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Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds at Leisure

10 days Rail Tours

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Encapsulating the very best of the west, this epic trek takes you on a journey through some of the most famed spots in the country. Picturing snow-capped peaks, green valleys, misty waterfalls and emerald-green lakes? That’s exactly what you’ll experience as you travel east on the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver through Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff to Calgary. On the way, you’ll stop off to ride on a glacier, tour national parks and take to the skies on a helicopter ride. What better way to top off a trip to the Rockies than with a birds-eye view of those iconic mountain tops.

Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver - 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'll 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 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, and into Kamloops itself. Overnight in Kamloops. (B/L)

Day 3: Kamloops - Jasper

Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again, you'll be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today's highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954m (12,972 feet) it's the highest peak in the Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper. Spend the next 2 nights in Jasper. (B/L)

Day 4: Jasper

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO 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. Highlights include breakfast at Maligne Canyon teahouse and a stroll to view the canyon itself. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. (B)

Day 5: Jasper to Lake Louise

Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, 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 Discovery Centre. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Spend the next 2 nights in Lake Louise. (L)

Day 6: Lake Louise

Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificient views. 

Day 7: Lake Louise to Banff

This morning you are free to expore beautiful Lake Louise. 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. Spend the next 2 nights in Banff

Please note: while departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be at approximately 2:00pm, scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00pm. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs. 

Day 8: Banff

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff. 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. 

Day 9: Banff - Calgary

Today you'll enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondolda included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today's adventure — a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 10: Calgary

Your journey ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

Please note: this tour also operates in reverse - Calgary to Vancouver.

*Denotes local charge.

B - Breakfast
L - Lunch

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Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

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Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

GMT -5 hours Eastern Canada 
GMT -8 hours Western Canada

Tour inclusions

  • 2 days Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf service
  • 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Jasper breakfast tour
  • Banff to Calgary tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Yoho National Park, Lake Louise to Banff
  • Icefields Parkway tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise 
  • Panoramic helicopter tour
  • Calgary Tower
  • Luggage handling and rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper
  • National parks pass

Tour exclusions

  • International flight in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Meals, other than specified
  • Activities, other than specified
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
  • Fuel surcharges
  • GST as applicable
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfer upon arrival and on departure
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)

Dining inclusions

3 breakfasts and 3 lunches included.

Accommodation

Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.

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