Rocky Mountaineer & Alaska cruise - 16 day trip to Canada and Alaska
This two-week itinerary transports you through the most iconic vistas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Alaska's Inside Passage, via the famous Rocky Mountaineer train and a 7-night cruise. You'll begin your journey by exploring the famous Canadian Rockies towns of Banff and Lake Louise before heading west on one of the world's most iconic rail journeys! After a few days of exploring Vancouver, you will then board your cruise through the breathtaking Inside Passage, taking in geological wonders like the famous Glacier Bay.
Visit Banff National Park, Lake Louise, and some of Canada's most iconic vistas.
Optional wildlife viewing tours will give you the best chance of viewing North America's best: grizzly bears, elk, moose and a variety of marine wildlife.
Travel through the Rocky Mountains on the famous Rocky Mountaineer's two-day journey from Lake Louise to Vancouver.
Experience the vibrant city of Vancouver - plenty to do whatever your interests! Ask us for specific recommendations.
Spend 7 nights sailing Alaska's incredible Inside Passage with Holland America Line.
This classic Canada and Alaska adventure includes international flights, transfers, accommodation and experiences. We'll take care of all the arrangements, leaving you to make the most of your holiday.
The first two nights of your trip will be spent in stunning, lively Banff - the gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Spend your time here exploring your wonderful surroundings by taking a trip up to Sulphur Mountain on the gondola, heading out on a hike, bike ride or horseback ride or simply just relax in the soothing thermal pools that Banff National Park was founded on.
Activity & adventure
Today you will head over to the iconic Lake Louise where you will spend the next two nights. Discuss with your Travel Designer wether you would prefer to take a guided scenic transfer or explore the region on your own by car. There are plenty of fantastic hikes to be had in this region, or you may simply prefer to take a stroll with your camera around the turquoise blue lake. High Tea at the famous Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise is lovely way to spend your final afternoon here.
Depart the Canadian Rockies, heading west on the famous Rocky Mountaineer! Sit back and relax as you head further into the Rockies, passing the famous Mount Robson, the highest mountain in The Canadian Rockies. Your onboard host will highlight all points of interest along the way. You will spend the night in the lakeside town of Kamloops along the way before continuing your journey across British Columbia, passing the great rivers and canyons of the Caribou region, before finally disembarking in Vancouver.
The next two days will be spent exploring Vancouver's unique urban blend of sublime nature and bustling cosmopolitan activity. Vancouver is also renowned for its foodie scene with everything from iconic hipster food truck markets to world famous fine dining restaurants, there's something for all palates. Ask your Travel Designer for recommendations!
The 10km cycle loop around Vancouver's old forest growth Stanley Park is wonderful way to spend an afternoon. For unbeatable views of British Columbia's West Coast, you can also take to the skies in one of the many float planes docked along the waterfront. Take a water taxi across to the famous Granville Island Market where you can eat like a king at the expansive indoor food market, pick up some hand made souvenirs, sample the local craft beer at Granville Island brewery or enjoy some lunch whilst watching the many resident street entertainers.
Things to do
Glacier Bay National Park
Your final 7 nights will be spent aboard one of Holland America's fantastic mid-size vessels. Cruising is the best way to experience the Alaskan panhandle; you'll stop at the main ports and there are a huge variety of shore excursions to choose from (booked directly with the cruise line, once you have confirmed your trip with us). Along the way you will experience the dramatic scenery of the Inside Passage with steep sided mountains, deep fjords and old growth rainforests. Keep an eye out for bears along the shoreline, or pods of whales passing by!
Holland America are also one of the few cruise companies with permission access to the incredible Glacier Bay.
Having arrived back into Vancouver early moning, you'll have some more time to explore the city and complete any last minute shopping before flying back to the UK overnight on the 15th night of your trip.