Circle the Rockies by Train with Alaska Inside Passage Cruise
starting from US $6,839per person
Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
The wilderness of Alaska’s inside passage and splendor of the Canadian Rockies await you on this incredible cruise and Canadian train vacation. First experience the breaching orcas, calving glaciers, and colorful historic towns of Alaska while enjoying Holland America’s signature service. Then travel a full loop of the western Canadian Railway, discovering Whistler, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff on the famous Rocky Mountaineer train.
Arrive Vancouver → 7 nights onboard Holland America Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise → 3 night Vancouver → 1 night Whistler → 1 night Quesnel → 2 nights Jasper → 2 night Lake Louise → 2 nights Banff → 1 night Kamloops → 1 night Vancouver → Depart Vancouver
Day 1– Arrive in Vancouver, and Embark on Alaska Cruise
Spend a morning enjoying Vancouver. This afternoon you board the grand ms Noordam for a spectacular 7-day Alaskan cruise. The ms Noordam welcomes you to a once in a lifetime experience of comfort and unforgettable sights. From the striking artwork around the ship to the ultra-courteous staff, the ms Noordam is a home away from home.
Day 2 – Into the North – Cruise the Inside Passage from Canada to Alaska
Enjoy an entire day cruising the Inside Passage. Strolling along the deck you see rolling hills covered in trees, islands with small communities or none at all, whales taking the same refuge from the chopping waters beyond the islands and the odd fishing boat who scurries out of the ships way. Relax in the warmth of the ship or stay bundled up outside capturing the best photos of the day.
Day 3 – Into Port – Juneau, Alaska
Juneau is everything you would expect from an Alaskan capital city: small, surrounded by the most amazing wilderness, soaked in history and with a pace of its own. Hike in the Tongass National Forest or venture out onto the water (in a smaller vessel!) for whale watching or fishing. Wandering through the rustic shops in town is a great way to get to know Juneau on a more personal level. It’s back to the ms Noordam this afternoon for a delicious dinner served in the grand dining room.
Day 4 – Into Port – Skagway, Alaska
Step off the ship and back in time to the days of the Gold Rush. Over a century ago, men arrived on this very shore with only one thought, GOLD! Enjoy wandering along the wooden sidewalks, in and out of the many character shops. Visit the Trail of ’98 Museum to get the complete picture of the Gold Rush days. This evening return to the comfort and warmth of the ms Noordam.
Day 5 – Cruise Glacier Bay
Today is an exciting opportunity to sightsee from the decks of your ship. Glide along the calm waters of Glacier Bay a Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This protected area is home to a distinct ecosystem of plants and animals all calling this glacial landscape home. Today is a chance to learn more about this beautiful icy environment and capture the perfect photograph of the impressive icebergs surrounding your ship.
Day 6 – Into Port – Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan is an opportunity to learn more about Alaska’s rich herritage. The Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian were the first peoples to live on this land and their culture still flourishes. Home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles, Ketchikan has a powerful spirit that you won’t want to leave behind. Capture the moment with some spectacular photographs or bring home a mini totem pole of your own. The totem poles are not the only beauty to be found here; explore Creek Street and the Tongass Historical Museum. The natural surroundings are breathtaking. Here is a place to take in all the sights and sounds that make Alaska so special. Return to the ship for a relaxing evening.
Day 7 – Southbound – Cruise the Inside Passage from Alaska to Canada
Most people are only lucky enough to cruise the Inside Passage once in their lifetime. Today is your second opportunity to see this beautiful landscape. Be sure to catch everything you missed the first time!
Day 8 - Vancouver Arrival
Enjoy a delicious breakfast onboard the Noordam, filled with Alaskan memories. The next part of your adventure is about to begin. Your vacation in Canada continues as you enjoy Vancouver after disembarking and spend the night.
Day 9 – North Shore Sightseeing tour
Today you will enjoy a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver's majestic North Shore including the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included). Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 10 – Explore Vancouver at your own pace
Spend the day exploring the city’s museums, art galleries, and historic neighborhoods or let us arrange a day trip to the quaint seaside city of Victoria and visit the famous Butchart Gardens. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 11 – Whistler Sea to Sky Climb
You feel right at home onboard Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler Train. You start the day off with the aroma of coffee and fresh orange juice as you relax in your modern train coach and wind along Canada’s west coast. Wave to the locals as you wind your way along the Sea to Sky Corridor, and feel the mist on your face from the rushing water in the canyons below.
Day 12 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train – Whistler to Quesnel
Today your Canadian train vacation continues as you hear a lonesome wail sounds from the train’s whistle and the smell of fresh cooking eggs and bacon wafts through your car. Over coffee you chat with old friends, and get caught up staring out the window at winding lakeshores and the desert-like Fraser canyon. As you unwind that evening, you can’t help but wonder what new adventures you will find tomorrow during your holidays in the Canadian Rockies.
Day 13 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer – Quesnel to Jasper
This is the day of your vacation in Canada that you reach the breathtaking Canadian Rockies. Your first sight of the towering peaks is indescribable. You step off the train in Jasper and are overcome with the serenity of Canada’s legendary mountains. You’re on top of the Earth, far from the stresses at home, and ready to embrace the calmness of the Canadian Rockies.
Day 14 – Jasper Tour on your Canada Vacation
Today you set out on a scenic tour of Jasper, in the heart of the Rockies. During the tour you’ll see the beauty of the surrounding lakes and rivers, learn about the unusual geology of eerie Maligne Canyon, and breathe in the sights of the Canadian Rockies.
Day 15 – Jasper to Lake Louise
Today on your Canada vacation, you travel along what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world - the Icefields Parkway. Stop to walk on the Athabasca Glacier and learn about its geology - and in late afternoon your guide brings you Lake Louise to spend the night.
Day 16 - Lake Louise
Combine a supernaturally turquoise lake, abundant year-round activities, spectacular mountain scenery – and right in the middle of it all, the elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Located in the heart of Banff National Park and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Louise offers a tremendous variety of recreational and sightseeing opportunities. In summer, guests staying in Lake Louise can take to the many trails by foot or on horseback, go rafting, experience the thrill of mountain biking or explore the nearby glaciers and waterfalls. Small but well appointed with restaurants, accommodations and shops, Lake Louise’s amenities make it the ideal hub for your every adventure. It’s known as Canada’s Diamond in the Wilderness, the Hiking Capital of Canada and the Emerald of the Rockies. Be sure to speak to the Mountain Heritage Activity office at the hotel for trail maps, canoe rentals and other activity information as there is much to do in Lake Louise to fill your day!
Day 17 - Lake Louise to Banff
Today 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. Afterwards, you will arrive in the lovely mountain town of Banff. Mingle with visitors from all over the world, and savor the lively atmosphere. Overnight in Banff.
Day 18 - Discover Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air! Explore the sleepy mountain town of Banff and it’s surrounding areas. Visit intriguing heritage sites, stroll along the Bow River, or drink in the surreal mountain views from the peak of Sulphur Mountain. Overnight in Banff.
Day 19 - Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer – Banff to Kamloops
Your second journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer begins today. There’s a gentle pull as the train leaves Banff and the smell of breakfast wafts from the galley. The passing scenery is breathtaking; step out onto the outdoor viewing platform and feel the cool wind against your cheeks.
Day 20 - Canadian Rockies Train Adventure Continues – Kamloops to Vancouver
Back in your familiar seat on the Rocky Mountaineer train, you move from the arid interior of British Columbia to the coastal city of Vancouver and marvel at the diversity of the scenery you’ve seen during your Canadian train trip. Vancouver’s personality is just the kind of last stop you need on your vacation in Canada.
Day 21 - Farewell to Canada
Today your rail and cruise adventure concludes, with fond memories and new friends made.
Note - all of our trips can be personalized, so make sure to tell your vacation planner about your special interests and travel style.
Are you on the train the whole time?
All of our trips include some stops to get off the train, to explore Canada's beautiful national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect experience.
Is this an escorted tour?
With the exception of our guided wildlife and northern lights train trips, our vacations are not typically "escorted." We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe. Click here for a more detailed comparison.
How do the trains work in Canada compared to the US or UK?
Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in Europe and the US), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, plus great food.
What types of trains are used?
Two main companies operate trains in Canada: VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer.
Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along 3 of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.
VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of Northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.
What we love about this trip
Cruising the Inside Passage aboard Holland America’s cruise ship
Seeing the glaciers calve at Glacier Bay
Spectacular Rocky Mountaineer train journey
Spending time in the Canadian Rockies and Whistler
Exploring Banff and Jasper National Parks
Inside story #3
‘Romance on the Rails’
Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.
The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa
An example of our Comfort accommodations
Enjoy the ambiance of a beautiful Banff mountain lodge. After a day of skiing, the Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is an oasis of relaxation. Comfortable rooms with mountain inspired décor beckon. Relax your tired muscles in the jetted whirlpool or for the ultimate treat, visit the Red Earth Spa for an après-ski massage. One of Canada's most popular steak houses is located on site; visit for lunch, dinner or an evening appetizer and cocktail. Located just 10 minutes from downtown Banff, the lodge is perfectly located near the mountains and the village.
Sheraton Wall Centre
An example of our Superior accommodations
A visually-stunning hotel located in the heart of downtown. Enjoy great views through the floor to ceiling windows. Thoughtful extras include luxury bath amenities, and refreshment centers in every room.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations
The 5 star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is undoubtedly a beautiful and impressive hotel. Its amazing location overlooking beautiful Lake Louise and the distant mountains can not be compared. There are a variety of restaurant types, so you can do casual or fine dining as you choose. Strolling around the lake, renting a canoe, riding horses, or hiking up to the tea house are all great summer activities. In winter choose from snow shoeing, skating, skiing or taking a sleigh ride around the lake.
Prices & DatesTrip Start Dates - 2017
Starts in Vancouver on Wednesdays
May 10, 17, 24, 31
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 5, 12, 19, 26
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sep 6, 13, 20
Trip Start Dates - 2018
Starts in Vancouver on Wednesdays
From May 9 to September 19
The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
• Pricing is based on departure date, travel service and hotel class for this journey and may vary from your personalized itinerary.
Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $6,839to US $8,207per person
Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.
Superior Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $9,919to US $12,354per person
Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.
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Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $11,119to US $13,780per person
On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.
Canadian Train Vacations Vs. Others
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Flexibility and freedom of a personalized tour to suit your travel goals.
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Why choose us?
Online booking sites prefer you to book your vacation with them online. Truthfully, they'd prefer you not to bother them at all! Our approach is completely the opposite.
We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.
Online booking sites and local travel agencies focus on multiple destinations – we focus only on Canada because it's our home and we know it better than anyone else.
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