A Canadian Rockies Cruisetour is a vacation package that combines an Alaska cruise vacation with a land tour of the the vast mountain regions of British Columbia and Alberta. The land portion of your Canadian Rockies cruisetour vacation can be taken before or after your cruise with travel by train. We also offer land-only Canadian Rockies vacation packages.
Welcome to the land of unspoiled scenery, fresh air and abundant wildlife. The Canadian Rockies are a vast mountain range filled with snow-capped peaks and more adventures than you could possibly pack into a lifetime. Canadian Rockies Cruisetour packages gives you a chance to experience a host of incredible sights as your trip combines a 7-night cruise with a land tour where you're explore such destinations as Banff and Jasper National Parks, Lake Louise and the cities of Vancouver and Calgary.
Each Canadian Rockies cruisetour includes a day or more on Rocky Mountain Railtours, which passes up to seven mountain ranges and numerous waterfalls, lakes and rivers. As you travel through the Canadian Rockies, you'll come face-to-face with the remnants of the last ice age, which carved this landscape over 70 million years ago. As you travel past historic Craigellachie, see where the "last spike" was driven to complete the Canadian Pacific Railway. What better way to retrace the steps of early settlers and lumberjacks than aboard the comforts of a luxury rail car.
With rail routes unlike any other in the world, witness pristine wilderness preserves and national parks during your fully narrated journey. From the spacious comfort of your reclining seat on the Rocky Mountaineer, enjoy the air-conditioned luxury and thoughtful details of Red Leaf Service(r). Don't miss a moment of the scenery as our attentive staff serves you delicious breakfast and luncheon selections like British Columbia salmon and Alberta beef at your seat. For convenient conversation, simply swivel your seat around for an intimate group setting.
For a more pampering view of the Rocky Mountains, you may upgrade the Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf Service dome cars and enjoy the Rocky Mountaineer's luxurious Goldleaf Service. Ask your AlaskaCruises.com travel expert about more information and the cost of upgrading your experience.
Nestled in the Bow River Valley, the resort town of Banff compasses 5,200 square miles of parkland and lies at the foot of Cascade Mountain. The area is home to Banff National Park with its glacial lakes, hot springs, forests and resident bears, cougars and goats. If you'd like a view from above, but aren't too keen on helicopters, the Banff Gondola provides a hawk's eye view of the valley and surrounding areas.
This heavenly body of water reflects surrounding peaks and the Victoria Glacier in it's mirror-like waters. Both the lake and village of Lake Louise are within the borders of Banff National Park.
This former fur-trading post is located at the confluence of the north and south branches of the Thompson River. Following the river by train from Kamloops takes you east to the Cariboo Mountains. If you go west, you'll head toward Fraser River Canyon and Hell's gate, a formidable 600-foot deep gorge. When you visit Kamloops, your package includes the Two River Junction Dinner and Musical Revue. Experience Canadian hospitality while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner.
Cowboys, rodeos and good times await visitors to Calgary. This city of roughly 800,000 relishes its cowboy past and present. A cosmopolitan city in every way, Calgary retains its spirit of friendliness and genuine hospitality. While you're there, take a trip up the 626-foot Calgary Tower where you can enjoy an awe-inspiring view while dining. The Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park are also fun attractions.
Every bit as cosmopolitan as Seattle with a distinctive European flair, Vancouver is the Canadian Jewel of Puget Sound. Sightseeing is a must and is included in almost every Canadian Rockies cruisetour package. There's the Lion Gate's bridge and the Vancouver Aquarium as a couple of highlights. If shopping is on the agenda, check out Robson Street, Granville Island, Yaletown. From the cobblestone streets of the Gastown district to Chinatown, Vancouver has a little something for everyone.
Experience Vancouver and the magical town of Whistler on shorter 3 night cruisetour packages. Packages are offered before or after a 7 Night Inside Passage or Gulf of Alaska Glacier cruise.
Discover the enchantment of Whistler's alpine village and the surrounding mountains of British Columbia. A cruisetour to Whistler will give you luxury in the wilderness. As a matter of fact, every amenity you can imagine is entwined with beautiful landscape views. The area is known for invigorating activities such as mountain biking, trail hiking and, of course, shopping. There's also golf, horseback riding and fishing. And for more adventurous travelers, there's heli-hiking and summer skiing.
Stay in comfortable accommodations within walking distance of European-style cafes, unique boutiques and art galleries featuring local and famous artists. An inclusive gondola ride provides spectacular views all the way to the top of Whistler Mountain.
In Vancouver, most cruisetours include a City Tour takes you on a drive through the cobblestone streets of historic Gastown, bustling Chinatown and the 1000-acre Stanley Park, where you can take in the unparalled views of Prospect Point. The beaches of English Bay and the manicured gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park are sights you won't want to miss.
Again, there are two components to a Canadian Rockies Cruisetour - the land portion in Canada and the cruise portion. What's included varies upon the actual cruisetour and the part of the trip you are on. But in general, the following is included on your vacation:
On the Canadian Rockies land portion:
The cruise portion of your trip will include:
Your Canadian Rockies cruisetour will not include:
Cruisetours begin in late May and continue though the end of August or very early September. .Whether you cruise when the Inside Passage is blanketed with spring wildflowers or ablaze with fall foliage you'll be awed at Alaska's natural wonders. Spring whale migrations, fall bald eagle gatherings, winter trumpeter swans - exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities and substantial savings can be found during spring and fall.
Canadian Rockies cruisetours are very complicated travel packages that cannot yet be booked online. If you would like to purchase a Canadian Rockies cruisetour or have additional questions, please call AlaskaCruises.com directly and one of our Alaska experts will be happy to help you plan your trip.