Explore the two neighbouring provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and enjoy the lively
sights of Calgary, Banff and Jasper National Parks, the interior of British Columbia as well as
the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. The Rocky Mountaineer train will bring you through a
dramatically-changing countryside while travelling through valleys, canyons and mountain
passes. See lush forests, marvel at pristine lakes, and take in the sight of the magnificent
Canadian Rocky Mountains! In both Vancouver and the Rockies, local sightseeing tours are
included to enhance the experience. The Mountain Rails progamme operates westbound
from Calgary or eastbound from Vancouver.
Set in the rolling foothills of Alberta against the majestic Canadian Rockies to the west and the great plains to the east, Calgary offers visitors the best of two exciting worlds - stimulating big city life and wilderness adventure. Calgary's visitor attractions, sophisticated shopping, symphony ballet, opera and professional sports teams are guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained. To catch Calgary and some western hospitality at its best, take in "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth," as the Calgary Stampede takes place every July. Experience the excitement of a young, richly vibrant city in the heart of the west - a combination of unspoiled mountain playground and cosmopolitan style.
Located 130 km (80 mi.) west of Calgary, Banff National Park currently occupies 6,641 square km (4117 square mi.) of mountain wilderness within the breathtaking Canadian Rockies. The town of Banff is a thriving, four-season resort community that combines the alpine beauty of the Rockies with luxurious modern conveniences. Facilities within Banff include first class accommodation, world class ski resorts, attractions, restaurants and services, all situated amidst the most spectacular scenery in the world. If you are seeking an outdoor or eco-adventure, heritage learning opportunities, relaxation and pampering or a unique blend of each, Banff will exceed your expectations.
Vancouver is the largest city on Canada's Pacific coast, the center of the third largest metropolitan area in Canada, and the nation's chief Pacific port, with an excellent year-round harbor. Cradled between the ocean and snow-capped mountains, Vancouver's dazzling downtown district fills a narrow peninsula bounded by Burrard Inlet to the north, English Bay to the west and False Creek to the south, with greater Vancouver sprawling south to the Fraser River. Edged around its idyllic waterfront are fine beaches, a dynamic port and a magnificent swath of parkland, not to mention the mirror-fronted ranks of skyscrapers that look across Burrard Inlet and its bustling harbour to the residential districts of North and West Vancouver. Beyond these comfortable suburbs, the Coast Mountains rise in steep, forested slopes to form a dramatic counterpoint to the downtown skyline and the most stunning of the city's many outdoor playgrounds. Small wonder, given Vancouver's surroundings, that Greenpeace was founded in the city.
Rocky Mountaineer Train
Travelling onboard the Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience, considered by many to be, a trip of a lifetime. The two-day rail journey recaptures the romance of rail travel as it follows the historic train route constructed over 100 years ago through Canada's West and the Canadian Rockies, uniting the country. The entire train ride takes place during daylight hours to ensure you enjoy every minute of the breathtaking scenery of glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountains ranges and ferocious rivers.
Day 1Arrival In Calgary
Arrive at Calgary's International airport and transfer independently to your centrally located hotel. Pick up
your information kit at the front desk as you check in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to create
your own urban adventure in the Stampede City and form your first impressions of Western Canada. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 2Calgary To Banff
On this full-day sightseeing transfer you will drive through the ranching country west of Calgary.
Here, view such famous Banff landmarks as Tunnel Mountain Drive, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and the
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Time will be given at Sulphur Mountain to take the gondola to the summit for a wonderful panoramic view of the mountains (ride not included). Overnight in Banff.
Day 3Columbia Icefield Excursion
Relax and enjoy the scenery as the tour makes its way to the Columbia Icefield, continuing along the
famous Icefields Parkway. You will be traversing one of the most dramatic and spectacular landscapes in
the world. The huge Columbia Glacier covers nearly 325 kms and dominates the surrounding landscape. An Ice Explorer ride will take you onto the ancient Athabasca Glacier. The excursion will also stop at Peyto and Bow Lake and at the Crowfoot Glacier. Overnight in Banff.
Day 4Rocky Mountaineer (Banff To Kamloops)
On board the Rocky Mountaineer train, you will experience a spectacular rail excursion from Banff
to Kamloops. This unique daylight service allows you to view some of the most spectacular sights in Western Canada. The route departs the Rocky Mountains through the Kicking Horse Pass. By late afternoon, you are in the arid ranch land of interior British Columbia, where you disembark for the night. Upon arrival in Kamloops, the evening is at your leisure. Overnight in Kamloops.
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 5Rocky Mountaineer (Kamloops To Vancouver)
You will set out on the last leg of your spectacular rail experience today. The Rocky Mountaineer takes
you through the "cowboy country" ranchlands and along the rushing torrents of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. You are now truly in pioneer territory and en route you can listen to the history and legends of the West while enjoying all the comforts of your luxury train. The last stretch takes you through lush farmlands and past historic towns to Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver. Breakfast and lunch included.
Discover Vancouver on a hop on / hop off trolley tour, taking in the sights of historic Gastown, English Bay,
Granville Island, the colourful totem poles of scenic Stanley Park and much more. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 7Victoria Excursion
This full-day trip to Victoria begins with a cruise through the scenic Gulf Islands and includes a visit to
the acclaimed Butchart Gardens. Afterwards continue to Victoria for a city sightseeing tour that encompasses Victoria's stately homes and gardens as well as historic landmarks. You will see the University of Victoria and Beacon Hill Park and pass the Royal British Columbia Museum, Thunderbird Park, the Parliament Buildings and the exclusive homes of the Uplands and Oak Bay. You will return to Vancouver in the early evening. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 8End Of Tour
Individual transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight.
Packages starting from CAD 2232 per person Your package includes
Accommodation for 7 nights
Full-day sightseeing transfer from Calgary to Banff
Full-day sightseeing excursion to Columbia Icefields (Ice Explorer ride included)
Banff / Kamloops / Vancouver rail passage on the Rocky Mountaineer (RedLeaf Service)
Transfer to and from Kamloops train station
Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver
Full-day excursion to Victoria including Butchart Gardens visit
Two (2) breakfasts and two (2) lunches on board the Rocky Mountaineer
Provincial taxes and federal GST, less accommodation rebate