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Take in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies on this 7 day journey through the majestic scenery and sights spanning two provinces.

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7 days From $2,853 per person
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2021 Tour code: PP-CRRE-21

About the tour

The majestic Canadian Rockies span nearly 69,500 square miles across two provinces. Along this great expanse are quiet alpine towns and breathtaking scenery. When combined with private, first-class accommodation aboard VIA Rail's Canadian, it makes for the perfect romantic getaway.

Start with a day at leisure to discover the iconic city of Vancouver. You will then board the renowned Canadian bound for your next destination, Jasper. Along your journey, you will be witness to the awe-inspiring sights of the Canadian Rockies, a truly spectacular vision.

Once in Jasper, you will have time to explore the beautiful town before taking a day excursion to the Columbia Icefield enroute to Lake Louise. Amidst scenery of majestic cascading mountains, you will spend the night at Lake Louise before continuing to your next destination, Banff, home to hot springs and the spectacular Banff National Park. With your two days of sightseeing, you will witness sights like the Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, and a unique gondola ride to the top of the Sulphur Mountains. Your exciting rail journey ends after your stay in Banff as you transfer to Calgary to make your way home. Well-planned sightseeing and ample time at your leisure complete this itinerary to create a truly memorable vacation by rail.

Itinerary is also available from Calgary to Vancouver based on your travel preference.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver today and check-in to your hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you're centrally located to many of Vancouver's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Included is admission to FlyOver Canada, a thrilling multisensory journey across Canada aboard the latest in flight ride technology. Discover the country's most famous sights without leaving your seat. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - Depart for Jasper

Spend the day exploring Vancouver before you transfer from your hotel to Vancouver's Pacific Central station by taxi (included) this afternoon. Settle in to your Sleeper Plus accommodations on VIA Rail's Canadian, and prepare for your trip to the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight train. 

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 3 - En Route to Jasper

As you awake this morning, you are met with awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies. Spend time enjoying panoramic views from the observation dome of the Skyline Car, or admire the passing scenery from one of the salons in the Park Car. Arrive in Jasper and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the town on your own. Jasper is full of things to see and do! Enjoy the hiking and bike paths, explore Jasper National Park, or ride the Jasper Tramway. Overnight Jasper.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Jasper to Lake Louise

Today enjoy a scenic transfer by coach to Lake Louise. Your transfer doubles as a sightseeing excursion, as you'll pass some of the most stunning vistas during the ride. Travel along the Icefield Parkway and stop at the Columbia Icefield, where you'll venture by Ice Explorer onto the impressive Athabasca Glacier. After your excursion, continue the beautiful drive by coach to pristine Lake Louise. This area outside of Banff is picture-perfect; majestic mountains surround the eponymous lake and famous Chateau. Take time before dinner to snap pictures and get acquainted with the area. Overnight Lake Louise.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 5 - Lake Louise to Banff

Enjoy your morning in Lake Louise before traveling east to Banff, the resort town known for its exciting ski areas, hot springs, and beautiful National Park. Today is yours to experience Banff at your leisure. Take advantage of the towns hiking and bike trails, soak in the hot springs, or enjoy some of your hotel's amenities such as a round of golf or spa treatment. Overnight Banff.

Day 6 - Banff

Today embark on a 3-hour tour of Banff and its most impressive sights. Highlights include the hoodoos, Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, the Bow River Valley, a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, and the Cave and Basin. Overnight Banff.

Day 7 - Transfer to Calgary

Here in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, your rail adventure comes to an end. You may elect to add additional nights to your itinerary in Banff, or a transfer to the Calgary Airport is included for flights scheduled after 1:00 pm.

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Pricing Plans

Moderate Accommodations
Hotels include the Delta Vancouver, Whistler's Inn, Lake Louise Inn, and Banff Ptarmigan Inn. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Inn & Conference Center Jasper, Post Hotel, and Rimrock Resort Banff. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.

Please note

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change.

Private transfers are available at an additional cost if your flights do not fit with the schedules listed.

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

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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CHRISTOPHER

5 stars

Submitted 11 Oct 2019

Everything went exactly as they said. All transfers were smooth and everything that they described happened.

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ANNABELLA

5 stars

Submitted 11 Oct 2019

We were very well taken care off and all the arrangements from transport to hotels were excellent. We stayed at top-notch hotels and will definitely recommend Vacations By Rail to all who want a fuss-free and luxurious holiday.

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Ryan

4 stars

Submitted 06 Oct 2019

The train ride was very good with the diner & breakfast was good. The Fairmonts hotels were excellent.The excursions were great & we would recommend vacation by rail to our friends.

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WILLIAM

5 stars

Submitted 05 Oct 2019

As promised, a very well planned and enjoyable experience. We had the opportunity to see fantastic sights, stay in quality hotels, and spend an overnight on the train from Vancouver to Jasper. We enjoyed every minute of our time on this adventure.

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BARBARA

5 stars

Submitted 29 Sep 2019

Wonderful scenery and great adventures along the way.

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KAREN

5 stars

Submitted 26 Sep 2019

The VBR Canadian Rockies trip was amazing. The hotels were nice, tours top notch, train very comfortable, and all the people connected with the tour helpful and kind. I have suggested the trip to many of my friends. I look forward to my next VBR vacation.

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