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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Canada
Travel type Fly
Price range From £0
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 15 nights
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Canada's rocky mountaineer and Alaska cruise

The Canadian Rockies, coupled with an Alaskan cruise, must surely rank amongst the very finest scenic and wildlife holidays on earth. Combining Canada, the world’s second largest country, with a cruise to Alaska, the largest state in the US, our tour has been designed to showcase the very best that such an enormous area can offer.

The Rocky mountains are Canada’s crowning glory and we stay in Banff, the very heart of the mountains, then travel along the ‘road of steel’ that is the Trans-Canadian railway, on the Rocky Mountaineer train, crossing high passes, deep ravines and bridges to Vancouver.

Our seven night cruise with Holland America Line to Alaska is available as an extension on all departures. The cruise includes two days at sea sailing the waters of the Inside Passage. In Alaska, we visit Skagway and Ketchikan. We spend a whole day cruising the waters of Glacier Bay.

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms and cabins (in K-category) are subject to availability at a supplement of £869 to £1059 per person (for Manchester departures an additional £65 supplement will apply). The price includes flights to Calgary, returning from Vancouver; seven nights on room-only basis, staying in superior three star hotels (medium class in Kamloops, arranged directly by the Rocky Mountaineer); guided visits to Lake Louise, Peyto lake and the Athabasca glacier aboard a Snocoach; two breakfasts, two lunches, selected drinks and staff gratuities aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train; tour of Vancouver; all transfers; all Port Taxes; seven nights on full board in a K-category cabin on board the MS Zuiderdam (other cabins available at a supplement); porterage of one item of luggage per person; the services of an experienced Riviera tour manager

  • Explore some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the world on a two day journey through the Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer train between Banff and Vancouver
  • A seven night Alaska luxury cruise through the ‘Inside Passage’ with Holland America Line, visiting the World Heritage Site of Glacier Bay national park
  • Direct flights from London Gatwick and connections from Manchester
  • Hand-picked superior three star accommodation
  • Travel on the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic highways and walk on the 300-metre thick Athabasca glacier
  • Stay in Vancouver
  • Experience optional glacier helicopter flights, bear and whale-watching, fishing, kayaking, hiking and even dog-sledding, amongst the huge selection of shore excursions on our Alaska cruise
  • Two lunches and two breakfasts included on the Rocky Mountaineer, plus seven days full board on the Alaska cruise
  • Escorted by our experienced Riviera tour manager

    Manchester departures

    Departures from Manchester include standard class rail ticket from Manchester or alternatively from Liverpool, Chester, Stockport, Stoke, Stafford and Crewe to Gatwick airport on the day before your flight to Calgary and one night at the four star Sofitel Gatwick airport on bed and breakfast basis. Applies to trains arriving in Euston after 12.00 hrs. Your return flight from Vancouver will arrive direct to Manchester airport.

    Alaska cruise

    Your cruise includes seven nights in an inside K-category cabin with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; transfers on return to Vancouver and all port taxes. Numerous other cabin categories are available at a supplement. Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Onboard currency is the US dollar. Extras (subject to change): US$11.50 per person per day (US$12 in suites) will be added to your onboard account for cruise staff gratuities and a 15% service charge is added to all drinks bills.

    Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service from £309

    Upgrade to the single-decker SilverLeaf Dome carriage with its spacious reclining seats and hot meals served at your seat. Cost per person £329 for May departures, or £309. SilverLeaf upgrade is not bookable online, please call us on 01283 742300 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to book this option.

    Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service from £509

    Upgrade to the double-decker GoldLeaf Dome carriage with its panoramic wrap-round windows. Guests also have access to the open-air observation vestibule at the end of each carriage. Impeccable service is complimented with three course gourmet dining in the lower-level dining room. Cost per person £509. GoldLeaf upgrade is not bookable online, please call us on 01283 742300 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to book this option.
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Visa and Health

Canada - UK and Irish nationals do not require a visa. However, please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after the intended return date.

Alaska, USA – British passport holders do not require a visa under the USA Visa Waiver Programme. Please ensure your passport is machine readable (i.e. a red passport with two lines of letters, numbers and ‘>>>>’ at the foot of your personal details page) and is valid for at least six months after your departure date from the US. Please note British passport holders qualifying for the Visa Waiver programme must now apply online for authorisation to enter the USA, for which there is now an administration fee of $14 per person. This may only be submitted online by logging on to: and registering at least 72 hours prior to travel. It is now a requirement that all passengers apply in this way. Without authorisation prior to travel, admission may be denied at a US port of entry. For the latest information, please visit the ESTA website, as detailed. Holders of non-British passports will need to contact the American Embassy in London for details at least three months prior to departure. Details can be found on:

There are no current health requirements for Canada or the USA. However, whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we often enjoy walking tours (sometimes over unmade paths) of the various places of interest. This tour also reaches an altitude of 5,700ft and temperature variations can be unpredictable, especially during spring and autumn. For these reasons this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind when considering this holiday.
Day one

Check in for your flight to Calgary. Following our afternoon arrival we transfer to the three star superior Delta Bow valley in central Calgary for one night.

Day two

Today we start our journey from Calgary across the rolling prairies of Alberta and soon the slate-grey, snow-capped peaks of the Rockies come into view. Our hotel, where we stay for the next three nights, is the three star superior Banff Park lodge in the spa resort of Banff. With its wood-panelled interior, cosy fireplace and excellent indoor pool, our hotel is a five minute stroll into the centre of town.

Day three

This morning our journey takes us along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most spectacular roads in the world, with mountain vistas. Our first stop is Lake Louise, completely encircled by high peaks, perhaps the most photographed view in the Rockies. Then we take in Peyto lake, one of the world’s most beautiful azure-blue glacial waters. Finally we see the Columbia icefield, the largest in the Rockies, covering an area of over 200 square miles, at depths of over 1,000 feet, a display of the power of mother-nature. We’ll ride on a giant ‘Snocoach’ (weather permitting) across the surface of the Athabasca glacier for a closer inspection of the massive crevasses before returning to Banff.

Day four

Today we have a free day. Why not take a leisurely ‘float’ trip on the Bow river or a dip in Banff’s hot springs. There are also helicopter trips on offer, or perhaps a ride up to the top of 7,500 foot Sulphur mountain, on the Banff gondola. Several walks commence from the peak and there’s also a restaurant with an open-air terrace. Also very popular is afternoon tea at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, built in the style of a massive Scottish baronial castle.

Day five

This morning we set off on one of the world’s great train journeys. Boarding the Rocky Mountaineer you’ll be led to your assigned, comfortable reclining seats, which rotate through 360 degrees, with plenty of legroom and large panoramic windows. The train begins its two-day, 585-mile journey following the wide Bow river valley before crossing the continental divide at Kicking Horse Pass. Next come the spiral tunnels, an engineering marvel built 100 years ago, as we follow the Columbia river and cross the dramatic 500–foot steel span of Stoney Creek bridge. The on-board commentary highlights the history of the towns and villages en route and the building of the railway itself. Meals in RedLeaf Class include airline-style ‘chilled’ breakfast and luncheon on each day, as well as plenty of complimentary snacks, tea and coffee and non-alcoholic drinks served at your seat (bar service available at extra cost). Upgrade to the SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf Services and their Dome Carriages. Our overnight stay is in a range of medium-class hotels in the town of Kamloops.

Day six

We continue our journey to Vancouver. Following the Fraser and Thomson river canyons, passing the Jaws of Death gorge, Avalanche Alley and Hell’s Gate canyon, we criss-cross the river many times as we travel through some of British Columbia’s most scenic country. We finally reach Vancouver during the afternoon after our journey. Our hotel for the next two nights is the three star superior Coast Coal Harbour hotel in downtown Vancouver, close to the main shopping areas and the harbour front promenade.

Day seven

Vancouver regularly features as one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities: the waters of the Pacific Ocean, with its harbour, the glass skyscrapers reflecting the sunlight and the coastal mountains form a stunning backdrop. This morning we tour the city stopping at Stanley Park, with its collection of totem poles and Prospect Point, which offers views. The afternoon is at leisure, though there’s plenty to see and do in the city. A popular, easy walk starts from Vancouver’s waterfront pedestrian promenade to the huge expanse of Stanley Park. here you can visit the city’s aquarium, with its Beluga whales, dolphins and sea otters. The walk continues along the shoreline path, which affords vistas across the bay, until you reach English bay’s sandy beach, a lovely spot from where to watch the sunset.

Day eight

This morning is at leisure. Embarkation begins on the MS Zuiderdam at 11:30am and cabins are normally available from around 1pm. Our ship sails at 5pm, passing below Vancouver's spectacular Lion's Gate suspension bridge.

Day nine

Our first full day at sea and there’s plenty of time to ease into shipboard life and take in the scenery of the Inside Passage. For anyone who prefers a little more activity, there are a huge variety of onboard talks and activities available. This evening is the first formal night of the cruise.

Day 10

We spend the morning cruising the narrow 25-mile long Tracy Arm fjord to view the massive twin Sawyer glaciers. Hemmed in by near vertical ice-scoured granite mountainsides, the glaciers are surrounded by a wild and barren landscape – reminiscent of the last Ice Age. Look out for harbour seals basking on the many ice floes in the bay. After lunch we arrive in Juneau, Alaska’s state capital. From here there’s a widely varying selection of shore excursions on offer, ranging from flying to a glacier by helicopter and dog-sledding with teams of huskies, to whale-watching, kayaking, a typical Alaskan salmon bake, fly fishing by sea plane and a variety of hikes in the surrounding area.

Day 11

An early start today as we arrive in Skagway at 7am. Our ship remains here all day allowing plenty of time to explore this historic gateway to the Klondike, originally a lawless tented city during its gold rush days. The shore excursions include a number of helicopter glacier sightseeing opportunities, but what makes Skagway unique is it being the start of the White Pass & Yukon railroad and there are a number of excursions that include a ride on the restored carriages of the 100-year old route through the Alaskan wilderness. The most striking feature of Alaska is the sheer sense of isolation and tranquil beauty, people are a rarity, settlement less so; the land is not farmed or used by man in any way. There's wildlife galore, safe in sanctuary of this pristine wilderness - there are few places like this left on the planet.

Day 12

Today is yet another tour highlight as your cruise-ship slowly enters the Glacier Bay national park, with eight actively calving glaciers, more than anywhere else on Earth, access to this spectacle is strictly controlled by the US Parks service. Surrounded by snow-clad 10,000-foot peaks of the Fairweather range, the nutrient-rich waters are home to salmon and humpback whales. On-shore it’s also home to black bears, moose and wolves. Our ship will spend the day cruising this huge area comprising 900 square miles of marine waters and although we do not actually dock anywhere, national park service rangers will come on board to provide specialist commentary and answer any questions.

Day 13

After a morning’s cruising, we arrive at the small town of Ketchikan after lunch, where a number of trips are available, via seaplane, into the nearby Misty fjords national monument or the remote Tongass national forest - an environment only accessible by air, where bears can be spotted fishing for salmon. Amongst the many other activities available, there’s salmon fishing, a crab feast, sea kayaking, and for the really adventurous, a ‘zip-line’ descent through the forest canopy.

Day 14

Our last full day is spent at sea returning through the Inside Passage.

Day 15

We arrive back in Vancouver in the morning, where you disembark and transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for your return flight.

Day 16

We arrive back in the UK.
Calgary – three-star superior Delta Bow Valley hotel

Located in downtown Calgary. The hotel has an indoor pool, jacuzzi and fitness area, whilst dining choices include a main dining room and bar as well as a Starbucks coffee shop. The comfortable rooms are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, flat screen cable TV, wireless internet (extra charge), fridge, iron/iron board, tea/coffee-maker and great views of the city skyline.

Banff – three star superior Rundlestone lodge

Located in a quiet spot around a 15 minute walk from Banff’s central area. The hotel has spacious lounge with fireplace, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness area, as well as a bistro and bar. The 96 comfortable rooms all are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, cable TV and DVD, free wireless internet, writing desk, iron/iron board and coffee-maker.

Banff – three star superior Banff Park lodge

Located in a quiet spot less than a five minute stroll from the centre. The hotel has spacious lounge, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and fitness area, as well as the Chinook all-day restaurant and the Terrace dining room for a more formal evening venue. The 211 comfortable rooms are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, cable TV, wireless internet (extra charge), iron/iron board, safe, fridge, coffee-maker and patio or balcony.

Kamloops – three star hotel to be allocated locally by Rocky Mountaineer.

Vancouver – the three-star superior Coal Coast Harbour hotel

Located just steps away from Vancouver’s waterfront promenade and a few minutes walk from Robson Street, one of the city’s main shopping streets. The hotel boasts a heated outdoor pool, fitness area and a restaurant. The 220 well-appointed and contemporary styled rooms are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, flat screen cable TV, free wireless internet, iPod dock, writing desk, safe, iron/iron board and tea/coffee-maker.

Alaska Cruise - MS Zuiderdam

The first of Holland America Line’s Vista-class ships, the 1,900-passenger MS Zuiderdam has more outside oceanview staterooms and verandas than most other ships in Alaska. The Promenade deck goes right round the ship with plenty of classic teak deck chairs to relax in, whilst its eight deck atrium and spacious public rooms are adorned with a wide variety of art and antiques. Dining options include the two-tier Vista dining room serving five course meals with impeccable service and an extensive wine list.

A more intimate option is the Pinnacle Grill (US$25 pp supplement), which features sterling-silver beef served on top of the range china and linens. The informal Lido restaurant has free seating and buffet-style service for lunch and breakfast and waiter service for dinner. You may also take daily afternoon tea, complimentary hot hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour and late night snacks – there’s even a demonstration kitchen featuring gourmet cookery classes.

There are two formal evenings when gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie. The spacious, elegantly-appointed staterooms all feature complimentary 24-hour room service, fresh fruit daily, flat-panel TVs, bathrobes, egyptian cotton towels and Elemis bath products. The Deluxe Veranda staterooms are particularly popular and early booking is recommended.

Other ship facilities include a three-tier theatre, the Crow’s Nest observation lounge, a piano bar and sports bar, the Explorer’s lounge where complimentary newspapers, books and internet are available, the Greenhouse spa and hair salon with its steam room and ‘hydro’ pool, a covered pool and a large open observation deck right at the very top of the ship.
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Our tour manager was Steve who was well organised and efficient and contributed in no small measure to our enjoyment of the experience. We have travelled with Riviera many times and have never been disappointed. The forethought in your planning, the tour managers, the hotels etc... have always been of a very high standard.
Jul 2011
Mr & Mrs Davies