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VIA Rail & the Canadian Rockies with Calgary Stampede

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Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Welcome to Calgary! Dust off your chaps for a true frontier experience that packs a wallop. The Calgary Stampede is called “the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”—and for good reason! The stampede brings the Old West to life with entertainment and exhibits, great food, world-famous Chuckwagon horse races, and the Calgary Stampede Rodeo.

Your budget-minded western Canada tour continues through spectacular scenery, exciting cities, and thrilling experiences. You’ll overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll also overnight on Via Rail’s the Canadian across Canada’s Rocky Mountains. From your comfortable cabin, witness snowcapped mountains, ranchlands along the South Thompson River, and fertile fields from Jasper to Vancouver. Next, journey from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park. You’ll stop at breathtaking Lake Louise, with blue-green waters forming a perfect mirror of Mount Victoria. Pass snowcapped mountains, exquisite lakes, and steep gorges on your way to Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick! Before heading to Jasper, you’ll enjoy two nights and free time in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s favourite resorts. Enjoy time to explore in Jasper National Park give you time to explore. This western Canada tour also includes sightseeing in each city—Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. Board the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria via the scenic Gulf Islands, and visit Victoria’s world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of exquisite floral displays.

For the value-minded traveller looking for classic western adventure, stunning scenery, and natural wonders, this western Canada tour is the perfect budget holiday!

At a glance

Calgary Sightseeing; daily passes to the Stampede Grounds, Rodeo admission, Chuckwagon Races, Grandstand Show

Banff National Park Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park

Lake Louise Visit the lake

Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

Jasper National Park Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park

Jasper National Park - Vancouver Journey aboard VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class

Vancouver Sightseeing, with time in Stanley Park

Victoria Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 8 days: Alaska Cruise

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Overview

Welcome to Calgary! Dust off your chaps for a true frontier experience that packs a wallop. The Calgary Stampede is called “the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”—and for good reason! The stampede brings the Old West to life with entertainment and exhibits, great food, world-famous Chuckwagon horse races, and the Calgary Stampede Rodeo.

Your budget-minded western Canada tour continues through spectacular scenery, exciting cities, and thrilling experiences. You’ll overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll also overnight on Via Rail’s the Canadian across Canada’s Rocky Mountains. From your comfortable cabin, witness snowcapped mountains, ranchlands along the South Thompson River, and fertile fields from Jasper to Vancouver. Next, journey from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park. You’ll stop at breathtaking Lake Louise, with blue-green waters forming a perfect mirror of Mount Victoria. Pass snowcapped mountains, exquisite lakes, and steep gorges on your way to Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick! Before heading to Jasper, you’ll enjoy two nights and free time in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s favourite resorts. Enjoy time to explore in Jasper National Park give you time to explore. This western Canada tour also includes sightseeing in each city—Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. Board the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria via the scenic Gulf Islands, and visit Victoria’s world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of exquisite floral displays.

For the value-minded traveller looking for classic western adventure, stunning scenery, and natural wonders, this western Canada tour is the perfect budget holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

UK - Calgary

Day
1

Fly to Calgary where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Calgary! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Calgary Stampede Grounds

Day
2

Welcome to “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Dressed in your best cowboy fashion from belt buckles, boots to chaps, explore the CALGARY STAMPEDE grounds at your leisure with your included admission. Step through the gates of Stampede Park into a world of wonder, fun, and “Wild West” excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian Village or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, and then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping CHUCKWAGON RACES in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. You’ll be out of your seats cheering on your favourite driver during each heat. Afterward, get ready for an outdoor STAGE SHOW featuring hundreds of singers, dancers, and musicians in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular.

Calgary Stampede Grounds and Rodeo

Day
3

Fuel up for the day’s activities by visiting Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza for a pancake breakfast. Return to the Stampede grounds this morning to see anything you missed yesterday, and cheer on your favourite rodeo contenders. If you haven’t already, get suited with a cowboy hat, threads, and boots at one of the many stalls before heading to the Grandstand for the Calgary Stampede RODEO this afternoon. See the best of the best as they saddle up for world-class rodeo action. Top professionals take on the West’s wildest horses. You’ll also enjoy rodeo’s most famed event—bull riding! You will be in awe of the talent as you sit on the edge of your seat. Make the most of your time here and discover Canada’s country core. With square dancing, mock gun fights, country bands, bars, restaurants and livestock, there is loads to see.

Calgary - Banff National Park

Day
4

The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. It is also home to the world-famous Calgary Stampede. Sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.

Banff National Park

Day
5

Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favourite resorts, and the national park is home to 53 species of mammals. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzlies, or wolves. Your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Banff National Park - Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

Day
6

First stop is Lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the motorcoach scales three mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights is in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.

Jasper National Park

Day
7

Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerised by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm. While exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies keep an eye out for native wildlife which includes grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves.

Jasper National Park - Via Rail The Canadian

Day
8

On VIA Rail’s the Canadian, a late-afternoon departure allows you a last chance to explore Jasper before you transfer to the train station for the overnight run west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. Enjoy regional cuisine over a 3-course dinner in the dining car. Spend time in the Skyline car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travellers. The comfortable cabins come with bed turndown service, in-car shower access, and lots of little extras, such as a personal toiletry kit.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Via Rail The Canadian - Vancouver

Day
9

Continue through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River, the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, and snowcapped Coast Mountains. Upon arrival, city sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s beautiful beaches and harbour, Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vancouver - Ferry Crossing - Victoria

Day
10

This morning, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.

Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver

Day
11

Morning departure for Vancouver. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included.

Home landing in the UK.

Day
12

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Vancouver (Embarkation)

Embark your cruise ship for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Inside Passage Cruising

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Juneau

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Skagway

Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ketchikan

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

VIA Rail 'The Canadian' Service

Renovated rail cars; impeccable service; delicious regional cuisine served in the Dining Car; comfortable berths with bed turn-down service; in-car shower access and personal toiletry kit; towels included; private bedroom in Sleeper Plus Class; Skyline Car with dome seating and lounge area; Park Car access

Important: Suitcases that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Vancouver and will not be accessible until Vancouver. Pack an overnight case to weigh no heavier than 25lbs.

Enjoy a fascinating optional cruise that will be remembered for a lifetime. Whilst watching for whales and marine life in their natural habitat, you are likely to see the orca (killer whale), and perhaps spot porpoises, sea-lions, osprey and eagles

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Calgary - Sandman Hotel City Centre

This central Calgary city centre hotel offers an on-site restaurant and lounge. All guestrooms offer free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. The Calgary Tower is only 12 minutes' walk away. The Scotiabank Saddledome and Calgary Stampede are only 9 minutes' drive away. 17th Avenue shopping and entertainment district is just over 0.6 miles from the property.

  • Location

    888 7th Avenue Southwest, T2P 3J3 Calgary, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Fitness centre Wifi available Indoor rooftop Hot tub

Jasper Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge Jasper features air conditioning and cable TV in each guest room. They have also equipped coffee/tea facilities and a small refrigerator. Located on main street, this hotel is surrounded by evergreens within Jasper National Park. It offers an award-winning steakhouse, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi throughout the entire property. The Jasper tramway is 5.6 miles away.

  • Location

    86 Connaught Drive, T0E 1E0 Jasper, Canada

Vancouver - Georgian Court

The boutique Georgian Court Hotel is situated in downtown Vancouver, steps from BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, fashionable Robson Street, and many of Vancouver's main attractions. The hotel features sophisticated and elegant decor, attentive service, first class amenities, and one of Vancouver's best Italian restaurants - Frankie's Italian Kitchen and Bar.

  • Location

    773 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2M4, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar Free Wifi Room Service Hot Tub Spa Fitness Centre

Victoria - Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Royal Scot Hotel & Suites features spacious rooms, studios and suites with pillow-top mattresses and in-room coffee facilities. This property is 12 minutes’ walk from the beach. Just 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria ferry terminal, this hotel features an indoor pool and a hot tub. Free WIFI is provided.

  • Location

    425 Quebec Street, V8V 1W7 Victoria, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar Free WiFi Room Service Indoor Swimming Pool Hot Tub Spa

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