Rocky Mountaineer: Ultra-Luxe Canadian Rockies Adventure


9-day Independent Tour

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The Tour

Latest News: Book your 2020 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 8 days or more before August 31, 2019, and receive two complimentary hotel nights, private airport-hotel transfer, and hotel dinner. Blackout dates apply.


If you like your travel private — and deluxe — then this custom-designed itinerary is for you. Experience the west with private transfers and sightseeing, upgraded hotels, and GoldLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer.  This tour begins in Calgary and ends in Vancouver, exploring the mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper en route.  This is the perfect itinerary to enjoy with a small group of friends and/or family!

One of the journey highlights is the two-day trip on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer between Jasper and Vancouver.  Enjoy gourmet meals on board, and spot Canadian wildlife from your seat or from the open-air viewing platform. Knowledgeable and friendly attendants will keep you engaged with stories and facts about the region.

Witness the engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels and the beauty of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the stunning glacial-fed aquamarine waters of Lake Louise and the majesty of the natural bridge over Kicking Horse River.  Ride the Banff Gondola, tour the Athabasca Glacier (one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle) on an Ice Explorer, and see the Rockies from a bird’s eye view on a Panoramic Helicopter Tour.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Calgary
Upon arrival in Calgary, you will be met by your private driver and transferred to the deluxe Fairmont Palliser Hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure; admission to the Calgary Tower is included.  Accommodations: Junior Suite, Fairmont Palliser Hotel.

Day 2: Calgary-Banff with Panoramic Helicopter Tour
Enjoy your included breakfast. Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day private tour.  First, head to Kananaskis, where you will take a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff with sightseeing en route, including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Also included is a ride on the Banff gondola. Overnight Grandview Room, Rimrock Resort Hotel.

Day 3: Banff
Enjoy breakfast before you head out to explore Banff on your own today — such a fun town to poke around. Overnight Grandview Room, Rimrock Resort Hotel.

Day 4: Banff-Lake Louise
After your included breakfast, your private half-day tour will take 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 Lake Louise. Overnight Deluxe Lakeview Room, Fairmont Château Lake Louise.

Day 5: Lake Louise-Jasper
Breakfast included today. Enjoy a private sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks and the Icefields Parkway. Since your tour is private, you can ask to stop just about anywhere you want to.  Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. The Glacier Skywalk is also included. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight Junior Suite Lakeview, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Day 6: Jasper
After your included breakfast, enjoy a private half-day 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. And again, you set the time for departure and the pace — since it is a private tour. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Jasper on your own — or relax in your lovely suite. Overnight Junior Suite Lakeview, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Day 7: Jasper-Kamloops
This morning, you will be privately transferred to the Rocky Mountaineer station to board the train.  Enjoy a full day on board the Rocky Mountaineer en route to Kamloops, with a gourmet breakfast and lunch served in the beautiful dining level. Today’s highlights include Mt. Robson (at 12,972 feet, highest peak in Canadian Rockies), Pyramid Falls, Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River into Kamloops. Overnight in a Kamloops hotel. (please note that all accommodation in Kamloops is considered moderate.)

Day 8: Kamloops-Vancouver
Board the Rocky Mountaineer for another exciting full day on board. Continue west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. View rock sheds along the Thompson River and rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Valley. When you arrive in Vancouver this evening, you will be met by your private driver and transferred to one of our favorite hotels in Vancouver, the Fairmont Waterfront. We have included tickets to the Vancouver Lookout, which you can do on your own. Overnight Signature Harbour View Room, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

Day 9: Vancouver
After your included breakfast this morning, your tour ends with a private transfer to the airport for your flight home. If you wish to extend your stay, please let us know, and we will order it at time of booking. We highly recommend an extension to Sonora Resort. (see below for details.)

2019 Dates:

Westbound departures (Calgary to Vancouver):
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
October 1, 5, 8

2020 Dates:

Westbound departures (Calgary to Vancouver):
April 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
May 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30
June 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30
July 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28, 31
August 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29
September 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29
October 3, 6

The Prices

2019 Pricing:
Departure Date
2 People
4 People
8 People
June 1-Sept. 24 $7,427 $6,570 $6,150
Sept. 28-Oct. 5 $7,012 $6,155 $5,735
Oct. 8 $6,597 $5,745 $5,320

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy (2 people in 1 hotel room; 4 people in 2 hotel rooms; 8 people in 4 hotel rooms.) Please contact us for single occupancy, triple occupancy, and child rates. Prices subject to change.

Availability of listed room categories / hotels will be confirmed at time of booking.

Fabulous add on: 2 nights Sonora Resort, 1 night Vancouver, Air to/from Sonora Resort, all-inclusive meal plan at Sonora Resort: $3,733 per person including tax, double occupancy.

2020 Pricing: Please contact us for 2020 pricing. 2020 departures now available to book. Pricing will be approximately 5-10% higher than in 2019.

Other

Deposit Required: 20%

Tour is priced in U.S. dollars. All payments nonrefundable.

Please click here for an explanation of the accommodation levels.

Latest News: Book your 2020 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 8 days or more before August 31, 2019, and receive two complimentary hotel nights, private airport-hotel transfer, and hotel dinner. Blackout dates apply.

Romantic Adventure Add-on: Sonora Resort, Canada’s premiere wilderness resort, is the perfect complement to your train journey. Add two (or more) 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: Receive a complimentary, one-way private sedan transfer (U.S. dollar value +$150) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website.

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The Highlights

  • Two full days on board the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer in Goldleaf enjoying the scenery of the Canadian Rockies and spotting wildlife along the way
  • 7 nights in deluxe hotel accommodations with upgraded room/suite types (note that all hotel accommodation in Kamloops, where you spend one night, is considered moderate)
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier
  • Private Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  • Summit Helicopter Flightseeing tour
  • Private Jasper Sightseeing tour
  • A ride on the Banff Gondola, with exquisite views of the Rockies from the summit
  • Private rail station transfers in Vancouver and Jasper
A stunning sunrise over Lake Louise. IRT photo by Natalie Schuetz.
A stunning sunrise over Lake Louise. IRT photo by Natalie Schuetz.
Happy travelers in the GoldLeaf dome car. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Happy travelers in the GoldLeaf dome car. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Guests are greeted to the sound of bagpipes as they board the Rocky Mountaineer. IRT photo by Natalie Schuetz.
Guests are greeted to the sound of bagpipes as they board the Rocky Mountaineer. IRT photo by Natalie Schuetz.
An IRT traveler climbs aboard the Ice Explorer for a trip to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. IRT photo by Gary Campbell.
An IRT traveler climbs aboard the Ice Explorer for a trip to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. IRT photo by Gary Campbell.