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West Coast Rail Adventure

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,414

FIRST-CLASS | RAIL TOUR: While the Rocky Mountaineer train journey from Vancouver to Jasper via Whistler and Quesnel is the centre piece of this itinerary, there are plenty of other embellishments that make it such a spectacular trip. Vancouver is a splendid start, but you also have a full day in Victoria and to round it off the majestic scenery of the Rockies comes into its full glorious focus in Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff


While the superb Rocky Mountaineer train journey from Vancouver to Jasper via Whistler and Quesnel is the centrepiece of this itinerary, there are plenty of other embellishments that make it such a spectacular trip. Vancouver is a splendid start, but you also have a full day in Victoria and, to round it off, the majestic scenery of the Rockies comes into its full glorious focus in Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff.

Enjoy one of the world’s greatest, and most beautiful, cities with a walk along the ocean at English Bay, or perhaps a casual bike ride around Stanley Park. Visit a gallery, try some shopping or hit the clubs after dinner.

See more of Vancouver on a hop-on, hop-off trolley bus included in your tour package. The live commentary reveals the history and fascinating facts of Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and many more of the city’s most popular sights. Try one of the great restaurants in Yaletown for dinner.

After a glorious 95-minute ferry ride you’ll be on lovely Vancouver Island. Take a fully narrated tour of beautiful Victoria, take a walk along the waterfront or stroll around magnificent Butchart Gardens, which is included in your excursion.

Back in Vancouver, you’ll board the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train. You’ll pass stunning ocean and mountain scenery on the Sea-to-Sky corridor between Vancouver and Whistler. Once in Whistler, explore the shops of the pedestrian-friendly village or take the gondola to the top of the mountain for amazing vistas.

After being transferred to the Whistler rail station and boarding the Rocky Mountaineer again, watch out your window as you pass the shores of Anderson Lake and glacial-fed Seton Lake. You’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon and the crossing of one of the highest railway bridges in the world as you head to Quesnel.

From there it’s on through the rugged Rockies of British Columbia and on to Jasper. Enjoy amazing views from inside the Rocky Mountaineer and snap photos of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. You’ll have plenty of time to explore Jasper.

The next day is yours to dive deep into Jasper. Try one of the many superb hiking trails, take a boat ride on Maligne Lake, or take the Jasper SkyTram to a viewing area 2,000 meters above sea level for truly spectacular views.

From Jasper you embark on a sightseeing transfer to Lake Louise, traversing the Icefields Parkway. The Parkway might be the world’s best drive, with jaw-dropping mountains and brilliant aquamarine lakes all around. The highlight is a journey along the Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield, where you can board an Ice Explore that trundles along the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Your destination for today is Lake Louise, perhaps Canada’s most iconic destination.

Head south a few minutes to Banff, where you often find elk, moose, and the occasional bear just off the road. Check out the great shopping or one of the many fine restaurants in town.

The next day is free to explore Banff. Try a relaxing ride up the Sulphur Mountain gondola for breathtaking views, or elevate your heart rate by taking on the Via Ferrata climbing course at Mt. Norquay.

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,414

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Vancouver

Following your arrival at Vancouver International Airport independently transfer to your downtown hotel. The front desk of the hotel is holding all the information about your trip. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring the city’s neighborhoods such as Yaletown or Gastown, venture along the meandering pathways along the ocean, visit a gallery, indulge in a little shopping on Robson Street, or Vancouver’s vibrant nightlife.

Overnight Vancouver

Duration3 nights
Day 2

Vancouver

Vancouver’s weather is often mild and pleasant and what better way to tour the city than on a San Francisco –style hop-on, hop-off trolley bus included in your tour package. The live commentary reveals the history and fascinating facts of Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and many more of the city’s most popular sights. After your tour, the remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Vancouver

 

Day 3

Vancouver

Today you spend the day on a captivating excursion to Victoria. Departing from Vancouver, embark on a 95-minute ferry trip through the scenic passages of the Gulf Islands to the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The fully narrated tour reveals the history and highlights of this capital city that embraces both its colonial past and contemporary modernism. Also included is admission to the Butchart Gardens, featuring exotic floral displays from all over the world. There is ample time to independently explore the gardens as well as the sights and sounds of the Inner Harbour waterfront before returning to Vancouver.

Overnight in Vancouver

Day 4

Vancouver to Whistler / Rocky Mountaineer

Independently transfer to the north rail station, board the Rocky Mountaineer, and begin your journey through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky region enroute to the resort town of Whistler. Highlights you will see through the panoramic windows of the rail car include Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Mount Garibaldi, and the Cheakamus Canyon. Upon arrival in Whistler, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the pedestrian squares and laneways of the village.  (Breakfast on board Rocky Mountaineer).

Overnight in Whistler

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 night
Day 5

Whistler to Quesnel / Rocky Mountaineer

After being transferred to the Whistler rail station and boarding the Rocky Mountaineer again, enjoy a delicious breakfast and get ready for another day of scenic wonders such as the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacial-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Arriving in Quesnel, you are transferred to your hotel where you check in for the evening. (Breakfast and lunch on board Rocky Mountaineer).

Overnight in Quesnel

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 night
Day 6

Quesnel to Jasper / Rocky Mountaineer

Board the Rocky Mountaineer one last time as your journey continues through the majestic Canadian Rockies to Jasper National Park. Some of the dramatic sights you see today include the mighty Fraser River, the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson (with 3,954 metres the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies), and Yellowhead Pass. Arriving in Jasper, check into your hotel where the remainder of the day is free to explore the town. (Breakfast and lunch on board Rocky Mountaineer).

Overnight in Jasper

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 nights
Day 7

Jasper

Today is your chance to explore Jasper. You might want to try one of its hiking trails around or arrange a trip on the Jasper Skytram for a ride to an elevation of over 2000m and an unparalleled view overlooking town and endless forests of the surrounding parkland.

Overnight in Jasper

Day 8

Jasper to Lake Louise

Departing from Jasper, you embark on a sightseeing transfer to Lake Louise, featuring spectacular views of mountains, placid lakes, and floral meadows. The highlight is a journey along the Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield where modern day explorers board an Ice Explorer out onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier for a spectacular Ice Age adventure. Some time is spent at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, home of the Glacier SkyWalk - a glass-floored platform extending 30m out over the Sunwapta Canyon. Arrive in Lake Louise after your tour where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Lake Louise

Duration1 night
Day 9

Lake Louise to Banff

Taking your leave of beautiful Lake Louise, you start making you way east through Banff National Park to the resort town at its heart. Elk, moose, and the occasional bear can often be seen from the road, so make sure to keep an eye on the tree line during your short transfer. Arriving in Banff, check in and, depending on your mood, have a stroll down the quaint boulevards, lined with boutiques, confectioners, and eateries. You might even see the odd elk walking down main street adding to the charm of this fabulous alpine setting.

Overnight in Banff

Duration2 nights
Day 10

Banff

Today is free to either explore more of the shops, local museums, and eateries of the town, or perhaps arrange for one of the many excursions that depart from this outdoor adventure hub. You may like to take a relaxing ride up the Sulphur Mountain gondola and stroll the Summit Walk at the top for breathtaking views of town and Bow Valley.

Overnight in Banff

 

Day 11

Banff to Calgary

Today you’re West Coast and Rocky Mountain adventure comes to an end as you transfer to Calgary International Airport for your flight home unless you plan to extend your stay.

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Wednesdays only: May 4 - September 21, 2022


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation for 10 nights
  • Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver
  • Full day to Victoria day trip from Vancouver including Butchart Gardens visit
  • Vancouver / Whistler / Quesnel / Jasper rail passage on the Rocky Mountaineer (Silverleaf service)
  • Full day sightseeing transfer, Jasper to Lake Louise including a stop at Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride included)
  • Transfer from Lake Louise to Banff
  • Transfer from Banff to Calgary International Airport
  • Three (3) breakfasts and two (2) lunches onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Travel and Information Kit
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST


PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Airport improvement fee
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Entrances fees to sites not explicitly listed as included
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


21 Sep 2022
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