Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaskan Cruise

Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaskan Cruise

15

days

starting from US $8,270per person

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Calgary – Transfer to Lake Louise
Your journey begins with a transfer from Calgary Airport into the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains, to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Gaze at this incredible scene, either from the comfort of your 5-star hotel room or whilst enjoying one of the many outdoor activities available right from the hotel.

This evening you can either choose to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or at the intimate Moraine Lake Lodge.

Feature Dinner
This evening you’ll relax and refresh with an indulgent dining experience. Surrounded by spectacular lake views and attentive service, indulge in a 3-course meal in Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Fairview Dining Room or the Walter Wilcox dining room at Moraine Lake.

Day 2 – Lake Louise to Banff
Spend the morning exploring and experiencing perhaps the most famous view of the Canadian Rockies - the turquoise water of Lake Louise. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a guided scenic transfer, from Lake Louise to the lovely mountain hamlet of Banff. The town of Banff is a unique destination, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the charm of a small mountain community. Surrounded by mountain parkland and wilderness, the community shares its space with the wildlife. Keep an eye out while walking amongst the multitude of trees, parks and trails. Overnight in Banff.

Insider tip: Ask us about our Lake Louise activity menu to make the most of your day with a guided canoe, guided hike, gondola ride, or decadent afternoon tea service!

Day 3 – In the Canadian Rockies – Explore Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest.

• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic viewpoints surrounding the Banff town site on a small group sightseeing tour.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Banff Photography Tour
Explore the wilderness of Banff National Park with a private professional guide, and learn how to take great photos or improve your camera skills. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Banff Heli-Hike and Picnic
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided heli-hike and picnic. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Moderate

All travelers will take a thrilling gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, where you can admire the amazing panoramic views of Banff, the Bow Valley, the shimmering Bow River and the gigantic Rocky Mountains. When you feast your eyes on these amazing landscapes you will understand why the Rocky Mountains are such a famous nature destination all over the world.

Insider tip: We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day.

Day 4 – Board Rocky Mountaineer – Banff to Kamloops
This morning you will have a short transfer from your hotel to the Banff rail station to begin your first day onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. As the train climbs over Kicking Horse Pass it travels through the Spiral Tunnels, an engineering wonder completed in 1909 which allows trains to negotiate the steep grade. View remarkable changes in the landscape as the Rocky Mountaineer travels into the interior along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes from the mighty Canadian Rockies. Enjoy good food, great company and awe-inspiring scenery. Overnight in a standard hotel in Kamloops.

Day 5 – Onboard Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Vancouver
Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer this morning for the second part of your train journey. On today’s train trip, you’ll be treated to a wide range of scenery as you travel through the Fraser River Valley along winding river canyons to the arid interior region. Sit back and enjoy the excellent service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, and keep your camera ready to snap a few shots of the Coast and Cascade Mountains. Upon arrival at the Rocky Mountaineer station in Vancouver, you will be transferred to your downtown hotel.

Day 6 – Enjoy Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver – the home of Fresh Tracks Canada
we’re so happy you came to visit! Vancouver is one of the few cities in the world where a typical day might include a morning on the ski slopes and a relaxing afternoon sailing on the glistening waters. For a real taste of the Vancouver lifestyle, we suggest adding a guided cycling tour around the famous Stanley Park Seawall (ask your agent about adding on a tour). Later, catch the sunset from the beach at English Bay or board the gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain for a cocktail and a spectacular view.

Day 7 – Alaskan Adventure Begins – Depart Vancouver and Fly to Juneau
Today you leave the urban environment of Vancouver behind and travel north to the wilds of Juneau, Alaska. Transfer to the Vancouver Airport by private vehicle in time for your flight. Arrive in Juneau and have a day at leisure enjoying the eclectic mix of culture the town has to offer. From wildlife to arts and culture or local brews you will find plenty of activities to occupy your time, all while being surrounded by old-growth forests, snowcapped mountains, glaciers, and wildlife. Overnight in Juneau.

Day 8 – Board your Discoverers’ Glacier Country Cruise – Embarkation
Meet your Un-Cruise Adventures representative and feel the excitement build as you are led to the Safari Endeavour, your home for the next seven nights. Upon stepping onboard, your friendly crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Vast wilderness and scenic passageways await you.

Day 9 – Icy Strait
Watch for the thrilling spray of a breaching humpback on the horizon as you sail into whale territory this morning. Waters rich with marine life, like porpoise, sea lions, and whales, provide an amazing day of adventure photography. Make the most of your day by taking advantage of the keen eye of the wildlife experts onboard; visit the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leader on the main deck. Later in the day, explore your surrounds by kayak or skiff and keep your eyes on the shores for a possible glimpse of wildlife.

Spend the evening relaxing in the on deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with fellow passengers while reminiscing in the salon.

Day 10 – Glacier Bay National Park
Travel close to 100 km toward the tidewater glaciers of Margerie and Grand Pacific. Enjoy the narration of the National Park Ranger onboard and learn about how the glaciers calve the massive icebergs floating in the bay. If the water is suitable, get up closer to the icebergs onboard a small skiff or kayak. Paddling along, you may see eagles, sea lions, puffins, mountain goats, bears, or moose, all amongst the backdrop of some of the most dramatic scenery on earth. Overnight at anchor in the bay.

Day 11 - Chatham Strait / Kuiu Island
The options are aplenty—it's Captain's Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made.

Day 12 – Thomas Bay
The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It’s a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.

Day 13 - Port Houghton
Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove’s remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!

Day 14 – Onboard the Safari Endeavour – Fords Terror and Edicott Arm
Sailing into the area that is widely acclaimed as the most beautiful part of Alaska, have your camera ready in order to capture the steep cliffs walls of the fjord dropping into the sea. The pristine tidal inlet and fjord of Endicott Arm and Fords Terror are only a small part of the large number of designated Wilderness Areas in this region. Enjoy the rare opprotunity to explore the Fjord by kayak or skiff. Take time to revel in presence of the ice-covered mountains high above and watch out for the actively calving glacier in Endicott Arm.

Relax in the salon this evening, after a delicious Farewell Dinner, and relive your favorite moments as your Expeditions Leaders present a “photo journal” of your adventure together.

Day 15 – Your Journey Comes to an End – Disembark

Savour your last breakfast onboard the ship before returning to Juneau and disembarking. You will be transferred to the airport in time to meet your flight (earliest flight possibility is 11:30am). Much too soon, you leave the clean air and colorful sights of the wilderness behind as your journey comes to an end.

Note - Due to the nature of cruise explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Small Ship Alaskan Cruise - Small Ship Alaskan Cruise
Small Ship Alaskan Cruise
First class meals aboard the ship - First class meals aboard the ship
First class meals aboard the ship
The Rocky Mountaineer experience - The Rocky Mountaineer experience
The Rocky Mountaineer experience
Gourmet meals aboard the train - Gourmet meals aboard the train
Gourmet meals aboard the train
Accommodations, rail and cruise service:
• 7 nights of hotel accommodation
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Vancouver and Banff
• 7 night small-ship Alaska Cruise, onboard the Safari Endeavour

Sightseeing & activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Banff*
• Banff Gondola Ride
• Interpretive sightseeing transfer between Banff and Lake Louise

• "From-the-ship" activities and equipment while on the cruise

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
3 course Feature Dinner in Lake Louise
2 delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard the train
• All meals, premium spirits, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages while onboard your Cruise

Transfers:
• A bus transfer between Calgary and Lake Louise (private transfer for Deluxe guests)
• Train station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Banff
• A private transfer between Vancouver airport and hotel, timed for your flight to Juneau
• Juneau airport to hotel transfer
• Airport transfer on disembarkation day in Juneau

Additional Inclusions:
• Cruise wellness program (hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and complimentary massage)
• Baggage handling between cruise ship and hotel on embark/disembark days
• Port fees and taxes for the cruise
• Entry fees to national parks/preserves in Alaska
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Not Included

Not included
• Flight between Juneau and Vancouver (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Meals, other than specified
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and some transfer staff (unless otherwise mentioned)
• GST as applicable
• Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Touring the backcountry on horseback
Touring the backcountry on horseback
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Exploring beautiful Victoria
Exploring beautiful Victoria
• Ask us about upgrading hotels, cabin types or choosing unique mountain lodge accommodation and adding extra nights.
• Ask us for first hand advice on upgrading to Goldleaf service on Rocky Mountaineer.
• Add experiences such as golf, spa, wildlife excursions, or hiking to your trip.
• Add a day trip to Victoria, British Columbia’s quaint capital city on Vancouver Island and visit the Butchart Gardens.
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, exciting both in summer and winter.

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson StreetGeorgian Court Hotel - Join in the fun street atmosphere of Vancouver in the summerGeorgian Court Hotel - Sink into your comfy bed after a day of exploration

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

Rimrock Resort - Exterior of resortRimrock Resort - Resort lobbyRimrock Resort - Deluxe RoomRimrock Resort - Rimrock during winter

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The 5 star Rimrock Resort is one of Fresh Tracks favourite hotels! The hotel is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Exterior of ChateauFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Skating on Lake LouiseFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - The Chateau Lounge

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations

The 5 star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is undoubtedly a beautiful and impressive hotel. Its amazing location overlooking beautiful Lake Louise and the distant mountains can not be compared. There are a variety of restaurant types, so you can do casual or fine dining as you choose. Strolling around the lake, renting a canoe, riding horses, or hiking up to the tea house are all great summer activities. In winter choose from snow shoeing, skating, skiing or taking a sleigh ride around the lake.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Exterior of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - Lobby of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - The hotel spa

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy one of the many activities that the hotel has to offer from tennis, horseback riding, a round of golf, skiing, relaxing at the the Willow Stream Spa (charge), or enjoying a great meal at one of 12 restaurants, lounges or pubs.

Safari Endeavour - Safari Endeavour, an 84 guest small shipSafari Endeavour - Captain’s Cabin with king bedSafari Endeavour - Onboard dining roomSafari Endeavour - Intimate onboard wine barSafari Endeavour - Onboard kayak loading dock

Safari Endeavour

An example of our Expedition Vessel accommodations

The shallow draft of the Safari Endeavour makes this ship capable of nimble exploration and allows access to the areas larger ships cannot go. The ambiance aboard the refurbished 84-guest Safari Endeavour is casual elegance with upscale amenities Exquisitely appointed, the Safari Endeavour features an intimate Wine Bar and spa area with two hot tubs, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and massage suite. Three decks provide wonderful outdoor viewing opportunities.

 

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Prices & Dates

2017 start dates*
Starts Calgary on Sundays
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27


* Eastbound is available, and includes 1 less night in Vancouver. Please enquire for dates and prices.

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
• Pricing is based on departure date, travel service and hotel class for this journey and may vary from your personalized itinerary

• Silverleaf and Goldleaf refer to the type of train service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
• Comfort, Superior, Deluxe, and Deluxe Plus refer to the hotel type
• A Master’s Cabin on the 84 passenger Safari Endeavour ship includes twin or Queen beds, a window or porthole, and private bathroom
• A Captain’s Cabin includes King or twin beds, view window, and private bathroom
• The Commodore Suite includes a king or twin beds, separate sitting area, balcony with french doors, and private bathroom with jacuzzi tub.

Comfort Level Hotels
Master's Cabin, SilverLeaf Service
from US $8,270to US $10,643per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
Captain's Cabin, SilverLeaf Service
from US $9,550to US $11,821per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
Captain's Cabin, GoldLeaf Service
from US $10,654to US $13,175per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

What we love about this trip

Stunning 2-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer train

Spending 3 days in the Canadian Rockies

Small group touring of Banff and Lake Louise

Spending time in the beautiful city of Vancouver

Enjoying 7 days of luxury aboard the 84 guest Safari Endeavor cruise ship

Whale watching, glacier viewing, kayaking, beach combing and wilderness hikes along Alaska’s Inside Passage

Safari Endeavor’s onboard team of expert guides, hosts, and activity coordinators

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Enjoy a perfect balance of adventure and luxury on this 15 day Rockies rail and Alaska cruise vacation. Marvel at the beauty of the iconic Lake Louise, before indulging in a luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train journey to Vancouver. Travel to Juneau, where Safari Endeavor’s onboard team take you into the heart of Alaska’s stunning Inside Passage. Onboard your luxurious and agile vessel, leave the large cruise ships behind as you navigate remote bays and fjords. Daily adventures include glacier exploration, whale watching, bear viewing and rainforest hikes.

Trip Outline

Arrive Calgary 1 night Lake Louise 2 nights Banff 1 night Kamloops 2 nights Vancouver 1 night Juneau 7 nights Alaskan Cruise Depart Juneau

Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaskan Cruise – Map Passengers on Un-Cruise' Safari Endeavour in Alaska The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is surrounded by the forests, mountains and lakes of the Canadian Rockies The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel surrounded by the mountains and forests of the Canadian Rockies What the media say about journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer The Rocky Mountaineer passes through the Canadian Rockies The gold leaf hostess serves passengers complimentary drinks on the Rocky Mountaineer People biking the sea wall in Stanley Park with views of Coal Harbour and downtown Vancouver From the top deck of the Safari Endeavour, passengers view the passing landscape on a Alaskan cruise Passengers view whales on a small boat excursion The Safari Endeavour passes by a breaching whale on an Alaskan cruise Exploring the Alaskan fjords in kayaks
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