“ Having had to cancel two years ago I really appreciated this holiday. Thanks to Fresh Tracks, everything went very smoothly. In some areas I spent a little more than perhaps I should have but I have no regrets. It was money well spent. Just those odd little extra luxuries made it all the more special. ”
Canadian Rockies by Rail with Alaska Cruise
starting fromUS $5,780per person
5 of 5 stars (1 review)
- Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
- Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
What we love about this trip
Five days in the breathtaking Canadian Rocky Mountains
The stunning two day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer
Exploring Jasper and Banff National Parks in small and intimate group tours
Seven day Alaskan cruise onboard Holland America’s luxurious ship
Cruising along the famous Inside Passage and visiting Glacier Bay
Freedom to pick the tour options you want
Explore both the Canadian Rockies and the Alaska Inside Passage on this thrilling 15-day adventure that blends both a rail excursion and a cruise. Admire the shimmering Lake Louise, experience the rushing waters at Hell’s Gate and take in awe-evoking views of spellbinding scenery along the Inside Passage. From rustic Alaska towns filled with quirky boutiques to enticing comfort onboard a cruise, this is the ultimate trip for anyone who appreciates pristine natural beauty and enthralling history.
Arrive Calgary → 2 nights Banff → 1 night Lake Louise → 2 nights Jasper → 1 night Kamloops → 1 night Vancouver → 7 nights Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise → Depart Vancouver
Sample ItineraryThink of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.
Day 1 – Your Adventure Begins
Begin your journey in the prairie metropolis of Calgary, famous for its cowboy culture. Transfer to the tranquil mountain town of Banff, surrounded by snowy mountain peaks. Sleep in this Rocky Mountain community, enjoying the crisp alpine air as the sun sets behind the mountains.
Feature Dinner in Banff
No need to worry about finding a place to eat this evening, have a superb meal in the best setting that ensures you make memories from the very beginning.
Day 2 – Day in Banff
Enjoy an entire day of exploring in the picturesque mountain town. Hike through the pine-scented forests, stroll along the banks of the rushing Bow River, visit the museums and heritage sites or go shopping at the stylish and quirky boutiques along Banff Avenue.
You have 3 options to choose for touring Banff today:
• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic viewpoints surrounding the Banff town site on a small group bus tour.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Privately Guided Sunrise Photography Tour
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
• Option 3: Helicopter Tour
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Easy
Day 3 – Sightseeing in Banff and Lake Louise
Embark on a tour of the Canadian Rockies with a guide today - explore the unspoiled wilderness and marvel at the canyons, lakes and other natural attractions. Meander down the winding mountain roads to Lake Louise, a stunning turquoise lake that reflects the rocky peaks around it.
Your guide is highly knowledgeable about the area and will reveal fascinating insights about the history of this town. The tour group will be small, so that you have a more intimate and personal experience.
Upon arrival in the Lake Louise area, you can either choose to stay at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise, or at the intimate Moraine Lake Lodge.
This evening you’ll relax and refresh with an indulgent dining experience. Surrounded by spectacular lake views and attentive service, indulge in a 3-course meal in Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Fairview Dining Room, or Moraine Lake’s Walter Wilcox dining room.
Day 4 – Visit the Icefields Parkway and Travel from Lake Louise to Jasper
You have 2 options from which to choose today:
• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
Imagine walking across the icy surface of an enormous glacier surrounded by majestic mountains. The Columbia Icefield is one of the biggest and most accessible icefields south of the Arctic Circle. On this tour you will visit this glacier in a small group, giving you a chance to experience it in a more intimate and memorable way. Step down from the Ice Explorer vehicle, with its massively impressive wheels, and fill your bottle with million-year old ice water. Walk along the Glacier Skywalk and enjoy the nerve-wracking view from the cliff-hugging platform, with nothing but glass separating you from a 918-foot chasm. Keep a lookout for wildlife while exploring this part of the Rockies, there is a good chance that you will spot moose, elk, bears or mountain goats on your explorations. Feast on a delicious picnic and then arrive in the small mountain town of Jasper.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
Spend the day with a private driver-guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
Activity rating: Easy
Day 5 – Adventures in Jasper National Park
Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Rockies, Jasper.
You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to its fullest.
• Option 1: Nature Tour with Cruise on Maligne Lake
Admire the pristine wilderness of Jasper National Park and hike through the Maligne Valley with your guide. Take a walk through Maligne Canyon, where the clear rushing river waters have carved through the rocks over millions of years. Keep your eyes peeled – you might spot a deer or an elk nibbling on a tree branch as you walk by. Cruise along peaceful Maligne Lake, a deep green body of water surrounded by colorful wildflowers. Listen to the chirping birds and gaze up at the bright blue sky – this is a little slice of Rocky Mountain paradise.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Privately Guided Nature Walk
Stroll for a while amongst the stunning mountain scenery, on this professionally guided interpretive walk through Jasper National Park. An intimate tour that allows you to really connect with nature. See wildlife, admire rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views.
Activity rating: Moderate (approx 4 miles | 6.5km) – more challenging hikes are available on request
• Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
A sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 passengers. Feel the wind in your hair in the sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle! View famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper area. This option is a definite memory-maker.
Activity rating: Easy
Day 6 – The Rocky Mountaineer – Jasper to Kamloops
Settle into the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer bright and early in the morning and sip a steaming mug of coffee as the train pulls out of the station. Ride south west through the Cariboo and Monashee mountains and admire the stunning vistas from your windows – from the cascading waters of Pyramid Falls to the sky-grazing peaks of Mount Robson. Arrive in the peaceful town of Kamloops where you stay in a hotel for the night.
Day 7 – The Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Vancouver
The Rocky Mountaineer takes you further west toward the vibrant coastal city of Vancouver. The huge peaks of the Rocky Mountains turn into rugged foothills as you travel into the dry interior of British Columbia. Then, as you enter the coastal mountains, you will be surrounded by rushing rivers, lush forests and steep slopes. Stop at the impressive Hell’s Gate and watch torrents of water rush through the canyon, sending a cloud of mist all the way up to the observation deck.
Keep an eye out for wildlife here too – there is a good chance that you will spot some of the animal inhabitants of the area.
In the evening you will arrive in Vancouver, a hip, modern and very friendly metropolis. Surrounded by ocean, forest and mountains, it is incredibly scenic and has a fun, laid back, outdoor-loving vibe. Capture a great photo of your surroundings from the top of the Vancouver Lookout Tower. This is your last night in Canada – the Alaska portion of the adventure will begin tomorrow.
Day 8 – Boarding the Alaska Cruise
Say goodbye to Vancouver this morning after enjoying a fresh cup of coffee and a hot breakfast at one of the many friendly local cafes in the city. Then, check out and board the ship for the cruising part of your trip. You’ll fall in love with the elegant design, the beautiful artwork and the welcoming staff that make the ship feel just like home while you cruise the Inside Passage.
Day 9 – Into the North
Enjoy an Alaskan cruise along the inside passage and admire views of tiny islands covered in lush forests. You’ll also spot the occasional small community along the way. Watch fishing boats float by and keep a lookout for whales. It will be toasty and warm on the ship, or you can bundle up and enjoy the crisp air on the deck while snapping photos of the stunning scenery.
Day 10 – Arriving in Juneau, Alaska
Arrive in Juneau, a picturesque small city with a fascinating history, surrounded by rugged wilderness. Take a whale watching or fishing trip or go for a hike in the wild and beautiful Tongass National Forest. Go shopping in the quirky boutiques and local shops to get a feel for the character of the town. Dinner tonight will be served in the grand dining room of the ship.
Day 11 – Arriving in Skagway, Alaska
Explore this historic city, made famous by the Gold Rush over 100 years ago. As you wander through the streets you will get a sense of what it would have been like to visit these old-fashioned shop fronts in that early era. The Trail of 98 Museum offers fantastic insight into the Gold Rush days and the history of Skagway. After exploring this city, spend the evening in comfort in your spacious cabin on the ship.
Day 12 – Cruise Glacier Bay
As the ship glides through the peaceful waters of Glacier Bay, admire the tranquil beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. It is a protected area that’s home to a wide range of animals and plants. Stand on the deck of the ship and gaze at this amazing icy environment, taking the opportunity to get a stunning photo of an enormous iceberg as they float by.
Day 13 – Arriving in Ketchikan, Alaska
In the remote city of Ketchikan, marvel at the world’s largest collection of totem poles and get a fascinating glimpse into the rich heritage of the Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian people. Bring home a hand-carved mini-totem pole of your own as a reminder of your visit to this spiritual place. Visit the Tongass Historical Museum and Creek Street, then return to the ship to relax in the evening.
Day 14 – Cruising the Inside Passage from Alaska to Canada
Take the journey back through the stunning Inside Passage down to Canada. On your second journey through this beautiful landscape, get your camera ready to catch the amazing views that you missed the first time.
Day 15 – Leaving Vancouver
On the last day of your journey enjoy one more delicious breakfast with the friends you have made on your trip – it’s wonderful how shared experiences of beautiful places can create a bond between strangers. Today you will transfer to Vancouver Airport and leave behind the pristine scenery of Canada and Alaska – but the memories that you have made on this experience will last a lifetime.
Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.
Georgian Court Hotel
An example of our Comfort accommodations
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.
An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations
The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations
This top notch 5 star hotel has an amazing location – overlooking the mirror-like waters of Lake Louise. Its timeless elegance will make you feel pampered and there are plenty of activities to enjoy, from horseback riding to canoeing to skating, skiing and hiking.
Fairmont Banff Springs
An example of our Deluxe accommodations
Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.
Prices & Dates2018 start dates from Calgary
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15
Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train and Ocean-View Stateroomfrom US $5,780to US $6,782per 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
GoldLeaf Train and Verandahfrom US $7,330to US $9,013per 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 FavoriteDeluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train and Verandahfrom US $8,180to US $10,119per 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.
Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?
The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).
What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation
Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.
Is it safe to drive in the mountains?
New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.
When is the best time to see wildlife?
That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.
Are your tours escorted?
No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.
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- Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
- Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.