A trip on the Rocky Mountaineer is certainly one for the bucket list! This fantastic holiday takes in sightseeing tours of such breathtaking locations as Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and Kamloops.
Your holiday begins in Calgary from where you embark on your first full day of touring the Rocky Mountains including a Panoramic Helicopter tour over the soaring peaks of the Rockies before finishing the day in Lake Louise.Begin the next day with free time to explore the beautiful surroundings of Lake Louise before beginning a half day tour which ends in Banff.
The highlight of your time in Banff will be a 3 hour ice explorer (sometimes described as ‘monster truck meets glacier’) tour to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geographical features.
The next stop is Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.
Time to board the Rocky Mountaineer and travel from Jasper to Vancouver on a journey surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley.
This trip blends breathtaking adventure with plenty of time to relay and take in the Canadian Rockies on your own. You begin in the coastal city of Vancouver before being whisked away in luxury onboard the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer for two days of all-daylight rail travel through Canada’s West and the Rocky Mountains.
You arrive in the beautiful town of Jasper for a two-night stay and a chance to experience Jasper National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies largest national park. You then travel along one of North America’s most scenic highways – The Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise where you stay for two nights. On your journey to Lake Louise a stop will be made at the Columbia Icefields where you will ride the Ice Explorer to the Middle of the Athabasca Glacier. You end your visit to the Rockies in Banff with a two-night stay. Enjoy an unforgettable helicopter tour before ending in Calgary, Alberta’s Stampede city.
Hot breakfasts and lunches and complimentary alcohol and soft drinks are served while on the train. For your overnight stays complimentary baggage is offered.
Calgary to Lake Louise
Lake Louise to Banff
Banff to Jasper
Sightseeing Tour Jasper Highlights
Jasper to Kamloops
Kamloops to Vancouver
Tour Ends in Vancouver
Day 1 Calgary Arrival
Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in “The Heart of the New West” independently. Overnight in Calgary.
Overnight in Calgary.
SilverLeaf - Delta Calgary Downtown.
GoldLeaf - Fairmont Palliser Hotel.
Day 2 Calgary to Lake Louise
Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Lake Louise. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in world famous Lake Louise late this afternoon.
Overnight in Lake Louise.
SilverLeaf - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
GoldLeaf - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Lakeview Room.
Day 3 Lake Louise to Banff
This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, 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 that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff. Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.
Overnight in Banff
SilverLeaf - Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa.
GoldLeaf - Fairmont Banff Springs.
Day 4 Banff to Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via Lake Louise and 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 - The Crimson Jasper Hotel.
GoldLeaf - Fairmont Jasper Lodge.
Day 5 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.
Day 6 Jasper to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops.
Overnight in Kamloops.
Please note all accommodations in Kamloops are of moderate standard.
Breakfast & lunch will be served onboard.
Day 7 Kamloops to Vancouver
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey 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 the 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. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Breakfast & lunch will be served onboard.
Overnight in Vancouver.
Silverleaf - Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront
Goldleaf - Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Day 8 Tour Ends in Vancouver
Your holiday ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel