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Vancouver Alaska Cruise & Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey

Holiday Reference: 16161

This fantastic itinerary combines a stay in Vancouver with a Holland America Alaska Cruise onboard Nieuw Amsterdam.  Sailing through the Inside Passage there are diamond-blue icebergs, rushing mountain streams, waterfalls and flowers of every colour.  Combine this experience with a 2 day award-winning rail journey through the Canadian Rockies  onboard Rocky Mountaineer  to the beautiful mountain town of Banff where you will stay for 2 nights in a hand - picked hotel.  You are sure to have the trip of a lifetime


From £3359pp based on 28th April 2017 departure.  Other similar itineraries are available April – September 2017, call for details
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Day 1 - Fly UK to Vancouver

Upon arrival into Vancouver make your way (independently) to your Vancouver Hotel.  Remainder of the day is at leisure.   Overnight: Vancouver

Day 2 - Embark Niew Amsterdam

After a leisurely morning check out of your Vancouver Hotel and make your way (independently) to the cruise ship terminal where you will board your Ship which will be home for the next 7 nights.

Day 3 - Cruise the Inside Passage

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orca plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline. Numerous ports along the way recount Alaska’s colorful history. In Sitka, an onion-domed church marks Russia’s onetime foothold in the Americas; Ketchikan provides a glimpse of the Native Alaskan experience, with historic totem poles and native-arts galleries; and the legendary town center of Skagway bustles as it did at the turn of the 19th century, when it served as the rowdy Wild West gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush.

Day 4 - Juneau

Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day.The city itself is pleasant, but the real highlight of a visit to Juneau is tracking down some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles. Most sightseeing and whale-watching tours head north to Auke Bay—bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly graceful creatures. If you prefer land mammals, catch a floatplane to a nearby wildlife reserve such as Chichagof or Admiralty Island to spy some bears lolling around.The sleepy, misty city of around 32,000—mostly fishermen and small-business owners—has a frontier town vibe, but welcomes more than a million visitors each summer to its natural attractions, cementing Juneau as Alaska’s number-one tourist destination.

Day 5 - Skagway

At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway—but today it has been reinvigorated as a gateway for a new kind of visitor: those looking to explore Alaska’s colorful history, pristine wildlife and unrivaled natural beauty.At every turn, you’ll find yourself immersed in gold rush lore, from the infamous Red Onion Saloon that still keeps a pistol that Wyatt Earp left behind en route to the Klondike, to the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, a classic narrow-gauge railway that traverses rugged mountains and passes cascading waterfalls and towering glaciers as it connects Skagway to Whitehorse deep in the Yukon. Much of the town has been preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, where rangers offer free walking tours around the historic district. Here you’ll also find a vibrant local community, home to a rich collection of local galleries, curio shops and restaurants serving seafood plucked fresh from nearby waters.

Day 6 - Cruise Glacier Bay

Frosted crags descend into mossy forests and a 457-meter-deep fjord at this World Heritage Site, which is also one of the planet’s largest biosphere reserves. Stone, ice and water continue to collide, sculpting a dramatic landscape that is the crown jewel of southeastern Alaska’s natural wonders.The area’s first European explorer missed it all—but with good reason. When Captain George Vancouver sailed here in 1794, a vast shield of ice, more than 1,200 meters thick, dominated the area. In one of the fastest retreats on record, the glaciers shrank back 105 kilometers (65 miles) by 1916. The formerly glacier-squashed land is rebounding now, rising 30 millimeters each year. Visitors can observe this rebirth: A spruce-hemlock rain forest has sprouted near the mouth of Glacier Bay. Farther north, the more recently exposed land shows sharper edges and thinner vegetation. Still, it’s enough to encourage the return of wildlife, from bald eagles to bears, moose and humpback whales.While the national park is open year round, most travelers prefer the warmth of late May to early September. Even in summer, be prepared for any weather—especially rain! Pack a hat, gloves, wool or fleece layers, a warm coat and waterproof gear if you want to admire the landscape from the open deck of your ship.

Day 7 - Ketchikan

Alaska’s “First City” of Ketchikan is so named because it’s the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain.Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon-fishing and –packing industries—visitors can try their luck on a sportfishing excursion or simply savor the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. It is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park, while the attractions of Saxman Village just outside of Ketchikan offers the chance to see Tlingit culture in action, with working carvers and a dance show in the clan house. And leave time to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon and local art, while exploring gold rush­–era tourist attractions like Dolly’s House Museum.

Day 8 - Cruise the Inside Passage

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orca plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline. Numerous ports along the way recount Alaska’s colorful history. In Sitka, an onion-domed church marks Russia’s onetime foothold in the Americas; Ketchikan provides a glimpse of the Native Alaskan experience, with historic totem poles and native-arts galleries; and the legendary town center of Skagway bustles as it did at the turn of the 19th century, when it served as the rowdy Wild West gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush.

Day 9 - Disembark Vancouver

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

Day 10 - Vancouver

This morning you will depart your hotel on a tour which begins with an introduction to downtown including Canada Place, and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural 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. Get the camera ready for a photo stop at Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the English Bay beach area, followed by 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. This tour is a great introduction to the scenic and historic highlights of Vancouver.  Overnight: Vancouver

Day 11 - Vancouver to Kamloops

Today you will travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Kamloops.  Travel through the Fraser Valley which gives way to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains.  Pass the raging waters of Hell’s Gate.  Overnight: Kamloops

Day 12 - Kamloops to Banff

Your journey continues east 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 resort town of Banff and you overnight hotel.  Overnight: Banff

Day 13 - Banff Sightseeing

This morning jump aboard the Banff Gondola Shuttle to take a breathtaking  ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an awe-inspiring 360-degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty.  Enjoy the interpretive hiking trails that lead along the ridge of the mountain.

This evening you will be picked up at your hotel to take a sightseeing and wildlife seeking tour which travels through ariety of landscapes giving you the best chance to observe animals in their natural environment. Learn what is threatening wildlife today and how the National Parks strive to protect animals and their habitat. You will leave the Safari with a greater understanding of the land and animals that we see on 95% of our tours.  Overnight: Banff

Day 14 - Banff to Calgary Airport

Today your time in the beautiful Canadian Rockies ends!  Take your scheduled coach to Calgary Airport for your return flight back to the UK

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13 Nights from £3,359 pp
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Whats Included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 1 night pre/1 night post-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver including breakfast.
  • 7 night Alaska Cruise onboard Holland America Lines Nieuw Amsterdam
  • All meals & entertainment onboard ship
  • 2 day rail journey onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff in SilerLeaf Service, a dome single-level carriage. Including 2 breakfasts 2 lunches & overnight hotel in Kamloops
  • 2 nights hotel stay in Banff including breakfast
  • FREE Vancouver City & the Lookout Tour
  • FREE Banff Gondola Admission
  • FREE Banff Evening Wildlife Tour
  • FREE $200 onboard ship spend
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You can swap out any part of this itinerary, add activities, tours or extend your stay and even upgrade your accommodation to build your dream holiday.

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