Canadian Rockies Rail Circle

002121B-14

This ten day rail experience takes you to the most sought after places in the Canadian Rockies to experience nature—from mountains to moose, gondolas to glaciers—up close.

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Itinerary
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Highlights
  • Explore Vancouver, often considered to be the most beautiful city in the world
  • Travel by private train through the Fraser Valley, Coast and Cascade Mountains and the Okanagan’s fruit orchards and vineyards
  • Traverse the Canadian Rocky Mountains into Alberta; visit Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon and the Spiral Tunnels
  • Banff National Park, Yoho National Park and Jasper National Park
  • Picturesque Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway
Details

2018 Departures:
April: 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
May: 03, 06, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
June: 03, 07, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July: 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
August: 02, 05, 09, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
September: 02, 06, 09, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30

2018 Pricing:
15 to 22 April
Silver Leaf Service – CA$4,299
Gold Leaf Service – CA$6,049
Deluxe Gold Leaf – CA$7,049
26 April
Silver Leaf Service – CA$4,399
Gold Leaf Service – CA$6,299
Deluxe Gold Leaf – CA$7,299
29 April
Silver Leaf Service – CA$4,499
Gold Leaf Service – CA$6,649
Deluxe Gold Leaf – CA$7,699
03 to 24 May
Silver Leaf Service – CA$5,149
Gold Leaf Service – CA$7,499
Deluxe Gold Leaf – CA$8,549
27 May
Silver Leaf Service – CA$5,299
Gold Leaf Service – CA$7,799
Deluxe Gold Leaf – CA$8,849
31 May to 23 September
Silver Leaf Service – CA$5,549
Gold Leaf Service – CA$8,099
Deluxe Gold Leaf – CA$9,249
27 September
Silver Leaf Service – CA$5,199
Gold Leaf Service – CA$7,399
Deluxe Gold Leaf – CA$8,499
30 September to 07 October
Silver Leaf Service – CA$4,549
Gold Leaf Service – CA$6,299
Deluxe Gold Leaf – CA$7,349

Taxes:  5% GST / HST as applicable

Prices are shown in CA$ per person based on two people sharing a double cabin and hotel room. Single rates may be available on request.

Taxes are in addition to the above prices and will be quoted at the time of booking, subject to any changes made by applicable governments.

Tour Code:
002121B-14

Itinerary
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Day 1: Vancouver Arrival

Arrive in Vancouver from your home city and transfer on your own to your downtown hotel. Surrounded by the Coastal Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is often considered to be the most beautiful city in the world. Its sandy beaches, green spaces and mountain backdrop provide a playground for all ages. With glorious summers and mild winters the locals like to say that you can golf in the morning and ski in the afternoon. And, it just so happens, that it’s true.

Overnight in Vancouver.
Silverleaf: Hampton Inn and Suites, king standard or queen double room
Goldleaf:  Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, deluxe city view room
Goldleaf Deluxe: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, premier city view room

Day 2: Vancouver to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops. You will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River.
Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 3: Kamloops to Banff

Your journey continues east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels, and the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff.

Silverleaf: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa, hotel room
Goldleaf:  Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont room
Goldleaf Deluxe: Rimrock Resort Hotel, Grandview room

Day 4: Banff

This morning explore Banff on your own. After lunch, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park including Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Climb Sulphur Mountain in a record-breaking eight minutes and get a bird’s-eye view of six mountain ranges. Sorry, did we say ‘climb’? We mean ‘ascend in style’ in your fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin! Phew! If you’re keen to break in your hiking boots, try the 1-kilometre self-guided walk along the summit ridge and keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep and various bird species.
Overnight in Banff.

Day 5: Yoho National Park, Banff to Lake Louise

A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders, including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight in Lake Louise.
Silverleaf, Goldleaf and Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, deluxe lake view room

Day 6: Lake Louise to Jasper

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia Icefield, ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. Tour the Athabasca Glacier in a giant six-wheel drive Ice Explorer vehicle while your guide explains the history of this ancient glacier and points out interesting geological features. Think of it like a “monster-truck meets glacier” adventure where you learn new things! Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon and overnight.

Silverleaf: Marmot Lodge, standard room
Goldleaf:  Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont room
Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, deluxe room

Day 7: Jasper

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Jasper on your own. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 8: Jasper to Kamloops

Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops. You will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo mountains. Highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River.
Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 9: Kamloops to Vancouver

After being transferred from your hotel back to the train station your rail adventure continues back west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. You will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. On arrival to Vancouver you will be transferred from the train station to your hotel for your overnight in Vancouver.

Silverleaf: Hampton Inn and Suites, king standard or queen double room
Goldleaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, deluxe city view room
Goldleaf Deluxe: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, premier city view room

Day 10: Departure

Your vacation ends with check-out from your Vancouver hotel.

You may choose to add on extra days in Vancouver before or after your rail journey. Please ask us for the options to add in extra nights of accommodation and any optional tours you may wish to take.

Included
  • 9 nights of hotel accommodation
  • Admission to Vancouver Lookout
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff and Jasper
  • Luggage handling
  • 4 days on-board the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer in the Service Level of your choice
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches
  • Banff tour including Banff Gondola
  • Yoho Park tour
  • Icefield Parkways tour including Ice Explorer
  • Jasper Highlights tour
  • Canada National Park Pass
Not Included
  • Airfare from your home city to Vancouver and return
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Meals other than indicated
  • Extra nights in Vancouver or Seattle
  • Optional tours
  • Gratuities
  • Applicable HST/GST
Tour Notes

Explore the Canadian Rockies by rail. Experience three train routes that carry you off on a sightseeing sojourn from alpine-inspired Whistler and Banff, to the wildlife-rich stomping grounds of Jasper and back to the Pacific Ocean’s stunning coastal city of Vancouver.

Rocky Mountaineer Coach Service Levels

SilverLeaf 
Unwind in a classic rail experience in custom-designed, single-level dome cars with roomy, reclining seats.  Don’t miss a minute of action through the oversized, domed windows and from the outdoor, viewing platform located between coaches.  Enjoy a selection of delicious hot entrées, plated to your preference and served in the comfort of your seat.  Relax with on-board complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks.  Two hosts plus a culinary team and full commentary will ensure your experience has a silver lining!  The hotel accommodation with SilverLeaf Service is in comfortable hotels with restaurants on the property or within walking distance.

GoldLeaf 
Sit back, relax and soak in the unparalleled panoramic views from our custom-designed bi-level GoldLeaf Dome Coach.  The GoldLeaf coaches feature full domed windows with panoramic views upstairs and a private dining room on the lower level with large picture windows. There is also a large, exclusive open-air vestibule for added viewing and photography opportunities.  Indulge in delectable gourmet à la carte meals served in the dining room.  Relax with on-board complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks.  Three to four hosts plus a full culinary team and full commentary will ensure you have a golden experience from beginning to end!  The hotel accommodation with GoldLeaf Service is in luxurious hotels with premium room category and restaurants on property except in Kamloops and Quesnel where all accommodation is charming but of moderate standard and cannot be upgraded.

Gold Leaf Deluxe
Gold Leaf Deluxe consists of all of the features of Gold Leaf service on-board the Rocky Mountaineer, plus upgraded hotel accommodation to deluxe hotels with superior views and/or larger rooms, except in Kamloops and Quesnel where all accommodation is charming but of moderate standard and cannot be upgraded.

Peaks & Perks Special Offer:  Book by December 22, 2017 on on a 2018 8+ day rail package and receive CA$800 per couple in added value credits. What will you spend your credits on? Here are some suggestions:
Vancouver extension; add on an extra hotel night for more time to explore this amazing city
Sightseeing tours; add on an optional sightseeing tour (touring options will be provided for your tour dates at the time of your reservation)
Dining; opportunity to add a meal plan at your hotel
Cruising; add on a cruise before or after your rail journey
Airport transfers; arrive at your hotel in style with a private pick-up from the airport

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.

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