2017 Coastal Passage Journey through the Clouds Drive CS Post Cruise

Tour code UPOP

  • Highlights:
  • Seattle Highlights Tour (Eastbound only)
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain (Eastbound only)
  • Ice Explorer (Westbound only)
  • Calgary Tower
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners (Eastbound)
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners (Westbound)
  • 3 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 7 night Alaskan Explorer Cruise
  • 5 days full-size car rental, including one-way drop charge and unlimited kilometres
  • Rail station transfers in Seattle, Vancouver and Kamloops
  • Luggage handling
  • 7 night Alaskan Explorer Cruise, Verandah (GoldLeaf Service) or Ocean-view (SilverLeaf Service) Stateroom
  • 9 nights hotel (Eastbound)
  • 8 nights hotel (Westbound)
  • from $4,479.20 USD
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Day 1: Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and collect your rental car. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Calgary. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 2: Calgary to Banff

Depart Calgary this morning with your rental car for a two-hour drive to Banff. Highlights include Lake Minnewanka, the Banff Gondola, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Banff. Overnight in Banff.

Day 3: Banff to Lake Louise

Enjoy the short drive to Lake Louise into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders, including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 4: Lake Louise to Jasper

Travel to Jasper via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights along the way including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake, and Crowfoot Glacier. At the Columbia Icefield, ride on an Ice Explorer (admission included) to the middle of Athabasca Glacier. With sightseeing stops, we recommend allowing at least eight hours for today's drive. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 5: Jasper to Jasper

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Jasper National Park on your own. A wealth of optional activities (not included) abound: taking the Jasper Skytram to the high alpine of Whistlers Mountain, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, cruising on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 6: Jasper to Kamloops

Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops. You will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo mountains. Highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 7: Kamloops to Vancouver

Your journey continues towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. You will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Today's rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver.

Day 8: Vancouver to Seattle

Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer to the 'Emerald City' of Seattle. A motorcoach will transfer you to Pacific Central Station to clear US customs and board your dome coach. After boarding, toast the voyage ahead and indulge in a delectable hot breakfast. Highlights include the community of White Rock as the train hugs the Pacific Coast, views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands beyond, the fields at the foot of the Cascade Mountains near Mount Vernon, the fishing fleet (and Boeing jets) of Everett, and a unique view of the Chittenden Locks linking Puget Sound to Lakes Union and Washington. Upon arrival at King Street Station, a motorcoach will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Seattle.

Day 9: Seattle to Seattle

Make your way early this afternoon to the Port of Seattle cruise terminal where you board your ship for departure. Cruise up Puget Sound past the San Juan Islands and overnight on Holland America's ms Oosterdam.

Day 10: Seattle to Seattle

Sail up the west coast of Vancouver Island and past the east coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands as you approach the northern portion of the Inside Passage on your journey to the Alaskan Panhandle. Overnight on Holland America's ms Oosterdam.

Day 11: Seattle to Juneau

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. This afternoon, explore the lush Tongass National Forest, visit the rustic shops in town, set out and whale watch, flightsee, hike, kayak, raft or fish. Due to the long daylight hours, there's plenty of time for your perfect Juneau adventure. Overnight on Holland America's ms Oosterdam.

Day 12: Juneau to Juneau

Come face to face with a gigantic wall of ice that fills your view and extends for miles in either direction. Hubbard Glacier is a titan on the move, advancing faster than almost any other glacier on the continent. When it begins to disgorge its ice, by this point 400 years old, into the salt water at Disenchantment Bay, this behemoth is five miles wide and 40 stories high. It dwarfs ships. As you glide along this afternoon, watch for seals basking on ice floes, listen for the loud, deep rumble and wait for the mighty crack and thunderous crash. Overnight on Holland America's ms Oosterdam.

Day 13: Juneau to Sitka

The onion domes of St. Michael's Cathedral are your first clue that Sitka was once a Russian settlement ' the colonial headquarters of Count Baranof, no less. Discover the echoes of its heyday at a performance by the New Archangel Dancers. Be greeted by Tlingit native people, then stand on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska in 1867 for $7.2 million, less than two cents per acre. Take a stroll through old growth forest in Sitka National Historical Park, shop the downtown district, and poke around the Sheldon Jackson Museum for a close-up look at some of the city's most prized arts, crafts and Russian relics. Overnight on Holland America's ms Oosterdam.

Day 14: Sitka to Ketchikan

Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a cheerful air. Take time to explore Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village, Ketchikan's main attractions. Deep water fjords created by retreating glaciers have left behind stunning granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters. Overnight on Holland America's ms Oosterdam.

Day 15: Ketchikan to Victoria

The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria benefits from one of Canada's mildest climates, which allows its residents to pursue outdoor pleasures all year round. Established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson's Bay Company, Victoria's British ancestry is apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens, and tearooms. The city is now a cosmopolitan centre with a lively entertainment scene and a wonderful array of attractions for you to enjoy this evening. Overnight on Holland America's ms Oosterdam.

Day 16: Seattle

After breakfast you will disembark the ms Oosterdam in Seattle.

Departure Dates:

MonthDates
May: 13   
June: 10   
July: 8   
August: 26   
September: 2   9