Rocky Mountaineer: Grand Rail Circle

13-day Independent Tour


The Tour

Latest News: Book your 2021 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 8 days or more before August 28, 2020 and receive two complimentary hotel nights and one private airport-hotel transfer. Blackout dates apply.

New for 2017: Sonora Resort, Canada’s premiere wilderness resort, is the perfect complement to your train journey. Add two (or more) pre- or post-nights at this all-inclusive lodge, accessible only by float plane or boat from Vancouver. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, experience a guided salmon-fishing outing, or go on a grizzly bear viewing tour. Call / e-mail us for details.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way private sedan transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Vancouver airport 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.)

An epic trip of three rail routes fuses the sigh-triggering sights of the Rockies with one fun-filled night in Whistler, Canada’s fab resort town. Along the way, take overnights and sightseeing in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Ride the Banff Gondola, experience the Athabasca Glacier of the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, and enjoy four luxurious and exciting days on the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer. All told, visit seven cities in British Columbia and Alberta.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver
Arrive Vancouver and spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Overnight Vancouver.Virtuoso IRT amenity: Complimentary private sedan airport-hotel transfer.

Day 2: Vancouver to Kamloops
Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops. You will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC 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. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)

Day 3: Kamloops to Banff
Your journey continues east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels, and the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff. (B, L)

Day 4: Banff
This morning explore Banff on your own. After lunch, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park including Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5: Banff
Explore Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, historic museums, Lake Minnewanka or golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

Day 6: Banff to Lake Louise
A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders, including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 7: Lake Louise
Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains, or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8: Lake Louise to Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia Icefield, ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 9: Jasper
Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Jasper on your own. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 10: Jasper to Quesnel
Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer to Quesnel. Highlights include the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass, Moose Lake and the Fraser River. Overnight in Quesnel. (B, L)

Day 11: Quesnel to Whistler
Your journey continues south to Whistler. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Overnight in Whistler. (B, L)

Day 12: Whistler to Vancouver
This afternoon return to Vancouver on Rocky Mountaineer. Highlights include the Cheakamus Canyon, Mount Garibaldi, Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver.

Day 13: Vancouver
Your vacation ends with checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

2020 Dates:

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27

2021 Dates:

April 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 5, 12, 19

The Prices

The Prices
with Room Upgrade
2020 Pricing $6,725-$9,077 $7,644-$9,521


The Prices
with Room Upgrade
2021 Pricing $7,602-$8,912 $8,041-$9,664

All prices are per person, double occupancy. 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).

Prices are subject to change daily. Contact us to confirm pricing and availability for your desired departure.

Our Process / How to Book Your Trip:

This journey is especially time- and labor-intensive for our travel professionals.

Because of the time involved, we charge a $250 “plan to go” fee per person (or $500 for solo travelers) after we have had a brief courtesy phone conference with you, during which we will answer any preliminary questions you have and collect the necessary information to begin planning your trip.

If your dates are not available, you will be refunded the “plan to go” fee.

If you take this trip, you will be refunded the “plan to go” fee after you return, minus any professional fees required for changes/additions to this itinerary.

Our “plan to go” fee ensures we are able to maintain an extremely high standard of service for all of our valued travelers!

Click here to begin planning your Rocky Mountaineer adventure! One of our Canada specialists will contact you as soon as possible.


Tour priced in U.S. dollars. Prices are per person, double occupancy and do not include GST (5%) or fuel surcharge. Prices for singles or triples are available on request.

Please click here for an explanation of the accommodation levels.

Deposit Required:  20%

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

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The Highlights

  • 5 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • Superb meals on Rocky Mountaineer: 1 afternoon snack, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches
  • Whistler Sea to Sky climb
  • North Vancouver, Banff and Jasper tours
  • Ice fields Parkway including Ice Explorer, Banff Gondola, Yoho Park tours
  • Station and hotel transfers + complimentary Virtuoso private sedan airport transfer
Guests enjoying drinks and a panoramic view inside the GoldLeaf dome car aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Guests enjoying drinks and a panoramic view inside the GoldLeaf dome car aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Bi-level GoldLeaf dome car on Rocky Mountaineer.
Bi-level GoldLeaf dome car on Rocky Mountaineer.
The aquamarine water of beautiful Lake Louise. IRT photo by Rachel Hardy.
The aquamarine water of beautiful Lake Louise. IRT photo by Rachel Hardy.
Seton Lake in British Columbia
Seton Lake in British Columbia