RIDE THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER and VIA RAIL!
You can experience incredible sightseeing in the Alberta Rockies on both of our luxury trains. Ride VIA rail and enjoy the comfort of your own bedrooma and the dome cars and Park Car lounge and then step aboard Rocky Mountaineer for the all-daylight trip through the famous Spiral Tunnels from Banff to Vancouver. While in the Rockies we will show you Lake Louise, The Hoodoos, Valley of Ten Peaks, Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnels Lookout, Athabasca Falls Interpretive Center, Johnston Canyon and more. This is truly a world-class vacation
This tour can also start and end from Calgary if you prefer!!
Day 1 Overnight at one of our downtown Vancouver hotels.
Day 2 Our incredible train journey begins! Transfer is included to Vancouver Pacific Central Station (East downtown) and all aboard our VIA Rail train bound for the Alberta Rockies. The "Canadian's Silver and Blue service" is renowned for its class and comfort. We traverse the Fraser Valley's farmland before entering the narrow gorge of Fraser Canyon. Continue through the rolling ranch country of the Interior Plateau as the train follows the North Thompson River to Kamloops. Overnight onboard with dinner included.
Day 3 This morning breakfast included and be on the lookout for Pyramid Falls and lofty Mount Robson. Arriving Jasper mid-day we transfer the short distance to our hotel (included). The remainder of the day is free to shop and explore or go for a stroll. The feelings of calm and peace that overtake you in the wild Canadian Rockies will refresh you like never before. Near Jasper are a dozen beautiful lakes.
Day 4 Our motor coach tour today delivers us to dramatic scenery. Walk into Maligne Canyon to observe its waterfalls and steep rockfaces. Continue to immense Bad Medicine Lake which disappears every autumn, learn why. Then you enjoy a boat cruise on Maligne Lake all the way to Spirit Island. Return to your Jasper hotel in the afternoon.
Day 5 Bid farewell to Jasper and depart to the south on the Icefields Parkway, one of the most beautiful drives in the World. We board a Sno-coach to ride up onto Athabasca Glacier located on the massive Columbia Icefields. Lakes abound along the highway and change in color from emerald green to brilliant baby blue. We continue to Banff National Park with a brief en route stop at lovely Lake Louise. Overnight Banff.
Day 6 After a hearty breakfast our local sightseeing tour includes Banff Townsite and Sulphur Mountain for a gondola ride, complete with panoramic views of Banffs' spectacular scenery. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a hike in the nearby trails, a round of golf, horseback riding, or a stroll through the town. The hotsprings are wonderful.
Day 7 Transfer hotel to train station is included. We board the Rocky Mountaineer train this morning, and travel the historic rails of the Canadian Pacific Railway. We cross the Continental divide at Kicking Horse Pass and continue through Roger's Pass on the downhill run through Yoho Park. Continue to Kamloops, British Columbia, where we disembark and are transferred to our hotel for the night. The Rocky Mountaineer is an all-daylight train and has been especially built to showcase the beautiful Canadian Rockies and four other mountain chains between the Alberta border and the Pacific coast. Overnight Kamloops BC
Day 8 Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer to complete our grand circle adventure. Roll across the British Columbia interior past desert country, vineyards, cranberry marshes and orchards. Arrive in Vancouver for our last overnight. Transfer to hotel included. Step out this evening to sample award winning cuisine or some of Vancouver's terrific nightlife.
Day 9 Checkout and transfer is included to Vancouver International Airport.
Those who wish a longer stay can join our tour to Vancouver Island including Butchart Gardens Butchart Gardens and pretty British, Victoria. High Tea at colonial Empress hotel perhaps! This is our most popular excursion from Vancouver and justly so.
Includes 8 or more nights accommodation VIA Rail "Silver and Blue" class of service, Columbia Icefield Sno-Coach including photograph at the Ice-fields, Banff Gondola, Rocky Mountaineer (Red Leaf Service or Gold leaf Service) 2 day trip, meals on trains, Driver/guide on tours, Discovery Banff tour, Maligne boat cruise and more.
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