Golden Circle Via Whistler with Pre Alaska Cruise

Golden Circle Via Whistler with Pre Alaska Cruise

18 Days/17 Nights Roundtrip Vancouver

Price fromCAD$8,049

• Vancouver • Juneau • Skagway • Glacier Bay • Ketchikan • Inside Passage • Whistler • Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journeys • Quesnel • Jasper • Icefields Parkway • Lake Louise • Banff • Summit Helicopter Tour

A breathtaking circle tour including all three Rocky Mountaineer rail journeys. Start in the coastal city of Vancouver and travel on the 'Sea to Sky' train route to the resort village of Whistler. Highlights include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Shannon Falls, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. Continue to the charming rural town of Quesnel on the 'Rainforest to Gold Rush' train route. Enjoy beautiful and varied scenery from river canyons and lush farmland to the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau.

Highlights include Anderson Lake, glacial fed Seton Lake, and Deep Creek Bridge ' one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Spend time in Jasper National Park and see Elk wandering up the main street. Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world,the Icefields Parkway and enjoy a ride on the Athabasca Glacier. Overnight at the stunning Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, spend time in the quaint mountain town of Banff and a remarkable view of the Rockies on a Summit Helicopter tour. Then it's time to return to Vancouver, but this time following the 'First Passage to the West' train route with Rocky Mountaineer. A superb tour for train enthusiasts!

Rocky Mountaineer Train Service

SilverLeaf Service • A single-level dome coach with panoramic views through oversized windows • A refreshing welcome aboard toast • A selection of delicious hot gourmet breakfast and lunch options, as well as tasty snack options, served by a culinary team member at your seat • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks available throughout the journey • A dedicated culinary team member and two onboard Hosts in each SilverLeaf Service coach • Interactive and captivating storytelling and historical trivia told by Rocky Mountaineer Hosts • Complimentary baggage delivery to your overnight hotel accommodation in Whistler, Kamloops, and Quesnel • Complimentary transfers to and from the train during your vacation package

GoldLeaf Service • Fully domed windows that give you unparalleled panoramic views from your seat in the upper-level of our custom-designed bi-level dome coach • A refreshing welcome aboard toast • Hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches from an à la carte menu, served in the lower-level dining room of your dome coach • An exclusive outdoor vestibule in the lower-level of your dome coach • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks available throughout the journey • Interactive and captivating storytelling and historical trivia told by Rocky Mountaineer Hosts • A full culinary team and three or four onboard Hosts in each GoldLeaf Service coach • Complimentary baggage delivery to your overnight hotel accommodation in Whistler, Kamloops, and Quesnel • Complimentary transfers to and from the train during your vacation package

GoldLeaf Deluxe Service • Includes all features of our award-winning GoldLeaf Service, plus you'll receive upgraded deluxe hotel accommodation off the train

Please note: • All accommodations in Kamloops and Quesnel, while charming, are of moderate standard and cannot be upgraded. • Please be sure to carry any medication with you as you will not have access to your checked luggage onboard the train

Golden Circle Via Whistler with Pre Alaska Cruise  map

Day 1: Vancouver Upon arrival into Vancouver, please make your own way to Canada Place to board your Holland America Cruise Ship "ms Nieuw Amsterdam"

Depart Vancouver 5:00 pm

Day 2: Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a lifeline to the outside world. All day long it hums with activity.

Day 3: Tracy Arm > Juneau Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings. The dramatic Aawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains on either side, and are often bathed in a light mist that amplifies the blue hue of the ice. The glaciers also are home to black and brown bears, wolves, deer and moose, and seals and whales make their home in the fjord's icy waters.

Arrive Tracy Arm 10:00 am Depart Tracy Arm 10:30 am

No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. You need to come by air or water, but when you arrive, the place will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in close proximity. The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door. The vast Tongass National Forest stretches away to the northeast. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee or fish. The adventures are as bountiful as the daylight.

Arrive Juneau 1:00 pm Depart Juneau 10:30 pm

Day 4: Skagway Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers who made it to Skagway took a look at the 500-mile journey that still lay ahead of them and decided a change of profession was in order. So many of them set up shop as provisioners that Skagway was the largest city in Alaska by the end of the 19th century. Booms fade and dreams move on, but the glory days still reverberate through the town. Ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, step into the Red Onion Saloon or peruse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

Arrive Skagway 7:00 am Depart Skagway 9:00 pm

Day 5: Glacier Bay Scenic Cruise If you didn't know any better, you'd think Glacier Bay ostentatious for the way it flaunts its ice. The glaciers practically terminate in your lap. A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park with Holland America Line will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape.

When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. And it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world

Arrive Glacier Bay 7:00 am Depart Glacier Bay 4:00 pm

Day 6: Ketchikan Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. The stairways are weathered and the vibe is cheerful in the town that calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World. Besides the main attractions - Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village.

Arrive Ketchikan 10:00 am Depart Ketchikan 6:00 pm

Day 7: Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage Spend the day relaxing onboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam as you cruise on the Inside Passage

Day 8: Arrive Vancouver Arrive into Vancouver at 7:00 am

Disembark your cruise ship and transfer to your overnight accommodation.

Please note: Your scheduled check in time is not until 4:00 pm. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to explore this scenic city on your own.

Overnight Vancouver SilverLeaf Service: Hampton Inn - Standard room GoldLeaf & Whistler Service: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe & Whistler Service: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Gallery Room

Day 9: Vancouver > Whistler(Coach and train) Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler, renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your motorcoach transfer from downtown Vancouver, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast is served on board the train.

Depart Vancouver hotels between 6:45 am and 7:15 am Arrive Whistler Village 11:30 am

Overnight Whistler SilverLeaf & Whistler Service: Delta Whistler Village Suites - Standard Room Goldleaf & Whistler Service: Fairmont Chateau Whistler - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe& Whistler Service: Fairmont Chateau Whistler - Deluxe Slopeside Room

Day 10: Whistler > Quesnel(Train) Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley, through the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacier-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer follows the banks of the Fraser River into Quesnel.

Breakfast and Lunch is on board the train.

Depart Whistler 7:10 am Arrive Quesnel 7:30 pm

Overnight Quesnel

Day 11: Quesnel > Jasper(Train) Your journey continues eastwards today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel, the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River north to the town of Prince George, then travels east through the forests of northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose. Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench you are surrounded by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains to the north and the Cariboo Mountains to the south. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, through Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper.

Breakfast and Lunch is on board the train.

Depart Quesnel 7:10 am Arrive Jasper 8:30 pm

Overnight Jasper SilverLeaf & Whistler Service: Sawridge Inn - Standard Room GoldLeaf & Whistler Service: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe & Whistler Service: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room

Day 12: Jasper Jasper National Park is a World Heritage Site and Canada's largest National Park. Today you will enjoy a short scenic tour including the many natural attractions, rugged peaks, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of the many creatures that call this mountain park home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper.

Overnight Jasper SilverLeaf & Whistler Service: Sawridge Inn - Standard Room GoldLeaf & Whistler Service: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe & Whistler Service: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room

Day 13: Jasper > Lake Louise(Coach) Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon.

Overnight Lake Louise SilverLeaf & Whistler Service: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf & Whistler Service: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room GoldLeaf & Deluxe Service: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Deluxe Lakeview Room

Day 14: Lake Louise > Banff(Coach) This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff.

Overnight Banff SilverLeaf Service: Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Service: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Deluxe Room

Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 pm, scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.

Day 15: Banff The day is free for you to spend at your leisure in Banff.

Overnight Banff SilverLeaf Service: Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Service: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Deluxe Room

Day 16: Banff > Kamloops(Train) Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. Your journey takes you through through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. Today's highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven.

Breakfast and Lunch is on board the train.

Depart Banff 8:30 am Arrive Kamloops 7:00 pm

Overnight Kamoops

Day 17: Kamloops > Vancouver(Train) 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 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 is on board the train

Depart Kamloops 7:30 am Arrive Vancouver 5:00 pm

Overnight Vancouver SilverLeaf & Whistler Service: Hampton Inn and Suites - Standard Room GoldLeaf & Whistler Service: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe & Whistler Service: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Gallery Room

Day 18: Vancouver Check out of your hotel.

• Independent rail/coach tour with pre cruise • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer 'Rainforest to GoldRush Train' Railtour SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf Service • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer 'First Passage to the West' Railtour SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf Service • 3.5 hour Rocky Mountaineer rail journey through the Sea to Sky corridor • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise (ms Nieuw Amsterdam) (Verandah Deck - Category VC - GoldLeaf Service)(Ocean-View - Category D SilverLeaf Service) • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners • 10 nights hotel accommodation • Vancouver Lookout • Jasper Highlights Tour • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel, Jasper, Banff and Kamloops • Cruise terminal-hotel transfer Vancouver • Luggage handling • National Park Pass

Pricing (per person) $CAD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2016

SilverLeaf Service

Jul 16, 23, 30

Aug 6

Aug 13

Aug 20, 27

Sep 3, 10

Sep 17

Meal Plan

GoldLeaf Service

Jul 16, 23, 30

Aug 6

Aug 13

Aug 20, 27

Sep 3, 10

Sep 17

Meal Plan

GoldLeaf Deluxe Service

Jul 16, 23, 30

Aug 6

Aug 13

Aug 20, 27

Sep 3, 10

Sep 17

Meal Plan

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-

$8,699

$8,699

$8,549

$8,449

$8,399

$8,049

$694

-

$12,049

$12,049

$11,899

$11,749

$11,549

$11,199

$1,389

-

$13,949

$13,949

$13,749

$13,549

$13,349

$12,899

$1,389

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-

$12,999

$12,999

$12,649

$12,499

$12,349

$11,649

$694

-

$18,099

$18,099

$17,799

$17,449

$17,149

$16,499

$1,389

-

$21,799

$21,799

$21,399

$20,999

$20,599

$19,749

$1,389

Departs

2016 Departure Dates Saturday
Jul 16, 23, 30
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
Sep 3, 10, 17

Booking conditions

• Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars(CAD), and do not include the CAD GST. • Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for triple or child prices. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated CAD exchange rate. • Meal plan includes all breakfast and dinners • Please note all accommodation in Quesnel and Kamloops is of a moderate standard.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Transportation to/from Vancouver airport • Meals, other than specified • Activities, other than specified • Shipboard gratuities charged at USD $12 per person per day plus 15% on liquor purchases. • Port charges and taxes, approximately CAD$250 per person • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff • Fuel surcharge • Canadian Goods & Service Tax (GST)