streets, at the Vancouver Lookout, for views of the ocean, the Coastal Mountains, the city and rugged shoreline.
Today you will transfer (included) to the Vancouver port to embark on ms Volendam.
Spend the day sailing the Inside Passage, a region of pristine water, snow-capped mountains, deep fjords and forested island.
Dock in the afternoon at Icy Straight Point. Here you will find more brown bears than humans! Enjoy the Hoonah, Alaska’s largest Native Tlingit Village and check out the world’s largest Ziprider.
Visit Skagway, once one of the largest cities in Alaska. 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 Historic Park.
Cruise into Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Watch as the glacier calves and the ice thunders into the sea sending water hundreds of feet into the air. Hold your breath as you catch the moment on film, then you wait for it to happen again.
Dock after lunch in Ketchikan. Tour the area by foot, kayak, bike or try the zipline. Seeing the sights is easy in Ketchikan. Even if you just stand in the middle of town and look out over the waterfront, you’ve already taken in more natural beauty than most people do in a month.
Another day cruising the Inside Passage – get your camera out, you have a second chance to catch what you missed the first time.
Disembark and transfer (included) to your downtown Vancouver hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Make sure to make dinner reservations at one of Vancouver’s amazing restaurants.
Your ultimate adventure come to an end when you check out of your hotel and head to Vancouver airport for your flight back to the UK.