Canada's remote landscapes by cruise and rail
See the awe-inspiring landscapes of western Canada and Alaska on this unforgettable journey by road, rail and cruise. Our adventure begins in the heart of Rockies, where you'll have the chance to marvel at shimmering Lake Louise and travel along the spectacular route of the Icefields Parkway. We'll then switch road for rail as we board the famous Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver, travelling through dramatic landscapes of mountains, lakes and steep river canyons. Conclude your adventure with a seven-night cruise along the Inside Passage to Alaska, calling at remote towns framed by extraordinary glacial landscapes.
Alaska Cruise and Rocky Mountaineer Holiday Itinerary
Fly to Calgary, home of the great Stampede, then continue to Banff for a two-night stay.
Day One: Fly to Calgary
Spend today getting to know Banff, a stunning, mountain-framed town and undisputed capital of the Rockies. Imbibe the breathtaking scenery with a visit to Surprise Corner, which gazes out towards iconic Banff Springs Hotel; take a cable car to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, or enjoy an exhilarating helicopter flight over the mountains.
Day Two: Explore Banff
See the shimmering, turquoise waters of Lake Louise, this morning, which shelters in a valley beside the dramatic Victoria Glacier. We'll then join the renowned Icefields Parkway, a spectacular road that winds through the heart of the Rockies, and continue to beautiful Jasper National Park.
Day Three: See Lake Louise and follow the Icefields Parkway
Today we board the legendary Rocky Mountaineer for an extraordinary journey into the depths of the Rocky mountains. This iconic train route offers the chance to delve into remote areas of the mountains inaccessible by foot or any other vehicle. Take in the views from your comfortable seat and enjoy the attentive service as the train skirts the North Thompson River, past soaring Mount Robson, the Pyramid Falls and Yellowhead Pass, to reach Kamloops in the late afternoon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, which is arranged by Rocky Mountaineer.
Day Four: Begin your journey on the Rocky Mountaineer
Our spectacular train journey continues as we re-join the Rocky Mountaineer on its path to Vancouver. Witness the astounding landscape of British Columbia's interior as we speed through canyons and forests, travelling into the Cascade Mountain ranges and onwards past the lush fields of Fraser Valley. Today's scenic treats include the dramatic slopes lining the Thompson River and the gushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. On arrival in Vancouver, transfer to the hotel for a two-night stay.
Day Five: Re-join the Rocky Mountaineer and travel to Vancouver
Sail through the Gulf Islands to visit Vancouver Island on today's optional excursion. We'll visit Victoria, the colonial provincial capital with a distinctly British ambience, to explore its charming centre. Stroll around beautiful Inner Harbour and explore the world-famous Butchart Gardens.
Day Six: Visit Vancouver Island on an optional excursion
After a restful morning we'll board the cruise ship for a seven-night journey along the Inside Passage, sailing through untouched wilderness into the remote state of Alaska.
Day Seven: Set sail on an Alaska cruise
Enjoy a relaxing first full day on board, admiring the vast landscapes and exploring the ship's range of facilities and dining options.
Day Eight: Relax as you sail along the Inside Passage
This afternoon we'll reach the Alaskan capital, Juneau, which shelters beneath soaring mountains from which the immense Mendenhall Glacier flows. Join a tour, or choose from a wealth of exhilarating optional excursions, which include dog sledding and kayaking.
Day Nine: Call at Alaksa's capital, Juneau
Approaching the northernmost point of the cruise, we'll call at Skagway, situated beside the border with Yukon territory. This small city was part of the setting for Jack London's iconic book 'The Call of the Wild', having offered access to the gold fields during the Klondike Gold Rush. Step ashore to discover memorabilia from these glory days, and perhaps visit one of the lively honky-tonk saloons.
Day 10: Visit Skagway
A day of breathtaking scenery awaits us as we cruise into Glacier Bay, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ever-changing glacial landscape is flanked by soaring mountain peaks and echoes with the thunderous sounds of ice crashing into the water.
Day 11: Sail through stunning Glacier Bay
The final stop on our cruise is colourful Ketchikan, Alaska's southernmost city, where wooden stilt houses line the waterfront. Here you'll have the chance to join the optional shore excursion to the Misty Fjords National Monument, a vast wilderness reserve where glacial lakes, waterfalls and snowy peaks form the stunning landscape.
Day 12: Explore Ketchikan
Enjoy a last relaxing day at sea as we cruise back south through the Inside Passage and along the coast of Vancouver Island.
Day 13: Relax as you sail back to Canada
We'll arrive back in Vancouver early this morning, and enjoy a short orientation tour of the city. See restored Gastown, the colourful alleyways of Chinatown and the striking architecture of the Burrard Inlet waterfront, before continuing to the hotel for a one-night stay.
Day 14: Arrive back in Vancouver and enjoy a tour of the city
Spend your final morning at leisure, perhaps exploring the city or buying some last minute souvenirs, then transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
Day 15: Fly back to the UK
Arrive back in the UK at the end of an unforgettable holiday in Canada.
Day 16: Arrive home