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Set out on the famed Rocky Mountaineer for a journey through some of the best cities, the most charming towns and the most awe-inspiring sites the Canadian Rockies have to offer.

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Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2022 Tour code: PR-GCRR-22

About the tour

Spend 9 days circling through the very best of the Canadian Rockies and getting an insider's glimpse of Canada on this expedition. The tour begins in coastal Vancouver; sightsee your way through the city upon arrival, then the next morning, board the Rocky Mountaineer bound for Kamloops. After an overnight, reboard the train to enjoy the scenery provided by Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, and other mountainous sites as we make our way to Jasper.

From Jasper, the tour continues through the amazing Columbia Icefield to Lake Louise. The lake's famous Chateau awaits for your comfort, and there is plenty of free time to explore the grounds. After a tour through Yoho National Park, we transfer to Banff for an overnight and a group sightseeing tour. It is also in Banff that we step back onto the Rocky Mountaineer for daylight-only travel to Kamloops, and then to Vancouver, where the tour comes to a close.

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What’s included

Itinerary

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 Vancouver to Kamloops. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Overnight in 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 in Jasper.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Jasper to Lake Louise

Travel along one of the most scenic highways in the world, 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 in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 5 - Lake Louise to Banff

Take a half-day tour 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. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff. 

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 6 - Banff Sightseeing

Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff including visits to Bow Falls, a ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff. 

Day 7 - Banff to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. Highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 - Kamloops to Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the coastal city of Vancouver. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Overnight in Vancouver.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 - Vancouver

Your Canadian Rockies Getaway vacation ends with check-out from your Vancouver hotel.

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SilverLeaf Service
Hotels included are Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Inn & Conference Center Banff, Post Hotel and Rimrock Resort. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies through the panoramic windows of the custom-designed single-level dome coach in SilverLeaf Service.

GoldLeaf Service
Hotels included are Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. 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.

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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GEORGIA COCKERHAM

3 stars

Submitted 19/Jul

I have both positive and negative comments about our $20,000 Vacations by Rail trip. 1)The time we spent on the Rocky Mountain train was well-managed until the last stretch of the trip. Due to a tragic car accident ahead of our train, we were stopped for more than four hours. During this time we received only one update about why the train was stopped. This was after being stopped for more than three hours. During this time the air conditioning went out for a spell. The lack of communication coupled with the heat caused much concern that could have been reduced with honest and more frequent communication about why the train was not moving. 2. The three servers on our car were great! 3. I have a complaint against a specific employee. At the Fairmont in Lake Louise when we were supposed to receive our luggage tags for the two-day ride back to Vancouver, we were forced to stand in a line for 1.5 to 2 hours. There was only one employee handing out luggage tags and answering a multitude of questions from those in line. I am in my seventies and stood in that line for 1.5 hours. Several people in front of me had been there for closer to two hours. Many missed their dinner reservations and additional activities at the hotel in which they'd hoped to participate. After almost 1.5 hours while I stood in line, Rocky Mountainer emplloyee, Simon Elliott, showed up and began offering some assistance to the woman who'd been single handedly working. Within a few minutes, one gentleman who had only just joined the end of the line spoke with Mr. Elliott. I watched as the two of them walked up to the front desk where the woman was working. Mr. Elliott printed out baggage tags for the man and the man, grinning from ear-to-ear, walked away. I then approached Mr. Elliott to let him know that what he'd done was wrong. His excuse was that the man told him there was a bus he needed to catch for an event. I explained to Mr. Elliott that many people in the line missed planned meals and events because we were instructed to get our baggage tags that evening in the line. Mr. Elliott admitted that he made the wrong decision. I told him that his apology did not change the fact that he'd made a very poor management decision that cast a black shadow on the Rocky Mountaineer and Vacations by Rail operations. To make matters worse, many on the train chose not to stand in the line as instructed and received their luggage tags the following morning when we boarded the bus!! Very poorly managed all around. 4. When the train started moving again toward Vancouver, after the accident was cleared, we received word that the train would not take us all the way to the Vancouver train station. Instead, we would disembark sooner and board a bus that would take us to the train station where we'd disembark and board other busses that would take us to the hotels. This turned out to be a nightmare. We were directed, upon getting off of the first bus at the train station, into the station building and wait for an annoucement for the bus that would take us to our hotel, the Fairmont Vancouver. We followed these instructions, walked into the crowded train station and awaited the announcement. After about twenty minutes and no announcement, I approached one of the individuals in the identifying orange vest. He told me that the bus for the Fairmont had not yet arrived. I then saw another orange vested individual and asked about our bus. This person said that the wrong bus had pulled into the spot reserved for our bus and that we should go out and board bus six rather than the intended bus five. We walked out of the building and approached yet a third orange vested individual. She told us the bus was waiting and directed us to board. Very poorly managed. 5) We have many people who have waited for us to complete our trip so that they can decide whether to take the train across the Canadian Rockies. These people, like us, are in the seventies. We will be quite honest with respect to the difficulties we encountered, and let them know that we would not have spent the money had we known how poorly managed the trip was.

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Fiona H, Raleigh, NC

5 stars

Submitted 23 Feb 2019

Before taking the vacation, I was doubtful that it would be value for money as it was by far the most expensive vacation I have ever taken, or am likely to take. Now I think it was worth every penny. From the booking process to the final departure for home, it was a truly phenomenal experience.

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Margaret P, Portland, OR

5 stars

Submitted 19 Nov 2018

We LOVED the Rocky Mountaineer Experience, the scenery, the special trips (e.g. Ice Fields), several of the accommodations. Things ran smoothly with a smile. Well coordinated, but also left time to be alone and enjoy. It was a great trip that we'll remember for a long time.

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Floremil (Poy)

5 stars

Submitted 12 Nov 2018

One of our best vacations.

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Joy White, Spencer, MA

4 stars

Submitted 08 Feb 2018

Beautiful country, friendly and knowledgeable staff, great food, comfortable smooth ride, very relaxing and wonderful hotel accommodations.

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