RIDE THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER and VIA RAIL!
You can experience incredible sightseeing in the Alberta Rockies on both of our luxury trains. Ride Rocky Mountaineer for the all-daylight trip through the famous Spiral Tunnels from Banff to Vancouver and later board VIA rail and enjoy the comfort of your own bedrooma and the dome cars and Park Car lounge through the Rockies. 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 from Vancouver and end in Calgary!!
EXPLORERS CIRCLE FROM VANCOUVER (instead of Calgary)
Day 1 Your vacation begins with arrival at Calgary Airport from where we will transfer you to the alpine town of Banff (90 minutes). Check into your hotel for the evening.
Day 2 Our great sightseeing adventure begins. Our driver/guide will introduce you to Banff National Park`s numerous wonders, including a ride on the uplifting Banff Gondola, the Hoodoos, Bow Falls and more. Have some free time in the afternoon free to explore and shop. If you want to experience Rocky Mountain Spas consider visiting Banff Upper Hotsprings for an invigorating soaking in nature's curative waters. Overnight Banff
Day 3 Our terrific day includes a visit to Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge and immense Takakkaw Falls. These are all sights that visitors from around the World come to see. Return for overnight in Banff to try out some Canadian cuisine this evening.
Day 4 We transfer you to Banff Railway Station in the morning to board the famous Rocky Mountaineer, westbound. Travel through the Kicking Horse Pass and the famous Spiral Tunnels built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Continue over Roger's Pass, cross the continental divide and begin the downhill run towards the interior of British Columbia. Many of the scenic vistas can only be seen from this train. Arrive in Kamloops and we transfer you to your hotel.
Day 5 Transfer to the train station (included) for your departure once more on the Rocky Mountaineer. Follow the Thompson and Fraser Rivers, passing famous Hell's Gate where the waters thrash through a narrow gorge. Pass pastures, cranberry farms and forests into the metropolis of Vancouver. Vancouver was voted number one destination in North America to visit by the American Business Association! Arrive near supper time with transfer included to your Vancouver hotel.
Day 6 Enjoy our sightseeing tour of Vancouver including Gastown, Granville Island, North America's second largest chinatown and Stanley Park. Overnight downtown Vancouver
Day 7 We include a terrific day of soft adventure. Enjoy sailing across the Inside Passage on BC Ferries. Visit World famous Butchart Gardens and the city of Victoria. Return to your Vancouver hotel around supper hour. Motor coach transportation, round trip ferry passage and sightseeing included. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 8 Check out of hotel. Board VIA Rail this evening (transfer included) and check into your private bedroom on the train. Enjoy "Silver and Blue" class of service including meals and full access to the dome cars and Park Car lounge. Ride the rails from Vancouver to Alberta through no less than 5 mountain ranges. Overnight aboard the train.
Day 9 Be on the lookout as you cross the continental divide for Mount Robson and Pyramid Falls. Continue through the Rockies to Jasper, Alberta. Transfer and overnight in Jasper.
Day 10 Today we travel down one of the most beautiful drives in the World, The Icefields Parkway. Visit Athabasca Falls, and take a Sno-coach (Ice Explorer) ride onto Athabasca Glacier where you will be standing on 1,000 feet of ice. Continue to stunning Peyto Lake and Lake Louise before arriving in Banff. Overnight Banff.
Day 11 We include transfers for the 90 minute drive from Banff to Calgary Airport
This vacation is available in reverse direction, departing from Vancouver. Additional nights and city stays are available in Calgary, Banff, Jasper and Vancouver. Exact itinerary will vary with travel dates chosen as trains do not run daily.
We can pre-book 7 night Alaska Cruises at wholesale rates.
TOUR FEATURES: 8 or more nights accommodation, Rocky Mountaineer 2 day train trip, VIA Rail "Silver and Blue" service train trip with private bedroom, luxury motorcoach sightseeing tours with driver/guide, Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience, Banff Gondola Admission, transfers, hotel luggage handling, National Park fees and gratuities on included meals.
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