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Canadian Rockies Rail Journey

Explore the Rocky Mountains

From £2,295 per person


Explore the Rocky Mountains the most scenic and relaxing way possible, by train. Travelling in SilverLeaf class for 2 days aboard the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer, you'll also enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver, the best of Yoho National Park and 4-Star hotel accommodation.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights
Days 1-2 - Vancouver
Vancouver Lions Gate Bridge

Arrive in Vancouver and spend the rest of the day getting to know your new surroundings. Day 2 includes a guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver's North Shore. Travel across the Lions Gate Bridge, connecting the main city to the North Shore municipalities, before also crossing the splendid Capilano suspension bridge and heading into the surrounding mountains for an adventurous walk through the treetops. Continue to Granville Island, Canada's answer to Ellis Island, and sample some of the regional flavours at the local market. Here you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the waterfront, perhaps visiting some of the boutique shops and galleries.

Day 3-4 - Rocky Mountaineer to Banff
Rocky mountaineer train

Begin the first leg of your journey aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer today. Boarding the train in Vancouver to enjoy unsurpassable views of the most dramatic stretches of the line. Keep your eyes open for Canadian wildlife as the magnificent train leaves the Pacific Coast and travels along the Thompson and Fraser Canyons, past the Cascading Mountains and enters the desert-like environment of Canada's interior. Arrive in Kamloops to rest and re-fuel before you re-board. Re-board the train on Day 4, continuing through the Canadian Rockies on a route that takes in the scenery of the 'First Passage to the West'. Pass over the Continental Divide before disembarking in picturesque Banff.

Day 5-7 - Yoho National Park, Lake Louise and Calgary
Lake Louise

Experience the natural beauty of Yoho National Park, visiting the Spiral Tunnels, as well as Emerald Lake, known for its vivid colours, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Your tour ends by the idyllic waters of Lake Louise where you rest in a local hotel.

Day 6 takes you to Calgary by coach, the home of the world-renowned Stampede. Find time to squeeze in a visit to the wonderful Glenbow Museum, just steps from the Calgary Tower, before heading home on Day 7.

Return flights

Return flights to Vancouver and back from Calgary is not included in the from price per person as we know customers often want to travel from their nearest airport and may want to spend extra days either pre or post holiday.

Please call us for flight details and prices.

Please note

This itinerary can be operated in reverse. Please call for further details.

Yoho National Park excursion will not operate before May 1st.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
The Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer

Operating on three different routes throughout Canada, the Rocky Mountaineer offers a unique and instantly memorable journey through one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Travel from Banff to Kamloops, through the Thompson and Fraser Canyons, and then onwards to Vancouver on the 'First Passage to the West' route, the highlight of our Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer tour.

As tours on the Rocky Mountaineer occur strictly in the daytime, unobstructed views of the Canadian landscape - including the Canadian Shield and Banff National Park - are available from almost anywhere on this award-winning train.

Read more about the Rocky Mountaineer's range of classes below. Alternatively, why not call one of our professional Tour Advisors on 01904 521 936 to discuss our range of tours in Canada?

Tailor Your Journey 

We travel in SilverLeaf Service and travel in a single-level Dome Coach with over-sized windows. Breakfast and lunch is served at your seat, with a choice of main course options at lunch. Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are also included during the journey.

GoldLeaf Upgrade

For unrivalled views of the Canadian landscape, upgrade to GoldLeaf Service and travel in style in a custom-designed bi-level Dome Coach. GoldLeaf passengers have access to covered open-air vestibules, as well as the Goldleaf dining room, where an à la carte menu is served.

Guests in all classes are treated to comfortable, reclining seats and an interpretive commentary by the on-board crew. Complimentary cold meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are served at your seat throughout the journey.

The Rocky Mountaineer is equipped with air-conditioning, dropdown tables, a viewing platform and dome cars, which allow you to take photographs to remind you of your journey. On some tours, a free newspaper highlighting places of interest is available to guests.

Customers travelling on the 'Rainforest to Gold Rush' route have access to the exclusive RedLeaf Lounge Car. Hotel accommodation with return transfers are included in the price of your tour.

Hotels
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver

The 4-Star Sheraton Wall Centre hotel in Vancouver features an indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness centre, as well as a bar and restaurant. The hotel's relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen television, and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views across Vancouver.

Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver
Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver

A stone's throw from the Vancouver Art Gallery and a short walk to the train station, the 4-Star Fairmont Hotel is in the downtown area of the city and boasts a sophisticated restaurant and a bar serving food and drinks from around the world. There's a spa to relax in as well as a fitness centre and indoor pool. Elegantly and traditionally furnished, guest rooms include flat-screen televisions, tea & coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and bathrobes.

The Rimrock Resort, Banff
The Rimrock Resort, Banff

Just a short walk from the Banff's Upper Hot Springs and gondola, this 4-Star hotel on Sulphur Mountain has a spa, fitness centre, indoor pool and a hot tub and sauna. There are also 2 restaurants on site, a café and 2 cocktail lounges perfect for an evening drink. The impressive lobby lounge leads to classically styled guest rooms that feature flat-screen televisions, mini fridges, safes, a coffee-maker and free Wi-Fi.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff

A hugely impressive, castle style hotel whose turrets and crenulations peek through a canopy of pine forests in Banff national Park, the 4-Star Fairmont Springs Hotel lies within the heart of UNESCO-listed Banff National Park, making its natural splendour easy to explore. Sophisticated guest rooms include flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi (charges apply), woodland views, air-conditioning and tea & coffee making facilities. There are also 7 restaurants on site, as well as 2 bars, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a golf course and a fitness centre.

Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise
Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise

Dating from the 1940s, the 4-Star Post Hotel & Spa Lake Louise has been voted one of the top ten resort hotels in the whole of Canada. Situated in the village of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, the hotel is surrounded by fairytale pine forests and soaring mountain peaks and is near to Lake Louise itself. The hotel's restaurant is renowned and award-winning, with an extensive wine list to choose from and there's also an indulgent range of spa facilities and treatments available. Accommodation is either in a room or separate lodge, and each room comes with either mountain or forest views.

Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Lake Louise
Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Lake Louise

Right on the edge of Lake Louise's turquoise waters, the 5-Star Fairmont Château is a high-class hotel in the heart of UNESCO-listed Banff National Park. Dining at this hotel is a real treat, with multiple restaurants to choose from including an Alpine-style eatery, a 24-hour deli and an à la carte restaurant serving a modern twist on traditional Canadian fare. After indulging, you may wish to visit the hotel's gym or indoor pool and there's a spa on site too offering a range of exclusive treatments (payable locally). Plush bedrooms come with Wi-Fi (charges may apply), flat-screen televisions, coffeemakers and views overlooking either the lake or surrounding mountains.

The Westin, Calgary
The Westin, Calgary

Located in downtown Calgary and offering easy access to the city's wide range of shops, restaurants, arts scene and outdoor activities, the 4-Star Westin Calgary has a restaurant for light bites as well as a steakhouse, bar, cocktail lounge and coffee shop. There's also an indoor pool and exercise room on site and rooms come with city or river views, flat-screen televisions, balconies and air-conditioning. Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

Fairmont Palliser Calgary, Calgary
Fairmont Palliser Calgary, Calgary

Downtown Calgary is home to the polished Fairmont Palliser Calgary. This 4-Star hotel dates back to 1914 and is a short walk from the Calgary Tower as well as some of the city's vibrant art venues, shopping districts and popular eateries. On site, you'll find a bar and lounge area, perfect for unwinding after a busy day of explorations, a coffee shop and even a 1920s themed restaurant. Other amenities include a spa, indoor pool, a hot tub and fitness centre. Guest rooms come with flat-screen televisions, mini bars, high-speed Internet (charges apply) and air-conditioning.

What's included

Not Included

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service & upgraded hotels from £700 per person

Hotels included in the GoldLeaf are: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotels, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Palliser. Discover why travelers rave about Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service. A custom-designed bi-level dome coach puts you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies as you enjoy gourmet meals prepared by talented onboard chefs.

Subject to availability, alternative hotels may be used.

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