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Grand Rockies Circle12 days from $5719CAD per person - Independent Tour

Starting from Vancouver, this is a complete rail experience and a rail enthusiasts' dream. Spend five days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, showcasing two different train routes, together with all the highlights of the Rockies and a night in Whistler BC, one of Western Canada’s top all-season destinations.

2018 Package Start Dates:
Starts Vancouver (Circle)
Fridays
May 04 - Oct 05

Clockwise
Day Activities Overnight
1 Arrive Vancouver, sightseeing Vancouver
2 Rocky Mountaineer train to Whistler Whistler
3 Rocky Mountaineer train to Quesnel Quesnel
4 Rocky Mountaineer train to Jasper Jasper
5 Jasper sightseeing Jasper
6 Icefields Parkway Tour including Ice Explorer Lake Louise
7 Free day at Lake Louise Lake Louise
8 Scenic tour from Lake Louise to Banff Banff
9 Banff tour including gondola Banff
10 Rocky Mountaineer train to Kamloops Kamloops
11 Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver Vancouver
12 End of tour  

2018 Package Start Dates:

Starts Vancouver (Circle) Fridays
May 4 11 18 25
Jun 1 8 15 22 29
Jul 6 13 20 27
Aug 3 10 17 24 31
Sep 7 14 21 28
Oct 5

Package Includes

• 5 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service
• 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 light meal
• 11 nights hotel accommodation
• Icefields Parkway Tour including Ice Explorer
• Jasper Tour with boat cruise or walk (lake ice usually melted by end of May, Jasper tour substitute earlier)
• Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver (2 day pass)
• Yoho National Park Tour from Lake Louise to Banff
• Banff Tour including Banff Gondola
• Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel, Jasper, Banff and Kamloops

Not Included

• Transportation from Vancouver airport
• Meals, other than onboard trains
• Luggage handling and transfers, unless otherwise stated
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• Canadian sales tax

2018 Vacation Prices

Vacation start days Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
04 May-31 May $6409 $9169 $12169 $10679 $14509
01 Jun-30 Sep $6899 $9759 $13359 $11339 $15829
01 Oct-05 Oct $5719 $8589 $11859 $10039 $14159

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $1549.

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 Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
04 May-31 May $4999 $7151 $9491 $8329 $11317
01 Jun-30 Sep $5381 $7612 $10420 $8844 $12346
01 Oct-05 Oct $4460 $6699 $9250 $7830 $11044

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $1208.

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 Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
04 May-31 May £3781 £5409 £7179 £6300 £8560
01 Jun-30 Sep £4070 £5757 £7881 £6690 £9339
01 Oct-05 Oct £3374 £5067 £6996 £5923 £8353

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional £913.

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 Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
04 May-31 May €4294 €6143 €8153 €7154 €9721
01 Jun-30 Sep €4622 €6538 €8950 €7597 €10605
01 Oct-05 Oct €3831 €5754 €7945 €6726 €9486

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional €1037.

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 Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
04 May-31 May $6344 $9077 $12047 $10572 $14363
01 Jun-30 Sep $6830 $9661 $13225 $11225 $15670
01 Oct-05 Oct $5661 $8503 $11740 $9938 $14017

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $1533.

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. Use your sightseeing bus pass to explore Vancouver at your leisure. Accommodation in Vancouver is included with your tour package. 

Day 2 Vancouver to Whistler

A motorcoach will transfer you from your downtown hotel to North Vancouver for your departure on the Whistler Mountaineer train.  Your train travels up the picturesque “Sea to Sky” corridor, snuggling against the Coast Mountains on the right, with the sparkling waters of the Howe Sound on your left.  Fabulous scenic points of interest include the prominent granite monolith known as “The Chief,” the spectacular Shannon Falls, and Mount Garibaldi, looming in the background.  Unlike motor vehicles, the train can enter the amazing Cheakamus Canyon.   A light meal is served on the train.

Upon your arrival in Whistler, you will be transferred to your hotel.  Enjoy the unique energy of Whistler Village, as you stroll though the pedestrian only cobblestone streets.  This exciting resort town, co-host of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, is renowned for its fine dining opportunities, vibrant nightlife, and outdoor adventure activities.    

Day 3 Whistler to Quesnel

Board the Rocky Mountaineer train and view the lush Coast Mountains passing by.  Enjoy the spectacular Mount Currie looming over the fertile Pemberton Valley.  Train passengers can almost touch the crystal clear waters of Anderson and Seton Lakes, as the train meanders past.  Watch for the ginseng plantations on the dry hilltops above Lillooet.  The crossing of Deep Creek Bridge is also a spectacular event, as it is one of the highest railway bridges in the world.  The scenery truly enchanting as the train passes through this sparsely populated, remote region, winding through ranchlands and deep river canyons of the Cariboo Plateau. Breakfast and lunch is included.  Overnight in the historic, rural town of Quesnel, quaintly situated on the banks of the Fraser River. 

Day 4 Quesnel to Jasper

Your train travels largely along the Fraser River, an astonishing journey for the salmon that swim upstream to spawn in it, over 1600 kilometres from where it joins the ocean in Vancouver.  Watch for moose and other wildlife as you journey densely forested rolling hills to the city of Prince George, known as the northern capital.  It is little wonder this area is renowned for its hunting and fishing!  Enjoy travelling along the Rocky Mountain Trench, through the stunning Robson Valley, a wide agricultural valley, nestled between Cariboo and Rocky Mountains.  Along route, view the dramatic Mount Terry Fox, named after the legendary young cancer fundraiser who attempted to run across Canada with his prosthetic leg before losing his battle with the disease.  View the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet), the picturesque Pyramid Falls, and the stunning Moose Lake, before arriving and staying the night in the cosy resort town of Jasper, in Jasper National Park.  Breakfast and lunch are included aboard the train.

Day 5 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 6 Jasper to Lake Louise

Aboard a bus, travel southeast down the Icefields Parkway, renowned as the most beautiful highway in Canada.  Glaciated peaks tower breathtakingly along the roadside.  The bus will stop to view Athabasca Falls.  Then, upon arrival of the 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 not included, however, there will be opportunity to eat in the café.  The bus will also stop for photo opportunities at the pristine Bow Lake, prior to arriving at fabulous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for the night.

Day 7 Lake Louise

Enjoy a free day at Lake Louise. Some guests choose to take this day to hike, explore, relax, canoe or ride the Lake Louise Gondola. Regardless how you wish to spend your day, this is yours to do as you wish. If you are looking for some suggestions, please ask us as this is our playground.

Day 8 Lake Louise to Banff

Enjoy a motorcoach tour of the area on your way to Banff. 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. (please note the Mountain, Lakes & Waterfalls tour from Lake Louise to Banff does not begin until May 1, when snow melt allows access to the mountain roads. A scenic transfer is substituted for earlier departures.)

Day 9 Banff Sightseeing

Take a 4.5 hour guided bus tour through the towering mountains of Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade, and Norquay and learn about the natural attractions of the wind-shaped hoodoos. Enjoy the view from Surprise Corner along Tunnel Mountain Drive! Experience a gentle ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain taking 8 minutes in a four-person fully enclosed gondola. A spectacular view and picture taking opportunity wait at the top of this 360 degree panorama of the Bow Valley. Learn all about how these majestic mountains have shaped this unique community. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Banff on your own. You may enjoy walking on the local trails, playing golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs, or having extra leisure time in your hotel. 

Day 10 Banff to Kamloops

The rail portion of your Canadian vacation will begin aboard a Rocky Mountaineer train. From Banff, it will glide west into the Canadian Rockies. The Mountaineer’s dome cars will provide you with uncompromising views of snow-packed peaks, tumbling mountain streams and earth-carving glaciers. The Spiral Tunnels, Rogers Pass and Glacier National Park (12 percent of it is solid ice), all noted landmarks, will add to the awe of your journey. After crossing the Continental Divide, you’ll enter British Columbia. The glacier-clad mountains give way to arid grassland hills of the Kamloops region. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 11 Kamloops to Vancouver

Your Rocky Mountaineer train will continue west before turning south into the Fraser River Valley. With the return of the mountains, the landscape again changes dramatically. The Canadian Cascades combine with thick fir forests and the charging Fraser River to create a spectacular setting. Along the way you’ll pass Hell’s Gate, a narrow canyon with sheer, towering walls that transforms the Fraser River into a froth of surging rapids. Upon reaching Vancouver in the late afternoon and checking into your hotel, you can use your two-day “Hop-on Hop-off” bus pass to tour Vancouver some more at your own pace.

Day 12 Vancouver

Your tour ends upon checking out of your Vancouver hotel.

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