Great Canadian Rail Journey with Alaska Cruise


  • 20 days

  • Alaska

  • Steady pace

tour : CZI

Was from

£5,149pp

Now from

£4,887pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Overview

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This breathtaking tour crosses Canada using the historic railroad. It features spectacular scenery, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to view the falls from the river below; an excursion from Jasper to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll cruise to Spirit Island; a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 750-foot-deep Columbia Icefield; a stop at stunning Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria; and much more.

In Toronto, board the art deco cars of VIA Rail’s® The Canadian train for the highlight of this Canada tour…your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. Enjoy premium service, exquisite cuisine, and amazing views as you sit back and enjoy this marvelous train journey.

Enjoy ferry rides between Vancouver and Victoria. In Victoria, learn about the famous Nanaimo bar and its connections to the island. Other fun experiences Globus has included a narrated scenic cruise on Maligne Lake to see famous Spirit Island and an amazing dinner with stunning views atop CN Tower in Toronto.

But that’s not all…enjoy a 7-night cruise through Alaska and the stunning Inside Passage. Watch for soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. Marvel at glaciers and witness the amazing spectacle of thunder and spray as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. Soak in the local flavor of Juneau, Alaska’s capital, and see the world’s largest totem collection in Ketchikan. This is an excellent choice of vacation if you want to experience the best of Canada VIA Rail’s® and see the majestic beauty on an Alaska cruise.

Highlights

TORONTO
[LF] Dinner at CN Tower; orientation tour
NIAGARA FALLSSightseeing cruise
TORONTO–JASPERPrivate cabin on VIA Rail’s the Canadian® (travel in Sleeper Plus class)
JASPER NATIONAL PARKSightseeing; cruise Maligne Lake
COLUMBIA ICEFIELDIce Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
BANFF NATIONAL PARKSightseeing
KAMLOOPSEnjoy a [LF] riverside BBQ with s’mores
VICTORIAOrientation tour; Butchart Gardens; [LF] special treat
VICTORIA–VANCOUVERScenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands
VANCOUVERSightseeing; farewell dinner
CRUISE7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Volendam or MS Koningsdam

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 17 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 15 dinners

ARRIVE IN TORONTO

Day
1

Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

TORONTO. EXCURSION TO NIAGARA FALLS

Day
2

Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for an orientation tour. This evening, enjoy LF dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower.
NOTE:Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

TORONTO–VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN–ONTARIO

Day
3

After breakfast, transfer to Union Station for departure on the CANADIAN, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada’s heartland. Your Sleeper Plus class rail cars are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950s. Domed observation cars let you enjoy views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario’s landscapes.
NOTE:On VIA Rail, during the day your cabin for two offers armchairs, toilet, and a picture window. By night it transforms to upper and lower beds where guests must be able to climb a ladder to reach the upper bed. Traveling as a single, your cabin by day features small couch-style seating, toilet and sink, and a large picture window. By night, an economy of space requires the pull-down bed to fill the space obstructing the furniture and bathroom facilities. Public restrooms remain available in each coach.
NOTE:Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner

VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN–ONTARIO–WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

Day
4

Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class rail accommodations. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. In the late evening, arrive in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg for a brief stop before continuing west into Saskatchewan.

Meals included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN, THROUGH MANITOBA & SASKATCHEWAN

Day
5

Continue through the prairies and winding rivers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. View the ever-changing landscape with ease and comfort as you meet and mingle with fellow passengers and enjoy freshly prepared meals that showcase Canadian cuisine and regional specialties.

Meals included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN, THROUGH SASKATCHEWAN & ALBERTA–JASPER

Day
6

Travel from Saskatchewan to Jasper with brief stops in Saskatoon and Edmonton. Admire the scenery as your train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper for local sightseeing. Later, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a full-narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

JASPER–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF

Day
7

This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BANFF

Day
8

This morning’s sightseeing includes the Bow River and Falls. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BANFF–KAMLOOPS

Day
9

This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to your riverside resort. Tonight, enjoy a LF riverside BBQ with S’MORES.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

KAMLOOPS–VICTORIA

Day
10

Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. After dinner this evening, enjoy a special LF TREAT with dinner. Learn of the Nanaimo bar, a regional Canadian confection dating back to the 1950s.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VICTORIA

Day
11

Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VICTORIA–VANCOUVER

Day
12

This morning, take the BC FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION)

Day
13

Embark Holland America’s MS Koningsdam or MS Volendam (September 4 & 11 departures only).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE

Day
14

Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

TRACY ARM & JUNEAU

Day
15

This narrow, 26-mile-long fjord is another of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The lush rainforest recedes to reveal a stunning canyon of bare rock. The panorama of 7,000-foot mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. Waterfalls appear at every turn. Icebergs make their way to the sea in all sorts of wondrous shapes. And tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age—the twin Sawyer Glaciers, which calve icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea. Kittiwakes, mountain goats, and seals are a common sight. Whales and bears may even make an appearance in this magical place. If the ship is unable to visit Tracy Arm, an optional excursion may be available out of Juneau. Additional details will be available from the cruise line. Visit one of the most remote capital cities—Juneau. Accessible only by air and water, Juneau is located at the base of two towering mountains in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and is home to a rich Gold Rush history, Native culture, wildlife, and a wealth of natural wonders. Shop for gold nuggets, visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive river of ice that is 12 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SKAGWAY

Day
16

Once a major port for gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon, today you can still ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway up past Deadhorse Gulch to see what it was like ages ago. Step back in time as you stroll the wooden sidewalks of the town, preserved as a U.S. National Historic Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

Day
17

This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects a unique ecosystem in an ever-changing glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea—making for lasting memories. National Park rangers accompany the ship, adding expert commentary to the day’s events.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

KETCHIKAN

Day
18

Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale, and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Saxman Totem Park or Totem Bight State Historic Park. Or, explore Creek Street, now home to contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE

Day
19

Take a second spin through Alaska’s Inside Passage to enjoy the spectacular contrast from wide bays of still waters and barrier islands to narrow waterways edged with towering forested cliffs.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION)

Day
20

The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Please schedule flights after Noon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • Your Train The Canadian is VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Sleeper Plus class features premium service, exquisite cuisine highlighting regional dishes, superb standards of accommodation, and exclusive access to stylish lounges with local artists and music.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 7,500 ft.
  • Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of pubishing. Your Travel Documents will contain the most current information.
  • At least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

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