It’s hard to steal the spotlight from the marvels of Banff National Park or the vibrant city of Vancouver, but the train trip between the destinations pulls it off. Spend two days enjoying the SilverLeaf service on board the Rocky Mountaineer while taking in the breathtaking beauty of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers, and the sheer unspoiled wilderness of Canada. Day trips take you to unforgettable Lake Louise and along one of the world’s most spectacular roads, the Icefields Parkway, for an Ice Explorer excursion on Athabasca Glacier and the view from the glass platform of the Glacier Skywalk.
The rail journey between Banff and Vancouver 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!
- Visit to Heritage Park Historical Village
- Glacier Skywalk and Ice Explorer excursion on Athabasca Glacier
- Banff Gondola ride
- Vancouver sightseeing tour
- Ride the train through the Spiral Tunnels
- 2-day SilverLeaf rail service on the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver
- All daylight train travel
- Dome coach with oversized windows
- Captivating narration from onboard host
- Regionally inspired gourmet meals serviced at your seat
- Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks
- Gratuities for onboard host
- Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Calgary, Canada and from Vancouver, Canada
- 7 nights accommodations
- 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
- Ground transportation
NOTE: A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.
This itinerary includes activities that currently require proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Sat, Aug 13: Fly to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Transfer to the Delta Calgary Downtown and enjoy some leisure time before joining the group for a Welcome Dinner. (Meals: Dinner)
Sun, Aug 14: Depart Calgary via motorcoach for a full day tour concluding in Banff. Enjoy a visit to Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada’s largest Living History Museum. With hundreds of exhibits, rides, shops, restaurants and daily demonstrations and activities to keep the young and the young-at-heart captivated in the past. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour 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. Check in to the Moose Hotel & Suites for the next three nights. (L,D)
Mon, Aug 15: Travel along one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer excursion to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier and learn about how it was formed and its geological features. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Visit the Glacier Skywalk, a glass platform that provides an awe-inspiring experience and features the only unobstructed, completely accessible glacier view in the world!
Tue, Aug 16: Today’s touring includes Yoho National Park and Banff National Park. Visit Lake Louise, often known as the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies,” where the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise proudly stands at one end and the Victoria Glacier reflects off the other. 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. Check in to your accommodations at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise and enjoy a delightful dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)
Wed, Aug 17: Board the Rocky Mountaineer and travel to Kamloops in the heart of British Columbia interior. 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. Overnight in Kamloops where all accommodations are of moderate standard. (B)
Thu, Aug 18: Your rail journey continues towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. 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 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 in Vancouver for a two-night stay at the Sheraton Wall Centre.
Fri, Aug 19: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s North Shore. Take the Skyride gondola at Grouse Mountain for breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains, and visit Capilano Suspension Bridge to walk across the world’s longest suspension foot bridge perched 230 feet above Capilano Canyon and a thriving coastal rainforest. The evening is yours to explore at leisure.
Sat, Aug 20: Transfer to the Vancouver Airport and fly home.
Delta Calgary Downtown, Calgary. Ideally located in downtown Calgary at the intersection of the city’s business and cultural districts, the hotel has convenient access to venues through the Calgary Skywalk system and public transportation, which makes exploring the city easy. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor pool and hot tub • fitness center.
Moose Hotel & Suites, Banff. Located a one-minute walk from the heart of downtown Banff; Moose is Mountain elegance with warm, rich, natural materials. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • mini-fridge • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • private outdoor hot pool • indoor pool • fitness room • spa & sauna.
Fairmont Château Lake Louise. Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WIFI • five restaurants/ bars • fitness center • indoor pool • spa • winter adventure programs including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, icefalls walk, ice skating, dog sledding, snowmobling (fees apply) • specialty shops.
Kamloops hotel will be announced approximately one month prior to departure. All accommodations in Kamloops are of moderate standard.
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.
- Package with Air
- Double P/P – $5,149
- Single – $6,499
- Land Only
- Double P/P – $4,569
- Single – $5,919
* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge
Documents Required: Valid Passport. Visit travel.state.gov for specific requirements.
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