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Rocky Mountaineer Western Explorer
Trains:  Rocky Mountaineer
8-day Independent Tour

Tour Type:  First-Class

The Tour

One of our top recommended Rocky Mountaineer itineraries! Travel one of the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer classic routes—Vancouver to Jasper, followed by several days to explore Jasper, the Columbia Icefield, Lake Louise, Banff and Yoho National Park. Tour ends in Calgary.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and overnight.

Day 2: Vancouver-Kamloops
Board Rocky Mountaineer in Vancouver. Full day on board the Rocky Mountaineer en route to Kamloops. View green fields of Fraser River valley, forests, winding river canyons, wildlife, rushing waters of Hell’s Gate, steep slopes and rock sheds along Thompson River. Overnight in Kamloops hotel. (B, L)

Day 3: Kamloops-Jasper
Board the Rocky Mountaineer for another full day on board. Continue north and east to Canadian Rockies and Alberta. Train climbs along North Thompson River through mountains toward Continental Divide. View Mt. Robson (at 12,972 feet, highest peak in Canadian Rockies), Pyramid Falls, Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)

Day 4: Jasper
Tour of Jasper National Park, a World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. See the area’s many natural attractions, rugged peaks and wildlife. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper

Day 5: Jasper-Lake Louise
Enjoy a motorcoach tour along the Icefields Parkway and visit the Columbia Icefield. After an educational Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, continue to Bow Lake and Lake Louise. Overnight Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 6: Lake Louise-Banff
Explore Lake Louise at your leisure this morning. Afternoon half-day tour of Yoho National Park. View such wonders as Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning Kicking Horse River. See Spiral Tunnels. Overnight in Banff.

Day 7: Banff-Calgary
Full-day tour of Banff area: Bow Falls, Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, the Hoodoos. Summit helicopter “flightseeing” tour over the Rockies (12 minutes) included. Tour ends in Calgary. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 8: Calgary
Tour ends with checkout from your Calgary hotel.

2014 Dates:
Eastbound (Vancouver to Calgary):
April 21, 28
May 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
June 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
August 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
September 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 25, 29

Westbound departures (Calgary to Vancouver):
April 19, 26, 29
May 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26
August 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
September 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 23, 27

The Prices

  2014 Start Date
SilverLeaf Service
Goldleaf Service
  April 21
  April 28-May 26
  May 29-June 26
  June 30-July 7 $3,691 $4,991 $5,469
  July 10-Sept. 25 $3,608 $4,887 $5,355
  Sept. 29 $3,514 $4,679 $5,137



Deposit Required: $368 per person.

Tour is priced in U.S. dollars.

Prices are per person and do not include Canadian GST (2.5%) or surcharges. Prices for singles and triples are available on request. Please note all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard. 

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Rocky Mountaineer Western Explorer (Length:8 days)
The Highlights
Two full days on board the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer, enjoying the scenery of the Canadian Rockies and spotting wildlife along the way
7 nights hotel accommodation
Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer on Athabasca Glacier
Overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
Summit Helicopter Flightseeing tour
Jasper Sightseeing tour
A ride on the Banff Gondola, with exquisite views of the Rockies from the summit
Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper included

Rocky Mountaineer Western Explorer
The Rocky Mountaineer runs along Seton Lake. (Photo: Rocky Mountaineer Railtours)
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