Canadian train - Rocky Mountaineer

Essential Rockies by Train

6

days

starting from US $3,249per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

This is the quintessential getaway to the stunning Canadian Rockies – a journey that will take you from Vancouver to Calgary (or vice versa) and show you the best scenery the rugged mountains have to offer. Relax on the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train, enjoy the relaxing resort town of Banff and admire the tranquil beauty of Lake Louise.

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Trip at a glance

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

Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs just ask one of our local experts when you call.

Eastbound itinerary is shown. A westbound itinerary is also available.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Start your tour in Vancouver, a city that often tops lists of the “Most Desirable Places to Live in the World.” This coastal metropolis has a laid-back vibe, a thriving art scene and stunning surroundings of mountains and ocean. Why not start your trip with a guided bicycle tour of Vancouver so that you can see all that the city has to offer? Or, simply sit back and enjoy some excellent cuisine in the fresh air on the patio of one of Vancouver’s best restaurants.

Feature Dinner in Vancouver
You have travelled all day, and we want to make sure you eat at a spot that encapsulates the best of Vancouver. Enjoy dinner at a harbourfront restaurant, and watch majestic seaplanes coming into land all while enjoying the best of West Coast cuisine. Your vacation is off to a great start!

Day 2 – Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Kamloops
Watch the early morning skies through the train windows as you eat your freshly cooked breakfast and sip your coffee. This morning the Rocky Mountaineer leaves Vancouver and ventures deep into the rugged wilderness of the Canadian Rockies.

As you relax and dine in comfort on the luxurious train, feast your eyes on the stunning landscapes outside. Climb the steep incline of Fraser Canyon and marvel at the spectacular rush of water at Hell’s Gate. Continue along to the dry landscapes of the desert interior and arrive in Kamloops in the late afternoon. Enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of this small Canadian town.

Day 3 – On the Rocky Mountaineer Train
Wake up buzzing with excitement on the train this morning - this is the day when you will see the Canadian Rockies for the first time! As the train weaves through incredible landscapes hewn from jagged rock and dotted with wind-swept pines, you can listen to commentary about the history of the region and the railway.

There is a good chance you might spot one of the wild residents of the area, from bald eagles to bears or elk, so keep a look out! The train travels into the remarkable Spiral Tunnels, passageways that were blasted directly through the mountains. As you exit the dark tunnels you will emerge to find yourself surrounded by rugged snowcapped peaks that take your breath away. Stay overnight in a Banff hotel.

Day 4 – In the Canadian Rockies – Explore Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

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

• Option 1:
Banff Sightseeing Tour
Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic viewpoints surrounding the Banff town site in a small group bus tour.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Sunrise Photography Tour
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 Heli-Hike and Picnic
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided heli-hike and picnic. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Moderate

No matter how you choose to explore, all guests have the opportunity to glide up to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a gondola. Once at the top, you have a panoramic view of the gargantuan mountains and the expanse of the Bow Valley.

Insider tip:
We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day.

Day 5 – Head Deeper into the Rockies – Banff to Lake Louise
Explore even deeper into the Rockies and visit stunning Lake Louise, a mirror-like lake of pale turquoise glacier water surrounded by icy mountain peaks. This lake is awe-inspiring and hiking around it or paddling across it in a canoe is an essential Rocky Mountain experience.

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
After a day of touring, enjoy a prearranged dinner at Lake Louise or Moraine Lake! Relax and unwind with 5-star cuisine and attentive service. Take a moment to soak in the incredible lake views.


Day 6 – Depart Calgary
Your Canadian adventure comes to an end today, but your memories of the gorgeous Rocky Mountains will last for a lifetime. Head to the Calgary airport today to catch your flight home.

What we love about this trip

Small tour groups, offering an intimate and personal experience

Travel through the spectacular mountain landscapes on the Rocky Mountaineer

See breathtaking views, from glaciers to waterfalls to wildlife

Take a sightseeing tour and discover the highlights of Banff

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
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain - Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Small group sightseeing tour of Banff - Small group sightseeing tour of Banff
Small group sightseeing tour of Banff
Accommodations & rail service:
5 nights of hotel accommodation
• 2 days on the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer touring train

Sightseeing & activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Banff
• Banff Gondola Ride
• Interpretive transfer between Banff and Lake Louise

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
Feature Dinner in Vancouver or Banff based on trip direction
• 2 delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard the train
• 3 course dinner at beautiful Lake Louise or Moraine Lake


Transfers:
• Train station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Banff
• A private transfer between Vancouver airport and hotel, timed for your flight
• A bus transfer between Lake Louise and Calgary (private transfer for Deluxe guests)

Additional:
Gratuities for most private tours and transfers
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• 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 Alaska’s Inside Passage.
• Add experiences such as golf, spa, hiking, or specialty wildlife tours.
• Add on a self-drive trip to the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days exploring the beaches, kayaking or taking in the spectacular ocean views from your private tent-house suite.
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there.
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens.

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 start dates from Vancouver or Calgary
April 17, 24, 27, 30
May 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28
October 1, 5, 8, 9, 12


2018 start dates from Vancouver or Calgary
April 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 30
May 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31
June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
September 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30
October 4, 7, 8, 11

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.
• Option to board the Rocky Mountaineer train in Lake Louise on certain departure dates. Please ask your agent for availability.

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $3,249to US $4,211per 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 $3,699to US $4,535per 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 $4,472to US $5,915per 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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