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19 Day Rockies Explorer & Alaska Cruise

APT Tour & Cruise starting in Vancouver and finishing in Vancouver

Read 6 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 19 Day Rockies Explorer & Alaska Cruise. Enjoy the stunning Rocky Mountains and the beautiful alpine villages of Canada's west coast, journey on the famous Rocky Mountaineer train before relaxing on a luxury ocean cruise...read more


Operator: APT
Type: Tour & Cruise (Premium)
Max Group Size: 40
Duration: 19 Days
From: Vancouver to Vancouver
Tour Code: UT19BEVV
Visits: Canada, USA
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$ 11,835
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day


Arrive Vancouver

Welcome to the beautiful city of Vancouver. On arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax in your room before meeting your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Dinner. Stay Two Nights: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (D)


On your first day in Vancouver, you'll spend the morning exploring the city sights with your Tour Director. Armed with plenty of insights, you'll enjoy your free afternoon. (B)

Vancouver, Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops

Board the Rocky Mountaineer and enjoy GoldLeaf Service as you travel to Kamloops. Stay: Kamloops, hotel as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer (Kamloops has limited accommodation, two or three-star hotels) (B/L)

Kamloops, Rocky Mountaineer, Banff

Your rail journey continues into the Canadian Rockies on the way to Banff National Park. Stay Two Nights: Banff National Park, Fairmont Banff Springs (B/L)


It's up to you to decide how you'd like to explore World Heritage-listed Banff National Park today. (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • You may like to take part in the Banff Experience - which includes a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Alternatively, absorb bird's-eye views of the park on a heli-flightseeing excursion. Perhaps enjoy a float trip along Bow River or learn to be a Canadian ice hockey player with an elite team. You might like to spend your morning relaxing at the Willow Stream Spa or set out on a cruise on Lake Minnewanka.
  • This evening, choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants located within your hotel.

Banff, Lake Louise

Ride the Banff Gondola and tour the town, then travel to Lake Louise. Stay: Banff National Park, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in a Lakeview Room (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Tonight, dine at one of the restaurants in your hotel.
Signature Experiences:
  • This morning, meet a Mountie and hear tales of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • On the sparkling shores of Lake Louise, join an expert Mountain Heritage Guide and learn about the rich natural history of the area.

Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper

As you travel along the Icefields Parkway, stop at the Columbia Icefield. Here, you'll board a specially designed Ice Explorer vehicle and journey right onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier. Stay: Jasper National Park, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Arrive later in Jasper National Park and tonight, relax with dinner at your choice of your lodge's restaurants.

Jasper, Mt Robson, Blue River, Sun Peaks

Stop to admire Mt Robson as you drive along Yellowhead Highway. Continue to Sun Peaks. Stay: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Later, skim over the waterways of Blue River, watching for the grizzly and black bears that are frequently sighted here.

Sun Peaks, Whistler

Journey through the historic Cariboo region to the alpine resort village of Whistler. Stay: The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa (B/D)

Whistler, Georgia Strait, Victoria

Travel via Shannon Falls to Horseshoe Bay, then ride the ferry across Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island. Make a brief stop in Chemainus then continue to Victoria. Perhaps take a one-hour floatplane flight from Whistler to Victoria (own expense). Stay Two Nights: Victoria, Hotel Grand Pacific (B)

Victoria, The Butchart Gardens

Tonight, as the land portion of your trip draws to an end, enjoy a special dinner. (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • This afternoon presents you with the chance to select from a range of activities. Perhaps join a whale watching cruise; take a seaplane flight; learn about the city's heritage district on a guided tour; fish for salmon; ride in a horse-drawn carriage; or delight in afternoon tea at the elegant Fairmont Empress.
Signature Experiences:
  • Explore The Butchart Gardens before the crowds arrive and enjoy breakfast in the original Butchart family residence.

Victoria, Vancouver, Embark Ship

Board your ship in Vancouver. Stay Seven Nights: Holland America Line in a Verandah Stateroom (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Enjoy a Sail Away Dinner at the renowned Pinnacle Grill.

Cruise the Inside Passage

Glide past rocky headlands and over the icy waters of the Inside Passage, one of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world. (B/L/D)


After a morning of scenic cruising, arrive at Alaska's capital, Juneau. Explore the at leisure or set off on an excursion (own expense). (B/L/D)


Arrive at the Inside Passage's northernmost point, Skagway. Once a gateway city for the Klondike Gold Rush, the frontier atmosphere remains evident today. Here, a variety of excursions are on offer (own expense). (B/L/D)

Glacier Bay National Park

Absorb the breathtaking sight of Glacier Bay National Park and take in the insightful commentary of local rangers. (B/L/D)


Dock in Ketchikan today, set on the shores of the Tongass Narrows near the landscapes of Misty Fjords National Monument. (B/L/D)

The Inside Passage

Heading south through the Inside Passage, this is your last chance to enjoy the glorious landscapes as you advance closer to your final port of call. (B/L/D)

Disembark Ship, Depart Vancouver

Transfer to the airport this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are true icons of the nation, and you'll love hearing their stories when you Meet a Mountie.
  • Enjoy an after-hours visit to The Butchart Gardens and savour breakfast before exploring the exquisite grounds.
  • Cruise Glacier Bay National Park with its rivers of ice, and keep close watch for marine life like whales and orcas.

Included Experiences

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to eight destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • GoldLeaf service on your Rocky Mountaineer rail journey
  • Seven-night Holland America Line Inside Passage Cruise in a guaranteed Verandah Stateroom

Fine Dining

  • A total of 41 meals as well as beer and wine included with dinner on your cruise

Outstanding Accommodation

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Please ensure your onward flight from Vancouver departs no earlier than 1pm
  • Blue River Safari with lunch on day 8 is not available on Apr 25 and May 5, due to seasonal conditions
  • Prices are for cruise/rail and land only. Flights not included

Operator Details

APT Reviews: (223)
Cruises on Sale: 348
Budget: Luxury & Premium
Airport Transfers: Included
Types: Tours, River Cruises & Small Ship Cruises
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Destinations: Worldwide

Reviews (6)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Rockies Explorer & Alaska Cruise with APT.
VIC, Australia
Aug 2017
1 Trip
“Wonderful trip.”
Booking With Global Journeys
Both Canada and Alaska parts were great. It is very hard to put out one thing cause everything was just wonderful. The group of fellow passengers were great and there was no trouble with anyone and the mix of people were great. Global Journeys were a great help with everything we need. Thank you so much.
QLD, Australia
Jun 2015
2 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“So many wonderful thoughts in my head!”
Booking With Global Journeys
This is what I wrote to my best friend about the trip. It sums it up. So many wonderful thoughts in my head. Sitting on a sundeck in a herb garden outside our room in Vancouver when we arrived with a beer. So tired yet so exhilarated by being in Canada we stayed up and partied all afternoon! The Rocky Mountaineer train trip....... bloody hell it was amazing mate. Forests, streams, lakes and mountains snow capped and water falls. All seen whilst being served the most amazing food and drinks you have ever eaten.. The dome carriage gold leaf is the only way to go. My most emotional moment was on blue river on the River Safari where we went on rafts out to the wilderness and just slowly stalked the lands edge looking for bears. We floated silently and waited and WOW ! Black bears eating and just clumsily strolling along the river bank not knowing we were there. I cried happy tears. You could hear the sticks crack on the bank as they walked along. WOW. LOL

My next one is glacier bay. It was the most eerie place ever... Small and large ice burgs in the water as the ship quietly drifted through and then you would here hissss. The water touching the the ice as we sailed passed. Then the most amazing thing I have ever seen was in front of me. A glacier !! OMG Its width and height was overwhelming and the colours in it. We slowly drifted passed it and I can honestly say I thought I was in another place other than this earth. No sound just every now and then massive cracks like thunder. We were so lucky as we heard the most amazing crack and then part of the glacier fell into the sea. I thought I was in a movie ! The friends I made and the things i saw mate. I hope this gives you an idea of my favourite moments.
WA, Australia
Aug 2014
1 Trip
“Just a delightful memory”
Booking With Global Journeys
This is just a note to say how much we enjoyed the tour of the Rockies and Alaska that you organised for us last August. It's a spectacular train journey and the accommodation all along the way was first rate. The tour leader, Sue, and the driver of the bus, Charles, were just lovely people. We thought that the 19 day tour was just enough for us - after that we went across to Toronto and up to Quebec .. then back by rail across Canada. That was a very relaxing and laid back part of our trip. Another thing .. the Air Canada flights (especially booking the exit row and bulkhead seats) was a pleasure ... great staff and we really enjoyed the company of the older stewards on the flight ... they were forever asking us if we wanted anything. Just brilliant. So altogether a great experience - even though at the end we were really happy to be home.

The only disappointment for us was the flight back from Sydney to Perth. The plane was one which had a central aisle and 3 seats either side ... extremely uncomfortable, and the worst food we had encountered. The stewards were very nice and helpful though. That might sound petty but Qantas needs to now look at some better seating in its economy class rather than just quantity and bottom line figures. Not sure if you've had any other complaints about that but I don't think we'll fly Qantas again even though we have been very supportive of the airline in the past. Hope you are keeping well and again, thanks for organising that tour for us, just a delightful memory.
Apr 2014
1 Trip
“Scenery is excellent and accommodation first class”
Booking With Global Journeys
The scenery is excellent and accommodation is first class but you do pay for it in the cost of tour. The Rocky Mountaineer first day is a long one so be prepared for approx. 11 hours on the train. The cruise to Alaska was impressive.
Sep 2013
1 Trip
Booking With Global Journeys
Brilliant...our Tour guide only a 5/10, seemed a bit tired of this route.
Apr 2018 - Sep 2018

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