Sightseeing:In Calgary and Vancouver; orientation tour in Jasper, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), Stanley Park, and Butchart Gardens. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Scenic Highlights:Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Thompson River, Monashee Mountains, Fraser Canyon, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.
Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising on Holland America’s MS Volendam.
Welcome to Calgary! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2Calgary–Banff National Park
The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Guided sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (B)
Day 3Banff National Park
Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts—your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
Day 4Banff National Park–Lake Louise–Columbia Icefield–Jasper National Park
First stop is Lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights is in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
Day 5Jasper National Park
Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm.
Day 6Jasper National Park–Rocky Mountaineer–Kamloops
An exciting morning as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all-daylight, classic rail journey from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Coast. En route, pass Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Follow the Thompson River and enjoy vistas of the Monashee Mountains. Choose from two classes of services: SilverLeaf Service features a single-level dome coach offering panoramic views from oversized windows and meals served at your seat. An upgrade to GoldLeaf Dome Service offers luxury reminiscent of a bygone era, including extra attendants, an elegant bi-level dome car, and regional cuisine in an exclusive dining room. (B,L)
Day 7Kamloops–Rocky Mountaineer–Vancouver
Reboard the train and head through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River. Continue through the stark beauty of Fraser Canyon and the turbulence of mighty Hell’s Gate. Then, pass through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, surrounded by the snowcapped Coast Mountains. After an early evening arrival in Vancouver, transfer to your hotel. (B,L)
Day 8Vancouver–Ferry Crossing–Victoria
Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK. Afterward, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.
Day 9Victoria–Ferry Crossing–Vancouver
Morning departure for Vancouver. Embark your cruise ship. (D)
Day 10Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage
One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B,L,D)
Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B,L,D)
Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. (B,L,D)
Day 13Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay
This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. (B,L,D)
Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)
Day 15Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage
Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B,L,D)
Day 16Vancouver (Disembarkation)
Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)
Transportation:2-day, all-daylight rail journey in SilverLeaf Service; GoldLeaf Service upgrades are available; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; Holland America’s MS Volendam; private, deluxe airconditioned motorcoach while touring.
8 breakfast, 6 lunches, 7 dinners; on Rocky Mountaineer—2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
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Years of Experience: 2014 years
As a small child I was thoroughly fascinated when listening to the travel adventures of my globe trotting grandparents. I would sit and listen to their stories for hours! Now, here I am, years later, taking eager passengers around, sharing stories and showcasing my beautiful country! Combining my love for working with people, and traveling is a perfect fit for me. Seeing the wonder and fascination in passengers¿ eyes as they witness Western Canada¿s stunning and ever changing scenery is the part