Canadian Rockies by Rail
Holiday Reference: 16330
This is the perfect itinerary to experience the beautiful landscape of western Canada and the iconic luxury of the Rocky Mountaineer.
You'll start your adventure in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Banff, where you can wander around the main town or venture into the mountains and partake in multiple mountain sports or ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Then you'll move onto the alpine town of Jasper, which is home to the largest national park in Canada.
After Jasper, you'll be whisked off to Vancouver on-board the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer. The Onboard Hosts will make sure your journey is second-to-none with freshly-cooked meals, complimentary drinks, and storytelling. You'll also be treated to an overnight hotel stay in Kamloops so that you won't miss any of the incredible landscapes because to nightfall.
Once you're in Vancouver, your time is free to spend as you wish. Maybe you'll delight your tastebuds in Gastown, climb Grouse Mountain, stroll through Stanley Park, or take a boat trip over to Vancouver Island to visit Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia.
Price based on April 2019 departure - other selected dates available April - October 2019. All our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit you.
Upon arrival into Calgary transfer by scheduled coach to the mountain resort of Banff. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today is at leisure for you to make your own exploration of Banff. Outside of town, the dramatic Canadian scenery awaits you. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, or why not go for a soak in the famous therapeutic spring waters of the Upper Hot Springs, or take a ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for amazing views over the Bow Valley below (prices available on request)
Today you will transfer by motor coach from Banff to Jasper which will take you through some of the most spectacular landscapes in North America. Following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, view a never ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and over 100 glaciers.
Today is yours to explore this alpine village… Gem of the Canadian Rockies. We suggest you take our 4 hour tour and explore the spectacular natural treasures of the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Stand above the massive walls of Maligne Canyon for stunning views of rushing waterfalls, discover the mystery of the disappearing water oat Medicine Lake and stroll the shores of Maligne Lake – all on this incredible sightseeing tour (price available on request).
Today you will travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet), Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops.
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening.
Today is yours to discover this coastal city, Canada’s third-largest metropolitan centre. Vancouver is a busy port city with a multi-cultural ambiance. The spectacular setting invites you outdoors: explore the restaurants shopping, galleries and museums, nightlife, entertainment and more. We suggest the best way to explore is to take our 4 hour Vancouver City and the Lookout tour (price available on request). You will be introduced 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. Top off this adventure with a glass elevator ride 169 metres above the streets, at the Vancouver Lookout, for views if the ocean, the Coastal Mountains, the city and rugged shoreline.
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 will say goodbye to Vancouver as your Rocky Mountain adventure comes to an end with checkout of your Vancouver Hotel, and make your way independently to Vancouver Airport for your flight back to the UK