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Overview

An epic journey awaits on this 15-day adventure through the Rocky Mountains, over to West Canada and up the coast of Alaska. You’ll start your trip in Alberta’s capital, Calgary, before heading out of the city and towards the majestic Rockies, where you will spend three days exploring Banff and Jasper.

After a busy few days on the road, it’s time for some luxury. Enjoy one of Canada’s most iconic journeys aboard the esteemed Rocky Mountaineer train, travelling via Quesnel and Whistler, past hidden lakes and canyons. One of the highlights is Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ highest peak. After a relaxing few days, the train makes its way to glittering Vancouver. You’ll spend a night in the city, before boarding the ship of your choice for a sailing through the Gulf of Alaska. There are many cruise lines offering Alaska cruises, so speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more.

Day 1:

Arrive in Calgary

Upon arrival in Calgary, you’ll collect your hire car and make your way to your hotel in the city. Spend the afternoon taking in the sights of Calgary – why not head to Calgary Tower? You’ll have 360-degree views of the city and, on a clear day, you’ll even be able to see the Rocky Mountains in the distance.

 

Overnight – Calgary

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Day 2:

Calgary to Banff

You’ll head for the Rocky Mountains today. The drive takes around 90 minutes and, as you leave the city behind, the scenery changes dramatically. You’ll soon be surrounded by magnificent mountains, which will be snow-capped in the summer and completely covered in powdery snow during winter. When you reach Banff, check into your hotel and get your bearings as you wander around the quaint town, or try some delicious dishes in one of the many restaurants.

 

Overnight – Banff

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Day 3:

Banff

You’ll have a whole day to explore beautiful Banff. The Banff Gondola is a must-do – ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and admire the sweeping views across six mountain ranges, as well as Bow Valley and Banff Town. There’s plenty to keep you occupied at the top, too. Stroll along the boardwalk to the Cosmic Ray Station and Sanson’s Peak, where you can learn about Canada’s first national park, then head inside to the world-class discovery centre. There’s also a selection of cafés and bars, where you can sit and take in the stunning views.

 

Overnight – Banff

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Day 4:

Banff to Jasper

We’d recommend an early start today, as the scenic drive from Banff to Jasper takes three-and-a-half hours – but you’ll have plenty of opportunity to stop off on the way. Just 40 minutes after you set off, you’ll come across the iconic Lake Louise. As you continue along the Icefields Parkway, you’ll pass many lakes where you can stop off for a picnic and a walk. As you get closer to Jasper, don’t miss the Columbia Icefield Skywalk – you can walk across the glass walkway suspended above Sunwapta Valley, and marvel at the giant glaciers around you. Once you reach Jasper, drop off your car and check into your hotel, then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the town.

 

Overnight – Jasper

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Day 5:

Jasper to Quesnel

This morning, board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer and start your three-day journey westbound towards Vancouver. You’ll pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, where you’ll see the Rockies on one side and the Cariboo Mountains on the other side, before travelling through British Columbia’s hills and vast forests. En route to Quesnel, you’ll also see the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Ronson. You’ll know the train has almost reached Quesnel when the scenery changes, as you’ll follow Fraser River and pass through the town of Prince George.

 

Overnight – Quesnel, Breakfast and Lunch included on-board the Rocky Mountaineer

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Day 6:

Quesnel to Whistler

The scenery on the train’s route to Whistler is ever-changing. You’ll see the desert-like plains of the Fraser Canyon, the vast ranchlands and hills of the Cariboo Plateau, and the canyons and lush farmlands of the Pemberton Valley. On today’s leg of the journey, the train will also cross Deep Creek Bridge – one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Once the train reaches Whistler, you’ll disembark and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

 

Overnight – Whistler, Breakfast and Lunch included on-board the Rocky Mountaineer

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Day 7:

Whistler to Vancouver

Before getting back on the Rocky Mountaineer, you’ll have some time in the morning to explore Whistler Village. Once you’re onboard, the train will weave through the stunning Sea to Sky Corridor, where highlights include Cheakamus Canyon, Brandywine Falls and breathtaking views of Howe Sound. Once in Vancouver, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Downtown Vancouver. The evening is yours to spend however you wish.

 

Overnight – Vancouver; light afternoon canapé-style meal served aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

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Day 8-15:

Alaska Cruise

There are various cruise lines offering Alaska itineraries, travelling from Vancouver to Segway – so you’ll have plenty of options to pick from. Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out which is best for you.

Most ships will take in the Inside Passage – a complex labyrinth of fjords, bays and lush green islands where, during the summer months, you’ll be able to see wild orcas, puffins and sea otters. Alaska’s capital, Juneau, is another popular stop for Alaska cruises, and is the perfect place to go on a glacial dog-sledding adventure. Check whether Hubbard Glacier is on your cruise itinerary, too. About 30 miles of the mainland, it’s longest tidewater glacier in the world – and you’ll get picture-perfect views from your cruise ship.

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  • What's Included

  • Essential Information

Included
  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation, including three days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Car hire from days 1-4 (Calgary to Jasper)
  • Return international flights from London to Calgary, and Anchorage to London
  • 7 night Alaska cruise (inclusions depend on the cruise liner)
Not included
  • Meals and drinks, unless mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses

We can tailor this itinerary specifically to you. Speak to our experts today to start planning your ideal getaway.

 

Cruise liner options:

  • Celebrity
  • Princess
  • NCL
  • Cunard
  • Holland America

What's Included

Included
  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation, including three days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Car hire from days 1-4 (Calgary to Jasper)
  • Return international flights from London to Calgary, and Anchorage to London
  • 7 night Alaska cruise (inclusions depend on the cruise liner)
Not included
  • Meals and drinks, unless mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses

Essential Information

We can tailor this itinerary specifically to you. Speak to our experts today to start planning your ideal getaway.

 

Cruise liner options:

  • Celebrity
  • Princess
  • NCL
  • Cunard
  • Holland America

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