Canada with Rocky Mountaineer & Alaska Cruise
Travel 23 Apr 2022 - 17 Sep 2022
Book by 30 Apr 2021
Saving £385 per person
- 3 nights Mount Royal, Banff - Heritage room
- 2 nights Marmot Lodge, Jasper - Standard room
- 1 nights Rocky Mountaineer Two Day Rail Journey, - SilverLeaf Service with 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches onboard Rocky Mountaineer
- 2 nights Georgian Court Hotel, Vancouver - Deluxe room
- 7 nights Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise, Alaska - Inside stateroom Full board
- Experience one of the greatest train journeys in the world – the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer on a journey from Vancouver to Jasper
- Spectacular Rockies scenery in Banff
- Flights to Calgary and return from Vancouver with Air Canada, accommodation throughout, shuttle transfer from Calgary Airport to Banff Hotel & Banff Hotel to Jasper Hotel and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
Set among the mountains in a protected landscape of Banff National Park, this historic 133 room hotel is close to an array of local attractions. Within the hotel there is a restaurant, bar, sauna and hot tub while the guest rooms provide free WiFi and a range of amenities.
This cosy mountain lodge sits two miles from Lake Annette in the centre of Jasper National Park, close to an impressive array of sparkling lakes and notable sights. Embers Steakhouse is the perfect spot to enjoy mouthwatering fare while the Fireside Lounge provides an excellent place to unwind.
SilverLeaf Service with 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches onboard Rocky Mountaineer
The privately owned Rocky Mountaineer offers an unforgettable rail experience through Canada's mountainous western provinces. Note – the overnight accommodation is a 3* hotel in Kamloops assigned on the day, it is not a night on the train. GoldLeaf Service is available for a supplement.
SilverLeaf Service includes
- A single-level dome coach with oversized windows
- Regionally inspired meals served seat-side
- Complimentary beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and gourmet snacks
- Assigned seating in fully reclining daynighter seats
- Extended legroom
- Temperature controlled comfort
- Toilets in each coach
- Complimentary baggage delivery to your hotel
GoldLeaf Service (available for a supplement) is highly recommended and also includes
- A bi-level domed railcar offering panoramic views of the mountains from full length dome windows
- Reclining dome level seats with extended leg room in the upper level
- Gourmet meals served in a lower level dining room
- Exclusive outdoor viewing platform
- Premium room categories at hotels
Located steps from the highlights of the city, the Georgian Court Hotel is one of the finest boutique hotels in Vancouver, BC. Conveniently located just steps from BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, trendy Robson Street, and many of the city’s main attractions, the Georgian Court blends timeless style and service with modern elegance.
Inside stateroom Full board
Join up with your cruise on board Nieuw Amsterdam.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
Setting sail on a cruise is one of the best ways to experience the wonders of Alaska. Wake up with a new town to explore every day, get close to stunning wildlife, and marvel at breath-taking glaciers from the comfort of your balcony. In the evenings you can enjoy a wide range of relaxing and rejuvenating onboard activities, dazzling entertainment and a superb selection of restaurants and bars.
Holland America's second Signature-class ship, Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates historic New York City with its inspired design and an art collection valued at more than $3 million. While on board enjoy regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings with EXC Port to Table programming. Dine in your choice of specialty restaurants. Or rejuvenate in the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.
Scenic cruising the Inside Passage: Arguably one of the world’s greatest cruising routes, the fabled Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Watch for iconic wildlife, such as humpback whales and orca alongside the ship, bald eagles soaring overhead or brown bears on the shoreline.
Tracy Arm & Juneau, Alaska: Morning cruise through Tracy Arm Fjord which weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. With luck, you’ll see bears, whales and mountain goats, not to mention baby seals resting on the ice floes. Arrive Juneau early afternoon which has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door, while the vast Tongass National Forest stretches away northeast. Optional shore excursions are available or, you can simply stroll around this sleepy city, with its frontier town vibe.
Skagway, Alaska: At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. At every turn, you’ll find yourself immersed in gold rush lore, from the Red Onion Saloon to the White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway. Perhaps take a free walking tour around the historic district, home to a rich collection of galleries, shops and restaurants.
Glacier Bay: This World Heritage Site is the crown jewel of southeastern Alaska’s natural wonders, with more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. Stand on deck and watch for vast chunks of ice as they split off a glacier and thunder into the sea.
Ketchikan, Alaska: Clutching the shores of the Tongass Narrows, Ketchikan has long been an important hub for salmon fishing and is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. Don’t miss historic Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bright State Park and Saxman Village.
Scenic cruising the Inside Passage: Another chance to soak up the stunning scenery.
Disembark and transfer back to your hotel in Vancouver.
Upgrade to an Ocean View Cabin from £299pp (two sharing) or Balcony Stateroom from £499pp (two sharing). Various other cruise cabin upgrades available, please ask for details.
Flights to Calgary and return from Vancouver with Air Canada, accommodation throughout, shuttle transfer from Calgary Airport to Banff Hotel & Banff Hotel to Jasper Hotel and prepayable taxes.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
Established as Canada’s first national park in 1885 after railway workers stumbled onto a thermal hot spring, Banff National Park is today part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spans 2,564 square miles of mountainous terrain packed with spectacularly scenic valleys, peaks, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.
In the picturesque town of Banff, wander along lively Banff Avenue to browse boutiques and souvenir shops, visit art galleries and museums, or chill out in the bars and restaurants.
For a loftier perspective of the town and valley, hike the 2.6 mile trail up Tunnel Mountain or hop on the Banff Gondola which is open year round and floats its way up Sulphur Mountain. When in need of some relaxation and rejuvenation head to the geothermally heated Banff Hot Springs. It’s magical to sit in the pools whatever the time of year or hour of day.
Alternatively, don your hiking boots or hire a bike and discover more than 1,000 miles of maintained trails. Wander or ride along the shores of glittering blue-green lakes, trek up a mountain pass, hike across a frozen lake and be entranced by the landscapes around you.
Notable sights within the area include the large glacial Lake Minnewanka, where scenic cruises go out to Devil’s Gap. Or you can travel under your own steam and hire a canoe or kayak. Dramatic Johnston Canyon is another must-visit natural attraction along with Vermilion Lakes which are a fantastic place to watch sunrise or sunset, see wildlife or spend a day exploring its shores.
With shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystalline lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest all surrounded by towering peaks, it’s little wonder Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At 4,335 square miles it is also Canada’s largest park in the Rocky Mountains and the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world.
The laid-back town of Jasper is your springboard to the park’s outdoor pursuits and attractions. Adventurers can fill their boots with alpine day hikes, adrenalin pumping mountain biking, great paddling, climbing and canyoning. Those who prefer a more relaxed pace can take in the many scenic drives, picnic amongst majestic mountains and enjoy watching wildlife such as caribou, elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, bears, wolves and a variety of birds. For an aerial perspective, ride the Jasper Skytram. It takes seven minutes to reach the high Upper Station where the jaw-dropping views include six mountain ranges.
Additional attractions include Miette Hot Springs, which are the hottest springs in the Rockies; stunning Maligne Lake whose baby-blue water and circle of photogenic peaks are a feast for the eyes; and the steep, narrow gorge of Maligne Canyon. Also not to be missed is the Columbia Icefield where you can hop aboard an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier or step out onto the amazing Glacier Skywalk.
After a day in the wild, there are friendly pubs and charming cafés where you can dine alfresco in front of a vista as drool-worthy as the food on your plate.
SilverLeaf Service with 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches onboard Rocky Mountaineer
Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage throughout all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Add to this a relatively mild Pacific Northwest climate, an energetic restaurant and nightlife scene, world class shopping and a unique mix of cultures and it's easy to understand why Vancouver has recently been named by Lonely Planet as one of their 'Top 10 cities to visit in 2020" and should be high on any traveller's wish list.
Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, Gastown, grew from a single tavern founded back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit with Victorian architecture housing boutiques, galleries and some of the best culinary fare in the city. Get a bird's eye view of the area from the Vancouver Lookout, which is located in the Harbour Centre and rises 553 feet to give visitors a 360º panorama of the city.
If you do have a head for heights make your way to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives. The swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge, which stretches 450 feet across a canyon and the Capilano River 230 feet below, has thrilled visitors since 1889; Treetops Adventure takes you 100 feet into the mid-story of a coastal rainforest on seven suspension bridges attached to old-growth trees; and the Cliffwalk, which is not for the fainthearted, follows a granite precipice along the Capilano River on a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms through rainforest vegetation.
Adjacent to Downtown Vancouver is the magnificent green oasis of Stanley Park. Featuring huge trees, ever-blooming gardens and lovely beaches all encircled by a six mile paved seawall making it easy to explore on foot or by bicycle. Within the park attractions range from the totem poles at Brockton Point to a pitch 'n' putt golf course and the marine life at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Vancouver's Chinatown has been buzzing with activity for more than a century. Rich in history and architecture, this area boasts North America's third largest Chinatown and has plenty of classic speciality stores, dim sum restaurants and apothecaries. When you require some sanctuary, head to Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, with covered walkways and beautiful pavilions this incredibly manicured garden was the first authentic classical Chinese garden ever built outside of China.
When you think of Vancouver, beaches may not spring to mind, but the city has several options when you're looking for somewhere to relax, particularly during the summer months. Kitsliano Beach is a particular favourite as along with the stretch of sands you'll find Kits Pool, a large outdoor heated salt-water pool with a wrap-around view of the city, ocean and mountains.
The city's best known shopping precinct is Robson Street, and a must-stroll area for visitors. Being right in the heart of the downtown core, you'll find yourself amongst locals on their way to the office or heading to a game at the BC Place Stadium. There's also plenty of casual eateries, well-priced Asian restaurants and fine dining options too.
Take the ferry across False Creek to Granville Island and once you're there, the biggest attraction is the indoor Public Market, with seemingly endless rows of stalls. Outside of the market, there are theatres, art galleries and craft studios, or for outdoor types kayaking and paddleboarding tours can be found here.
Another nearby attraction is the vast alpine playground of Grouse Mountain, just 15 minutes from the city's downtown core. Take the iconic 8 minute gondola ride from the Valley Station to the summit and enjoy the jaw-dropping majestic nature of British Columbia as it unfolds around you.
Inside stateroom Full board
Glorious Alaska is the largest and one of the most beautiful states in the USA. It's a wild and spectacular wilderness with vast landscapes of unfathomable natural beauty that seemingly stretch to infinity.
A cruise is a great way to see Alaska's famed Inside Passage with its coastal towns, mountains, glaciers and marine wildlife thanks to the medley of fjords, islands, bays and inlets. Alaska's capital, Juneau, is the main city here, along with Sitka, with its mix of Russian and Native Alaskan history; Skagway, where gold rush fever lives on; and charming Ketchikan, which has an amazing collection of totem poles, diverse attractions and activities. However, if you prefer to explore away from the coast the superlatives only multiply with high peaks, an estimated 100,000 glaciers, national parks, lush forests and the USA's third-longest river.
Alaska's biggest city is Anchorage, an urban enclave surrounded by wilderness that uniquely combines the convenience of the modern world with a rugged natural environment. The city offers rich history in museums, prized works of local artists in galleries, great shopping, fine restaurants, theatres and dozens of parks. Anchorage is also the perfect springboard for all that Alaska offer, whether you wish to flightsee over Mt McKinley, visit grizzly bears; see calving glaciers and enormous whales on a day cruise or drive some of the world's most spectacular highways.
Creating a backdrop to Anchorage are the dramatic peaks of Chugach State Park where you'll find some of the most accessible outdoor adventures in the state. Alyeska is your gateway to the mountains and summer activities include hiking, rafting, biking, ATVing, kayaking and fishing, while in winter skiers of all levels will delight in the 76 named trails and over 669 inches of snow annually.
North of Anchorage are the towering granite spires and snowy summits of Denali National Park, Alaska's most popular attraction and home to Mt McKinley, North America's tallest peak. The park's varied terrain includes the massive peaks, alpine meadows, glacial rivers and colourful tundra. The wildlife is abundant and you may spot moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep or wolves, as they roam the unfenced lands living as they have for ages.
About two hours drive north of Denali is Fairbanks, a former gold rush boomtown, now known as the 'Golden Heart of Alaska'. In this engaging city try panning for gold, take a float trip along the Chena River, cool off in an ice museum, enjoy an exhilarating hike watching for birds and wildlife, visit a dog mushing kennel or be captivated by the array of art galleries, museums and historic sites. This region experiences endless daylight hours in summer while in the winter, you can often see the incredible Northern Lights.
The friendly hub of Tok sits just over 90 miles from the Canadian border and has highways leading away from the town in all directions. It's the sled dog capital of Alaska and many of its residents are involved in some with dogs and dog mushing. It's also an outdoor enthusiasts paradise being surrounded by wild lands teeming with birds, mammals and fish with plenty of bird watching, hiking, float trips and other exploring to be done.