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Absolute Rockies Rail (eastbound) 7 days from $2739CAD per person - Independent Tour

Enjoy private-bedroom sleeping accommodations onboard the VIA Rail ‘Canadian’ train and wake up to to a wonderful breakfast through the BC Rockies. This exciting six-night itinerary continues down through the national parks by motorcoach to all the must-see Rockies destinations. Feel free to add extra nights!

2018 Package Start Dates:
Starts Vancouver (Eastbound)
Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays
Apr 28 - Oct 11

Eastbound
Day Activities Overnight
1 Arrive in Vancouver Vancouver
2 Vancouver sightseeing. VIA Rail overnight to Jasper VIA
3 Arrive in Jasper. Free time in Jasper Jasper
4 Full day tour of Jasper including Maligne Lake and Jasper Tramway Jasper
5 Icefields Parkway Tour with Ice Explorer Banff
6 Scenic tour to Lake Louise from Banff return Banff
7 Transfer to Calgary. End of tour  

2018 Package Start Dates:

Starts Vancouver (Eastbound) Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays
Apr 28 30
May 3 5 7 10 12 14 17 19 21 24 26 28 31
Jun 2 4 7 9 11 14 16 18 21 23 25 28 30
Jul 2 5 7 9 12 14 16 19 21 23 26 28 30
Aug 2 4 6 9 11 13 16 18 20 23 25 27 30
Sep 1 3 6 8 10 13 15 17 20 22 24 27 29
Oct 1 4 6 8 11

Package Includes

VIA Rail from Vancouver to Jasper, Sleeper Plus Class
• 1 night sleeping car accommodation onboard VIA Rail train
• breakfast and lunch on board the train
• 5 nights hotel accommodation
• Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver (2 day pass)
• Maligne Lake and Jasper Tramway tour
• Icefields Parkway Tour including Ice Explorer
• Scenic tour to Lake Louise from Banff
• Transfer to Calgary airport

Not Included

• Transportation to/from Vancouver airport (available, please ask for details)
• Rail station transfer in Jasper
• Rail station transfers between VIA Rail station and Vancouver hotel
• Luggage handling
• Meals, other than onboard train
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• Canadian sales tax

2018 Vacation Prices

Vacation start days Popular hotels Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Single Double Single Double Single
28 Apr-24 May $2739 $3599 $3639 $5289 $3939 $5899
25 May-31 May $2919 $3969 $3899 $5829 $4239 $6509
01 Jun-30 Sep $3439 $4649 $4629 $6929 $4979 $7609
01 Oct-11 Oct $3279 $4329 $4629 $6929 $4979 $7609

Prices are per person and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
Prices for triples and children are available, please contact us for details.
Upgrading to Premium rooms with private tours and transfers is also available, please contact us for details.

Vacation start days Popular hotels Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Single Double Single Double Single
28 Apr-24 May $2136 $2807 $2838 $4125 $3072 $4601
25 May-31 May $2276 $3095 $3041 $4546 $3306 $5077
01 Jun-30 Sep $2682 $3626 $3610 $5404 $3883 $5935
01 Oct-11 Oct $2557 $3376 $3610 $5404 $3883 $5935

United States Dollar (USD) prices are subject to currency market fluctuation — CAD price is actual cost.

Prices are per person and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
Prices for triples and children are available, please contact us for details.
Upgrading to Premium rooms with private tours and transfers is also available, please contact us for details.

Vacation start days Popular hotels Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Single Double Single Double Single
28 Apr-24 May £1616 £2123 £2147 £3120 £2324 £3480
25 May-31 May £1722 £2341 £2300 £3439 £2501 £3840
01 Jun-30 Sep £2029 £2742 £2731 £4088 £2937 £4489
01 Oct-11 Oct £1934 £2554 £2731 £4088 £2937 £4489

British Pound (GBP) prices are subject to currency market fluctuation — CAD price is actual cost.

Prices are per person and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
Prices for triples and children are available, please contact us for details.
Upgrading to Premium rooms with private tours and transfers is also available, please contact us for details.

Vacation start days Popular hotels Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Single Double Single Double Single
28 Apr-24 May €1835 €2411 €2438 €3543 €2639 €3952
25 May-31 May €1955 €2659 €2612 €3905 €2840 €4361
01 Jun-30 Sep €2304 €3114 €3101 €4642 €3335 €5098
01 Oct-11 Oct €2196 €2900 €3101 €4642 €3335 €5098

Euro (EUR) prices are subject to currency market fluctuation — CAD price is actual cost.

Prices are per person and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
Prices for triples and children are available, please contact us for details.
Upgrading to Premium rooms with private tours and transfers is also available, please contact us for details.

Vacation start days Popular hotels Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Single Double Single Double Single
28 Apr-24 May $2711 $3563 $3602 $5236 $3899 $5840
25 May-31 May $2889 $3929 $3860 $5770 $4196 $6443
01 Jun-30 Sep $3404 $4602 $4582 $6859 $4929 $7532
01 Oct-11 Oct $3246 $4285 $4582 $6859 $4929 $7532

Australian Dollar (AUD) prices are subject to currency market fluctuation — CAD price is actual cost.

Prices are per person and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
Prices for triples and children are available, please contact us for details.
Upgrading to Premium rooms with private tours and transfers is also available, please contact us for details.

Itinerary

Day 1 Vancouver Arrival

Upon your arrival in Vancouver, independently enjoy the day exploring any of Vancouver’s excellent attractions: such as Stanley Park, or the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Enjoy strolling along the downtown beaches which overlook the harbour and Coast Mountains, or take the opportunity to do some unique shopping on Granville Island.  Accommodation in Vancouver is included with your tour package. 

Day 2 Vancouver Sightseeing, VIA Rail Departure

Use your sightseeing bus pass to explore Vancouver at your leisure. Travel through Vancouver’s past, present and future as you visit historic Gastown, colourful Chinatown and the lively entertainment district. Discover the beauty of 1000-acre Stanley Park and English Bay as well as the bustle of Robson Street in the heart of the shopping district. Continue to the prestigious Olde Shaughnessy residential mansions area and Granville Island.

At 8:30pm, depart Vancouver onboard the VIA Rail 'Canadian' train. Night falls as you travel through the lush Fraser Valley, British Columbia’s agricultural heartland, and along the meandering salmon-rich Fraser River.  The train travels through scenic river canyons carved into the Coast and Cascade Mountains and goes past unique historical attractions such as the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate.  As night falls, your train passes through the dry interior of British Columbia. Snuggle in for the night in your private-bedroom accommodation with the soothing rhythmic sounds of the train rocking you to sleep.

Day 3 Arrival in Jasper

Wake up for breakfast onboard the train and witness sunrise in the British Columbia Rockies, truly a sublime experience. Pass by the 8000ft south-face of Mt. Robson on your way to an 4:00pm arrival in Jasper. After check-in at your Jasper hotel, (time permitting) venture out to see the Jasper area on your own.

Day 4 Jasper Sightseeing

Embark on a five-hour tour of one of the most spectacular areas of Jasper National Park. The first stop is at Maligne Canyon where 10,000 years of erosion have created a 49-meter deep gorge. Set off on a short walk to marvel at the Maligne River as it thunders through the canyon in a series of waterfalls. From the canyon continue to the “mysteriously” disappearing Medicine Lake and then to Maligne Lake for a 90-minute interpretative boat cruise bound for the world-renowned Spirit Island; bring your camera, as this truly is a picture postcard setting. After the boat cruise, we relax and soak up the sights or enjoy a tasty treat at the Lake Chalet. Alternatively, those who would prefer to go for a walk rather than take the cruise can enjoy a guided 75-minute walk along the shoreline trail of Maligne Lake. Please note that the lake is usually not free of ice till the end of May, so another Jasper tour is substituted for earlier departures. Enjoy the rest of your day in Jasper then overnight.

Day 5 Jasper to Banff

Aboard a motorcoach, travel southeast down the Icefields Parkway through the natural splendour of Jasper and Banff National Parks, renowned as the most beautiful highway in Canada, if not the world.  Glaciated peaks tower breathtakingly along the roadside. The panorama of snow-capped peaks and endless mountain ridges occasionally opens up to afford a spectacular view of deep tree-covered valleys stretching to a distant horizon. The bus will stop to view Athabasca Falls.  Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefields' Athabasca Glacier, board the Ice Explorer, a specialized bus that travels directly to the ice, while a qualified guide explains the geology of the region.  Lunch is included. The bus will also stop for photo opportunities at the pristine Bow Lake, prior to arriving in Banff for the night.

Day 6 Banff to Lake Louise tour

Discover the beauty of Banff and Yoho National Parks and other landmarks. Enjoy hiking or simply appreciate spectacular mountain scenery. Your first stop is at Johnston Canyon where you have sufficient time to take a short nature walk to the lower falls. Continue to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, often known as the “Jewel of the Rockies”. Cross the Great Divide, enter Yoho National Park and visit Takakkaw Falls, Kicking Horse Pass, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge that spans across the Kicking Horse River. Return to Banff in the late afternoon after a spectacular day of sightseeing. 

Day 7 Banff to Calgary

Your vacation concludes after a transfer from Banff to the Calgary airport or downtown (2 hrs). Thank you for travelling with CanadaRail.ca.

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