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Discover the magic of the Canadian Rockies by rail and car, taking to the wide-open road with the freedom to discover Banff National Park at your leisure and riding the iconic daylight-only route of the Rocky Mountaineer.

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2024 Tour code: PP-BBDW-24

About the tour

Snow-capped peaks surrounded by vibrantly hued lakes and emerald-green forests set the scene for this independent journey through Canada's Rocky Mountains. A brilliant combination of rail travel and time to drive through the amazing landscape at your own pace allows for an impressive and thorough introduction to interior Canada. Begin in Calgary, driving west into the mountains. Since you are the captain of your journey, you are welcome to explore at leisure as you venture toward Lake Louise and later Banff. Enjoy a free day in this renowned resort town to ride its gondola, soak in its hot springs, or visit the surrounding national park's lakes, hiking trails, or picturesque lookouts. Also in Banff, board the Rocky Mountaineer to travel through the mountains and forests, past canyons, alongside waterways, and across ranchlands on a two-day, daylight journey to Vancouver. The first day onboard takes you through Alberta's dramatic scenery to Kamloops. In contrast, the second brings views of British Columbia's Cascade and Coast Mountains and the coastal rainforest as the train approaches Vancouver. Panoramic scenery and incredible adventures lie ahead in the Canadian Rockies.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Calgary to Lake Louise

Your rail and drive adventure through the Canadian Rockies commences as you arrive in Calgary. This big small town is set in Canada's western prairies, and despite its skyscrapers and amenities, it retains its "Cowtown" essence at its core. Pick up your rental car, and then watch as Calgary's contrasts come to life as you set out into Alberta. Your drive today takes you west through the city, ranching lands, Kananaskis Country, prairies, and mountains. Stunning glacier-fed lakes and impressive peaks guide the final miles as you through Banff and finally arrive in Lake Louise. Overnight Lake Louise.

Day 2 - Lake Louise to Banff

Wake up surrounded by the beauty of the crown jewel of Banff National Park, Lake Louise. Spend some time admiring the lake and the surrounding sights before taking to the road to drive toward Banff. You may wish to begin your journey by heading the opposite way, toward Jasper, along Icefields Parkway, rated as one of the top scenic byways in North America. Pause your route at Columbia Icefield to ride an Ice Explorer onto Athabasca Glacier or look out over the amazing views from the Glacier Skywalk. Alternatively, explore Yoho National Park, where beloved sites include the Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake. Heading deeper into Banff National Park toward the town site, marvel at the beauty of the Bow River and notable peaks, including Mount Temple, Castle Mountain, and Cascade Mountain. Stop off at any point to explore the majestic scenery. The rest of the day is yours to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Overnight Banff.

Day 3 - Banff

Today you have the freedom to explore Banff at your own pace. You may wish to hang out in Banff's townsite, filled with shops and restaurants, or ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Alternatively, you could cruise Banff's largest lake, Lake Minnewanka, or drive between the other bodies of water throughout the park, including iconic Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake. Banff Hot Springs is also a must-visit site, with its relaxing environment with panoramic mountain views. Adventure seekers can book a helicopter ride from Canmore to get a bird's eye view of the Canadian Rockies. However you choose to spend your day, return your rental car before enjoying your last evening at leisure in Banff. Overnight Banff.

Day 4 - Banff to Kamloops

A complimentary transfer takes you to the station, where your journey aboard the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer begins. Settle into your domed-glass carriage and relax in your plush reclining seat as breathtaking panoramas unfold en route to Kamloops. Look over the snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and pine forests. Enjoy views of the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Canyon. The train climbs over Rogers Pass, continues past Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, and winds through remarkable mountain tunnels. Enjoy fantastic meals prepared by the onboard chef while rocky lakeshores transform into ranchlands and the arid surroundings of Kamloops, where we disembark the train for the evening. Overnight Kamloops.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - Kamloops to Vancouver

Rejoining the Rocky Mountaineer, skirt the shores of Kamloops Lake as the journey sets underway once more. The day starts in the desert-like interior, venturing alongside the Thompson River, passing its rock sheds, and climbing its steep slopes. Other highlights include Fraser's Canyon and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate. The terrain gets decidedly more lush as the Rocky Mountaineer traverses winding river canyons and through forests. Marvel at inspiring views of the Cascade and Coast Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. British Columbia is rife with natural beauty, all of which is yours to behold while nearing Vancouver. You have the rest of the day to settle into this dynamic destination on arrival. The eclectic neighborhoods, fantastic culinary scene, and excellent oceanside positioning give you much to discover while in the city. Overnight Vancouver.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - Tour Conclusion

Your expedition through the Canadian Rockies concludes this morning. You can opt to extend your vacation with another night in Vancouver or make your way to Vancouver's airport for your return flight home.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Superior
• Hotels include Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Rimrock Resort, and Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation. Kamloops hotel is included and will be confirmed upon check-in for the train.
• Rocky Mountaineer accommodations are in SilverLeaf Service. Seats are in a single level dome car with oversized windows.
• Gourmet meals are included on the train and served to you at your seat.

Deluxe
• Hotels include Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, and Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation. Kamloops hotel is included and will be confirmed upon check-in for the train.
• Rocky Mountaineer accommodations are in GoldLeaf Service. You will be traveling in a bi-level dome car with your seats being on the upper level of the car. You will have exclusive access to an outdoor viewing platform.
• Gourmet meal service is included on the train and served on the lower level of the car.

Deluxe Plus
• Hotels include upgraded rooms at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, and Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation. Kamloops hotel is included and will be confirmed upon check-in for the train.
• Rocky Mountaineer accommodations are in GoldLeaf Service. You will be traveling in a bi-level dome car with your seats being on the second level of the car. You will have exclusive access to an outdoor viewing platform.
• Gourmet meal service is included on the train and served on the lower level of the car.

Please note

Please note all accommodations in Kamloops are of moderate standard and any applicable parking fees during the trip are not included.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

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 vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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MARIA LOFTIN

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Submitted 29 Jul 2023

Superior service, fiid and beverages.

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DONALD WILCOX

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Submitted 24 Jun 2023

Fabulous service. Incredible scenery. Highly recommended.

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