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Excursion to the Canadian Rockies

4.8 stars(4 reviews)

See the best of the Canadian Rockies on this 5-day rail adventure combining cosmopolitan fun with spectacular natural beauty from Vancouver to Calgary.

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5 days From $2,517 per person
Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2023 Tour code: PR-ECRE-23

About the tour

Sometimes you just need to get away, even if only for a few days. This 5-day retreat into the Canadian Rockies is the perfect getaway, combining both sightseeing and relaxation, and of course spectacular scenery. Start your trip in Vancouver, where you'll have time to explore on your own. The next day, your train journey starts with a trip to Kamloops on the Rocky Mountaineer. You'll pass through the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon, and ride along the winding path of the Thompson River on your way into the heart of British Columbia. Continue to the Canadian Rockies, traveling through tunnels and emerging into grand vistas as you make your way to Banff, one of the world's most famous resort towns. Here, you'll have time to enjoy the stunning views while on a tour of Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, and more. Your getaway ends with a transfer to Calgary.

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


What’s included


Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 - Vancouver to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. On today's journey, you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - Kamloops to Banff

Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today's highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff this evening. Overnight in Banff. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Banff

Today is a day for exploring this mountain town and it's surrounding areas.  You will head out this morning on a tour that will take you around some of Banff's most spectacular sights including Sulphur Mountain, Bow Galls, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. Also included is a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to take in panormic views of the Bow Valley. Atlernatively, add a sightseeing excursion that not only takes you around to see some of Banff's major highlights, but also focuses on it's wildlife. If you are looking to get more stunning views, opt into a sightseeing your of Yoho National Park. Highlights of that tour include Lake Louise, Spiral Tunnels, and Valley of the Ten Peaks. Overnight Banff.

Day 5 - Banff to Calgary

Your excursion through the Canadian Rockies comes to an end today with a transfer to the Calgary Airport for your flight home. Flights must be scheduled for after 1:00 PM. If you are looking to extend your vacation, opt to add additional nights in Banff or Calgary to explore more of this scenic area.

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Pricing Plans

Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies through the panoramic windows of the custom-designed single-level dome coach in the new SilverLeaf Service. Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre and Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge.

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. Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Deluxe Plus
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. Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Fairmont Banff Springs.

Please Note

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

Prices for triples and children are available upon request.

Please note all accommodations in Kamloops are of moderate standard.

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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4.8 stars4.8 / 5 · 4 reviews

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Roger H, Fairfax Station, VA

5 stars

Submitted 14 Dec 2018

The rail trip was beautiful and well organized. The hotels and shuttle bus connections were perfect. The mountains, lakes, rivers,and forests were beyond expectations! The personnel on the train were excellent!

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Emelia M, Colorado Springs, CO

4 stars

Submitted 03 Dec 2018

Best vacation ever!

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Maria P., Elmhurst, IL

5 stars

Submitted 01 Dec 2018

Everything was just perfect. The service, food and passengers made this trip exceptional.

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Hrudaya A, Jersey City, NJ

5 stars

Submitted 12 Jan 2018

A great experience with lots of memories to cherish.

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