Apr 2017 - Sep 2017

19 Day Rockies Explorer & Alaska Cruise

APT Guided Tour & Cruise starting in Vancouver and finishing in Vancouver

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Read 5 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 19 Day Rockies Explorer & Alaska Cruise. Explore the stunning Rocky Mountains and the beautiful alpine villages of Canada's west coast, journey on the famous Rocky Mountaineer train before enjoying a luxury ocean cruise...read more


Operator: APT
Type: Coach Tour & Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 19 Days
From: Vancouver to Vancouver
Tour Code: UT19BEVV
Visits: Canada, USA
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Day By Day


Arrive Vancouver

Welcome to the beautiful city of Vancouver. On arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax in your room before meeting your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Dinner. Stay Two Nights: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (or similar) (D)


On your first day in Vancouver, you'll spend the morning exploring the city sights with your Tour Director. Armed with plenty of insights, you'll enjoy your free afternoon. (B)

Vancouver, Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops

Board the Rocky Mountaineer and relax in a GoldLeaf carriage as you travel to Kamloops. Stay: Kamloops, hotel as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer (Kamloops has limited accommodation - two or three-star hotels) (B/L)

Kamloops, Rocky Mountaineer, Banff

Your rail journey continues into the Canadian Rockies on the way to Banff National Park. Stay Two Nights: Banff National Park, The Fairmont Banff Springs (B/L)


It's up to you to decide how you'd like to explore World Heritage-listed Banff National Park today. This evening, choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants located within your hotel. (B/D)

Banff, Lake Louise

Meet a Mountie then ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Back on the ground, tour the town then travel to Lake Louise and join an expert Mountain Heritage Guide for a stroll. Tonight, dine at one of the restaurants in your hotel. Stay: Banff National Park, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, in a Lakeview Room (B/D)

Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper

As you travel along the Icefields Parkway, stop at the Columbia Icefield. Here, you'll board a specially designed Ice Explorer vehicle and journey right onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier. Arrive later in Jasper National Park and tonight, relax with dinner at your choice of your lodge's restaurants. Stay: Jasper National Park, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B/D)

Jasper, Mt Robson, Blue River, Sun Peaks

Stop to admire Mt Robson as you drive along Yellowhead Highway. Later, skim over the waterways of Blue River, watching for the grizzly and black bears that are frequently sighted here. Continue to Sun Peaks. Stay: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel (B/L/D)

Sun Peaks, Whistler

Journey through the historic Cariboo region to the alpine resort village of Whistler. Stay: The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa (B/D)

Whistler, Georgia Strait, Victoria

Travel via Shannon Falls to Horseshoe Bay, then ride the ferry across Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island. Make a brief stop in Chemainus then continue to Victoria. Stay Two Nights: Vancouver Island, Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria (or similar) (B)

Victoria, The Butchart Gardens

Visit The Butchart Gardens for breakfast and explore the gardens before the crowds arrive. Then, select your activity. Tonight, as the land portion of your trip draws to an end, enjoy a special dinner. (B/D)

Victoria, Vancouver, Embark Ship

Board your ship and enjoy a Sail Away Dinner at the renowned Pinnacle Grill. Stay Seven Nights: Holland America Line's MS Volendam, in a Verandah Stateroom (B/D)

Cruise the Inside Passage

Open your curtains to the scenery of the Inside Passage. Enjoy a full day at sea as you cruise along coastal British Columbia. (B/L/D)

Tracy Arm, Juneau

Cruise to the entrance of Tracy Arm, a narrow and twisting fjord. Later, arrive in Alaska's capital, Juneau, and explore at leisure or set off on an excursion (own expense). (B/L/D)


Arrive at the Inside Passage's northernmost point, Skagway. Once a gateway city for the Klondike Gold Rush, the frontier atmosphere remains evident today. Here, a variety of excursions are on offer (own expense). (B/L/D)

Glacier Bay National Park

Absorb the breathtaking sight of Glacier Bay National Park and take in the insightful commentary of local rangers. (B/L/D)


Dock in Ketchikan today, set on the shores of the Tongass Narrows near the landscapes of Misty Fjords National Monument. (B/L/D)

The Inside Passage

Heading south through the Inside Passage, this is your last chance to enjoy the glorious landscapes as you advance closer to your final port of call. (B/L/D)

Disembark Ship, Depart Vancouver

Transfer to the airport this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Meet a Mountie in Banff
  • Take a stroll by Lake Louise with an expert Mountain Heritage Guide
  • Spot bears and other wildlife on a Blue River Safari
  • Explore The Butchart Gardens before the crowds arrive and enjoy breakfast in the original Butchart family residence
  • Enjoy a Sail Away Dinner at the renowned Pinnacle Grill on board your Holland America Line ship

Included Experiences

  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities and airport transfers
  • GoldLeaf service on your Rocky Mountaineer rail journey
  • Seven-night Holland America Line Inside Passage Cruise
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations

Fine Dining

  • A total of 41 meals, as well as beer and wine with dinner on your cruise

Outstanding Accommodation

Trip Notes

  • Upgrade this tour to include the APT Gold Experience. Select option when you make an enquiry.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Due to seasonal conditions, Blue River Safari with lunch on Day 8 is not available on 29 April 2017 departure
  • Please ensure your onward flight from Vancouver departs no earlier than 1pm.
  • Triple rooms available on request. Triple rooms may only contain two beds in one room
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Price is for land, cruise and rail only. Flights not included

Operator Details

Region: Canada & Alaska
Type: Coach Tour & Cruise
Max Group Size: 40 (Avg. 38)
Gratuities: All Included
Style: Ocean Cruise
Shore Excursions: All Included
Flights: Earlybird Air Deals Available
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
Free WiFi: Yes
Drinks: Onboard Beverages Included
* Source: APT for river cruises in Canada & Alaska. Some variances may occur on individual trips and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (5)


Trip Date: 13/06/2015

“So many wonderful thoughts in my head!”

This is what I wrote to my best friend about the trip. It sums it up. So many wonderful thoughts in my head. Sitting on a sundeck in a herb garden outside our room in Vancouver when we arrived with a beer. So tired yet so exhilarated by being in Canada we stayed up and partied all afternoon! The Rocky Mountaineer train trip....... bloody hell it was amazing mate. Forests, streams, lakes and mountains snow capped and water falls. All seen whilst being served the most amazing food and drinks you have ever eaten.. The dome carriage gold leaf is the only way to go. My most emotional moment was on blue river on the River Safari where we went on rafts out to the wilderness and just slowly stalked the lands edge looking for bears. We floated silently and waited and WOW ! Black bears eating and just clumsily strolling along the river bank not knowing we were there. I cried happy tears. You could hear the sticks crack on the bank as they walked along. WOW. LOL

My next one is glacier bay. It was the most eerie place ever... Small and large ice burgs in the water as the ship quietly drifted through and then you would here hissss. The water touching the the ice as we sailed passed. Then the most amazing thing I have ever seen was in front of me. A glacier !! OMG Its width and height was overwhelming and the colours in it. We slowly drifted passed it and I can honestly say I thought I was in another place other than this earth. No sound just every now and then massive cracks like thunder. We were so lucky as we heard the most amazing crack and then part of the glacier fell into the sea. I thought I was in a movie ! The friends I made and the things i saw mate. I hope this gives you an idea of my favourite moments.

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Trip Date: 23/08/2014

“Just a delightful memory”

This is just a note to say how much we enjoyed the tour of the Rockies and Alaska that you organised for us last August. It's a spectacular train journey and the accommodation all along the way was first rate. The tour leader, Sue, and the driver of the bus, Charles, were just lovely people. We thought that the 19 day tour was just enough for us - after that we went across to Toronto and up to Quebec .. then back by rail across Canada. That was a very relaxing and laid back part of our trip. Another thing .. the Air Canada flights (especially booking the exit row and bulkhead seats) was a pleasure ... great staff and we really enjoyed the company of the older stewards on the flight ... they were forever asking us if we wanted anything. Just brilliant. So altogether a great experience - even though at the end we were really happy to be home.

The only disappointment for us was the flight back from Sydney to Perth. The plane was one which had a central aisle and 3 seats either side ... extremely uncomfortable, and the worst food we had encountered. The stewards were very nice and helpful though. That might sound petty but Qantas needs to now look at some better seating in its economy class rather than just quantity and bottom line figures. Not sure if you've had any other complaints about that but I don't think we'll fly Qantas again even though we have been very supportive of the airline in the past. Hope you are keeping well and again, thanks for organising that tour for us, just a delightful memory.

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Trip Date: 29/04/2014

“Scenery is excellent and accommodation first class”

The scenery is excellent and accommodation is first class but you do pay for it in the cost of tour. The Rocky Mountaineer first day is a long one so be prepared for approx. 11 hours on the train. The cruise to Alaska was impressive.

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Trip Date: 03/09/2013


Brilliant...our Tour guide only a 5/10, seemed a bit tired of this route.

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