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Circle the Rockies by Train with Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

21

days

starting from US $6,959per person

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Sample Itinerary

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Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Your adventure begins in the west coast city of Vancouver. Take the morning to explore this vibrant city and check out its great shopping, dining and entertainment. In the afternoon, you will board the ms Volendam for your spectacular 7-day Alaskan cruise. The ship is elegantly decorated with striking artwork and the staff are courteous and dedicated to meeting your every need. You’ll feel at home on the ship immediately as you settle into your luxurious room.

Day 2 – Cruising the Inside Passage
The Inside Passage is a coastal route that takes vessels through a network of channels weaving through the islands on the Pacific coast of North America. Bundle up and step out onto the deck as the cruise ship navigates through this passage. Admire islands covered in lush-green trees and stare out across the tranquil blue-grey sea. You will catch a glimpse of tiny villages, the odd small fishing boat and perhaps even a whale breaching the surface of the water.

Day 3 – Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, the capital city of Alaska, has a unique character of its own due to its fascinating history and wild natural surroundings. Take a walk through the centre of town and venture into rustic local shops and cafes. Today you can also go for a hike in the Tongass National Forest or go on a whale watching or fishing expedition. Head back to the cruise ship in the evening for a delicious meal served in the elegant grand dining room.

Day 4 – Skagway, Alaska
Jump right into the fascinating history of the Gold Rush, as Skagway is where hundreds of people arrived over a century ago to seek their fortunes by looking for glittering gold in the nearby rivers and hills. Take a walk through the character shops and wooden sidewalks of the town and visit the Trail of 98 Museum to learn more about the Gold Rush Days. Return to your cozy cabin on the ms Volendam this evening.

Day 5 – Cruise Glacier Bay
Wrap up warm and head up to the deck of the ship with your camera – you’ll enjoy plenty of exciting photo opportunities today of gigantic icebergs floating by. Glacier Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve with a fascinating, one-of-a-kind environment. You will learn all about this area and the animals and plants that call it home.

Day 6 – Into Port – Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan has a powerful spirit that will captivate you. In this sacred community, you will learn more about the first peoples to live on this land – the Tsimshian, the Haida and the Tlingit. Their cultures are still very much alive and thriving. Explore the world’s biggest collection of totem poles and take in other cultural attractions.

In Ketchikan you can also take a walk down Creek Street and visit the Tongass Historical Museum – or simply sit back and admire the natural surroundings. Return to the ship in the evening.

Day 7 – Cruise the Inside Passage from Alaska to Canada
Take the return journey through this spectacular ocean passage. Keep your eyes peeled to spot anything you might have missed on the journey up.

Day 8 – Arrive in Vancouver
Wake up to a delicious breakfast aboard the ms Volendam and then prepare to disembark. The Alaskan portion of your journey is over but your adventures in the Canadian wilderness are just beginning. Spend the night in Vancouver.

Day 9 – North Shore Sightseeing Tour
Today you will enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Vancouver's majestic North Shore including the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included). Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 10 – Explore Vancouver
Spend the day exploring the city’s museums, art galleries, and historic neighborhoods or let us arrange a day trip to the quaint seaside city of Victoria and visit the famous Butchart Gardens. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 11 – Vancouver to Whistler onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
Board the train bright and early and sip your coffee while watching Vancouver disappear in the distance. You’re on your way from the beautiful coastline to the craggy mountain peaks along the Sea to Sky Corridor. Travel through mountain passes and across dramatic canyons until you reach the picturesque town of Whistler. Afterwards, you will be free to explore the sights of Whistler.

Day 12 – Whistler to Quesnel
Hear the train whistle blowing in the crisp mountain air as you pull out of Whistler and head deeper into British Columbia. Chat with your travel companions over a gourmet breakfast or curl up by the window with a cup of coffee and watch the desert-like landscapes of the Fraser Valley go by. Overnight in the small and friendly town of Quesnel, BC.

Day 13 – Quesnel to Jasper
Today you will set eyes on the majestic Canadian Rockies for the first time. The first time you see these incredible towering peaks you will be overwhelmed by their sheer size. When you step off the train in Jasper and breathe in the fresh alpine air, the mountains surround you. Relax into the calm and peaceful atmosphere of this laid back small town.

Day 14 – Jasper Tour
Your friendly local guide will take you on a scenic tour of Jasper so that you can learn about these spectacular landscapes. Admire the deep caverns of Maligne Canyon as well as many other scenic lakes and rivers in the area.

Day 15 – Jasper to Lake Louise
Take a trip down the Icefields Parkway, a journey through mountains and glaciers that is considered one of the most scenic roads in the world. Step onto the incredible Athabasca Glacier and learn about how such an enormous sheet of ice was formed over time. Stay overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 16 – Lake Louise
Picture a supernaturally turquoise lake, abundant year-round activities, spectacular mountain scenery – and right in the middle of it all, the elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Located in the heart of Banff National Park and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Louise offers a tremendous variety of recreational and sightseeing opportunities. In summer, guests take to the many trails by foot or on horseback, go rafting, experience the thrill of mountain biking or explore the nearby glaciers and waterfalls. Well-appointed with restaurants, accommodations and shops, Lake Louise’s amenities make it the ideal hub for your every adventure. It’s known as Canada’s diamond in the wilderness, the hiking capital of Canada and the emerald of the Rockies. Be sure to speak to the Mountain Heritage Activity office at the hotel for trail maps, canoe rentals and other activity information as there is much to do in Lake Louise to fill your day!

Insider tip: Ask us for our Lake Louise Activity Guide to make the most of your time in this spectacular place.

Day 17 – Lake Louise to Banff
Take a half-day tour of Yoho National Park to admire some of the many natural wonders – including the Emerald Lake, the Spiral Tunnels and a remarkable natural rock bridge that stretches across the rushing rapids of the Kicking Horse River. Overnight in the scenic small mountain town of Banff. Enjoy the superb dining and lively nightlife – a great opportunity to meet other visitors from all over the world.

Day 18 – Banff
The small but lively mountain town of Banff has the Rocky Mountains on its doorstep, making it the perfect jumping off point for many great adventures. Why not take the gondola up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and admire the incredible views, or rent a canoe for a paddle along the Bow River? Visit a heritage site, take a walk on a local forest trail or peruse the many shops and galleries downtown – it’s up to you.

Day 19 – Banff to Kamloops on the Rocky Mountaineer
Start your day with a freshly cooked breakfast on the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train as it pulls out of Banff. Feel the cool breeze as you step out on the viewing platform and admire the panoramic vistas of the towering rocky peaks all around you.

Day 20 – Kamloops to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer
Today’s train journey will have you glued to the window as you watch the amazing landscapes of British Columbia go by. The mountains become smaller and turn into foothills before you arrive among the ranches, vineyards and farms of the rolling, arid interior. In the evening, the train arrives in the vibrant city of Vancouver where you will spend the last night of your trip.

Day 21 – Goodbye Canada!
Say a fond farewell to your travel companions and new friends as you depart for your flight home. You’ve seen an incredible range of landscapes on this trip, from the icebergs of Alaska to the Rocky Mountain peaks and everything in between. A fantastic journey filled with stories you will be telling for years to come.

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What Clients Say

Thanks again for making our holiday so special and enjoyable

Thanks again for making our holiday so special and enjoyable

Star Rating 5

We returned home this morning after the most amazing holiday. Thanks again for making our holiday so special and enjoyable we have so many photos and memories to last a lifetime. Take good care and if we know anyone who is planning a trip to Canada we will certainly pass on your details.

What's Included

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

Amazing Inside Passage Alaska Cruise - Amazing Inside Passage Alaska Cruise
Amazing Inside Passage Alaska Cruise
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Native cultural center BBQ and tour - Native cultural center BBQ and tour
Native cultural center BBQ and tour
Vancouver Lookout tower excursion - Vancouver Lookout tower excursion
Vancouver Lookout tower excursion
Accommodations & rail service:
• 5 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
• 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise, Verandah (GoldLeaf) or Ocean-View (SilverLeaf) Stateroom
• 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners
• 13 nights hotel accommodation

Sightseeing & activities:
• Vancouver Lookout
• North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
• Jasper Highlights Tour
• Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explore – Jasper to Lake Louise
• Yoho Park Tour – Lake Louise to Banff

Transfers:
• Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel, Jasper, Banff and Kamloops
• Hotel-cruise terminal transfers in Vancouver

Additional:
• Luggage handling and National Park Pass
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service


Not Included
• Transportation to/from Vancouver airport
• Meals, other than specified
• Activities, other than specified
• Shipboard gratuities charged at USD $12 per person per day plus 15% on liquor purchases
• Mandatory Port Fees of approximately $262 per person
($315 for 2018)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• GST as applicable
• Fuel surcharges

 

 

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...

Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Watching bears and wildlife tours
Watching bears and wildlife tours
Playing golf at famous resorts
Playing golf at famous resorts
Sightseeing flights or helicopter tours
Sightseeing flights or helicopter tours
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies to explore the nature trails with a naturalist guide, enjoy a gentle guided canoe paddle on Lake Louise, indulge in afternoon tea in the Fairview dining room, add a thrilling helicopter ride, a fishing adventure in Banff, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Extend your stay in the Rockies with a car rental to explore at your leisure.
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, and visit the world famous Butchart Gardens or take a whale watching tour.
• Arrange a bike tour, walking tour or gourmet food tour in Vancouver.

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.

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The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

An example of our Comfort accommodations

After a full day of skiing, hiking and sightseeing in the mountains it is wonderful to retreat to this quiet mountain lodge and relax in your comfortable room. Soak your muscles in the jetted whirlpool or get a massage at the Red Earth Spa. The hotel is also home to one of the most popular steakhouses in Canada, so treat yourself to a special meal while you watch the sunset over the mountains.

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Sheraton Wall Centre

An example of our GoldLeaf accommodations

This visually stunning building is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and offers stunning views of the city through the floor to ceiling windows. Pamper yourself with the luxury extras, including high end bath amenities and a refreshment center in every room.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations

This top notch 5 star hotel has an amazing location – overlooking the mirror-like waters of Lake Louise. Its timeless elegance will make you feel pampered and there are plenty of activities to enjoy, from horseback riding to canoeing to skating, skiing and hiking.

 

Trip Start Dates

2018 Vancouver Start Dates
Wednesdays
May 9, 16, 23, 30
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
Jul 4, 11, 18, 25
Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sep 5, 12, 19

2019 Vancouver Start Dates
Wednesdays
May 8, 15, 22, 29
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Aug 7, 14, 21, 28
Sep 4, 11, 18

Trip Prices

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train and Ocean-View Stateroom
from US $6,959to US $8,207per 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
GoldLeaf Train and Verandah
from US $9,839to US $11,922per 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
GoldLeaf Train and Verandah
from US $11,039to US $13,434per 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 you'll love about
this trip

Cruise the famous Inside Passage of Alaska on the luxurious Holland America line

See Glacier Bay and watch the incredible sheets of ice calving

Take the stunning Rocky Mountaineer train journey and admire the amazing peaks

Explore Jasper and Banff National Parks

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

You'll be staying at various local three to five start 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 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 a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

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 request your free trip plan to 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.

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.

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.
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.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, 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.

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). 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).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

This amazing nature adventure takes in the best that Alberta, British Columbia and Alaska have to offer by land and by sea. From the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Rockies to the stunning wilds of Alaska’s Inside Passage, you will spend 21 days in awe at the splendour of nature. See enormous glaciers and swimming orcas as you cruise in style on the Holland America line. Then, travel by train through some of Western Canada’s most spectacular landscapes and visit Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Whistler on the famous Rocky Mountaineer.

Trip Outline

Arrive Vancouver 7 nights onboard Holland America Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise 3 nights Vancouver 1 night Whistler 1 night Quesnel 2 nights Jasper 2 nights Lake Louise 2 nights Banff 1 night Kamloops 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver

Circle the Rockies by Train with Alaska Inside Passage Cruise – Map Cruising the Inside Passage, Alaska Whales with mountains and a sailboat in the background Rocky Mountaineer passengers enjoy the passing scenery from the viewing car The Rocky Mountaineer passes by mountains and a lake Cars travelling through the Rockies along the Icefields Parkway View of the turquoise waters of Peyto lake in the Rocky Mountains Passengers enjoy the views of the Rocky Mountains from the dome car of the Rocky Mountaineer train Totem poles in Stanley Park, Vancouver
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

Thanks again for making our holiday so special and enjoyable

Star Rating 5
June 4, 2015

We returned home this morning after the most amazing holiday. Thanks again for making our holiday so special and enjoyable we have so many photos and memories to last a lifetime. Take good care and if we know anyone who is planning... read more a trip to Canada we will certainly pass on your details.

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Do you want to get the most of your Canadian vacation in 2019? By booking early, you'll secure your ideal travel dates, the best hotel accommodations, space on Canada's spectacular touring trains, plus unique experiences.

And if you book before August 31, you'll also receive a 2018 PRICE FREEZE plus up to $1,200 per couple in FREE TRAVEL CREDITS. Use the credits to enhance your vacation with extra nights, dining experiences, and activities.

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But hurry! This offer only lasts until midnight on August 31. Take advantage of the best availability, prices, and add-ons for 2019. Our friendly vacation advisors are standing by to help you plan your perfect Canadian vacation – so call or email today.

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There's no better place to experience the magic of winter than in Canada. Imagine… the romance of a train ride through a snowy landscape. Then, with glistening snow at your feet and crisp air on your face, marvel at the scenery as you enjoy guided winter activities.

With our Early Bird Winter Special Offer, now is the perfect time to book your vacation. Book before August 31, and you'll receive limited-time Early Bird Prices, plus a FREE night, to extend your trip.

Fresh Tracks Canada's Vacation Advisors are ready to help you plan your perfect winter vacation. Hurry and call or email now, while this special offer lasts!

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There is no better place to experience the magic of Christmas in Canada than in the Canadian Rockies. The glistening snow covered landscape provides a magical setting to make memories with loved ones as you explore outdoors, and warm yourself with cozy Christmas activities by the fire.

Now is the ideal time to book your trip, while space is still available. By booking now, you can also take advantage of our Christmas Special Offer.

Book a Christmas in the Canadian Rockies vacation before September 30, and you'll receive a $50 per person Fairmont Resorts Gift Card, to use towards additional Christmas activities on your trip. Use your Gift Card for stocking decorating, an Ice Bar Experience, Gingerbread House decorating, and more at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel.

Fresh Tracks Canada's Vacation Advisors are ready to help you plan your perfect Christmas vacation this winter. The holiday season books up fast – hurry and call or email now, while availability lasts!

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