Rocky Mountaineer
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Breaching Whale, Alaska
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Elk in Banff
Ice Palace, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Alaska Cruise & Rockies Getaway

17 day Rail & Cruise - from £4559

With flights from £5009

Combine a magical Alaska cruise with two Rocky Mountaineer rail journeys and a guided tour of the Canadian Rockies for a holiday you’ll never forget!

Highlights:

  • Cruise Alaska’s magical Inside Passage, a marine and wildlife haven
  • Enjoy four days on board the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer
  • Visit Jasper and Banff National Parks and enjoy a cruise on Lake Minnewanka
  • Stay at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Traverse Athabasca Glacier in an Ice Explorer

ROCKY MOUNTAINEER 2022 SPECIAL OFFER

Book by 8 October 2021 and receive the following on selected 2022 dates:

  • 2 free hotel nights in Vancouver, at the beginning or end of the rail package
  • 1 airport transfer, at the beginning or end of the rail package
  • 1 set menu dinner at a hotel in a destination of choice, excluding rail days

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Vancouver

Once a trading post and a rough-and-tumble sawmilling settlement, today, modern Vancouver is many things. It’s a bustling seaport, a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, an ethnically diverse metropolis and the ‘Hollywood of the North’. Framed by towering mountains and the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Vancouver seduces visitors with its combination of urban sophistication and laid-back attitude against a backdrop of glass towers, modern sights and plentiful green spaces.

Hotel: Rosedale on Robson or similar

Day 2 - Depart Vancouver

Your Alaska journey starts early this afternoon at the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board your cruise ship and settle in and get ready to embark on your epic Alaska Cruise.

Cabin: Interior Stateroom
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - The Inside Passage (Scenic Cruising)

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rainforests 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 colourful 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 centre 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.

Cabin: Interior Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Juneau

Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountains, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau, both 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.

The city itself is pleasant, but the real highlight of a visit to Juneau is tracking down some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles. Most sightseeing and whale-watching tours head north to Auke Bay; bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly graceful creatures. If you prefer land mammals, catch a floatplane to a nearby wildlife reserve such as Chichagof or Admiralty Island to spy some bears lolling around.

The sleepy, misty city of around 32,000 – mostly fishermen and small-business owners – has a frontier town vibe, but welcomes more than a million visitors each summer to its natural attractions, cementing Juneau as Alaska’s number-one tourist destination.

Cabin: Interior Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Skagway

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 colourful history, pristine wildlife and unrivalled natural beauty.

At every turn, you’ll find yourself immersed in gold rush lore, from the infamous Red Onion Saloon that still keeps a pistol that Wyatt Earp left behind en route to the Klondike, to the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, a classic narrow-gauge railway that traverses rugged mountains and passes cascading waterfalls and towering glaciers as it connects Skagway to Whitehorse deep in the Yukon. Much of the town has been preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, where rangers offer free walking tours around the historic district. Here you’ll also find a vibrant local community, home to a rich collection of local galleries, curio shops and restaurants serving seafood plucked fresh from nearby waters.

Cabin: Interior Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Glacier Bay

Imagine this; a bald eagle glides overhead when, in a flash, the ethereal silence is broken by the jarring boom of a calving glacier or breath-catching splash of a breaching humpback. Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve offers some of the most dramatic scenery and wildlife experiences in all of North America, which makes all the more reason for you to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve on this epic Alaska cruise. It’s going to be a highlight of your trip, we assure you!

Cabin: Interior Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Ketchikan

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. The town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain.

Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon-fishing and packing industries; here you can try your luck on a sport fishing excursion or simply savour the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. It is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park, while the attractions of Saxman Village just outside of Ketchikan offers the chance to see Tlingit culture in action, with working carvers and a dance show in the clan house. Be sure to leave time to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon and local art.

Cabin: Interior Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - The Inside Passage (Scenic Cruising)

It’s the final day of your cruise and time to make your way back through the Inside Passage to Vancouver. Keep your eyes peeled today as you send the day spotting the wonderful wildlife that makes this area of the world their home. If you’re lucky you might spot a pod of Orca playing, humpback whales breaching off the bow of the ship, bald eagles soaring overhead or even brown bears wandering the shoreline in the distance.

Cabin: Interior Stateroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Vancouver

Arrive back into port this morning and depart the cruise ship to make your way to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore more of Vancouver on your own terms. This marks the start of the rail portion of your holiday.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Sheraton Wall Centre
Gold Leaf Hotel: Sutton Place Hotel

Day 10 - Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Kamloops Hotel
Gold Leaf Hotel: Kamloops Hotel

Meals:  Breakfast and lunch

Day 11 - Jasper

Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper.

Silver Leaf Hotel: The Crimson Jasper Hotel
Gold Leaf Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park lodge

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 12 - Lake Louise

Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, 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. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Gold Leaf Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Meals: Lunch

Day 13 - Banff

This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Gold Leaf Hotel: Royal Canadian Lodge

Day 14 - Banff

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), a lake cruise on Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Lunch is included. Overnight in Banff. Note: In the event the lake cruise is not operating, interpretive experiences will be offered on the history of the founding of Banff, sampling of authentic Canadian treats, and hands-on interpretation of local flora and fauna.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Gold Leaf Hotel: Royal Canadian Lodge

Meals: Lunch

Day 15 - Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Kamloops Hotel
Gold Leaf Hotel: Kamloops Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 16 - Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Georgian Court Hotel
Gold Leaf Hotel: Sutton Place Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 17 - Depart Vancouver

Today marks the end of your epic Alaska Cruise and Rocky Mountaineer holiday. Your journey ends when you checkout from your Vancouver hotel. Time to make your way to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

17 day Rail & Cruise - from £4559

With flights from £5009

Upgrade Your Cabin on Your Alaska Cruise

For a little more space and spectacular views from your cabin window, upgrade to:

  • An Ocean View Stateroom from £195
  • A Vista Suite from £894
  • A Neptune Suite from £1418

Choose Silver or Gold Leaf on the Rocky Mountaineer

Silver Leaf includes:

  • Glass-dome windows offering excellent views
  • Small outdoor viewing platform
  • Breakfast and lunch served to your seat
  • Quality hotel accommodation

Gold Leaf includes:

  • Full glass-dome windows offering panoramic views
  • Large outdoor viewing platform
  • Gourmet meals, served in an exclusive dining room
  • Deluxe hotel accommodation

Upgrade to Gold Leaf from £1209

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*2022 Special Offer* Book by 8 October 2021 and receive 2 free hotel nights in Vancouver at the start or end of the package, 1 airport transfer at the beginning or end of the package, and 1 set menu dinner at a hotel in a destination of choice, excluding rail days. The hotel nights, dinner and airport transfer are only available to the named passengers on the rail package booking. All are subject to availability, and no cash alternative or price reduction will be offered should they not be available for your chosen dates of travel. A deposit for the rail package must be paid on booking and balance paid 60 days before travel. Valid on new bookings only. Seasonal variations may apply.

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room/cabin. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations apply. Itineraries may vary from 1 April 2022 onwards.

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RAIL, COACH & CRUISE

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

Also included in this holiday idea:

  • A magical 7 night Alaska Cruise
  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • 2 Rocky Mountaineer rail journeys
  • Air conditioned coach travel
  • 10 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers and extra night options
  • Optional return flights from the UK

You can:

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

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