See Explorer of the Seas 7-Night Alaska Sawyer Glacier cruise.
Your adventure to the Canadian Rockies begins in lovely Seattle. Upon arrival at the pier, you’ll enjoy a complimentary scenic motor coach transfer from the Seattle cruise pier to the train station and check in your luggage. After, you’ll enjoy leisure time to explore downtown Vancouver. In the evening, you’ll board VIA Rail’s legendary ‘Canadian’ train for your overnight journey to Jasper. As you make your way to Jasper, you’ll soak up magnificent landscape views aboard this railway replete with old world charm. In the evening, you’ll retire to your Sleeper Plus Class private cabin and enjoy a restful night’s sleep in your premier accommodations.
Please Note: Please pack an overnight bag including any special items or medications for the train portion of your tour, as you will not have access to your luggage once you board the train. The transfer from Seattle to Vancouver is an International border crossing. Guests are required to present their passport to Canadian border control.
Begin your morning with a delightful breakfast in the dining car as you pass between the stunning Monashee and Cariboo mountain ranges. Meander to the domed car for majestic views of Mt. Robson and Cariboo Falls. Lunch will be served in the dining car prior to arrival in Jasper, where you’ll enjoy leisure time in the late afternoon and evening for sightseeing and dining. Upon arrival at the Jasper train station, you’ll enjoy a complimentary motor coach or taxi transfer to the Fairmont Jasper for your overnight stay. Breakfast & Lunch are Included in the ’Canadian’ dining room.
Your day begins with an exciting journey south along the famous Icefields Parkway, one of the most spectacular highways in North America. Drive through Jasper and Banff National Parks, stopping at the Columbia Icefield for a “Glacier Experience”. This unique excursion will place you on the 1,200-feet-thick icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier aboard a specially-designed Ice Explorer. Venture to the middle of the glacier as your experienced guide explains how glaciers are formed and points out interesting geological features. At the icefall below the glacial headwall, you’ll have the option of stepping out onto the ice, which was formed from snow that fell 400 years ago. After this unique ice adventure, you’ll enjoy free time at the Columbia Icefield Centre to relax over a buffet lunch and visit the new and expanded Parks Canada Interpretive Centre.
In the afternoon, continue to Lake Louise, the “Jewel of the Rockies”, where you’ll stay overnight.
Today, you’ll embark on an exciting tour taking in the astonishing views of Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Travel the Great Divide into Yoho National Park surrounding areas. Visit Yoho National Park and experience some of nature’s most awe-inspiring wonders, including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and Natural Rock Bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. After your tour, you’ll continue to the picturesque resort town of Banff, nestled in Alberta’s Rockies, for an overnight stay amidst the mountains.
Begin your day with guided motorcoach tour through the towering mountains of Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade, and Norquay while discovering the natural attractions of Hoodoos Surprise Corner and breathtaking valley views from Tunnel Mountain Drive. Falls and the hoodoos, followed by a visit to Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. After, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the landscape aboard a gondola car as you make your way to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Later, you’ll depart Banff and set off to Calgary, the largest city in the province of Alberta. Upon arrival, you’ll be dropped off at your downtown hotel, where you’ll enjoy leisure time to relax before your afternoon’s adventures, which include a visit to the Calgary Tower, the highest 360º observation deck in the world. At the Tower, you’ll soak in spectacular panoramic views of the city and marvel at the sights below from the observatory’s remarkable glass floor, which looks straight down the side of the tower. After, you’ll head back to your hotel and enjoy an overnight stay in Calgary.
Departure Bid farewell to Calgary before enjoying a complimentary taxi ride to the Calgary International Airport for your flight home, taking with you a lifetime of memories from your unforgettable experience in the Canadian Rockies.
Note: All Canadian Rockies itineraries are independent travel itineraries and do not include an escort. Independent travel offers all the features of a structured group vacation plus the advantages only true independence can offer. All tours and activities described are included in your Cruisetour vacation. Upgrades for travel on VIA Rail are available for an additional fee. Contact your travel agent for details.