Majestic Rockies with the Rocky Mountaineer
Spend 13 days exploring the Majestic Rockies as you travel from Vancouver through Jasper and Kamloops onboard the Rocky Mountaineer.
The Canadian Rockies—a land of majestic mountain scenery, fascinating wildlife, sparkling glaciers, crystal-clear lakes, and interesting towns. If you want to see breathtaking scenery and jagged mountain peaks, this Canadian Rockies tour is for you. Spend time in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Jasper National Park, and Banff National Park. A tour highlight is a train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer, where you’ll travel over the Continental Divide, recline in your seat, and watch out the picture windows as you travel through stunning scenery.
Other tour highlights include an Ice Explorer ride on the 1,200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield; a stop at gorgeous Lake Louise; and a cruise on Maligne Lake, one of the most picturesque spots in the Canadian Rockies. You’ll also enjoy the unsurpassed scenery on the drive between Jasper National Park and Banff National Park. Keep an eye out for alpine meadows, waterfalls, massive glaciers, and wildlife.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver in SilverLeaf Service
- 13 day escorted tour
- 17 meals
- Vancouver city tour
- Victoria & Butchart Gardens
- Ferry ride through the Gulf Islands
- Shannon Falls and breakfast at Squamish Lil' Wat Cultural Center
- Jasper National Park sightseeing
- Maligne Lake Cruise
- Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
- Gondola ride on Banff's Sulphur Mountain
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
Day 1 - Arrive in Vancouver, BC
Welcome to Vancouver, your gateway to the Canadian Rockies! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 - Vancouver & Victoria
This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Catch the ferry over to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart family residence. See major attractions on your city orientation tour including the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. (B, D)
Day 3 - Victoria
The day is free to explore on your own; your Tour Director suggests an optional marine wildlife and whale-watching trip. Shoppers will love Government Street's elegant shops and Market Square's specialty stores, while history buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. (B)
Day 4 - Victoria & Whistler
Today, board BC ferry and cross the Strait of Georgia and cruise through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Stop at Shannon Falls, where a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform near the base of the roaring falls. On to the alpine resort of Whistler at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. Time to explore the 2010 Winter Olympics' sites. (B)
Day 5 - Whistler
Today is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. You might enjoy a trip on Whistler's Peak2Peak Gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you travel via the longest unsupported gondola span in the world. Other options include a walk in the tree tops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort. (B)
Day 6 - Whistler & Sun Peaks
This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the Squamish Lil' Wat Cultural Centre, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Then, journey north through the heart of the magnificent Cariboo region. Spectacular scenery abounds as you pass by rolling hills, deeply incised rivers, and sparkling lakes. Afternoon arrival in Sun Peaks with the balance of the day at leisure. You may take advantage of an optional canoe trip on Lake McGillivray, where, surrounded by beautiful scenery, you learn about Canada's fur trade. (B)
Please Note: Operation of the canoe trip is subject to favorable weather conditions.
Day 7 - Sun Peaks & Jasper
Continue north, following the Yellowhead Highway and hugging the mighty North Thompson River, into the province of Alberta. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) before entering Jasper National Park. Marvel at the precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens in this wild mountain wilderness. Before arriving at your hotel, perhaps take an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River, where your experienced guide will navigate as you absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park. (B, D)
Day 8 - Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour to see Jasper's unspoiled beauty. Afterward, travel to glacial Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own. (B)
Day 9 - Jasper, Columbia Icefield, Lake Louise & Banff
This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 1,200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer Ride. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass with splendid views of Peyto Lake. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into Banff National Park. (B)
Day 10 - Banff
Breakfast this morning is served on top of Sulphur Mountain. Take a scenic ride on the local favorite Banff Gondola to the top of the mountain and then enjoy spectacular views of the valley below as you savor a flavorful meal. Additional sightseeing in Banff includes a visit to Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. This evening, join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 11 - Banff, Rocky Mountaineer & Kamloops
This morning, board the Rocky Mountaineer and travel over the Continental Divide and along the Kicking Horse River. We travel westward to Shuswap Lake with its thousand miles of shoreline and then overnight in Kamloops. Tonight, enjoy free time in Kamloops. (B, L)
Day 12 - Kamloops, Rocky Mountaineer & Vancouver
Back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, enjoy your incredible journey through the fertile fields of the Thompson Valley and the beautiful Fraser Canyon. Late this afternoon, arrive in Vancouver, where you'll be transferred to your hotel. (B, L)
Day 13 - Vancouver
Your vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Travel aboard Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf and take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies through the panoramic windows of your custom-designed single-level dome coach.
Hotels include the Georgian Court Hotel, Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort, Sun Peaks Grand, Sawridge Hotel and Buffalo Mountain Lodge.
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|21st July 2019||$5,045||Please call for availability.|
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Kamloops properties are considered moderate 2 or 3-star hotels or motor inns. The city does not offer any hotels in the superior category. Your chosen hotel is determined by Rocky Mountaineer Railtours; however, you can rest assured that it satisfies our high standards of cleanliness and comfort.