Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaskan Cruise

Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaskan Small Ship Cruise

15

days

starting from US $8,255per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Enjoy a perfect balance of adventure, luxury, wildlife and wilderness on this 15-day Rockies rail and Alaska small ship cruise vacation. Marvel at the beauty of iconic Lake Louise, before a luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train journey to Vancouver. Travel to charming Sitka, Alaska where your small ship crew will sail you into the heart of Alaska’s wilderness. Leave the large cruise ships behind onboard your agile vessel, as you navigate remote bays and fjords. Daily adventures include glacier exploration, kayaking, whale watching, bear viewing and rainforest hikes.

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Trip at a glance

Arrive Calgary
2 nights Banff
1 night Lake Louise
1 night Kamloops
2 nights Vancouver
1 night Sitka
7 nights Alaska Cruise
Depart Juneau

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Calgary, transfer to Banff
Welcome to Calgary International Airport, where you’ll be transferred through the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the town of Banff. From the very beginning, we take care to ensure your vacation is off to the best start! Your arrival transfer is taken care of with door to door service that takes you from the airport to your hotel. The town of Banff is a unique destination; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the charm of a small mountain community. Breathe in the fresh Canadian Rockies air – you’ve arrived!

Feature Dinner in Banff
No need to worry about finding a place to eat this evening, we make sure you don’t eat at the tourist trap restaurant across the street from your hotel, rather have the best meal in the best setting that ensures you make memories with your loved one over a great meal!

Day 2 – Explore Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration. Enjoy the views from the Banff Gondola located atop Sulphur Mountain.

You have 3 options to choose from today in Banff:

Banff Sightseeing tour
Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic viewpoints surrounding the Banff town site.
Activity rating: Easy

• Sunrise Photography Tour
(upgrade $)
Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Banff Heli-Hike and Picnic (upgrade $)
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided heli-hike and picnic. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 3 – Transfer Banff to Lake Louise
Meet your guide for a scenic transfer from Banff to Lake Louise. Upon arrival at Lake Louise, check into the famous Chateau Lake Louise and enjoy the amenities of your fabulous lakeshore hotel. Gaze at the turquoise blue lake, surrounded by glacier clad mountains. Walking trails lead right from the hotel’s front door, the picture perfect overnight stop in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

Ask us for our Lake Louise activity menu, from which you can choose activities such as a scenic canoe paddle, Lake Louise interpretive gondola ride, a guided hike or Afternoon Tea in the Fairview dining room.

Day 4 – Board Rocky Mountaineer – Lake Louise to Kamloops
This morning you will have a short transfer from your hotel to the Lake Louise rail station to begin your first day onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. As the train climbs over Kicking Horse Pass it travels through the Spiral Tunnels, an engineering wonder completed in 1909 which allows trains to negotiate the steep grade. View remarkable changes in the landscape as the Rocky Mountaineer travels into the interior along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes from the mighty Canadian Rockies. Enjoy good food, great company and awe-inspiring scenery. Overnight in a standard hotel in Kamloops.

Day 5 – Onboard Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Vancouver
Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer this morning for the second part of your train journey. On today’s train trip, you’ll be treated to a wide range of scenery as you travel through the Fraser River Valley along winding river canyons to the arid interior region. Sit back and enjoy the excellent service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, and keep your camera ready to snap a few shots of the Coast and Cascade Mountains. Upon arrival at the Rocky Mountaineer station in Vancouver, you will be transferred to your downtown hotel.

Day 6 – Enjoy Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver - one of the few cities in the world where a typical day might include a morning on the ski slopes and a relaxing afternoon sailing on the glistening waters. For a real taste of the Vancouver lifestyle, we suggest adding a guided cycling tour around the famous Stanley Park Seawall (ask your agent about adding on a tour). Later, catch the sunset from the beach at English Bay or board the gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain for a cocktail and a spectacular view.

Day 7 - Vancouver to Sitka
After a private transfer to the airport, fly to Sitka, Alaska to begin your cruise adventure. Sitka is Alaska’s most charming seaside town, surrounded by misty islands and soaring, snow capped mountain peaks. Explore the influence of Tlignit, Russian, and American culture a the Cultural Centre, or simply relax in your hotel. Overnight in Sitka.

Day 8 - Sitka, Alaska – Cruise embarkation
Feel the excitement build as you are led to your small ship vessel, your home base for the next 7 nights. Stepping onboard, your friendly crew greets you with a champagne toast and warm smiles. And as you sail away in Sitka Sound, take in the unmistakable views of Mt. Edgecumbe—a dormant volcanic wonder which has inspired myths and legends.

Day 9 - Krestof Sound / Nakwasina Sound
Keep your ears and eyes open as you sail past the dense Baranof forest and wild, little known islands. As you kayak, hike, or simply relax on-deck, listen for sea lions calling, see black bears foraging and eagles soaring above. Back onboard, after a day of adventure, a treat awaits!

Day 10 - Icy Strait
Watch for the thrilling spray of a breaching humpback on the horizon as you sail into whale territory this morning. Waters rich with marine life, like porpoise, sea lions, and whales, provide an amazing day of adventure photography. Make the most of your day by taking advantage of the keen eye of the wildlife experts onboard; visit the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leader on the main deck. Later in the day, explore your surrounds by kayak or skiff and keep your eyes on the shores for a possible glimpse of wildlife. 

Spend the evening relaxing in the on deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with fellow passengers while reminiscing in the salon.

Day 11 - Glacier Bay National Park
Travel close to 100 km toward the tidewater glaciers of Margerie and Grand Pacific. Enjoy the narration of the National Park Ranger onboard and learn about how the glaciers calve the massive icebergs floating in the bay. If the water is suitable, get up closer to the icebergs onboard a small skiff or kayak. Paddling along, you may see eagles, sea lions, puffins, mountain goats, bears, or moose, all amongst the backdrop of some of the most dramatic scenery on earth. Overnight at anchor in the bay. 

Day 12 - Chichagof Island
Sail deeper into the wildlife-rich Alaskan wilderness today. Watch for whales and other creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or some other wild inlet. Head out on a bushwhacking hike in the Tongass National Forest, or board a skiff to skirt the shoreline searching for bears.

Day 13 - Lynn Canal / Captain’s Choice
Explore North America’s deepest fjord today. Once busy with Klondike gold rushers, it now prime habitat for humpbacks, orcas, Dall’s porpoise, Steller sea lions, salmon, halibut, and mischievous river otters. Your captain’s job will pick the prime spot for adventure – so head out to stretch your arms on a paddling excursion, explore weird and wonderful sea life in tidepools, or venture deep into the forest on a guided hike.

Day 14 – Historic Haines, Alaska
Considered an Alaska adventure hotspot, Haines offers a variety of choices for all activity levels. Hike to the top of Chilkat Peninsula or the shores of Chilkat Inlet, or float along the Chilkat River through a bald eagle preserve. This area is rich in culture and history, and in the afternoon Chilkat Tlingit members come aboard to share their thousands-of-years-old traditions and stories.

Relax in the salon this evening, after a delicious Farewell Dinner, and relive your favorite moments as your Expeditions Leaders present a “photo journal” of your adventure together.

Day 15 – Disembark cruise and depart from Juneau
Savour your last breakfast onboard the ship before disembarking in Juneau. You will be transferred to the airport in time to meet your departing flight (earliest flight possibility is 11:30am).

Note: Due to the nature of cruise explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

What we love about this trip

Stunning 2-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer train

Choice of adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Beautiful Vancouver

Enjoying 7 days of luxury aboard the 84 guest Safari Endeavor or SS Legacy cruise ship

Whale watching, glacier viewing, kayaking, beach combing and wilderness hikes in Alaska

Team of expert guides, hosts, and activity coordinators on your cruise

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Small Ship Alaskan Cruise - Small Ship Alaskan Cruise
Small Ship Alaskan Cruise
First class meals aboard the ship - First class meals aboard the ship
First class meals aboard the ship
The Rocky Mountaineer experience - The Rocky Mountaineer experience
The Rocky Mountaineer experience
Gourmet meals aboard the train - Gourmet meals aboard the train
Gourmet meals aboard the train
Accommodations, rail and cruise service:
• 7 nights of hotel accommodation in your choice of Comfort, Superior, or Deluxe hotels.
• 2 days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Lake Louise and Vancouver
• 7 night small-ship Alaska Cruise, onboard the Safari Endeavour or the SS Legacy

Sightseeing & activities in Banff & Lake Louise:
• Choose 1 of 3 Banff activities:
--1-- Banff sightseeing tour
--2-- Banff Heli tour with alpine walk & picnic (US $198 pp upgrade)
--3-- Banff Sunrise photography tour (US $99 pp upgrade)
• Banff Gondola Ride
• Sightseeing transfer from Banff to Lake Louise

Sightseeing & activities on your cruise:
• Activities such as hiking, kayaking, sightseeing, and interpretive presentations
• Cruise wellness program (hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and complimentary massage)

Dining experiences:
• Feature Dinner in Banff
• 2 delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard the train
• All meals, premium spirits, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages while onboard your Cruise

Transfers:
• Transfer between Calgary and Lake Louise
• Train station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Banff
• A private transfer between Vancouver airport and hotel
• Sitka airport to hotel transfer, plus airport transfer on disembarkation day

Additional inclusions:
• Baggage handling between cruise ship and hotel on embark/disembark days
• Port fees and taxes for the cruise
• Entry fees to national parks/preserves in Alaska
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

Inclusion notes:
Comfort and Superior level includes SilverLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer. Deluxe level includes GoldLeaf service.
✔ Comfort level includes a Master’s cabin onboard the SS Legacy or Safari Endeavor vessels. Superior and Deluxe include a Captain’s cabin.
✔ Deluxe level includes a private transfer between Banff and Calgary. Superior and Comfort levels include a scheduled bus transfer.

 

Not Included

• Flight between Sitka, Juneau and Vancouver not included in price (but don’t hesitate to ask for us to arrange this)
• Meals, other than specified
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and some transfer staff (unless otherwise mentioned)
• GST as applicable
• Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Touring the backcountry on horseback
Touring the backcountry on horseback
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Exploring beautiful Victoria
Exploring beautiful Victoria
• Ask us about upgrading hotels, cabin types or choosing unique mountain lodge accommodation and adding extra nights.
• Ask us for first hand advice on upgrading to Goldleaf service on Rocky Mountaineer.
• Add experiences such as golf, spa, wildlife excursions, or hiking to your trip.
• Add a day trip to Victoria, British Columbia’s quaint capital city on Vancouver Island and visit the Butchart Gardens.
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, exciting both in summer and winter.

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson StreetGeorgian Court Hotel - Join in the fun street atmosphere of Vancouver in the summerGeorgian Court Hotel - Sink into your comfy bed after a day of exploration

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

Rimrock Resort - Exterior of resortRimrock Resort - Resort lobbyRimrock Resort - Rimrock during winterRimrock Resort - Many rooms have beautiful mountain views

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Exterior of ChateauFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Skating on Lake LouiseFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - The Chateau Lounge

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations

The 5 star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is undoubtedly a beautiful and impressive hotel. Its amazing location overlooking beautiful Lake Louise and the distant mountains can not be compared. There are a variety of restaurant types, so you can do casual or fine dining as you choose. Strolling around the lake, renting a canoe, riding horses, or hiking up to the tea house are all great summer activities. In winter choose from snow shoeing, skating, skiing or taking a sleigh ride around the lake.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Exterior of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - Lobby of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - The hotel spa

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy one of the many activities that the hotel has to offer from tennis, horseback riding, a round of golf, skiing, relaxing at the the Willow Stream Spa (charge), or enjoying a great meal at one of 12 restaurants, lounges or pubs.

Safari Endeavour - Safari Endeavour, an 84 guest small shipSafari Endeavour - Captain’s Cabin with king bedSafari Endeavour - Onboard dining roomSafari Endeavour - Intimate onboard wine barSafari Endeavour - Onboard kayak loading dock

Safari Endeavour

An example of our Expedition Vessel accommodations

The shallow draft of the Safari Endeavour makes this ship capable of nimble exploration and allows access to the areas larger ships cannot go. The ambiance aboard the refurbished 84-guest Safari Endeavour is casual elegance with upscale amenities Exquisitely appointed, the Safari Endeavour features an intimate Wine Bar and spa area with two hot tubs, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and massage suite. Three decks provide wonderful outdoor viewing opportunities.

 

Prices & Dates

2018 trip start dates
Starts Calgary on Sundays*
May 6, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22
August 5, 19

Dates onboard the Safari Endeavor:
May 27
June 10, 24
July 8, 22
August 5, 19

Dates onboard the SS Legacy:
May 6, 20
June 3, 17
July 1, 15





* Eastbound itinerary is available, and includes 1 less night in Vancouver plus slightly different cruise itinerary.

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; alternate occupancy can be provided on request.
• Silverleaf and Goldleaf refer to the type of train service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
• Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe refer to the hotel type
• A Master’s Cabin includes two twin or a Queen bed, a window or porthole, and private bathroom
• A Captain’s Cabin includes King or twin beds, view window, and private bathroom

Comfort Level Hotels
Master's Cabin, SilverLeaf Service
from US $8,255to US $10,643per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
Captain's Cabin, SilverLeaf Service
from US $9,755to US $12,058per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
Captain's Cabin, SilverLeaf Service
from US $10,800to US $13,365per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

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