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Rockies Escapade9 days from $4629CAD 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 nine day circle itinerary and enjoy romantic private-bedroom sleeping accommodations onboard the VIA Rail ‘Canadian’ train from Vancouver.

This tour has a very full schedule and is an excellent way of seeing everything in the Canadian Rockies. Multiple additional nights can be added in the middle of the tour if you would like more time in the Rockies.

2018 Package Start Dates:
Starts Vancouver (Circle)
Mondays & Thursdays
Apr 12 - Oct 08

Clockwise
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 including Ice Explorer Lake Louise
6 Scenic tour from Lake Louise to Banff Banff
7 Rocky Mountaineer train to Kamloops Kamloops
8 Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver Vancouver
9 End of tour

2018 Package Start Dates:

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

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
• 7 nights hotel accommodation
• Yoho Park Tour from Lake Louise to Banff (begins May 1, scenic transfer for earlier departures)
• Icefields Parkway Tour including Ice Explorer
• Jasper Nature Tour
• Jasper Skytram pass with shuttle
• 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 between VIA Rail station and Vancouver hotel
• Meals, other than onboard trains
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• Canadian 5% sales tax

2018 Vacation Prices

Vacation start days Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
12 Apr-30 Apr $4629 $6519 $8729 $6849 $9399
01 May-31 May $5249 $7279 $9769 $7649 $10519
01 Jun-30 Sep $5829 $8009 $10869 $8379 $11609
01 Oct-08 Oct $5149 $7519 $10359 $7889 $11109

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $649.

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
12 Apr-30 Apr $3610 $5084 $6808 $5342 $7331
01 May-31 May $4094 $5677 $7619 $5966 $8204
01 Jun-30 Sep $4546 $6247 $8477 $6535 $9055
01 Oct-08 Oct $4016 $5864 $8080 $6153 $8665

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $506.

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
12 Apr-30 Apr £2731 £3846 £5150 £4040 £5545
01 May-31 May £3096 £4294 £5763 £4512 £6206
01 Jun-30 Sep £3439 £4725 £6412 £4943 £6849
01 Oct-08 Oct £3037 £4436 £6111 £4654 £6554

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional £382.

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
12 Apr-30 Apr €3101 €4367 €5848 €4588 €6297
01 May-31 May €3516 €4876 €6545 €5124 €7047
01 Jun-30 Sep €3905 €5366 €7282 €5613 €7778
01 Oct-08 Oct €3449 €5037 €6940 €5285 €7443

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional €434.

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
12 Apr-30 Apr $4582 $6453 $8641 $6780 $9305
01 May-31 May $5196 $7206 $9671 $7572 $10413
01 Jun-30 Sep $5770 $7928 $10760 $8295 $11492
01 Oct-08 Oct $5097 $7443 $10255 $7810 $10997

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $642.

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 on board 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 a late afternoon 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 Lake Louise

Travel southeast by motorcoach down the Columbia 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 6 Lake Louise to Banff

Enjoy a free morning in Lake Louise. After lunch, enjoy a motorcoach tour of the area. 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. Overnight in Banff.

Day 7 Banff to Kamloops

Board the Rocky Mountaineer train, and admire the phenomenal snow topped Rocky Mountains looming overhead. Observe the rivers as they change their direction of flow as the train passes over the Continental Divide. 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. Finally, view a dramatic change of scenery, as the train approaches the ranchlands of interior plateau. The train will stop for the night in the city of Kamloops, and you will be transferred to your hotel. Breakfast and lunch are included aboard the train.

Day 8 Kamloops to Vancouver

Depart from central British Columbia to the coastal city of Vancouver. The environment will gradually change, as the train leaves the arid environment of the interior plateau. 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 and the towering granite mountains near the city of Hope. Enjoy passing through British Columbia’s agricultural heartland, the historic Fraser Valley; a memorable site, bordered by lush, vegetated mountainsides, with the salmon rich Fraser River winding through. Spend the night in a downtown Vancouver hotel. Breakfast and lunch are included aboard the train.

Day 9 Vancouver Departure

Your vacation concludes upon check-out from your Vancouver hotel. Extra nights available!

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