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Essential Rockies by Rail with Alaska Small Ship Cruise

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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.

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

Suggested length

14 days / 13 nights


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  • Adventure Begins – Calgary to Banff
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    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!

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    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
    • Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride
    • Banff E-Bike Tour
  • Explore Banff
  • Travel from Banff to Lake Louise
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    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. 

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    Board The Rocky Mountaineer Train

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

  • Board The Rocky Mountaineer Train
  • Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
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    Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

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

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    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.

  • Vancouver to Sitka
  • Cruise Embarkation from Sitka, Alaska
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    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.

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    Discover Alaskan Wildlife

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

  • Discover Alaskan Wildlife
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This trip is available on multiple dates. Please download the full itinerary or get in touch with us to explore what suits you best.

Comfort Level

Hotel Accommodation

3 to 3.5 Star

Rocky Mountaineer Service


Cruise Accommodation

Navigator Cabin
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Superior Level

Hotel Accommodation

4 to 4.5 Star

Rocky Mountaineer Service


Cruise Accommodation

Pathfinder Cabin
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Deluxe Level

Hotel Accommodation

5 Star

Rocky Mountaineer Service


Cruise Accommodation

Pathfinder Cabin
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'From' prices are per person, based on double occupancy and exclude taxes. Prices vary by departure date, the choice of activities, hotel selection and availability at time of booking.
Note: This trip can also be taken in reverse directions.
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Our team loves to hear when there is a special event behind your trip. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or just the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, our team is ready to make yours 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 are ready to make your dreams a reality.


These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

Insider's tip

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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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
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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.
Aerial view of the town of Banff in the Rockies
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