The Ultimate Journey
Holiday Ref: 16395
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 ( SilverLeaf service) 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 Vancouver pre & post-cruise this is without doubt the Ultimate Journey!
Book a Balcony Stateroom or above and receive a FREE upgrade to GoldLeaf Service on board the Rocky Mountaineer – 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.
Exclusive departure 9th July 2018 – other similar itineraries available, call for details!
Upon arrival in Calgary International Airport, transfer by Shuttle to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Calgary
Visit the Stampede showground in Calgary. You'll have plenty of time to experience this iconic outdoor event and soak up the fantastic atmosphere as you watch authentic rodeos, chuck-wagon races and grandstand shows
Today you'll return to the Stampede showground for another taste of the Wild West. As well as thrilling rodeos, there'll be entertainment in abundance with live music, rides and games, and the Skyride that takes you from one side of the park to the other.
This morning checkout of your Calgary hotel and transfer by schedule motor coach to the mountain resort of Banff where you will spend the next three nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure to check out this beautiful town nestled at the foot of Sulphur Mountain. Overnight: Banff
Today is at leisure for you to make your own exploration of Banff. Outside of town, the dramatic Canadian scenery awaits you. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, or why not go for a soak in the famous therapeutic spring waters of the Upper Hot Springs? Overnight: Banff
Today take a breath-taking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an awe-inspiring 360-degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Enjoy the interpretative hiking trails that lead along the ridge of the mountain. Overnight: Banff
Today you will leave Banff behind and Travel onboard the Rocky to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops
Today your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment 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. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight: Vancouver
Today take a tour of Vancouver. The highlights of this tour include stops at Stanley Park at the Totem Poles and Queen Elizabeth Park. You will also travel by Chinatown, Gastown, Prospect Point and English Bay Beaches. Admission to the Lookout Tower is also included. Overnight: Vancouver
Morning at leisure, then in the afternoon make your way to the cruise terminal for your 7 night Alaska Cruise.
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.
No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. You need to come by air or water, but when you arrive, the place will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in close proximity. The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door. The vast Tongass National Forrest stretches away to the northeast. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee or fish.
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
Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass 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 Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village — try a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. These deepwater fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters.
Past waterfalls, thick forests and glacier tongues you will experience the beauty of nature. The Inside Passage has a coast line of approximately 24,000 kilometres. You will find a lot of islands along the sea way.
After a leisurely breakfast disembark your cruise ship and make your way independently to your overnight Vancouver Hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Vancouver
Today transfer to Vancouver Airport where you will board your flight back to the UK