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Rocky Mountaineer - Journey through the Clouds Explorer with Pre-Tour Cruise ms Koningsdam

18 days Cruising

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Western Canada is calling. This epic adventure will take you on the grand tour of what this fascinating region is all about. Sailing from Vancouver, you’ll cross the border into Alaska as you cruise the Inside Passage. Pass jaw-dropping glaciers as tall as houses, and beautifully crisp waterfalls feeding into the ocean. Cruising back to Vancouver, you’ll have time to explore the leafy-green streets of this vibrant city before boarding the Rocky Mountaineer and heading east. Making stops in Kamloops, Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise, you’ll see some of the best natural landscapes in the world from both land and air. Emerald green lakes, rugged peaks, and, of course, those snow-topped Rocky mountains. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and explore the city. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2: Embarkation

Begin your journey at the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board your ship. Spend the night 7 nights onboard Holland America's ms Koningsdam. (D)

Day 3: Cruise the Inside Passage

Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Juneau, Alaska

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 adventure. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Skagway, Alaska

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 bar staff, 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. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Glacier Bay scenic cruise

A 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 crashed into the sea. The impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Ketchikan, Alaska

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. 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. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Cruise the Inside Passage

Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage. (B/L/D)

Day 9: Vancouver

After breakfast, you'll disembark the ms Koningsdam in Vancouver. Spend the next 3 nights in Vancouver. (B)

Day 10: Vancouver

You'll spend today on a North Shore Sightseeing Tour, visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. Suspended 230ft above Capliano River, the Suspension Bridge takes you to towering evergreens, serene trails and the award winning Treetops Adventure. Seven suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet, take you high above the forest floor for a thrilling encounter within the heart of the forest. After, head to Grouse Mountain and Skyride to the mountaintop. In the summer, enjoy scenic chair rides, the World Famous Lumberjack Show, Birds in Motion Demonstrations, Guided EcoWalks, Grouse Mountain’s Refuge for Endangered Wildlife that includes Ranger Talks.

Day 11: Vancouver

Enjoy a day exploring the city at your own pace. 

Day 12: Vancouver – Kamloops

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. (B/L)

Day 13: Kamloops – Jasper

Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper. Overnight in Jasper. (B/L)

Day 14: Jasper Highlights Tour

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper. (L)

Day 15: Jasper – Banff

Travel to Banff via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about is geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving at Banff via Lake Louise late this afternoon. Overnight in Banff. (L)

Day 16: Banff – Lake Louise

A half-day tour takes you 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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Please note: while arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00pm, scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00pm. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Day 17: Lake Louise – Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter Tour

Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Your tour ends on arrival in Calgary late this afternoon. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 18: Calgary Departure

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

B - Breakfast
L - Lunch
D - Dinner

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