8 Day Canadian Rockies with the Rocky Mountaineer

August 31 - September 7, 2020 (other dates available)

ABOUT THIS TRIP

  • 7 NIGHTS accommodation
  • 14 MEALS 8 breakfasts. 2 lunches. 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).
Relax onboard the Rocky Mountaineer for two days of all-daylight rail travel through Canada's West and the Canadian Rockies.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • CITY TOUR of Banff
  • VISIT Jasper National Park, ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier, Banff National Park
  • SCENIC DRIVE along the Icefields Parkway

INSIDER EXPERIENCES

  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
    The Guinn Family are your welcoming hosts on this authentic Canadian ranch experience during which you'll enjoy a wagon tour and traditional ranch-style dinner. (Day 6)
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE
    Lace up those skates, hit the ice and learn about being a real hockey player. (Day 5)
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST
    Meet a retired Royal Canadian Mountie in Banff. (Day 4)

ITINERARY & OPTIONALS

DAY 1  ARRIVE CALGARY

Tip your Stetson to Canada's 'Cowboy Country', kick-starting your adventure through the inimitable Rockies in Calgary. This evening, gather at your hotel joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

MEAL(S)
Welcome Reception
HOTEL
Westin Calgary
 

DAY 2  CALGARY – LAKE LOUISE – JASPER NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

Embark on a spiritual encounter with the Canadian Rockies, admiring the ethereal beauty of Lake Louise, the surrounding summits and Victoria Glacier, before we continue along the Icefields Parkway. Skirt the craggy peaks, waterfalls and luminous glacial lakes keeping an eye out for grizzlies, elk and mountain goats as you make your way through the wilderness to Jasper.

MEAL(S)
Breakfast
HOTEL
Jasper Mountain Park Lodges
 

DAY 3  JASPER SIGHTSEEING

Soak up pristine natural surrounds enjoying a morning at leisure. Perhaps join a rafting optional and float along the Athabasca River, pass­ing through many small sets of rapids as well as calm stretches. Your National Park licensed guide will point out the nat­ural and human his­tory of Jasper. In the afternoon, enjoy dramatic views as you take a guided walk to Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon's trail past waterfalls and jagged rock formations. Take to the aqua waters of Maligne Lake later this afternoon (seasonal), admiring views of its three glaciers and Spirit Island, named by the Stoney Nation indigenous people for the experiences their ancestors had at this place centuries ago, a tiny grove of trees and pristine nature separated from the mainland by an isthmus. Spirit Island becomes a true island for a few short days during the summer. Later this evening, indulge in a Regional Dinner. The Maligne Lake Chalet is a rustic log building situated on a rise of land offering magnificent views of beautiful Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.

MEAL(S)
Breakfast
Regional Dinner
 

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Ultimate Jasper Guided Hike

Join your guide on the “Path of the Glaciers” with Mount Edith Cavell's snow-capped peak towering a mile overhead. See the emerald green of the “Lake of Forgiveness” and look out for incredible glacial formations, including icebergs and ice avalanches. Be sure to wear your good walking shoes for this 90-minute moderate walk. You'll have plenty of stops for picture taking, enjoying the scenery and learning about the local history and geography. You may also spot wildlife during the 40-minute drive to and from this area. Operates seasonally. Approx. duration: 3 hours.

Adult Price: CAD73.0*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

DAY 4  JASPER – ATHABASCA GLACIER – BANFF (3 NIGHTS)

We crunch across the glistening icefield of Athabasca Glacier this morning, stepping aboard an Ice Explorer to learn about glaciers and their impact on the environment. Take a sip of ice cold glacier water and admire the surrounding snowcapped panorama before continuing your journey to the alpine village of Banff. Before dinner, you'll enjoy a rare opportunity to meet a retired Royal Canadian Mountie, dressed in the traditional red serge uniform. This Local Specialist will share colourful stories about life in the 'force' and even pose for a photo or two. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.

MEAL(S)
Breakfast
Dinner
HOTEL
Banff Park Lodge
 

DAY 5  BANFF SIGHTSEEING

Learn the art of playing the puck like a pro when you meet a real Canadian hockey player in Canmore. Dive into Culture and embrace Canada's national sport, learning the secrets and superstitions of hockey players as a professional coach walks you through a day in the life of a player. Go inside the players' dressing room and put on the full hockey gear with the help of a real coach. Grab your stick and it's off onto the ice where you soon find out whether you are a lefty or righty and learn how to score the big goal. A sightseeing excursion around Banff reveals the exquisite natural beauty of the area. Admire the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations.

MEAL(S)
Breakfast
 

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Royal Canadian Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)*

This journey will only enhance the Three Sisters Peaks Tour by exploring the Goat and Sundance Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls and untouched glacier lakes. Perhaps even a glimpse of some wildlife. It's an extraordinary adventure not to be missed. Approx. duration: 20-25 minutes.

Adult Price: CAD289.0*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Three Sisters Peaks Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)*

The most action-packed twelve minutes of your life. Get up close and personal with the world-famous Three Sisters Peaks. Reach out and touch them as you whisk by before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore. Approx. duration 12 minutes

Adult Price: CAD158.0*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Brewster Banff Gondola

At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet ( 2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

Adult Price: CAD70.0*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

DAY 6  BANFF

Reconnect with nature, with a free morning to spend as you please. perhaps join your Tour Director for an optional excursion to Yoho National Park on the western slopes of the Great Divide with a stop at Emerald Lake. Then it's onto the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls and rock piles. With its vivid shade of turquoise, that changes in intensity through the summer as the glaciers melt, makes for a jaw-dropping experience. We travel to the Guinn family ranch and Connect with Locals over a special Be My Guest Farewell Dinner in pristine surrounds. After dinner, twist, kick and bump your way to country line-dancing success.

MEAL(S)
Breakfast
Be My Guest
 

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake Excursion

Explore the jewels of the Rockies, and head to Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake in the Valley of Ten Peaks. See Takakkaw Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in British Columbia. Straddle the continental divide at kicking Horse Pass as you head to view the Spiral Tunnels, the famous railway built in the early 1900s. Approx. duration: 4 hours.

Adult Price: CAD36.0*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

DAY 7  BANFF – KAMLOOPS

A sensational two-day journey on-board the Rocky Mountaineer with a night in Kamloops. Your train journey through Canada's stunning Rocky Mountains begins as you head west to Vancouver.

MEAL(S)
Breakfast
Lunch
HOTEL
Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer
 

DAY 8  KAMLOOPS – VANCOUVER

Continue your journey by rail through British Colombia to Vancouver. Upon arrival into Vancouver, your included transfer will take you to the Vancouver International Airport or the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront. Airport arrival will be between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., depending on rail traffic, please be aware when booking your flights.

MEAL(S)
Breakfast
Lunch

 

 

 

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Rocky Mountaineer Silver Leaf Service

$3870 per person, double occupancy
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$4445 per person
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