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Western Contrasts Rail & Self Drive

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This 13 night Rail and Self Drive Tour is one of our most popular holidays.  You will visit some of Canada's West most popular destinations before climbing aboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train to the heart of the Canadian Rockies.  You will witness some of the most spectacular scenery in the world!


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Day 1

Upon arrival into Vancouver, please make your own way to your downtown Vancouver Hotel, where you will stay 2 nights. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Vancouver at your own pace. Overnight in Vancouver

Day 2

You are free today to explore the city at leisure. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to Stanley Park. Situated between English Bay and Burrard Inlet, the peninsula at the north-western edge of down-town Vancouver, Stanley Park covers 1,000 acres. Its seawall, beaches, walking trails, totem poles, aquarium, pool, miniature railway and more attract 8 million visitors each year. Why not hop on one of the horse drawn tours that make its way around the park? Overnight: Vancouver

Day 3

Today a coach transfer will be arranged to take you from Vancouver to Whistler along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Upon your arrival into Whistler, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Whistler

Day 4

This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities from golf on one of the 4 championship designer golf courses, water activities on any of the 5 lakes or numerous rivers, to mountain top dining. Or just relax and enjoy some of the many fine café's and restaurants in this European inspired alpine village. Overnight: Whistler

Day 5

Today you will be transferred by coach and ferry to Victoria for a 2 night stay. Upon your arrival into Victoria the remainder of the day is free to explore at your own pace. Overnight in Victoria

Day 6

Today is at leisure to explore Victoria. Why not stroll the causeway along the Inner Harbour, take in a whale-watching cruise, trying the fresh-grown local produce prepared in the West Coast fusion style, or indulge in zipline, float plane, kayaking, or fishing adventures. For a more relaxed visit, why not take high tea, or visit one of Victorias many art galleries. Overnight: Victoria

Day 7

Today you will be transferred by coach and ferry back to Vancouver for 1 overnight stay. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace. Overnight in Vancouver

Day 8

From Pacific Central Station in Vancouver you meander through the lush and fertile lands of British Columbia, from the Fraser Valley where you are left to marvel at the spectacular peaks that make up the Coast Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon, part of the Fraser Fault. You’ll see the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate, with towering 1000 foot rock walls. With stunning vistas of the Thompson River you will continue on towards the historic city of Kamloops and deeper into Thompson Country, gateway to the Interior of British Columbia. You will enjoy an overnight stop in Kamloops. The train stops and so do you so you won't miss any scenery whilst sleeping! Overnight Kamloops

Day 9

Rejoin the Rocky Mountaineer and follow the Canadian railway and the Thompson River through rolling hills into the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields before passing by Mount Robson, which at 12,972 feet is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. In late afternoon, arrive in Jasper, located in the largest national park in The Canadian Rockies. when you arrive into Jasper, you can collect your car rental from the local depot. Overnight Jasper

Day 10

Today is at leisure to explore Jasper. Jasper, fascinating in beauty and history, is set amid some of the most rugged peaks in the Rockies. You may wish to take a tram ride up Whistler's Mountain, soak in the pools at Miette Hot Springs (among the Rockies' warmest natural hot springs) or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world and enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (suggested activities are not included). Marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water's edge. Overnight: Jasper

Day 11
Lake Louise

Today drive along the scenic Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise - making sure you give yourself plenty of time to stop at the marked scenic stops for some breath-taking pictures. When you arrive into Lake Louise the remainder of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace. Overnight in Lake Louise

Day 12

Today take the short drive from Lake Louise to Banff for your 2 night stay. Upon your arrival into Banff, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace. Overnight in Banff

Day 13

Enjoy the wildlife, pristine lakes, and breathtaking mountain peaks along the world famous Icefields Parkway. Visit the natural wonder of the Columbia Icefield – one of the largest expanses of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. Step on-board an Ice Explorer for an interpretive adventure onto the Athabasca Glacier. At the Glacier Skywalk, enjoy the unobstructed view on a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley. Highlights include: Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, Crowfoot Glacier Overnight in Banff

Day 14

Today drive from Banff to Calgary International Airport and drop your car off at the car depot. Check in for your overnight flight back to the UK.

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Trip Includes
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 13 night hotel accommodation
  • Visit Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria, Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey travelling in SilverLeaf Service from Vancouver to Jasper, including 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & overnight hotel
  • Car Hire - 6 days Intermediate size, from Jasper to Banff, including insurance & 1 additioanl driver
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You can swap out any part of this itinerary, add activities, tours or extend your stay and even upgrade your accommodation to build your dream holiday.

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