Canadian Rockies & Rocky Mountaineer
From the coastline to the Canadian Rockies, magnificent sights await your discovery as you traverse the Canadian landscape.
Watch Canada’s varied scenery unfold as you move through the country by boat, train and motorcoach. The tour begins in Seattle, Washington, where our crossing of the border into Canada is done by scenic cruise. In the lovely port town of Victoria, we will get acquainted with the town’s history and beautiful gardens; while in Vancouver, we will immerse ourselves in the diversity of the city with an orientation tour. It is also in Vancouver that the storied rails of the Rocky Mountaineer greet us for our passage inland to Jasper. The two days we spend on the train are full of sightseeing opportunities and comfortable accommodations. We will overnight in Kamloops halfway through the journey, and as we arrive in Jasper, the call of the wild is answered with fantastic adventures to places such as Maligne Lake and Spirit Island. From Jasper, we continue into the heart of the Canadian Rockies, where the sights and scenery surrounding Banff will fill your heart with joy and your camera with incredible photos. Nine days go by so quickly, but the memories of this incredible tour will last a lifetime.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 2 days of scenic rail travel on Rocky Mountaineer
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 13 meals
- Cruise aboard the Victoria Clipper
- Victoria tour, including Butchart Gardens
- Vancouver City Tour
- Visit to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island
- Columbia Icefields, including a ride on an Ice Explorer
- Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
Day 1 - Arrive in Seattle
Welcome to the Emerald City! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, where you will meet your fellow travellers and your tour manager. You will have time to check into your room and freshen up from your day of travel before rejoining the group for a Welcome Dinner. Overnight Seattle. (D)
Day 2 - Victoria/Vancouver
Grab your binoculars and camera; we are headed out on the water this morning. In Seattle’s harbour, we will board the Victoria Clipper for a ride through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, across the Canadian border and into Victoria, British Columbia. The cruise is spectacular, taking us past the San Juan Islands and through prime waters in which to see orcas, humpback whales, harbour seals, sea lions, otters, porpoises and more. You can experience it all from the warmth of the inner cabin or venture out onto the deck of the boat for an up-close look at the marine life. Upon docking in Victoria, a new kind of sightseeing adventure unfolds - this time on dry land. We will be treated to a tour of the charming port town, which concludes with a visit to Butchart Gardens. In the gardens you will learn the story of how these stunning floral displays came to be, breathing new life into an abandoned quarry site. With over a million bedding plants in some 900 different species, there is no lack of things to see at Butchart Gardens. After our visit, we will transfer by ferry to Vancouver for the first of two overnights. Overnight Vancouver. (B)
Day 3 - Vancouver
Rise and shine for a morning tour of the city. We will set out through Vancouver today on a guided tour that highlights some of the best and most popular sites, including Gastown, Granville Island, Stanley Park and Chinatown. The knowledgeable guide tells us little-known facts and the history of the region as we wind through the city’s streets. We will be returned to our Downtown hotel following the tour, at which time you have the remainder of the day to explore on your own. You may wish to walk along the Vancouver Seawall, meander through the city to explore the best restaurants and shops or visit the aquarium, Science World, the Museum of Anthropology or the Vancouver Art Gallery. Overnight Vancouver. (B)
Day 4 - Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
Get ready for an exciting day of travel; today we board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. We will be transferred to Vancouver’s train station from our hotel, and it is here that our train awaits. You will have ample space to spread out in your seat for this full-day journey, and you will be treated to some of the best railway cuisine in Canada with breakfast and lunch aboard the train. As you savour the delicious offerings, watch as the city and the coastline fade into the distance, and the deep emerald hues of the Fraser Valley appear. Today’s train ride takes us along the Thompson River, past Hell’s Gate and through the dramatic peaks and valleys of the region before arriving in Kamloops. Upon arrival, we will enjoy dinner before turning in for the night. Overnight Kamloops. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Rocky Mountaineer/Jasper
It is back on the rails for another grand day of pampering by your rail car attendant, impressive sightseeing and little-seen glimpses at the Canadian Rockies today. We will reboard the Rocky Mountaineer this morning in Kamloops and set out through the vast landscape en route to Jasper. Along the way, we will travel through Rogers Pass and Kicking Horse Canyon and make our way through one of the most incredible engineering marvels of the early 20th century, the Spiral Tunnels. Upon arriving in Jasper this evening, we will check into our hotel; then you are free to grab dinner and peruse the town’s offerings on your own. Overnight Jasper. (B, L)
Day 6 - Maligne Lake and Spirit Island
Get your fill at breakfast this morning, today’s adventures are grand! Jasper is surrounded by natural beauty, thanks to Jasper National Park, and we get a taste of it with our visit to Maligne Lake. This glacier-fed lake features clear turquoise waters and an amazing backdrop, with soaring mountain peaks, glaciers and lush forests encircling it. We set out onto the lake by boat, allowing us to take in all the glory and to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region. Our cruise ventures out to one of the most photographed locations in all of Canada, Spirit Island. This land mass is only a true island for a few days each year, but its cluster of trees set against the surrounding scenery make it a breathtaking sight to behold. We return to Jasper following the tour, and the remainder of the evening is yours to explore as you please. Overnight Jasper. (B)
Day 7 - Banff/Columbia Icefields
Our journey into the heart of the Canadian Rockies continues today as we make our way to Banff. Also surrounded by protected National Park land, Banff has appeal as both a resort town and a destination for nature lovers. Before arriving in the quaint town, we will make a stop at the Columbia Icefield for in-depth look at it and Athabasca Glacier. Besides ice, you will see waterfalls, beautiful mountain scenery and wildlife in its natural habitat. The Ice Explorer vehicle makes for an easy, and unique, ride across the icefield. Following the tour, we reboard our motorcoach and make our way to the world-famous Lake Louise for a picture-perfect photo opportunity. After checking into our Banff hotel, you have the rest of the evening to get acquainted with this charming town. Overnight Banff. (B)
Day 8 - Banff
Gain a different perspective of the Canadian Rockies today with a ride aboard the Banff Gondola. Located just 5 minutes outside of town, the Banff Gondola is situated on the shoulder of Sulphur mountain and takes us nearly 7,500 feet above sea level to the summit. Each gondola car offers space for four passengers and is completely enclosed in glass, providing a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, Bow Valley and Banff town. At the top, there is a short self-guided walkway, as well as an observation deck from which to take in all the surrounding mountain majesty. Following our descent of the mountain, we will return back to Banff, and you will have the afternoon and evening to hike, explore the local shops and art galleries or even take a dip in the hot springs. The group will reconvene tonight for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Banff. (B, D)
Day 9 - Tour Conclusion
As you savour your breakfast this morning and take one final look around Banff, your time in Western Canada comes to a close. Transfer on your own to Calgary International Airport for your return journey home. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Motif Hotel (Seattle), Georgian Court Hotel (Vancouver), Sawridge Inn (Jasper), and Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge. Moderate accommodations will be provided in Kamloops.
Discover the Canadian Rockies onboard Western Canada’s premier all-daylight train. Considered on of the world’s great rail journeys, you will be immersed in awe-inspiring beauty as we travel the historic paths of 19th-century explorers, winding through the wilderness, river valleys and alpine towns of Western Canada by train. SilverLeaf Service features reserved seating in a single-level dome rail coach. A choice of delicious hot entrees are offered for both breakfast and lunch, served at your seat so you can enjoy your meal beside lovely picture windows.
Dates & Prices
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: Departs 2nd July 2019 (£3,596), 28th September 2019 (£3,596)
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