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Circle the Rockies by Train with Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

21

days

starting fromUS $7,639per person

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This amazing nature adventure takes in the best that Alberta, British Columbia and Alaska have to offer by land and by sea. From the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Rockies to the stunning wilds of Alaska’s Inside Passage, you will spend 21 days in awe at the splendor of nature. See enormous glaciers and swimming orcas as you cruise in style on the Holland America line. Then, travel by train through some of Western Canada’s most spectacular landscapes and visit Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Whistler on the famous Rocky Mountaineer.

Trip at a glance

21 Days / 20 Nights

Arrive Vancouver 7 nights onboard Holland America Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise 3 nights Vancouver 1 night Whistler 1 night Quesnel 2 nights Jasper 2 nights Lake Louise 2 nights Banff 1 night Kamloops 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver

  • View Details Of Each Day

    Sample Itinerary

    Think 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 – Arrive in Vancouver
    Your adventure begins in the west coast city of Vancouver. Take the morning to explore this vibrant city and check out its great shopping, dining and entertainment. In the afternoon, you will board the ms Volendam for your spectacular 7-day Alaskan cruise. The ship is elegantly decorated with striking artwork and the staff are courteous and dedicated to meeting your every need. You’ll feel at home on the ship immediately as you settle into your luxurious room. 

    Overnight onboard ship.

    Day 2 – Cruise the Inside Passage from Canada to Alaska
    The Inside Passage is a coastal route that takes vessels through a network of channels weaving through the islands on the Pacific coast of North America. Bundle up and step out onto the deck as the cruise ship navigates through this passage. Admire islands covered in lush-green trees and stare out across the tranquil blue-grey sea. You will catch a glimpse of tiny villages, the odd small fishing boat and perhaps even a whale breaching the surface of the water.

    Overnight onboard ship.

    Day 3 – Juneau, Alaska
    Juneau, the capital city of Alaska, has a unique character of its own due to its fascinating history and wild natural surroundings. Take a walk through the centre of town and venture into rustic local shops and cafes. Today you can also go for a hike in the Tongass National Forest or go on a whale watching or fishing expedition. Head back to the cruise ship in the evening for a delicious meal served in the elegant grand dining room. 

    Overnight onboard ship.

    Day 4 – Skagway, Alaska
    Jump right into the fascinating history of the Gold Rush, as Skagway is where hundreds of people arrived over a century ago to seek their fortunes by looking for glittering gold in the nearby rivers and hills. Take a walk through the character shops and wooden sidewalks of the town and visit the Trail of 98 Museum to learn more about the Gold Rush Days. Return to your cozy cabin on the ms Volendam this evening.

    Overnight onboard ship.

    Day 5 – Cruise Glacier Bay
    Wrap up warm and head up to the deck of the ship with your camera – you’ll enjoy plenty of exciting photo opportunities today of gigantic icebergs floating by. Glacier Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve with a fascinating, one-of-a-kind environment. You will learn all about this area and the animals and plants that call it home. 

    Overnight onboard ship.

    Day 6 – Into Port – Ketchikan, Alaska
    Ketchikan has a powerful spirit that will captivate you. In this sacred community, you will learn more about the first peoples to live on this land – the Tsimshian, the Haida and the Tlingit. Their cultures are still very much alive and thriving. Explore the world’s biggest collection of totem poles and take in other cultural attractions.

    In Ketchikan you can also take a walk down Creek Street and visit the Tongass Historical Museum – or simply sit back and admire the natural surroundings. Return to the ship in the evening. 

    Overnight onboard ship.

    Day 7 –Cruise the Inside Passage from Alaska to Canada
    Take the return journey through this spectacular ocean passage. Keep your eyes peeled to spot anything you might have missed on the journey up. 

    Overnight onboard ship.

    Day 8 – Arrive in Vancouver
    Wake up to a delicious breakfast aboard the ms Volendam and then prepare to disembark. The Alaskan portion of your journey is over but your adventures in the Canadian wilderness are just beginning. 

    Enjoy the rest of the day in Vancouver – one of the few cities in the world where a typical day might include a morning on the majestic local ski slopes, a relaxing afternoon sail, and an evening enjoying the local nightlife. With a mild climate and so much to do, it’s no wonder people flock to this west coast city. Places to visit include Chinatown and Gastown, the Museum of Anthropology, and Granville Island. But for a real taste of the Vancouver lifestyle, we suggest renting a bicycle and cycling around our famous Seawall and Stanley Park. Stop at English Bay for the ocean view and a bite to eat, or head to Robson Street to shop at the trendy stores.

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 9 – North Shore Sightseeing Tour
    Today you will enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Vancouver's majestic North Shore including the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included).

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 10 – Explore Vancouver
    Spend the day exploring the city’s museums, art galleries, and historic neighborhoods or let us arrange a day trip to the quaint seaside city of Victoria and visit the famous Butchart Gardens. 

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 11 – Vancouver to Whistler on the Rocky Mountaineer Train
    Board the train bright and early and sip your coffee while watching Vancouver disappear in the distance. You’re on your way from the beautiful coastline to the craggy mountain peaks along the Sea to Sky Corridor. Travel through mountain passes and across dramatic canyons until you reach the picturesque town of Whistler. Afterwards, you will be free to explore the sights of Whistler. 

    Overnight in Whistler.

    Day 12 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train – Whistler to Quesnel
    Hear the train whistle blowing in the crisp mountain air as you pull out of Whistler and head deeper into British Columbia. Chat with your travel companions over a gourmet breakfast or curl up by the window with a cup of coffee and watch the desert-like landscapes of the Fraser Valley go by.

    This evening, your train arrives in the small town of Quesnel where you are free to enjoy a dinner on your own and a night in a standard hotel.

    Overnight in Quesnel.

    Day 13 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train – Quesnel to Jasper
    Today you will set eyes on the majestic Canadian Rockies for the first time. The first time you see these incredible towering peaks you will be overwhelmed by their sheer size. When you step off the train in Jasper and breathe in the fresh alpine air, the mountains surround you. Relax into the calm and peaceful atmosphere of this laid-back small town.

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 14 – Jasper Tour
    Your friendly local guide will take you on a scenic tour of Jasper so that you can learn about these spectacular landscapes. Admire the deep caverns of Maligne Canyon as well as many other scenic lakes and rivers in the area. 

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 15 – Jasper to Lake Louise
    Take a trip down the Icefields Parkway, a journey through mountains and glaciers that is considered one of the most scenic roads in the world. Step onto the incredible Athabasca Glacier and learn about how such an enormous sheet of ice was formed over time.

    Overnight in Lake Louise.

    Day 16 – Enjoy Lake Louise
    Combine a supernaturally turquoise lake, abundant year-round activities, spectacular mountain scenery – and right in the middle of it all, the elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Located in the heart of Banff National Park and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Louise offers a tremendous variety of recreational and sightseeing opportunities.

    In summer, guests staying in Lake Louise can take to the many trails by foot or on horseback, go rafting, experience the thrill of mountain biking or explore the nearby glaciers and waterfalls.

    Insider tip: Ask us for our Lake Louise Activity Guide to make the most of your time in this spectacular place.

    Overnight Lake Louise.

    Day 17 – Lake Louise to Banff
    Take a half-day tour of Yoho National Park to admire some of the many natural wonders – including the Emerald Lake, the Spiral Tunnels and a remarkable natural rock bridge that stretches across the rushing rapids of the Kicking Horse River. Overnight in the scenic small mountain town of Banff. Enjoy the superb dining and lively nightlife – a great opportunity to meet other visitors from all over the world. 

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 18 – Discover Banff
    The small but lively mountain town of Banff has the Rocky Mountains on its doorstep, making it the perfect jumping off point for many great adventures. Why not take the gondola up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and admire the incredible views, or rent a canoe for a paddle along the Bow River? Visit a heritage site, take a walk on a local forest trail or peruse the many shops and galleries downtown – it’s up to you. 

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 19 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train – Banff to Kamloops
    Your second journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer begins today. There’s a gentle pull as the train leaves Banff and the smell of a delicious breakfast wafts from the galley. Enter the famous Spiral Tunnels – descending slowly, round and round through the darkness, until, blinking, you emerge to find yourself in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by high mountain peaks.

    This evening, your train arrives in the small town of Kamloops where you are free to enjoy a dinner on your own and a night in a standard hotel.

    Overnight in Kamloops.

    Day 20 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train – Kamloops to Vancouver
    Today’s train journey will have you glued to the window as you watch the amazing landscapes of British Columbia go by. The mountains become smaller and turn into foothills before you arrive among the ranches, vineyards and farms of the rolling, arid interior. In the evening, the train arrives in the vibrant city of Vancouver where you will spend the last night of your trip. 

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 21 – Goodbye Canada!
    Say a fond farewell to your travel companions and new friends as you depart for your flight home. You’ve seen an incredible range of landscapes on this trip, from the icebergs of Alaska to the Rocky Mountain peaks and everything in between. A fantastic journey filled with stories you will be telling for years to come.
Circle the Rockies by Train with Alaska Inside Passage Cruise – Map

Availability

MayJunJulAugSep

Places Visited

AlaskaVancouverWhistlerQuesnelJasperIcefields ParkwayLake LouiseBanffKamloops

Accommodation Style

HotelCruise

Your Train Experience

Rocky Mountaineer

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Cruise the famous Inside Passage of Alaska on the luxurious Holland America line

  • See Glacier Bay and watch the incredible sheets of ice calving

  • Take the stunning Rocky Mountaineer train journey and admire the amazing peaks

  • Explore Jasper and Banff National Parks

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    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.

  • What is the train experience like?

    Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

    Featured train experiences:

    • Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.
  • 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.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • 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).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 7 nights onboard the cruiseship in a Verandah stateroom (Goldleaf) or Ocean-View stateroom (Silverleaf)
    • 13 nights hotel accommodation

    Train Experiences:
    • 4.5 day on the Rocky Mountaineer daylight train

    Cruise Experience:
    • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise onboard Holland America’s ms Volendam

    Tour Inclusions:
    • Vancouver Lookout Admission
    • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
    • Jasper Highlights Tour
    • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk, Jasper to Lake Louise
    • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff

    Meal Inclusions:
    • All meals while onboard the ship
    • 5 breakfasts and 4 lunches while onboard the train
    • Lunch on Jasper Highlights Tour
    • Lunch on Icefields Parkway Tour

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel, Jasper, Banff and Kamloops
    • Hotel-cruise terminal transfers in Vancouver
    • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

    Other Inclusions:
    • Documentation package
    • Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    Not Included
    • Airfare or airport transfers to/from Vancouver Airport
    • Meals, other than specified
    • Activities, other than specified
    • Shipboard gratuities charged at USD $12 per person per day plus 15% on liquor purchases
    • Mandatory Port charges and taxes, approximately $333 per person
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
    • Trip Cancellation or/and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Fuel surcharges
    • Taxes

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies to explore the nature trails with a naturalist guide, enjoy a gentle guided canoe paddle on Lake Louise, indulge in afternoon tea in the Fairview dining room, add a thrilling helicopter ride, a fishing adventure in Banff, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
    • Extend your stay in the Rockies with a car rental to explore at your leisure.
    • Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia
    Victoria, and visit the world famous Butchart Gardens or take a whale watching tour.
    • Arrange a bike tour, walking tour or gourmet food tour in Vancouver.
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2018 Vancouver Start Dates
    Wednesdays
    May 9, 16, 23, 30
    Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
    Jul 4, 11, 18, 25
    Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    Sep 5, 12, 19

    2019 Vancouver Start Dates
    Wednesdays
    May 8, 15, 22, 29
    Jun 5, 12, 19, 26
    Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    Aug 7, 14, 21, 28
    Sep 4, 11, 18

    Pricing For This Trip

    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 Stateroom
    from US $7,639to US $8,985per 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 Verandah
    from US $10,959to US $13,650per 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
    GoldLeaf Train and Verandah
    from US $11,439to US $14,212per 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.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Exterior of lodge

    The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

    An example of our Comfort accommodations

    After a full day of skiing, hiking and sightseeing in the mountains it is wonderful to retreat to this quiet mountain lodge and relax in your comfortable room. Soak your muscles in the jetted whirlpool or get a massage at the Red Earth Spa. The hotel is also home to one of the most popular steakhouses in Canada, so treat yourself to a special meal while you watch the sunset over the mountains.

    The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Exterior of hotel

    The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean lies the city of Vancouver, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Located within the hotel you will find a luxurious day spa, health club, award-winning restaurants and an array of designer shops in downtown Vancouver.

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Spectacular setting near Lake Louise

    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.

  • Customer Reviews  (1)

    Thanks again for making our holiday so special and enjoyable

    Star Rating 5
    June 4, 2015

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    We returned home this morning after the most amazing holiday. Thanks again for making our holiday so special and enjoyable we have so many photos and memories to last a lifetime. Take good care and if we know anyone who is planning a trip to Canada we will certainly pass on your details.

This Trip in Pictures

Cruising the Inside Passage, Alaska
Cruising the Inside Passage, Alaska
Follow your dreams of exploring Alaska's Inside Passage on this luxurious cruise.
Whales with mountains and a sailboat in the background
Whales with mountains and a sailboat in the background
You'll have the chance to encounter amazing Canadian and Alaskan wildlife on your journey.
Rocky Mountaineer passengers enjoy the passing scenery from the viewing car
Rocky Mountaineer passengers enjoy the passing scenery from the viewing car
Take a scenic trip on the legendary Rocky Mountaineer train on your way to Whistler.
The Rocky Mountaineer passes by mountains and a lake
The Rocky Mountaineer passes by mountains and a lake
After visiting scenic Whistler, take the Rocky Mountaineer to the mellow mountain town of Jasper.
Cars travelling through the Rockies along the Icefields Parkway
Cars travelling through the Rockies along the Icefields Parkway
Drive along the Icefields Parkway and admire the mountain vistas on the way to Lake Louise.
View of the turquoise waters of Peyto lake in the Rocky Mountains
View of the turquoise waters of Peyto lake in the Rocky Mountains
Spend quality time with friends and family while gazing at the breathtaking alpine scenery.
Passengers enjoy the views of the Rocky Mountains from the dome car of the Rocky Mountaineer train
Passengers enjoy the views of the Rocky Mountains from the dome car of the Rocky Mountaineer train
Relax on the comfortable and luxurious train as you travel back from Banff to Vancouver.
Totem poles in Stanley Park, Vancouver
Totem poles in Stanley Park, Vancouver
Take in the sights of beautiful Vancouver at the end of your Canadian adventure.

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