A perfectly blended itinerary combining two luxurious experiences with Rocky Mountaineer and Seabourn Cruise. This Journey promises nothing short of magical, as you experience the Iconic Wonders of Western Canada with the Jewels of Alaska. Enjoy luxury accommodation as you travel from Calgary, Banff & Lake Louise. From the moment you set foot onboard the Rocky Mountaineer your hosts will go above and beyond to ensure your comfortable, from refilling your wine glass, to sharing stories along the trip. The full glass-dome windows in Gold leaf allow to experience panoramic views & allowing you to step outdoor on the viewing deck to get that little bit closer. Later step on a voyage of a lifetime to Alaska as you cruise the Seabourn way. Seabourn combines ultra-luxury with expedition-style flair to bring you a more in-depth experience of the area’s nature, history, forestry and wildlife. Each cruise to Alaska includes exclusive amenities and activities designed to enhance every moment, from the hidden gems of the inside passage to the guidance and insight from a skilled expedition staff aboard there is nothing quite like it.
•International Flights from the UK based on Economy
•2 days Rocky Mountaineer daylight service in Goldleaf Service
•Breakfast and lunch on board the train each day
•10-nights - All Inclusive on Seabourn Odyssey in an Oceanview Suite
•Private transfers in Calgary and Vancouver
•Scheduled transfer to Banff, Lake Louise & Vancouver
•10 nights in 4-5* accommodation standard
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Day 1 Arrive Calgary
Welcome to Calgary “The Heart of the New West.” On arrival you will take a private transfer to your downtown hotel. Settle in and enjoy the beautiful landscapes, picturesque skylines, and urban vibrancy of this dynamic city. Take advantage of the beer halls, cocktail bars, top-notch restaurants, and casual dining options available. Overnight in Calgary
Day 2 Calgary
It’s time to explore this dynamic city. We recommend a visit to Studio Bell, where you can explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada. Inspired by music festivals, Studio Bell is designed to activate all the senses. If a culinary experience tantalises the senses, then why not book a walking food tour with Inglewood Edibles. On this experience you can dine at some of the city's best restaurants and explore Inglewood's speciality shops. Overnight Calgary
Day 3-5 Banff
Today you will journey along the Trans-Canada Highway West to Banff. Marvel at the rising mountains on the horizon as you drive closer towards this beautiful mountain town. This little mountain town offers an array of outdoors activities, relax at the Upper Hot Springs, or book the Mount Norquay Via Ferrata for a half day climbing excursion, Destination Canada's Signature Experience. Experience a world of adventure and beauty at the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Spend your evenings either at Wild Bill's offering heart-warming Western hospitality or stay closer to home at your hotel. 3 nights Banff
Day 6-8 Lake Louise
Transfer to the Crown Jewel of the Rockies, Lake Louise. Be sure to have your camera ready. Lake Louise is world famous for its turquoise lake, the Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain backdrop, palatial hotel, and incredible hiking. Marvel along the shoreline of the lake at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. A visit to the Lake Agnes Tea House is an experience not to be missed after a 3.5km hike or for a less strenuous approach, horses are available. A reservation at the Fairview Bar and Restaurant in the evening with a view of the lake would make for a truly unique dining experience. 3 nights Lake Louise.
Day 9 Lake Louise to Kamloops
Today’s adventure will be an experience of a lifetime as you board the Rocky Mountaineer to travel West. Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by Craigellachie, the spot where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, celebrating for connecting Canada from East to West. Sit back, relax & enjoy the storytelling as you learn about Canadian history from your Rocky Mountaineer hosts. Overnight Kamloops
Day 10 Kamloops to Vancouver
From the comfort of the glass domed carriage offering 360° views look out for the various sights along the way as Black Canyon, Hoodoos, and the Cisco Crossing. If you wish to take in the mountain air, then venture outside to the Outdoor Vestibule Rocky Mountaineer's Goldleaf carriage offers. Arrive in Vancouver one of Canada’s most diverse cities. Overnight Vancouver
Day 11 Embarkation and Transit the Seymour Narrows
After embarkation at Vancouver Cruise you will make way up the Seymour Narrows. These 3 miles stretch of Discovery Channel north of Vancouver Island is notorious for the strength of tidal currents. This part of the cruise requires skill and technical accomplishment as the Venturi effect created from the tides increasing the velocity.
Day 12 Cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound
The Queen Charlotte Sound lies between the Queen Charlotte Strait, which winds between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland in the south, and Hecate Strait, which is northward, adjacent to the Haida Gwaii Islands off the Pacific coast of British Columbia. It is a broad reach in the long shipping route called the Inside Passage threading the myriad islands stretching from Washington’s Puget Sound to Alaska.
Day 13 Ketchikan Alaska US
Ketchikan is a picturesque coastal town with a colourful frontier history, standing at the southern entrance to Alaska's famed Inside Passage. Once dubbed the 'Canned Salmon Capital of the World,’ the renowned Creek Street, perched on stilts along the mouth of the creek, would bring lasting infamy to the area for the red-light district that burgeoned there during the Gold Rush. A visit to Ketchikan is not complete without visiting one or all of Native American sites such as Totem Bight State Park, Potlatch Park, Saxman Native Village and the Totem Heritage Centre. Together, these locations comprise the world's largest collection of standing Native American totem poles.
Day 14 Sitka Alaska US
A stroll through the streets and National Historic Park of Sitka is a glimpse into its unique and colourful past. A blend of Tlingit and Russian cultures defines this first capital of Alaska. Although fish canning and gold mining were the initial catalysts for growth in Sitka, the construction of an air base during World War II truly paved the way for Sitka to come into its own. One of Sitka's most intriguing structures is the Cathedral of Saint Michael, built in 1848 to honour a Russian Orthodox bishop.
Day 15 Inian Islands Alaska, US
As the gatekeepers to the northern entrance of the fabled Inside Passage, the remote Inian Islands stand between Cross Sound and Icy Strait, exposed to the high energy seas of the Pacific Ocean. Tidal currents surging through the narrow channels separating the islands can be severe. Nicknames like ‘The Laundry Chute’ justify their notorious reputations. Sea otters, bald eagles, and humpback whales frequent the area in great numbers during the summer months.
Day 16 Juneau Alaska US
The capital of Alaska, Juneau, is only accessible by air and sea, due to the rugged mountain terrain that surrounds the city. The city has plenty to offer the outdoor adventure. Choose to explore on foot along the Perseverance Trail or around Mendenhall Glacier, or board one of the many local whale-watching boats or view the mountains and extensive glaciers of the Juneau Icefield from a helicopter.
Day 17 Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, Alaska US
A short distance south from Alaska's capital of Juneau, where Holkham Bay cuts into the coastline under a dramatic backdrop of high snow-capped peaks and the verdant Tongass National Forest, lies the entrance to Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness. From Holkam Bay, the waterway is bisected into Tracy Arm to the north and Endicott Arm to the south. Each arm terminates at a stunning blue river of ice: North and South Sawyer glaciers in Tracy Arm and Dawes glacier in Endicott Arm.
Day 18 Wrangell, Alaska US
Wrangell Island sits at the heart of the Tongass National Rain Forest and receives approximately 203cm of rain per year. The city of Wrangell, a true Alaskan frontier town, sits at the northern end of the island, a short distance from the mouth of the mighty Stikine River. The history is deeply rooted in the Tlingit people, the fur trade and the gold rush. The Stikine River, Shakes Glacier and Anan Creek boast the largest pink salmon run of the Inside Passage, attracting brown and black bears in great numbers.
Day 19 Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords)
Misty Fjords is a true wilderness, often shrouded in mist. Its vertical granite cliffs, which reach 900m above sea level, descend another 300m below the water's surface. Carved by glaciers and covered in a green carpet of mosses and lichens. Misty Fjords receives more than 381cm of rain per year. This rainfall keeps vegetation in abundance, bringing various wildlife to the area including Mountain goats, brown and black bears, coastal wolves, sea lions, bald eagles and ravens. Dall's porpoises, orca and humpback whales can also be spotted along its shorelines and throughout the waters. Your ship will cruise among these spectacular forest’s waterfalls and mountains., The onboard Ventures by Seabourn team will offer exceptional excursions including kayaking the fjords and a short sightseeing float plane flight.
Day 20 Scenic Cruising Princess Royal Channel
The Princess Royal Channel separates the largest island along British Columbia’s coast from the mainland. It is located roughly halfway between Bella Bella in the south and Prince Rupert in the north, in one of the province’s most remote areas. Princess Royal island was named in 1788 by Captain Charles Duncan, in honour of his ship, the Princess Royal. The island is uninhabited, although there are two small villages in the channel, the First Nations community of Klemtu on Swindle Island and Hartley Bay on the mainland. Wildlife, by contrast, is plentiful, including Kermode, black and grizzly bears, deer, wolves, and foxes. Golden and bald eagles’ nest in the region, as well as the endangered marbled murrelet. In the waters, there are abundant salmon, elephant seals, whales, orcas, and dolphins
Day 21 Fly Home
Today marks the end of this exploration holiday as you arrive back to Vancouver. Enjoy some time at your leisure prior to boarding your flight back to the UK.
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