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GRAND RAIL CIRCLE WITH CRUISE

The ultimate rail and cruise journey. Visit Whistler, journey to the Canadian Rockies, and indulge in a luxurious Alaska Cruise.

Travel Style

Rail

Start

Vancouver

Finish

Vancouver

Trip Code

GRCWC136

Countries

2

Number of countries visited

Days

21

Duration of the trip

Pace

3

Pace level 3: Average
$

Price

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Itinerary

GRAND RAIL CIRCLE WITH CRUISE
Trip Code: GRCWC136

  • Map

    Trip Route

  • Overview

    About this Trip

    • Operator: Rocky Mountaineer
    • Countries: Canada, USA
    • Min/Max: 1 or more passengers
    • Style: Rail (Rail Plus Cruise)
    • Duration: 21 days
    • Pace: 3 (Average)
    • Price:  Inquire about a price
    • Vancouver Lookout
    • North Shore Sightseeing Tour
    • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
    • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
    • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
    • Jasper Highlights Tour
    • Rail station transfers and luggage handling
    • National Parks Pass
    • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners, 1 afternoon snack
  • Board in Vancouver

    Day 1

    Begin your journey at the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board your ship. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

  • Cruise the Inside Passage

    Day 2

    Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

  • Port of Call Juneau, Alaska

    Day 3

    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. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

  • Port of Call Skagway, Alaska

    Day 4

    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. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

  • Glacier Bay Scenic Cruise

    Day 5

    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 ever-changing 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. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

  • Port of Call Ketchikan, Alaska

    Day 6

    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. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

  • Cruise the Inside Passage

    Day 7

    Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

  • Disembark in Vancouver

    Day 8

    After breakfast you will disembark the ms Nieuw Amsterdam in Vancouver. Take full advantage of a free day at leisure in Vancouver, and check out Vancouver’s must-see attractions like the Vancouver Aquarium (admission not included), Stanley Park, or Granville Island, explore the city’s museums, art galleries, gardens, and varied neighbourhoods, or take a day trip to discover the nearby resort town of Whistler or British Columbia’s charming capital on Vancouver Island, Victoria. Overnight in Vancouver.

    SilverLeaf: Sheraton Wall Centre (Traditional Room), GoldLeaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Deluxe City View Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Premier City View Room)

  • North Shore Sightseeing Tour

    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.

    Grouse Mountain: There's no better way to see Vancouver than from the top of Grouse Mountain, one of Vancouver's most visited attractions. Catch the Skyride Gondola for a birds eye view of the city, nestled between soaring mountains and the glittering Pacific Ocean. As you explore the summit, make sure to visit the wildlife refuge and say 'Hi!' to the rescued grizzly bears playing, eating, and getting their paws dirty.

    SilverLeaf: Sheraton Wall Centre (Traditional Room), GoldLeaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Deluxe City View Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Premier City View Room)

  • Vancouver • Kamloops

    Day 10

    Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.

  • Kamloops • Banff

    Day 11

    Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff.

    SilverLeaf: Banff Park Lodge (Superior Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe Room)

  • Experience Banff Highlights Tour

    Day 12

    This morning explore Banff on your own. After lunch, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park including Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.

    Banff Gondola: Climb Sulphur Mountain in a record-breaking eight minutes and get a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. Sorry, did we say 'climb'? We mean 'ascend in style' in your fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin! Phew! If you're keen to break in your hiking boots, try the 1-kilometre self-guided walk along the summit ridge and keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep and various bird species.

    SilverLeaf: Banff Park Lodge (Superior Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe Room)

  • Free Day in Banff

    Day 13

    Explore Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, historic museums, Lake Minnewanka or golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

    SilverLeaf: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa (Standard Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe Room)

  • Experience Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise

    Day 14

    A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders, including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise.

    SilverLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe Lakeview Room)

  • Free Day in Lake Louise

    Day 15

    Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains, or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.

    SilverLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe Lakeview Room)

  • Experience Lake Louise to Jasper Tour

    Day 16

    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

    Ice Explorer: Tour the Athabasca Glacier in a giant six-wheel drive Ice Explorer vehicle while your guide explains the history of this ancient glacier and points out interesting geological features. Think of it like a "monster-truck meets glacier" adventure where you learn new things!

    SilverLeaf: Lobstick Lodge (Standard Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Jasper park Lodge (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper park Lodge (Deluxe Room)

  • Experience Jasper Highlights Tour

    Day 17

    Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Jasper on your own. Overnight in Jasper.

    SilverLeaf: Best Western Jasper Inn and Suites (Standard Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe Room)

  • Jasper to Quesnel

    Day 18

    Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Quesnel. Highlights include the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass, Moose Lake and the Fraser River. Overnight in Quesnel.

  • Quesnel • Whistler

    Day 19

    Your journey continues south to Whistler. 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. Overnight in Whistler.

  • Whistler • Vancouver

    Day 20

    This afternoon return to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. Highlights include the Cheakamus Canyon, Mount Garibaldi, Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon snack will be served onboard. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver.

    SilverLeaf: Sheraton Wall Centre (Traditional Room), GoldLeaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Deluxe City View Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Premier City View Room)

  • Vancouver

    Day 21

    Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.


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