Epic Canada by Rail & Alaska Cruise
7-night cruise on Alaska’s Inside Passage
Cruise the Glacier Bay National Park
2-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey
4-day on-board VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’
Butchart Gardens in Victoria
Tour of Niagara Falls
Discover the stunning scenery and wilderness of Canada and Alaska on this 26-day rail and cruise itinerary. This epic journey will take you to the must-see and must-visit sights of Canada and Alaska from cruising the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay National Park to exploring the some of the iconic landmarks such as Canadian Rockies and Niagara Falls.
This tour is available from May to September.
Gratuities on-board cruise, rail or coach tours
This morning, you'll make your own way to the meeting point to depart Vancouver on a driver guided coach tour to Victoria. Cruise across Georgia Strait through the beautiful Gulf Islands with BC Ferries. Arriving on Vancouver Island, tour to Butchart Gardens (Admission included). A two-hour stop allows time to enjoy these magnificent gardens. Tour scenic Ocean Drive, Uplands, Oak Bay, University of Victoria as well as the Victoria City Tour before being taken to your hotel in Victoria.
Enjoy a free day to explore Victoria before departing mid-afternoon on a scenic float plane flight to return to Coal Harbour Downtown Vancouver. Make your own way to the pier to check-in for your cruise aboard Holland America cruise.
Full day scenic cruising
Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, most beautiful state capital in the US.
The northernmost port in the Inside Passage, Skagway is a small town that earned its place on the map when gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory (just across the border from Alaska). This resulted in the historic Gold Rush of 1898.
Full day scenic cruising.
Explore this uniquely Alaskan port, famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing, and scenic Misty Fjords.
Full day scenic cruising.
Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking and making your own way to your hotel. After check-in enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Granville Island is Canada’s second most-visited destination, behind Niagara Falls, and Vancouver’s destination for lovers of food, art and culture. During the tour, guests eat their way through the world-famous Public Market and hear the intriguing stories, culture, and history behind the tasty creations. Tour highlights include: locally-cured meats, small production local cheeses, and freshly-baked artisan bread. Touring the Granville Island Public Market is one of the most authentic ways to experience Vancouver.
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train this morning for your first day of the spectacular rail journey into the interior of British Columbia.
Continue eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. See a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranch lands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies.
Depart Banff early afternoon for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Lake Louise. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Today, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here, you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon.
The town of Jasper and its surrounding area it occupies the largest inhabitable valley in the Canadian Rockies, which means more food for “All Creatures Great and Small”.
Board VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” for an unforgettable train journey! The original stainless steel “streamliner” railcar, made famous by the “Canadian” in the 1950’s, are totally refurbished with air conditioning. Relax in the dome car and experience stunning 360-degree views. Follow the Athabasca River out of the Canadian Rockies to enter the Great Central Plains of Canada, stretching east for a thousand miles through Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Travel through the heartland of Canada; pass the plains that are the “bread basket” of the nation and home to huge ranches and wheat farms spread across this vast landscape.
Arrive Toronto late afternoon. Upon arrival make your own way to your accommodation. Remainder of the day enjoy at your leisure.
Experience the sights of Canada’s largest and most diverse city. Tour highlights include: the Eaton Centre, Chinatown, CN Tower, and Old and New City Halls, with opportunity for pictures along the way. Optional drop off available at the Harbour Tour and the CN Tower.
This morning, transfer to your Niagara Falls hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. This tour includes the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass; this pass offers you admission to many of Niagara Falls most popular attractions while avoiding long wait times. Simply reserve a time that’s convenient for you and proceed to the priority entrance at your given time, bypassing all lineups (except at Hornblower Cruises). Attractions included in the pass are: Hornblower Niagara Cruises, White Water Walk, Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara Fury. Along with your pass you’ll also receive a preferred customer card which offers you value add coupons and discounts.
Transfer from Niagara Falls hotel to Toronto Airport (can be to Toronto downtown if you are extending your stay).
per person, twin share
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- *Your choice of SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service.
- This itinerary also runs in reverse direction.
- Upgrade to Maligne Valley and Maligne Lake cruise tour during June to September.
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