20 Night tour Itinerary

Rocky Mountaineer Grand Rail Circle with Post-Tour Cruise ms Nieuw Amsterdam

The ultimate Rocky Mountaineer journey through the Canadian Rockies

Take the ultimate rail and cruise journey through Western Canada and Alaska on-board the famous Rocky Mountaineer.

This once-in-a-lifetime journey combines two classic Rocky Mountaineer train routes, a luxurious Alaska Cruise and the magnificent Canadian Rockies all in one unforgettable adventure. As you travel through the dramatic scenery and incredible sights, you’ll be treated to a luxurious, 5-star service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. You’ll be indulged in the comfort of your seat by master chefs and impeccable attendants who provide exquisite food, wine and service throughout. Highlights of this itinerary include cosmopolitan Vancouver, impressive resort of Whistler, Banff and Jasper National Parks, stunning Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway. Included is a ride on the incredible Ice Explorer to the Athabasca Glacier before journeying back to Vancouver to embark on an incredible cruise of the Inside Passage and Alaska’s Glaciers.

Selected departure dates are available between May and September.

Starts Vancouver (Westbound) - Sunday Departures

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Rocky Mountaineer's ultimate rail and cruise itinerary
  • Combines two classic rail journeys with a luxurious Alaskan Cruise
  • Journey through the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies
  • Spot incredible wildlife among the dramatic scenery

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
21 days
Guide Price
£8,459 per person
Price based on
Based on 28 April 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Air Canada, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • International Flights
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise
  • 5-days onboard Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service or SilverLeaf Service
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 7 dinners and one Afternoon Snack
  • Vancouver Lookout & North Shore Sightseeing Tour
  • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
  • Jasper Highlights Tour
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler
  • Hotel-cruise terminal transfers in Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive in Vancouver and spend some time exploring this cosmopolitan city, from Coal Harbor to Stanley Park along the city's Sea Wall or through historic Gastown. Take an unforgettable sunset cruise to the Strait of Georgia to view breaching gray and humpback whales.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Sheraton Wall Centre / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Today, begin your adventure onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from coastal Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia. Admire the dramatic change in scenery from lush green fields, winding river canyons and the mountain peaks, as you enjoy the 5-star luxury service on board. Highlights include Hell's Gate, Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River.Overnight in Kamloops

Points of Interest

  • Hell's Gate
  • Cascade Mountains
  • Thompson River

Today, you continue your journey east towards the magnificent Canadian Rockies. You'll travel across rolling ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores and over high mountain passes enjoying a spectacular array of scenery. Today's highlights include: Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and the snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff where you will spend the night.

Points of Interest

  • Rogers Pass
  • Spiral Tunnels
  • Kicking Horse Canyon

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Banff Park Lodge / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Banff Springs

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the scenic resort town of Banff. After lunch, you'll take a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and a trip on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Over night in Banff.

Points of Interest

  • Banff Gondola
  • Lake Minnewanka
  • Bow Falls

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Banff Park Lodge / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Banff Springs

Today is yours free to further explore Banff and Banff National Park. Shop among the quaint boutiques or take one of Rocky Mountaineer's optional excursions including the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, historic museums, Lake Minnewanka or golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Banff Park Lodge / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Banff Springs

Today you'll take a half day tour into Yoho National Park where you'll get to see some of the park's natural wonders including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour will end in Lake Louise where you'll have the remainder of the day to explore the spectacular lake at leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Points of Interest

  • Yoho National Park
  • Kicking Horse River
  • Emerald Lake

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Room / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Lakeview Room

Enjoy a free day in stunning Lake Louise. Take a guided hike around the Lake, try canoeing on the turquoise waters or just relax and take in the breathtaking views. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Points of Interest

  • Canoeing on the Lake
  • Horseback riding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Room / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Lakeview Room

Today you'll journey along the famous Icefields Parkway, enjoying stunning views of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Highlights include: Bow Lake and a ride on the incredible Ice Explorer to the middle of Athabasca Glacier, one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America.Overnight in Jasper.

Points of Interest

  • Icefields Parkway
  • Columbia Icefield
  • Maligne Lake

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Lobstick Lodge / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies' largest national park, Jasper National Park. Be inspired by the rugged peaks, dramatic landscapes and abundant wildlife, before having the rest of the day to explore Jasper on your own. Overnight in Jasper.

Points of Interest

  • Jasper National Park
  • Jasper Skytram
  • Jasper Breweries

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Lobstick Lodge / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer again today, from Jasper to Quesnel. Highlights on your journey include the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass, Moose Lake and the Fraser River. Overnight in Quesnel.

Points of Interest

  • Moose Lake
  • Mount Robson
  • Yellowhead Pass

Today you continue your journey south enjoying the comfort and luxury onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. You'll see sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake before arriving for your overnight night stop in the resort of Whistler.

Points of Interest

  • Deep Creek Bridge
  • Seton Lake
  • Fraser Canyon

This afternoon you'll return to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. Highlights along the journey include the Cheakamus Canyon, Mount Garibaldi, Howe Sound and the stunning Coast Mountains. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver.

Points of Interest

  • Cheakamus Canyon
  • Mount Garibaldi
  • Coast Mountains

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Sheraton Wall Centre / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Today you'll experience a full day sightseeing tour of Vancouver's incredible North Shore. You'll travel across the Lions Gate Bridge and into the Coast Mountains before visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge and Treetops Adventure Park, discovering the coastal temperate rainforest and British Columbia's First Nations heritage. Next, visit Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included), the Peak of Vancouver, and take in breath-taking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains. Overnight in Vancouver.

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Sheraton Wall Centre / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Today you'll set sail from Vancouver's cruise terminal where you'll board your ship and begin cruising along the Inside Passage.Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Overnight Accommodation

  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Today, you'll continue sailing through the dramatic scenery of the Inside Passage. Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Overnight Accommodation

  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam

First port of call is Juneau, located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields right at its back door. Due to the long daylight hours, there's plenty of time for your perfect Juneau adventure, whether shopping in the town, whale watching or exploring the lush Tongass National Forest.Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Overnight Accommodation

  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Next port of call is Skagway, visit The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky tonk piano and costumed barmaids before exploring the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, boasting restored buildings and wooden boardwalks that invite you to take a stroll into the past. Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Overnight Accommodation

  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Today you'll take a scenic cruise of Glacier Bay, a Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. Make sure you have your camera at the ready to capture these incredible natural sights.

Overnight Accommodation

  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Deep water fjords created by retreating glaciers has left behind the stunning granite cliffs where Ketchikan is located. Take time to explore Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Overnight Accommodation

  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Enjoying another day sailing along the dramatic and scenic Inside Passage.Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Overnight Accommodation

  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam

After breakfast onboard, it is time to disembark the ms Nieuw Amsterdam in Vancouver and continue your journey home.

Overnight Accommodation

  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Vancouver

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take a sunset cruise from Coal Harbour to view breaching gray and humpback whales
    • Head to Granville Island's market to sample some fresh farm-to-table produce
    • Walk through the treetops at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
    • Spend an evening in historic Gastown to enjoy its shops, bars and restaurants
    • Stroll through Stanley Park and along the city's Sea Wall for incredible skyline views
  • Banff

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Head to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola and enjoy a dinner in the clouds
    • Relax in Banff town and enjoy the lively atmosphere of shops, bars and restaurants
    • Explore Yoho National Park on an included sightseeing tour
    • Take an evening wildlife excursion to view grizzly bears, bighorn sheep and eagles
    • Take a dip in the natural Banff Upper Hot Springs
  • Lake Louise

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take a canoe out on to the Lake's stunning turquoise waters
    • Hike the short trail around the lake for amazing views
    • Make sure to set your alarm to watch the sunrise over the lake
    • Spot incredible wildlife around Lake Louise mountain
    • Enjoy a sunset dinner at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise overlooking the lake
  • Jasper

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Journey along the incredible Icefields Parkway - one of the world's most scenic drives
    • Take the Ice Explorer excursion out to the amazing Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier
    • View the breath-taking night skies full of stars, or even the Northern Lights
    • Take a scenic cruise out on the calm waters of Maligne Lake and visit Spirit Island
    • Tour some Jasper's fantastic breweries and sample some of the award-winning beers
  • Whistler

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola up to the top of Blackcomb Mountain
    • Try a gentle white water rafting cruise down the Cheakmus River
    • Soar above the ground on a Treetop Adventure - perfect for all the family
    • Relax in Whistler Village and enjoy the lively atmosphere of shops, bars and restaurants
    • Hike along the Rainbow Trail along some of the highest lakes in Canada
  • Alaska

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Board the luxurious ms Nieuw Amsterdam for your Alaska Cruise in Vancouver
    • Sail through the dramatic scenery of the Inside Passage
    • Visit the ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan in Alaska
    • Sail to the breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay
    • View the incredible glacial landscape and unique ecosystem of flora and fauna