Northern Explorer - Vancouver to Calgary
This vacation package is a variation on one of the most popular routes in the Canadian Rockies, the Western Explorer.
This vacation package is a variation on one of the most popular routes in the Canadian Rockies, the Western Explorer. The new Northern Explorer features travel on the Rocky Mountaineer Fraser Discovery Route and Rocky Mountaineer Sea to Sky Climb as well as stops at the most popular attractions of the Canadian Rockies.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 2 days onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer® in your choice of RedLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service.
- 3.5 hour Rocky Mountaineer Whistler Sea to Sky Climb
- 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches (Eastbound) / 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 light meal (Westbound)
- 8 nights hotel accommodation
- Vancouver Lookout
- Jasper Highlights tour
- Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
- Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
- Tour between Banff and Calgary, including Banff Gondola
- Summit Helicopter Flightseeing
- Calgary Tower
- Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper
- Luggage handling and National Park Pass
Day 1 Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 Vancouver to Whistler
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler, renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your motorcoach transfer from downtown Vancouver, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of this "Sea to Sky" region. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. On arrival at the Whistler train station, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Whistler. (B, L)
Day 3 Whistler to Quesnel
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley to the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacial-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer follows the banks of the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesnel. (B, L)
Day 4 Quesnel to Jasper
Your journey continues eastwards today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River north to the town of Prince George, then travels east through the forests of northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose. Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench you are surrounded to the north by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains and to the south by the Cariboo Mountains. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and through the Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper. Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)
Day 5 Jasper Highlights Tour
Today you will enjoy a short scenic tour of Jasper National Park, a World Herritage Site and Canada's largest National Park. View the many natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of the many creatures that call this mountain park home on this scenic tour. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 6 Jasper to Lake Louise
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield you will take a ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier, where you will learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Afterward, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 7 Lake Louise to Banff
The morning is at your leisure. This afternoon, embark on a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour, you'll will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff.
Day 8 Banff to Calgary with Summit Helicopter Tour
Enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. A trip on the Banff Gondola is included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today's adventure, a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary.
A price reduction of $119 will apply for the Summit Helicopter Tour in the event of inclement weather or if a guest chooses not to fly.
Day 9 Calgary Departure
Your vacation ends with check-out from your Calgary hotel.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Enjoy the thrill of the Canadian Rockies in classic style as you embark on a stunning all-daylight rail adventure in RedLeaf Service. Settle back in your roomy, reclining seat and enjoy commentary and service provided by your Rocky Mountaineer Host.
Spoil yourself by making your Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf rail journey through the Canadian Rockies a deluxe one. Enjoy all of the same luxurious onboard amenities in GoldLeaf Service plus deluxe hotel accommodations.
GoldLeaf Deluxe Service
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.
Dates & Prices
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|17th May 2014||$2,937||Book Now|
|24th May 2014||$2,937||Book Now|
|31st May 2014||$3,314||Book Now|
|7th June 2014||$3,314||Book Now|
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|28th June 2014||$3,396||Book Now|
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|17th May 2014||$4,589||Book Now|
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|31st May 2014||$5,130||Book Now|
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|28th June 2014||$5,242||Book Now|
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|17th May 2014||$5,099||Book Now|
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|31st May 2014||$5,650||Book Now|
|7th June 2014||$5,650||Book Now|
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|28th June 2014||$5,762||Book Now|
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|26th July 2014||$5,650||Book Now|
|9th August 2014||$5,650||Book Now|
|16th August 2014||$5,650||Book Now|
|23rd August 2014||$5,650||Book Now|
|30th August 2014||$5,650||Book Now|
|6th September 2014||$5,650||Book Now|
|13th September 2014||$5,650||Book Now|
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Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices for singles, triples and children, and additional pre-purchased meals are available on request.
Taxes are not included for the Rocky Mountaineer portion of this vacation. Taxes can be up to 5% on the rail portion only. All prices are based on a conversion effective 4/1/13 and are subject to change. Please note that all accomodations in Quesnel are of moderate standard.