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Alaska small ship cruise and Rockies by rail

Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaska Small Ship Cruise

14

days

starting fromUS $11,170per person

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The Combined Small Ship Alaska Cruise And Rockies Train Vacation

On this small ship cruise and Rockies rail vacation, we’ve combined two incredible adventures into one seamless experience. Marvel at the beauty of iconic Lake Louise, before a luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train journey to Vancouver. Travel to charming Sitka, Alaska where your small ship crew will sail you into the heart of Alaska’s wilderness. Here, a team of guides lead you into the remote bays and fjords of Alaska, with a daily menu of adventure only a small ship experience can offer.

Trip Outline

14 Days / 13 Nights

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

Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaska Small Ship Cruise - Map

Availability

MayJunJulAugSep

Places Visited

CalgaryBanffLake LouiseKamloopsVancouverAlaska

Accommodation Style

HotelCruise

Your Train Experience

Rocky Mountaineer

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Stunning rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer train

  • Great choice of adventures in the Canadian Rockies

  • Enjoying small ship advantages - going where the large ships can't go

  • Whale watching, glacier viewing, kayaking, beach combing and wilderness hikes in Alaska

  • Expert guides, hosts, and activity coordinators on your cruise

Common Questions

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    Our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • Can this trip be made shorter or longer?

    Absolutely! We personalize all our clients' trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you'd like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don't interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can get your FREE personalized trip plan and decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • Am I on the train the whole time?

    All of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada's beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect train experience.

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is the train experience like?

    Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

    Featured train experiences:

      Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips are personalized to fit our clients' schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. Please request your personalized quote which will provide you with the detailed information you need.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

  • Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C). The interior of British Columbia, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer.

This Trip in Pictures

Begin your trip in the Canadian Rockies with a adventure in Banff.

Begin your trip in the Canadian Rockies with a adventure in Banff.

Explore beautiful Lake Louise

Explore beautiful Lake Louise

Take the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver

Take the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver

Enjoy the breathtaking views, gourmet food and outstanding service.

Enjoy the breathtaking views, gourmet food and outstanding service.

Arrive in the coastal Canadian city of Vancouver.

Arrive in the coastal Canadian city of Vancouver.

Board the Safari Endeavour and meet your team of expert guides.

Board the Safari Endeavour and meet your team of expert guides.

Get close to nature onboard skiff excursions.

Get close to nature onboard skiff excursions.

Explore the fjords of Southeast Alaska by kayak

Explore the fjords of Southeast Alaska by kayak

Recommended Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule and budget.

Note: Alaskan Cruise portion of this itinerary runs from either Sitka–Juneau or Juneau–Sitka depending on your departure date.

 

Day 1 – Arrive Calgary and Transfer to Banff
Welcome to Calgary International Airport, travel from here through the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the town of Banff. From the very beginning, we ensure your vacation is off to the best start! Your arrival transfer is taken care of with door to door service from the airport to your hotel. The town of Banff is a unique destination – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the charm of a small mountain community. Breathe in the fresh Canadian Rockies air – you’ve arrived!

 

Feature Dinner in Banff
No need to worry about finding a place to eat this evening, we make sure you are taken care of with a delicious meal at one of our favourite restaurants in Banff.

Overnight in Banff.

 

Day 2 – 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 in Banff:

 

• Option 1: Private Sunrise Photography Tour
Wake up early to experience the stunning scenery of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos, ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride
Enjoy a small-group tour to discover Banff’s unique folklore and natural history. You can take short walks along the way, and at the end, ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Banff E-Bike Tour
Cycle the Banff and Bow Valley area with ease on an E-Bike tour. This adventure will journey through the best of Banff and the surrounding area adjusting to the interests of the group and the weather.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Banff.

 

Day 3 – Travel from Banff to Lake Louise
Enjoy a scenic transfer from Banff to Lake Louise. Upon arrival at Lake Louise, check into the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and enjoy the amenities of your fabulous lakeshore hotel. Gaze at the turquoise blue lake, surrounded by glacier clad mountains. Walking trails lead right from the hotel’s front door, the picture-perfect overnight stop in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

 

Insider tip: Ask us for our Lake Louise activity menu, from which you can choose activities such as a Lake Louise interpretive gondola ride or Afternoon Tea.

Overnight in Lake Louise.

 

Day 4 – Board Rocky Mountaineer – Lake Louise to Kamloops
This morning you will have a short transfer from your hotel to the Lake Louise rail station to begin your first day onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. 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. This evening, your train arrives in the small town of Kamloops where you are free to enjoy a dinner on your own and a night in a standard hotel.

 

Day 5 – Train Journey Continues – 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.

Overnight in Vancouver.

 

Day 6 – Vancouver to Sitka, Alaska
After a private transfer to the airport, fly to Sitka, Alaska to begin your cruise adventure. Sitka is Alaska’s most charming seaside town, surrounded by misty islands and soaring, snow-capped mountain peaks. Explore the influence of Tlingit, Russian, and American culture at the Cultural Centre, or simply relax in your hotel.

Overnight in Sitka.

 

Day 7 – Sitka, Alaska – Cruise Embarkation
Stepping aboard your expedition cruise ship, your friendly crew greets you with a champagne toast and warm smiles. Your ship’s course is set to explore the ancient glaciers, moss-clad rainforest, and vast fjords of Southeast Alaska. Being on a small ship expedition ensures you’ll get to go where the large cruise ship can’t. Your passionate crew will ensure each day offers the most rewarding experiences, based on weather, wildlife sightings, and guest’s interests.

Overnight in your private cabin.

 

Day 8 – Krestof Sound / Nakwasina Sound
Sail along with the dense Baranof Island forest to one side and small, wild islands on the other. Your first day offers options to drop anchor and find adventure. Discover the region’s intertidal zones, teeming with life and attracting impressive predators such as sea lions, black bears, and eagles. Slip into a kayak, nose along the shore in a skiff or head into the Tongass National Forest on foot with your expedition team. Spend the evening relaxing back on the boat.

Overnight in your private cabin.

 

Day 9 – Neva Strait and Sergius Narrows
Your agile vessel is put to the test as you navigate your way through Neva Strait and Sergius Narrows – at some points only 300 feet wide. As you sail along, peer into the dense, misty forest onshore – this is a great place to spot black bears. As you skiff ashore for a backcountry hike, see otters floating on their backs as they busily feed on shellfish or urchins.

Overnight in your private cabin.

 

Day 10 – Peril Strait and Chichagof Island
Navigate the dramatic currents of Peril Strait on your way to explore Chichagof Island – home to one of the world’s highest concentrations of coastal brown bears. After sailing the glacier-carved fjords of the Chichagof coast, set off with your guides to explore the moss covered forest onshore. Photograph yourself next to a massive red cedar, hunt for intertidal life in tide pools, and keep an eye out for bears foraging along the shoreline.

Overnight in your private cabin.

 

Day 11 – Icy Strait
Kick start the day with on-deck yoga stretches but remember to watch for the thrilling spray of a breaching humpback on the horizon as you sail into whale territory this morning. Then head out for a day of exploration with your choice of skiff, paddle or boots. Hop in a skiff and glide around Icy Strait, past giant bullwhip kelp to an outcropping where sea lions play. Pop on mud boots for a forest hike with top-notch guides pointing out animals, plants, and geology. At the end of this unforgettable day, you’ve earned a soak in the onboard hot tub.

Overnight in your private cabin.

 

Day 12 – Glacier Bay National Park
Travel close to 100 km (62 miles) toward the tidewater glaciers of Margerie and Grand Pacific, in Glacier Bay National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Once you round Point Gustavus, a park ranger joins you on board to share their vast knowledge. The specialness of this place starts to sink in, as one of its truly privileged visitors. Sea lions jockey for position among puffins, black oystercatchers, and other sea birds at South Marble Island. Mountain goats climb and bears scrounge for food along the park’s inland shores.

Overnight in your private cabin.

 

Day 13 – Captain’s Choice
Your captain picks the prime spot for adventure today, as you explore the rugged natural beauty of Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait.  Join a paddling excursion, search tide pools for microscopic life or stretch your legs on a hike through the forest. Take your final photographs of this spectacular wilderness, as bald eagles dot the tree tops, harbor seals bob up and under, and pods of orcas skim along the water’s surface. This evening, celebrate your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and photo recap from your expedition team.

Overnight in your private cabin.

 

Day 14 – Your Journey Comes to an End in Juneau – 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 colourful sights of the wilderness behind as your journey comes to an end.

Start Dates

2021 Calgary Start Dates
With cruise departing Sitka onboard the SS Legacy

July 4, 18
Aug 29

2021 Calgary Start Dates
With cruise departing Juneau on the SS Legacy

July 11, 25
August 8, 22

2022 Calgary Start Dates
With cruise departing Sitka on the Safari Endeavour

May 22
June 5, 19
July 3, 17, 31
August 14, 28
September 11

2022 Calgary Start Dates
With cruise departing Juneau on the Safari Endeavour

May 15, 29
June 12, 26
July 10, 24
August 7, 21
September 4

 

Pricing

Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

  • Train Experience

    Train Experience

    Learn more about the onboard service and look inside the trains you will be traveling on during this trip.

    Read about the Rocky Mountaineer train

    The Rocky Mountaineer

    The Rocky Mountaineer is a uniquely daylight-only train service to the Canadian Rockies, meaning you don't miss a minute of the view! Glass-domed cars, first-class service and exquisite food, make it world-famous.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Below are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

    Georgian Court Hotel

    Georgian Court Hotel

    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 wifi, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

    Rimrock Resort

    Rimrock Resort

    The 4.5 star Rimrock Resort 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

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    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.

  • What's Included

    What's Included

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 7 nights hotel accommodation
    • 7 night small-ship Alaska Cruise, onboard the SS Legacy (2021) or the Safari Endeavour (2022)

    Train Experiences:
    • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train, between Lake Louise and Vancouver*

    Banff Experiences
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Private Sunrise Photography Tour
    2. Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride
    3. Banff E-Bike Tour

    Cruise Experiences:
    • Activities such as hiking, kayaking, sightseeing, and interpretive presentations

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature Dinner in Banff
    • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches onboard Rocky Mountaineer train
    • All meals, premium spirits, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages while onboard your Cruise

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Transfer between Calgary airport and Banff*
    • Train station transfers in Lake Louise, Kamloops and Vancouver
    • Interpretive transfer between Banff and Lake Louise
    • Private transfer between Vancouver hotel and airport
    • Alaska airport to hotel transfer, plus airport transfer on disembarkation day

    Other Inclusions:
    • 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 private transfers and tours (unless otherwise noted)
    • Digital Travel Documents
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests

    *Inclusion Notes:
    ✔ Comfort and Superior level includes SilverLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer. Deluxe level includes GoldLeaf service.
    ✔ Comfort level includes a Master’s cabin onboard your cruise. Superior and Deluxe include a Captain’s cabin.
    ✔ Deluxe level includes a private transfer between Banff and Calgary. Superior and Comfort levels include a scheduled bus transfer.

    Important:
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
    • Expedition cruising is unpredictable. Expedition staff may adjust the itinerary and inclusions to accommodate to weather to provide the best possible experience


    Not Included

    • Flights between Sitka, Juneau and Vancouver not included in price (but don’t hesitate to ask us to arrange this)
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare to and from your home
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, scheduled tour and transfer staff and cruise
    • Trip Cancellation Insurance and Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize your trip

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • 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.

  • Customer Reviews  (2)

    It was a great trip!

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    Choosing our favourite part of our trip is very hard, from our accommodations to the food, and the GoldLeaf service on the train was all up to a 5 star review. Great Job!

    Everything went so smoothly for us

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    Both Rex and I want to tell you what a wonderful trip we had in Canada. We were very impressed with everything organised by Fresh Tracks Canada. Everything went so smoothly for us. There were no hiccups and it all ran like clockwork. I can assure you that we are very happy to recommend Fresh Tracks Canada. In fact I have already given your names and contact details to some friends of ours.Thanks you again for what was an amazing holiday for us.

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