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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 Highlights & Sightseeing

In Calgary and Vancouver; orientation tour in Jasper, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), Stanley Park, and Butchart Gardens.

Cosmos Hotels

CALGARY International Hotel Calgary (SF)
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Irwin’s Mountain Inn (ST)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Lobstick Lodge (F)
KAMLOOPS Decided by Rocky Mountaineer (BA)
VANCOUVER Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown (F)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)
ALASKA CRUISE Holland America’s MS Volendam, MS Westerdam, or MS Noordam

Itinerary (2018)

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. (B)
Day 3BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
 Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts—your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
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 two mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 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.
Day 6 JASPER NATIONAL PARK–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. Then, pass through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, surrounded by the snowcapped Coast Mountains. 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 across the Strait of Georgia 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).
 Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners; on Rocky Mountaineer—2 breakfast, 2 lunches

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Cosmos Pricing Details

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase. Gratuities for cruise are additional and paid on board ship.

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.

Pricing is based on inside category J or K; upgrade to an outside category E for $335 or a verandah cabin category B (Volendam) from $1,154 or VD (Noordam) from $510 & (Westerdam) from $614.

Cruise line non-commissionable fare, government taxes, and fees of $455 to $485, depending on date and cabin category, are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
from $1,435 based on date and cabin category.

Triple Room Reduction per person:
from $165 based on date and cabin category.

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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05/08/2018 $3,469.00
05/15/2018 $3,509.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/22/2018 $3,599.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/29/2018 $3,669.00
06/05/2018 $3,759.00
Guaranteed Departure 06/12/2018 $3,759.00
06/19/2018 $3,759.00
Guaranteed Departure 06/26/2018 $3,759.00
07/03/2018 $3,759.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/10/2018 $3,859.00
07/17/2018 $3,759.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/24/2018 $3,759.00
07/31/2018 $3,759.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/07/2018 $3,759.00
08/14/2018 $3,759.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/21/2018 $3,759.00
08/28/2018 $3,669.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/04/2018 $3,669.00
09/08/2018 $3,669.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/11/2018 $3,669.00
09/15/2018 $3,669.00
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