Great Canadian Rail Journey with Alaska Cruise

Great Canadian Rail Journey with Alaska Cruise

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$8023

Great Canadian Rail Journey with Alaska Cruise

21 Days Starting in TORONTO and ending in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Visiting: Toronto, Niagara Falls, Winnipeg, Manitoba, VIA Rail, Saskatchewan, Jasper, Maligne Lake, Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, Banff, Glacier National Park, Kamloops, Victoria, Vancouver, Inside Passage, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Ketchikan, North America

Tour operator:

Globus

Tour code:

CZI-2024

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 36

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Cruise

Activities:

Whale Watching

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Tour Overview

Redirect your train of thought on this epic rail journey across captivating Canada. Nestled in your first-class, art deco train car aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian, you can cruise and snooze your way through five picturesque provinces – although you won’t want to miss a moment of the panoramic scenery outside your window. After feeling the energy of Toronto and the mist of Niagara Falls, you’ll board your premier transcontinental train to chug past the sparkling lakes of Ontario, the golden prairies of Manitoba, the winding rivers of Saskatchewan, and the sun-dappled forests of Alberta. But the journey doesn’t conclude at the end of the line. You’ll continue by luxury motorcoach to the most beautiful national parks of the Canadian Rockies, including Jasper, Banff, Yoho, and Glacier National Park. Roast s’mores at a riverside barbecue in historic Kamloops before s’more fun in the British-infused city of Victoria and the multicultural metropolis of Vancouver. Keep the journey going by adding a leisurely Alaska cruise to your grand tour of Canada. While your ship will sail through the glacial beauty of the Inside Passage, Tracy Arm, and Glacier Bay National Park, you’ll personally cruise through several exciting ports of call, including the capital city of Juneau, the gold rush town of Skagway, and totem-pole-dotted Ketchikan.

Highlights

  • Energy of Toronto and the mist of Niagara Falls.

  • The sparkling lakes of Ontario, the golden prairies of Manitoba, the winding rivers of Saskatchewan, and the sun-dappled forests of Alberta.

  • The most beautiful national parks of the Canadian Rockies, including Jasper, Banff, Yoho, and Glacier National Park.

  • Riverside barbecue in historic Kamloops.

  • The capital city of Juneau, the gold rush town of Skagway, and totem-pole-dotted Ketchikan.

Places You'll See

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Banff Park Lodge

Chateau Jasper

Inn At Laurel Point

South Thompson Inn Guest Ranch & Conference Centre

The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Toronto, Ontario
Location: Toronto
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Meals Included: No Meals

At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2 : Toronto. Excursion To Niagara Falls
Location: Niagara Falls, Toronto
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Take a Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for an orientation drive before a special dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower.

Day 3 : Toronto-Via Rail The Canadian, Ontario
Location: Toronto
Accommodation: Overnight Rail Journey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, head to Union Station for departure on the Canadian, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train.

On VIA Rail, during the day your cabin for two offers armchairs, toilet, and a picture window. By night it transforms into upper and lower beds where guests must be able to climb a ladder to reach the upper bed. If you are a single passenger, your cabin by day features small couch-style seating, toilet and sink, and a large picture window. By night, an economy of space requires the pull-down bed to fill the space (obstructing the furniture and bathroom facilities). Public restrooms are available on each coach. Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.

Day 4 : Via Rail The Canadian-Ontario-Winnipeg, Manitoba
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Accommodation: Overnight Rail Journey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your exciting travel on the VIA Rail train continues through Ontario and Manitoba.

Day 5 : Via Rail The Canadian-Manitoba & Saskatchewan
Location: VIA Rail, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Accommodation: Overnight Rail Journey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue through the picturesque prairies and winding rivers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Day 6 : Via Rail The Canadian-Saskatchewan-Jasper, Alberta
Location: VIA Rail, Saskatchewan, Jasper
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Chateau Jasper
Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel from Saskatchewan to Jasper. Admire the scenery as your train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper for an orientation drive and free time this evening.

Day 7 : Jasper. Excursion To Maligne Lake
Location: Maligne Lake, Jasper
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Chateau Jasper
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel through Jasper’s unspoiled beauty to glacial Maligne Canyon to stunning Maligne Lake for lunch and a narrated scenic cruise to Spirit Island. Return to Jasper where the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own.

Day 8 : Jasper-Columbia Icefield-Lake Louise-Banff
Location: Jasper, Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, Banff
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Banff Park Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Head south through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier with a Glaciologist guide. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into Banff.

Day 9 : Banff
Location: Banff
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Banff Park Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast

Guided sightseeing includes Bow River and Falls. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies.

Day 10 : Banff-Kamloops
Location: Banff, Glacier National Park, Kamloops
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: South Thompson Inn Guest Ranch & Conference Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to your riverside resort. Tonight, enjoy a riverside BBQ with S’mores.

Day 11 : Kamloops-Victoria
Location: Kamloops, Victoria
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Inn At Laurel Point
Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue west and catch a BC Ferry to Vancouver Island. An orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Free time this evening—enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city.

Day 12 : Victoria
Location: Victoria
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Inn At Laurel Point
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The morning and afternoon is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Later, visit Butchart Gardens, followed by a special farewell dinner in the original, now restored, greenhouse.

Day 13 : Victoria-Vancouver (Embarkation)
Location: Victoria, Vancouver
Accommodation: Overnight cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel on a scenic BC Ferry crossing through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver where you will begin your 7-Night Alaska’s Inside Passage cruise.

Day 14 : Cruising: Inside Passage, Alaska
Location: Inside Passage
Accommodation: Overnight cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

Day 15 : Cruising: Tracy Arm-Juneau, Alaska
Location: Tracy Arm, Juneau
Accommodation: Overnight cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Steep cliffs and glacier-covered mountains flank the Tracy Arm fjord, fringed by the largest intact coastal temperate rain forest in the United States. Old-growth trees colonized Tracy Arm's mouth long ago as the Ice Age retreated. Continue cruising to Juneau, Alaska and visit the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day.

Day 16 : Skagway
Location: Skagway
Accommodation: Overnight cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons, and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway—but today it has been reinvigorated as a gateway for a new kind of visitor: those looking to explore Alaska’s colorful history, pristine wildlife, and unrivaled natural beauty.

Day 17 : Cruising: Glacier Bay National Park
Location: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Accommodation: Overnight cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your cruise to Glacier Bay (A UNESCO World Heritage Site), close your eyes and take in the sounds—the creaks and groans of “living” ice, the shrill cries of gulls and soaring eagles, the splash of a breaching humpback whale. Frosted peaks towering over mossy forests, wide tidewater glaciers (there are seven in the park), and marine wildlife are givens on Glacier Bay cruises, but every experience in this changing biosphere is unique.

Day 18 : Ketchikan
Location: Ketchikan
Accommodation: Overnight cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take an adventure and cruise to Ketchikan, Alaska. Alaska's "First City" of Ketchikan is so named because it’s the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain.

Day 19 : Cruising: Inside Passage
Location: Inside Passage
Accommodation: Overnight cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Scenic cruising through the Inside Passage offers outstanding opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife.

Day 20 : Vancouver, Bc (Disembarkation)
Location: Vancouver
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Listel Hotel Vancouver
Meals Included: Breakfast

Disembark your ship for a guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver. See the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Free time this evening to explore this vibrant city on your own.

Day 21 : Vancouver
Location: Vancouver
Meals Included: No Meals

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Meals

Breakfast daily, 10 lunches, 14 dinners

Notes

Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Due to the frequent use of this railroad for other services, delays may occur during the journey.

One guest will be required to climb a ladder to reach the upper berth in a double cabin.

Visiting and participating in activities in this region may be subject to favorable weather conditions.

The included sightseeing and overnight in Vancouver will occur post-cruise.

At least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select North America dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

UNESCO Sites

Banff National Park|Glacier Bay|Jasper National Park|Yoho National Park

Accommodation

Toronto:Westin Harbour Castle Toronto
Jasper National Park:Chateau Jasper
Banff:Banff Park Lodge
Kamloops:South Thompson Inn Guest Ranch & Conference Centre
Victoria:Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Vancouver:Delta By Marriott Vancouver Suites

Check out our Q&As

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    Usually max 43 people.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years or above.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    For over 90 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    The Globus Lighthouse Project - an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe's greater good. Globus, along with sister companies Avalon Waterways and Cosmos, invite our travellers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.

Reviews of this Operator

Lisset  

Great Value for your Money

19-Dec-2022

This is my second time travelling with Globus, would have been my third if not for COVID. The way they plan everything is super organized, the tour managers are very caring and knowledgeable. We always enjoy all the site visits planned for each trip. They start by picking you up from the airport and from then on everything is taken care of up until the last day of your trip, even dropping you off at the airport not matter the time of day or night. The hotels at every city are always great and centrally located so you can walk around during your free time or plan your own visits to different sites.

Joan Cupp (Google Reviewer)  

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01-Mar-2024

My go-to escorted travel Co My 4th trip with Globus and the did not disappoint. The sales deals they offer make it affordable for me to travel. All of the guides are well versed in the history of the area you travel in.

David R  

What a wonderful trip, thanks Globus

10-Jan-2023

Globus is my favorite travel agency. I tried others, but always come back to Globus. It is a 100% stress free one-stop shop. Easy booking with flight, hotel, transportation and travel insurance all in one place. Great customer service at reasonable prices. Lots of information prepared for the trip to handle travel logistics. I planned and booked my trip within 24 hours. Highly recommended to everyon

Alexander Wright  

Great guide, accommodations, and tours.

28-Dec-2022

We had a fantastic guide, with a great mix of free time and guided tours.

CTRTeach 11  

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20-Dec-2022

This is my first Globus tour. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth and quality. The hotels were top notch, and the cruise on the Nile exceeded my expectations. The cabins were roomy and comfortable, and the food was very good.

Nancy Arias  

The experience was amazing!!

30-Dec-2022

The trip was amazing. Our tour guide was so kind and very knowledgeable. I needed to attend a very important meeting via zoom. She was very understanding and accommodating to my needs and made it happen. I was very grateful! Our driver was by far the best driver I’ve ever encountered! I was beyond impressed with our guide, driver and trip!! I will definitely be back for another adventure!!

Irish Beth Maddock (Google Reviewer)  

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30-Sep-2023

Did the Globus Highlands and Islands Scottish Tour with Ian and Allister. What a trip!! With his sharp wit, immense knowledge and fun humour, Ian absolutely brought Scotland to vivid life with his many tales, informative quips and total, utter passion for history. Was spellbound. Am so VERY thankful I had the opportunity to be on Ian's last bus tour before retiring with Globus. In addition, to being so hard working and helpful, with Allister our driver, I cannot tell you how safe and secure I felt in his capable driving hands. He had some very awkward traffic and interesting roads to navigate with our large bus, (especially on the islands and up north) but he handled it all expertly and without a hitch. So much so, I was able to relax and enjoy the journey. All in all, with our tour, you could tell both these kind men cared very much for those of us who needed the extra help and advice. Made my bucket list trip to Scotland so memorable and wonderful. Thank you Ian and Allister! Globus is truly fortunate to have you both.

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Friday - Thursday

Aug 30, 2024 - Sep 19, 2024
$8506 $8090 (USD)

Operator discount: -$187 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$229 (USD)

Friday - Thursday

Aug 29, 2025 - Sep 18, 2025
$9105 $8023 (USD)

Operator discount: -$855 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$227 (USD)

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of globus charges.

    Up to 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 89 days before tour starts: Forfeit 20% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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