Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West
- 7 Days
- From $5,199
- Overnight in Calgary, home of the famous Stampede
- Banff and Lake Louise with fantastic tours en route
- A two-day journey aboard the world famous Rocky Mountaineer with meals and all drinks onboard
- A full day in Vancouver at the end of your holiday to explore
- Choose your departure date
- Upgrade your package to Gold Leaf
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Travel on the Rocky Mountaineer Train from Banff to Vancouver in Silver Leaf Class
- 6 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Excursions including a trip on the Banff Gondola and 12-minute panoramic helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Arrive into Calgary today and check in at the Hotel Arts (or similar) for an overnight stay. Calgary is located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers and it’s known for its high quality of life, partly thanks to the many parks and green spaces in the city.
As part of your stay here, you will have admission to the Calgary Tower which offers stunning city views and, if you’re hungry, a wonderful place for your first meal in Canada.
Leave Calgary this morning for a full-day tour by comfortable modern motor coach. Kananaskis will be an unforgettable stop as you board a helicopter for a flight offering sweeping views of the Canadian Rockies. After the tour, you will continue to Banff where you have an overnight stay at the Elk + Avenue Hotel (or similar).
Enjoy an amazing sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, and the needle-like rock formations known as hoodoos. Your stay also includes admission to the Banff Gondola (pictured).
You have a free morning in Banff today to enjoy at your leisure. Perhaps take a stroll around town, looking at the tempting stores or pay a visit to the Hot Springs where you can have a warm dip with mountain views! After lunch you will be picked up by your motorcoach for the onward journey to Lake Louise via Yoho National Park.
Taking its name from a First Nations world expressing awe and wonder, it’s easy to see why this name applies to the Park. You travel through a wonderland of soaring peaks, waterfalls and glacial lakes as well as other highlights such as Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lakes and a rock bridge over the Kicking Horse River. On arrival at Lake Louise, you can check in at the lovely Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (or similar) for your overnight stay.
Today is the day that you board the Rocky Mountaineer! Shortly before 8am you will take your first steps onto the train and the excitement will build as the train pulls away into instant stunning scenery. The journey will take you through glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, over mountain passes and through tunnels that are incredible feats of engineering. Some of the main attractions along the way are the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Canyon. Breakfast and lunch are provided on board the train and on arrival in Kamloops you can check into your hotel before spending the evening having a look around the town. Please note, accommodation in Kamloops will be assigned closer to departure and is of a moderate standard.
You will re-board the train at Kamloops early this morning and continue your journey west. There will be dramatic changes in the scenery to take in as you wind through river canyons and remote forests on your way to the coast, from the Cascade Mountains to the gorgeously green fields of the Fraser Valley. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board whilst looking out for some of today’s highlights; the rock sheds and steep slopes along the Thompson River and the gushing waters of Hell’s Gate, deep within the Fraser Canyon. You arrive into Vancouver between 6:00pm and 7:30pm Pacific Time.
On arrival, check in at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Vancouver is surrounded both by mountains and water and due to this closeness to nature, residents have a love for the environment as well as a laid back charm and friendliness. You will have a full day today to explore all this Pacific Coastal city has to offer. It is the largest city in the state of British Columbia and is a superb place of cuisine, culture and bohemian sophistication. You have included in your holiday admission to the Vancouver Lookout, which gives you a 360 degree panoramic view of the city, surrounding area and distant mountains – don’t miss it!
Leave Vancouver today for your onward rail journey or flight. Remember, you can also take this tour in reverse, starting in Vancouver or extend your stay in British Columbia. You can even complement your trip with an Alaskan Cruise. Please call for details.
Hotels (Silver Leaf Service)
The Hotel Arts, with its curated art collection and funky vibe, offers a relaxed stay in the centre of the city. All bedrooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi internet as well as Skoah bath amenities and a Keurig coffee machine. There is also an outdoor pool and fitness centre as well as a restaurant and bar, popular with guests and locals alike.
Elk + Avenue Hotel is situated right in the centre of Banff and offers a home away from home to its guests. Relax by the fire with a drink from the onsite bar or enjoy generous meals at Ricky’s All Day Grill. Bedrooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, an iPod docking station and flat-screen TVs.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is nestled in the heart of Banff National Park and boasts unrivalled views of the surrounding scenery. All bedrooms come with a view of the lake or Chateau grounds as well as all the modern facilities you would expect. There’s also a luxurious spa and dining options ranging from afternoon tea to a traditional mountain fondue (available in both cheese and chocolate).
This modern hotel overlooks Coal Harbour in the centre of Vancouver. All bedrooms offer flat-screen TV, Keurig coffee-making facilities and en suite bathroom. The hotel also boasts an indoor pool, fitness centre, a bistro bar and free use of bicycles in the summer months.
Hotels (Gold Leaf Service)
The Fairmont Palliser is a historic landmark in Downtown Calgary, combining elegant accommodation with state-of-the-art facilities. There are several dining options to choose from as well as a relaxing day spa and health centre, featuring a large indoor pool. The hotel is located in the centre of town, within walking distance of Calgary Tower.
Located near the Upper Hot Springs in central Banff, the Rimrock Resort Hotel boasts fabulous views over the Canadian Rockies. All air-conditioned bedrooms feature flat-screen TV, seating area and free Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can also take advantage of the indoor pool, luxury spa and wellness centre.
Known as the ‘Castle in the City’, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has been welcoming guests since the 1920s. This luxurious hotel offers spacious bedrooms with flat-screen cable TV, tea & coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi access. There is also an onsite health club, restaurant and bar.