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Canadian Rockies by Rail

9 Nights Tour from €3,169 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

This holiday is a lovely combination of two days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, local tours exploring the national parks and 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 or extend your stay in this lovely city…or even hop over to Victoria on Vancouver Island to enjoy the delightful capital of British Columbia.

Itinerary Overview:

Fly into Calgary, Alberta with return flight from Vancouver, British Columbia

10 day tour begins 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

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 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 hotel for two nights

Details

Day 1

Fly to Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and transfer independently to your hotel, enjoying an evening exploring Cowboy town.

Hotels: Classic – International Hotel Calgary; Superior – Calgary Marriott; Deluxe – Fairmont Palliser

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.

Hotels for two nights: Classic – Banff Inn or Brewster’s Mountain Lodge; Superior – Rimrock Resort; Deluxe – Fairmont Banff Springs

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 (4.5 hours) – a journey through the highlights of the national park including a trip up the gondola to admire the spectacular views of the Rockies

Horseback Riding Sundance Loop (2 hours) – suitable for novice to experienced riders, this ride takes you along the Bow River and Sulphur Mountain Helicopter

Flightseeing (12 mins helicopter plus transfer time) – soar over the Three Sisters Peaks and enjoy views of the Spray Lakes and Valley

Lake Minnewanka Cruise (1 hour) – one of the most beautiful lakes, enjoy this guided boat tour

Evening Wildlife Safari (2 hours) – enjoy a tour spotting elk, osprey and bighorn sheep

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 Fairmont Hotel

Hotel for two nights: Classic – Fairmont Lake Louise (Fairmont Room); Superior – Fairmont Lake Louise (Deluxe Mount Temple Room); Deluxe Fairmont Lake Louise (Deluxe Lake View)

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.

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.

Hotels for two nights: Classic – Marmot Lodge; Superior – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room); Deluxe – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe Room)

Day 7

Jasper

Today you will experience the best of Jasper National Park on a four hour tour. 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.

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.


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.

Hotels: Classic – Georgian Court Hotel (Deluxe Queen Room); Superior – Fairmont Vancouver (Fairmont Room); Deluxe – Fairmont Vancouver (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 city. Or you make want to fly or sail to Victoria on Vancouver Island for a few days.
 

 

  • Transatlantic flights on scheduled airlines
  • Two day Rocky Mountaineer and nine nights hotel accommodation:
  1. Classic – Classic hotels as listed or similar and SilverLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer
  2. Superior – Superior hotels as listed or similar and GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer
  3. Deluxe – Deluxe hotels as listed or similar and GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Excursions as detailed above
  • Optional excursions:
  1. Explore Banff including the Banff Gondola (4.5 hours) – approx £85
  2. Horseback Riding Sundance Loop (2 hours) approx £70
  3. Helicopter Flightseeing (12 mins helicopter plus transfer time) – approx £85
  4. Lake Minnewanka Cruise (1 hour) – approx £37
  5. Evening Wildlife Safari (2 hours) – approx £35

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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