1 Arrive Vancouver
Your journey begins today on arrival in Vancouver. You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the heart of this cosmopolitan city. After settling in, meet with your Tour Director and fellow guests during a Welcome Reception this evening. Stay: Vancouver, Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
2 Vancouver, Embark Cruise
After breakfast at your hotel, board your Holland America Line ship for your Alaskan Inside Passage cruise. Enjoy time to settle in before dinner on board this evening. Stay Seven Nights: Holland America Line's MS Noordam (B/D)
3 Inside Passage
Enjoy a full day on the open water at the start of your journey through the Inside Passage. Relax and take in the majestic scenery, which lines this famous stretch of coastline, as your ship cruises past dramatic rocky headlands and glides over the icy waters of the world-famous Inside Passage. (B/L/D)
Today your adventure brings you to Alaska's capital, Juneau. There is time to explore the region's glacial terrain and gold rush history or you may prefer to make your way to the town and explore the rustic shops located here. You might also like to join an exhilarating dog sled ride over a glacier or try one of the other activities on offer. These include sampling delicious salmon baked over a fire or even trying your hand at panning for gold in this former gold rush town (own expense). (B/L/D)
This morning you'll dock at the historic port of Skagway, located at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage. Skagway huddles below mountains and was once a frontier town and gateway to the Klondike. You'll soon discover that this is a place that still celebrates its gold rush past to this day. In town, you'll find a variety of stores and saloons that capture the excitement and history of the gold rush days. Here, there are also opportunities to learn more about gold prospecting or view local wildlife (own expense). (B/L/D)
6 Glacier Bay
Wake up to the breathtaking sight of Glacier Bay National Park this morning, with its formidable rivers of ice, wild coastline and sheltered fjords. As you cruise through the national park, it is easy to see why this stunning region is regarded as a national monument and has received World Heritage status. Today, you'll gain an insight into the unique nature of this national park as local rangers join you on board, to explain the geology and wildlife found in this region. (B/L/D)
Arrive today in the Alaskan city of Ketchikan, regarded as the salmon capital of the world. Enjoy free time here to relax and explore the town at your leisure. Alternatively, perhaps join a walking tour of the town or learn about the history of Tlingit culture during a visit to Saxman Native Village (own expense). Here, you'll discover an extensive collection of Native American totem poles on display. (B/L/D)
8 Inside Passage
Spend the day cruising south through the Inside Passage. There is time to relax and enjoy the premium facilities of your ship while you take in the incredible views. This evening, join a final dinner on board. (B/L/D)
9 Disembark Cruise, Vancouver
After breakfast today, disembark in Vancouver. Stay Two Nights: Vancouver, Westin Bayshore (B)
Later today, fall in love with the beautiful city of Vancouver and discover some of its most vibrant districts and best-loved attractions on a sightseeing tour, including the Waterfront and historic Gastown. (B)
Insider Experience: Watch for bears and enjoy a delicious breakfast at Grouse Mountain. During your bear experience you will receive early access to the mountain and get to see some of the resident bears explore their habitat before you sit down to breakfast.
11 Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops
Board the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer and relax in your SilverLeaf carriage as you take in the stunning scenery. Later, arrive in the city of Kamloops where you'll overnight. Stay: Kamloops, hotel assigned by Rocky Mountaineer (B/L)
12 Rocky Mountaineer, Jasper
Reboard the Rocky Mountaineer as you continue your spectacular rail adventure today. Follow the North Thompson River past rolling landscapes before ascending through the majestic scenery of the Monashee Mountains. Journey onward past Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Alberta Icefields. Then head past Mt Robson, which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, before traversing the Yellowhead Pass. Later you'll enter Jasper National Park, which is one of Canada's oldest and largest national parks. Tonight, enjoy free time to explore and perhaps dine in one of Jasper's restaurants. Stay Two Nights: Jasper, Mountain Park Lodges (B/L)
After breakfast, enjoy a full day to relax or discover Jasper. Perhaps opt for one of the select experiences available. You might like to take in the sights on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle tour, embark on an exciting rafting adventure along the Athabasca River or enjoy an evening wildlife experience (own expense). (B/D)
Insider Experience: Later this evening, sit down to a Canadian feast at the Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen.
14 Jasper, Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise
Still in Jasper National Park, explore Maligne Canyon this morning and enjoy time walking through its deep rocky ravines. Then travel along the Icefields Parkway, which is considered to be the world's most scenic highway, before stopping at the Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier. Afterwards, continue to Lake Louise, which is situated in Banff National Park. Also known as the ‘Jewel of the Rockies', nothing quite prepares you for this incredible natural setting. Stay: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (B/D)
Insider Experience: Stay at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where you can enjoy views of the azure lake and surrounding mountains to your heart's content.
15 Lake Louise, Banff
After breakfast this morning, travel to the glacier-fed Moraine Lake (weather permitting) where the lake's setting and luminous waters offer beautiful views. You'll want to linger here as long as possible. This afternoon, make your way through Banff National Park to explore the charming alpine town of Banff on a sightseeing tour. Stay Two Nights: Banff Park Lodge (B)
After breakfast, enjoy today at leisure to explore more of this beautiful alpine resort at your own pace. If you're after adventure, then why not choose from a range of select experiences available to you today. Consider joining a heli-flightseeing tour for aerial views of this breathtaking region. Perhaps watch for local wildlife on an exhilarating Bow River float trip or why not set off on a Banff Experience tour (own expense). (B)
17 Banff, Quaaout Lodge
Descend from the Rockies via beautiful Yoho National Park, then continue to Little Shuswap Lake. Gain an insight into the history of Canada's Indigenous culture on an interpretive walk and enjoy a First Nations-inspired dinner. Stay: Quaaout Lodge and Spa (B/D)
18 Quaaout Lodge, Whistler
Travel through the vast landscapes of the Cariboo region today, before arriving in Whistler. This famous alpine resort town offers an array of cultural and outdoor discoveries. Stay Two Nights: Delta Whistler Village Suites (B/D)
Insider Experience: Enjoy an Indigenous-inspired feast at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and learn about the local First Nations people.
Today is yours at leisure to explore this outdoor enthusiasts' paradise however you wish. Nestled in the picturesque setting of the Coast Mountains, Whistler is the perfect base from which to discover this spectacular wilderness region. There is a range of select experiences available to you so that you can make your own discoveries. You might like to take a floatplane flight, tour Blackcomb Mountain on a Jeep tour, or head up to the snow-line of Whistler Mountain by 4x4 or on a snowcat. Other options include a gondola ride, an informative Tree Trek, a zip trek or a scenic helicopter flight (own expense). (B)
20 Whistler, Victoria
On your journey south to Victoria this morning, travel along the Sea to Sky Highway for breathtaking views. On the way, stop at Shannon Falls, which towers above the Howe Sound, North America's southernmost fjord, before taking a ferry ride across the Georgia Strait. Alternatively, you may prefer to experience the region's natural beauty from the skies on a floatplane flight from Whistler to Victoria (own expense). Stay Two Nights: Victoria, Marriott Inner Harbour (B)
Enjoy time at leisure today or, if you'd prefer to explore further afield, consider choosing from one of the select experiences available to you. Perhaps join an exhilarating whale-watching cruise or enjoy a leisurely horse-drawn carriage tour to discover some of Victoria's many attractions (own expense). (B/D)
Insider Experience: Later, visit The Butchart Gardens for a Farewell Dinner.
After breakfast at your hotel you are free to depart from Victoria at any time, alternatively transfer to Vancouver airport for your onward flight. (B)