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Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway
Trains:  Rocky Mountaineer
9-day Independent Tour

Tour Type:  First-Class

The Tour

Travel both spectacular Rocky Mountaineer classic routes—Vancouver to Banff and Jasper to Vancouver, with several days in between to visit the Columbia Icefield, Lake Louise, Banff and Yoho National Park.

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“The trip was relaxing as a whole, and the sights were heavenly. We don't have glaciers or snow-capped mountains in our country!” 

— J. Co & Family, Manila, Philippines

The Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver Arrival
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.  (B, L)

Day 3: Kamloops to Jasper
Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide.

Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends on arrival in the resort town of Jasper this evening. Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)

Day 4: Jasper to Lake Louise
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. 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 to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included).

Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 5: Lake Louise to Banff
A free morning at Lake Louise. Included is a one-hour guided lakeshore stroll. This afternoon, a half-day 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. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff.

Day 6: Banff Sightseeing
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewaka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Continue on to Kananakis for a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Canadian Rockies.* Remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Banff.
* Helicopter tour not offered in 2015.

Day 7: Banff to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior.

Today’s 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.  (B, L)

Day 8: Kamloops to Vancouver
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.  (B, L)

Day 9: Vancouver Departure
Your vacation ends with check-out from your Vancouver hotel.


2014 Dates:
All tours depart/arrive Vancouver:
June 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24
Aug. 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Sept. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15

2015 Dates:
All tours depart/arrive Vancouver:
April 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
Aug. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
Sept. 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 28

The Prices

  2014 Start Date
SilverLeaf Service
Goldleaf Service
GoldLeaf
Deluxe
Service
April 28 $4,357 $5,511 $5,896
May 1- 29 $4,606 $5,896 $6,374
June 2-Sept. 15 $5,085 $6,499 $7,040

  

  2015 Start Date
SilverLeaf Service
Goldleaf Service
GoldLeaf
Deluxe
Service
April 27 $4,599 $5,999 $6,749
April 30-May 28 $4,799 $6,299 $7,149
June 1-Sept. 21 $5,099 $6,799 $7,699
Sept. 28 $4,699 $6,199 $7,049

 

Other:

Tour priced in U.S. dollars. Prices are per person, double occupancy and do not include GST (2.5%) or fuel surcharge. Prices for singles or triples are available on request.

Deposit Required

2014 trips: $368 per person

2015 trips: 20% of trip base rate

* Please note: the helicopter tour on Day 6 will not be offered in 2015.

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Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway (Length:9 Days)
The Highlights
Four full days traveling on the Rocky Mountaineer through the breathtaking scenery of British Columbia and Alberta
Spectacular views from the train's dome car and open-air observation platform (GoldLeaf only)
Traveling the Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic drives, with a stop at the Columbia Icefield
Breathtaking Lake Louise
Half-day tour of Yoho National Park, including Emerald Lake and the Spiral Tunnels
Tasty meals in the lovely diner of the Rocky Mountaineer (GoldLeaf only)
Sightseeing in Banff including the Banff Gondola for fabulous views

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway
The Rocky Mountaineer crosses under Castle Mountain in Alberta.

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway
The GoldLeaf dome of the Rocky Mountaineer is a photographer's delight. (Photo by Angela Walker)

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway
Stunning scenery from the Rocky Mountaineer's obersvation deck. (Photo by Angela Walker)

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway
The Rocky Mountaineer crosses snowy terrain. (Photo by Angela Walker)
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