A scenic train journey explores the sea to sky corridor and the Canadian Rockies. The Rocky Mountaineer extension has two itineraries that combine with either the Alaska or Columbia & Snake River cruises.
The eight-night pre- or post-cruise Rocky Mountaineer tour between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, can be added to the Columbia & Snake River program. Travel is by first-class GoldLeaf rail service, with views pf Howe Sound, the lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley and the dramatic scenery of the Canadian Rockies with overnight stays in Seattle, Whistler, Quesnel, Kamloops and Vancouver. Two nights are spent in the alpine town of Jasper with a half-day guided tour of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rail service, hotel accommodations, excursions/tours, park passes and select meals are included. Rates start at $7,895 per person, double occupancy.
In Alaska, the Exploring Muir’s Wilderness cruise connects with a pre-cruise seven-night Rocky Mountaineer train journey between Calgary and Seattle. First-class rail service travels through the glacier- and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the desert-like interior to the lush forests along the coast. Overnights are spent in Calgary, Lake Louise, Banff, Kamloops, Vancouver and Seattle. Highlights include a helicopter tour over the Rockies, the Banff gondola, Yoho National Park, a guided tour of Vancouver’s North Shore and a gondola ride to Grouse Mountain.
Rail service, hotel accommodations, excursions/tours, park passes and select meals are included. Rates start at $5,395 per person, double occupancy.
Also beginning in April, an escorted Denali National Park & Knik River Adventure travels from Fairbanks, Alaska, via an exclusive rail car accessed through a private entrance at the Fairbanks train station. A Un-Cruise Adventures guide accompanies the duration of the tour. Two nights are spent at a back-country lodge inside Denali with ample time for hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking and guided touring. From the Denali rail depot, travelers continue in a first-class deluxe dome rail car to Talkeetna, a historic gold mining town. They explore the area and have a group dinner before a private transfer to Knik River Lodge.
Two days at the lodge are spent in riverside cabins with decks for viewing wildlife, mountains and, possibly, the Northern Lights. At Knik, participants hike the Chugach Mountain trail and explore the historic Independence Mine near the Knik River. At Anchorage they visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center to see presentations of dance, elder talk and Native Olympics, and have time to explore the city during an overnight stay.
Airport transfers, hotel accommodations, rail transportation and select meals are included. Travelers can choose a six-, seven- or eight-night package.
Additional land tours include the Alaska Railroad & Denali National Park Adventure and Winterlake Lodge.