Rocky Mountaineer Canadian Rockies, Grand Rail Circle

Vancouver ∙ Kamloops Banff ∙ Lake Louise ∙ Jasper ∙ Whistler

Beginning in the coastal city of Vancouver for a one night stay you will be whisked away in luxury on board the world famous Rocky Mountaineer. You experience two days of all-daylight rail travel on your way to Banff and you get to return to Vancouver from Jasper on another two days on the Rocky Mountaineer.

From Banff you can enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via Lake Louise along one of the most scenic highways in North America, the Icefields Parkway. Here you visit the Columbia Icefield and ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. In the beautiful town of Jasper to get a chance to experience Jasper National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and largest of the Canadian Rockies national parks. Your tour ends with a two-night stay back in Vancouver.

From £4049pp

What's Included

  • Return flights from Ireland to Vancouver
  • 12 NIGHTS hotel accommodation in tour hotels (more details below)
  • 5 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • Based on 2 adults sharing, travelling in April 2019
  • Quote Ref 51191532

Staff Tips

Vancouver - From March to October thousands of whales migrate through the waters near to Vancouver making it one of the world’s best locations for whale watching. We can arrange for a bus to pick you up at your accommodation and bring you to your expedition around the gulf and San Juan Islands.

Stephen Dalton

Travel Expert

Your Adventure...

Vancouver Arrival
Vancouver to Kamloops
Kamloops to Banff
Sightseeing Tour of Banff
Free Day in Banff
Banff to Lake Louise
Free Day Lake Louise
Lake Louise to Jasper (includes Ice Explorer Tour)
Sightseeing Tour Jasper Highlights
Jasper to Quesnel
Quesnel to Whistler
Whistler to Vancouver
Vancouver Departure
  • Day 1 Vancouver Arrival

    Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own.
    Overnight in Vancouver.
    SilverLeaf - Sheraton Wall Centre.
    GoldLeaf - Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

  • Day 2 Vancouver to Kamloops

    Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey 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. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops.
    Breakfast and lunch included onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
    Overnight in Kamloops. To be advised onboard the train

  • Day 3 Kamloops to Banff

    Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you 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, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff.
    Breakfast and lunch included onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
    Overnight in Banff.
    SilverLeaf - Banff Park Lodge.
    GoldLeaf - Fairmont Banff Springs

  • Day 4 Sightseeing Tour of Banff

    This morning, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.
    Overnight in Banff.
    SilverLeaf - Banff Park Lodge.
    GoldLeaf - Fairmont Banff Springs

  • Day 5 Free Day in Banff

    Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs.
    Overnight in Banff.
    SilverLeaf - Banff Park Lodge.
    GoldLeaf - Fairmont Banff Springs

  • Day 6 Banff to Lake Louise

    A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location.
    Overnight in Lake Louise
    SilverLeaf - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
    GoldLeaf - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Lakeview Room.

  • Day 7 Free Day Lake Louise

    Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.
    Overnight in Lake Louise
    SilverLeaf - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
    GoldLeaf - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Lakeview Room.

  • Day 8 Lake Louise to Jasper (includes Ice Explorer Tour)

    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.
    SilverLeaf - Lobstick Lodge.
    GoldLeaf - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge .

  • Day 9 Sightseeing Tour Jasper Highlights

    Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently.
    Overnight in Jasper.
    SilverLeaf - Lobstick Lodge.
    GoldLeaf - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge .

  • Day 10 Jasper to Quesnel

    Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel.
    Overnight in Quesnel. Please note that all accommodation in Quesnel is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch included onboard.

  • Day 11 Quesnel to Whistler

    Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Your rail journey today ends on arrival in the resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events.
    Overnight in Whistler. Breakfast and lunch included onboard.

  • Day 12 Whistler to Vancouver

    The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canapé style. Your rail journey ends upon your arrival in Vancouver.

  • Day 13 Vancouver Departure

    Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

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