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Marvel at the wonders of the Canadian landscape on this rail escape.

8 days From £4,295 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2022 Tour code: QBR22

About the tour

The majesty of the Canadian Rockies awaits on this round-trip journey through western Canada. Soak up the vibrant coastal city of Vancouver before embarking upon two unforgettable rail journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer and The Canadian.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Vancouver

Fly from London to the coastal city of Vancouver and check into your hotel for the night. With some free time, you could shop along Robson Street, discover lush Stanley Park or visit the Vancouver Aquarium. For those looking for a little more adventure, you could get an aerial view of the city from Grouse Mountain. Or maybe get a taste of the city's vibrant culinary scene with a meal at one of the fantastic restaurants.

Day 2 - Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

Board the Rocky Mountaineer this morning for a scenic journey to Kamloops. Admire the breathtaking scenery as you're whisked east through the Coastal Mountains to the Fraser River, admiring the views as you follow its winding route. Learn more about the region through which you travel with detailed commentary from onboard attendants, as well as delicious meals during your time on board. Scenic highlights of today's journey include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate deep in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes leading into the Thompson River. You arrive in Kamloops this evening check into your hotel for the night, enjoying some time to stroll the quaint town at your own pace.

Day 3 - Rocky Mountaineer to Banff

Leaving your hotel this morning, reboard the Rocky Mountaineer to continue your breathtaking journey through the Canadian Rockies. Highlights of today's route include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, and the Spiral Tunnels. After crossing the Continental Divide, you arrive in Banff this evening and check into your hotel for two nights. A pretty mountain town in the middle of Banff National Park, Banff offers up a treasure trove of scenic beauty.

Day 4 - Banff

Get to the heart of Banff National Park with a sightseeing tour, seeing many of its most famous and scenic sights. Your tour takes you to the Hoodoos - striking natural rock formations, Tunnel Mountain Drive and the Cave and Basin - a National Historic Site that commemorates the birthplace of Canada's National Park System, which started in Banff in 1885. The afternoon is yours to discover Banff. Perhaps go for a hike, visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs, or simply relax at your hotel.

Day 5 - Jasper

Today takes you from Banff to Jasper by way of the Icefields Parkway, a scenic two-lane road that travels through the magnificent scenery of Banff and Jasper National Parks. You stop at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture by all-terrain Ice Explorer onto the massive Athabasca Glacier, taking in the truly stunning scenery. Make a brief stop in Lake Louise where you have time to snap a photo of the glistening blue waters before arriving in Jasper this evening, where you spend the night.

Day 6 - The Canadian

Transfer to the train station this morning to board The Canadian, for a memorable journey to Vancouver. Settle into your Sleeper Plus cabin and prepare for your overnight journey west, taking in stunning scenery as it speeds past your window. Enjoy all meals included while on board, as well as access to the Skyline Car, which contains a library and a lounge where drinks are served. You can also spend time relaxing in the comfortable armchairs of the Bullet Lounge, admiring the views that embrace the large wrap-around windows.

Day 7 - Vancouver

The Canadian pulls into Vancouver's train station this morning and you transfer to your hotel for the night. Spend the rest of the day enjoying all that the beautiful city has to offer. Included is admission to FlyOver Canada, a thrilling virtual journey across Canada aboard the latest in flight ride technology that introduces you to the country's most famous sights without you having to leave your seat. A great option for dinner this evening is the Top of Vancouver restaurant. Located just below the observation deck of the Vancouver Lookout, the restaurant revolves once every 60 minutes, ensuring you get chance to enjoy 360-degree views across the city as you dine.

Day 8 - Vancouver and London

Your holiday comes to an end today, as you return to the airport for you flight to London Heathrow.

Additional information

Please Note

Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveller are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.

Pricing Plans

Superior Accommodations

Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Rimrock Resort Banff, and Sawridge Hotel Jasper (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in SilverLeaf service and includes travel in a single-level dome car featuring panoramic views and hot meal service at your seat.

Deluxe Accommodations

Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Banff Springs, and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in GoldLeaf service and includes travel in a bi-level dome car featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining room to take breakfast and lunch.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Best of the Rockies

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