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Western Explorer - 8-day train holiday aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver through the alpine towns of Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff to Calgary.

From: £1,458

Western Explorer

Your spectacular getaway begins in Vancouver where you will board the Rocky Mountaineer for your two-day, all-daylight journey to the heart of the Canadian Rockies and the charming alpine towns of Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff. Comprehensive sightseeing and beautiful hotels complete this exceptional train holiday.

Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer in Kicking Horse Canyon

Tour Inclusions and Scenic Highlights

  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or RedLeaf Service
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Jasper Highlights Tour
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
  • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
  • Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Summit Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Calgary Tower
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
  • Vancouver
  • Hell’s Gate
  • Fraser Canyon
  • Kamloops Lake
  • Cariboo Mountains
  • Pyramid Falls
  • Jasper National Park
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Columbia Icefield
  • Bow Lake
  • Lake Louise
  • Yoho National Park
  • Spiral Tunnels
  • Kicking Horse River
  • Lake Minnewanka
  • The Hoodoos
  • Banff
  • Kananaskis
  • Calgary

Tour Map

Western Explorer Map
Western Explorer Map


Day 1 - Arrival in Vancouver
Today is at your leisure to explore the scenic city of Vancouver. Be certain to visit the Vancouver Observation Deck at Harbour Centre with your admissions pass and enjoy stunning views of the city, mountains and ocean. Overnight Fairmont Waterfront or Holiday Inn Downtown.

Day 2 - Vancouver to Kamloops
Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, located in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey begins at 7:30 and takes you through dramatic scenery that includes the lush fields of the Fraser River valley to the forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains. 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 arrives in Kamloops at 17:30. The evening is at your leisure Overnight Kamloops. (B, L)

Day 3 - Kamloops to Jasper
Your journey into the Canadian Rockies continues this morning. Board the Rocky Mountaineer for your 8:10 departure and travel northeast into the province of Alberta. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,953 metres, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends on arrival in the resort town of Jasper this evening. Overnight Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or Marmot Lodge. (B, L)

Day 4 - Jasper Sightseeing
Jasper National Park is a World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic tour including the areas many natural attractions. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Jasper on your own. Overnight Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or Marmot Lodge.

Day 5 - Jasper to Lake Louise
Today’s travels take you to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Stop at the scenic Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield, where you’ll ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. There will be time for lunch on your own. Your excursion, continues this afternoon with a brief stop at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise. Upon arrival you will be treated to a one-hour guided lakeshore stroll. Overnight Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 6 - Lake Louise to Banff
The morning is yours to enjoy Lake Louise. This afternoon embark on a half-day tour to Yoho National Park. Highlights of this excursion include the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight Fairmont Banff Springs or Banff Caribou Lodge.

Day 7 – Banff to Calgary with Summit Helicopter Tour
Today’s full-day excursion begins with a morning tour of Banff that includes visits to Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 15-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable Rockies. Enjoy lunch at a local ranch and spend time exploring Kananaskis at your leisure before your afternoon transfer to Calgary. Overnight Fairmont Palliser or International Hotel and Suites. (L)

Day 8 – Calgary Departure
Your Western Explorer holiday ends this morning. You may wish to extend your time in Canada with a stay in Calgary to further explore this beautiful destination or other neighboring cities.

Itinerary is available in reverse.

  1. Dates & Pricing
  2. Trains & Transportation
  3. Accommodations

Dates & Pricing

DateRed LeafGold LeafGold Leaf Fairmont
30 April - 28 May, 2012 £1,458 £2,282 £2,478
31 May - 27 Sept, 2012 £2,018 £3,119 £3,410
1 October, 2012 £1,856 £2,811 £3,109
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and do not include HST. A £28.00 per person fuel surcharge will be applied at the time of booking. All prices are subject to change without notice.


The Rocky Mountaineer is a scenic touring train that travels only during daylight hours along an historic train route through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies. Travellers will be awed by the breathtaking scenery along four distinct train routes.


Gold Leaf Viewing Dome
Gold Leaf Seats

Goldleaf Service carriage
Goldleaf Carriage

Gold Leaf Dinning Room
Gold Leaf Viewing Dome

  • Panoramic views from full-length, dome windows
  • Reclining dome-level seats that rotate to accommodate groups of four
  • Full galley kitchen
  • 36 dining room seats with picture windows (four guests per table)
  • Temperature-controlled comfort
  • Spiral staircase and ADA elevator to dome level
  • Overnight in hotel accommodation in Kamloops or Quesnel with luggage delivered to your hotel
  • Enjoy transfers to and from the train on your package tour


Red Leaf Service Day
Redleaf Service Seats

Redleaf Service carriage
Redleaf Carriage

Red Leaf Service
Red Leaf Service seats on Rocky Mountaineer

  • Classic rail experience featuring roomy reclining seats that can rotate to accommodate groups of four
  • Don't miss a minute of the action through the large picture windows
  • Savour a selection of chilled breakfasts and lunches served at your seat, and a glass of complimentary wine at lunch
  • Relax with onboard complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks while being entertained by commentary from your Rocky Mountaineer Host
  • Access the exclusive RedLeaf Lounge Car while travelling on the Rainforest to Gold Rush route
  • Overnight in hotel accommodation in Kamloops or Quesnel
  • Transfers to and from the train on your package tour

The Goldleaf Fairmont package is the Gold Service carriage with a room at a Fairmont Hotel.


GoldLeaf with Fairmont & Goldleaf Hotels

  • Fairmont Waterfront: The 489-guest room hotel offers beautiful views of the harbour, mountains and city skyline. Guests have access to a business centre, outdoor pool, indoor whirlpool, steam rooms, and fitness centre. The hotel has two restaurants on its premises.

  • Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge: A village of heritage log cabins connected by picturesque paths on a UNESCO World Heritage Site makes up the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Hotel amenities include a business centre; health club including a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and steam room; a salon and spa; and, seven restaurants and lounges.

  • Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: Located in the heart of Banff National Park and within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic hotel features elegant rooms overlooking the Chateau grounds and hillside. Hotel amenities include Internet access, a business centre, 6 restaurants, a fitness centre, indoor heated pool, whirlpool, steam room, salon and spa.

  • Fairmont Banff Springs: “The Castle in the Rockies,” as this hotel has come to be known, is modeled after a Scottish Baronial Castle. It is ideally located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 768-room hotel includes 11 restaurants, a business centre, a spa, lap pool, an outdoor heated pool, indoor hot tub, golf course, and fitness centre.

  • Fairmont Palliser: This 405-room hotel in the heart of downtown Calgary includes high-speed Internet access, business centre, two restaurants, indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room, fitness centre, and spa.

RedLeaf Hotels

  • Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver: This 245-room hotel includes complimentary high-speed Internet access in all rooms, swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, business centre, restaurant and bar.

  • Marmot Lodge: Located on Jasper’s main street, this 107-room lodge features a restaurant, lounge, heated indoor pool, outdoor and indoor Jacuzzi, sauna, and high-speed Internet kiosk in lobby.

  • Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: Located in the heart of Banff National Park and within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic hotel features elegant rooms overlooking the Chateau grounds and hillside. Hotel amenities include Internet access, a business centre, 6 restaurants, a fitness centre, indoor heated pool, whirlpool, steam room, salon and spa.

  • Banff Caribou Lodge: This 189-room hotel is located a short walk from downtown Banff and features Internet in each guest room, a restaurant/bar, spa, hot pool, steam room, and fitness room.

  • International Hotel & Suites Calgary: One and two bedroom non-smoking suites are available in this centrally-located hotel. All rooms have Internet access and private balconies with patio doors. Amenities include a business centre, indoor pool, spa, fitness room, guest laundry and one restaurant.

Rocky Mountaineer Holidays

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