Welcome to Calgary, the largest city in the western Canadian province of Alberta. Time permitting we may drive through the heart of the city as we make our way through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the scenic town of Canmore and then to Banff, at the centre of Canada’s very first National Park. After checking into our hotel, there may be some free time to browse through Banff village centre before we sit down for a get acquainted dinner with our travel companions.
Overnight: Caribou Lodge (Dinner)
We start the day with a Banff sightseeing tour with stops at Cascade Gardens and scenic Bow Falls, before riding the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for unparalleled view of the Rockies and the valley below. We also visit the Cave & Basin National Historic Site, which tells the story of the hot springs that drew the first visitors to Banff and led to the creation of the National Park.
Overnight: Caribou Lodge (Breakfast)
This morning we drive along the famous Bow Valley Parkway, where wildlife sightings of caribou, deer, and occasionally, bears, are common so keep your cameras handy. We stop at Johnston Canyon for a walk through the deep rugged canyon with several waterfalls and then cross the Continental Divide to the western slopes of the Rocky Mountain range into Yoho National Park in British Columbia. The awe inspiring Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake, filled with glacial run-off water that makes it glisten with the blue-green hue of an emerald, are next on our itinerary for today. Our final destination is Lake Louise, a jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountain peaks.
Overnight: Lake Louise Inn (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Travelling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, we drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most spectacular drives in the world. You will see for yourself why this mountain road that boasts a unique landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none is so famous. At the summit of Bow Pass, we do a quick side tour to see the turquoise blue waters of Peyto Lake and the beauty of the Mistaya River Valley below.
A short distance later at The Crossing, one of a few stops along this spectacular highway, we take a short detour to the shores of Abraham Lake to experience the Rockies from a completely different perspective with a thrilling helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains. We rejoin the parkway and later arrove at the famous Columbia Icefields whose waters feed three oceans; we visit the Interpretive Centre then have the experience of a lifetime – a ride on the Ice Explorer vehicle for a close up look at the Athabasca Glacier. Finally, at the end of this exciting day, we see the powerful Athabasca Falls before arriving at the charming town of Jasper, our home for the next two nights.
Overnight: Mount Robson Inn (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We start the day with a ride up Whistlers Mountain on the Jasper SkyTram. A full day of sightseeing follows including a gentle walk down Maligne Canyon to see how the water has carved spectacular crevices out of the mountain. A short drive then takes us to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and perhaps one of the world’s most photographed and iconic natural beauty spots. This evening we enjoy a float down the Athabasca River to wrap up a day in a place of stunning natural beauty.
Overnight: The Crimson (Breakfast)
Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer and watch the scenery unfold as you cross over the Continental Divide to Kamloops, located in the heart of British Columbia's interior. Upon arrival at the Kamloops Station, you will be transferred by motorcoach to your overnight accommodation. The pick-up time for tomorrow morning's motorcoach transfer to the train station will be posted in the lobby of your hotel.
Overnight: Kamloops (hotel assigned by Rocky Mountaineer) (Breakfast, Lunch)
After an overnight stay at your Kamloops hotel, transfer by motorcoach to the train station. Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer through river canyons, the Fraser Valley and lush coastal region. Your final destination is Vancouver.
Overnight: Georgian Court (Breakfast, Lunch)
On our city sightseeing tour this morning, we discover why Vancouver is one of the most interesting cities in North America. Our tour takes us through Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, past English Bay as well as some prestigious residential areas of Vancouver like Shaughnessy. This afternoon we will experience the natural wonder of British Columbia’s Pacific coastal rainforest and the thrill of standing 150 meters (450 ft) above the Capilano River at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We have a farewell dinner this evening after our week long introduction to Canada’s Pacific coast.
Overnight: Georgian Court (Breakfast, Dinner)
Today we say farewell to Vancouver, British and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for our journey home.
Tour Includes: 8 nights of accommodation (3.5–4 star), professional Tour Leader, transportation on deluxe motorcoach, Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf (upgrade to GoldLeaf available on request) airport transfers in Calgary and Vancouver, 14 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.
|9 Day Best of the Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer|
|Pricing is per person|
|CAD (does not include 5% tax)|
|Note: Pricing is based on SilverLeaf Service onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Tour departs from International Hotel Calgary at 10:00am on Day 1, flights can depart at any time from Vancouver on the last day. Our TwinShare program is not available for this tour.|
|Option to upgrade to GoldLeaf Service on board Rocky Mountaineer, subject to availability.|