Elements of the Rockies
Begin this incredible tour in the spirited town of Banff, take in the impressive mountain surrounds while being welcomed by the friendly locals. Board one of the greatest rail journeys in the world, Rocky Mountaineer and travel through the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver observing unrivalled scenery. Arrive in beautiful Vancouver, one of the world’s most liveable cities with a vibrant restaurant scene, superb shopping and a host of attractions from Stanley Park to eclectic Granville Island. Finish this spectacular holiday amongst the glacial landscapes on an Alaskan cruise.
- Journey on one of the world's greatest rail journeys, Rocky Mountaineer
- Experience the glacial landscapes onboard a Holland America Line Cruise
Elements of the Rockies
Day 1 : UK - Banff
Arrive in Banff and check in to your hotel for 3 nights, Banff Caribou. This stunning alpine resort town is filled with boutique shops and restaurants and surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.
Day 2 - 3 : Banff
The town of Banff is a spirited place, alive with adventure and wonder. In all directions, you’re surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains that seem to burst straight out of the ground. The lively streets of downtown are lined with top class restaurants, bars and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums. The locals are warm, open and genuinely connected to the inspiring environment in which they live.
Day 4 : Rocky Mountaineer
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Overnight in Kamloops moderate hotel.
Day 5 : Rocky Mountaineer - Vancouver
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening.
Day 6 : Vancouver
Boasting a glorious waterfront setting, Vancouver is consistently voted the best place to live in Canada, and once you’ve visited you’ll see why. Walkable neighbourhoods, fabulous outdoor activities, and an amazing foodie culture makes Vancouver a must-visit destination. Tour this cosmopolitan city and discover its many attractions. Visit Stanley Park, an evergreen oasis just steps away from downtown Vancouver; Granville
Island, the bustling heart of Vancouver’s cultural scene, and enjoy panoramic views of picturesque English Bay. The rest of the day is free to enjoy this vibrant harbourside city at your leisure.
Day 7 : Depart Vancouver
Spend this morning taking in the last of the sights of Vancouver before boarding your Holland America Line Cruise this evening.
Day 8 : Cruising the Inside Passage
Today will be spent cruising the Inside Passage. This beautiful scenic waterway reaches 1000 miles from British Columbia to historic Skagway. Through a maze of bays, straits, arms and fjords, you’ll cruise past an ever-changing panorama of unspoiled beauty; cascading waterfalls, virgin forests and majestic glacier-carved fjords.
Day 9 : Juneau
You’ll arrive at Tracy Arm fjord at around 10am. Listen carefully and you may even hear the ice crackle and pop, and take in the sights uninterrupted while you wait for the glacier to calve. Later, you’ll continue your journey to Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. Born in the gold rush of 1880, it is the incredible scenery, wild mountains, fjords and dominating glaciers that make this city stand out. Make sure to keep an eye out for wildlife; you might spot humpback and killer whales, sea lions, porpoise, eagles and deer, and the Mendanhall Glacier is close-by too.
Day 10 : Skagway
Your next stop is Skagway. The staging grounds for the most incredible gold rush the world has ever known, today you’ll stroll past false fronted buildings and the wooden boardwalks that line the street. If you want to know more, you can head to the ship’s luxury jewellery boutique to learn about gold nuggets and maybe even pick out a piece of jewellery for yourself or a loved one to forever remind you of your Alaska cruise.
Day 11 : Glacier Bay
You’ll be served cups of Dutch green pea soup on the Lido deck today as your ship edges so close to the face of Glacier Bay’s Margerie Glacier that you can feel its coolness in the air. If you listen closely, you’ll hear ‘White Thunder’ the Tlingit name for the sound of glaciers crashing into the sea. Keep an eye out for wildlife too; Glacier National Park is home to wolves, moose, grizzly and brown bears, deer and lynx. National Park Service rangers will board your ship to point out wildlife and explain glacial activity.
Day 12 : Ketchikan
Today you’ll be heading to Ketchikan; much of the town’s colourful past is still in evidence, as you’ll realise when you the world’s largest collection of totem poles which stare out to sea. Study the stories carved into the Tlingit totem poles and carve a story of your own with a tribal elder. Ketchikan comes from the native language word “where the eagles meet”... so be sure to keep an eye out for them.
Day 13 : Cruising the Inside Passage
As you make your way back to Vancouver via the Inside Passage, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife. Keep an eye out for fishing trawlers laden with their catch heading to harbour, historic lighthouses on rocky isolated shores, coastal First Nations long houses fronted with proud totems and all manner of marine life.
Day 14-15 : Vancouver - UK
Arrive back in Vancouver at 7am. Disembark after breakfast and make your own way to the airport for your flight to the UK.