Grand Canadian Rail & Rockies & Alaska Cruise

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Grand Canadian Rail & the Rockies & Alaska Cruise

A classic rail journey across Canada's heartland, with an exploration of the Canadian Rockies and time to visit Vancouver and Victoria before embarking on a once in a lifetime cruise to Alaska.

24 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 22/08/2017 from London Gatwick Airport

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  • VIA Rail® The Canadian train VIA Rail® The Canadian train
  • Toronto Toronto
  • Niagara Falls Niagara Falls
  • Niagara Falls Niagara Falls
  • Niagara Falls Niagara Falls
  • VIA Rail® The Canadian train VIA Rail® The Canadian train
  • VIA Rail® The Canadian train VIA Rail® The Canadian train
  • VIA Rail® The Canadian train VIA Rail® The Canadian train
  • Jasper National Park Jasper National Park
  • Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride
  • Banff National Park Banff National Park
  • Banff National Park Banff National Park
  • Banff National Park Banff National Park
  • Lake Louise Lake Louise
  • Victoria Victoria
  • Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butchart Gardens, Victoria
  • Vancouver Vancouver
  • Stanley Park, Vancouver Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Vancouver Vancouver
  • Holland America ship in Alaska Holland America ship in Alaska
  • Inside Passage Cruising, Alaska Inside Passage Cruising, Alaska
  • Inside Passage Cruising, Alaska Inside Passage Cruising, Alaska
  • Eagles, Alaska Eagles, Alaska
  • Juneau, Alaska Juneau, Alaska
  • Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska
  • Glacier Bay, Alaska Glacier Bay, Alaska
  • Skagway, Alaska Skagway, Alaska
  • Skagway, Alaska Skagway, Alaska
  • Glacier Bay, Alaska Glacier Bay, Alaska
  • Ketchican, Alaska Ketchican, Alaska
  • Cruising, Alaska Cruising, Alaska

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Toronto.

Fly to Toronto where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 2 : Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto.

Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing in Niagara Falls includes a sightseeing cruise past the world-famous falls. Later, visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, where there is time to browse the shops of Main Street. Return to Toronto and spend the evening exploring the city sights independently, including Harbor front, Ontario Place and Chinatown. NOTE: The operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to weather and/or river conditions. When unfavourable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

DAY 3 : Toronto - VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train.

On this mornings sightseeing tour see Toronto City Hall, the downtown banking district, Roger's Center and the stunning CN Tower, more than a third of a mile high. This evening why not join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto's lights from the CN Tower? Afterwards, transfer to Union Station for a late-evening departure on the CANADIAN, VIA Rail's premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada's heartland. Accommodation is in first-class rail cars that are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950's. Make sure to visit the observation dome for views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario's landscapes, or pass the time in one of the comfortable lounges. All meals are included, and you won't want to miss any of them, as the chef offers a tempting array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts.

DAY 4 : VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train.

Watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever changing landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway's breathtaking mainline. Pass sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests while enjoying the many great onboard features at your disposal. Your first class 'Sleeper Plus' rail cars are refurbished Art Deco cars from the 1950's. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views, or relax in one of the comfortable lounges. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train - Winnipeg.

After a brief stop in Winnipeg, re-board the 'Canadian' for a memorable journey through Manitoba's prairies and into Saskatchewan. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : VIA Rail® - Jasper.

Enjoy an early breakfast as you continue on the 'Canadian' into the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive at the beautiful mountain resort of Jasper early in the afternoon. End the day with a short tour to experience its unspoiled beauty, with the rest of the evening free. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Jasper.

Begin the day with an optional excursion to Maligne Lake, and a narrated cruise. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. With free time this evening you might take a hike and watch for elk.

DAY 8 : Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Banff.

Today, travel through Jasper National Park, stopping along the way at the Columbia Icefield for an exciting Ice Explorer ride on the 1200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier. Then continue down the Icefield Parkway to the lively mountain resort of Banff for two nights.

DAY 9 : Banff.

For a spectacular start to the day, why not take the optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies? In the afternoon join our optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for a thrilling gondola ride, and a stop at sparkling Bow Falls. The evening is free.

DAY 10 : Banff - Lake Louise - Kamloops.

Travel to Lake Louise, its azure blue waters mirroring the surrounding mountains and glaciers, before proceeding over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through Yoho National Park, where Precambrian fossils were discovered, and Glacier National Park, where recreational mountain climbing was introduced to North America a century ago. Late this afternoon arrive at the cattle ranching centre of Kamloops.

DAY 11 : Kamloops - Ferry Crossing - Victoria.

Travel through British Columbia's Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board the afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park and world famous Butchart Gardens. This evening, consider a stroll along the lively Waterfront Promenade.

DAY 12 : Victoria.

Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and fine shopping along Government Street. This evening, why not join an optional excursion in Chinatown, complete with colourful lanterns and dinner at an authentic restaurant?

DAY 13 : Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver.

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its mild, almost Mediterranean climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore and experience British Columbia's premier shopping and entertainment location on Robson Street.

DAY 14 : Vancouver.

With a full day at leisure, perhaps join an optional excursion to the world famous Whistler resort and Shannon Falls or a short trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge - 230 feet above the river.

DAY 15 : Vancouver.

Enjoy a further day at leisure to discover the bustling city of Vancouver.

DAY 16 : Vancouver to embark.

Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the cruise port to embark MS Volendam for your seven night Alaska cruise. Includes Dinner

DAY 17 : Inside Passage Cruising.

The beauty of the Inside Passage will amaze you as you cruise past 1,000 miles of epic scenery, towering glaciated mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands and virgin forests. There is also plenty of animal and marine life to look out for: sea lions, eagles and porpoises. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 : Juneau.

An afternoon arrival in Juneau, Alaska's capital. The city has a gold rush story to rival that of Klondike, and is only accessible by seaplane or boat. An optional wildlife cruise and salmon fishing will normally be available, and you'll also have the opportunity to take an optional excursion to Juneau's own glacier, Mendenhall. This impressive river of blue ice is about 1.5 miles wide and over 12 miles long! Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19 : Skagway.

Morning arrival in Skagway, Alaska's gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada's Yukon. Skagway was the turbulent staging point for prospectors and still has old-fashioned weathered boardwalks and old-time saloons. Optional sightseeing includes a ride in a vintage parlour car to see the White Pass and Yukon route. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore some more, before setting sail again late this evening. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20 : Glacier Bay.

Cruise into spectacular Glacier Bay early this morning, where forests give way to a rugged landscape rising to rocky peaks. Sixteen huge mountains converge to create an awe-inspiring panoramic wonder, a dramatic scene of awesome glaciers and massive icebergs. Wildlife is abundant, and you may spot eagles, seals, mountain goats, moose and bears in their natural habitat. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21 : Ketchikan.

A morning arrival in colourful Ketchikan, situated on Revillagigedo Island and known as the 'salmon capital of the world'. Here, a picturesque harbour shelters fishing boats and seaplanes. A wide choice of optional excursions will be available, including an outing to see Indian Heritage Villages and Totem Bight State Park. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22 : At sea.

Continue cruising south along British Columbia's spectacular coastline. Animal and marine life are abundant in this area and with a little luck you may spot a pod of mighty, yet graceful killer whales. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 23 : Vancouver - UK.

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

DAY 24 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,900 ft.

Hotels on Tour

  • Victoria:Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
  • Vancouver:Sandman Suites on Davie
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
  • Toronto:Chelsea Hotel
  • Jasper:Lobstick Lodge
  • Banff:Mount Royal Hotel
  • Kamloops:Ramada Kamloops

On Board The 'Canadian'

Travel in style aboard the 'Canadian' in 'Sleeper Plus' class service. Overnight accommodation is in a private cabin (includes toilet facilities) which converts from seating to upper and lower berths.

Showers are available at the end of each carriage. All meals are included. An overnight bag will be required as luggage will be unavailable for the rail journey.

Cruise Upgrades

Why not enhance your Alaska experience to get the most incredible natural scenery for your money by upgrading on your cruise to an Ocean-View or Verandah Stateroom?

To upgrade, click the 'Change Cabin' button as you proceed through the booking process online and select the stateroom grade you would like.

What's Included

  • Flights UK - Toronto; Vancouver - UK
  • Accommodation standard room on tour, on the Canadian train and large interior stateroom on cruise
  • 27 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Services of a Tour Director on tour
  • Porterage for one suitcase per person on tour
  • Transfers
  • All local, port and airport taxes
  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)

Holiday Highlights

  • Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise
  • VIA Rail® Canadian Train Toronto to Jasper
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride
  • Lake Louise
  • Yoho National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Inside Passage Cruising
  • Juneau
  • Skagway
  • Glacier Bay
  • Ketchikan

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

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  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
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