Rocky Mountaineer Rainforest to Goldrush Discovery Drive & Cruise

17 Days / 16 Nights

Exhilarate in the natural beauty of the Coast Mountains Range as you travel alongside glacier-blue lakes and through desert-like ranchlands. And, of course, be prepared to be wowed as you drive beneath the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Continue your scenic journey into Alaska aboard one of Holland America's majestic vessels cruising into Glacier Bay and porting into some Alaska's iconic ports such Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. This 17 day/16 night package has it all!

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Day 1

Arrive in Calgary and collect your rental car. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Calgary on your own

Overnight in Calgary

Day 2

Depart Calgary this morning with your rental car for a two-hour drive to Banff. Highlights include Lake Minnewanka, the Banff Gondola, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Banff

Overnight in Banff

Day 3

Enjoy the short drive to Lake Louise into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location

Overnight in Lake Louise

Day 4

Travel to Jasper via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights along the way including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake, and Crowfoot Glacier. At the Columbia Icefield, ride on an Ice Explorer (admission included) to the middle of Athabasca Glacier. With sightseeing stops, we recommend allowing at least eight hours for today’s drive

Overnight in Jasper

Day 5

Today is free to explore Jasper National Park with your rental car. Among the highlights are Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, Maligne Canyon, Miette Hot Springs, Maligne Lake and Whistlers Mountain. This afternoon return your rental vehicle in Jasper

Overnight in Jasper

Day 6

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel.

Breakfast and lunch included onboard.

Overnight in Quesnel (Please note that all accommodation in Quesnel is of moderate standard)

Day 7

Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Your rail journey today ends on arrival in the resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events.

Breakfast and lunch included onboard

Overnight in Whistler

Day 8

The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canapé style.

Your rail journey ends upon your arrival in Vancouver

Overnight in Vancouver

Day 9

Enjoy a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore. Travel across the Lions Gate Bridge and into the Coast Mountains. Experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Treetops Adventure, discovering the coastal temperate rainforest and British Columbia’s First Nations heritage. Next, visit Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included), the Peak of Vancouver, and take in breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains

Overnight in Vancouver

Day 10

Please make your own way to Vancouver Cruise terminal

Arrive at the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board your ship.

Overnight on Holland America’s msNieuw Amsterdam in a category D Oceanview stateroom

Day 11

Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage.

Day 12

Juneau

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town of Juneau has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door. Juneau is the place to let your imagination run wild. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest, visit the rustic shops in town, set out and whale watch, flightsee, hike, kayak, raft or fish. Due to the long daylight hours, there’s plenty of time for your perfect Juneau adventure.

Day 13

Skagway

Take your time and poke into every little store from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy’s Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie and other vintage characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of ‘98 Museum. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park boasts restored buildings and wooden boardwalks that invite you to take a stroll into the past.

Day 14

GLACIER BAY

As Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay National Park protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an everchanging glacial landscape. Bring out the camera and listen for the thunderous sound of a monumental chunk of ice that has split from a glacier as it crashes into the sea. The impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.

Day 15

KETCHIKAN

Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a cheerful air. Take time to explore Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village, Ketchikan’s main attractions. Deep water fjords created by retreating glaciers has left behind stunning granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters

Day 16

Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage.

Day 17

After breakfast you will disembark the Nieuw Amsterdam in Vancouver. End of package.

Package Includes:

  • Moderate – Superior grade hotels(upgrades available)
  • Silverleaf on Rocky Mountaineer(upgrades available)
  • Oceanview cabin on Holland America
  • 1nt in Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise & Whistler
  • 2nts in Jasper and Vancouver
  • 5 Days Fullsize car rental including one-way fees

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