2017 SEASON
Jul 2017 - Sep 2017
2018 SEASON
Apr 2018 - Sep 2018

19 Day Canadian & Alaskan Masterpiece

Cosmos Guided Tour & Cruise starting in Vancouver and finishing in Vancouver

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Read 47 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 19 Day Canadian & Alaskan Masterpiece. The ultimate holiday to Canada & Alaska. Travel through British Columbia & Alberta onboard the amazing Rocky Mountaineer and see Vancouver, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper...read more

Overview

Operator: Cosmos
Type: Coach Tour & Cruise (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 19 Days
From: Vancouver to Vancouver
Tour Code: 8922
Visits: Canada, USA
Our Price From:
$ 5,482
Per Person ($AU)
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$ 216
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Day By Day

1

Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
2

Vancouver

This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbour, beaches, and more. The remainder of the day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions. You could take a water-taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes, or visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, and art galleries!
3

Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer - Fraser Canyon - Kamloops

An exciting morning as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all-daylight, classic rail journey. The train travels through some of Canada's most spectacular scenery. Follow the Fraser River through snowcapped mountains, eventually arriving at Kamloops. (B/L)
4

Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer - Yoho National Park - Spiral Tunnels - Banff National Park

Reboard the train and prepare for spectacular sights, such as Shuswap Lake, the Monashee Mountains, and Glacier National Park. Travel through the heart of the Selkirk Mountains before entering stunning Yoho National Park. The train winds through the Spiral Tunnels before climbing Kicking Horse Pass. Cross the Continental Divide and enter the province of Alberta and BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (B/L)
5

Banff National Park

Morning sightseeing includes a visit to Sulphur Mountain for a GONDOLA RIDE, complete with panoramic views of Banff's spectacular scenery. The balance of the day is at leisure. Play golf, horseback ride, hike the many wilderness trails in the area, stroll through Banff, or simply relax at the hot springs. Your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies and can offer recommendations for dinner.
6

Banff National Park - Lake Louise

Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. Travel to Lake Louise and Yoho National Park, see the Natural Bridge spanning Kicking Horse River, and visit Emerald and Moraine Lakes. Overnight in Lake Louise, where green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria.
7

Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

Scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake, then climb Sunwapta Pass for stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next stop: 365-metres (1,200-feet) thick COLUMBIA ICEFIELD for a thrilling Ice Explorer ride.
8

Jasper National Park - Mount Robson - Sun Peaks

Stand at the base of awesome 3,953-metre (12,970-foot) Mount Robson. Travel through British Columbia's Fur Trade and Cariboo regions for tantalising glimpses of the soaring granite mountains of Canada's Rockies. Watch for wildlife as you continue to the internationally renowned Sun Peaks ski resort.
9

Sun Peaks - Lillooet - Whistler

Head south, following the once-treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. From Lillooet, "Mile 0 of the Gold Rush Route," our motorcoach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes, with a mid-afternoon arrival in Whistler. There are optional activities to choose from, including flightseeing by floatplane over the lakes and glaciated peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
10

Whistler - Ferry Crossing - Victoria

Set sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. In Victoria, sightseeing includes BUTCHART GARDENS, the Empress Hotel, Legislative Buildings, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park.
11

Victoria

A day at leisure gives you the chance to stroll around the harbour, go shopping on Government Street, or have lunch in one of the many pubs. Your Tour Director will suggest several optional excursions, including a whale-watching cruise.
12

Victoria - Vancouver (Embarkation)

Board your ferry this morning and head back to the Canadian mainland, where you will transfer to Holland America's luxurious MS Volendam for a 7-night voyage through the famed Inside Passage. (D)
13

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Spend the day cruising one of the world's most spectacular waterways. Located along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales. (B/L/D)
14

Juneau

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on Gastineau Channel, Alaska's capital city of Juneau has massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield at its back door. Visit the rustic shops in town-or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There's no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours. (B/L/D)
15

Skagway

In winter, the sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway, so you can imagine the frightful conditions endured by gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon. Take your time and poke your head into every little shop, from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy's Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie, and other historic characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of `98 Museum. (B/L/D)
16

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. How does it feel when a colossal chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of metres into the air. You hold your breath as you capture the moment photographically, then you wait for it all to happen again. (B/L/D)
17

Ketchikan

Built over the water and up weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a hospitable air. (B/L/D)
18

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Cruise through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage, keeping watch for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B/L/D)
19

Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Disembark the ship this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon. (B)

Day By Day

1

Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
2

Vancouver

This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbour, beaches, and more. The remainder of the day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions. You could take a water-taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes, or visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, and art galleries!
3

Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer - Fraser Canyon - Kamloops

An exciting morning as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all-daylight, classic rail journey. The train travels through some of Canada's most spectacular scenery. Follow the Fraser River through snowcapped mountains, eventually arriving at Kamloops. (B/L)
4

Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer - Yoho National Park - Spiral Tunnels - Banff National Park

Reboard the train and prepare for spectacular sights, such as Shuswap Lake, the Monashee Mountains, and Glacier National Park. Travel through the heart of the Selkirk Mountains before entering stunning Yoho National Park. The train winds through the Spiral Tunnels before climbing Kicking Horse Pass. Cross the Continental Divide and enter the province of Alberta and BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (B/L)
5

Banff National Park

This morning, join our optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for a gondola ride, complete with panoramic views of Banff's spectacular scenery. The balance of the day is at leisure. Play golf, horseback ride, hike the many wilderness trails in the area, stroll through Banff, or simply relax at the hot springs. Your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies and can offer recommendations for dinner.
6

Banff National Park - Lake Louise

Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. Travel to Lake Louise and Yoho National Park, see the Natural Bridge spanning Kicking Horse River, and visit Emerald and Moraine Lakes. Stay overnight in Lake Louise, where green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria.
7

Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

Scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake, then climb Sunwapta Pass for stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next stop: 1,200-foot (365 metre) thick COLUMBIA ICEFIELD for a thrilling Ice Explorer ride.
8

Jasper National Park - Mount Robson - Sun Peaks

Stand at the base of awesome 12,972-foot ( 3653 metre) Mount Robson. Travel through British Columbia's Fur Trade and Cariboo regions for tantalising glimpses of the soaring granite mountains of Canada's Rockies. Watch for wildlife as you continue to the internationally renowned Sun Peaks ski resort.
9

Sun Peaks - Lillooet - Whistler

Head south, following the once-treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. From Lillooet, "Mile 0 of the Gold Rush Route," our motorcoach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes, with a mid-afternoon arrival in Whistler. There are optional activities to choose from, including flightseeing by floatplane over the lakes and glaciated peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
10

Whistler - Ferry Crossing - Victoria

Set sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. In Victoria, sightseeing includes BUTCHART GARDENS, the Empress Hotel, Legislative Buildings, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park.
11

Victoria

A day at leisure gives you the chance to stroll around the harbour, go shopping on Government Street, or have lunch in one of the many pubs. Your Tour Director will suggest several optional excursions, including a whale-watching cruise.
12

Victoria - Vancouver (Embarkation)

Board your ferry this morning and head back to the Canadian mainland, where you will transfer to Holland America's luxurious MS Volendam for a 7-night voyage through the famed Inside Passage. (D)
13

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Spend the day cruising one of the world's most spectacular waterways. Located along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales. (B/L/D)
14

Juneau

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on Gastineau Channel, Alaska's capital city of Juneau has massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield at its back door. Visit the rustic shops in town-or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There's no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours. (B/L/D)
15

Skagway

In winter, the sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway, so you can imagine the frightful conditions endured by gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon. Take your time and poke your head into every little shop, from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy's Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie, and other historic characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of `98 Museum. (B/L/D)
16

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. How does it feel when a colossal chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of metres into the air. You hold your breath as you capture the moment photographically, then you wait for it all to happen again. (B/L/D)
17

Ketchikan

Built over the water and up weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a hospitable air. (B/L/D)
18

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Cruise through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage, keeping watch for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B/L/D)
19

Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Disembark the ship this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore the "Jewel of the Pacific" further. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In Vancouver, Banff, and Victoria; Stanley Park, Sulphur Mountain gondola ride, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), and Butchart Gardens.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park, Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise, Sunwapta Pass, Jasper National Park, British Columbia's Gold Rush & Cariboo regions, Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Inside Passage.
  • GUIDES: Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising the Inside Passage on Holland America's MS Volendam.
  • TRANSPORTATION: 2-day, all-daylight rail journey on board the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; 7-night Holland America cruise on the MS Volendam in Inside Cabin; Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST), Tourist Class (T)
  • Vancouver Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver City Centre (F), Kamloops Determined by Rocky Mountaineer (BA), Banff National Park Rundlestone Lodge (MF), or Mount Royal (F), or Bow View Lodge (ST), Lake Louise Lake Louise Inn (F), Jasper National Park Marmot Lodge (F), Sun Peaks Nancy Greene's Cahilty Lodge (F), Whistler Listel Whistler Hotel (MF), Victoria Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F), Alaska Cruise Holland America's MS Volendam

Included Meals

  • On Rocky Mountaineer - 2 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L); on Holland America cruise - 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D).

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
  • Guaranteed share option is not available on this tour

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In Vancouver, Banff, and Victoria; Stanley Park, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), and Butchart Gardens.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park, Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise, Sunwapta Pass, Jasper National Park, British Columbia's Gold Rush & Cariboo regions, Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Inside Passage.
  • TRANSPORTATION: 2-day, all-daylight rail journey on board the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; 7-night Holland America cruise on the MS Volendam in Inside Cabin; Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • GUIDES: Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising the Inside Passage on Holland America's MS Volendam.
  • MEALS: On Rocky Mountaineer-2 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L); on Holland America cruise-7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Included Meals

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 8 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners

Accommodation

  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • Vancouver Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver City Centre (F), Kamloops Determined by Rocky Mountaineer (BA), Banff National Park Banff Inn (ST), Lake Louise Lake Louise Inn (F), Jasper National Park Marmot Lodge (F), Sun Peaks Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge (F), Whistler Listel Whistler Hotel (MF), VictoriaRoyal Scot Hotel & Suites (F), Alaska Cruise Holland America's MS Volendam

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: Canada & Alaska
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 39)
Free WiFi: Onboard
* Source: Cosmos for trips in Canada & Alaska. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (47)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Canadian & Alaskan Masterpiece with Cosmos.
Reviewer

Australia
  “Wonderful trip”
Trip Date: 10/06/2017
Well organised tour director but she was not able to say anything about Holland America tour and extra options. So, how to know about Holland America extra options? For example we paid US$250 for 'Tracy Arm Fjord & Glacier' extra option to witness falling of icebergs in Sawyer Glacier. But on the fourth day, the ship itself was taking us to Glacier Bay which is bigger and better and much more exciting.
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Australia
  “Great value for money”
Trip Date: 10/06/2017
This is a great value for money tour. We booked the Gold Leaf Rocky Mountaineer and it is worth the money paid for the service on the train and the accommodation in Kamloops. The views from the train is just majestic. Those towns like Banff, Sun Peaks , Jasper Whistler and Lake Louise are equally scenic and beautiful.

The accommodation in Banff which is Bow Lodge is a bit dated compared to the other accommodation that we have.The tour director and bus driver is okay. We make some good friends on the tour and it helped to make our holiday enjoyable.
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Suzanne's Holiday

Australia
  “Masterpiece says it all - Breathtaking scenery”
Trip Date: 27/05/2017
From the very beginning our guide Ken made me feel welcome and gave a handy hints guide on how to get along in Canada with the tipping and the local customs and made sure you were having the experience you wanted. Ken also steered you in the right direction for the perfect dinner or the supermarket.

Ken made sure you were being looked after and had that wonderful photo opportunity as well as experiencing the breath taking scenery that Canada has to offer. Ken as our COSMOS guide felt like a personal guide.

As for the scenery I was able to tick of 3 bucket list items and touring at the beginning of the tourist season, allowed me to see the raging rivers, lush landscape, ice capped lakes not yet melted from Spring or the bare Rocky Mountains. You saw it all.

This tour had everything and touring solo, I never felt alone as everyone was friendly and had the same goal of having a holiday experience of a life time. I would love to do this tour again, and have recommended Cosmos to my friends, like Cosmos was recommended to me. The only thing to let this tour down was two of the accommodations, one is being refurnished so will be better in the future, the other the lift was painfully slow.
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Sheila 's Holiday

Australia
  “Spectacular scenery.”
Trip Date: 20/05/2017
The trip on the whole was definitely worth the money. The scenery was spectacular and I suspect we went at the right time of year. The snow still on the mountains, the ice half melted, not particularly cold and the sky as blue as you could wish for.The guides on various parts of the tour all said the weather was as good as they have seen it, so we felt very privileged.

The only thing to be aware of is that there are a number of one night stays and early starts so can be a bit tiring. However doing the train / coach first means that there is plenty of time to relax on the ship. Yvonne at Global Journeys made all the booking process easy and trouble free, even though I live on the opposite side of the country.
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Australia
  “Great holiday. Highly recommended”
Trip Date: 20/05/2017
We had a fabulous time. Our tour director Vedrana, was amazing. She was so informative and knowledgeable about everything we saw. The weather was brilliant, which made all our photos look like postcards. The Rocky mountaineer (Silver Leaf) was fantastic. The girls, Bec, Alex and Hannah, really looked after us. The food and drinks just kept coming. Our first day in Banff was picture perfect so we went up on the gondola because Vedrana said the weather wasn't going to be very good the next day (which was the day we were supposed to do the gondola), well the 2nd day in Banff snowed, and we were grateful of 2 things, one that we went up on the gondola the previous day, and two, that we saw it snow. We loved it.
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