The Rocky Mountaineer and Alaska Cruise

  • 17 Days

  • The Canadian Rockies

  • Steady pace

Get ready for a special train ride past mountain peaks, along winding canyons and across the Canadian grasslands aboard this famous locomotive from the Rockies to cosmopolitan Vancouver. Then board your cruise ship for a spectacular journey through the Inside Passage – a compelling landscape of icebergs, islands and Gold Rush towns. You’ll hear stories of the Alaska Native culture along the way, with the chance to spot wildlife including eagles, sea lions and porpoises.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

of 17 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 22nd May 2018

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

  • Banff Stay in the popular mountain resort of Banff, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
  • Columbia Icefield Ride the Ice Explorer over the 1,200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • Rocky Mountaineer Train Take a two-day classic rail journey from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Coast.
  • Inside Passage Sail past virgin forests and glacial mountains.
  • Juneau Soak up the bustling waterfront atmosphere with cruise ships, fishing boats and floatplanes buzzing in and out.
  • Glacier Bay Cruise past the massive icebergs and virgin forests of Glacier Bay.

Day 1

UK - Calgary

Fly to Calgary and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Calgary - Banff

The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. On this morning's tour you can many of its attractions including the Saddledome, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park and Canada Olympic Park. Later, drive to Banff National Park and the mountain resort of Banff, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Banff

The day is yours to enjoy the many pleasures of Banff, one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts. Perhaps join an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Banff - Lake Louise - Jasper National Park

Travel first to Lake Louise, its azure-blue waters a perfect natural mirror, reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Next, precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges, and lakes of exquisite colours come into view as you head through two mountain passes. Another highlight is a stop at the Columbia Icefield for an Ice Explorer ride over the 1,200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier. End the day with a short tour to explore the unspoilt beauty of Jasper, where you will stay for the next two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Jasper National Park

Why not join an optional trip to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you can enjoy a narrated cruise?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Jasper - Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime as you board the famous Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day, all daylight, classic rail journey from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Coast. Passing Mount Robson, at 12,972 feet the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, the train follows the route of the 'Overlanders', 19th century homesteaders who attempted to settle this rugged region. Follow the Thompson River and admire vistas of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops, a major cattle ranching centre.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Kamloops - The Rocky Mountaineer - Vancouver

Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer and continue on an amazing journey through vast ranchlands alongside the South Thompson River. Witness the stark beauty of the Fraser Canyon and see the raging turbulence of Hell's Gate - where the river funnels into a gap just 100 feet wide. Travel through the fertile Fraser Valley, surrounded by the snow-capped Coast Mountains. Reach The Rocky Mountaineer Station in Vancouver early this evening and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Vancouver - Victoria

Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver's beautiful beaches and harbour, Chinatown, Gastown and lovely Stanley Park. Afterwards, set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world famous Butchart Gardens and Thunderbird Park with it's unusual collection of totem poles.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Victoria - Vancouver for embarkation

Morning departure for Vancouver. Transfer to the cruise port to embark MS Volendam for your seven night Alaska cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Inside Passage Cruising

The beauty of the Inside Passage will amaze you as you cruise past 1,000 miles of epic scenery, towering glaciated mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands and virgin forests. There is also plenty of animal and marine life to look out for: sea lions, eagles and porpoises.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Juneau

An afternoon arrival in Juneau, Alaska's capital. The city has a gold rush story to rival that of Klondike, and is only accessible by seaplane or boat. An optional wildlife cruise and salmon fishing will normally be available. Also, you will also have the opportunity to take an optional excursion to Juneau's own glacier, Mendenhall. This impressive river of blue ice is about 1.5 miles wide and over 12 miles long!

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Skagway

Morning arrival in Skagway, Alaska's gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada's Yukon. Skagway was the turbulent staging point for prospectors and still has old-fashioned weathered boardwalks and old-time saloons. Optional sightseeing includes a ride in a vintage parlour car to see the White Pass and Yukon route. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore some more, before setting sail again late this evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Glacier Bay

Cruise into spectacular Glacier Bay early this morning, where forests give way to a rugged landscape rising to rocky peaks. Sixteen huge mountains converge to create an awe-inspiring panoramic wonder, a dramatic scene of awesome glaciers and massive icebergs. Wildlife is abundant, and you may spot eagles, seals, mountain goats, moose and bears in their natural habitat.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Ketchikan

A morning arrival in colourful Ketchikan, situated on Revillagigedo Island and known as the 'salmon capital of the world'. Here, a picturesque harbour shelters fishing boats and seaplanes. A wide choice of optional excursions will be available, including an outing to see Indian Heritage Villages and Totem Bight State Park.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

At sea

Continue cruising south along British Columbia's spectacular coastline. Animal and marine life are abundant in this area and with a little luck you may spot a pod of mighty, yet graceful killer whales.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Vancouver - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Calgary: International Hotel
  • Banff: Irwin's Mountain Inn 
  • Jasper: Lobstick Lodge
  • Kamloops: Silverleaf service provided by Rocky Mountaineer
  • Vancouver: Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown
  • Victoria: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Notes

Book Early: With heavy demand for this tour and limited Rocky Mountaineer seats, especially in GoldLeaf we encourage you to book early

The Rocky Mountaineer: Your rail journey is based on SilverLeaf Service or you may wish to upgrade to GoldLeaf Service.

Please call our Travel Specialists to upgrade to GoldLeaf

SilverLeaf Service

Coach style: Single level dome; Window Style: Oversized domed windows; Included meals served on board: Delicious hot entrée options; Meal service style: Served at your seat; Number of Rocky Mountaineer Hosts: Two; Alcoholic beverages: Complimentary wine or beer at lunch; Non alcoholic beverages: Included; Luggage in Kamloops: Delivered to your hotel.

GoldLeaf Service

Coach style: Bi-level dome; Window style: Fully domed windows with panoramic views upstairs, private dining room on the lower level with large picture windows; Included meals served on board: Gourmet à la carte meals; Meal service style: Served in the dining room; Number of Rocky Mountaineer Hosts: Three to four plus full culinary team; Alcoholic beverages:  Complimentary throughout journey; Non alcoholic beverages: Included; Outdoor viewing area: Large open-air vestible; Luggage in Kamloops: Delivered to your hotel

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation as stated or similar

Your ship

MS Volendam

In addition to fresh flowers throughout the ship, Holland America Line has drawn on its collection of incredible artwork to enhance the interior of the ship's public spaces. Everything from pre-Columbian fetishes and sculptures to Renaissance-era fountains imported from Italy are included in its hallway galleries. At the heart of the ship an elegant sculpture by Luciano Vistosi, inspired by the myriad of moods and colors of a kaleidoscope, greets visitors in a soaring three-story atrium.

Sail aboard Volendam and explore Asia or Australia, Alaska, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
Ship facts
  • Style: Premium
  • Class: R class
  • Size: Medium
  • Number of crew: 615
  • Number of cabins: 690
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 21
  • Capacity: 1380 passengers
  • Main language on board: en-US
  • Currency on board: USD
  • Number of decks: 10
  • Gross tonnage: 62735
  • Length (m): 237.7
  • Width (m): 32.2
  • Speed in knots: 22
  • Launch year: 1999
  • Refit year: 2010
Available cabins on this cruise
Pinnacle Suite

The Pinnacle Suite features bedroom with king-size bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower, with fragrant bath salts and exfoliating loofah mitt for an invigorating shower experience, living room, dining room, dressing room, private veranda, pantry, sofa bed for two persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, guest toilet, floor-to-ceiling windows.

Suite amenities include complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise, complimentary sparkling wine served in the Neptune Lounge upon embarkation and a complimentary bottled water provided in suite at embarkation. Guests in suites also benefit from gorgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night, cold hors d’oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request, binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise, as well as a cocktail party with the ship’s officers. Other benefits include: priority boarding for tendered ports of call, special disembarkation service, priority dining and seating requests, exclusive daily breakfast service, and high tea service in-suite on request. Elegant wooden clothing brush, lint remover and shoehorn for keeping clothing immaculate is also included.

Guests also have access to a very special amenity exclusively for those cruising in a Neptune or Pinnacle Suite, the industry-leading Neptune Lounge features a private place to relax, socialise with other suite guests and enjoy the personalised service of a concierge. The fleet-wide lounges provide worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and WiFi for a small charge. One-Touch 24-hour Concierge Service is available when the Neptune Lounge is closed.

Details

  • 1,127- 1296 Square Feet
  • Private Veranda
  • Sleeps 4

Neptune Suite

Neptune Suites feature two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, with fragrant bath salts and exfoliating loofah mitt for an invigorating shower experience, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, sofa bed for two persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows.

Suite amenities include complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise, complimentary sparkling wine served in the Neptune Lounge upon embarkation and a complimentary bottled water provided in suite at embarkation. Guests in suites also benefit from gorgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night, cold hors d’oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request, binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise, as well as a cocktail party with the ship’s officers. Other benefits include: priority boarding for tendered ports of call, special disembarkation service, priority dining and seating requests, exclusive daily breakfast service, and high tea service in-suite on request. Elegant wooden clothing brush, lint remover and shoehorn for keeping clothing immaculate is also included.

Guests also have access to a very special amenity exclusively for those cruising in a Neptune or Pinnacle Suite, the industry-leading Neptune Lounge features a private place to relax, socialise with other suite guests and enjoy the personalised service of a concierge. The fleet-wide lounges provide worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and WiFi for a small charge. One-Touch 24-hour Concierge Service is available when the Neptune Lounge is closed.

Details

  • 558-644 Square feet
  • Private Veranda
  • Sleeps 4

Vista Suite

Vista Suites feature two lower beds convertible to a queen-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower with fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, sitting area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows. Stateroom amenities include luxurious beds featuring Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, and 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers. Suites also benefit from complimentary fresh fruit on request, elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, Flat-panel TV and DVD player, as well as ice, shoeshine and nightly turndown service.

In addition to the stateroom amenities, guests cruising in Vista Suites also benefit from a variety of firm, medium and soft pillows, no-host mini-bar for easy entertaining, personalised cruise stationery, oversized bath towels, one-touch telephone concierge service, fresh flowers, and complimentary DVD library.

Details

  • 283-379 Square Feet
  • Private Veranda
  • Sleeps 2

Ocean View Stateroom

Ocean View Staterooms feature two lower beds convertible to a queen-size bed, and a bathroom with bathtub and shower, as well as fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure.

Stateroom amenities include luxurious beds featuring Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, and 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers. Suites also benefit from complimentary fresh fruit on request, elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, Flat-panel TV and DVD player, as well as ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

Details

  • 140-319 Square Feet
  • Ocean View
  • Sleeps 2

Interior Stateroom

Interior Staterooms feature two lower beds convertible to a queen-size bed, and a bathroom featuring fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure.

Stateroom amenities include luxurious beds featuring Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, and 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers. Suites also benefit from complimentary fresh fruit on request, elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, Flat-panel TV and DVD player, as well as ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

Details

  • 141-293 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

The beautiful garden theme of ms Volendam is reflected in an artful floral motif throughout the ship's spacious public rooms and elegant staterooms. "Flowers" can be found in abundance in the forms of floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of tropical floral arrangements and chrysanthemums.

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