See Radiance of the Seas 7-Night Southbound Alaska and Hubbard Glacier Cruise.
After your scenic cruise, you’ll debark your ship in Vancouver and begin your adventure across the spectacular Canadian Rockies. From the pier, you’ll embark on a city tour of Vancouver. Relish incredible views of English Bay Vancouver Harbor, historic Gastown, Stanley Park, Granville Island and an array of other natural and historic sights on your city tour. The afternoon and early evening are yours to enjoy at leisure, with options for independent city exploration, shopping, and dining. In Vancouver, you’ll also be treated to 360-degree views of the harbour, mountains, and downtown area from the Lookout! Tower and Harbour Centre (admission included).
The excitement continues as you transfer to Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail’s legendary ‘Canadian’ train for a breathtaking journey through the Rockies eastward to Jasper. Experience old world charm as you soak up the magnificent landscape and views on this rail journey. In the evening, you’ll retire to your Sleeper Plus Class private cabin and enjoy a restful night’s sleep in your premier accommodations.
Note: Please pack an overnight bag for the train portion of your tour, as you will not have access to your luggage once you board the train.
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. Overnight at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. 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.
After this unique ice adventure, you’ll enjoy free time at the Columbia Icefield Centre to relax over a buffet lunch (included) and visit the new and expanded Parks Canada Interpretive Centre. Continue to Lake Louise, the “Jewel of the Rockies”, where you’ll have the option of relaxing at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or enjoying a scenic stroll around the cerulean waters of the glacial-fed lake for the remainder of your afternoon and evening. Retire to your accommodations at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for a peaceful overnight stay.
Kick off your day by taking in the astonishing views of Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks on the Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls Tour. Travel the Great Divide into Yoho National Park where you’ll experience some of nature’s most awe-inspiring wonders, including Takakkaw Falls in the magnificent Yoho Valley 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 at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
Begin your day with a 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. After, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the landscape aboard the Banff Gondola 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 the Fairmont Palliser, where you’ll enjoy leisure time to relax before your afternoon’s adventures, featuring a visit to the Calgary Tower, the tallest 360-degree observation deck in the world (admission included). Soak in 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 at the Fairmont Palliser
Bid farewell to Calgary before enjoying a complimentary transfer 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.