17 DAY CANADIAN ROCKIES BY RAIL & SEA

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Departing Calgary on September 15, 2013, this Uncommon Journeys trip starts with a short, scenic ride by motor coach to Banff. After two days of spectacular adventures in Banff, we continue by motor coach to Lake Louise with more scenic stops enroute. The next morning we board the Rocky Mountaineer for a ride through some of the most scenic vistas in the Canadian Rockies, and then it's on to Vancouver, where you will board Holland America's Zuiderdam sailing north to Alaska and then south to San Francisco.
Prices start at $4,995, depending on the accommodations that you select. Rates are per person, double occupancy, and they do not include air or port taxes which are $295 per person. As indicated in the itinerary (B, L, D), some meals are included, others are not.
ITINERARY
Day 1 Calgary: Guests arrive in Calgary and transfer to the Hyatt Regency for our overnight stay. The Hyatt Regency is at the best location in the heart of this vibrant city.

Day 2 Banff:
We depart for a short, scenic drive to Banff where we enjoy a short voyage on lovely Lake Minnewanka before the spellbinding tramway ride up Sulfur mountain for the best overview of the Banff valley. We overnight at the fabled Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Tonight is our special Welcome dinner at famed Le Beaujolais, one of the finest restaurants in Canada. (B,D)

Day 3 Banf
f: Enjoy a full day to explore Banff and this magical setting at your own pace. Overnight at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. (B)

Day 4 Lake Louise:
A day of stunning beauty as we travel to Lake Louise, where we check into the legendary Chateau Lake Louise for an overnight stay. En route, we will visit extraordinary Moraine Lake and pass through Yoho National Park before our arrival at the Crown Jewel of the Rockies, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise this afternoon. (B)

Day 5 All Aboard:
The Big Day as we depart Lake Louis this morning aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, bound for Kamloops and Vancouver, travelling the route of the Canadian Pacific Railway through the famed Spiral Tunnels, over Rogers Pass and West over the South Thompson River for a day of stunning scenery. Overnight hotel accommodations in Kamloops. (B,L)

Day 6 Vancouver:
We arrive in Vancouver this evening after passing through the Fraser Valley in the shadow of the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. Overnight at the Sheraton Wall Centre. (B,L)

Day 7 Set Sail:
All morning to sleep in and our guests enjoy a late morning sightseeing tour of this beautiful city followed by lunch at chic Le Gavroche Restaurant before boarding the ship this afternoon. At 5:00 pm, the Zuiderdam sails for Alaska, the Great Land. (B,L,D)

Day 8 At Sea:
The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Tracy Arm:
This narrow, 26-mile-long fjord is another of Alaska's most dramatic glacier settings. The lush rain forest recedes to reveal a stunning canyon of bare rock. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Skagway:
Take your time and poke into every little store from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy's Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia. This is also the starting point of the fabled White Pass & Yukon Railway, an optional tour that is worth every penny. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Glacier Bay:
Glacier Bay National Park protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. (B,L,D).

Day 12 Ketchikan:
Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of the Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a cheerful air. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Inside Passage:
Return to Vancouver for a second look at the spectacular scenery.

Day 14 Vancouver:
A full day to enjoy Vancouver, we sail at 4:45pm. (B,L,D)

Day 15 Astoria, Oregon:
Astoria is at the mouth of the Columbia River and was the final point of the westbound trek of the Lewis & Clark expedition since this is as far as Sacagawea could get them. (B,L,D)

Day 16 At Sea:
We continue south to our final destination, San Francisco. (B,L,D)

Day 17 San Francisco:
Guests disembark after breakfast to begin their journey home. (B)
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