Canadian Rockies by Rail
This is the perfect itinerary to allow you to experience the beautiful iconic locations of Canada’s West and an unforgettable rail journey through the Canadian Rockies onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train. You will discover majestic landscapes, towering peaks and sparkling turquoise lakes.
Departures available on selected dates April – October 2019 – Also available in reverse, call for details!
Upon arrival into Vancouver Airport, transfer independently to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own.
Your tour today begins with an introduction to downtown including Canada Place, and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural oasis, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. View the First Nations Totem Poles, and gaze upon rainforest and shoreline scenery on the way through the park. Get the camera ready for a photo stop at Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the English Bay beach area, followed by the eclectic Granville Island Market. Top off this adventure with a glass elevator ride 169 metres above the streets, at the Vancouver Lookout, for views of the ocean, the Coastal Mountains, the city and rugged shoreline. This tour is a great introduction to the scenic and historic highlights of Vancouver.
Why not give your Vancouver stay a twist with a 2 hour walking tour of Granville Island, Canada’s second most visited destination for lovers of food, art and culture. During the tour, you will eat your way through the world famous Public Market and hear intriguing stories, culture and history behind the tasty creations. This is truly a authentic way to experience Vancouver.
Today you travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River 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. Overnight in Kamloops
Your journey today continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff.
You have 2 full days to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you will find lots of excitement – shopping, cafes, nightlife and museums. Check out the cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (Included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley and beyond.
Today you will transfer by coach through the foothills of the Rockies to the city of Calgary where you will stay for 2 nights. Remainder of the day is at your leisure.
You have a full day to explore this cowboy city! Take a trip up the Calgary Tower (Included) for panoramic views of the city. Take an interactive tour or watch the beauty of the sunset over the Rockies. Located at the top is the city’s only revolving restaurant which offers magnificent views and contemporary dining.
Or why not visit Calgary Zoo which welcomes four giant Panda’s in 2018.
Transfer by shuttle bus to Calgary Airport for your return flight back to the UK