Mountain at sunset on the Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West Highlights journey
Two female guests riding in a train on the Rocky Mountaineer: Journey through the Clouds Explorer journey
Rocky Mountaineer rounds bed w red bushes
IRT's Rachel Hardy aboard the Rocky Mountaineer on the observation platform

Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West Highlights

North America
7-day Independent Tour
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Overview

The Highlights

  • Outstanding scenery of the Rockies of Canada enjoyed all by daylight from the train
  • Enjoying some of the best equipment on the rails: the dome cars of the Rocky Mountaineer (Gold Leaf)
  • Full day of sightseeing in Vancouver (choose from four unique tour options)
  • Overnight stays in beautiful Lake Louise and Banff, as well as the cosmopolitan cities of Calgary and Vancouver
  • Delicious meals included on board the Rocky Mountaineer (Gold Leaf)
  • Panoramic Helicopter Tour
  • Full day tour from Calgary to Banff (or vice versa) including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos
  • Spiral Tunnels, Lake Louise and more

The Tour

This is a fabulous introduction to the Canadian Rockies, including a two-day trip on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Lake Louise (or vice versa). Enjoy gourmet meals on board while spotting Canadian wildlife from your seat. A host of knowledgeable and friendly attendants will keep you engaged with stories and facts about what you see outside your windows. They’ll also make sure that you never go thirsty with around-the-clock beverage service.

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Experience the sharp climb over Roger’s Pass and the engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels. Visit the stunning glacial-fed aquamarine lakes of Lake Louise and the majesty of the natural bridge over Kicking Horse River.

Ride the the Banff Gondola and see the Rockies from a bird’s eye view on a Panoramic Helicopter Tour!

Overnight in fabulous hotels like the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, and the Fairmont Vancouver (subject to availability). Add an additional night in either Calgary or Vancouver to extend your vacation.

Our Gift to You: Book with IRT and enjoy a free, one-way private sedan airport transfer (U.S. dollar value +$140)  when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free private sedan transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West Highlights map

Countries Visited

  • Canada

Itinerary

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Day 1: Calgary Arrival

Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in “The Heart of the New West” independently. Visit the Calgary Tower and take a beautiful walk on the city’s dedicated walking/running path. Overnight in Calgary.

Special IRT perk: Complimentary airport transfer included when booking this tour.

Day 2: Summit Helicopter Tour, Calgary to Banff

Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Lake Louise. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. A trip on the Banff Gondola is included. Your tour ends on arrival in world famous Banff late this afternoon. Overnight in Banff.

Day 3: Banff to Lake Louise including Yoho National Park

A half-day tour this morning 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. Tour concludes with transfer to Lake Louise. While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 4: Lake Louise to Kamloops on board the Rocky Mountaineer

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey offers you a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranch lands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)

Day 5: Kamloops to Vancouver on board the Rocky Mountaineer

Your journey on the Rocky Mountaineer 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 journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver. (B, L)

Day 6: Vancouver

Explore Vancouver and enjoy your choice of one of four activities: a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore, a guided bicycle tour of Vancouver’s highlights, a small-group culinary walking tour at Granville Island market, or a Sea Safari zodiac boat tour along the Howe Sound coast. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 7: Vancouver Departure

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

Day 1: Vancouver Arrival

Arrive in Vancouver and spend the rest of the day sightseeing independently. Overnight in Vancouver.

Special IRT perk: Complimentary airport transfer included when booking this tour.

Day 2: Vancouver

Explore Vancouver and enjoy your choice of one of four activities: a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore, a guided bicycle tour of Vancouver’s highlights, a small-group culinary walking tour at Granville Island market, or a Sea Safari zodiac boat tour along the Howe Sound coast. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3: Vancouver-Kamloops on board the Rocky Mountaineer

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley through winding river canyons and pristine forests in 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 ends on arrival in Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)

Day 4: Kamloops-Lake Louise on board the Rocky Mountaineer

Your journey continues on the Rocky Mountaineer eastward to Alberta, offering you a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranch lands of the interior. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels, and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Lake Louise. (B, L)

Day 5: Lake Louise-Banff with Yoho National Park Tour

Enjoy the morning at your leisure in Lake Louise. This afternoon, a half-day tour (departs mid-afternoon) 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 in Banff.

Day 6: Banff-Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin with a sightseeing tour of Banff, including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. A trip on the Banff Gondola is included. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 7: Calgary Departure

Your vacation ends with check-out from your Calgary hotel.

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*This trip runs Vancouver to Calgary.

  • All prices are per person, double occupancy and do not include Canadian GST (5%) or fuel surcharge.
  • Please contact us for single occupancy, triple occupancy, and child rates.
  • Pricing varies based on availability and date. Departures in April through mid-May, and October (shoulder season) are generally lower than prices from mid-May through the end of September (high season).

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Prices are per person in US Dollars and do not include Canadian Goods & Services tax (5%).

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Legend for Meals: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

Check out this video to get a sense of what life is like on board Rocky Mountaineer.