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Cosmos Canadian Train Odyssey with Alaska Cruise (8965)

23 days from Toronto to Vancouver 
This cross-country train adventure across Canada begins in Toronto, ends in Vancouver, and includes beautiful scenery and fun-filled activities in some of Canada’s most popular cities. A highlight of this Canada train tour is the 3-day, 3-night journey on VIA Rail®’s the Canadian—a premier continental train—from Toronto to Jasper. In refurbished art deco rail cars and domed observation cars, enjoy views of the ever-changing landscapes as you leisurely travel through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

The spectacular landscapes on your train trip are not the only stunning scenery you’ll witness on this Canada rail tour. Marvel at hypnotic Niagara Falls on your boat cruise past the falls. In the Canadian Rockies, ride the Ice Explorer—an all-terrain vehicle—on Columbia Icefield, an expanse of ice that is 1,200-feet thick. Stop in breathtaking Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Spend time in stunning Jasper National Park—with its rugged mountains, glaciers, alpine meadows, rivers, and abundant wildlife—and Banff National Park, home to majestic mountains and picture-perfect scenery. Also stop in Yoho National Park, with its famous fossils, and Glacier National Park, with its abundant wildlife. From the Pacific Coast, sail to Victoria through the scenic Gulf Islands, a diverse archipelago. In Victoria, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays.

Plus, enjoy a 7-night Alaska cruise through the stunning Inside Passage, one of the world’s most picturesque sea lanes. Hear the roar as ice breaks off and “calves” into the sea—it’s spectacular! Your cruise stops include Juneau; Skagway, an important town during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898; and Ketchikan.

See Canada’s spectacular mountain scenery, stunning lakes, picturesque towns, gentle prairie fields, and exciting cities on this Canadian rail tour—with Alaska cruise!

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Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

NIAGARA FALLS
Sightseeing cruise

TORONTO
Sightseeing

TORONTO-JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Journey on VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park

VICTORIA
Sightseeing; Visit Butchart Gardens

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park

HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE
7 night Inside Passage Cruise on the MS Volendam

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1TORONTO.
 Welcome to Toronto! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2TORONTO. EXCURSION TO NIAGARA FALLS.
 Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing here includes a SIGHTSEEING BOAT CRUISE past the world-famous falls. Later, visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake. Return to Toronto and spend the evening exploring the city sights on your own, including Harbourfront Centre, Ontario Place, and Chinatown.

NOTE:
Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. When unfavorable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
Day 3TORONTO–VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN.
 Setting Toronto’s exciting architectural pace are City Hall; the downtown banking district; Roger’s Center; and stunning CN Tower, more than a third of a mile high. See all this and more on your city sightseeing tour. This evening, join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto’s lights from the CN Tower. Afterward, transfer to Union Station for a late-evening departure on the CANADIAN, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada’s heartland. Your Sleeper Plus class rail cars are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950s. Domed observation cars let you enjoy views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario’s landscapes. All meals are included, and you won’t want to miss any of them, as the chef offers a tempting array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts.
Day 4VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN.
 Today, watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever-changing Canadian landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway’s breathtaking mainline. (B,L,D)
Day 5VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–WINNIPEG.
 An early arrival into Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital, a city rich in history and culture. Mid-morning, we continue our journey through Manitoba’s prairies and into Saskatchewan. (B,L,D)
Day 6VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
 This morning enjoy a delicious breakfast as you continue on the Canadian into the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper this evening. An orientation tour includes Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. The evening is free to enjoy the ambiance of this delightful mountain setting. (B,L)
Day 7JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
 With free time this morning, maybe hike on the trails and watch for wildlife, or stroll the streets of Jasper. This afternoon consider an optional trip to Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to much-photographed Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view mighty Maligne Canyon. Perhaps an optional float trip on the Athabasca River to end the day?
Day 8JASPER NATIONAL PARK–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
 Board your motorcoach this morning and journey through JASPER NATIONAL PARK, stopping along the way at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 750 feet (250 meters) thick. Continue down Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Arrive in BANFF NATIONAL PARK for a leisurely 2-night stay.
Day 9BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
 This morning, consider an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. The day is free to independently explore this resort town located within Banff National Park. Stroll Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare of boutiques and souvenir shops. The surrounding 2,564 square miles of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears. This evening your Tour Director will suggest an optional horse drawn wagon ride along scenic trails followed by a BBQ Steak dinner.
Day 10BANFF NATIONAL PARK–YOHO NATIONAL PARK–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–KAMLOOPS.
 This morning, leave Banff National Park and travel over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through YOHO NATIONAL PARK, where pre-Cambrian fossils were discovered, and GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, where recreational mountain climbing was introduced to North America a century ago. Late this afternoon, arrive at the cattle-ranching center of Kamloops.”
Day 11KAMLOOPS–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA.
 As you travel through the Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening, consider strolling along the Waterfront Promenade.
Day 12VICTORIA.
 Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.
Day 13VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER.
 This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes STANLEY PARK, Gastown, Chinatown, and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.
Day 14VANCOUVER.
 Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, re-visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.
Day 15VANCOUVER.
 Continue your stay in Vancouver for the evening.
Day 16VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION).
 Embark on your cruise ship. (D)
Day 17SCENIC 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 18JUNEAU
 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 19SKAGWAY
 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 20SCENIC 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 21KETCHIKAN
 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 22SCENIC 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 23VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION).
 Your cruise ends this morning. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 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 inside category L; upgrade to inside cabin category K or J from $30 to $60; upgrade to an outside cabin category E, D, or C from $350 to $480, or to a verandah cabin category B, AA, or A from $1,320 to $1,960.

Cruise line non-commissionable fare, government taxes, and fees of $485 to $495, depending on date, 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 $1,845, based on date and cabin category.

Triple Room Reduction per person:
from $290, based on date and cabin category.

Triple rooms on the Canadian may be one room or two separate rooms that may or may not be located near each other on the train.

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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05/07/2019 $4,002.00
05/14/2019 $4,090.00
05/21/2019 $4,090.00
05/28/2019 $4,660.00
06/04/2019 $4,660.00
06/11/2019 $4,759.00
06/18/2019 $4,759.00
06/25/2019 $4,759.00
07/09/2019 $4,759.00
07/16/2019 $4,759.00
07/23/2019 $4,759.00
07/30/2019 $4,759.00
08/06/2019 $4,759.00
08/13/2019 $4,660.00
08/20/2019 $4,660.00
08/27/2019 $4,572.00
09/03/2019 $4,572.00
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