Experience Canada’s famous Calgary Stampede.
A highlight of your journey through the Canadian Rockies is to experience the greatest outdoor show on earth - the Calgary Stampede. Top it all off with a seven-night luxury cruise from Vancouver through Alaska’s famed Inside Passage.
22 Day Calgary Stampede and Alaska Cruise - Victoria to Vancouver
- Tour code: UT22BWCIV
- Duration: 22 Days
- Departure City: Victoria
- Return City: Vancouver
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Day By Day
Day 1 Arrive Victoria
On arrival in Victoria, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to settle in to your room then meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 Victoria, The Butchart Gardens
This morning visit The Butchart Gardens and enjoy breakfast in the original Butchart residence. With exclusive access to the gardens before they open to the general public, you'll relish the chance to inspect one of the world's most celebrated floral gardens in true serenity. You'll no doubt find it hard to believe the site was once a vast limestone cement quarry. Afterwards, which Freedom of Choice activity will you select this afternoon? Perhaps join a whale watching cruise; take a seaplane flight; learn about the city’s heritage district on a guided tour; fish for salmon; ride in a horse-drawn carriage; or delight in afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress Hotel. The evening is free to spend as you wish.
Day 3 Victoria, Georgia Strait, Whistler
Make a brief stop in Chemainus before taking the ferry across Georgia Strait. Treasure the scenery as you travel north along the Sea to Sky Highway, passing Shannon Falls before arriving at Whistler.
Day 4 Whistler, Echo Valley
Leaving Whistler and the pretty Coast Mountains after breakfast, your journey continues along the Sea to Sky Highway. Travel past mirror-like lakes and via the rural towns of Pemberton and Lillooet on the way to Echo Valley Ranch and Spa. Part wilderness resort, part luxury ranch and part eco-lodge, this is a truly unique property. Set in a private valley amid thousands of acres of pristine countryside within the Cariboo Mountains, you will feel far away from the every day during your stay in this serene setting.Here, the grass seems greener, the air infinitely clearer, and a sense of relaxation washes over you. After settling in, enjoy a delicious meal in the Dove Lodge dining room this evening, where each delicious meal is created using ingredients grown on the ranch.
Day 5 Echo Valley
A hearty breakfast will set you up for a full day out on the ranch. How you experience the valley is up to you as you choose from three outdoor activities. You may like to go horse riding on a guided adventure along the gentle trails surrounding the ranch, enjoying views towards valleys coated with boreal forests, barren mountains and rolling grasslands. Alternatively, enjoy a guided hike and learn about the flora and fauna of the region. Or perhaps join a dedicated fishing guide and head to one of the many nearby lakes to try your hand at fly fishing for rainbow trout. With the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps you'd like to head out and explore on your own.
Day 6 Echo Valley, Wells Gray, Mt Robson, Jasper
Breaking up your journey into the Canadian Rocky Mountains today, you’ll stop to visit Wells Gray Provincial Park, which protects most of the highest regions of the Cariboo Mountains. Here, among other incredible sights, you’ll see stunning Spahats Creek Falls rising from snowmelt and tranquil springs at a pass between Raft Mountain and Trophy Mountain. Your journey continues to Mt Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, where you'll stop to admire this majestic crest, before crossing from British Columbia to Alberta, arriving later in Jasper National Park. After settling in to you room, choose from a number of restaurants in which to enjoy your dinner. Then perhaps relax on the verandah and catch the sunset over Lac Beauvert.
Day 7 Jasper, Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise
Join the Icefields Parkway and wind through the scenery of the Rockies. After pausing to take in Maligne Canyon and Athabasca Falls, stop at the Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll board an Ice Explorer vehicle and journey onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier. Continue into Banff National Park and admire Peyto Lake before arriving at Lake Louise.
Day 8 Lake Louise, Calgary
Stroll by the shores of Lake Louise with an expert Mountain Heritage Guide and enjoy one last chance to take in the impossibly blue waters. Then, don your Stetson as you arrive in Calgary and experience the cowboy fever of the annual Calgary Stampede, a famous event that attracts the world’s best rodeo champions. Your two-day ‘Stampede Thrill Package’ includes: a rodeo ticket for the main grandstand; gate admission; souvenir program; an evening ticket to the Chuckwagon Races and the Grandstand Show; two Skyrides over Stampede Park; and a Stampede shirt and bag.
Day 9 Calgary
Enjoy a full day today to return to Stampede Park and absorb the excitement of the Calgary Stampede. Billed as 'The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth', this is the most anticipated rodeo event of the year and one of Canada’s most famous events. Celebrating Calgary’s western heritage and values, the Stampede is embraced by the local community and also attracts over one million visitors per year. Feel the excitement at one of the world’s largest rodeos, which includes events such as bareback-riding and steer-wrestling, as well as chuckwagon racing, stage shows, parades, concerts, agricultural competitions and First Nations exhibitions.
Day 10 Calgary, Banff
Your sights set back on the Canadian Rockies, travel to Banff and acquaint yourself with the town during a tour. You can't visit Banff without a ride on the Banff Gondola, which whisks you to the top of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views out over six surrounding mountain ranges. On return to ground level, you'll Meet a Mountie and hear tales of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Your travels will be rewarded with dinner at one of your hotel's restaurants.
Day 11 Banff
It's your turn to choose how you'd like to familiarise yourself with the wilderness of Banff National Park today thanks to the Freedom of Choice activities on offer. You may like to take part in the Banff Experience - which includes a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Alternatively, absorb captivating bird's-eye views of the park on a wonderful heli-flightseeing trip. Perhaps enjoy a float trip along Bow River or, for the more adventurous, join a guide and go for a paddle in a canoe. You might like to spend your morning relaxing at the Willow Stream Spa or set out on a cruise on Lake Minnewanka. With some free time at hand after your activity, there's virtually endless opportunities for both relaxation and adventure here in Banff National Park.
Day 12 Banff, Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer and relax in your GoldLeaf carriage. Traverse Kicking Horse Pass, which takes you across the Continental Divide of the Americas. See the Spiral Tunnels, travel along South Thompson River and journey past Shuswap Lake to the city of Kamloops.
Day 13 Kamloops, Rocky Mountaineer, Vancouver
Your Rocky Mountaineer rail journey continues today. Sit back and relax as you glide past steep rocky slopes as your train follows the Thompson River, the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate in Fraser Canyon and the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains as you travel to Vancouver.
Day 14 Vancouver
Ice-capped mountain peaks emerging between gleaming skyscrapers, beaches fringing sprawling green areas - have you ever seen a city quite like Vancouver? On a guided tour, visit Stanley Park, a world-class, 400-hectare evergreen oasis located just steps away from downtown Vancouver. Then head to Granville Island, the bustling heart of Vancouver’s cultural scene. Here, wander amid the colourful public market. You’ll also see picturesque English Bay and Vancouver Harbour, before enjoying the afternoon and evening to spend at your leisure. You may like to wander through Gastown or visit the shopping mecca of Robson Street, or admire the beauty of Queen Elizabeth Park. Tonight, as the land portion of your tour ends, enjoy a special dinner with your fellow guests.
Day 15 Vancouver, Embark Ship
Board your ship and settle in for your unforgettable Inside Passage cruise. This evening, you'll be treated to a delightful Sail Away Dinner at the renowned Pinnacle Grill, featuring a selection of innovative dishes in an intimate setting.
Day 16 Cruise the Inside Passage
Enjoy a full day at sea as your ship cruises along coastal British Columbia and the Alaska Panhandle. Glide past rocky headlands, fjords and islets as you make your way north through the Inside Passage, one of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail right up close to the mountain walls. Spend time taking in the scenery from your verandah or perhaps step above deck.
Day 17 Tracy Arm, Juneau
Cruise to the entrance of Tracy Arm, a narrow and twisting fjord which stretches for almost 50 kilometres. Later, arrive in Alaska’s capital, Juneau, set at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel. Disembark and choose to explore at leisure or set off on one of the many available excursions (own expense).
Day 18 Skagway
Today you’ll arrive in Skagway, at the Inside Passage’s northernmost point. Once a gateway city for the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway’s frontier-style atmosphere remains evident today, with many of its colourful heritage buildings now protected as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Here, a variety of unique excursions are on offer (own expense).
Day 19 Glacier Bay National Park
Wake to the breathtaking sight of World Heritage-listed Glacier Bay National Park. With its rivers of ice and skyscraping peaks, this may be the Alaskan scenery you've dreamt of all along. As you cruise through the national park, you’ll benefit from the insightful commentary of local rangers who have come aboard your ship to explain the geological wonders and point out some of the diverse wildlife and marine mammals. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be among the lucky few to sight whales in the wild. Humpbacks, grey whales and orcas are known to grace these waters frequently. Also look for harbor seals and sea otters as well as bald eagles circling above you.
Day 20 Ketchikan
A cheerful town set on the shores of the Tongass Narrows, Ketchikan presents arange of attractions, including Misty Fjords National Monument - one of America’s largest wilderness areas. Disembark and spend the day exploring as you please. Ketchikan is also widely known as one of the best places to watch the annual salmon run, as all species of wild Pacific salmon make their way back to the waterwaysnear town to spawn.
Day 21 The Inside Passage
Heading south through the Inside Passage, this is your last chance to enjoy the glorious landscapes as you advance closer to your final port of call. How will you enjoy your final day at sea? Perhaps you'll spend some time above deck, hoping to capture one last glimpse of wildlife in their icy surrounds. Or relax and make use of the wonderful amenities on board your ship.
Day 22 Disembark Ship, Depart Vancouver
Disembark your ship on arrival in Vancouver and transfer to the airport.
Everything as detailed, including gratuities and airport transfers
Reserved rodeo tickets at the Calgary Stampede
GoldLeaf service on your Rocky Mountaineer rail journey
Seven-night Holland America Line Inside Passage cruise
APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in five locations
A total of 46 meals, as well as beer and wine with dinner on your cruise