Canada: Mountain Rails Self Guided Tour with Rocky Mountaineer

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Board the Rocky Mountaineer train and explore the two neighbouring provinces of Alberta and British Columbia on one of the most iconic routes through the Rocky Mountains. Passing dramatically-changing countryside while travelling through valleys, canyons and mountain passes. Staying in Banff, Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver, there is plenty of time to discover the spectacular National Parks and cities western Canada is famous for.

Tour highlights

  • Spend a week discovering the beautiful mountain scenery from Banff to Vancouver
  • Experience the iconic train ride through the Rocky Mountains: the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Discover the lovely shops & cafes along Banff Avenue
  • Enjoy an Ice Explorer ride up onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Escape into nature and enjoy the numerous hiking trails
  • Take in the sights in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver
  • Sightseeing tour of Victoria to discover the city's British colonial past

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Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Banff

Arrive into Calgary’s International Airport and board your transfer through the mountains to the blissful town of Banff. After checking in at your hotel, spend the rest of your day relaxing or exploring this beautiful parkland town. It is hard to not fall in love with Banff Avenue, the main street in Banff offering impeccable views and home to plenty of unique shops, cafes and restaurants.

Day 2: Banff

An entire day at your disposal to continue to explore one of Canada's most famous mountain towns. Banff makes a perfect base to explore the surrounding areas with a myriad of hiking trails that start from various places across the town. Why not organise to join a wildlife tour and go off searching for the many unique animals in their natural environments.

Day 3: Banff to Jasper

Today you'll depart on your full day sightseeing transfer to Jasper. Along the way through the incredible Icefields Parkway you'll stop of at the Columbia Icefields where an Ice Explorer ride will take you up onto the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Here, you'll be able to walk on, feel and drink from the 10,000 year old geological wonder. Next you'll have the opportunity to experience the Glacier SkyWalk, an extended glass-floored platform over the Sunwapta Canyon. The panoramic views are simply breathtaking. Arrive into Jasper later in the afternoon.

Day 4: Jasper

A full day to fashion your own ventures in Jasper. This alpine town is surrounded by lush forests, rivers and snow capped mountains. Perhaps board the Jasper Skytram for access to hiking with fantastic views or arrange a rafting trip down the Athabasca River. There are plenty of activities in and around the town to choose from. The popular motorcycle sidecar tours offer a different experience to explore the parks scenic roads.

Day 5: Jasper to Kamloops (Rocky Mountaineer)

Today marks the start of your adventure on board the incredible Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Kamloops. One of the most awe-inspiring rail journeys in the world, this daylight service passes through spectacular natural landscapes where you can admire the many mountain peaks, waterfalls and scenic valleys from the luxurious comfort of your cabin. By late afternoon, you arrive in the arid ranch land of interior British Columbia and the rugged town of Kamloops where you disembark for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Kamloops to Vancouver (Rocky Mountaineer)

The second leg of your Rocky Mountaineer journey sees you depart Kamloops and head for the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. The route follows the Fraser and Thompson Rivers and passes through the 'cowboy country' and into the historic pioneer territory of the west. Arriving in Vancouver you'll make your own way to your downtown hotel where you can relax or head out and explore the diverse districts and sample the variety of delicious cuisine.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Victoria Excursion

Your penultimate day in Vancouver includes a full day trip to Vancouver Island and the acclaimed Butchart Gardens. Cruising through the scenic Gulf Islands you'll arrive in Victoria for a sightseeing tour exploring city's British colonial past, Victorian architecture, stately homes and historic landmarks. There is also time to see the Parliament buildings, University, Beacon Hill and Thunderbird Parks. You will return back to Vancouver in the early evening.

Day 8 - Vancouver to UK

Reflect on your amazing journey so far as you wave goodbye to Canada and individually transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight.

Alternative Day 7 onwards - Optional Northern Light Adventure extension - check out Mountain Rails & Northern Light Adventure for more information and full itinerary.

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Your holiday includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • 7 night accommodation (See details below ‘Your Hotels’)
  • Jasper / Kamloops / Vancouver rail passage on the Rocky Mountaineer (SilverLeaf Service)
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on board the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Transfer between Calgary Airport and Banff
  • Transfer from hotel to Jasper train station (subject to availability and advised by hotel locally)
  • Transfer from and to Kamloops train station
  • Full day sightseeing transfer from Banff to Jasper, including a visit to Columbia Icefields (Ice Explorer ride included)
  • Sightseeing excursion to Victoria, including Butchart Gardens.

Your holiday excludes:

  • Transfer from Vancouver station to hotel (Day 6)
  • Airport transfers in Vancouver (Day 8)
  • All excursions marked 'optional'
  • Airport improvement fee
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise stated
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

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Hotels

Standard

★★★ Elk + Avenue Hotel OR Banff Ptarmigan Inn, Banff (2 nights) 

★★★  Marmot Lodge OR Lobstick Lodge, Jasper (2 nights)

★★★  Thompson Hotel, Kamloops (1 night)

★★★ Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown OR Rosedale On Robson, Vancouver (2 nights) 

Superior

★★★ Brewster's Mountain Lodge OR Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, Banff (2 nights) 

★★★ The Crimson, Jasper (2 nights) 

★★★  Thompson Hotel, Kamloops (1 night)

★★★★ Georgian Court Hotel OR Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA, Vancouver (2 nights)

Deluxe

★★★★ Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff (2 nights) 

★★★★ Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Jasper (2 nights)

★★★  Thompson Hotel, Kamloops (1 night)

★★★★ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or ★★★★★ Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver (2 nights)

If one of the listed hotels is not available, it will be replaced with alternate accommodation of a similar quality.

GoldLeaf Upgrade

For travelers seeking ultimate luxury and upgraded service on board the Rocky Mountaineer, the special GoldLeaf Service is available. Featuring a fully glass-domed cabin offering the best and most magnificent views and a separate dining car that offers fine dining. Upgrade at time of booking to ensure availability.

Departure dates

  • Wednesday and Saturday departures from 03 Jun-07 October

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This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information
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