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19 Day Canadian & Alaskan Masterpiece

Cosmos Tour & Cruise starting in Vancouver and finishing in Vancouver

Read 52 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: Tour & Cruise (Affordable)
Style: Regional Discovery
Max Group Size: 50
Duration: 19 Days
From: Vancouver to Vancouver
Tour Code: 8922
Visits: Canada, USA
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$ 4,916
Per Person ($AU)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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, 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), Victoria Royal 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

Cosmos Reviews: (1379)
Tours on Sale: 189
Accommodation: 3.5 Star
Average Age: 35-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours
Max Group Size(s): 50
Budget: Low Cost
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA

Reviews (52)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Canadian & Alaskan Masterpiece with Cosmos.
New Zealand
Aug 2017
12 Helpful Votes
“Fantastic Trip”
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There were two main highlights of our trip - Rocky Mountaineer and the glaciers in Glacier Bay. The Rocky Mountaineer is an extremely well run trip (2 days) from the welcome and departure, to the commentary, food, beverages and excellent service. This two day trip is a great introduction to the Canadian landscape and the works undertaken by the pioneers in establishing the railway through BC.

The cruise through the inside passage and the time at Glacier Bay, watching and hearing the ice crash into the sea was an experience not to be missed. The cruise (run by Holland America on the Volendam) surpassed our expectations - a very well run organisation that could not do enough to make the cruise an excellent experience.

The Cosmos coach trip gave us a good introduction to this (BC) part of Canada although we felt that some of the hotels were a little sub-standard and that component of the trip should be reviewed. Also we felt that the trip was a little rushed and could benefit from two nights at more of the places visited - for example after arriving early evening at Whistler from Sun Peaks (a long bus ride) we had to leave early the next morning to catch the ferry to Victoria, Vancouver Island, and everyone felt they did not really get a chance to have a good look at Whistler. Overall it was a fantastic trip and we have no hesitation in recommending this combination.

We thank Leanne for a great job in organising our trip - nothing was a problem and all the arrangements worked well - thank you Leanne.
WA, Australia
Aug 2017
6 Helpful Votes
“No wonder this tour is popular”
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This was the first of 3 tours we (myself, my husband, and another couple) joined - 2 with Cosmos and 1 with Globus. All were fantastic. Budget was a consideration for us, but by booking early and eligible for some discounts, we were able to stretch the budget to be away for almost 7 weeks and we didn't miss out on doing anything! We prepaid as much as possible, so only needed to pay for food/optional tours/spending whilst on the tours. I chose Cosmos as it allowed enough free time within the tours to do our own thing and seemed to offer much the same as more expensive tours.

We took advantage of the optional tours that included a meal (always fun outings); and enjoyed the opportunity to find our own eating places (all taken into consideration as part of our budget). We chose the Silverleaf class on Rocky Mountaineer, but upgraded to outside cabin instead (good decision).

Tour Director Gemmel was delightful and informative, always making sure we were given enough information without boring everyone. Jon our driver - fantastic! Exceptionally careful driver, always well groomed and coach kept immaculate. Pace was good, and we found accommodation very good. It was also great that after 2 weeks together on the coach, it was lovely to join the Alaskan cruise and travel with 40 new friends, We were lucky weatherwise as we had no rain except for a light shower in Juneau (and the good weather followed us for the entire 7 weeks!!) My thanks to Hannah at Global Journeys as she was very efficient and quick to respond to any of my queries. Highly recommended!
NSW, Australia
Aug 2017
5 Helpful Votes
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“Great fantastic, just fabulous”
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June and I thoroughly enjoyed our journey. The Rocky Mountaineer was great even in Silver Leaf...staff were terrific and food...tooooo much but lovely. The hotels may not have been 5 star but clean, excellent mattresses and best of all...a hot shower at every venue. Our Tour director, Gamael and our driver Jon were great. Some times our stays at places were short and some times the starts were a bit early, but what we received in return was well worth it. Scenery everywhere was picture postcard. A very thorough tour showcasing the Rocky Mountains

The cruise on the Volendam was fantastic...Again staff and food very very good. Had a minor hiccup with my onboard billing but will hopefully sort it out soon. Again the scenery on the cruise was fantastic. Glacier Bay, watching and hearing a glacier calving, once in a lifetime opportunity. Some of the shore excursions were quite expensive booking from the ship as we found the same ones at the destination almost half price. If you do the Rocky Mountaineer..don't eat for at least three days before hand...lol.
WA, Australia
Jul 2017
1 Helpful Vote
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“Lovely Holiday ”
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Had a lovely time on holiday travelling with a great group of people by coach through Canada and cruised Alaska by ship along the Inside Passage. Found the Canadians so welcoming and friendly wherever we went. Travelled in July which was their summer so we were lucky to have good weather for our trip. Loved the time on board the ship with no problems having an inside cabin. It was a relaxing time with good entertainment, great food and wine. Would not hesitate in recommending it as an enjoyable scenic holiday to anyone.
NSW, Australia
Jul 2017
3 Helpful Votes
“Excellent holiday - Canada & Alaska”
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One of the best holidays we had. Awesome experience, the rocky mountaineer was fabulous and the road trip was very well planned and managed. The tour director was very knowledgeable and very organised. The cruise was fantastic and the sailing through the inner passage is very beautiful. The views of Glacier Bay was unreal and a must see. Totally recommend this tour, worth every cent. Last but not the least, Georgie our contact in Global journeys is a star. She was always very prompt in responding to our queries and had the patience to take us through the entire process.

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