Canadian train - Rocky Mountaineer

Canadian Rockies by Rail

8

days

starting from US $3,883per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Discover why this is our all-time favorite railway adventure! The trip begins by experiencing the art, culture and cuisine of Vancouver. Afterwards, journey by rail through the lush B.C. Interior as you make your way to the Rocky Mountain town of Jasper. Once there, you’ll spend five glorious days exploring the untouched forests, sparkling lakes and roaring rivers found throughout this national park. Take in more pristine beauty in Banff and Lake Louise while watching for wildlife at every turn.

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Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver*
1 night Vancouver
1 night Kamloops
2 nights Jasper
1 night Lake Louise
2 nights Banff
Depart Calgary
*Can be done in reverse

Itinerary

This tour can be customized to your needs, so please ask one of our local representatives for more information.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Vancouver is considered to be one of the most desirable places to live in the world - it is rich with culture, art, cuisine and diversity while being surrounded by wild mountains, oceans and forests. Walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown.

Feature Dinner in Vancouver
Did you know Vancouver is one of the top culinary destinations in the world? We want to make sure you don’t eat at the tourist trap restaurant across the street from your hotel, rather have the best dining experience in a beautiful setting. Included is a meal at a scenic waterfront location - one of our favorite dining spots!

Day 2 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Vancouver to Kamloops
Climb aboard the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train this morning and sip a steaming cup of coffee as you watch the skyscrapers of Vancouver disappear in the distance. Enter the lush and fertile Fraser Valley and head out onto the viewing platform of the train to enjoy panoramic views. Spend the night in the interior of British Columbia, enjoying the welcoming small-city hospitality of Kamloops.

Day 3 – Kamloops to Jasper
As the jagged peaks of the Rockies start to appear in the distance, the feeling of excitement and anticipation grows. Traveling closer on the train, you notice the enormous mountains dominating the horizon - their snow-capped tops pierce the blue sky. As the train carries you to Jasper, you will learn about the history of the Canadian railroad while keeping an eye out for Rocky Mountain wildlife. When you arrive in the quiet and peaceful mountain town of Jasper, you’ll enjoy a comfortable night in your hotel.

Day 4 – Maligne Lake
Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Rockies, Jasper.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to its fullest.

• Option 1: Maligne Lake Cruise or Walk
Visit the beautiful natural wonder of Maligne Lake with your friendly local tour guide. Walk along Maligne Canyon, where the raging river has eroded the rock for thousands of years. Visit Medicine Lake and the tranquil blue-green waters of Maligne Lake, where you will take a boat cruise to scenic Spirit Island.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Privately Guided Nature Walk
Track wildlife, admire rare alpine wildflowers, and see magnificent valley views with one of the best, hand-picked mountain guides in Jasper. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion.
Activity rating: Moderate (approx. 4 miles) - more challenging hikes are also available on request

• Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
Explore winding mountain roads and beautiful scenery on a thrilling sidecar motorcycle tour (for 1 or 2 passengers).
Activity rating: Easy

Day 5 – Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Lake Louise
Today journey along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise, one of the most legendary mountain roads in the world. You’ll see aqua green lakes and rivers, glaciers, as well as wildlife.

Here are
2 options for exploring the Parkway:

• Option 1:
Small Group Sightseeing Tour
With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, walk on the Athabasca Glacier, and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)
Spend the day with your own private guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour to soar above pristine lakes, glaciers and waterfalls from an Icefields base.
Activity rating: Easy

Upon arrival in the Lake Louise area, you can either choose to stay at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise, or at the intimate Moraine Lake Lodge.

Feature Dinner in Lake Louise
No matter how you choose to tour, this evening you’ll relax and refresh with an indulgent dining experience. Surrounded by spectacular lake views and attentive service, indulge in a 3 course meal in Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Fairview Dining Room, or Moraine Lake’s Walter Wilcox dining room.

Day 6 – Lake Louise
It’s up to you today... simply relax, soak in the views, and enjoy free time. Or, ask us for our Lake Louise Activity Menu, from which you can choose activities such as a guided hike, Lake Louise interpretive gondola ride, or Afternoon Tea at the Chateau.

In the afternoon you will head to the lively mountain town of Banff with your guide, on an interpretive transfer. Enjoy the happy and welcoming vibe here as you peruse the quirky boutiques of Banff Avenue or hike along the many scenic trails.

Day 7 – Exploring Banff
On a crisp Rocky Mountain morning you will wake up to the sounds of mountain songbirds before exploring this lovely town and the surrounding wilderness.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest.

• Option 1:
Banff Sightseeing Tour
Find out why Banff has become so famous - explore historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit the town’s beautiful view points on a 3 hour tour.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Sunrise Photography Tour (additional cost)
Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating:
Moderate

• Option 3: Banff Helicopter Tour (additional cost)
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless. Tours are also available with the picnic only.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: We’ve included admission to the Banff Gondola today. We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day. As you glide through the air, the panoramic vistas at the summit will completely take your breath away.

Day 8 – Departing from Calgary
Say goodbye to the pristine and beautiful Rocky Mountains as you depart from Banff, heading to the Calgary airport. You have made some amazing memories over the past week that you will treasure for many years.

What we love about this trip

Scenic 2-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer

Spending 5 days in the Canadian Rockies

Your choice of activities, catered to your interests

Stunning Lake Louise and a stay at the Chateau Lake Louise

Glaciers, lakes, forests and wildlife

Photographic opportunities along the way

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Breakfasts and lunches aboard the train - Breakfasts and lunches aboard the train
Breakfasts and lunches aboard the train
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island - Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain - Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Accommodation and train inclusions:
• 7 nights of hotel accommodation – choose from Comfort, Superior, or Deluxe level
• 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train - choose from SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf Service

Sightseeing & activities in Jasper:
• Choose 1 of 3 Jasper activities:
1. Tour in Jasper: Nature tour along Maligne Valley & Cruise on stunning Maligne Lake
2. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour in Jasper
3. Private 2.5-hour Nature Walk

Sightseeing & activities along the Icefields Parkway, between Jasper and Lake Louise:
• Choose 1 of 2 Icefields Parkway experiences:
1. Small group sightseeing tour along the Icefields Parkway. Includes
picnic lunch, Ice Explorer, and the Glacier Skywalk
2. Private Icefields Parkway tour transfer with a spectacular Helicopter flight over the Icefields (additional cost)

Sightseeing & activities in Banff and Lake Louise area:
• Choose 1 of 3 Banff activities:
1. Tour in Banff: Small group sightseeing tour of Banff and its surroundings
2. Privately guided Banff National Park photography workshop (additional cost)
3. Helicopter Tour over Banff National Park (additional cost)
• Banff Gondola admission

Meal Inclusions:
• 3 course Feature Dinner in Banff
• 2 delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard the train
• 3 course dinner at beautiful Lake Louise or Moraine Lake Lodge

Transfer Inclusions:
• Transfers between Calgary airport and Banff
• All transfers between hotels and train stations
• Interpretive transfer between Banff and Lake Louise OR Moraine Lake
• Private transfer between Vancouver hotel and airport

Other Inclusions:
• Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise noted)
• Comprehensive documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks customer service – Peace of Mind
• From the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator - whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Inclusion notes:
Comfort and Superior level includes SilverLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer. Deluxe level includes GoldLeaf service.
Deluxe level includes a private transfer between Banff and Calgary. Superior and Comfort levels include a scheduled bus transfer.

Seasonal Restrictions
• Maligne Lake cruise runs from early June through late September, and is dependent on weather conditions
• Icefields Parkway tour for Comfort, Superior and Deluxe class available
from April 26 till October 11, coach transfer will be substituted prior to April 26 and after October 11
• Your vacation advisor will provide advice on when the best time is for outdoor activities such as hikes and walks

 

Not Included

• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Gratuities for hotel, rail and tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended - ask us for a quote)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
• Add on a spectacular cruise along the Inside Passage in Alaska
• Let us arrange additional experiences, such as hiking, specialty wildlife tours or world class golf and spas
• Drive through the Rockies at your leisure with a car rental - all arranged by us
• Tour the world famous Butchart Gardens with an added couple of days in charming Victoria - capital of British Columbia
• Add a Rocky Mountaineer train journey back to Vancouver at the end of your trip for a full loop of spectacular British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies
• Stay in a unique private tent-house suite on the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days kayaking, exploring the beaches or simply taking in the spectacular ocean views
• Take in the sights and activities with a night or two in the popular mountain town of Whistler.

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Georgian Court Hotel - Relax in the whirlpool spa or the steam room.Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy dining on the patio on a nice summer day.Georgian Court Hotel - Sleep in a comfortable bed after a day of fun activities.

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.

Rimrock Resort - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow ValleyRimrock Resort - Resort interior with an upscale feelRimrock Resort - Spectacular setting in every season

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Spectacular setting near Lake LouiseFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Skating on Lake Louise in winterFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Lake view from the hotel lounge

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations

This top notch 5 star hotel has an amazing location – overlooking the mirror-like waters of Lake Louise. Its timeless elegance will make you feel pampered and there are plenty of activities to enjoy, from horseback riding to canoeing to skating, skiing and hiking.

Moraine Lake Lodge - The unique atmosphere at the Moraine LakeMoraine Lake Lodge - Complimentary canoe rentalsMoraine Lake Lodge - The lodge has a log cabin look and feelMoraine Lake Lodge - Fine dining and complimentary market-fresh breakfastMoraine Lake Lodge - Enjoy an authentic mountain lodge experience

Moraine Lake Lodge

An example of our Luxury Mountain Lodge accommodations

Enjoy the ultimate in wilderness luxury at a unique and intimate lodge within a stunning setting. Feast on gourmet cuisine, savor the view on your patio while sipping a glass of wine and settle into your comfortable bed. Surrounded by exquisitely beautiful wilderness, you can relax in style while listening to the mountain songbirds and the wind through the pine trees.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 - Vancouver Start Dates
April 17, 24, 27
May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2, 5, 9, 12


2017 - Calgary Start Dates
April 15, 22, 25, 29
May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
September 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
October 3, 7, 10

2018 Vancouver Start Dates
Every Monday & Thursday between April 16 - October 11

2018 Calgary Start Dates
Every Tuesday & Saturday between April 14 - October 9

Below you’ll find the prices for this trip. Make sure to give us a call to chat about your options.

• Prices are per person, and double means two people sharing a room. Please give us a call for triple, or child rates
Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $3,883to US $4,966per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $4,243to US $5,489per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $5,950to US $7,502per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

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