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Rockies & Beyond

  • Ride the famous Rocky Mountaineer
  • Cruise Alaska’s stunning Inside Passage
Includes Return International Flights

The Canadian Rockies is one of the world's greatest landscapes, and the best way to experience it is onboard Rocky Mountaineer - an iconic rail journey from Vancouver to Jasper. After the Rockies, tick off another bucket list item with a Holland America Line cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Experience the magnificence of the Canadian Rockies and Alaska’s Inside Passage on this 18 day land and cruise package with Rocky Mountaineer and Holland America Line. Enjoy SilverLeaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer as it travels from Vancouver to Jasper via Kamloops, also known as the 'Journey through the Clouds’ route. Witness the dramatic scenery of the Rockies, passing winding rivers and snow-capped mountains. After the Rockies, set sail for a seven night cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Witness the breathtaking beauty of Tracy Arm Fjord, the Twin Sawyer Glaciers, Alaska’s remote capital city of Juneau, and much more. With return flights, eight nights hotel accommodation, and 30 meals, this package has everything needed for an unforgettable adventure.

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Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth to Vancouver, Canada! Fly with either Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada or Air New Zealand (subject to availability). Be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation where you will be assisted with check in.

Hampton Inn & Suites, Downtown Vancouver Meals included: In-Flight

Take the day at leisure to discover Vancouver, one of the world’s most liveable cities! Complimentary access to the Vancouver Lookout has been provided for you today and a voucher will be provided for you in your travel documentation. Situated high above Vancouver, the lookout is the perfect first stop for visitors and provides a fantastic birds eye view of the city of Vancouver. Glass elevators whisk visitors 130 meters (430 feet) skyward from street level to the observation deck in a mere forty seconds. Opening times are as follows: April 1 - May 8: 9:00am to 9:00pm, May 9 - October 3: 9:00am to 10:30pm, October 4 - October 31: 9:00am to 9:00pm

Hampton Inn & Suites, Downtown Vancouver Meals included: Breakfast

This morning transfer to Rocky Mountaineer Station in Downtown Vancouver. Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops.

Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre, Kamloops Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends on arrival in the resort town of Jasper this evening and you will be transferred to the tour hotel.

Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites, Jasper Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

The journey today promises to be a highlight of your journey. Travel south along the Icefield Parkway to experience a wealth of breathtaking scenery. Crystal blue-green lakes, fresh mountain streams, deep forests and snow-capped mountain peaks are the order of the day. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, will depart on the specially constructed ‘Ice explorer’ snow coach that will travel on the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. The journey continues on to Banff.

High Country Inn, Banff Meals included: Breakfast

The drive today is on the famed TransCanada Highway, following a route chartered by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800's. Kicking Horse Pass leads from the Rockies into the Columbia River Valley before climbing through Rogers Pass in Glacier National park. The Selkirk Mountains receive massive amounts of winter snow and are home to over one hundred active avalanche zones. Continue through the Monashee Mountain Range to your hotel for the night.

Best Western Pacific Inn, Vernon Meals included: Breakfast

Today, leave the dusty, rolling ranch land of "cowboy country" and follow the dramatic course of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers, the road clinging to sheer canyon walls within the turbulent waters rushing below. Approaching the Pacific Coast, the canyon opens into a broad fertile valley with mountain backdrops. The destination is Vancouver, a vibrant seaside city framed by the Coastal Mountains. Arrive directly to the Vancouver cruise port to board the magnificent 'ms Nieuw Amsterdam' ship to begin a spectacular 7 night Alaska’s inside passage cruise.

Holland America Line - 'ms Nieuw Amsterdam' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. 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.

Holland America Line - 'ms Nieuw Amsterdam' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Old-growth trees colonized Tracy Arm’s mouth long ago as the Ice Age retreated. But further up the sinuous 48-kilometre waterway, its icy grip lingers a little. There, the twin Sawyer Glaciers flow from the peaks down to the sea, sloughing off stories-high chunks of water frozen decades or even centuries before. Even more glorious than nearby Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm is part of the 5.7 million acres (or around 23,000 square kilometres) of pure wilderness sheltered by the Tongas's National Forest (America’s biggest). Visitors often see bears, whales and mountain goats roaming across various corners of this pristine area—not to mention chubby baby seals resting on the ice floes. Juneau, Alaska - 1:00pm to 10:00pm Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day. Bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of the majestic and surprisingly graceful wildlife.

Holland America Line - 'ms Nieuw Amsterdam' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway—but today it has been reinvigorated as a gateway for a new kind of visitor: those looking to explore Alaska’s colourful history, pristine wildlife and unrivaled natural beauty.

Holland America Line - 'ms Nieuw Amsterdam' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Frosted crags descend into mossy forests and a 457-meter-deep fjord at this World Heritage Site, which is also one of the planet’s largest biosphere reserves. Stone, ice and water continue to collide, sculpting a dramatic landscape that is the crown jewel of southeastern Alaska’s natural wonders. The area’s first European explorer missed it all - but with good reason. When Captain George Vancouver sailed here in 1794, a vast shield of ice, more than 1,200 meters thick, dominated the area. By 1916 the glaciers had shrunk back 105km, one of the fastest retreats on record. Today the formerly glacier-squashed land is rebounding, rising 30 millimetres each year. Visitors can observe this rebirth: A spruce-hemlock rain forest has sprouted near the mouth of Glacier Bay.

Holland America Line - 'ms Nieuw Amsterdam' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Alaska’s “First City” of Ketchikan is so named because it’s 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. Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon fishing and packing industries. 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.

Holland America Line - 'ms Nieuw Amsterdam' ship

Enjoy the picturesque views as you cruise the Inside Passage on your return journey to Vancouver.

Holland America Line - 'ms Nieuw Amsterdam' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Welcome back to Vancouver. After breakfast, disembark the ship and be met by a representative who will take you on a city tour of Vancouver. A city sightseeing tour is featured today, taking in such highlights as Stanley Park to see the collection of totem poles, English Bay, Canada Place and the Cruise Ship Pier, Gastown and Chinatown.

Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Vancouver Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy the day at leisure to explore beautiful Vancouver and its surrounds.

Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Vancouver Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Australia after one memorable journey you won't soon forget!

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals included: In-Flight

Meals included: In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • - Two day SilverLeaf Service onboard Rocky Mountaineer Train
  • - Experience 'Journey through the Clouds' route from Vancouver to Jasper via Kamloops
  • - Get a bird's eye view from the Vancouver Lookout
  • - Enjoy sweeping views of the Fraser River Valley and Fraser Canyon
  • - Travel through the Monashee and Cariboo mountains
  • - See Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies
  • - Journey by rail over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park
  • - Enjoy leisure time in the resort town of Banff
  • - Admire the turquoise waters of Lake Louise
  • - Discover the world famous Columbia Icefields
  • - Ride the 'Ice Explorer' on Athabasca Glacier
  • - Witness Kicking Horse and Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park
  • - Experience the beauty of the famed Inside Passage
  • - Spot some amazing wildlife including humpback whales and orcas
  • - Sail through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord
  • - See the famous Twin Sawyer Glaciers
  • - Discover Alaska’s remote capital city of Juneau
  • - Visit the historical ‘Gold Rush’ town of Skagway
  • - Cruise scenic Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • - Dock in Ketchikan, Alaska - the 'Salmon Capital of the World'
  • - Visit Stanley Park and English Bay on a Vancouver city tour
  • - Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • - Four nights hotel accommodation in the Canadian Rockies
  • - Four nights hotel accommodation in Vancouver
  • - Seven night Alaska's 'Inside Passage' cruise with Holland America Line
  • - Sail aboard the magnificent 'ms Nieuw Amsterdam' ship
  • - Enjoy 30 meals including daily breakfast
  • - Airline, rail and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • - Gratuities/tipping onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • - Professional English-speaking guides
  • - Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • - Return airport, rail and cruise port transfers
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