Vancouver & Alaska
by Rail and Ferry
What’s better than seeing the coastal areas of Canada and Alaska? Seeing it by train and ferry to give you the full land-and-sea experience of this amazing region. This 15-day trip takes advantage of both local trains and small ferries to create an authentic – not to mention memorable – journey up the coast and around Alaska. You’ll check out the highlights of Seward, Anchorage and Denali while on the Alaskan Railroad, and there’ll be plenty of chances to get off the trains or ferries to explore the terrain firsthand. Rail, boat, mountains, cities – who says you can’t have it all?
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Arrive at any time.
Vancouver Island/Port Hardy
Head out to Vancouver Island and up to Nanaimo and Port Hardy.
Inside Passage/Prince Rupert
Embark on the ferry through the famous Inside Passage. The glacial fjords provide spectacular scenery along the route and a safe haven for all types of wildlife including orcas and porpoises. This is fantastic first taste of what travelling this long coastline has in store.
Day 4 Overnight Ferry
Rise early and board the overnight ferry to Juneau, Alaska.
Arrive Juneau and spend one and a half days exploring the capital of Alaska. Explore the historic downtown, opt to check out the local hiking trails, visit Glacier Bay National Park or opt for a grizzly bear safari.
Continue to ferry up the coastline to Whittier, enjoying the scenery, checking for wildlife or relaxing with a good book.
Travel by van from Whittier to Seward. From here, visit the Kenai Peninsula region with an option to enjoy a cruise around the fjords or go kayaking. Hike to the Exit Glacier and opt to visit the Sealife Center.
Hop the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage to check out this bustling city (by Alaska standards, anyway).
Take the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park, one of the true gems of the region. See Mt McKinley and enjoy being in this remote wilderness. Opt for a scenic flight, hiking or whitewater rafting.
Day 14 Alaska Railroad/Anchorage
Head back to Anchorage by train for a final night in the city.
Day 15 Anchorage
Depart at any time.
Travel Style — Rail
Get closer to the big cities, isolated communities, and stunning landscapes of the world's greatest destinations via train-based adventures on iconic rail routes like the Glacier Express, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, and the Trans-Siberian.
Physical Grading — 2
There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
2015- 7/1, 8/26
2016- 6/29, 7/13, 8/10, 8/24