Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaska Small Ship Cruise

Combined small ship Alaska cruise & Rockies train vacation

Marvel at the beauty of iconic Lake Louise, before a luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train journey to Vancouver. Travel to Sitka, Alaska where your small ship crew will sail you into the heart of Alaska’s wilderness. Here, a team of guides lead you into the remote bays and fjords of Alaska, with a daily menu of adventure only a small ship experience can offer.

Suggested length

14 days / 13 nights


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When to go

May – September

Time on train

2 days

Highlights of your trip

Spectacular rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer train

Choice of adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Explore beautiful Vancouver

Explore Alaska on a small ship vessel

Whale watching, glacier viewing, kayaking, hiking, and more

Expert guides, hosts, and activity coordinators on your cruise

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Stay in Lake Louise

Your trip includes a visit to Lake Louise - an emerald lake surrounded by glacier-clad mountains.

Trip Itinerary

Speak to one of our Canadian Insiders about personalizing this trip. Some of our trips can be done in the reverse direction.
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Adventure Begins – Calgary to Banff
Day 01

Adventure Begins – Calgary to Banff

Travel from Calgary to the Canadian Rocky Mountain town of Banff. Your vacation is off to the best start. We've taken care of all the details. Banff is a unique destination, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the charm of a small mountain community. Breathe deep — you’ve arrived!

Explore Banff
Day 02

Explore Banff

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration. The town of Banff, established in 1885, is the main hub in Banff National Park, as well as a centre for visitor activities and cultural events.

  • Private Sunrise Photography Tour

    Wake up early to experience Banff National Park at sunrise (before the crowds arrive!). With a private guide, explore this stunning landscape and learn how to take great photos. This tour is ideal for amateur photographers wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera.    

  • Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride

    Discover Banff’s enchanting folklore and natural history on this entertaining small group tour. Stop at some of the area's most scenic viewpoints before riding a gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. 

  • Banff E-Bike Tour

    Cycle through the Banff and Bow Valley area with ease on an e-bike tour — a fun way to see the area's beautiful scenery! Your exact route is determined by the group's interests and the day's weather conditions.

Travel from Banff to Lake Louise
Day 03

Travel from Banff to Lake Louise

Today you travel from Banff to Lake Louise. Gaze at the turquoise-blue lake, surrounded by glacier-clad mountains. This is the picture-perfect overnight stop in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. 

Board The Rocky Mountaineer Train
Day 04

Board The Rocky Mountaineer Train

This morning you'll begin the first day of your Rockies train adventure onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. 

Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
Day 05

Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer this morning for the second part of your train journey towards Vancouver. 

Vancouver to Sitka
Day 06

Vancouver to Sitka

Today, fly to Sitka, Alaska, to begin your cruise adventure. Sitka is Alaska’s most charming seaside town, surrounded by misty islands and soaring, snow-capped mountain peaks. Discover the influence of Tlingit, Russian, and American culture at the Cultural Center, or relax in your hotel.

Cruise Embarkation from Sitka, Alaska
Day 07

Cruise Embarkation from Sitka, Alaska

Feel the excitement build as you are led to your small ship vessel, your home base for the next seven nights.

Discover Alaskan Wildlife
Day 08

Discover Alaskan Wildlife

Your first day offers options to drop anchor and venture off the beaten path. 

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Comfort Level
Hotel Accommodation
3 to 3.5 Star
Rocky Mountaineer Service
Cruise Accommodation
Navigator Cabin
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These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.
Banff Caribou Lodge in Banff with mountain backdrop and trees

Banff Caribou Lodge

Example of a Comfort hotel in Banff

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is a short walk away from downtown Banff. Relax in one of the hotel’s cozy guest rooms, pamper yourself at the full-service spa, or rent a bike and explore the local area.

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Celebrate an occasion

Celebrate an occasion

Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or the fulfillment of a lifelong goal, our team is ready to make it a celebration to remember. From arranging a bottle of champagne to putting together a helicopter picnic for two on top of a mountain at sunset, we're ready to make your dreams a reality.

Your Questions Answered

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Rocky Mountaineer daylight train journey
Private cabin on small ship cruise
Choice of unique guided activities
All meals onboard your cruise and on the train
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Train station transfers
Feature dining experience at one of our favorite local restaurants
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

Frequently Asked Questions

Your trip can be as rich as you’d like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can customize your trip and decide what you’d like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we’ll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you’re traveling with a group, we’ll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

Absolutely! We personalize all our clients’ trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you’d like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don’t interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

We partner with many hotels across the country that offer a variety of service levels and unique experiences. Choosing a hotel is based on local availability and personal preference, and our Insiders will help you find the perfect place to rest your head so that you can have the best experience possible.

On some of our trips, you’ll see that we categorize our hotel rooms by Comfort, Superior and Deluxe class, which generally translates into the traditional 3-, 4- or 5-star designation (equivalent to Best Western, Sheraton and Fairmont). However, sometimes we use the same hotel for more than one category and distinguish the room by size, floor level or view.

Our Comfort Level hotels include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations and with excellent service.

Our Superior Level hotels provide amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel.

In Deluxe Level hotels, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget.

All our trips are personalized to fit our clients’ schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. When you request a quote you’ll be provided with the detailed information you need

Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You’ll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.

Small ship cruises are much more flexible than a typical large ship cruise - your onboard team will decide on the best adventures of the day based on weather, wildlife sightings, and the interests of the group. The agile vessels are able to access secluded inlets, bays, and channels where your chances of seeing wildlife are so much better.

Accommodations range from comfortable private cabins with ensuite bathrooms and picture windows, to full suites. These well appointed ships feature delicious cuisine, common lounges for mingling and evening presentations, as well as kayak launch docks for the days of adventure ahead.

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Insider Tips

Having grown up in Calgary, the Rocky Mountains have always been my backyard, but there are so many more hidden gems to explore in Alberta. From the outdoor enthusiast’s paradise of Waterton, to the fossil filled Dinosaur Provincial Park, there is something for everyone.

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