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Cosmos Western Canada by Rail with Alaska Cruise (8934)

16 days from Calgary to Vancouver 
Create a lifetime of incredible memories traveling through the unforgettable Canadian Rockies! You’ll overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Vancouver, and Victoria, and you’ll enjoy a 7-night Alaska cruise. Along the way, witness spectacular scenery and explore western Canada’s most famous cities.

Two nights in both Banff National Park, one of Canada’s favorite resorts, and Jasper National Park, Canada’s largest national park, give you time to be amazed at the majestic scenery, explore on your own, or take optional outings. Between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, stop in Lake Louise and marvel at this world-famous location with its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. You’ll also stop for a highlight of this western Canada tour—a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies.

Another highlight of this western Canada tour is a 2-day, all-daylight journey from Jasper National Park to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. This train ride through breathtaking scenery takes you back to a time when getting to your destination was part of the fun. Along the way, pass Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ highest mountain; wild rivers; majestic mountain ranges; and beautiful Hell’s Gate. More scenery awaits on your ferry crossing from Vancouver through the spectacular Gulf Islands to Victoria. In Victoria, enjoy world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays. But that’s not all…watch for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife on your Alaska cruise. Marvel at glaciers and witness the amazing spectacle of thunder and spray as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

This is an unforgettable, value-minded vacation with an amazing itinerary full of beautiful scenery and once-in-a-lifetime activities.

Cosmos Promotions & Special Offers

  • Book early and save $50 per person on 2019 Cosmos vacations worldwide*
    Must be booked between 06/06/18 and 10/23/18 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/19 and 12/31/19
Restrictions May Apply

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

CALGARY
Sightseeing

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park

LAKE LOUISE
Visit the lake

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park

JASPER NATIONAL PARK–VANCOUVER
Journey aboard Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park

VICTORIA
Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE
7-night Inside Passage cruise on the MS Volendam

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1CALGARY.
 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. 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. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.
Day 3BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
 Today is at leisure. Play golf, horseback ride, hike the many wilderness trails in the area, stroll through Banff, or simply relax at the hot springs. The park is the perfect place for wildlife watching and as a visitor you may spot some of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep.
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 three mountain passes. Another highlight is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 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. While exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies keep an eye out for native wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves.
Day 6JASPER NATIONAL PARK–MOUNT ROBSON–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. (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. 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 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 (EMBARKATION).
 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)
Day 11JUNEAU
 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)
Day 12SKAGWAY
 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)
Day 14KETCHIKAN
 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)
 Your cruise ends this morning. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)


Included Cosmos Meals

9 breakfast, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

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Cosmos Pricing Details

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Any applicable Goods and Service Tax (GST) and/or Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) for Canada are additional. Taxes will be calculated and listed at the time of booking, prior to payment being collected.

Pricing is based on SilverLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer. Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service for a supplement of $470. Please book early, as space is limited.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
from $485 to $780

Triple Room Reduction per person:
from $95 to $175

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Cosmos Notes

Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of publishing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

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Cosmos Tour Dates


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*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
05/07/2019 $3,589.00
05/14/2019 $3,589.00
05/21/2019 $3,678.00
05/28/2019 $3,678.00
06/04/2019 $3,866.00
06/18/2019 $3,965.00
06/25/2019 $3,965.00
07/02/2019 $3,965.00
07/16/2019 $3,965.00
07/23/2019 $3,965.00
07/30/2019 $3,965.00
08/06/2019 $3,965.00
08/13/2019 $3,965.00
08/20/2019 $3,866.00
08/27/2019 $3,866.00
09/03/2019 $3,777.00
09/10/2019 $3,777.00
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