Journey through the Clouds Explorer
The privately owned Rocky Mountaineer offers an unforgettable rail experience through Canada's mountainous western provinces. With four distinctive rail routes through British Columbia and Alberta, the luxury train travels by daylight and is the best way to experience the majestic Rockies.
WHAT'S ON BOARD?
There are two service options on board Rocky Mountaineer, SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf and, whichever you choose, you will be spoiled. There are no sleeper cars, instead guests are transported to comfortable hotel accommodations. Melt back into your luxurious seat and gasp at the stunning views of the pristine wilderness through the oversized windows; enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks throughout the journey; and feast on delicious gourmet meals. See below for further details on what you can expect from SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf service.
SilverLeaf service includes
- A single-level dome coach with oversized windows
- Regionally inspired meals served seat-side
- Complimentary beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and gourmet snacks
- Assigned seating in fully reclining daynighter seats
- Extended legroom
- Temperature controlled comfort
- Toilets in each coach
- Complimentary baggage delivery to your hotel
GoldLeaf service is highly recommended and also includes
- A bi-level domed railcar offering panoramic views of the mountains from full length dome windows
- Reclining dome level seats with extended leg room in the upper level
- Gourmet meals served in a lower level dining room
- Exclusive outdoor viewing platform
- Premium room categories at hotels
Duration: 7 nights rail & coach tour
Price from: £2999pp
Solo traveller price from: £3879pp
Day 1 Fly to Calgary: On arrival make your own way to your hotel.
Day 2 Calgary/Lake Louise: Journey by road to Kananaskis for what is sure to be the highlight of the day, a 12 minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour which includes Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, the Hoodoos and a ride on the Banff Gondola. Arrive in world-famous Lake Louise late this afternoon.
Day 3 Lake Louise/Banff: This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. This afternoon head into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders which include the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Continue to Banff.
Day 4 Banff/Jasper: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk 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. After lunch at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre continue to Jasper where you arrive late this afternoon.
Day 5 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 6 Jasper/Kamloops: Transfer to the station where you board the Rocky Mountaineer. 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 7 Kamloops/Vancouver: Reboard the Rocky Mountaineer and continue west towards 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. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening.
Day 8 Vancouver: The tour concludes as you make your own way to the airport for your onward journey or, alternatively, perhaps extend your stay in Vancouver?
Departures: This tour departs on specific dates. Please ask for details.
Meals: Room only. Breakfast included on days 6 and 7. Lunch is included on days 4, 6 & 7.
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 and Jasper, 2 days SilverLeaf travel on Rocky Mountaineer train, 7 nights 4* accommodation, luggage handling, National Park Pass, sightseeing and activities as outlined.
Please ask for prices toupgrade to GoldLeaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer.
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