2017 Rainforest to Gold Rush Drive CV & Post Cruise

Tour code ZRPP

  • Highlights:
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain (2017 Season)
  • Ice Explorer
  • Calgary Tower
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners (Eastbound, 2016 Season)
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners, 1 afternoon snack (Westbound)
  • 3 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise
  • 5 days full-size car rental, including one-way drop charges and unlimited kilometres
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper
  • Hotel-cruise terminal transfers in Vancouver
  • Luggage handling
  • 8 nights hotel (2016 Season)
  • 9 nights hotel (2017 Season)
  • 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise, Verandah (GoldLeaf Service) or Ocean-View (SilverLeaf Service) Stateroom
  • 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 Quesnel

Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer to Quesnel. Highlights include the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass, Moose Lake and the Fraser River. Overnight in Quesnel.

Day 7: Quesnel to Whistler

Your journey continues south to Whistler. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Overnight in Whistler.

Day 8: Whistler to Vancouver

This afternoon return to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. Highlights include the Cheakamus Canyon, Mount Garibaldi, Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon snack will be served onboard.

Day 9: Vancouver to Vancouver

Enjoy a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver's majestic North Shore including the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included). Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 10: Vancouver to Vancouver

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

Day 11: Vancouver

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

Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: Ketchikan

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

Day 17: Vancouver

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

Departure Dates:

MonthDates
April: 27   
May: 4   11   18   25   
June: 1   8   15   22   29   
July: 6   13   20   27   
August: 3   10   17   24   31   
September: 7   14