Rail, Coach & Cruise
Banff, Canada
Jasper National Park, Canada
The Rocky Mountaineer
Vancouver

Spectacular West & Alaska Cruise

14 day Rail, Coach & Cruise - from £3849

With flights from £4259

This holiday of a lifetime combines a journey through the Rockies with the incredible Rocky Mountaineer and an epic Alaska cruise. You’ll visit Banff, Jasper and Vancouver, then it’s all aboard for a cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Highlights:

  • 7 night Alaska cruise in an Ocean View Stateroom
  • Ride the epic Rocky Mountaineer
  • Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer ride and Lake Minnewanka Cruise
  • Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Pre night stay in wonderful Vancouver
  • 7 night Alaska Cruise with Holland America
  • Rocky Mountaineer Train between Vancouver and Jasper
  • Guided tour from Jasper to Calgary via Banff
  • Activities and excursions included
  • All travel arrangements made for you

This suggested itinerary shows the type of holiday you can enjoy with Freedom Destinations. It can be booked as it is or changed to suit your requirements.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Vancouver

Arrive today into Vancouver. After transfering to your hotel, check in and start exploring this fascinating city on your own.

Standard Hotel: Rosedale on Robson
Superior Hotel: Pinnacle Harbourfront Vancouver
Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Waterfront

Day 2 - Depart Vancouver (Alaska Cruise)

Your Alaska journey starts early this afternoon at the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board your Holland America cruise ship.

Cabin: Ocean View Stateroom
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Cruise the Inside Passage

The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure

Cabin: Ocean View Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Cruise to Juneau

No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. You need to come by air or water, but when you arrive, the place will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in close proximity. The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door. The vast Tongass National Forest stretches away to the northeast. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flight-see or fish. The adventures are as bountiful as the daylight.

Cabin: Ocean View Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Cruise to Skagway

By the end of the 19th century, Skagway was the largest city in Alaska. Klondike booms fade and dreams move on, but the glory days still reverberate through the town. Ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, step into the Red Onion Saloon or peruse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

Cabin: Ocean View Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Cruise to Glacier Bay

A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park with Holland America Line will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. And it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than any place else in the world.

Cabin: Ocean View Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Cruise to Ketchikan

Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. The stairways are weathered, and the vibe is cheerful in the town that calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World. Besides the main attractions – Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village – try a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. These deepwater fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters.

Cabin: Ocean View Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Cruise the Inside Passage

Enjoy sailing through the fjords of the Inside Passage as you embark on the return journey back to Vancouver where the cruise will come to an end.

Cabin: Ocean View Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Vancouver

After breakfast disembark in Vancouver. The balance of day is at leisure. Canada’s third-largest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port city with a thriving multi-cultural ambiance. Restaurants, shopping, nightlife, a mild climate and a cosmopolitan atmosphere make Vancouver a favourite tourist destination.

Standard Hotel: Rosedale on Robson
Superior Hotel: Pinnacle Harbourfront Vancouver
Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Waterfront
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Vancouver

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities below to include in your holiday. Simply let your consultant know which you would prefer when booking your trip.

Option 1. Victoria & Butchart Gardens | 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 back to downtown Vancouver.

Option 2. Whistler with Sea to Sky 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. Take time to relax, shop, or partake in a variety of seasonal activities. End the day with an awe inspiring 35-minute floatplane flight to Vancouver with stunning aerial views of mountains lakes and glaciers.

Standard Hotel: Rosedale on Robson
Superior Hotel: Pinnacle Harbourfront Vancouver
Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Waterfront

Day 11 - Vancouver to Kamloops (Rocky Mountaineer)

All aboard Rocky Mountaineer for the scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser River Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes to historic Kamloops.

Standard & Superior Rail Journey: Rocky Mountaineer Silver Leaf
Deluxe Rail Journey: Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 12 - Kamloops to Jasper (Rocky Mountaineer)

Back onboard the Rocky Mountaineer follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, at 3954 metres, which is the highest peak in the Canadian
Rockies. Arrive in Jasper late afternoon.

Standard Hotel: Moderate Hotel
Superior Hotel: Sawbridge Inn
Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 13 - Banff National Park

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.

Standard Hotel: Elk + Avenue Hotel
Superior Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge
Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Day 14 - Farewell from Calgary

This morning explore the natural wonders near the town of Banff on a half-day, small-group tour. Admire the unparalleled beauty of natural sights including Bow Falls, the surreal Hoodoos rock formation and beautiful Lake Minnewanka, among others. Then Maximise your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion during a round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Much too soon you leave the fresh mountain air and colourful sights of the Rockies. An afternoon transfer will take you to Calgary Airport to connect with your flight, or to downtown Calgary if you choose to stay longer.

14 day Rail, Coach & Cruise - from £3849

With flights from £4259

Optional Upgrade

Our Superior and Deluxe Rail, Coach & Cruise tour includes all the benefits of our standard option and offers superior or deluxe hotel accommodation.

  • 13 day Spectacular West & Alaska Cruise Superior – from £4054
  • 13 day Spectacular West & Alaska Cruise Deluxe – from £5889

For ultimate luxury, upgrade your Rocky Mountaineer rail experience to the most popular service Gold Leaf – from £437 (included with deluxe option).

Tours are subject to availability. Call 0333 234 0943 or enquire online to check your departure date

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply – call or enquire now for more details. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2022 onwards.

Rail, Coach & Cruise

A superb Canada and Alaska experience combining a guided tour through Canada’s Rockies, followed by an incredible Rocky Mountaineer train journey and a magical Alaska Cruise.

Also included in this holiday idea:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Air conditioned coach travel
  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers and extra night options
  • Return flights from the UK

You can:

  • Choose your own hotel in Calgary
  • Add additional day tours and activities
  • Extend your stay in Calgary or Vancouver
  • Add other destinations or visit family and friends

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