Western Explorer with post-tour Alaskan Cruise

16 days Cruising
  • Calgary
  • Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Jasper
  • Kamloops
  • Vancouver
  • Inside Passage cruising
  • Icy Strait Point
  • Hubbard Glacier
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Vancouver

Virgin Holidays' view

One of the most popular ways to experience the ‘must see’ attractions of the Canadian Rockies is via the Western Explorer tour followed by an Alaskan cruise onboard the Celebrity Infinity.


Day 1:

Delta Calgary Downtown (SilverLeaf) Fairmont Palliser, Fairmont Room (GoldLeaf) Fairmont Palliser, Junior Suite (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

Fly from UK to Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in “The Heart of the New West” independently. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 2:

Banff Caribou Lodge (SilverLeaf) Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Room (GoldLeaf) Fairmont Banff Springs, Deluxe Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-min Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue onto Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in Banff late afternoon. Overnight in Banff.

Day 3:

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

Leave Banff on a half-day tour that 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 approx. 1.00pm, scheduled check-in is not until 4.00pm. The the event that your room is not ready upon arrival, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Day 4:

The Crimson Jasper (SilverLeaf) Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Room (GoldLeaf) Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Deluxe Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

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 afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 5:

The Crimson Jasper (SilverLeaf) Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Room (GoldLeaf) Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Deluxe Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site an the Canadian Rockies' largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of Jasper National Park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, ad 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 independantly. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 6:

Overnight stay in Kamloops - hotel to be confirmed prior to departure

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. A you journey west and south, you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Today's highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramind Falls, the climb over Yellowpass and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B/L)

Days 7-8:

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront (SilverLeaf) Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Deluxe Cityview Room (GoldLeaf) Fairmont Waterfront, Signature Harbourview Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

Your journey continues onboard the Rocky Mountaineer west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today's journey, you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds alog the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival into Vancouver this evening. Spend 2-nights in Vancouver.

Day 9:

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront (SilverLeaf) Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Deluxe Cityview Room (GoldLeaf) Fairmont Waterfront, Signature Harbourview Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

Check out of your Vancouver hotel and make your way to Vancouver cruise port to board the spectacular Celebrity Infinity, the next part of your adventure.

Day 10:

You’ll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage, a complex labyrinth of fjords and bays where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months.

Day 11:

Onto Icy Strait Point, go whale watching, learn Tinglit tribal customs, buy arts-and-crafts gifts, or fly high above Port Frederick on a 1.6km long zip-rider.

Day 12:

Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes.

Day 13:

Next its Juneau where some sightseeing is best from above. View the majestic Mendenhall Glacier from the East Glacier Loop Trail.

Day 14:

Experience Eden firsthand in Ketchikan. Kayak tranquil saltwater fjords fringed by ancient forests, keeping an eye out for black bear and playful porpoise.

Day 15:

Back through inside passage, Journey through the forested islands and majestic mountain ranges of the Inside Passage, utterly breathtaking.

Day 16:

Disembark in Vancouver, Ranked in the world’s top 5 cities for quality of life, on a clear day you’ll see as far as distant Mount Baker. Make your way to Vancouver Airport for your return flight home.



Optional Breakfast Supplement:
Breakfast supplement includes breakfast in tour hotels on all days not on Rocky Mountaineer. If this optional supplement is not taken then tour still includes breakfast on 2 days on the train. Not applicable to any extra pre and post hotels. 

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Tour information

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Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.