Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaskan Cruise

Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaskan Cruise

15

days

starting from US $8,497per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

On this small ship cruise vacation, we’ve combined two amazing adventures into one seamless experience. Be amazed as you travel by gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, enjoy the impeccable service on the Rocky Mountaineer train, and be brought to silence at the beauty of natural Alaska on the luxurious adventure vessel, Safari Endeavor. A team of guides leads you into the remote Bays and Fjords of Alaska, with a daily menu of adventure only a small ship experience can offer.

Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaskan Cruise – Map The Safari Endeavour The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies The Fairmont Banff Springs in the Rocky mountains What the media say about journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer Travel on the Rocky Mountaineer train Drinks service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer View of Stanley Park and Coal Harbour in Vancouver Awe inspiring Alaskan views onboard the Safari Endeavour A small group tour witness a pod of whales up close Experience spectacular wildlife viewing in Alaska Kayakers explore the Alaskan fjords
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Trip Outline

Arrive Calgary 1 night Lake Louise 2 nights Banff 1 night Kamloops 2 nights Vancouver 1 night Juneau 7 nights Alaskan Cruise Depart Juneau

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Calgary – Transfer to Lake Louise
After arrival at the Calgary Airport, transfer into the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains, to stay at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Gaze at the incredible scene while relaxing in the hotel or perhaps while paddling along the turquoise waters of the lake in a Canadian canoe.

This evening you can either choose to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or at the intimate Moraine Lake Lodge.

Feature Dinner
After a day of travelling, enjoy dinner at Lake Louise or Moraine Lake! Relax and unwind with 5-star cuisine and attentive service. Take a moment to soak in the incredible lake views.


Day 2 – In the Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise to Banff
Spend the morning exploring and enjoying what may be the most famous view of the Canadian Rockies - the glacier water of Lake Louise. Later in the day, join a guided scenic transfer, from Lake Louise to the lovely mountain town of Banff. Overnight in Banff.

Insider tip: Ask us about our Lake Louise activity menu to make the most of your day with a guided canoe, guided hike, gondola ride, or decadent afternoon tea service!

Day 3 – In the Canadian Rockies – Explore Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest.

• Option 1:
Banff Sightseeing Tour
Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic viewpoints surrounding the Banff town site on a small group sightseeing tour.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Banff Photography Tour
Explore the wilderness of Banff National Park with a professional guide, and learn how to take great photos or improve your camera skills. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3:
Banff Heli-Hike and Picnic
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided heli-hike and picnic. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: We’ve included admission to the Banff Gondola today. We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day. As you glide through the air, the panoramic vistas at the summit will completely take your breath away.

Day 4 – Board Rocky Mountaineer – Banff to Kamloops
Begin your first day onboard the Rocky Mountaineer with a short transfer from your hotel to the Banff train station. Climb over Kicking Horse Pass and travel through the Spiral Tunnels, an engineering marvel from 1909 allowing trains to travel up the steep grade. View drastic changes in the landscape as the Rocky Mountaineer travels into the interior along rocky lakeshores, and over high mountain passes. Enjoy gourmet food, great company and awe-inspiring scenery. Overnight in a standard hotel in Kamloops.

Day 5 – On Board Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Vancouver
Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer this morning for the second day of your rail journey. Today you will be treated to a wide range of scenery as you travel through the Fraser River Valley along winding dramatic river canyons to the arid interior of the province. Relax and enjoy the impeccable service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Have your camera on hand to snap a few photos of the Coast and Cascade Mountains. Upon arrival at the Rocky Mountaineer station in Vancouver, you will be transferred to your hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Day 6 – Vancouver
Vancouver is one of the few cities in the world where a typical day might include a morning on the ski slopes and a relaxing afternoon sailing on the glistening waters. For a real taste of the Vancouver lifestyle, we suggest adding a guided cycling tour around the famous Stanley Park Seawall (ask your agent about adding on a tour). Later, catch the sunset from the beach at English Bay or board the gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain for a cocktail and a spectacular view.

Day 7 – Adventure in Alaska Begins – Fly from Vancouver to Juneau
Leave the urban environment of Vancouver behind and fly north to the wilds of Juneau, Alaska. A private vehicle will take you to the airport in time for your flight. In Juneau, spend a day at leisure enjoying the eclectic mix of culture of the town. From wildlife to the arts or local brews, there is plenty to occupy your time. Take a moment to enjoy the surroundings of old-growth forests, snowcapped mountains, glaciers, and abundant wildlife. Overnight in Juneau.

Day 8 – Board your Alaskan Cruise – Embarkation
Feel the excitement build as you are led to the Safari Endeavour, your home base for the next 7 nights. Stepping onboard, your friendly crew greets you with a champagne toast and warm smiles. Vast wilderness and scenic channels await you.

Day 9 – Icy Strait
Watch for the thrilling spray of a breaching humpback on the horizon as you sail into whale territory this morning. Waters rich with marine life, like porpoise, sea lions, and whales, provide an amazing day of adventure photography. Make the most of your day by taking advantage of the keen eye of the wildlife experts onboard; visit the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leader on the main deck. Later in the day, explore your surrounds by kayak or skiff and keep your eyes on the shores for a possible glimpse of wildlife.

Spend the evening relaxing in the on deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with fellow passengers while reminiscing in the salon.

Day 10 – Glacier Bay National Park
Travel close to 100 km toward the tidewater glaciers of Margerie and Grand Pacific. Enjoy the narration of the National Park Ranger onboard and learn about how the glaciers calve the massive icebergs floating in the bay. If the water is suitable, get up closer to the icebergs onboard a small skiff or kayak. Paddling along, you may see eagles, sea lions, puffins, mountain goats, bears, or moose, all amongst the backdrop of some of the most dramatic scenery on earth. Overnight at anchor in the bay.

Day 11 - Chatham Strait / Kuiu Island
The options are aplenty—it's Captain's Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made.

Day 12 – Thomas Bay
The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It’s a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.

Day 13 - Port Houghton
Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove’s remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!

Day 14 – Onboard the Safari Endeavour – Fords Terror and Edicott Arm
Sailing into the area that is widely acclaimed as the most beautiful part of Alaska, have your camera ready in order to capture the steep cliffs walls of the fjord dropping into the sea. The pristine tidal inlet and fjord of Endicott Arm and Fords Terror are only a small part of the large number of designated Wilderness Areas in this region. Enjoy the rare opportunity to explore the Fjord by kayak or skiff. Take time to revel in presence of the ice-covered mountains high above and watch out for the actively calving glacier in Endicott Arm.

Relax in the salon this evening, after a delicious farewell dinner, and relive your favorite moments as your Expeditions Leaders present a “photo journal” of your adventure together.

Day 15 – Your Journey Comes to an End – Disembark

Savour your last breakfast onboard the ship before returning to Juneau and disembarking. You will be transferred to the airport in time to meet your flight (earliest flight possibility is 11:30am). Much too soon, you leave the clean air and colorful sights of the wilderness behind as your journey comes to an end.

Note - Due to the nature of cruise explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Common Questions

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

Stunning 2-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer train

Spending 3 days in the Canadian Rockies

Small group touring of Banff and Lake Louise

Spending time in the beautiful city of Vancouver

Enjoying 7 days of luxury aboard the 84 guest Safari Endeavor cruise ship

Whale watching, glacier viewing, kayaking, beach combing and wilderness hikes along Alaska’s Inside Passage

Safari Endeavor’s onboard team of expert guides, hosts, and activity coordinators

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What's Included

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

Small Ship Alaskan Cruise - Small Ship Alaskan Cruise
Small Ship Alaskan Cruise
First class meals aboard the ship - First class meals aboard the ship
First class meals aboard the ship
The Rocky Mountaineer experience - The Rocky Mountaineer experience
The Rocky Mountaineer experience
Gourmet meals aboard the train - Gourmet meals aboard the train
Gourmet meals aboard the train
Accommodations, rail and cruise service:
• 7 nights of hotel accommodation
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Vancouver and Banff
• 7 night small-ship Alaska Cruise, onboard the Safari Endeavour

Sightseeing & activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Banff*
• Banff Gondola Ride
• Interpretive sightseeing transfer between Banff and Lake Louise

• "From-the-ship" activities and equipment while on the cruise

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
3 course Feature Dinner in Lake Louise
2 delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard the train
• All meals, premium spirits, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages while onboard your Cruise

Transfers:
• A bus transfer between Calgary and Lake Louise (private transfer for Deluxe guests)
• Train station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Banff
• A private transfer between Vancouver airport and hotel, timed for your flight to Juneau
• Juneau airport to hotel transfer
• Airport transfer on disembarkation day in Juneau

Additional Inclusions:
• Cruise wellness program (hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and complimentary massage)
• Baggage handling between cruise ship and hotel on embark/disembark days
• Port fees and taxes for the cruise
• Entry fees to national parks/preserves in Alaska
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Not Included

Not included
• Flight between Juneau and Vancouver (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Meals, other than specified
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and some transfer staff (unless otherwise mentioned)
• GST as applicable
• Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)

 

 

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...

Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Touring the backcountry on horseback
Touring the backcountry on horseback
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Exploring beautiful Victoria
Exploring beautiful Victoria
• Ask us about upgrading hotels, cabin types or choosing unique mountain lodge accommodation and adding extra nights.
• Ask us for first hand advice on upgrading to Goldleaf service on Rocky Mountaineer.
• Add experiences such as golf, spa, wildlife excursions, or hiking to your trip.
• Add a day trip to Victoria, British Columbia’s quaint capital city on Vancouver Island and visit the Butchart Gardens.
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, exciting both in summer and winter.

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 and Deluxe accommodations

The 5 star 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 Lounge

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.

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

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe 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.

Safari Endeavour - Safari Endeavour, an 84 guest small shipSafari Endeavour - Captain’s Cabin with king bedSafari Endeavour - Onboard dining roomSafari Endeavour - Intimate onboard wine barSafari Endeavour - Onboard kayak loading dock

Safari Endeavour

An example of our Expedition Vessel accommodations

The shallow draft of the Safari Endeavour makes this ship capable of nimble exploration and allows access to the areas larger ships cannot go. The ambiance aboard the refurbished 84-guest Safari Endeavour is casual elegance with upscale amenities Exquisitely appointed, the Safari Endeavour features an intimate Wine Bar and spa area with two hot tubs, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and massage suite. Three decks provide wonderful outdoor viewing opportunities.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 start dates*
Starts Calgary on Sundays
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27


* Eastbound is available, and includes 1 less night in Vancouver. Please enquire for dates and prices.

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

• Silverleaf and Goldleaf refer to the type of train service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
• Comfort, Superior, Deluxe, and Deluxe Plus refer to the hotel type
• A Master’s Cabin on the 84 passenger Safari Endeavour ship includes twin or Queen beds, a window or porthole, and private bathroom
• A Captain’s Cabin includes King or twin beds, view window, and private bathroom
• The Commodore Suite includes a king or twin beds, separate sitting area, balcony with french doors, and private bathroom with jacuzzi tub.

Comfort Level Hotels
Master's Cabin, SilverLeaf Service
from US $8,497to US $10,643per 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
Captain's Cabin, SilverLeaf Service
from US $9,598to US $11,821per 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.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
Captain's Cabin, GoldLeaf Service
from US $10,859to US $13,175per 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.

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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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