Essential Rockies by Train
starting from US $2,990per person
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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.
Trip at a glance
1 night Vancouver
1 night Kamloops
1 night Lake Louise
2 nights Banff
*Can be done in reverse
Note: This trip is available in the reverse direction. All of our Canada vacation packages can be personalized to suit your time frame, budget, group size, and interests.
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 – Kamloops to Lake Louise
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. Spend the night at one of two iconic lakeside locations – the intimate Moraine Lake Lodge, or the grand Chateau Lake Louise.
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 4 – Lake Louise to Banff
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 to Lake Agnes Tea House, a scenic ride up the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola with a visit to the Wildlife Interpretive Centre, or Afternoon Tea at the Chateau.
In the afternoon, you head out on a guided interpretive transfer to the lively mountain town of Banff. Enjoy the happy and welcoming vibe here as you peruse the quirky boutiques of Banff Avenue or hike along the many scenic trails.
Day 5 – 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: Privately-Guided 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 Helicopter Tour
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Easy
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 6 – Departing from Calgary
Say goodbye to the pristine and beautiful Rocky Mountains as you depart from Banff, heading to the Calgary Airport. Travel for home having made amazing memories that you can treasure for many years.
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
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
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.
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
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
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 & Dates2017 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
Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $2,990to US $4,201per 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 $3,240to US $4,525per 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.
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Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $4,190to US $5,929per 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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