Alaska & Canadian Rockies
For travel connoisseurs, a holiday aboard an Alaska cruise and in the spell-binding Canadian Rockies represents one of the classic travel experiences in the world. It’s a luxury holiday, amidst spectacular outdoor beauty and nature’s wonders. Witness awe-inspiring glaciers and icebergs aboard a memorable cruise on a world-class ship, land on the snowy peaks of one of the highest mountains in the world and experience nature at its purest in the Canadian Rockies.
Get an itinerary and quote designed from us that gives you the most comprehensive Alaska and Canadian Rockies experience with all the unmissable add-on activities and also gives you the thrill and freedom of self-drive in the Canadian Rockies – arguably one of the best ways to experience this region (if you prefer, the best coach and rail-based Canadian Rockies holidays are also available with us).
Day 1: Calgary
Arrive in Calgary today, pick up your rental car and head to your hotel for an evening at leisure after a long international flight. Overnight at Calgary.
Day 2: Calgary – Lake Louise
Start your grand Canadian Rockies self-drive holiday today by driving to Lake Louise amidst stunning mountain landscapes, stopping along the way as you please for photo opportunities or just to breathe in and experience the pure surroundings.
Rub your eyes in disbelief when you see Lake Louise’s stunning sapphire-blue colour and the towering snow-peaked mountains surrounding it. Stay at the Fairmont Lake Louise, which has the most enviable lakeside location so that you can bask in nature’s glory at length. Also, take the Lake Louise Gondola for alpine views from the top and a chance to spot grizzly bears. Overnight at Lake Louise.
Day 3: Lake Louise
If you thought lakes couldn’t get any more beautiful than Lake Louise, think again! Today you can drive to the nearby Moraine Lake, which has possibly an even more unbelievably stunning peacock-blue colour and where you can kayak peacefully to really experience the lake’s beauty and the surrounding snow-peaked mountains at leisure. Overnight at Lake Louise.
Day 4: Lake Louise – Jasper
Head to Jasper today on the iconic Icefields Parkway road amidst mind-blowing mountain landscapes. Mid-way along the drive, stop at the Columbia Icefield Centre and embark on the thrilling Ice Explorer tour, in which specially-adapted Snocoaches take you right onto the vast Athabasca Glacier and even let you step onto the snow! Overnight at Jasper.
Day 5: Jasper
Take a scenic tour of Jasper, heading across Athabasca River to Maligne Canyon. Then, visit the beautiful Medicine Lake viewpoint. Finally, take a 1.5 hour cruise across the famous Maligne Lake for unobstructed views of the magnificent shoreline, eventually reaching the picture-perfect Spirit Island. During the tour, keep your eyes peeled for Jasper’s wildlife including including bears, caribou, wolves, and bighorn sheep. Overnight at Jasper.
Day 6: Jasper
Head out on the Jasper Tramway to enjoy the beautiful views of the alpine tundra from 8,088 feet. Also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, with more than 1,200km of hiking trails ensuring myriad scenic options ranging from easy to challenging. Other options include mountain-biking, rafting, fishing and horseback tours. Overnight at Jasper.
Day 7: Jasper – Banff
It’s a long but spectacular drive back to Banff today, so take your time and enjoy the journey through the Rockies. Later, once you are back, possibly head to Upper Hot Springs Pool for a pleasurable and relaxing soak in the natural hot mineral waters. Overnight at Banff.
Day 8: Banff
Visit the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola for glorious views of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the views especially from the spectacular Banff Skywalk at the top. Another must-do activity is hiking in the Rockies to really get up-close to the spectacular and pure nature all around.
One great option is to take the shuttle bus to Sunshine Meadows for unforgettable alpine hikes amidst vividly coloured wildflowers. Simple guided day hikes can also be arranged to places such as Yoho Valley and Takkakkaw Falls, Larch Valley, Stanley Glacier and many more locations. Overnight at Banff.
Day 9: Banff
Indulge in more outdoor pursuits such as adrenalin-pumping white-water rafting on the pristine Kicking Horse River with varying levels of difficulty as per one’s preference, ranging from Grade 2 & 3 rapids to more challenging Grade 4 rapids.
There are myriad other outdoor activities including fishing tours, wildlife tours, ATV tours, mountain-biking, horseback alpine tours, alpine heli-hiking, sky-diving and so on. So take your pick and get that adrenalin rush. Overnight at Banff.
Day 10: Banff – Calgary – Vancouver
Drive the short distance between Banff and Calgary in the morning, drop-off your car at the airport and board your flight to Vancouver – often voted as one of the best cities to live in the world. In the evening, get a panoramic view of Vancouver from the Observation deck at Harbour Centre and later, explore Vancouver’s nightlife, including its artisanal distilleries as well as fine restaurants. Overnight at Vancouver.
Day 11: Vancouver
Explore Vancouver on a flexible hop-on hop-off trolley tour covering attractions such as Stanley Park and Granville Island shopping district. Or go on a popular day tour to the picturesque Victoria City and the world-famous Butchart Gardens featuring stunning, multi-coloured floral landscapes.
You can also travel to the Whistler mountains on a day trip aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer Train with spectacular panoramic windows. Another option is to go on a tour to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain Skyride with panoramic views of Vancouver from 4,000ft. Overnight at Vancouver.
Day 12: Alaska Cruise
Today you embark on your grand Alaska Cruise aboard a luxury cruise-liner with top-of-the-line entertainment options. Spend the next couple of days cruising the ocean before you reach your first port of call. Get bewitched by the vast, spell-binding ocean panoramas be it day, night or sunset! Indulge in the extensive array of activities, restaurants and bars, casinos, spas, exclusive live performances and other entertainment options on board your cruise. Overnight on the Cruise.
Day 13: Alaska Cruise
Spend another pleasurable day of cruising and indulging in the myriad entertainment options on board. Overnight on the Cruise.
Day 14: Alaska Cruise
Arrive in Ketchikan, your first port of call and take your pick from the several shore excursions available. Cool adventure activities include ATV rainforest tours, fishing and angling excursions, ziplining, 4WD tours and Zodiac Raft wildlife tours in search of whales, seals and bears. Sightseeing options include tours of the stunning Misty Fjords and Ketchikan tours with the popular lumberjack shows. Overnight on the Cruise.
Day 15: Alaska Cruise
Arrive in Juneau today and spend the entire day on exciting shore excursions. A popular option is to take a helicopter tour over the Juneau Icefield and get a front-row seat to awe-inspiring glaciers. Then you actually land on a glacier and go dog-sledding in the spectacular snowy landscape. Alternatively, you can also go on a tour of the stunning Mendenhall Glacier followed by a whale-watching tour with guaranteed viewing of huge humpback whales that populate these waters. Overnight on the Cruise.
Day 16: Alaska Cruise
The next port of call is Skagway, where you can embark on the White Pass Scenic Railway to travel to the snowy White Pass Summit in the Yukon region. During the journey, take in the breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels and historic sites from large, picture windows. Overnight on the Cruise.
Day 17: Alaska Cruise
Today is a major highlight of the Alaska cruise experience – scenic cruising in the Glacier Bay National Park. Watch colossal icebergs calving from magnificent glaciers right in front of your eyes. Cruise past iceberg studded waters, massive glaciers and a variety of wildlife in this utterly pure and awe-inspiring national park for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Overnight on the Cruise.
Day 18: Alaska Cruise
Another major highlight of the Alaska cruise experience today – scenic cruising in College Fjord. Cruise past magnificent snow-capped mountains, calving icebergs and epic landscape for an unforgettable experience. Overnight on the Cruise.
Day 19: Anchorage
Disembark at the end of your memorable cruise experience through Alaska’s magical landscapes, in Anchorage. Spend the day in Anchorage before your flight the next morning back to India. Overnight at Anchorage.
Day 20: Anchorage – India
May to September
Mountain & Lakes, Glaciers, Cruises, Scenic Trains, Self-drive Holidays
Flights, Cruise, Self-drive, Trains
Vancouver, Calgary, Anchorage
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