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

18 Day Tour from Calgary to Vancouver

2020 Tour Details

Join us for an extraordinary and affordable escorted vacation through the Canadian Rockies to explore by road, rail, and water. Join your Tour Director for sightseeing in Calgary, Alberta—home of Fort Calgary, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Depart Calgary for Banff National Park for a full day at leisure to explore the magnificent park and its wildlife. You’ll venture on to exquisite Lake Louise, reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Cross over three mountain passes amid snowcapped peaks and alpine lakes before reaching Columbia Icefield. Board the Columbia Ice Explorer to traverse the 750-foot thick ice. Arrive in Jasper for two nights in stunning Jasper National Park for an orientation of Canada’s largest national park. Enjoy free time to explore the park with an eye out for bear, moose, caribou, and wolves!

Board your train to embark over the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver, British Columbia, on VIA Rail’s Canadian®. Take in the stunning scenery with train travel reminiscent of a bygone era. Relax in comfort in Sleeper Plus class vintage rail cars with domed observation cars for spectacular views of the Canadian wilderness and ranchlands from Jasper National Park to Vancouver. In Vancouver, enjoy sightseeing in Chinatown, Gastown, and Stanley Park. Next, board the ferry across the spectacular Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island for sightseeing in Victoria, including the fabulous Butchart Gardens and totem poles of Thunderbird Park. Also enjoy a free day with optional activities, including a whale watching cruise. Return to Vancouver to embark your Holland America ship to Alaska. With stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and scenic cruising in Glacier Bay, you’ll have the chance to see the rich wildlife in the extraordinary scenery on land and sea. This value vacation in Canada is an explorer’s dream—from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska’s Inside Passage.

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

CALGARY
Sightseeing

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Banff National Park

LAKE LOUISE
Visit the lake

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Jasper National Park

VIA RAIL
Journey aboard VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park

VICTORIA
Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE
7-night Inside Passage cruise on the MS Volendam

Notes:

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.
At least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

UNESCO World Heritage

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Glacier Bay
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 with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

On VIA Rail— 1 continental breakfast; 1 brunch; 7 breakfast, 6 lunches, 8 dinners

 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 highlights downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.

Day 3

BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts, and the national park is home to 53 species of mammals. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzlies, or wolves. 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, with its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as your motorcoach scales three 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 750 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the area’s unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights are 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. While exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies keep an eye out for native wildlife, which includes grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves.

Day 6

JASPER NATIONAL PARK–VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN. Board a morning departure on VIA Rail’s the Canadian for the journey west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. 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. (BR,D)

NOTE:
Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.

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 in Vancouver, city sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK.
Continental Breakfast Continental Breakfast

Day 8

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

Day 9

VICTORIA. A day at leisure gives you the chance to discover this splendid city, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, shopping on Government Street, or a leisurely stroll around the harbor. Perhaps join the optional wildlife and whale-watching cruise on the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands for possible sightings of whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles.

Day 10

VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER Morning departure for Vancouver. Continue your stay in Vancouver for the evening of Day 10.

Day 11

VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION). Embark your cruise ship.
Dinner Dinner

Day 12

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE. Spend the day cruising one of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Located along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales. (B,L,D)

Day 13

JUNEAU Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on Gastineau Channel, Alaska’s capital city of Juneau has massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield at its back door. Visit the rustic shops in town—or get out and kayak, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There’s no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours. (B,L,D)

Day 14

SKAGWAY In winter, the sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway, so you can imagine the frightful conditions endured by gold prospectors who passed through enroute to the Yukon. Take your time and poke your head into every little shop, from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy’s Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie, and other historic characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of ’98 Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 15

SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. How does it feel when a colossal chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of meters into the air. You hold your breath as you capture the moment on camera, then you wait for it all to happen again. (B,L,D)

Day 16

KETCHIKAN Built over the water and up weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a hospitable air. (B,L,D)

Day 17

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

Day 18

VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION) Your cruise ends this morning. Please schedule flights after Noon.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LYNDA BROWN

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Born in Calgary, I caught the travel bug while teaching in Europe-and I haven't looked back since! Western Canada is my preferred travel destination, and having the Rockies in my backyard to enjoy year round is indeed a privilege! I've also had the thrill of introducing many visitors to Calgary's famous Stampede every July. I'm a proud Canadian and proud Calgarian. I am here to share the pride and love I have for my country--its people, culture, food, geography, and history."

Tour Director -  LYNDA BROWN

 Accommodations

BANFF Bow View Lodge (ST) or Inns of Banff (ST)
CALGARY Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre (ST)
JASPER Lobstick Lodge (F)
VANCOUVER Ramada by Wyndham Vancouver Downtown (MF)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)

 Optional Excursions

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