Best of the Rockies
Marvel at the wonders of the Canadian landscape on this 8-day rail tour, which both begins and ends in Vancouver.
The majesty of the Canadian Rockies awaits on this round-trip tour through Canada. Begin in the coastal city of Vancouver, before boarding the first train of your tour, the Rocky Mountaineer, early the next morning for the journey to Kamloops. After an overnight, take in more Rocky Mountain scenery on the way to the famed resort town of Banff, where you enjoy both guided touring and free time to explore.
From Banff, we pass through the unique landscape of the Columbia Icefield on the way to Jasper. Spend the day sightseeing on your own before boarding VIA Rail's Canadian for the ride back to Vancouver, where the tour comes to an end.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Guaranteed departures
- Two days of scenic rail travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service from Vancouver to Kamloops and Kamloops to Banff including breakfast and lunch aboard the train.
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- Overnight aboard VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus accommodations from Jasper to Vancouver with access to the domed viewing cars, meals aboard the train in the main dining room
- 8 Meals
- Discover Banff tour and a ride on the Sulphur Mountain Gondola
- Full day motorcoach sightseeing excursion from Banff to Jasper with a trip onto the Columbia Icefields aboard an Ice Explorer
- Vancouver Lookout
- Hotel Taxes & GST as applicable
Day 1- Vancouver
Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver today. Your hotel is ideally located in the heart of Vancouver, close to many popular attractions, shops, and restaurants. Make the most of your day in the city. You may wish to shop along Robson Street, visit Stanley Park or the Vancouver Aquarium, get an aerial view of the city from Grouse Mountain, swing from the trees at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, ferry over to Granville Island, and dine in Gastown. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2 - Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer this morning for your 7:30 am departure. Admire the breathtaking scenery as you're whisked east through the Coastal Mountains to the Fraser River, which will be your path to tonight's destination. Your onboard attendant will be able to share detailed commentary on the region through which you're traveling. Enjoy delicious meals as you're awed by the beauty of British Columbia. Scenic highlights of today's journey include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate deep in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes leading into the Thompson River. Arrive in Kamloops at 5:30 pm. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight Kamloops. (B, L)
Day 3 - Kamloops to Banff aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
Rise and shine! The Rocky Mountaineer departs Kamloops early this morning to continue its journey through the Canadian Rockies. Highlights of today's trip include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, and the Spiral Tunnels. Just when you think the scenery can't be any more stunning, it is. Cross the Continental Divide and arrive in Banff a little after 7:00 pm this evening. Overnight Banff. (B, L)
Day 4 - Banff Sightseeing
This morning embark on a sightseeing tour of Banff to discover the town's natural surroundings and see where it all began. Your tour will take you to the hoodoos, Tunnel Mountain Drive, and the Cave & Basin, a National Historic Site that commemorates the birthplace of Canada's National Park system, which started in Banff in 1885. This afternoon is yours to explore Banff on your own. Go for a hike, visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs, explore Banff National Park, or take advantage of the many activities available through your hotel. Overnight Banff.
Day 5 - Banff to Jasper
Today travel from Banff to Jasper by way of the Icefields Parkway, a scenic two-lane road that travels through Banff and Jasper National Parks. Stop at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture by Ice Explorer onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. Make a brief stop in Lake Louise to photograph the glistening blue waters before arriving in Jasper this evening. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Jasper. (L)
Day 6 - Depart Jasper aboard VIA Rail's Canadian
After breakfast on your own, transfer to the train station to board VIA Rail's Canadian. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for your overnight journey west to Vancouver. Overnight train. (L, D)
Day 7 - Vancouver
Arrive this morning in Vancouver and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day enjoying all this beautiful city has to offer. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. Overnight Vancouver. (B)
Day 8 - Conclusion
Your tour comes to a close this morning. You may wish to extend your stay for additional time in Vancouver or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Hotel Jasper, Chateau Lake Louise, and Rimrock Resort Banff (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in SilverLeaf service and includes travel in a single-level dome car featuring panoramic views and hot meal service at your seat.
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Fairmont Banff Springs. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in GoldLeaf service and includes travel in a bi-level dome car featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining room to take breakfast and lunch.
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