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Rockies & Alaska Explorer

  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • Rocky Mountaineer
  • Kamloops
  • Vancouver
  • Alaska Cruise
  • Whitehorse
  • Dawson City
  • Fairbanks
  • Denali National Park
  • Anchorage
  • 17 nights from
  • £4,379 per person
  • Trip Code: 701

Holiday Overview

The Rockies & Alaska Explorer Canada Holiday

 

A truly unique holiday experience taking you from the magnificence of the Rockies to the wilderness of the Yukon and Denali National Park with plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities throughout. See whales and bears in their natural habitat, enjoy a two day trip on the famous Rocky Mountaineer and relax on an Alaskan cruise!

 

Rockies & Alaska Explorer includes:

  • All flights and transfers
  • 17 nights accommodation, including 3 nights on the Nieuw Amsterdam
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer Journey through the Clouds inc Breakfast, Lunch & Beverages
  • Journey to Anchorage on the luxurious McKinley Explorer
  • A ride on the historic White Pass train
  • A nostalgic Yukon River paddle-wheeler cruise experience aboard the Klondike Spirit
  • Tundra Wilderness excursion at Denali National Park
  • Gold Dredge excursion at Denali National Park
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Day 1 - Fly UK to Calgary

On arrival in Calgary, transfer to your chosen hotel in Banff

Transfer included

Featured accommodation

Delta Royal Canadian Lodge

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Banff Aspen Lodge

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 2 - Explore Banff

Time at leisure to discover all that Banff has to offer. Relax in the hot springs, or take the gondola to the top of the mountain for spectacular views.

Featured accommodation

Delta Royal Canadian Lodge

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Banff Aspen Lodge

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 3 - Explore Banff

Time at leisure to chill or take one of our optional excursions such as:

Discover Banff and its Wildlife Discover Lake Louise & Lake Moraine Cruise on Lake Minniwanka Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls day trip.

Please ask for details and costs.

Featured accommodation

Delta Royal Canadian Lodge

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Elk+ Avenue Hotel

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 4 - Icefield parkway Discover to Jasper

Discover Canada’s most scenic mountain roadway; The Icefields Parkway. This is the route to over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes, and rushing waterfalls. Venture onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer for a spectacular Ice Age adventure. Experience Jasper National Park’s newest attraction, the Glacier Skywalk. Step out onto a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley for an unobstructed view of the surrounding glaciers. Highlights: Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls, Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Skywalk admission and hot buffet lunch at Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre.

Glacier Skywalk admission weather dependent

Featured accommodation

Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

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Marmot Lodge Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 5 - Explore Jasper

Day at leisure in Jasper.

Why not take one of our optional excursions, including:

Maligne Lake Cruise Wildlife Discovery Jasper Tramway Shuttle & Ride

Featured accommodation

Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

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Marmot Lodge Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 6 - Rocky Mountaineer Jasper to Kamloops

All aboard - join the Rocky Mountaineer for the first day of your 2 day journey through the Rockies:

Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet), Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops.

Overnight in Kamloops. Breakfast and Lunch included.

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Sandman Inn & Suites Kamloops

The Thompson Hotel

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Day 7 - Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to vancouver

Day 2 of our journey to Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening.

Breakfast and Lunch included

Overnight in Vancouver - Transfer from rail station to hotel included

Featured accommodation

Loden Hotel

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 8 - Board Nieuw Amsterdam

Transfer from your hotel to Canada Place to join Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam for your cruise to Skagway

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Day 9 - Cruise the Inside Passage

Today cruise one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world - the Inside Passage - where ships can sail close to steep mountain walls, giving magnificent views of the unbelievable scenery from forests to evocative towns.

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Day 10 - Tracy Arm / Juneau

The narrow Tracy Arm Fjord twists its way through the Tongass National Forest, surrounded by 300 foot high granite walls! The melting snowcaps create waterfalls which dot the shoreline, along with trees growing at odd angles from the rocky outcroppings. Catch a glimpse of the varied wildlife that make their home in and around the fjord’s icy waters, including black & brown bears, wolves, deer, moose, seals and whales At the end of the Fjord, view the dramatic Sawyer glaciers which are framed by the mountains.

Juneau, the capital of Alaska, has an air of mystique – a town you cannot reach by road, you need to fly or come by sea! Juneau delights with an abundance of water, forests and mountains.Situated between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, Juneau offers a lot of variety, with the immense Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields at its back door and the Tongass National Forest stretching out to the northeast. Juneau offers a variety of activities from shopping downtown to dog sledging, hiking, whale-watching and so much more.

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Day 11 - Skagway to Whitehorse

Meet your Journey Host in Skagway before departing aboard the historic White Pass train to Fraser, then on to Whitehorse via Explorer coach

Skagway was the gateway to the Klondike gold rush in 1898 and the glory days still resound through the town. Stroll through Skagway and browse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park or take a ride on the White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway and finish up in the Red Onion Saloon!

Whitehorse - Northern Canada’s largest city sprang from frontier roots. During the Klondike Gold Rush, prospectors washed up here, past two major river obstacles: Miles Canyon and the Whitehorse Rapids (named for whitecapped waves that resembled stallions’ manes). To prevent mass starvation, the government required every Stampeder to haul along a year’s supply of goods. The recommended list included 10 pounds of coffee, 150 pounds of bacon and 400 pounds of flour—part of a total 1,095 pounds of grub. Sundries like picks, ropes and a dozen heavy wool socks quickly brought the load up to a ton. Whitehorse, the northern terminus of the railway from Skagway, Alaska, boomed because it was as far north as would-be miners and their freight could travel by train; from here, sternwheelers did the rest, 740 kilometres (460 miles) down the upper Yukon River to the mining town of Dawson City.Now the territory’s capital, Whitehorse stands at Historic Mile 918 of the Alaska Highway and has the world’s lowest level of metropolitan air pollution, according to Guinness World Records 2013. It remains a popular tourist stop for attractions like the Yukon Wildlife Preserve; the Frantic Follies, a fin de siècle vaudeville revue; and the natural and cultural insights at the MacBride Museum. (Hotel is provided by cruise line).

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Day 12 - Whitehorse to Dawson City

Today we travel to Dawson City by coach - lunch is included today (Hotel is provided by cruise line).

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Day 13 - Klondike Spirit Excursion

Today enjoy optional excursions and a nostalgic Yukon River paddle-wheeler cruise aboard the Klondike Spirit

Old-time wooden boardwalks connect frontier-era buildings in the Yukon Territory’s original capital. The heart of the Klondike Gold Rush, Dawson City housed around 30,000 people in the summer of 1898. But the town was sliding towards “ghost” status just a year later: A fire had destroyed 117 structures, right as the gold ran out and rumours arrived of nuggets in Nome, Alaska. Dawson City moseyed along quietly until the early 1960s, when Parks Canada began refurbishing landmarks like the Palace Grand Theatre (1899) and the Commissioner’s Residence (1901). It also resurrected the sternwheeler ss Keno and North America’s largest wooden-hull, bucket-line dredge. Along with the community of Bonanza Creek—where Stampeders pried $500 million in gold from the frozen ground—these icons form the Klondike National Historic Sites, now part of a larger proposed UNESCO World Heritage area.Today tourists wander this subarctic hotspot, which has retained its 19th-century charm. Highlights include the Jack London Museum, Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall and the Sourdough Saloon, which infamously serves a cocktail containing a preserved human toe (donated!).

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Day 14 - Fly Dawson City to Fairbanks

Fly from Dawson City to Fairbanks (included)

Bearing the nickname the Golden Heart, Alaska’s second-largest city was born of gold rush fever, thanks to Italian immigrant Felix Pedro who found the precious metal in 1902 near where Captain E.T. Barnette decided to build a trading post on the banks of the Chena River. Though much of Fairbanks today is an amalgam of modern shops and malls, its history is celebrated at the 18-hectare (44-acre) Pioneer Park, which includes a Gold Rush Town with 35 restored buildings. Fairbanks also preserved its City Hall, which now houses the Fairbanks Community Museum.The city’s location in Alaska’s interior makes it a gateway to the arctic, and in summer tourist boats run cruises along the Chena and Tanana rivers. Fairbanks is a city of festivals, from July’s Golden Days commemorating its past, to Ice Alaska in February and March, when residents make the best of its brutal winters by playing host to a slew of international ice sculptors who descend on the city for the World Ice Art Championships. The city is one of the best places in the world to see the aurora borealis, which appears on average 243 nights of the year. For more insight into Fairbanks, the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center is a good place to start. (Hotel is provided by cruise line).

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Day 15 - Gold Dredge Excursion - Denali Park

Take the Gold Dredge Excursion - And strike it rich- Guaranteed! Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska’s gold mining history at Gold Dredge 8. Enjoy a close up view of the Trans Alaska Pipeline and a presentation about it’s construction and operation. Then take a seat aboard a replica of the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad and hear the conductor tell tales of prospectors who arrived by the thousands during the gold rush. The train ride takes you to Gold Dredge 8 where you will see first-hand how the dredge worked the gold fields, then receive a brief but informative course on gold panning. Once the train arrives at the camp, you will try panning for yourself! You will find gold- we guarantee it! Finally, explore the dredge camp and enjoy complimentary coffee and freshly baked cookies in the gift shop as your gold is weighed, then hop aboard the train and return to the station.

Then it's off to Denali for a two-night stay at this magnificent national treasure

Almost as large as the state of Massachusetts, Denali National Park is the first and last stop on any adventure into Alaska’s wild. At some 24,500 square kilometers (or 6 million acres) including the surrounding preserve, it is the third-largest national park in the United States, after two other Alaska parks: Wrangell-St. Elias and the Gates of the Arctic. The park offers excellent chances for seeing wildlife, including moose, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bears. Presiding over it is the tallest peak in North America, Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), which means “the tall one” in a name derived from Koyukon, a language traditionally spoken by the Athabascan people of Alaska.

(Hotel is provided by cruise line).

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Day 16 - Denali National Park - Tundra Wilderness Excursion

Today features the unforgettable Tundra Wilderness Tour. This 6-8 hour fully narrated sightseeing excursion is a deep dive into Denali National Park — the very best chance of seeing both the mountain itself and Denali’s iconic wildlife (snack included)

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Day 17 - McKinley Express to Anchorage

This morning, board the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer bound for Anchorage where you will bid farewell to your Journey Host

After long and dark winters, Alaskans love their summers and the residents of Anchorage, Alaska are no exception. The city plants thousands of flowers to celebrate the arrival of warmer months and days that last as long as 19 hours from dawn to dusk. Approximately 40 percent of Alaska’s population lives in Anchorage. This diverse city of 300,000 includes a large military population, Native Alaskans, individuals who work for the oil industry and adventure-seeking types who want to get away from “the lower 48.” Much like Seattle, Anchorage is a place where you can find a coffee shop (or espresso shack) anywhere. Locals enjoy skijoring, a winter sport where a person is pulled on skis by one or more dogs or sometimes a horse. While some cities have deer, Anchorage has lots of moose, known for being a bit rambunctious (and should be steered clear of if seen wandering down a street).Anchorage is a city where you can see the northern lights—the aurora borealis—on a clear dark night, typically during colder months. There are also plenty of active things to do and attractions to hike, bike and see wildlife such as the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or Flattop Mountain Trail inside Chugach State Park. (Hotel is provided by cruise line).

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Day 18 - Fly Anchorage to UK

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