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Rocky Mountaineer

Dramatic views of lofty mountain peaks, deep forests, and pristine waterways frame the way for some of North America's most impressive rail routes on Rocky Mountaineer. The train sets a new standard for railway excellence, and as a result, has been hailed as the gold standard for train travel since its inaugural route in 1990. Meander alongside rushing rivers and past plunging gorges. Marvel at waterfalls cascading down mountainsides and sparkling glacial lakes that are so vividly blue and green that they appear otherworldly. Watch as wildlife comes into view - animals that are so at home in the untouched wilderness that they regularly wander within the eyeshot of the train's tracks. Best of all, these magnificent sights are presented in their full glory during each route, thanks to the train's commitment to traveling only during daylight hours and to moving at a leisurely pace that averages just 30 mph.

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Rocky Mountaineer makes comfort a priority for each guest that steps on the train. Perhaps the most important factor in this comfort is seating. Passengers are pre-assigned plush seats for the duration of their journey. Each seat offers ample legroom and reclines for mid-route snoozes. The experience of riding aboard the train is further enhanced by the attentive hosts who offer unlimited complimentary drinks - both alcoholic and non-alcoholic - and gourmet snacks. Additionally, the host's immersive storytelling highlights the regional history and provides information about the passing flora and fauna and alerts to watch for points of interest as they approach. Travelers can choose from two elite classes of comfort on the train. 

Over 2 million guests have experienced these wonders by traveling along the Rocky Mountaineer's three Canadian rail routes. Vancouver on the West Coast makes the ideal starting point for the train's courses, thanks to its easy accessibility and proximity to the beautiful mountains travelers seek.

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Canadian Rail Adventure
10/Oct
Susan
5 stars
“I have been looking forward to this trip since 2020. It did not disappoint. One has to remember that Vacations by Rail is a travel agent, not a tour company. This trip is "independent" travel of sorts in that you don't have a guide doing things for you. Shortly before your departure date, you receive a final itinerary along with vouchers for hotel rooms, tours, train travel, etc. You are responsible for getting to the appropriate places on time. No big deal as long as you don't expect a tour guide to take care of you. You will be with many of the same people throughout your travels so you have the opportunity to make friends along the way. The Rocky Mountaineer portion was a wonderful experience. I would recommend getting a seat on the left side of the train (we sat on the right side) as 98% of the points of interest were on the left. We booked the Gold Leaf service and I would recommend it. Sitting in the elevated dome car gave you an awesome view of the Rockies and surrounding area. The hosts (upstairs and downstairs) were excellent - efficient, helpful, informative. The meals (breakfast & lunch) were tasty and filling. You were also offered snacks and beverages throughout the day. It was nice going down to the dining car to eat meals and sitting with new people. There were 750+ people on our train. If you are traveling with someone, you'll need to make sure it's noted somewhere so you'll be assigned to the same train. The hotels (we booked all Fairmont Hotels except for in the one in Kamloops which Rocky Mountaineer booked) were first class. Our view of Lake Louise was stunning. The Fairmont in Toronto was right across the street from the Toronto train station. The Brewster Sightseeing tours (in Banff, between Banff/Lake Louise, and Lake Louise/Jasper) were all informative; and, the guides/drivers-guides were friendly, patient, and fun. I wish the Niagara Falls tour company was more flexible with what was covered. I would have liked to spend more time at the Falls themselves. That tour gave us a spectacular view of the Falls...on land and on the water. That sightseeing company was a bit disorganized as they told people the incorrect departure time and didn't specify a location (the hotel wasn't sure either)...but it all turned out fine. I love train travel so I enjoyed the VIA train from Jasper to Toronto. Some people did not realize that the bags they checked were not accessible until they reached their final destination. The rooms are much too small to accommodate full-sized luggage. We had a Sleeper Plus for two people. It had a toilet (in a separate small room) & a sink. The bunk bed are set up/take down by the room steward daily (we elected to keep them down) since we occupied the public areas during the day. Breakfast is first come, first serve. Lunch and Supper are scheduled - there are 3 seating times for each (you reserve your first dinner slot at the station in Jasper before you board the train.). The customer facing staff from Jasper (they started in Vancouver) to Winnipeg were outstanding. They were so efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable; the staff from Jasper to Toronto were fine, but not outstanding. I would have appreciated having transport arranged to take us from the hotel in Toronto to the airport. We weren't told that the arranged transport wasn't available early in the morning. There should be a note stating the hours of availability so customers can schedule their flights accordingly. The Toronto airport has been experiencing personnel shortages so it is a mess. They really mean it when they say get there 3 hours in advance. People should know there is a phone number they can call to speak to someone at the airport. That person can confirm the departure terminal and how early folks need to arrive. Remember, if you're returning to USA, you go through Border Patrol screening to clear travel into the USA in Toronto. Having NEXUS or Global Entry eased the chaos. NOTE: tips are not included. I hate having to figure out tips. The travel guides usually recommend you tip a certain percentage of what you paid. It's helpful to figure that out before you leave home. We tipped at the table during meal services but there are many others who rely on tips to augment their wages - hosts on Rocky Mountaineer, guides/drives on tour buses, staff on the VIA train, porters, etc. I'm recommending this trip to my friends. I would book with Vactions by Rail again.
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Canadian Rockies Featuring Banff & Lake Louise
5/Oct
SUSAN TOOMSEN
5 stars
“The Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff was beyond wonderful. Totally met our expectations. Superb service and food. Staff could not have been nicer. Everything scheduled perfectly and carried out very well. We'd recommend.
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ALFRED
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“Great time
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“We had a great trip and saw such beautiful country. The self-drive portion worked well for us, giving us the flexibility to see what interested us at our own pace. The rail portion of the trip was enjoyable as well as relaxing. We had great hosts on the train who kept us (extremely) well fed and pointed out key sights.
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29/Sep
DEVILLO BOLL
5 stars
“Great Service and Commentary along the way Alex and crew were great!
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16/Sep
David Lee Herbert
5 stars
“Great trip. Great service. Great scenery.
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STEPHEN GRAY
5 stars
“Train and Hotel staff service was excellent, luggage always arrived in our room at every stop. Food service and quality was also excellent!
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Rod
5 stars
“Excellent itinerary, well arranged. Only real issue was that one day in Denali Park is much too short, need two or three.
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10 May 2019
Linda
5 stars
“this has been my third inquiry regarding my wonderful trip, I am done
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Classes of Service

Regardless of the route you choose, passengers enjoy an exciting onboard experience filled with delights for all the senses. Canada's warmest seasons are presented from the rails, as Rocky Mountaineer travels the rails between mid-April and mid-October annually. The train's fleet of passenger cars features endless windows from which to take in the passing scenery's views and changing seasons. Additionally, guests can gaze upon the surroundings from the train's open-air viewing platforms.

GoldLeaf Service

Twenty double-decker domed-glass train cars provide elite luxury for GoldLeaf Service passengers. These train cars have an upper-level seating area surrounded by windows and a lower-level dining room, complete with crisp linens and panoramic windows, so you do not miss any of the views while dining. GoldLeaf guests have access to an exclusive large open-air viewing platform and are well cared for by three to four hosts and a full culinary team.

SilverLeaf Service

There are a total of 16 SilverLeaf train cars on Rocky Mountaineer, each of which is a single-level domed car topped with panoramic windows. Guests are served delicious chef-prepared meals at their seats by the two SilverLeaf hosts and one culinary team member.

Dining Experience

The dining experience on Rocky Mountaineer is highly regarded for its gourmet-quality cuisine and imaginative, locally inspired menus. Each meal is prepared by the onboard chef using locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast may include regionally produced Canadian cheeses in an omelet or Montreal-style smoked beef showcased in eggs benedict. For lunch, perhaps try locally caught Pacific salmon, roasted Fraser Valley chicken, or braised short ribs from Alberta. The skill and care of a restaurant kitchen go into each course. Enjoy drink pairings and locally produced wines upon request.

 

Exceptional service, accommodations, and routes have led to numerous accolades for Rocky Mountaineer. The World Travel Awards recently recognized the train as the World's Leading Travel Experience By Train in 2020 and as Lonely Planet's Best Sustainable Train for 2021.

Thanks to its success in the Canadian Rockies, this rail line has expanded its offerings to the United States. Beginning in 2021, Rocky Mountaineer will embark on its maiden voyage through the Colorado Rockies on its brand-new route, Rockies to the Red Rocks. This two-day journey travels from Denver to Glenwood Springs in Colorado, then crosses the border into Utah, arriving in Moab. All the same luxury guests have come to associate with the brand is available to U.S. travelers, and they too can settle in for a mountainous adventure that will top their travel memories for years to come.