The Rockies by VIA Rail®

  • 10 Days

  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

An enchanting Canadian railroad experience through the heart of the Rockies: weave through lush pine forests and glacial mountains, ride across the Columbia Icefield, sail relaxing island-dotted waters and wander the historic quarters of Vancouver and Victoria.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

of 10 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 1st May 2018

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Overview

An enchanting Canadian railroad experience through the heart of the Rockies: weave through lush pine forests and glacial mountains, ride across the Columbia Icefield, sail relaxing island-dotted waters and wander the historic quarters of Vancouver and Victoria.

At a glance

  • Banff National Park Stay in the popular mountain resort: gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
  • Lake Louise A world-famous vision of turquoise magnificence.
  • Columbia Icefield Ride the Ice Explorer over the 1,200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • 'The Canadian' VIA Rail® An overnight rail journey offering the best views of the Rockies.
  • Strait of Georgia Take a scenic cruise across the Strait of Georgia through the unique Gulf Islands.
  • Butchart Gardens Wander Brentwood Bay's 55-acres of beautiful and colourful flower displays.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Vancouver
  • 7 nights Alaska cruise

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Calgary

Fly to Calgary where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Calgary - Banff National Park

The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. On this morning's tour you'll see many of its attractions including the Saddledome, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park and Canada Olympic Park. Then drive into Banff National Park and the mountain resort of Banff, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Banff National Park

The day is yours to enjoy the many pleasures of Banff, one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts. Perhaps you'd like to take an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Banff National Park - Lake Louise - Jasper National Park

Travel first to Lake Louise, its azure-blue waters a perfect natural mirror reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Then, precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges and lakes of exquisite colours come into view as you head through two mountain passes. Another highlight is a stop at the Columbia Icefield for an Ice Explorer ride over the 1,200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier. End the day with a short tour to experience Jasper's unspoilt beauty, where you will stay for the next two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Jasper

Why not join an optional trip to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you can enjoy a narrated cruise?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Jasper - 'The Canadian' VIA Rail® - Vancouver

Enjoy the morning at leisure before boarding 'The Canadian' VIA Rail® to Vancouver. The train departs early afternoon so there will be plenty of daylight available to admire the amazing Rocky Mountains. Take advantage of the Skyline Car with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park Car. Dusk in the summer is mid evening so after dinner, retire to the Dome Car for the sunset. Passing Mount Robson - at 12,972 feet the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies - the train follows the route of the 'Overlanders', 19th century homesteaders who attempted to settle this rugged region.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Vancouver

Breakfast is included so there will be plenty of opportunity to see the city of Vancouver come into view. Upon arrival, city sightseeing focuses on Vancouver's beautiful beaches, harbour, Chinatown, Gastown and lovely Stanley Park.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Vancouver - Victoria

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous Butchart Gardens and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Victoria - Vancouver - UK

Morning departure for Vancouver. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Vancouver or on an Alaska cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Calgary: International Hotel
  • Banff: Bow View Lodge (2017) / Mount Royal or Inns of Banff (2018)
  • Jasper: Lobstick Lodge (2017) / Marmot Lodge (2018)
  • VIA Rail: 'The Canadian' Sleeper Plus Class
  • Vancouver: Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown
  • Victoria: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Notes

Special Departure: Calgary Stampede 8 July 2018. Be a part of the Calgary Stampede - a celebration of western values and heritage that boasts the richest outdoor rodeo in the world. Get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring internationally acclaimed artists, and see some of the best professional riders in the world. Your extension includes two extra nights in Calgary and a two day pass to the Calgary Stampede. Please see our website for full details and itinerary

VIA Rail 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.

Whale Watching: 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

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