A spectacular journey on Rocky Mountaineer combined with an unforgettable Alaskan cruise aboard Ruby Princess is what you call getting the best of both worlds. Experience the GoldLeaf Service on the First Passage to the West, where you’ll capture panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies from the bi-level glass-dome coaches.
After your Rocky Mountaineer experience, continue your adventure on Ruby Princess, a luxurious ship that will take you to the majestic glaciers of Alaska. Explore charming ports of call, including Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau to name a few. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that should feature on everyone’s bucket list.
Inside from £4,199pp
Outside from £4,449pp
Balcony from £4,449pp
Fly from the UK to Calgary.
On arrival, take your private transfer to your four-star hotel in Banff for a one-night stay.
Embark Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service, for your First Passage to the West journey from Banff to Kamloops.
Stepping onto the bi-level, glass-domed train cars of GoldLeaf Service is a truly luxurious experience. Relax in your reclining seat while you absorb the panoramic views. From the upper level, enjoy the beverage and snack service. On the lower level, an elegant dining room awaits. Rocky Mountaineer’s culinary team have created a menu inspired by the bounty of the passing regions, highlighting ingredients such as Pacific salmon and prime Alberta beef – all whilst you’re surrounded by dramatic scenery.
Disembark in Kamloops and transfer to your hotel for a one-night stay.
Re-embark Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service to continue your First Passage to the West journey to Vancouver.
Disembark Rocky Mountaineer in Vancouver and transfer to your four-star hotel for a one-night stay.
Take your private transfer to the port and embark Ruby Princess for your seven-night Alaska cruise. Depart Vancouver.
In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets “as large as beans.”
From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government.
Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau’s 3,248 square miles.
Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.
Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn’t the easiest.
Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.
The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska’s largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome.
Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.
Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier (Scenic Cruising)
Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “First City” because it’s the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means “eagle with spread-out wings,” a reference to a waterfall near town.
In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska’s claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska’s fourth-largest city.
Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city’s colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.
Disembark in Vancouver and take your private transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.