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Rockies Escapade8 days from $4149CAD per person - Independent Tour

This circle tour allows you to experience the best of the Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail trains. See all the major highlights of the Canadian Rockies on this eight day circle itinerary and enjoy romantic private-bedroom sleeping accommodations onboard the VIA Rail ‘Canadian’ train during your return to Vancouver.

This tour has a very full schedule and is excellent if you want to see a lot, however would be less interesting for those who wish to hike, explore and relax. Multiple additional nights can be added in the middle of the tour if you would like more time in the Rockies.

2017 Package Start Dates:
Starts Vancouver (Circle)
Sundays & Thursdays
Apr 27 - Oct 12

Counter-Clockwise
Day Activities Overnight
1 Arrive in Vancouver, sightseeing Vancouver
2 Rocky Mountaineer train to Kamloops Kamloops
3 Rocky Mountaineer train to Banff Banff
4 Scenic tour to Lake Louise Lake Louise
5 Icefields Parkway tour, including Ice Explorer Jasper
6 Jasper sightseeing. VIA Rail overnight to Vancouver VIA
7 Arrive Vancouver, sightseeing Vancouver
8 End of tour  

2017 Package Start Dates:

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

Package Includes

• 2 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service
• 1 night sleeping car accommodation onboard VIA Rail train, Sleeper Plus Class
• 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
• 6 nights hotel accommodation
• Yoho Park Tour from Banff to Lake Louise (begins May 1, scenic transfer for earlier departures)
• Icefields Parkway Tour including Ice Explorer
• Jasper Nature Tour
• Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver (2 day pass)
• Rail station transfers Vancouver, Kamloops & Banff

Not Included

• Transportation to/from Vancouver airport
• Rail station transfers and luggage handling in Jasper
• Rail station transfers between VIA Rail station and Vancouver hotel
• Meals, other than onboard trains
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• Canadian 5% sales tax

2017 Vacation Prices

Vacation start days Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
27 Apr-30 Apr $4149 $5759 $7299 $6039 $7869
01 May-31 May $5059 $6689 $8829 $6959 $9389
01 Jun-30 Sep $5519 $7139 $9409 $7419 $9969
01 Oct-12 Oct $4919 $6779 $8789 $7049 $9339

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $619.

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
27 Apr-30 Apr $3070 $4261 $5401 $4468 $5823
01 May-31 May $3743 $4949 $6533 $5149 $6947
01 Jun-30 Sep $4084 $5282 $6962 $5490 $7377
01 Oct-12 Oct $3640 $5016 $6503 $5216 $6910

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $458.

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
27 Apr-30 Apr £2489 £3455 £4379 £3623 £4721
01 May-31 May £3035 £4013 £5297 £4175 £5633
01 Jun-30 Sep £3311 £4283 £5645 £4451 £5981
01 Oct-12 Oct £2951 £4067 £5273 £4229 £5603

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional £371.

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
27 Apr-30 Apr €2862 €3973 €5036 €4166 €5429
01 May-31 May €3490 €4615 €6092 €4801 €6478
01 Jun-30 Sep €3808 €4925 €6492 €5119 €6878
01 Oct-12 Oct €3394 €4677 €6064 €4863 €6443

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional €427.

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
27 Apr-30 Apr $4066 $5643 $7153 $5918 $7711
01 May-31 May $4957 $6555 $8652 $6819 $9201
01 Jun-30 Sep $5408 $6996 $9220 $7270 $9769
01 Oct-12 Oct $4820 $6643 $8613 $6908 $9152

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $606.

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.  A two-day “Hop-on Hop-off” bus pass will allow you to tour at your own pace. Accommodation in Vancouver is included with your tour package. 

Day 2 Vancouver to Kamloops

Depart Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train and travel from the coast to central British Columbia.  En route, enjoy passing through British Columbia’s agricultural heartland, the Fraser Valley.  This historic valley is covered by lush green mountainsides, with the salmon rich Fraser River winding through.  The train travels through scenic river canyons carved into the Coast and Cascade Mountains, passing unique geographical attractions, such as the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate.  The environment will gradually change, as the train rises onto the arid environment of the interior plateau, stopping for the night in the city of Kamloops.  Breakfast and lunch are included aboard the train. 

Day 3 Kamloops to Banff

The train gradually leaves the ranchlands of south-central British Columbia and approaches the phenomenal snow topped Rocky Mountains.  Pass through three Canadian National Parks along route: Glacier, Yoho, and Banff.  Travel through the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse canyon, over Rogers Pass, and past Craigellachie, the historic site where the final spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was placed.  Observe as the rivers change their direction of flow as the train passes over the Continental Divide.  Spend the night in the unique town of Banff, where modern amenities and wildlife co-exist within this National Park.  Breakfast and lunch are provided aboard the train.

Day 4 Banff to Lake Louise tour

Lake Louise, formed from the meltwaters of six glaciers, is your destination today. Journey in a luxury motorcoach past the waters of Vermilion Lakes. As you pass by Castle Mountain you travel across a dividing point between the younger front ranges and the older main ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring beautiful Lake Louise on your own. You may enjoy walking around the lake, watching for rock climbers and listening to the glacier, or perhaps just spending time relaxing in your fabulous room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 5 Lake Louise to Jasper

Today we travel northwest up the Columbia Icefields Parkway, renowned as the most beautiful highway in Canada, if not the world.  Glaciated peaks tower breathtakingly along the roadside.  The bus will also stop for photo opportunities at the pristine Bow Lake, and also later in the day at Athabasca Falls.  Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefields, board the Ice Explorer, a specialized coach that travels directly to the ice, while a qualified guide explains the geology of the region.  Lunch is included.  Overnight in Jasper.

Day 6 Jasper Sightseeing, VIA Rail Departure

This morning begins with a four-hour tour of the Jasper area. Experience Jasper National Park by travelling the trails of the early explorers and view the park’s unspoiled grandeur. You will begin along the mighty Athabasca River, learning about explorer David Thompson and the valley ecosystem. Enjoy a short hike above Maligne Canyon (optional), with its narrow gorge and limestone walls created by 10,000 years of water erosion and visit a place of mystery and Indian legend at Medicine Lake. On your tour to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, you are sure to see a variety of mountain wildlife.

At 2:30pm, depart Jasper onboard the VIA Rail 'Canadian' train. Dinner is served as you travel through the wild BC Rockies. Highlights before dinner include Yellowhead Pass, and a chance to see the enormous summit of Mt Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. There are a few dome cars to visit for fantastic views, a games car for light entertainment and reading, and a parlour car for socializing and having a few drinks, if desired. The train heads south as you enter the Rocky Mountain trench again then turns up into the Monashee mountains to trace the North Thompson River down to Kamloops. Snuggle into your down duvet for a comfortable night in private-bedroom accommodations. Sleeping onboard the train is a real treat, just like the old days.

Day 7 Vancouver arrival and sightseeing

Wake up to a fabulous breakfast onboard the train, arriving in Vancouver in the morning. Check-in to your hotel then venture out to tour the city at your own pace on a Hop-on Hop-off tour bus. 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. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon in Canada's most popular city. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 8 Vancouver Departure

Your vacation concludes after checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

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