Complete Canadian Rockies by Rail with Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

15

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per person from $ 4,312

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This trip combines two amazing adventures - a world class train tour with an equally incredible cruise. Start your trip with a tour from Banff to Jasper, marvel at the beauty surrouding you. Enjoy plenty of time for relaxing and indulging. Your train journey begins in Jasper. You'll tavel on the Rocky Mountaineer along the Canadian railway. After a night in Vancouver, cruise into Alaska. Meet some local wildlife on your shore excursions. Be pampered as you sail back to Vancouver, and your trip ends.
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The ‘Bear’ Essentials

On this Canadian Rockies train and Alaska Cruise vacation, we’ve combined two amazing adventures into one. Stand in awe at the peak of Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, gasp at the sight of the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate from the Rocky Mountaineer train, be brought to silence at the beauty and simplicity of the Inside Passage and step back in time in Alaska’s oldest towns. Combining a world class Canada train vacation with an equally incredible cruise ensures that you’ll experience the amazing sights of Canada and Alaska while being treated to the very best service.

What we love about this trip

• Rocky Mountaineer’s stunning 2-day rail journey
• 5 nights in the Canadian Rockies
• Small group tours to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks
• 7 nights aboard Holland America line’s ms Zuiderdam
• Cruise the Inside Passage
• Glacier Bay

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Your Canadian Train and Alaska Cruise Vacation Begins
Your Canadian railway vacations starts with your arrival in the cowboy city of Calgary, where you will board a bus and transfer to Banff. Watch the mountain peaks begin to soar above you, as you relax in your personal vehicle. Overnight in little mountain hamlet of Banff.

Day 2 – Explore Banff
Spend a free day exploring Banff. The stunning scenery around you will catch your breath, as you visit the town’s intriguing heritage sites, browse the boutiques, or stroll along the beautiful Bow River. Overnight in Banff.

Day 3 – Sightseeing from Banff to Lake Louise
Wake bright and early to see the sun peeking over the snow capped mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Soon a Fresh Tracks Canada guide will take you on an intimate tour of the surrounding lakes, canyons and natural wonders of the area. Lean their ancient secrets with your expert guide, and ask as many questions as you can think of. Our tours are kept small to give you the best chance for discovery.

Afterwards, you and your guide meander your way along mountain roads to reach Lake Louise. Here, glaciers tumble off mountainsides into turquoise waters, and white mountain peaks soar into the brilliant blue sky. Ask your vacation planner to pre-arrange a gentle interpretive canoe tour with a Mountain Heritage guide, or a sitting in the Fairview dining room to indulge in the time honored tradition of afternoon tea. Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 4 – Canadian Rockies - Icefields Parkway – Lake Louise to Jasper
The Icefields Parkway tour on your Canadian train vacation reveals many wonders, and you will have the best chance to experience them with our small group sightseeing. The most exciting of these is a visit to the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest and most accessible icefields south of the Arctic Circle. Step out of the Ice Explorer and fill up your bottle with ice water millions of years old. Keep an eye out for one of our four legged ambassadors – elk, moose, mountain goats and even bears like to make an appearance along the way. After full day adventure and a gourmet picnic lunch, you arrive in Jasper. Enjoy your evening!

Day 5 – Enjoy Jasper National Park
Today you have the chance to explore Jasper National Park. Your guide knows that Maligne Valley is not only spectacular but an excellent place to see wildlife. Don’t be surprise to see antlers peeking through branches of a spruce tree as you meander along. After a visit to mysterious Maligne Canyon, experience a cruise on Maligne Lake, deep green in color, framed by wildflowers, and alive with the sound of mountain waterfowl. This day of your Canadian train vacation by rail is bound to be a memorable one.

Day 6 – On the Canadian Railway - Rocky Mountaineer Train to Kamloops
The scent of hot coffee wafts through your train car as you find your place and settle into the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer train. The gentle pull moving out of the railway station begins your Canadian Rockies train adventure. Travel west before heading south along the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo mountains. The sights of Canada out your large picture window are ever-changing from the high peaks of Mount Robson to the crashing waters of Pyramid Falls. Enjoy some downtime from the railroad journey as you pull in to Kamloops.

Day 7 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Vancouver
Continue westbound today onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train toward the coastal city of Vancouver. As you travel across Canada’s west coast, watch the dry interior become rushing rivers, lush forests and steep slopes of the coastal mountains. The sounds of the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate are so loud they reach your train car and you can almost feel the mist of the waters while on the observation deck. Passengers are known to spot all kinds of Canadian wildlife --be sure to have your camera ready throughout your whole vacation!

This evening the Rocky Mountaineer train arrives in the picturesque city of Vancouver. Bordered by mountains, forest and ocean, the city views are some of the best across Canada. The Canadian train portion of your journey has concluded, but another adventure awaits tomorrow.

Day 8 – Into the North – Board Alaska Cruise
Wake-up this morning to the sun shining and Vancouver buzzing outside your hotel. Before checking out, find the perfect place for a strong coffee and a freshly baked muffin before your vacation to the North begins.

This afternoon you board the grand ms Zuiderdam for the spectacular 7-day Alaskan cruise portion of your vacation. The ms Zuiderdam 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 Zuiderdam is a home away from home for this leg of your trip.

Day 9 – 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 ship’s way. Relax in the warmth of the ship or stay bundled up outside trying to capture some of the best photos of your trip.

Day 10 – 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 Zuiderdam this afternoon for a delicious dinner served in the grand dining room.

Day 11 – 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. Take a tour through 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 Zuiderdam.

Day 12 – 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 13 – Into Port – Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan is an opportunity to learn more about Alaska’s rich heritage. 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 moments of your vacation 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 14 – 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 on this returning trip you missed the first time!

Day 15 - With Fond Memories – Depart Vancouver
Enjoy a lovely breakfast before disembarking in Vancouver. Much too soon, you leave the clean air and colorful sights of Canada and Alaska behind as your Canada Rockies train and Alaskan Cruise trip comes to an end. A transfer is provided to the Vancouver Airport.

 

 

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What's Included

Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...

Amazing Inside Passage Alaska Cruise - Amazing Inside Passage Alaska Cruise
Amazing Inside Passage Alaska Cruise
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island - Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain - Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Vancouver Lookout tower excursion - Vancouver Lookout tower excursion
Vancouver Lookout tower excursion

 

 

 

Customize this trip a little... or a lot

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Renting a car and exploring the area - Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Watching bears and wildlife tours - Watching bears and wildlife tours
Watching bears and wildlife tours
Playing golf at famous resorts - Playing golf at famous resorts
Playing golf at famous resorts
Sightseeing flights or helicopter tours - Sightseeing flights or helicopter tours
Sightseeing flights or helicopter tours

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

• 7 nights of hotel accommodation
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, from Jasper to Vancouver
• Rocky Mountaineer Fuel Surcharge
• 2 delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard the train
• Small group sightseeing tour of Banff (3 hour)
• Banff Gondola Ride
• Intepretive transfer from Banff to Lake Louise
• Small group sightseeing transfer along the Icefields Parkway including picnic lunch and a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier (full day)
• Jasper sightseeing along Maligne Valley, and cruise on Maligne Lake (Maligne Lake Cruise starts early June)
• Train station transfers in Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
• Cruise ship terminal transfer in Vancouver
• A bus transfer between Calgary airport and Banff (Private transfer for Deluxe guests)
• 7 nights Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise aboard Holland America, including meals and non-alcoholic beverages
• Vancouver Lookout admission
• Transfer to Vancouver Airport
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Customization & Upgrade Ideas

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize it to match your needs...

• Ask us about upgrading hotels or choosing unique mountain lodge accommodation and adding extra nights
• Ask us for first hand advice on the available train upgrades
• Add experiences such as golf, spa, wildlife excursions, or hiking to your trip
• Add a trip to Victoria, British Columbia’s quaint capital city on Vancouver Island and visit the Butchart Gardens
• Add on a trip to the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days exploring the beaches, kayaking or taking in the spectacular ocean views from your private tent-house suite
• Add a half day train ride to visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and why not take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there
• Include a stay at the Knight Inlet Lodge near Campbell River, to fully immerse yourself in the bear watching experience and to experience a fly-in floating lodge

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Onboard ship gratuities charged (USD $12 per person per day plus 15% on alcoholic beverages)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Mandatory Port Fees of $180 per person
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

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Accommodation Options

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.

Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson StreetGeorgian Court Hotel - Join in the fun street atmosphere of Vancouver in the summerGeorgian Court Hotel - Sink into your comfy bed after a day of exploration

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

Rimrock Resort - Exterior of resortRimrock Resort - Resort lobbyRimrock Resort - Deluxe RoomRimrock Resort - Rimrock during winter

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior accommodations

The Rimrock Resort is one of Fresh Tracks favourite hotels! The hotel is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Exterior of ChateauFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Skating on Lake LouiseFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - The Chateau LoungeFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Hotel in Winter

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

The 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.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Exterior of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - Lobby of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - The hotel spa

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe Plus accommodations

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy one of the many activities that the hotel has to offer from tennis, horseback riding, a round of golf, skiing, relaxing at the the Willow Stream Spa (charge), or enjoying a great meal at one of 12 restaurants, lounges or pubs.

 

 

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Prices & Dates

Canada vacation – 2014 start dates
Starts Calgary (Westbound)
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13


Below you’ll find the prices for this trip. Make sure to give us a call or send an email to discuss your options.
• Prices are per person, and double means two people sharing a room. Please give us a call for triple or child rates.
• Comfort guests enjoy an Outside Stateroom on their cruise, while Superior and Deluxe guests enjoy an Outside Verandah Stateroom
• RedLeaf and GoldLeaf refer to the type of train service.
• The Superior and Deluxe hotel options include GoldLeaf service on the train.
• Comfort hotel prices includes ‘RedLeaf’ train service. Upgrade to Silverleaf Service for an additional $526 USD per person, or GoldLeaf service for an additional $947 USD per person.

RedLeaf Train Service &
Comfort Hotels
USD (per person)
DoubleSingle
May 3, 20144,3126,886
May 10 - May 24, 20144,4377,137
May 31, 20144,7917,703
Jun 7 - Jul 26, 20145,2038,474
Aug 9, 20145,0788,223
Aug 16 - Aug 23, 20145,0108,098
Aug 30 - Sep 13, 20144,9227,923
GoldLeaf Train Service &
Superior Hotels
USD (per person)
DoubleSingle
May 3, 20146,86110,814
May 10 - May 24, 20147,11811,329
May 31, 20147,81912,624
Jun 7 - Jul 26, 20148,04213,028
Aug 9, 20147,91412,759
Aug 16 - Aug 23, 20147,78512,501
Aug 30 - Sep 13, 20147,63512,203
GoldLeaf Train Service &
Deluxe Hotels
USD (per person)
DoubleSingle
May 3, 20147,45012,026
May 10 - May 24, 20147,70812,564
May 31, 20148,54514,142
Jun 7 - Jul 26, 20148,76914,537
Aug 9, 20148,64014,279
Aug 16 - Aug 23, 20148,59914,022
Aug 30 - Sep 13, 20148,33213,649

 

 

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We were pleased and delighted beyond all expectations

We were pleased and delighted beyond all expectations

Star Rating 5
July 31, 2013

Our trip was wonderful. Our thanks to you and all the people at Fresh Tracks Canada that helped us design and carry out our dream vacation. The limos, buses, ships and vans were always on time and waiting for us. The hotels were... read more delighted to see us and took very good care of us. There were no slip-ups or inconveniences. All details were handled seamlessly. The view from our rooms at Banff and Lake Louise had incredible views. The tour guides were all pleasant and had lots of interesting stories to tell. The Rocky Mountaineer is a one-of-a-kind experience. I am glad we were able to upgrade to Gold Leaf as the deadline approached. The dome-topped train offered incredible views of the Canadian Rockies. The experience was accompanied by impeccable service and gourmet food. I am glad we chose land-based tours instead of helicopters. (Had my fill of those in Vietnam). The people on helicopter and float plane tours were disappointed when there were weather cancellations. All in all, we depended on Fresh Tracks Canada to design a 17-day tour in an area we knew little or nothing about. We were pleased and delighted beyond all expectations.

 

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Trip Map & Outline

Complete Canadian Rockies by Rail with Alaska Inside Passage Cruise – Map
Arrive Calgary
2 nights Banff
1 night Lake Louise
2 nights Jasper
1 night Kamloops
1 night Vancouver
7 nights Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise
Depart Vancouver

What Clients Say

We were pleased and delighted beyond all expectations

Star Rating 5

Our trip was wonderful. Our thanks to you and all the people at Fresh Tracks Canada that helped us design and carry out our dream vacation. The limos, buses, ships and vans were always on time and waiting for us. The hotels were delighted to see us and took very good care of us. There were no slip-ups...

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