Rocky Mountaineer - Canada rail

Ultimate Canadian Rockies Rail Journey

8

days

starting from US $3,880per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Take an 8-day voyage through the most impressive scenery of Western Canada on this unforgettable train journey. Sleep in comfort in your private train cabin as you head into the Canadian Rockies. Watch the enormous mountains come into view in the early morning light and see if you can spot wildlife such as bald eagles, bears and elk. Spend four days enjoying the best scenery that the Rockies have to offer, from Lake Louise to Banff to Jasper. Board the elegant Rocky Mountaineer train and travel through the mountains in style as you return to Vancouver.

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Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver
1 night VIA Rail
1 night Jasper
1 night Lake Louise
2 nights Banff
1 night Kamloops
1 night Vancouver
Depart Vancouver

Itinerary

All of our Canada vacation packages can be personalized to suit your time frame, budget, group size, and interests.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver – Your Journey Begins
Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver and take a breath of fresh mountain and ocean air as you are taken from the airport to the train station. Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train in the evening, and settle into your cozy private cabin for your overnight journey.

Day 2 – VIA Rail’s Canadian Train – Vancouver to Jasper
You will be lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the train. When you wake up, be mesmerized by the snowcapped mountain peaks right outside your window. As the train weaves through the rocky peaks watch for bears, deer, elk or moose you never know when you might spot one.

Arrive in the welcoming town of Jasper, filled with adorable cafes and gift shops run by smiling locals who will be happy to tell you about life in the mountains.

Day 3 – In the Canadian Rockies – Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise
The Icefields Parkway is known as one of the most scenic alpine roads in the world. It takes you along the rugged spine of the majestic Rocky Mountains, past huge glaciers and snowcapped ridges.

You have
2 options from which to choose today to enjoy this area to its fullest:

• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
Stop at the Athabasca Glacier and walk on this incredible sheet of ice while listening to your tour guide explain how it was formed millions of years ago. Stand in awe as you marvel at the scenery on the Glacier Skywalk.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
Spend the day with a private driver-guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
Activity rating: Easy

Upon arrival in the Lake Louise area, you can choose to stay at either 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 4 – Exploring the Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise to Banff
Take your time to enjoy the beauty of Lake Louise while you eat breakfast, then take an interpretive tour through the stunning Rocky Mountains to Banff. This lively and welcoming mountain town is known for its quirky shops, charming art galleries, award-winning restaurants and beautiful natural surroundings. Go shopping on Banff Avenue or enjoy an outdoor adventure such as canoeing or hiking.

Insider tip: Ask us about our Lake Louise activity menu to make the most of your morning in this iconic place!

Day 5 – Explore Banff
There’s nothing more invigorating than breathing in the fresh mountain air on a bright and clear Rocky Mountain morning.

You have
3 options to choose from today to make the most of your time in this mountain town:

• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
Today your guide will take you on a small group tour so that you can discover some of the most beautiful spots in the region around Banff. Admire bright blue alpine lakes, see majestic elk, deer, moose and bears.
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. Climb to the peak of Sulphur Mountain on a scenic gondola ride and gaze at a panoramic vista of the incredible mountain valley and the town of Banff below.

Day 6 – On the Rocky Mountaineer Train – Banff to Kamloops
Leave Banff in the early morning while you enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast on the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train. Sit back in your comfortable seat and admire the passing scenery. To get a better look, visit the outdoor viewing platform. Savour the scent of pine and spruce forests and feel the crisp alpine breezes in your hair. Spend the night in the welcoming city of Kamloops.

Day 7 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Kamloops to Vancouver
As the train makes its way across the interior of British Columbia you will see the landscape start to shift and change. See the powerful cascade of Hell’s Gate, a huge waterfall in Fraser Canyon. Arrive in Vancouver in the late afternoon and spend the rest of the day sightseeing and exploring this funky and creative city. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 8 – Your Canadian Train Vacation Ends – Depart from Vancouver
Say goodbye to the fresh air, mountain views and colourful vibe of Vancouver as you catch your flight home today. You will have plenty of stories to tell when you return about your experiences in the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

What we love about this trip

Enjoy the luxurious facilities of the VIA Rail train, from gourmet meals to your comfortable private cabin
Take the famous two-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer
See the glaciers and mountains of the Icefields Parkway
Stay at elegant and stylish Chateau Lake Louise
Discover superb photo opportunities while viewing the best of Banff and Jasper National Parks

What's Included

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

Sleep in a private cabin on the train - Sleep in a private cabin on the train
Sleep in a private cabin on the train
Gourmet meals aboard the trains - Gourmet meals aboard the trains
Gourmet meals aboard the trains
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
Accommodations
• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night onboard The Canadian Train, in a private cabin for 1 or 2

Train Experiences:
Sleeper Plus Class, onboard The Canadian Train between Vancouver and Jasper (includes access to dome car)
• 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Tour Inclusions:

Icefields Parkway Experiences, between Jasper and Lake Louise:
• Choose 1 of 2:
1.
Small Group Sightseeing Tour (Includes picnic lunch, Ice Explorer, and the Glacier Skywalk)
2.
Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)

Banff Experiences:
• Banff Gondola admission
Plus
• Choose 1 of 3:
1. Banff Sightseeing Tour 
2. Privately Guided Sunrise Photography Tour (additional cost)
3. Helicopter Tour (additional cost)

Meal Inclusions

• 2 breakfasts and lunches onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train
• Breakfast and lunch onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
• Feature Dinner Lake Louise or Moraine Lake Lodge

Transfer Inclusions:
Private transfers between Vancouver hotels and airport
• All train station transfers

Other Inclusions:
• Documentation package
• Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise noted)
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – 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 hotels are paired with SilverLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer Train. Deluxe hotels are paired with GoldLeaf Service.

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Icefields Parkway tour is available from May 1 departures onwards, coach transfer will be substituted prior to April 30.
• Y
our Vacation Advisor will provide advice on the best time for outdoor activities such as hikes and walks

 

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 or medical insurance (highly recomm
ended 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 a cruise along Alaska’s Inside Passage .
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies for such activities as guided hiking, a round of golf, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure.
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens.
• 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.

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.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Hotel surrounded by lush forest overlooking the Bow ValleyFairmont Banff Springs - Stylish interior designed as Scottish Baronial CastleFairmont Banff Springs - Enjoy relaxing spa treatments and other activities

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

 

Prices & Dates

2018 Vancouver Start Dates
April 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, 29
August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2, 5, 9

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $3,880to US $5,821per 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 $4,180to US $6,470per 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 $5,490to US $8,078per 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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We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

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