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VIA Rail and the Canadian Rockies with Alaska Cruise (8940)

16 days from Calgary to Vancouver

2018 Tour Details

Spectacular scenery, exciting cities, and thrilling experiences—this western Canada tour includes all of this and more. You’ll overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll also enjoy a 7-night Alaska cruise and overnight on Via Rail’s the Canadian, a tour highlight that takes you across Canada’s Rocky Mountains and brings you back to the days when the journey was part of the fun. In comfortable cabin accommodations and renovated cars, you’ll witness snowcapped mountains, ranchlands along the South Thompson River, and fertile fields as you sit back, relax, and travel from Jasper to Vancouver.

Another tour highlight is the journey from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park. You’ll stop at breathtaking Lake Louise, with green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria, and you’ll pass snowcapped mountains, exquisite lakes, and steep gorges on your way to Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick! Enjoy two nights and free time in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s favorite resorts. Two nights in Jasper National Park give you time to explore, hike, or take an optional narrated cruise on Lake Maligne.

This western Canada tour also includes sightseeing in each city—Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll enjoy sailing from Vancouver to Victoria via the scenic Gulf Islands. In Victoria, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays. But that’s not all…marvel at glaciers and witness the amazing spectacle of thunder and spray as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea on your Alaska cruise visiting Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan.

For the value-minded traveler looking for stunning scenery, fun adventures, and exciting cities, this western Canada tour—with Alaska cruise—is a dream vacation!

 Destinations & Sightseeing

In Calgary and Vancouver; orientation tour in Jasper, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), Stanley Park, and Butchart Gardens.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising on Holland America’s MS Volendam.

Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Thompson River, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.

Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

Transportation:

On VIA Rail’s Canadian—Private bedroom from Jasper to Vancouver in Sleeper Plus class; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; Holland America’s MS Volendam; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners; on VIA Rail—1 breakfast, 1 dinner

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

CALGARY. Welcome to Calgary! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2

CALGARY–BANFF NATIONAL PARK. The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (B)

Day 3

BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts—your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Day 4

BANFF NATIONAL PARK–LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK. First stop is Lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights is in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.

Day 5

JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm.

Day 6

JASPER NATIONAL PARK–VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN. On VIA Rail’s the Canadian, a late-afternoon departure allows you one last chance to explore Jasper before you transfer to the train station for the overnight run west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. Enjoy regional cuisine over a 3-course dinner in the dining car. Spend time in the Skyline car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travelers. The comfortable cabins come with bed turndown service, in-car shower access, and lots of little extras, such as a personal toiletry kit. (D)

Day 7

VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–VANCOUVER. Continue through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River, the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, and snowcapped Coast Mountains. Upon arrival, city sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s beautiful beaches and harbor, Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK. (B)

Day 8

VANCOUVER–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA. This morning, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.

Day 9

VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION). Morning departure for Vancouver. Embark your cruise ship. (D)

Day 10

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE. One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B,L,D)

Day 11

JUNEAU. Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B,L,D)

Day 12

SKAGWAY. Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. (B,L,D)

Day 13

SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY. This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. (B,L,D)

Day 14

KETCHIKAN. This self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)

Day 15

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE. Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B,L,D)

Day 16

VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION). Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)

 Accommodations

CALGARY International Hotel Calgary (SF)
JASPER Marmot Lodge (F)
VANCOUVER Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown (F)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Cosmos).
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