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Rockies Explorer (eastbound) 8 days from $2999CAD per person - Independent Tour

All of the must-see attractions of the Canadian Rockies are included in this eight-day itinerary.

2017 Package Start Dates:
Starts Vancouver (Eastbound)
Mondays & Thursdays
Apr 17 - Oct 12

Eastbound
Day Activities Overnight
1 Arrive in Vancouver Vancouver
2 Rocky Mountaineer train to Kamloops Kamloops
3 Rocky Mountaineer train to Jasper Jasper
4 Jasper Tour Jasper
5 Icefields Parkway Tour including Ice Explorer Banff
6 Scenic tour to Lake Louise from Banff Banff
7 Banff tour including Banff Gondola Banff
8 Transfer to Calgary. End of tour  

2017 Package Start Dates:

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

Package Includes

• 2 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service
• 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches onboard train
• 7 nights hotel accommodation
• Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver (2 day pass)
• Jasper Tour with boat cruise or walk (lake ice usually melted by end of May, Jasper tour substitute earlier)
• Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer
• Lake Louise and Yoho Park Tour from Banff
• Banff Tour including Banff Gondola
• Transfer to Calgary airport or downtown
• Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper

Not Included

• Transportation from Vancouver airport
• Meals, other than onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• Canadian sales tax

2017 Vacation Prices

Vacation start days Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
17 Apr-30 Apr $2999 $4409 $5869 $4979 $6849
01 May-25 May $3459 $5019 $6959 $5609 $7989
26 May-30 Sep $3699 $5229 $7369 $5839 $8419
01 Oct-10 Oct $3349 $4939 $6879 $5529 $7899
11 Oct-12 Oct $3169 $4649 $6289 $5189 $7219

* 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
17 Apr-30 Apr $2219 $3262 $4343 $3684 $5068
01 May-25 May $2559 $3714 $5149 $4150 $5911
26 May-30 Sep $2737 $3869 $5453 $4320 $6230
01 Oct-10 Oct $2478 $3654 $5090 $4091 $5845
11 Oct-12 Oct $2345 $3440 $4653 $3839 $5342

* 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
17 Apr-30 Apr £1799 £2645 £3521 £2987 £4109
01 May-25 May £2075 £3011 £4175 £3365 £4793
26 May-30 Sep £2219 £3137 £4421 £3503 £5051
01 Oct-10 Oct £2009 £2963 £4127 £3317 £4739
11 Oct-12 Oct £1901 £2789 £3773 £3113 £4331

* 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
17 Apr-30 Apr €2069 €3042 €4049 €3435 €4725
01 May-25 May €2386 €3463 €4801 €3870 €5512
26 May-30 Sep €2552 €3608 €5084 €4028 €5809
01 Oct-10 Oct €2310 €3407 €4746 €3815 €5450
11 Oct-12 Oct €2186 €3207 €4339 €3580 €4981

* 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
17 Apr-30 Apr $2939 $4320 $5751 $4879 $6712
01 May-25 May $3389 $4918 $6819 $5496 $7829
26 May-30 Sep $3625 $5124 $7221 $5722 $8250
01 Oct-10 Oct $3282 $4840 $6741 $5418 $7741
11 Oct-12 Oct $3105 $4556 $6163 $5085 $7074

* 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.  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 Jasper

In the morning, the train departs Kamloops, travelling along the shore of North Thompson River, through charming rural communities, up into the Rocky Mountain trench.  Geological changes are evident as the train travels through two higher and dramatic ranges, the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Along route, observe the gorgeous peak, Mount Terry Fox, named after the legendary fundraiser, Terry Fox, who attempted to run across Canada with his prosthetic leg before losing his life to Cancer.  Next, examine the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet).  Pass by the stunning Moose Lake and the picturesque Pyramid Falls before arriving and staying overnight in the cosy resort town of Jasper, in Jasper National Park.  Breakfast and lunch are included on the train. Overnight in Jasper.

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 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 in Banff for the night.

Day 6 Lake Louise tour from Banff

This is a full day tour including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Yoho National Park. Spend the morning touring Banff National Park's highlights including Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Afternoon highlights will include Yoho National Park, visiting Takakkaw Falls, Kicking Horse Pass, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge that spans across the Kicking Horse River.

Day 7 Banff Sightseeing

Take a 4.5 hour guided bus tour (with pickup at 8:00am) through the towering mountains of Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade, and Norquay and learn about the natural attractions of the wind-shaped hoodoos. Be aware of the 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 8 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.

This itinerary is also available in reverse on Tuesdays & Saturdays.

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