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Canadian Masterpiece with Alaska Cruise

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Fully Guided Locally Guided Coach Group Cruise Rail Scenic Rocky Mountaineer
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 Trip Length
19 Days
 Trip Starts
Vancouver
 Trip Finishes
Vancouver
19 Day Canadian Masterpiece with Alaska Cruise Itinerary (Cosmos)
Countries Explored: Canada, USA
Trip Style
Regional Discovery
Departures
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
50
Guide Level
Fully Guided, Locally Guided
Trip Code
8922
Ship
Ship Class
R Class
Passengers
1432
Crew
604
Launched
2000
Refurbished
2017

Overview

Read 92 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos 19 Day Canadian Masterpiece with Alaska Cruise. Experience unmatched natural beauty on this affordable Canadian holiday and Alaskan Cruise. Arrive in Vancouver for a morning guided tour of the coastal seaport, including Stanley Park. You’ll board your Rocky Mountaineer train for a 2-day trip following the Fraser River through snowcapped peaks to Kamloops. Travel through the Selkirk Mountains before entering Yoho National Park, and wind through the Spiral Tunnels before your train climbs Kicking Horse Pass....read more Cross the Continental Divide before entering Alberta and Banff National Park and onto Lake Louise Village for a night.

Spend two nights in Banff and see the natural bridge spanning Kicking Horse River, and visit Emerald and Moraine Lakes. Ascend Bow Pass for views of glistening Peyto Lake. Next, board the Ice Explorer on the 750-foot-thick ice of the Columbia Icefield. Travel through magnificent Jasper National Park, and arrive at the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson on your way to Sun Peaks, then Whistler. Cross via ferry to Victoria for sightseeing and a visit to beautiful Butchart Gardens.

Embark on your 7-night cruise through the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Alaskan ports of call. Follow the coast through spectacular waterways to watch for orcas, whales, otters, and eagles. Dock in Juneau on the Gastineau Channel and visit the Alaskan capital’s rustic shops in town. Next port is Skagway, with its history of tough prospectors who passed through on their way to find Gold in the Yukon. Visit Skagway’s Trail of ’98 Museum for a glimpse into the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s. Cruise on to Glacier Bay, which has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere in the world. Your next port of call is the picturesque town of Ketchikan. This value-minded holiday in Canada with an Alaskan cruise is not to be missed and won’t soon be forgotten!

Itinerary

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

This morning, an included city tour highlights Stanley Park, Chinatown, the harbour, beaches, and more. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You could take a water-taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés, or visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, and art galleries!

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)

Reboard the train and prepare for spectacular sights, such as Shuswap Lake, the Selkirk Mountains, and Yoho National Park. The train follows railway history as it rolls by Craigellachie, through Rogers Pass and winds through the Spiral Tunnels while climbing Kicking Horse Pass. Cross the Continental Divide into the province of Alberta. Enter Banff National Park, and journey to Lake Louise Village for an overnight stay. (B/L)

Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. First visit famous Lake Louise, where green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Then it's on to Natural Bridge and Emerald and Moraine lakes before arriving in Banff. Upon arrival, an orientation tour highlights Banff's unspoiled beauty. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for independent activities.

Today 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. Banff National Park is the perfect place for photographers and wildlife watching, and as a visitor you may be lucky enough to encounter some of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzlies, or wolves. Your Tour Director will also have suggestions for an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies and can offer recommendations for dinner.

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: the Columbia Icefield to ride the Ice Explorer that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick.

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

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 glaciated peaks or a Gondola ride between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains for the perfect bear-spotting perch.

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.

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 have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing such as a flightseeing excursion with spectacular vistas of downtown Victoria. You may also choose to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip where you'll cruise the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, looking for whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles.

Board your ferry this morning and head back to the Canadian mainland, where you will transfer to Holland America's luxurious MS Zaandam for a 7-night voyage through the famed Inside Passage. Your package price includes Holland America's 'Have It All Premium Cruise Package.' (D)

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)

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, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There is no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours. (B/L/D)

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 enroute 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)

Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than any place 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 on camera, then you wait for it all to happen again. (B/L/D)

Alaska's "First City" of Ketchikan is so named because it is the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain. An important hub of the salmon-fishing and -packing industries - visitors can try their luck on a sport-fishing excursion or simply savour the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. It is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. (B/L/D)

Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska's most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orca plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline. (B/L/D)

Your cruise ends this morning. Please schedule flights after noon. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Adventure is knocking with everything you need for perfectly affordable touring. Cosmos includes hand-selected accommodations, guided sightseeing, and seamless transportation between destinations—with value-minded travel lovers in mind. Explore with expert Cosmos Tour Directors and Local Guides, and private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi where available.
  • 2-day, all-daylight rail journey on board the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service (GoldLeaf Service upgrades are available), a ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island, and a 7-night Holland America cruise on the MS Zaandam are included.
  • Your package price includes Holland America's ‘Have It All Premium Cruise Package.' Included for 2024: Signature Beverage package, $100 Shore Excursion Credit, One dinner in a specialty restaurant and Surf Wi-Fi package.

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 8 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners

  • Vancouver Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Center (Superior Tourist-Class)
  • Lake Louise Mountaineer Lodge (Moderate First-Class)
  • Lake Louise Lake Louise Inn (First-Class)
  • Banff National Park Banff Ptarmigan Inn (Superior Tourist-Class)
  • Banff National Park Banff High Country Inn (Superior Tourist-Class)
  • Banff National Park Rundlestone Lodge (Moderate First-Class)
  • Jasper Tonquin Inn (First-Class)
  • Sun Peaks Nancy Greene's Cahilty Hotel & Suites (First-Class)
  • Whistler Listel Whistler Hotel (Moderate First-Class)
  • Victoria Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (First-Class)

  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
  • Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of publishing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.
  • At least one member of the travelling party must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Visiting and participating in activities in this region may be subject to favourable weather conditions and vendor dates of operation.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 7,500 ft.
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Awe-inspiring and hassle free travelling Canada and Alaska 1 , VIC, Australia, Sep 2023
Departing from Vancouver early September we enjoyed perfect weather for our entire month. The Rocky Mountaineer matched the spectacular scenery with exceptional comfort. We recommend going gold leaf. Transfer to the coach to to visit glorious lakes and beautiful Banff was guided expertly by Alma who impressed us with her knowledge and good humour. ...read more Walked on a glacier and took advantage of optional excursions enroute through various attractive ski resorts. Caught the ferry to Vancouver Island - a gem of a city especially the waterfront and impressive Butchart Gardens and world class museum. Floyd the driver was highly skilled and managed luggage effortlessly. The Holland America cruise exceeded our expectations with lovely meals in the dining room, first class entertainment and attentive service. Stopping at various Alaskan ports was a highlight especially the historic train from Skagway to White Pass. Thanks to Georgie Walpole for her expertise in planning. We enjoyed such a positive experience that we have booked another journey with Cosmos next year.
Canadian Rockies 2 , VIC, Australia, Jun 2023
We had the amazing tour director Serena who made our trip so much better. 25 in the group was a great size and everyone got along well and some life long friendships were made. I would recommend everyone to do the Canadian Rockies tour it was amazing and the sites were absolutely stunning.
Amazing Holiday   3 , QLD, Australia, May 2023
I had an amazing experience with Cosmos. The experiences and incredible scenery were amazing - from the Rocky Mountaineer to our coach tour to our Alaskan Cruise. Our tour guide, Tarek Sabet was so informative and helpful, going out of his way to oblige us on tour. So many highlights to mention - seeing bears, elks and deer, glaciers, our hotel accommodation ...read more which was excellent, our coach driver Nelson who was also very obliging and an excellent driver. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone. Amazing, beautiful trip. Still raving about it. Lasting memories, would definitely travel with Cosmos again.
E the lead up to the trip 0 , NSW, Australia, Apr 2023
We had a great trip and all aspects of the tour were well organised. While there was a fair amount of information that we had to provide for each component of the trip and visas had to be sought from the Canadian and the United States governments the outcome was well worth the effort. We would certainly utilise Global Journeys and Georgie if we consider ...read more a further holiday.
We enjoyed the cruise as we did not have to repack our case each day   1 , VIC, Australia, Sep 2022
It was a very friendly group and most helpful to me. The early starts were hard for Joy & I. The Ice Glacier was interesting.
Cruise experience 4 , South Australia , Australia, Sep 2019
The hotels were fabulous. The tour guide we had Michelle was absolutely fabulous would recommend her very highly. Nothing was too much gave a lot of information. The whole tour was wonderful. Rocky Mountain excellent silver class. Was great I thought even better than gold class, food fantastic all the crew in our carriage went out of they way to make ...read more us have a good time. Unfortunately we didn’t see and bears which was disappointing. On the Volendam on the second night on the ship the crew noticed that the spare bed slats were broken. Two nights later during the night water started leaking from the ceiling above my bed. So the next day I couldn’t go in my room most of the day due to having repairs done. The stewards where fabulous apart from that everything else was good.
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Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown. Approximately 143–225 sq. ft.

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These expansive staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown. Approximately 175–282 sq. ft.

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Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed - Holland America's signature Mariner's Dream™ bed - with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and shower with premium massage showerheads. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown. Approximately 213-379 sq. ft. including verandah.

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