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Experience the stunning Canadian Rockies with this epic adventure. Your holiday begins in the city of Calgary, where you'll enjoy a nine-day escorted tour through Alberta and British Columbia. Along the way you'll enjoy a helicopter tour over the Rockies and board the Rocky Mountaineer train alongside top hotel accommodations and guided tours.

Your escorted tour ends in Vancouver, where you'll spend four nights relaxing and exploring at leisure before beginning your 12-night cruise on-board Seabourn Sojourn. Visit the ports of Wrangell, Sitka, Inian Islands, Juneau, Ketchikan, Prince Rupert, Klemtu, Alert Bay and Vancouver. As you cruise around Alaska you'll travel to places less visited by other ships, providing you with an intimate connection to this awe-inspiring land. In Vancouver, you will disembark your ship and travel back to the UK.

20 June 2019 Fly from the UK to Calgary.
Transfer from the airport to your hotel and spend the rest of the day sightseeing on your own in 'The Heart of the New West'. Spend the night in Calgary.
21 June 2019 Calgary to Banff.
Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour ending in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in Banff late this afternoon. Overnight hotel stay in Banff.
22 June 2019 Banff to Lake Louise.
A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.
23 June 2019 Lake Louise to Jasper.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight hotel stay in Jasper.
24 June 2019 Jasper.
Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight hotel stay in Jasper.
25 June 2019 Jasper to Quesnel.
Travel on-board the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight hotel stay in Quesnel. Please note that all accommodation in Quesnel is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch included on-board.
26 June 2019 Quesnel to Whistler.
Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler. Enjoy breath-taking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Your rail journey today ends on arrival in the resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events. Overnight in Whistler. Breakfast and lunch included on-board.
27 June 2019 Whistler to Vancouver.
The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver on-board the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breath-taking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canapé style. Your rail journey ends upon your arrival in Vancouver.
28 June 2019 Vancouver.
Spend four-nights at your own leisure in Vancouver and explorer what this wonderful city has to offer.
2 JuLy 2019 Transfer from the hotel to the port.
Embark Seabourn Sojourn for your 12-night Ultimate Alaska Cruise.
3 July 2019 Cruise the Queen Charlotte Sound.
4 July 2019 Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords).
5 July 2019 Wrangell.
Likely the earliest European community on America’s northwest coast, the town was located on Wrangell Island in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Its location at the mouth of the Stikine River was important for millennia to the Tlingit people of the region for trade with the interior. The Russian Baron Ferdinand Wrangel built his Fort St. Dionysius adjacent to an existing Tlingit fortress in 1811, attracted by the abundant otter, seal and beaver populations. In 1839, the fort was leased to the British Hudson’s Bay Company, which renamed it Fort Stikine. Initial Tlingit resistance to the British appropriation of the Stikine River trade route was stifled by catastrophic smallpox epidemics among the natives. But within a decade the Company managed to decimate the fur resource. Fishing and timber remained important to the local economy, as they do today. But the fortunes of Wrangell were transformed by its strategic location on the routes of the Klondike Gold Rushes. The Stikine River was the earliest route of prospectors into the Klondike goldfields, and the town remained an important staging area for successive waves of miners en-route northward. The whole history of the town is wonderfully presented in the small but impressive Wrangell Museum. Visitors are thrilled by close encounters with black and brown bears at the nearby Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory. They also are enchanted by the prehistoric artworks at Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park, and the colourful reproductions of Tlingit cultural icons at the Chief Shakes House and Totem Park.
6 July 2019 Sitka.
Alaska’s first capital had been an active village of native Tlingit people for over 10,000 years when the Russian Alexander Baranov arrived by sea in 1799 and established his Fort Archangel Michael. His presumption as the Tsar-appointed Governor of Russian America evidently aggravated the Tlingits to the extent that in 1802 they stormed the fort and decimated the Russian population, taking a number captive and forcing the others to flee. Baranov returned two years later with a military force and re-established the community which he renamed New Archangel. It served as the capital of Russian America until the purchase of Alaska in 1867. The reminders of its Russian heritage are everywhere in Sitka, and the city contains 22 buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Among the most recognizable are the copper-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Pioneer Home and the Russian Bishop’s House. It was here that the contract of sale was signed that ended Russia’s American adventure and transferred the Alaska territory to the United States. Ironically, Sitka saw the first Native Alaska Brotherhood formed here in 1912 to oppose race discrimination against native people, and the Native Brotherhood Hall was built in 1914. Favourite sights for visitors include traditional Russian performances by the New Archangel Dancers and visits to the fascinating Alaska Raptor Centre. Sport fishing for salmon and halibut are also popular, as are various activities in the nearby Tongass rainforest including fly-in hikes and jet-boat tours to view wildlife in the surrounding waters.
07 July 2019 Inian Islands.
The Inian Islands are a half-dozen small, rocky islands situated at the Pacific Ocean end of the Icy Strait between Chichagof Island and the Glacier Bay National Park. They are a part of the 23,151-acre Pleasant/Lemesurier/Inian Islands Wilderness, preserving the pristine natural splendours within Icy Strait. Physically, the islands are characterized by their rugged, rocky shorelines and the distinctive, wind-formed forests that cling to them. Their western coasts are subject to the effects of Pacific weather and waves, and the narrow channels between them funnel the oceanic tides into and out of the Lynn Canal and other inland waterways. This creates high-velocity Venturi-effect currents giving rise to nicknames such as “The Laundry Chute” for some passages during tidal changes. It also provides a continual bath of nutrient rich water to the islands, supporting a plentiful density of marine life including whales, seals and sea lions, otters, and sea birds. The islands also support populations of brown bears, Sitka blacktailed deer, land otters, mink, squirrels and land birds. Access to the wilderness is only by float plane, and motor or human-powered boats. Our fleet of Zodiac inflatable boats and sea kayaks will provide up-close access to Seabourn guests during Ventures by Seabourn excursions guided by their expert expedition staff.
8 July 2019 Juneau.
Alaska’s capital is inaccessible by road, due to the rugged surrounding terrain. Set beside the deep Gastineau Channel in the state’s Southeastern panhandle, it was founded as a mining camp by Joe Juneau in 1880, and was the first Alaskan town officially established after the purchase of the territory by the United States. It was designated as the capital in 1906, after its important mining and fishing industries eclipsed the waning whaling and fur trades at the former capital Sitka. Today seasonal tourism is its second most important enterprise, after only government administration. The town receives visitors with colourful floral displays in summer, and offers an impressive range of options for experiencing its heritage and the bounty of natural attractions nearby. In the mountains back of town, the huge Juneau Icefield spawns no fewer than 30 glaciers, including the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, the only glacier within a city’s limits. Juneau’s extensive limits enfold over 3,200 square miles, making the borough larger than the U.S. states of Rhode Island or Delaware. It is also the only state capital that shares a border with a foreign country (Canada). Popular adventures for visitors include flight tours by seaplane or helicopter, many including landing on glaciers; whale-watching and wildlife viewing excursions by boat; sport fishing for salmon or huge Alaskan halibut; dogsled mushing and panning for gold in sites such as Gold Creek. Hiking tours visit the Tongass National Forest, and there is also a breath-taking mountain tramway at Mt. Roberts.
9 July 2019 Scenic cruising Tracy Arm or Endico
10 July 2019 Ketchikan.
The South-eastern most town in Alaska is also arguably its most colourful. Ketchikan’s early history is forever tied to the rollicking brothels lining the raised wooden catwalks that snake along Creek Street. Here a pioneering population of enterprising women provided rest and recreation for the predominantly male workforce powering the timber and fishing industries of the Southeast. Founded in 1885, the town is the state’s oldest continuously governed municipality, having been incorporated in 1900. But Ketchikan also celebrates its earlier heritage. The city is a treasury of Native American culture, with the largest collection of Native totem poles in the world. The Totem Bight State Park, Potlatch Park, Saxman native village and the Totem Heritage Center display both originals and reproductions created over the years by carvers trained in the traditional symbolism and craft. A restored salmon cannery shows how the city became the Salmon Capital of the World, and a visit to a hatchery reveals contemporary efforts to ensure the continuation of this vital resource. Tours of the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument are available by air or sea, and sport fishing is also popular with visitors. A visit to the Native American village of Metlakatla on Annette Island provides an in-depth look at the local Tsimshian and Haida-Tlingit cultures both past and present.
11 July 2019 Prince Rupert.
Like many towns on the Pacific coast of North America, Prince Rupert was founded on the site of First Nations communities that had thrived for millennia. The town was founded in 1910 and named for Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the 17th century Duke of Cumberland and governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The vision of the current city was that of Charles Hays, president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, who recognized its deep, ice-free harbour as the natural north-western terminus of the North American railway network. He traveled to Europe to solicit development funds for his dream, but perished during his return on the ill-fated liner Titanic. Prince Rupert is today the closest year-round rail terminal to the vast markets of Asia. It is also an important centre for tourism, being a hub for ferry, cruise and rail traffic between Canada, Alaska and the lower forty-eight U.S. states. The town itself offers visitors sites of interest such as the attractive sunken gardens located behind its City Hall. The Museum of Northern British Columbia and its Totem Carving Shed illustrate the First Nations and later historic development of the town. The North Pacific Cannery Museum reflects the importance of fishing as a local industry, and the Kwinitsa Station Railway Museum preserves one of the few remaining stations of the Grand Trunk system. Many visitors are drawn by the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, which features one of the densest populations of these magnificent creatures anywhere. Hikes at the Butze Rapids Park and Trail and along the elevated catwalks and suspension bridges at the Metlakatla Wilderness Trail provide more direct access to the area’s lush coastal rain forest.
12 July 2019 Klemtu.
On Swindle Island in the fjords of the British Columbia coast, Klemtu is a town of fewer than 500 people belonging to the Kitasoo Native Band. No one really knows how long the Kitasoo and the Xais-Xais groups occupied the site, but there were permanent villages here long before Europeans arrived. In the 1920s, the China Hat Cannery was established, which is now owned by the Band and is the main employer. Another source of income is the expert interpretive guiding of visitors to the region and performances of traditional dances. The town has a Big House as well as a gallery and museum. The town is located adjacent to the Great Bear Rainforest, a preserve dedicated to the protection of the native populations of grizzly, black and Kermode bears. The Kermode bears, sometimes called Spirit Bears, are an indigenous race of bears that seasonally change from white to light gold or tan in colour, and have long been considered sacred to the Kitasoos. They are a separate race, and not albinos, having black eyes and noses. Visitors are attracted by the exceptional opportunity to see a Kermode bear in the wild.
13 July 2019 Alert Bay.
This tiny Namgis First Nations community on Cormorant Island welcomes its few visitors with rare insights into the region’s aboriginal cultures. Aside from the town, the rest of the island comprises two Indian Reserves. Totem poles can be viewed from the road at the island Burial Grounds, and the town boasts the world’s tallest totem. In the early 20th century, the Canadian government attempted to quash the traditional potlatch wealth distribution rituals of the First Nations people by confiscating the masks, baskets, copper plates and other regalia that were used in the ceremonies. After persistent negotiations, the Namgis have had their artifacts restored, and these rarities are displayed at the U’mista Cultural Centre. A traditional Namgis Big House is also located at Alert Bay, and traditional rituals are sometimes performed there. In the nearby forest, it is possible to view old-growth cedar trees which have been uniquely scarred by generations of Namgis artisans stripping their bark for use in creating clothing, baskets and for other traditional uses.
14 July 2019 Vancouver.
Disembark and transfer back to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

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