2017 Western Explorer Excursion CV & Post Cruise

Tour code ZJLW

  • Highlights:
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise (or reverse)
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper (or reverse)
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain (Eastbound only)
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise
  • Rail station transfers in Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
  • Calgary Airport to Banff transfer (or reverse)
  • Hotel-cruise terminal transfers in Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise, Verandah (GoldLeaf Service) or Ocean-View (SilverLeaf Service) Stateroom
  • 7 nights hotel (Eastbound)
  • 5 nights hotel (Westbound)
  • from $3,599.20 USD
route map

Day 1: Calgary to Banff

Depart Calgary (or Calgary International Airport) today and transfer to Banff. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains, or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Banff.

Day 2: Banff to Lake Louise

A half-day tour takes you 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 tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 3: Lake Louise to Jasper

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia Icefield, ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: Vancouver to Vancouver

Arrive at the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board your ship. Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Day 7: Vancouver

Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage. Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Day 8: Juneau

The town of Juneau has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest, visit the rustic shops in town, set out and whale watch, flightsee, hike, kayak, raft, or fish. Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Day 9: Juneau to Skagway

Explore the shops from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy's Dry Goods, the Red Onion Saloon, and the nostalgic Trail of '98 Museum. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park boasts restored buildings and wooden boardwalks that invite you to take a stroll into the past. Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Day 10: Skagway

As Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay National Park protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Day 11: Ketchikan

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 waterfalls cascading into placid waters. Overnight on Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam.

Day 12: Ketchikan

Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage. Overnight on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Day 13: Vancouver

After breakfast you will disembark the ms Nieuw Amsterdam in Vancouver.

Departure Dates:

MonthDates
April: 24   
May: 1   8   15   22   29   
June: 5   12   19   26   
July: 3   10   17   24   31   
August: 7   14   21   28   
September: 4   11   18