Canada + Alaska Cruise

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Canada by Rail & Alaska Cruise is a breathtaking tour which crosses Canada using two scenic railroads. In Toronto, board your train for your rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows. Then go on an amazing 7night cruise through Alaska's stunning Inside Passage.

Disembark in Jasper to savor the beauty of Jasper National Park, and enjoy a fully narrated cruise to Spirit Island. Travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway and take a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 1,000-foot-deep Columbia Icefield. On the way to Banff National Park, drink in the spectacular sights of Lake Louise. In Banff, visit Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the Banff gondola with panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery. Next, board the Rocky Mountaineer® for a 2-day, all-daylight rail journey from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific coast. Highlights include steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail trip ends in Vancouver with a sightseeing tour of this sophisticated city and leisure time to explore on your own.

Then board a cruise ship for a 7-night amazing cruise through Alaska's stunning Inside Passage. Watch for soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. Marvel at glaciers and witness the amazing spectacle of thunder and spray as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. This is an excellent vacation choice for those who want to experience the best of Canada via rail and the majestic beauty of Alaska via an Inside Passage cruise.

Activities Alaska Cruise
Boat Ride
Train Ride
Lake Cruise
Ice Explorer Ride
Climbing
Gondola Ride

Arrive in Toronto

imagesDay 1: Welcome to Toronto! Meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming Canadian Rockies adventure.

Toronto – Niagara Falls

imagesDay 2: Drive south along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, board the MAID OF THE MIST for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Before leaving the area, see the Floral Clock, then, return to Toronto for an orientation tour of the downtown area. Enjoy dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN TOWER before transferring to the train station for your departure this evening.

Ontario

imagesDay 3: Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel through “Cottage Country,” a favorite retreat for the city dwellers of southern Ontario. Continue past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of northern Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges.

Winnipeg

imagesDay 4: Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. Arrive this morning in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you will disembark the train for time to explore this historic city including Forks National Historic Site, a commercial hub for more than 5,000 years and now home to the Forks Market that boasts a vast number of boutiques and restaurants. Reboard the train late this morning and continue west.

Saskatchewan and Alberta

imagesDay 5: Experience the Northern Lights as viewed from Alberta. From Winnipeg to Jasper, the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon. Tonight, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island followed by dinner.

Jasper - Columbia Icefield – Lake Louise – Banff

imagesDay 6: This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway. Take in the magnificent scenery of the Icefields Parkway, to the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass with splendid views of Peyto Lake. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Banff

imagesDay 7: Sightseeing includes a visit to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the BANFF GONDOLA, complete with panoramic views of Banff ’s spectacular scenery. Also visit Bow Falls and the hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional float trip excursion on the Bow River or a helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye views of the Rockies.

Banff – Rocky Mountaineer – Spiral Tunnels – Yoho National Park

imagesDay 8: Depart this morning for Banff ’s train station and board the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER for a 2-day, all daylight, classic rail journey from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Coast. Begin by crossing the Continental Divide and climbing Kicking Horse Pass before winding through the engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels. Continue through the dramatic domain of Yoho National Park and enter the heart of the Selkirk Mountains before passing the spectacular sights of Glacier National Park, the Monashee Mountains, and Shuswap Lake. End today’s journey in Kamloops, where you may opt to join the Rythms on the Rails dinner show.

Kamloops – Rocky Mountaineer – Fraser Canyon – Vancouver

imagesDay 9: Board your train this morning and witness dramatic changes in scenery en route to Vancouver. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Upon arrival in Vancouver, transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Vancouver

imagesDay 10: This morning’s city tour of Vancouver includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, and Stanley Park. Balance of the day is at leisure. Perhaps rent a bike and ride around the seawall of Stanley Park, or shoppers and browsers might want to take a water taxi to Granville Island or visit historic Gastown.

Vancouver - Cruise Starts

imagesDay 11: Embark on your Cruise Trip.

Cruising

imagesDay 12: Inside Passage.

Cruising

imagesDay 13: Juneau. The picturesque city of Juneau is nestled in the mountains.

Cruising

imagesDay 14: Skagway.

Cruising

imagesDay 15: Glacier Bay.

Cruising

imagesDay 16: Ketchikan. The scenic city of Ketchikan is know as the Salmon capital of the world.

Cruising

imagesDay 17: Inside Passage.

Vancouver - Cruise Ends

imagesDay 18: The vacation ends this morning after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided.

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