Mountain Tracks to the Sea – 13 Days / 12 Nights
Imagine being able to experience the Canadian Rockies by staying in Banff, taking a 2-day scenic rail trip through the Rockies en route to Vancouver, and to top it all off, a 7-night Alaska cruise aboard Holland America’s msVolendam! Mountain Tracks to Sea has all of it and more!
Banff, Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service (Banff-Kamloops-Vancouver), Vancouver,
Holland America Inside Passage Cruise (Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, as well as cruising Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay)
Departs on selected dates
Day 1 – Calgary/Banff
Your package includes transportation from the Calgary Airport to the Rimrock Resort Hotel. Banff has an alpine setting with meadows, forests, and jagged mountain peaks. The town has dozens of shops and restaurants to keep you occupied during your stay.
Overnight – Rimrock Resort Hotel
Day 2 – Banff
This morning you will travel along the Bow Valley Parkway to Johnston Canyon, where you will enjoy an easy walk before touring to the Lake Louise area. Stop at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise to see the lake with the famous Victoria Glacier in the background. Afterwards, travel to Moraine Lake and the Valley Of The Ten Peaks and then it is off to Yoho National Park to Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge and Takakkaw Falls. Arrive back into Banff in the late afternoon.
Overnight – Rimrock Resort Hotel
Day 3 – Banff/Kamloops (B, L)
Today you board Rocky Mountaineer. You will soon understand why this rail trip is billed as “The Most Spectacular Train Trip in the World”. Your journey takes you over the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, and Kicking Horse Pass. You will travel through Roger’s Pass through tunnels, snow-sheds, and past glistening glaciers. Continue along Shuswap Lake, the South Thompson River and the ranchlands leading to Kamloops. Upon arrival in Kamloops, the Rocky Mountaineer staff will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Breakfast and lunch are served aboard the train.
Overnight – Kamloops
Day 4 – Kamloops/Vancouver (B,L)
Return to your train for another day of scenic wonders as you travel through the fertile fields of the Fraser River valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains on the way to Vancouver. Rocky Mountaineer staff will be on hand to serve you breakfast, lunch and a snack at your seat. Upon arrival into Vancouver, a transfer is provided to your hotel.
Overnight – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Day 5 – Vancouver
You have a full day to explore Vancouver with the hop on/off trolley tour. The entire “loop” takes about 2 hours with trolleys running at about 20 minute intervals. There are numerous stops, some of which include: Gastown, Canada Place, Granville Island, Chinatown, Yaletown, Stanley Park (multiple stops throughout), and more including a great lunch location stop at the Sequoia Grill at the Teahouse.
Overnight – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Day 6 – Holland America Cruise/Inside Passage
You have the morning to relax prior to boarding the ship. The Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel is a short taxi ride to the pier. Welcome aboard Holland America’s msVolendam, your home for the next week while cruising the inside passage of Alaska. You will feel like a pampered guest the moment you board the ship. Lunch will be available.
Overnights – All overnights will be aboard Holland America’s msVolendam
Day 7 – Cruising the Inside Passage
Relax and enjoy the passing scenery, as well as the many activities offered during your cruise.
Day 8 – Cruising Tracy Arm/Juneau
Tracy Arm is a narrow, 26 mile-long fjord with dramatic glacier settings. Lush rain forests recede to reveal bare canyon rock, and waterfalls everywhere. Icebergs of every size and shape are making their way to the sea. At the end of the waterway are two reminders of the Ice Age – The twin Sawyer Glaciers. Mountain goats and seals are common sights with the sighting possibility of bears or whales.
This afternoon you will arrive in Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town of Juneau has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door. Juneau is the place to let your imagination run wild. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest, visit the rustic shops in town or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hide, whale watch, “Flightseeing” or fish. There’s no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours. Climb aboard the Mt. Roberts Tramway for a great spot to hike and take a dramatic souvenir photo. Don’t forget to visit the world famous Red Dog Saloon in town!
Day 9 – Skagway
Skagway is everyone’s picture of what Alaska must have been like during the Gold Rush. It is also famous for being the home to The White Pass and Yukon Railroad. It is a very memorable trip. There are also many other shore excursions to choose from. Visions of the Klondike days are plentiful with old time saloons, shops, memorabilia, and costumed people throughout town
Day 10 – Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
The trip to Glacier Bay takes you through scenery that is breathtakingly beautiful. You travel through passages that bring you close to the rock walls and under high cliffs. The highlight is seeing “calving”; you hear a loud crash and then see a huge chunk of the ice break off into the water. A stunning event you will never forget.
Day 11 – Ketchikan
Native heritage plays a large role in Ketchikan culture. For example, the largest collection of totem poles in the world is found at Totem Bight State Historical Park, Saxman Native Village and the Totem Heritage Center Museum.
Day 12 – Cruising the Inside Passage
The ship’s fun-loving crew will keep you busy and entertained throughout your cruise.
Day 13- Vancouver/Home
Enclosed with your travel documents is a transfer voucher from the pier to the airport. The pickup point is just outside the Pan Pacific hotel. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Canada, and that it will be one of many return trips.
- Arrival transfer – Calgary to Banff
- 2 nights – Rimrock Resort Hotel
- Mountain, Lakes & Waterfalls tour (Departures before June 17, Explore Banff Tour including Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride and lunch will be substituted)
- 2 full days of scenic rail travel from Banff to Vancouver aboard Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf* service. Breakfast and lunch will be served at your seat each day
- 1 night – Kamloops
- Transfer – Vancouver rail station to hotel
- 2 nights – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
- Vancouver hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
- 7 nights – Holland America – msVolendam roundtrip from Vancouver
- Ports of call: Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, cruising Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay
- Transfer- Vancouver Cruise Terminal to Vancouver Airport
- Maps and destination information
- Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable
(*Rates for an upgrade to GoldLeaf service are available upon request.)
Dates & Rates – 13 Days / 12 Nights
- Package is offered on select dates
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
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Port Taxes & Government Fees of $495 must be added to the prices shown above.
Please refer to Holland America’s website for Deck Plan information.
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
The Rimrock Resort Hotel is a leading hotel of the world located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. Offering exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, with unmatched style, decor and superb hospitality, the Rimrock Resort Hotel is a very special place that gives you a truly remarkable experience. Banff is a little bit of heaven on Earth and staying at the Rimrock Resort will make you realize that!
The Sheraton Wall Centre Downtown Vancouver Hotel
You’ll find a feeling of welcome at the Sheraton Wall Centre. This great location in the midst of dynamic Vancouver has you steps away from scenic Robson Street, Yaletown, Granville and GM place. Situated in a stunning environment in the center of downtown, take in views of the skyline and the Pacific Ocean.
CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.
HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.
GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.
It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.