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

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2021 Tour code: PP-EWCR-21

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. Wrap up this excursion with a day to enjoy Calgary.

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

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 7 - Banff to Calgary

Today you depart Banff for Calgary. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Calgary.

Day 8 - Calgary

Your vacation ends with checkout from your Calgary hotel.

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Pricing Plans

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Hotel Jasper, Post Hotel, Rimrock Resort Banff, and Westin Calgary (or similar). 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 Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, and Fairmont Palliser (or similar). 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 · 20 reviews

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JOHN

5 stars

Submitted 10 Jul 2019

GREAT TRIP. VERY pleasant AND ATTENIVE .Staff

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Ron J,Madison, WI

4 stars

Submitted 21 Dec 2018

A great experience!! Excellent services, well trained staff and a beautiful scenic trip.

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Leena S, Blytheville, AR

5 stars

Submitted 18 Dec 2018

From begging to end it was excellent experience. Everything was very awesome. First like to thanks to our Vacations By Rail agent. She was very, very helpful to plan my vacation. We enjoyed every minute. Everything was handled with care & thought. Thank you very much.

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Ron P, Phoenix, AZ

4 stars

Submitted 10 Dec 2018

The rail vacation was a great experience and the gold leaf service was well worth the extra cost. We were lucky to end our rail vacation before the floods hit. We would recommend this trip to anyone interested in a rail vacation.

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Robert C, Hampton, NH

4 stars

Submitted 01 Dec 2018

Since this was our first and only train experience for a vacation, we have nothing to compare it to. So, since it was a very rewarding experience, I would only add ... don't change a good thing!

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Kathy I, Sunnyvale, CA

4 stars

Submitted 09 Nov 2018

Had a marvelous time and more than I expected

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