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Rockies Explorer and Alaska Cruise

Enjoy a 9-night luxury tour of Canada including 2 days on the famous Rocky Mountaineer followed by a 7-night cruise through Alaska's stunning Inside Passage, with return flights from the UK and overseas transfers

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Vancouver
  • Butchart Gardens, Victoria
  • Glacier Bay
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Jasper National Park
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Lake Louise

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The Canadian Rockies are home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. This cruise and tour of Canada and Alaska combines the scenic beauty of the Canadian Rockies with the unforgettable experience of an Alaskan cruise through the Inside Passage to historic gold rush towns and majestic glaciers.

After exploring the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, experience a rail journey like no other on board the famous Rocky Mountaineer, a truly momentous way to explore the Canadian Rockies. Discover the snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes in Banff and Jasper National Parks, look out for grizzly bears on a Blue River Safari and hear a Mountie tell tales of the iconic Royal Mounted Police.

Embark your 7-night Alaska cruise to historic Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway where there is the chance to learn about the gold rush era. Explore the unforgettable sights of Glacier Bay National Park and its huge tidewater glaciers extending down to the sea. Local rangers come aboard to point out the wildlife and explain the geological wonders of the region.

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Rockies Explorer and Alaska Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Vancouver (Canada)

Fly from the UK to Vancouver and transfer to the Fairmount Waterfront Hotel for a 2-night stay before meeting your fellow guests and Tour Director at a Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 - Vancouver

Enjoy breakfast at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park's Cliff House Restaurant, followed by a tour of the grounds. Later, explore with your Tour Director before spending time at leisure. (B)

Day 3 - Rocky Mountains

Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Rocky Mountaineer for your two-day journey. Enjoy GoldLeaf Service on board and take in awe-inspiring scenery along this historic route. On arrival in Kamloops, leave the train and transfer to a hotel for an overnight stay (hotel as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer (Kamloops has limited three-star accommodation). (B,L)

Day 4 - Rocky Mountains

Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer and travel through stunning landscapes including the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Pass. On arrival in Banff National Park, leave the train and transfer to the Fairmount Banff Springs Hotel for a 2-night stay. (B,L)

Day 5 - Banff

Today there is a range of Freedom of Choice sightseeing excursions in Banff National Park. Go sightseeing with a local guide on the Banff Experience tour; join a float trip along the Bow River or experience a day in the life of a Canadian ice hockey player. For a more relaxing experience there is a day at the Willow Stream Spa. (B,D)

Day 6 - Banff - Lake Louise

This morning hear a Mountie tell tales of the iconic Royal Mounted Police, before travelling through stunning alpine scenery to the Fairmont Chateau hotel overlooking the world-famous waters of Lake Louise, renowned as the jewel of the Rockies. (B,D)

Day 7 - Lake Louise - Athabasca Glacier - Jasper

This morning, journey along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Stop at Athabasca Glacier for an Ice Explorer ride, then continue to the fairytale setting of Jasper for an overnight stay at the Faimont Jasper Park Lodge. (B,D)

Day 8 - Jasper - Mt Robson - Sun Peaks

This morning, join the Yellowhead Highway with a stop to take in views of Mt Robson then continue your journey to the alpine resort of Sun Peaks. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Sun Peaks - Whistler

Travel through the Cariboo region, stopping at the picturesque Seton and Duffey lakes, then head to the famous resort of Whistler for an overnight stop at the The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa. (B,D)

Day 10 - Whistler - Victoria

Travel to stunning Horseshoe Bay, then take a ferry to Vancouver Island and travel by coach to Victoria for a 2-night hotel stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific. There is the option to fly via seaplane from Whistler to Victoria (extra cost). (B)

Day 11 - Victoria

Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens before the crowds and enjoy breakfast in the original Butchart house. Enjoy a special dinner tonight with your fellow guests. (B,D)

Day 12 - Victoria - Vancouver

After breakfast this morning, return by ferry to the mainland, board your ship and settle in for their seven-night Alaska Inside Passage cruise. (B,D)

Day 13 - Inside Passage (Alaska)

Spend today cruising through the majestic landscapes of the Inside Passage. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Juneau

After breakfast this morning, continue your journey to the Alaskan capital of Juneau. Set at the foot of the majestic Coast Mountains on the Gastineau Channel, this beautiful capital city attracts many travellers despite its remote location. Here, you may explore at leisure, or set off on an exciting excursion (own expense). (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Skagway

Arrive in Skagway at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage. Never failing to intrigue visitors with its wide range of historic buildings and stories to be told, there is a variety of unique excursions on offer (own expense). Or, you can also choose to set out on your own discovery. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - Glacier Bay National Park

Today you will draw back your curtains to the sight of World Heritage-listed Glacier Bay National Park. As you cruise through rivers of ice and between sky-scraping peaks, you'll enjoy commentary from local rangers who have come aboard your ship. They will explain the geological wonders of the passage and hopefully point out some of the diverse wildlife and marine mammals found here, such as sea lions and orcas. (B,L,D)

Day 17 - Ketchikan

Arrive at the city of Ketchikan, set right on the shores of the Tongass Narrows. Ketchikan acts as a gateway to a wide variety of attractions, including Misty Fjords National Monument - one of America's largest wilderness areas. This city also lays claim to the world's largest collection of standing totem poles. (B,L,D)

Day 18 - Inside Passage

Head south back through the Inside Passage, towards your final port of call. (B,L,D)

Day 19 - Vancouver (Canada) - UK

Disembark ship in Vancouver and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Day 20 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 11-night land tour including 2-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey in GoldLeaf Service and hotel stays in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Sun Peaks, Whistler and Victoria
  • Maximum of 40 guests on all land journeys
  • 7-night full board cruise in a balcony cabin
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided shore excursions and hand-picked Signature Experiences during the tour
  • APT Tour Director and dedicated Cruise Escort, plus local guides in select locations
  • Complimentary drinks throughout the cruise
  • 18 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 14 dinners
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
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