Spirit of the Canadian Rockies

  • 13 Days

  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

Elevate your senses on an epic journey into the heart of British Columbia. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer Train through imperial forests past mirrored-lakes and snow-capped peaks, and cross the 1,000 ft thick Athabasca Glacier on a tour that captures the true spirit of the Rockies.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
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

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

of 13 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 02nd June 2018

Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Overview

Elevate your senses on an epic journey into the heart of British Columbia. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer Train through imperial forests past mirrored-lakes and snow-capped peaks, and cross the 1,200 ft thick Athabasca Glacier on a tour that captures the true spirit of the Rockies.

At a glance

  • Vancouver Explore the city’s elegant waterfront and lively Chinatown.
  • Rocky Mountaineer Follow the Fraser Canyon aboard the famous Rockies locomotive.
  • Banff National Park See the Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain and Surprise Corner.
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer Ride across the 1,000 ft thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • Whistler Explore this popular mountain resort.
  • Victoria Head out on a whale watching excursion from Victoria's Inner Harbour.

Extensions

  • 7 nights Alaska cruise

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

Day 1

UK - Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver and transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Vancouver

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown and Stanley Park with it's old growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer - Kamloops

At Vancouver's Rocky Mountaineer Station board the world famous Rocky Mountaineer Train. Follow the Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River through beautiful landscapes to historic Kamloops.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer - Banff

Continue the Rocky Mountaineer experience eastward to Shuswap Lake with it's many miles of shoreline. Follow the Kicking Horse River and pass over the Continental Divide into Banff National Park.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Banff

This morning, tour the highlights of Banff; Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain and Surprise Corner. There is a choice of activities this afternoon between a nature walk with a picnic or lunch atop Sulphur Mountain.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Banff - Lake Louise

En route to Lake Louise, a side trip showcases one of the crown jewels of the Rockies - Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 ft and surround the tranquil water of the lake. Later, arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. The rest of the is at leisure to explore the natural beauty and serenity of the area.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper

Today, travel on awe inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to Jasper National Park. Ride an exciting Ice Explorer on the 1,200 ft thick Athabasca Glacier and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Overnight in charming Jasper.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Jasper - Sun Peaks

Leave Jasper and admire the scenery on the Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. This is the same rtoue followed by the early fur brigades of the Hudson's Bay Company as they paddled fully laden canoes to the Pacific Coast. Also pass Mount Robson, at 12,972 ft it is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Sun Peaks - Whistler

This morning, travel past some of the most beautiful and rugged lakes and mountains in British Columbia. This afternoon, arrive in Whistler, one of the Canada's newest and most exciting mountain resorts, and host of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Whistler - Victoria

This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations peoples. Afterwards, board the BC Ferry to Victoria on a picturesque cruise to Vancouver Island. The charming, very British 'Garden City' of Victoria offers Parliament buildings, museums and they can be seen on a city highlights tour. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Victoria

Today, choose your activity between a traditional afternoon tea and the grand Fairmont Empress hotel or for the more adventurous a whale watching excursion from Victoria's Inner Harbour. This afternoon, visit the world famous Butchart Gardens. The estate offers more than 700 varities of flowers on 55 acres and includes Italian, Japanese and English style gardens. Later the Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner in the original Butchart family residence.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Victoria - Vancouver - UK

This morning travel via BC Ferry through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland and transfer to Vancouver Airport for your flight to the UK, or take an Alaskan Cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Vancouver: Fairmont Waterfront or Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • Kamloops: Rocky Mountaineer Silverleaf accommodation
  • Banff: Fairmont Banff Springs
  • Lake Louise: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Jasper: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel
  • Whistler: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
  • Victoria: Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Notes

Book Early: With heavy demand for this tour and limited Rocky Mountaineer seat availability you are encouraged to book early

Rocky Mountaineer Service: Kamloops properties are considered moderate 2 or 3 star hotels or motor inns. The city does not offer any hotels in the superior category. The chosen hotel is determined by Rocky Mountaineer Railtours. Plan to carry a small carry on bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including medication, glasses etc. Your luggage will be available to you in Kamloops.
The Rocky Mountaineer travels through some of the most rugged terrain of Western Canada and is recognised as one of the world's classic rail journeys. Travel past majestic snowy peaks, glistening glacial lakes and roaring waterfalls. To add to your enjoyment an informative and enjoyable on board commentary is available. The Rocky Mountaineer is an all daylight journey with an overnight in Kamloops and offers two choices of service. Our prices are based on SilverLeaf service or you can upgrade  to GoldLeaf service as it is truly well worth the extra cost.

SilverLeaf Service
The custom-designed single level SilverLeaf dome coach offers panoramic views of the Rockies. Your meals are served as you relax in reclining dome level seats.


GoldLeaf Service
When you board the GoldLeaf dome coach, you will understand why guests and travel writers throughout the world rave about the Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf service. On the custom built dual-level GoldLeaf dome coaches, the upper level offers 360-degree panoramic views. Downstairs is an elegant white glove dining room where gourmet breakfast and lunch selections are served.
Meals: Your menu includes regional cuisine created by talented on board chefs. As you dine watch the stunning and constantly changing vistas outside your windows.

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.

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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