Trans-Canada Tour Packages with Rocky Mountaineer

These independent rail vacation packages are the ultimate all-Canadian rail experience, connecting the Pacific west coast with the east by train. You will enjoy two days onboard the all daylight Rocky Mountaineer train through the Canadian Rockies in SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service as well as motor coach sightseeing and VIA rail overnight cabin accommodation from Jasper to Toronto. These are independent packages so please contact us for more information including availability and promotional pricing.

“I booked the Trans-Canada Coast-to-Coast GoldLeaf Deluxe rail package - it was really well organized. There was nothing to worry about, even though my main language is Japanese - it exceeded my expectations.”

- Aiko K., Japan

Independent Trans-Canada Itinerary with Alaskan Cruise

FRI - Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own.
Overnight in Vancouver.
 
SAT - Embarkation
Board your cruise ship in the early afternoon.
Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. D. 
 
SUN - Cruise the Inside Passage
Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage.
Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. B, L, D.
 
MON - Port of Call Juneau, 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 placeto let your imagination run wild. 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 Nieuw Amsterdam. B, L, D.
 
TUE - Port of Call Skagway, Alaska
Take your time and poke into every little store from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy’s Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie and other vintage characters. Tocomplete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of ‘98 Museum. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park boasts restored buildings and wooden boardwalks that invite youto take a stroll into the past.
Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. B, L, D. 
 
WED - Glacier Bay Scenic Cruise
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. Bring out the camera and listen for the thunderous sound of a monumental chunk of ice that has splitfrom a glacier as it crashes into the sea. The impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.
Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. B, L, D.
 
THU - Port of Call Ketchikan, Alaska
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 has 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 Nieuw Amsterdam. B, L, D.
 
FRI - Cruise the Inside Passage
Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage.
Overnight on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. B, L, D.
 
SAT - Vancouver
After breakfast you will disembark the ms Nieuw Amsterdam in Vancouver. The rest of the day is yours to explore.
Overnight in Vancouver. B.
 
SUNVancouver North Shore Sightseeing
Enjoy a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore. Travel across the Lions Gate Bridge and into the Coast Mountains. Experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Treetops Adventure, discovering the coastal temperate rainforest and British Columbia’s First Nations heritage. Next, visit Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included), the Peak of Vancouver, and take in breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains.
Overnight in Vancouver.
 
MON - Vancouver to Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer train
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. 
Overnight in Kamloops. B, L.
 
TUE - Kamloops to Banff - Rocky Mountaineer train
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff.
Overnight in Banff. B, L.
 
WED - Banff Sightseeing
Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.
Overnight in Banff.
 
THU - Banff to Lake Louise
A full day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River.
Overnight in Lake Louise
 
FRI - Lake Louise to Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch (included). Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon.
Overnight in Jasper.
 
SAT - VIA Rail Jasper to Toronto Day 1
This evening, begin your four-day VIA Rail journey across the Prairie provinces and northern Ontario.
Overnight on VIA Rail. D.
 
SUN - VIA Rail Jasper to Toronto Day 2
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto.
Overnight on VIA Rail. B, L, D. 
 
MON - VIA Rail Jasper to Toronto Day 3
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto.
Overnight on VIA Rail. B, L, D.
 
TUE - VIA Rail Toronto Arrival
Arrive in Toronto on VIA Rail this morning.
Overnight in Toronto. B.
 
WED - Niagara Falls Tour
Enjoy a full-day motorcoach tour to Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world. Included is a cruise to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Return to Toronto early in the evening.
Overnight in Toronto. L.
 
THU - VIA Rail Toronto to Montreal
Travel on VIA Rail in Business class from Toronto to Montreal.
Overnight in Montreal. L.
 
FRI - Montreal Sightseeing; VIA Rail Montreal to Halifax
Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure, and after checking out from your hotel, half-day guided sightseeing tour of Montreal today departing at 1:00pm. Scheduled stops include Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica, Olympic Park, Mount Royal and McGill University. After your sightseeing tour, pick up your luggage from your hotel and board the VIA Rail train to Halifax in the early evening. Dinner is served onboard.
Overnight on VIA Rail. D.
 
SAT - VIA Rail Halifax Arrival
Enjoy the scenic Nova Scotia and New Brunswick landscapes before arriving in Halifax this afternoon. Spend the rest of the day exploring this small Atlantic coastal city, and celebrate the successful completion of your transcontinental rail journey!
Overnight in Halifax. B, L.
 
SUN - Peggy's Cove Tour*
*This tour has a minimum 8 passenger requirement and is subject to cancellation if minimum is not met.
Peggy’s Cove has been an artist and explorer's paradise for well over 150 years. This picture perfect postcard village, on the rugged Atlantic shoreline, stands on solid rock above the crashing surf. The fishing village has long been a backdrop for tales of pirates and shipwrecks and today you will have some free time to explore the rocks, walking trails, village, and many quaint boutiques and gift shops in the cove. Peggy’s Cove has also been the muse for many artisans over the years. Perhaps the most notable is William Edward deGarthe, a Finnish-born painter and sculptor. See his famous tribute to the fishermen of Nova Scotia in the village of Peggy’s Cove. This tour will have your camera working overtime as you see the beauty of the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse against its powerful Atantic Ocean backdrop!
Overnight in Halifax.
 
MON - Halifax Departure
Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Halifax hotel.
 
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