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Experience the very best of Western Canada & Alaska aboard Rocky Mountaineer and cruising on Holland America. This spectacular 20-day itinerary features stays at all the major cities and town in Western Canada, along with all the must-see-and-do tours and attractions in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies.
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Highlights

Alaska Railroad - Anchorage to Denali Goldstar Service

Alaska Cruise on-board Holland America's ms Noordam

Ride the Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier and walk out over the Glacier Skywalk.

Enjoy 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer as you journey between Jasper and Vancouver

This epic journey takes in all major must-see and dos in Canada plus a 7 night Alaska Inside Passage cruise on Holland America. Tick all the bucket list boxes: Alaska Inside Passage cruise with Glacier Bay National Park. Travel on Rocky Mountaineer and Alaska Railroad across this vast country. Explore the Pacific Northwest cities of Victoria and Vancouver, marvel at the majestic Canadian Rockies. Discover the beauty of Jasper National Park and enjoy a thrilling ride on an Ice Explorer and take a jaw-dropping walk along the glass-florred Glacier Skywalk.

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Included

10 nights accommodation in Superior Grade hotels
7 nights onboard Holland America’s MS Noordam
2 nights accommodation at Tutka Bay Lodge
2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service
Alaska Railroad between Anchorage & Denali (return) with Goldstar Service
Rail station transfers in Jasper & Kamloops
Private transfers between Anchorage airport, hotel, & rail station
Meals as per itinerary
Calgary to Banff with sightseeing tour of Banff + Gondola
Lake Minnewanka Cruise (01 Jun - 07 Oct)
Full day tour between Banff and Jasper
Ice Explorer ride on to Athabasca Glacier + Glacier Skywalk
Day tour by coach from Whittier to Anchorage
Aerial tram ride to the peak of Alyeska
Admission to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre
Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour with flight back to Denali
National Park Fees

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes at least one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select your tours on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on Day 5
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on Day 14

Itinerary

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Day 1
Calgary → Banff

Depart downtown Calgary and travel west through the rolling foothills with the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the horizon. Upon arrival into Banff you will visit such points as Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoo rock formations, before a stop at the Banff Gondola. At the top of Sulphur Mountain spectacular views await from the 360 degree observation deck. Complete the day with a historical tour of Lake Minnewanka on the Lake Minnewanka Cruise. After the tour your Driver/Guide will take you to your hotel. 

Overnight stay in Banff at Banff Caribou Lodge in a Superior Room.

Calgary → Banff
Banff
Day 2
Banff → Jasper

Your sightseeing tour today will encompass the ultimate glacier exploration as you travel along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. From walking on ancient ice with the Ice Explorer Ride, to standing on a glass platform almost one thousand feet in the air at the Glacier Skywalk, today’s experiences will leave you with a special appreciation for this treasured region of the Rockies.

Overnight stay in Jasper at Sawridge Inn in an Outside Room with Balcony.

Lunch
Banff → Jasper
Ice Explorer
Day 3
Jasper → Kamloops | Rocky Mountaineer

All aboard Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson ‘the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and follow the mighty Thompson River, the route of early fur traders, before arriving in Kamloops.

Overnight stay in Kamloops*

*Upon check-in for your train departure you will receive a boarding pass which will indicate your Kamloops accommodation. Your accommodation in Kamloops will be of a moderate standard, but will include all the essential amenities to make your stay comfortable.​

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included whilst onboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Breakfast, Lunch
Jasper → Kamloops  |  Rocky Mountaineer
Jasper National Park
Day 4
Kamloops → Vancouver | Rocky Mountaineer

Leaving Kamloops, follow the Thompson River through Ashcroft, one of Canada’s driest towns, with an average rainfall of just 18 centimetres. Pass through Rainbow Canyon, named for its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys creating a stunning rainbow effect. Continue on to the Fraser Canyon, where at Hell’s Gate watch water torrent past the canyon walls at its narrowest point. The last leg of the journey takes you through the fertile farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the Pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon.

Overnight stay in Vancouver at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in a Traditional Room.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included whilst onboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Breakfast, Lunch
Kamloops → Vancouver  |  Rocky Mountaineer
Fraser Canyon | Credit: Rocky Mountaineer
Day 5
Vancouver

Today you have the opportunity to explore further afield of Vancouver. Enjoy one pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Victoria & Butchart Gardens by Coach + Ferry + Floatplane
    Experience Victoria’s signature beauty visiting the cities top attractions including the Butchart Gardens. Traveling by coach and ferry, witness the region’s stunning waterways and mountains en-route to Victoria. Then return from Victoria’s inner harbour by floatplane on a scenic 35 minute flight back to downtown Vancouver.

OR

  • Whistler with Sea to Sky by Gondola + Coach + Floatplane
    This tour takes guests through the breathtaking views and scenic stops along the spectacular Sea-To-Sky Highway. Guests enjoy Whistler’s spectacular beauty and quaint mountainside village appeal. End the day with an awe inspiring 45-minute floatplane flight to Vancouver with stunning aerial views of mountains lakes and glaciers.

Overnight stay in Vancouver at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in a Traditional Room.

Vancouver
Butchart Gardens
Day 6
Vancouver | MS Noordam

This morning is yours to enjoy the sights of Vancouver before boarding your ship mid-afternoon.

Overnight stay aboard MS Noordam in an Ocean View Stateroom.

NOTE: Holland America MS Noordam itinerary is subject to change.

Dinner
Vancouver  |  MS Noordam
Stanley Park, Vancouver
Day 7
Scenic Cruising The Inside Passage | MS Noordam

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orca plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline. 

Numerous ports along the way recount Alaska’s colorful history. In Sitka, an onion-domed church marks Russia’s onetime foothold in the Americas; Ketchikan provides a glimpse of the Native Alaskan experience, with historic totem poles and native-arts galleries; and the legendary town center of Skagway bustles as it did at the turn of the 19th century, when it served as the rowdy Wild West gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush.

Overnight stay aboard MS Noordam in an Ocean View Stateroom.

NOTE: Holland America MS Noordam itinerary is subject to change.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Scenic Cruising The Inside Passage  | MS Noordam
Holland America
Day 8
Ketchikan | MS Noordam

Take an adventure and cruise to Ketchikan, Alaska. Alaska's "First City" of Ketchikan is so named because it’s the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain. 

Overnight stay aboard MS Noordam in an Ocean View Stateroom.

NOTE: Holland America MS Noordam itinerary is subject to change.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ketchikan  |  MS Noordam
Ketchikan
Day 9
Juneau | MS Noordam

Cruise to Juneau, Alaska and visit the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day.

Overnight stay aboard MS Noordam in an Ocean View Stateroom.

NOTE: Holland America MS Noordam itinerary is subject to change.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Juneau  |  MS Noordam
Juneau
Day 10
Skagway | MS Noordam

At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway—but today it has been reinvigorated as a gateway for a new kind of visitor: those looking to explore Alaska’s colorful history, pristine wildlife and unrivaled natural beauty.

Overnight stay aboard MS Noordam in an Ocean View Stateroom.

NOTE: Holland America MS Noordam itinerary is subject to change.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Glacier Bay National Park | MS Noordam

On your cruise to Glacier Bay, close your eyes and take in the sounds—the creaks and groans of  “living” ice, the shrill cries of gulls and soaring eagles, the splash of a breaching humpback whale. Frosted peaks towering over mossy forests, wide tidewater glaciers (there are seven in the park), and marine wildlife are givens on Glacier Bay cruises, but every experience in this changing biosphere is unique.

Overnight stay aboard MS Noordam in an Ocean View Stateroom.

NOTE: Holland America MS Noordam itinerary is subject to change.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Glacier Bay National Park  |  MS Noordam
Glacier Bay National Park
Day 12
College Fjord | MS Noordam

An Alaska glaciers cruise is the best way to see majestic, centuries-old rivers of ice cascading from the mountains to the sea. Glaciers have shaped many Alaska lakes, rivers and valleys one slow centimeter at a time. They’ve fascinated scientists and inspired artists for a long time. Scenic cruising College Fjord will bring you close to many glaciers—there’s even a spot where you can see eight at once. Your chances of watching ice thunder into the water is high, as the Prince William Sound is one of the most active areas for calving.

Overnight stay aboard MS Noordam in an Ocean View Stateroom.

NOTE: Holland America MS Noordam itinerary is subject to change.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
College Fjord  |  MS Noordam
Prince William Sound Glacier
Day 13
Whittier Cruise Ship Terminal → Anchorage

After breakfast, disembark the ship for a small group tour north towards Anchorage. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to observe and photograph some of Alaska’s largest land mammals, then take an aerial tram up Alyeska Mountain for views of Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers and the endless peaks of the Chugach Mountain Range.

Overnight stay in Anchorage at Hilton Anchorage Hotel in a Standard Room.

NOTE: Holland America MS Noordam itinerary is subject to change.

Breakfast, Lunch
Whittier Cruise Ship Terminal → Anchorage
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Day 14
Anchorage

Today you can personalise your day by pre-selecting one of three Freedom of Choice excursions:

  • Anchorage Brew Tour
    Get the inside scoop on Anchorage’s beer culture and brewery history on this half-day tour. An in-the-know guide whisks you around the city to sample six tasty offerings at three venues, including three classic breweries that you are sure to enjoy. Pair the hoppy happiness with light snacks, chat it up with locals and take with you a renewed perspective on Anchorage’s stand-out beer scene.
     
  • Eco Nature Tour
    Anchorage is home to ecological treasures that mirror Alaska’s wild beauty, but they are often left off of city tour itineraries. This tour visits natural attractions all within city limits: take a walk through a boreal forest, peer into the statewide ecosystem at a fish hatchery, and observe wildlife at a coastal wildlife refuge.
     
  • Upgrade Option: Alaska Bear Viewing Tour (Additional Cost)
    Enjoy a half day guided day tour with the opportunity to view Alaska’s black and brown bears in their natural habitat. You’ll fly by floatplane, 70 miles southwest of Anchorage to the entrance of Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve, site of Redoubt Bay Lodge to view resident brown bears up close from one of the lodge’s covered pontoon boats (lunch included).

Overnight stay in Anchorage at Hilton Anchorage Hotel in a Standard Room.

Anchorage
Bear Viewing at Redoubt Bay Lodge
Day 15
Anchorage → Denali National Park | Alaska Railroad

Early this morning take the Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad’s flagship train, in the Goldstar Railcar with service to Denali National Park.

Traveling between Anchorage and Talkeetna, the train crosses the Knik River with the Chugach Mountains as a backdrop. Just south of Talkeetna, watch for views of Denali rising high above the Susitna River. North of Talkeetna, the tracks veer away from the road system and into the backcountry Hurricane area; this region offers views of the snaking Indian River, the occasional remote cabin and the expansive sight of Hurricane Gulch from the top of a 296-foot bridge.

Just south of Denali National Park, Broad Pass offers majestic views of the Alaska Range in all directions; north of the park, the train winds along Healy Canyon, following the curves of the Nenana River below. Arrive at the entrance of Denali National Park mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay at the Denali National Park Entrance at Grande Denali Lodge in a Standard Room.

Breakfast, Lunch
Anchorage → Denali National Park  |  Alaska Railroad
Denali National Park
Day 16
Denali National Park

This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148 km of Denali Park Road on your way to Denali Backcountry Lodge. With multiple stops for wildlife viewing and photography, your experienced driver-guide will help search for grizzly bear, moose, caribou and Dall sheep while sharing the biology and geology of the area.

For the return trip, board a small Alaskan bush plane for a flightseeing tour back to the park entrance.

Overnight stay at the Denali National Park Entrance at Grande Denali Lodge in a Standard Room.

Lunch
Denali National Park
Denali Backcountry Lodge
Day 17
Denali National Park → Anchorage | Alaska Railroad

This morning is open for optional activities such as: whitewater rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the National Park, landing on a glacier, or hiking.

At midday, board the Alaska Railroad and travel by Goldstar Railcar for the day trip to Anchorage. As you travel along the Susitna River, you may catch a glimpse of the majestic Mount Denali or black bears along the banks of the river.

Arrive Anchorage this evening and transfer by Private SUV to your hotel (included).

Overnight stay in Anchorage at Hilton Anchorage Hotel in a Standard Room.

Lunch, Dinner
Denali National Park → Anchorage  |  Alaska Railroad
Alaska Railroad
Day 18
Anchorage → Tutka Bay Lodge

This morning transfer (included) to the airport for a scenic 40-minute flight along the Kenai Coast to Homer.

Upon arrival transfer by water taxi to Tutka Bay Lodge. Check in with your hosts for a brief orientation to the activities and facilities at the lodge, and then plan your day with your guide.

Guided activities include: Sea kayaking, local sportfishing, beachcombing and tidal-pool exploration, coastal touring by boat, nature trail hiking through old growth forests, hiking in the Kachemak Bay State Park Trail System, birding and wildlife viewing. Use of sauna and hot tub, morning yoga classes, massage, cooking classes, wine tasting, paddle boards, dock fishing. 

Overnight stay at Tutka Bay Lodge in a Private Cabin.
 

NOTE: Premium alcoholic beverages, Fish processing or packaging and Fishing licenses (purchased at lodge) are not included in your stay.

Lunch, Dinner
Anchorage → Tutka Bay Lodge
Tutka Bay Lodge
Day 19
Tutka Bay Lodge

Today is yours to choose from either a Deep-Sea Fishing Excursion in search of saltwater fish such as halibut and salmon, a Bear Viewing Excursion into the famed Katmai area, a 6-hour marine wildlife cruise or a Heli-flightseeing / Heli-hiking excursion (4 passenger minimum).

Overnight stay at Tutka Bay Lodge in a Private Cabin.

NOTE: Premium alcoholic beverages, Fish processing or packaging and Fishing licenses (purchased at lodge) are not included in your stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 20
Tutka Bay Lodge → Anchorage

After breakfast, catch the water taxi back to Homer and Ravn Alaska jet flight back to Anchorage. Your jounrey ends in Anchorage.
 

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Local currency
Canadian Dollars
Independent Holiday Package

Start your holiday when and with who you want! Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

19 nights
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25 May 2021 - 17 Aug 2021 (departs selected Tuesdays)

Hotel options

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Banff
Located in Banff National Park, the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa offers a mountain lodge hotel, a great steakhouse restaurant and a full service spa, all in one outstanding location. This ideal vacation spot is located on Banff Avenue, the main street in the town of Banff. Surrounded by mountains, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

Sawridge Inn
Sawridge Inn

Jasper
Set amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, the Sawridge Inn is a resort style hotel that offers the rustic charm you’d expect in Jasper National Park. Beautiful guest rooms, on-site spa, decadent dining and heated pool with jacuzzi and steam room add to the luxury you want in your mountain getaway. 
 

Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer

Picture yourself onboard the world’s leading luxury rail experience. From the moment you set foot onboard, experience hosts that will go above and beyond to make your journey as comfortable as it is unforgettable. Lavish on custom-designed coaches provide you with panoramic views – or get a bit closer by stepping into the outdoor viewing area. With Rocky Mountaineer, you get the best of both worlds: maximum views, and maximum comfort.

SILVERLEAF SERVICE INCLUSIONS:

  • Breakfast and lunch served in the comfort of your seat
  • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Gourmet sweet and savoury snacks
  • Reclining, comfortable pre-assigned seating
  • Attended by two Hosts, plus one culinary team member
  • Luggage handling
  • Small outdoor viewing platform
  • Custom-designed single-level dome
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Vancouver
The Sheraton Wall Centre Downtown Vancouver Hotel is the perfect location for strolling scenic Robson Street and Yaletown or making connections in the nearby business and financial districts. Whatever your plans are, you'll find a feeling of welcome unlike any other at one of the best Vancouver hotels.

Hilton Anchorage Hotel
Hilton Anchorage Hotel

Anchorage
We’re in the heart of downtown, within three blocks of the Egan and Dena'ina convention centers, 5th Avenue Mall, and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Our lobby features an extensive collection of Alaskan art. Visit our fitness center and relax in our indoor pool and steam room. We have a business center open 24 hours. Enjoy American favorites and local specialties, such as wild Alaskan salmon caponata and seared Alaskan halibut in our restaurant. Our open-air, non-smoking lounge offers drinks and televised sports games.

Grande Denali Lodge
Grande Denali Lodge

Denali National Park
The Grande Denali Lodge on Sugarloaf Mountain is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind.  The interior design highlights the Alaska Native Heritage of its owners while it offers panoramic views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and the Nenana River canyon. You'll find the lodge is a very special place where you can truly relax, meet friends, share a meal, or simply take in the beauty all around you. Grande Denali Lodge offers spacious guest rooms with canyon or hillside views and a selection of Alaskan-style cabins with a range of creature comforts. Our Alpenglow Restaurant features New American cuisine with a focus on fresh Alaskan seafood and tender, all-natural meats combined with seasonal fruits and vegetables. 

Tutka Bay Lodge
Tutka Bay Lodge

Tutka Bay
Tutka Bay Lodge sits in a private cove within a rugged 9-mile ancient glacial fjord at the edge of the Kachemak Bay State Park. The main lodge at Tutka Bay is a small intimate building where guests can enjoy pre-dinner appetizers, dine, play games, or explore our National Geographic library and nature nook.

Important notes

Supplier T&C's apply

Excluded:

- Onboard ship gratuities
- Port charges and taxes
- Fuel surcharges

Luggage:
Check-in baggage allowance is limited to 50 lbs (22 Kgs) per passenger.

Why are flights not included?

Following customer feedback, we do not include flights in our holiday packages. Many prefer the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points or travel on specific airlines.  

However, we are able to assist, so please just notify us during the booking process or contact our team.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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