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4.6 stars(25 reviews)

This Rocky Mountain getaway takes you through the gems of the area, from the highest peaks to the largest icefields.

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2023 Tour code: PP-EWCR-23

About the tour

This is one of the most popular tours vacationers choose when planning their Rocky Mountain getaways. All of the must-see attractions of the Canadian Rockies are included in this week-long itinerary. Your rail journey begins aboard the Rocky Mountaineer as you travel toward Kamloops and along rushing waters and vast canyons. Ride past the highest peak of the Rockies and into the gorgeous Jasper National Park. Enjoy a guided tour before time to explore the area on your own. Next, you'll travel the Icefields Parkway and take a glacier ride before you reach Lake Louise. Your trip continues with a visit to Yoho National Park and its famous Spiral Tunnels before arrriving in Banff. Spend a day exploring this resort town. Wrap up your excursion 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 Vancouver.

Day 2 - Vancouver to Kamloops

This morning take an included transfer to the Rocky Mountaineer station and board the train for your full-day rail journey into the Canadian Rockies. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Frasier Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Overnight Kamloops.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - Kamloops to Jasper

Your rail adventure continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 meters (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Overnight Jasper.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Jasper

Jasper National Park is a World Heritage Site and Canada's largest National Park. Today you will enjoy a scenic tour including the many natural attractions, rugged peaks, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of the many creatures that call this mountain park home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight Jasper.

  • Lunch
Day 5 - Jasper to Lake Louise

Travel along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. Afterward, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving at Lake Louise. Overnight Lake Louise.

  • Lunch
Day 6 - Lake Louise to Banff

A tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Banff. Overnight Banff.

  • Lunch
Day 7 - Banff

Today is a full day to continue your exploration of Banff. You can opt to add on a a half day excursion taking you to the most popular sights including Sulphur Mountain, Bow Falls, the Hoodoos, and a ride on the Banff Gondola. Alternatively, take to the skies with a helicopter ride over the continental divide. Round out your day by adding admission to the Banff Hot Springs to relax and get panoramic alpine views, or an evenining Wildlife Safari. Overnight Banff.

Day 8 - Banff to Calgary

Your trip ends today with a scheduled transfer to the Calgary Airport for your flight home. Please make sure your flight is scheduled for after 1:00 PM. If you are not ready for your journey through the Canadian Rockies to end, opt to add additional nights in Banff or Calgary. 

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, The Crimson, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Rimrock Resort Banff. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in SilverLeaf service and includes travel in a single-level dome car featuring panoramic views and hot meal service at your seat.

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Cheateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in GoldLeaf service and includes travel in a bi-level dome car featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining room.

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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4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 25 reviews

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David Lee Herbert

5 stars

Submitted 16 Sep 2022

Great trip. Great service. Great scenery.

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5 stars

Submitted 10 Sep 2022

Wonderful way to view the countryside. Comfortable seating and the food was exceptional. The staff truly made our experience great.

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5 stars

Submitted 06 Sep 2022

Wonderful trip

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Michele Kempik

5 stars

Submitted 02 Aug 2022

Awesome trip! The staff on Rocky Mountaineer was amazing! All pick-ups on time and as scheduled. Accomodations were good and had easy access to dining and towns. Scenary was over the top beautiful!

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5 stars

Submitted 15 Jul 2022

Staff are excellent and make the trip worthwhile with their commentary.

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5 stars

Submitted 10 Jul 2019


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