Rocky Mountaineer Scenery
Rocky Mountaineer Scenery
Calgary & Banff
Calgary & Banff
Activities, Scenery & Wildlife in Banff
Activities, Scenery & Wildlife in Banff
Lake Louise & Yoho National Park Kicking Horse River
Lake Louise & Yoho National Park Kicking Horse River
Icefields Parkway & The Glacier Skywalk
Icefields Parkway & The Glacier Skywalk
Athabasca Glacier & Maligne Canyon Passover in Jasper
Athabasca Glacier & Maligne Canyon Passover in Jasper
The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer
Vancouver Cityscapes
Vancouver Cityscapes

Canadian Rockies at Leisure plus Rocky Mountaineer

9 nights from €3,579 per person Including Flights

Overview

This holiday is a lovely combination of two days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, locally guided tours through the national parks plus free time to explore on your own, all at a relaxed place. You will begin in the Cowboy City of Calgary before taking a transfer to the beautiful mountain town of Banff. Here you will be able to choose from a range of optional excursions to tour the national park or simply spend time exploring on your own. Then you will travel to one of the most photographed lakes in the world – Lake Louise. Spend the night here in the iconic Fairmont Lake Louise before travelling the Icefields Parkway and visiting the Athabasca Glacier, including a trip on an Ice Explorer vehicle. After a couple of nights in the charming town of Jasper, you will board the Rocky Mountaineer train for a two day journey of a lifetime through the Rockies. You’ll end in Vancouver, where you can either spend one night and then fly home or extend your stay in this lovely city. Alternatively you could hop over to Victoria on Vancouver Island to enjoy the delightful capital of British Columbia or even book a cruise to Alaska.

We love this tour because you don’t have to drive yourself around with all transportation included (except airport transfers), and you will pick and choose your hotels and excursions so that everything is pre-booked. You will be given full details of all meeting points and times, but please note there is not a tour manager throughout.  (JV)

Highlights

  • Two days on the “Journey Through the Clouds” onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
  • Icefields Parkway Discovery Tour including a trip on an Ice Explorer and the Glacier Skywalk
  • Mountains Lakes and Waterfalls tour of Banff National Park
  • Experience the beautiful national park of Jasper with a two night stay
  • Visit the spectacular Lake Louise staying at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for two nights

Itinerary Overview

Fly to Calgary 1 night – Banff 2 nights – Lake Louise 2 nights - Jasper 2 nights – Rocky Mountaineer train for 2 days with overnight in Kamloops – Vancouver 1 night - Fly home

Departure Dates
May: 1 5 8 12 15 19 22 26 29
June: 2 5 9 12 16 19 23 26 30
July: 3 7 10 14 17 21 24 28 31
August: 4 7 11 14 18 21 25 28
September: 1 4 8 11 15 18 22 25 29


 

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Day 1

Fly to Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and transfer independently to your hotel, enjoying an evening exploring Cowboy town. Head to pedestrianised Stephen Avenue for a great choice of restaurants and bars.

Classic Hotel – Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown (Standard room) or Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary (Standard room)
Superior Hotel – Calgary Marriott Hotel (Standard room) or The Westin (Traditional Main Building)
Deluxe Hotel - Fairmont Palliser (Junior Suite)

Day 2

Calgary to Banff

Pick up a coach transfer this morning and travel west towards the Rocky Mountains. Upon arrival into Banff you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure to explore this charming town.

Classic Hotel (2 nights) – Banff Inn or Brewster’s Mountain Lodge
Superior Hotel (2 nights) – Royal Canadian Lodge (Standard room) or Buffalo Mountain Lodge (Premier Room)
Deluxe Hotel (2 nights) - Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe room)

Day 3

Banff

You have today free to choose from several different excursions to experience the Banff National Park. Here are a couple of options:

Explore Banff including the Banff Gondola and Lake Minnewanka Cruise (6.5 hours includes lunch) – a journey through the highlights of the national park including a trip on the gondola ascending Sulphur Mountain to admire the spectacular views of the Rockies and an unforgettable cruise on beautiful Lake Minnewanka

Helicopter Flightseeing - enjoy a birds eye view of the Rockies: Option 1 Mount Assiniboine Helicopter Tour (30 minutes) or Option 2 Three Sisters Peak Tour (20 minutes)

There are also several other options such as a guided horseback ride, evening wildlife safari. Or you could enjoy golf or a spa session at the Fairmont Banff Springs.

Day 4

Banff to Lake Louise

After check-out, join the Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Tour departing Banff and ending at Lake Louise, and taking the full day. Enjoy the wonderful sights of the Banff and Yoho National Parks, Moraine Lake, Takakaw Falls, Kicking Horse Pass, Valley of the Ten Peaks and Spiral Tunnels. On arrival at Lake Louise, you’ll check into the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Classic Hotel (2 nights) – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont room) or Post Hotel
Superior Hotel (2 nights) - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe Mount Temple room)
Deluxe Hotel (2 nights) - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe Lakeview room)

Day 5

Lake Louise

Enjoy a day at leisure in Lake Louise, where you can take a stroll through the stunning landscape, perhaps hire a canoe on the lake, or simply relax and take in the views. You can take the Lake Louise Sightseeing lift, either riding by open chair or enclosed gondola to the top elevation of 6850 feet where you can visit the Wildlife Interpretive Centre and enjoy a stroll to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views.

Day 6

Lake Louise to Jasper

Leave Lake Louise behind and take a full day guided tour which will take you along the Icefields Parkway and into Jasper. At the Columbia Icefield you will enjoy a 90-minute glacier adventure on a unique Ice Explorer vehicle, visit the Discover Centre and brave the Glacier Skywalk – a glass-floored platform extending 30 meters out over the Sunwapta Canyon. Lunch is included, and you will have a great day in this most scenic part of the world. Arrive in Jasper at the end of the afternoon for a two night stay in this lovely town.

Classic Hotel (2 nights) – Marmot Lodge (Standard room) or Lobstick Lodge (Standard room)
Superior Hotel (2 nights) - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont room) or Sawridge Inn (Outside View room with balcony)
Deluxe Hotel (2 nights) - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe room)

Day 7

Jasper

Today you will experience the best of Jasper National Park on a four hour tour including lunch and a cruise on gorgeous Maligne Lake*. Travel the trails of the early explorers, along the Athabasca Canadian Heritage River. Stroll above Maligne Caynon with its narrow gorge and limestone walls and visit the place of First Nation legend at Medicine Lake.

* Departures 1 to 19 May will not include the cruise as it is too early in the season for this to operate

Day 8

Jasper to Kamloops

This morning take the hotel transfer to the station to board the Rocky Mountaineer. Sit back and enjoy views of the dramatic landscape of the Continental Divide, as your route takes you through winding valleys, mountain ranges and the Yellowhead Pass. On arrival in Kamloops you will be taken to your allocated hotel.

Overnight Kamloops (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 9

Kamloops to Vancouver

Continue west today towards Vancouver, passing the Coast and Cascade Mountains and Fraser River Valley. Enjoy the great food on board the train, and be entertained by the commentary and chat of the Rocky Mountaineer on board team. Your rail journey comes to an end upon arrival in Vancouver this evening when you transfer to your hotel.

Classic Hotel – Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre (Standard room) or Georgian Court Hotel (Deluxe room)
Superior Hotel – Fairmont Vancouver Hotel (Fairmont room) or Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown (Harbourview room)
Deluxe Hotel - – Fairmont Vancouver Hotel (Deluxe room)

Day 10

Vancouver

If you have time before your flight home, then perhaps enjoy the views from the Vancouver Lookout Tower or take a walk along the seawall to Stanley Park. You may want to extend your stay by a night or two as there is so much to do in this vibrant waterfront city. Or you can choose to cruise to Alaska. Or perhaps fly to Toronto for a few days sightseeing and a day trip to Niagara Falls.
 

  • Transatlantic flights
  • 9 nights Classic hotel accommodation – upgrade to Superior or Deluxe for a supplement
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey including two breakfasts and two lunches in SilverLeaf Service - upgrade to GoldLeaf Service for a supplement
  • Transfer from Calgary to Banff, hotel shuttle from Jasper hotel to train station, Rocky Mountaineer transfer to hotel in Kamloops and Vancouver
  • Excursions as detailed above

What’s not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional excursions:
  • Explore Banff including the Banff Gondola and Lake Minnewanka Cruise (6.5 hours including lunch) – approx CAD $199
  • Helicopter Flightseeing Option 1 (30 mins) CAD $ 335 Option 2 (20 mins) £211
  • Other Banff excursions available from CAD $69
  • Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift CAD $55

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