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16 Day Inspiring Canada & Alaska With Rocky Mountaineer

Experience the once in a lifetime grandeur of boarding the Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Banff with jaw-dropping scenery and multi-award winning service

 

Rail
Rocky Mountaineer

A land of rugged hills, rushing waters and undisturbed wildlife, Alaska is as big as it is wild. Whether you're watching whales splash in the Pacific Ocean, gazing up at towering ice formations like the Hubbard Glacier or journeying by train deep into the last frontier on Anchorage's Coastal Classic Railroad, Alaska is sure to quench any explorer's thirst.

Cruise Style
7 Night Alaska Cruise

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace
Classic Tour
1946 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Incredible sightseeing including Banff National Park, Vancouver and Calgary, visit iconic Lake Louise, cruise the Inside Passage to Alaska and experience the iconic Rocky Mountaineer
✓ 8 nights accommodation in comfortable 3 star accommodation
✓ 7 nights Alaska cruise with Royal Caribbean including gratuities
✓ 2 day journey on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf
✓ 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners
✓ English speaking Tour Director from Day 1 to 5
✓ Dedicated transportation as outlined in the itinerary
✓ All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary
✓ Porterage at hotels for one piece per person
✓ All National Park fees
✓ Airport transfers included on the last day of tour

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

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What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown or Similar

Welcome to Calgary! Make your own way to your downtown hotel where upon checking-in, you have the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Calgary International Airport (YYC) is located approximately 20km from downtown Calgary. There are a range of transportation options available. You can purchase a private airport transfer when completing your booking, or taxis are available for approximately CAD$45-55 per vehicle.

Hotel
Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning we set out to meet fellow travellers at breakfast before we tour the sights of Calgary. We admire such modern and historic landmarks as the Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary and the skyscrapers of the commercial district. Leaving Calgary behind we set our sights on the Rocky Mountains, which can already be seen, far off in the distance. Experience the majesty of the mountains as we first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park.

Enjoy a tour of Banff National Park, featuring the Banff town site, Tunnel Mountain, a spectacular view of the Banff Springs Hotel, Johnston Canyon, the Hoodoos, the Bow Valley Parkway, and the world-famous Lake Louise. 

Hotel
Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is yours at leisure to further explore Canmore and Banff National Park. You may wish to take part in an optional tour to the Icefields Parkway and Columbia Icefield.

 Note: If you do not select the Columbia Icefield optional tour, you may still travel with the coach to the icefield for time at leisure while the other travellers are riding the Ice Explorer.

 

Optional Tour - Columbia Icefield including Ice Explorer

We travel north along the Icefields Parkway to experience a wealth of breathtaking scenery. Crystal blue-green lakes, fresh mountain streams, deep forests, and snow-capped mountain peaks are the order of the day. After taking a snow coach ride along the Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefields, return to Canmore in late afternoon.

NOT AVAILABLE ON APRIL/EARLY MAY DEPARTURES

Hotel
Quality Inn Kamloops or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Our drive today is on the famed TransCanada Highway, following a route chartered by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800's.

Kicking Horse Pass leads us from the Rockies into the Columbia River Valley before we climb through Rogers Pass in Glacier National park. The Selkirk Mountains receive massive amounts of winter snow and are home to over one hundred active avalanche zones.

We continue through the Monashee Mountain Range to the rugged interior town of Vernon.

Hotel
Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today, we leave the Okanagan Valley and mountains behind, passing through the lower mainland. Few roads in Canada pass through a greater variety of vegetation within such a short distance, than Highway 3 between Osoyoos and Tashme. At the western end there are dense rain forests; to the east is a desert where prickly pear cactus thrives.

We drive the Coquihalla Highway and then enter Vancouver.

Upon arrival, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver featuring highlights as Stanley Park to see the collection of totem poles, English Bay, trendy Robson Street, Gastown, Chinatown, Canada Place and the Cruise Ship Pier.

Cruise
Brilliance of the Seas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

You have some time this morning for some last minute shopping before being transferred to the Vancouver Cruise Terminal for your journey to Alaska. Your included transfer to the cruise port departs at approximately 1pm.

Once you have checked in to the cruise, begin exploring all that your ship has to offer. 

Ports of call may vary cruise to cruise based on ship schedules. 

Cruise
Brilliance of the Seas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your ship offers the perfect platform for viewing British Columbia’s Inside Passage. This archipelago spans 25,000 miles from Seattle to Prince Rupert near the Alaskan border. Here you’ll ply calm waters sheltered between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. Along the way catch a glimpse of breathtakingly rugged scenery, plus staggering wildlife like salmon sharks, white spirit bears, and millions of seabirds.

Cruise
Brilliance of the Seas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sitka truly offers the best of Alaska. Its small-town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history. Its snow-capped peaks and volcanic Mount Edgecumbe pose amongst the state’s most postcard-worthy scenes. And its rare wildlife astounds, from Saint Lazaria Island’s orange-beaked puffins to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s 40 million seabirds. This is off-the-beaten-track Alaska, where you can kayak Sitka Sound alongside swimming sea otters or fly-fish for the world’s biggest halibut. Whether it’s hiking along Baranof Island trails or listening to tribal stories passed down for generations, in Sitka the midnight sun never sets on adventure.

Cruise
Brilliance of the Seas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You can’t get to Juneau easily without a sprint by air or by sea. But once you arrive you’ll find majestic views and rich culture in every corner. With its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote state capital is the perfect place to dive into nature. Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the city’s picturesque central area offers centuries-old bars, boutique shops and historical landmarks. For a taste of the local culture, visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum. And for outdoor thrills, you can take your pick of activities ranging from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbour to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, and even try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin.

Cruise
Brilliance of the Seas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The tiny town of Skagway still looks like it did during the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago – and today it remains an outpost for thrilling Alaskan adventure. An old-time tram ride along bustling Broadway Street reveals well-preserved buildings, including the state’s oldest hotel. You can see engraved walrus tusks at the Corrington Museum, or get lost in riveting historical reenactments around town. If outdoor adventure is more your thing, there are plenty of ways to ramp up the adrenaline, from sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier to rafting on Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America.

Cruise
Brilliance of the Seas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tracy Arm Fjord extends over 30 miles alongside the wilderness of Tongass National Forest. Sailing through this deep and narrow passage delivers some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll find in Alaska. See active glaciers carved into 7,000-foot-tall mountain peaks and plunging waterfalls burrowed into evergreen-clad cliffs. Glimpse native wildlife and watch deep blue icebergs float past the ship.

Discover the twin Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm Fjord. While viewing the massive face of these tidewater glaciers, spanning more than a half-mile wide, you can hear the roar and feel the rumble of huge pieces of ice calving into the water in spectacular display.

Tracy Arm Fjord is home to a spectacular array of wildlife. See pigeon guillemots, kittiwakes and arctic terns. Mountain goats graze on rocky slopes, while newborn seal pups sun on ice floes. Glimpse black bears hunting for lunch and soaring eagles— or watch for the fluke of a whale diving below.

Cruise
Brilliance of the Seas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a full day to relax and enjoy the many activities, restaurants and entertainment your ship has to offer.

Hotel
Best Western Plus Sands By The Sea or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Upon arrival at Vancouver’s Canada Place Cruise Terminal met by our guide. Your transfer will depart at approx 9am, please plan your cruise disembarkation accordingly. Your included coach transfer will take you to your downtown hotel where you can drop off your luggage (check in will be after 4pm). The rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel
Kamloops Hotel Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Early this morning, transfer from the hotel to North Vancouver to Rocky Mountaineer Train Station to start your rail journey of a lifetime.

On today's journey, you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the B.C. Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Cascade and Coast Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Kamloops this evening. 

Hotel
High Country Inn or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Your journey takes you through ever-changing scenery as you travel between the iconic glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today's highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven.

On arrival in Banff, join your included transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

At the appropriate time today, join your included transfer to Calgary Airport for your onward journey. 

Inclusions

  • Incredible sightseeing including Banff National Park, Vancouver and Calgary, visit iconic Lake Louise, cruise the Inside Passage to Alaska and experience the iconic Rocky Mountaineer
  • 8 nights accommodation in comfortable 3 star accommodation
  • 7 nights Alaska cruise with Royal Caribbean including gratuities
  • 2 day journey on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf
  • 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners
  • English speaking Tour Director from Day 1 to 5
  • Dedicated transportation as outlined in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels for one piece per person
  • All National Park fees
  • Airport transfers included on the last day of tour

  • Admire the modern and historic icons of Calgary on a guided tour
  • Travel to Lake Louise known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a chateau
  • Enjoy witnessing the Banff National Park, one of Canada’s most spectacular landscapes
  • Enjoy a dazzling display of vast icefields, deep canyons, dense forests and glacier-fed streams
  • Explore the metropolis of Vancouver on a sightseeing tour, including Stanley Park, Prospect Point, English Bay, historic Gastown and bustling Chinatown
  • Board a deluxe cruise to travel the Inside Passage to Alaska
  • Get an up-close view of Alaska’s wild seascapes 
  • Feel the pioneer spirit of Alaska, from First Nations tribes to early Russian settlers to Gold Rush prospectors
  • Ride the Rocky Mountaineer train for a spectacular rail journey through jagged mountain ranges and verdant river valleys

Give your routine a rest and press pause on reality, because adventure is well within reach. Whether you’re dining in one of the onboard restaurants or soaking up the sunshine poolside at the adults-only Solarium, Brilliance of the Seas is what getaway goals are made of.

Spend your time poolside soaking up sunshine and serenity,or fill your days with new ways to play and non-stop action on every deck. On this ship, how you live it up is entirely up to you.

Stateroom Details;
Each stateroom aboard Brilliance of the Seas includes the following services and amenities;

Complimentary 24-hour In-Room Dining
Daily Housekeeping
Nightly turndown service
Generous Storage
Safes for your valuables

INSIDE - Included
Two lower beds convertible to one Royal King bed, with seating and a desk. Each room includes a private bathroom, vanity area, hair dryer, TV and phone. (Approximately 12 square metres).

OCEAN VIEW - price from $381 per person, twin share (Single additional $762)
These staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one Royal King bed—includes seating and a desk, with a window allowing natural light into the room. Each room includes a private bathroom, vanity area, hair dryer, TV and phone. (Approximately 12 square metres).

OCEANVIEW BALCONY CABIN UPGRADE - price from $1,770 per person, twin share (Single additional $3,540)
Sliding glass doors open onto your private balcony from this comfortable stateroom, which includes two lower beds convertible to one Royal King bed. Each room includes a private bathroom, vanity area, hair dryer, TV and phone. — (Approximately 18 square metres with a 4sqm balcony).

Please note your upgrade request in the 'Special Request' field whilst making your booking. Once your upgrade has been confirmed, the additional amount will be added to your invoice and payable with your final payment.

Within the unique world of rail travel, Rocky Mountaineer is so much more than just a train. It's the key to unlocking a hidden world of unparalleled beauty as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain in the Canadian Rockies. And your job aboard their all-dome fleet? To indulge in the most luxurious journey you've ever experienced. It's a tall order, but you're moving in the right direction. Hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches served at your spacious seat means you won't have to miss a moment of the splendor out your window. Nor will you miss a moment of the latest captivating yarn or historical tidbit from your onboard Host.

Travel through scenic valleys, the Coast Mountains range and the Fraser Canyon with its spectacular white water rapids and dramatic landscape. You will follow the route of the Fraser River, home of British Columbia’s largest salmon run, pass by the Albreda Glacier and magnificent Pyramid Falls, and hopefully see wildlife on the way. The highlight of this route is majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
 

Rocky Mountaineer service levels

SilverLeaf - Included
Your SilverLeaf service on board Rocky Mountaineer includes:

  • A refreshing welcome aboard toast
  • A single-level dome coach with panoramic views through oversized windows
  • Regionally inspired meals created by our team of award-winning chefs
  • Gourmet meals plated to your preference and serviced at your seat
  • Complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and gourmet snacks
  • Complimentary baggage delivery to your hotel

GoldLeaf  - Upgrade available from $1,060 per person
In addition to the SilverLeaf inclusions listed above, your GoldLeaf experience includes:

  • A custom-designed bi-level dome coach with meal service below and seating up top
  • An exclusive outdoor viewing platform
  • Hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches, morning scones and afternoon wine and cheese

For more information on the Rocky Mountaineer, click HERE.

Please select the GoldLeaf upgrade under 'Upgrade Options' when finalising your booking. Please note, the GoldLeaf upgrade is subject to availability.

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $3,378.00 per person within 7 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $1,543.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $3,219.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE.

Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product.
Group Size
20-50 guests.

Children
Children must be 5 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Trip Style - Group Tour
Our Group Tours offer unparalleled value for money and are the perfect style of travel for those on a budget, though still eager to pack as much in to their itinerary as possible. These tours tick all the boxes with an abundance of inclusions such as sightseeing highlights, expert tour guides, quality accommodation, transfers, coach transportation, some meals and more. Please note that the maximum group size will vary between deals and will be mentioned within the Fine Print of each deal page.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $232.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $232.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Columbia Icefield including Ice Explorer (Day 3) - $99 per person

Please note: NOT AVAILABLE ON APRIL/EARLY MAY DEPARTURES

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

Click HERE for more information on weather in Canada & Alaska.

  • International Flights 
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tipping/Gratuities (except whilst on the cruise)
  • Arrival airport transfers
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