Canadian Rockies by Rail

Vancouver to Banff on the Rocky Mountaineer

  • Date

    August 25-31, 2019 | Sun / Sat – 7 Days

  • Location

    Vancouver | Kamloops | Banff National Park | Yoho National Park | Calgary

Trip Number #7745


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Overview

From the lush green Pacific coast of Vancouver board the Rocky Mountaineer for an unparalleled train journey. Spend two days traveling to Banff enjoying the all-inclusive SilverLeaf service and panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers, and the sheer unspoiled wilderness of Canada. Then discover the wonders of Banff National Park with guided tours, a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, and a helicopter ride over the incredible Rockies that will forever be etched in your memory.

The rail journey between Vancouver and Banff is Rocky Mountaineer’s original route, and it’s also the most historic: these tracks are the very ones that formed the transcontinental railway, linking Canada from East to West back when it opened in 1886. Rocky Mountaineer is the only passenger train that travels these tracks, making this route a must for history buffs!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Panoramic helicopter tour
  • Banff Gondola ride
  • Vancouver sightseeing tour
  • Ride the train through the Spiral Tunnels
  • 2-day SilverLeaf rail service on the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff
    • All daylight train travel
    • Dome coach with oversized windows
    • Captivating narration from onboard host
    • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks
    • Regionally inspired gourmet meals serviced at your seat
    • Onboard gratuities

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Vancouver, Canada and from Calgary, Canada
  • Escorted
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation

NOTE:

This itinerary covers areas of higher altitudes and includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain is required.

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Sun, Aug 27: Fly to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Transfer to the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre and check in, and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Mon, Aug 26: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s North Shore. Travel across the Lions Gate Bridge and visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge to walk across the world’s longest suspension foot bridge perched 230 feet above Capilano Canyon. Discover the coastal temperate rainforest and British Columbia’s First Nations heritage. Take the Skyride gondola at Grouse Mountain for breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains. The evening is yours to explore at leisure.

Tue, Aug 27: Board the Rocky Mountaineer and travel to Kamloops. See dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the British Columbia Interior. Highlights include rushing waters through the narrow gorge of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon, and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Overnight at a hotel in Kamloops where all accommodations are of moderate standard. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Wed, Aug 28: Your rail journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. 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, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels, and the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff with a two-night stay at the Fox Hotel and Suites. (B,L)

Thu, Aug 29: A half-day tour via motorcoach takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Marvel at Emerald Lake and stop at the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, where three lines of railway are laid at different elevations to cross the Kicking Horse River on four bridges. The remainder of the day is free to explore Banff at your leisure.

Fri, Aug 30: Board the motorcoach for a sightseeing tour of Banff including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains with a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain at an elevation of almost 7,500 feet. Continue on to Kananaskis and take a panoramic helicopter tour for incredible views of the glaciers, mountain vistas, lakes, and waterfalls of the Rockies. Continue on to Calgary and check in to the Hotel Arts.

Sat, Aug 31: Transfer to the Calgary airport and fly home.

Hotel

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver.

A landmark hotel with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows with stunning panoramic views. Located within walking distance of Vancouver’s best restaurants and top galleries. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor pool and hot tub • fitness center. 

Kamloops hotel will be announced approximately one month prior to departure. All accommodations in Kamloops are of moderate standard.

Fox Hotel & Suites, Banff.

A short walk from the heart of downtown Banff, the Fox Hotel & Suites offers breathtaking scenery and spectacular proximity to a number of alluring sites. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • hot tub • fitness center.

Hotel Arts, Calgary.

A Creative hub in the heart of downtown Calgary, the hotel combines art, design and extraordinary service with a dash of whimsy. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • outdoor pool • fitness center.

PRICING

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $4,599
  • Single – $5,719
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $3,899
  • Single – $5,019

Documents Required: Valid Passport

*Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge.

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