Canada's Rocky Mountaineer
9 nights. April 2019 - October 2020. From £3079.00.
Explore Canada by road and rail
This journey through Western Canada begins in exquisite Banff, the Canadian Rockies' majestic capital, before heading via Lake Louise's turquoise waters to historic railroad town Jasper, at the gateway to its National Park. After the chance to explore, board the famous Rocky Mountaineer to head through yet more wonderful scenery to sparkling Vancouver, to discover one of the world's most beautifully located cities. Complete the adventure in the distinctly British provincial capital Victoria, on Vancouver Island.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsStay in Banff, the capital of the Rockies
A journey along the Icefields Parkway, via sparkling Lake Louise
A two-night stay in the alpine town of Jasper
A spectacular, two-day journey on the Rocky Mountaineer, travelling in SilverLeaf Service (GoldLeaf available at a supplement)
Dis cover Vancouver, frequently voted the world's best city to live in
Stay two nights in the pretty harbourside city of Victoria
Nine nights' room-only hotel accommodation in Banff (2 nights), Jasper (2), Kamloops (1), Vancouver (2) and Victoria (2)
Breakfast and lunch on board the Rocky Mountaineer
Flights from the UK to Calgary, returning from Vancouver
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly direct to Calgary and board the coach for the journey up into the majestic Rockies and Banff, for a two-night stay. Rest and relax upon arrival.
Day TwoExplore the delightful, bustling capital of the Rockies, in its breathtaking setting surrounded by
high peaks, and take the opportunity to join a choice of memorable optional excursions. These include a cable-car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, a trip to the scenic Surprise Corner
viewpoint overlooking the famous Banff Springs Hotel, and an unforgettable helicopter ride.
Enjoy a second evening in Banff.
Day ThreeToday you'll travel by coach along the renowned Icefields Parkway, calling briefly at beautiful Lake Louise, where turquoise waters - frozen for much of the year - are set against the awesome backdrop of Victoria Glacier.
You'll continue onto Jasper, at the gateway to the scenic Jasper National Park, where you'll stay for two nights in this historic Rockies' railroad town.
Day FourRest and relax at the hotel, enjoying the railroad-town surroundings of Jasper, or join one of today's optional excursions, which will include a ride on the historic Jasper Skytram - Canada's longest - to witness spectacular views of Jasper and its mountainous backdrop. You'll also visit idyllic Maligne Lake, famous for its dazzling blue water. Alternatively, take a ride on the back of (or in a sidecar beside) a Harley Davidson motorcycle piloted by a professional rider. An unforgettable hour of breathtaking scenery, twists and turns will take you to Jasper's beautiful valleys and turquoise blue lakes.
Day FiveIt's "all aboard!" the famous Rocky Mountaineer train for the unforgettable two-day scenic journey west on the Yellowhead Route. You'll pass towering Mount Robson - the Rockies' highest peak - and the plunging Pyramid Falls, then head through the scenic wonderland of the Monashee and Caribou mountains.
Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board the train as you gaze in awe at the majestic scenery. You'll spend the night in a comfortable hotel in historic Kamloops or Sun Peaks.
Day SixRe-board the train to continue the journey towards the coast. Highlights will include the mighty Fraser River, awesome Hell's Gate - where up to 200 million gallons of water surge each minute through a narrow point - and the stunning coastal ranges.
You'll once again enjoy breakfast and lunch on board, and will arrive in Vancouver this afternoon, transferring to the hotel for a two-night stay. Enjoy a first evening in a city often voted 'best place in the world to live'.
Day SevenJoin today's optional guided city tour and get to know this delightful place. Highlights will include restored Gastown, hectic, colourful Chinatown, and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. You'll also cross into the leafy suburbs of 'North Van' for the chance to brave the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge.
The rest of the day is free for you to explore Vancouver at your leisure.
Day EightJourney to the ferry and cross the strait to Vancouver Island, before heading on to the unashamedly 'British' capital of British Columbia, charming Victoria, with its Royal B.C. Museum, vast parliament buildings and grand Empress Hotel.
Day NineEnjoy a free day in Victoria, exploring under your own steam, or join this morning's optional excursion to world-famous Butchart Gardens, where over a million plants and several hundred floral species are displayed. This afternoon, you can complete your stay - and your Canadian adventure - by joining the optional Whale Watch cruise, for the chance to spot orca, killer, humpback and grey whales in their natural environment.
Spend a second evening in Victoria, perhaps reliving the wonders of the past few days.
Day 10Board the ferry back to the mainland this morning, and head on to Vancouver Airport and the return overnight flight.
Day 11Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a wonderful holiday. Back to top
AccommodationCanadian Rockies and Mountaineer Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is 1.5 hours from Calgary and four hours to Vancouver.
Passports and visasBritish citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling to Canada. Visitors to Canada must apply for an eTA online with Canadian Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.canada.ca/eta . The current charge is seven Canadian dollars for British Citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult the Canadian Embassy as a visa may be required.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
SmokingSmoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
TippingGratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.
On your flightAll outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flights home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Helicopter flightsSightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Please note that on 2019 departures, nights 6-7 will be based in the Century Plaza, Vancouver, instead of the Sandman Davie.
Hotel roomsStandard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group. Back to top