Rocky Mountaineer - Canadian Rockies Circle
Duration: 9 nights rail & coach tour
Price from: £3849pp
Day 1 Fly to Vancouver: On arrival make your own way to your hotel.
Day 2 Vancouver/Kamloops: Transfer to the station to board the Rocky Mountaineer for the first leg of your journey to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. As you travel, 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. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Disembark and transfer to your hotel.
Day 3 Kamloops/Banff: Your train journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the Rockies' rich rail history. 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, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff.
Day 4 Banff: This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.
Day 5 Banff/Lake Louise: A half day tour 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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
Day 6 Lake Louise/Jasper: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia Icefield you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre before continuing to Jasper in the Capilano Suspension Bridge afternoon.
Day 7 Jasper: Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. The rest of the day is free to explore independently.
Day 8 Jasper/Kamloops: Rejoin the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper and head to Kamloops. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops.
Day 9 Kamloops/Vancouver: Your rail journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and Vancouver. 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 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. Arrive Vancouver this evening.
Day 10 Vancouver: The tour concludes as you make your own way to the airport for your onward journey.
Departures: This tour departs on specific dates. Please ask for details.
Meals: Room only. Breakfast included on days 2, 3, 8 & 9. Lunch is included on days 2, 3, 6, 8 & 9
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff and Jasper, 4 days SilverLeaf travel on Rocky Mountaineer train, 9 nights 4* accommodation, luggage handling, National Park Pass, sightseeing and activities as outlined. Please ask for prices to upgrade to GoldLeaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer.