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Rockies Explorer (westbound) 8 days from $3049CAD per person - Independent Tour

This tour allows you to experience the wonders of the Canadian Rockies. In addition to lodging in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, you’ll also enjoy guided tours in three National Parks – Banff, Yoho and Jasper. The tour concludes with a memorable two-day train ride across the Rockies into Vancouver.

2017 Package Start Dates:
Starts Calgary (Westbound)
Tuesdays & Saturdays
Apr 15 - Oct 10

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

2017 Package Start Dates:

Starts Calgary (Westbound) Tuesdays & Saturdays
Apr 15 22 25 29
May 2 6 9 13 16 20 23 27 30
Jun 3 6 10 13 17 20 24 27
Jul 1 4 8 11 15 18 22 25 29
Aug 1 5 8 12 15 19 22 26 29
Sep 2 5 9 12 16 19 23 26 30
Oct 3 7 10

Package Includes

• Transfer from Calgary airport or downtown to Banff
• Banff Tour including Banff Gondola
• Yoho National Park Tour from Banff to Lake Louise
• 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)
• 2 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service
• 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches onboard train
• 7 nights hotel accommodation
• Rail station transfers in Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
• Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver (2 day pass)

Not Included

• Transportation to Vancouver airport (available, please ask for details)
• 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
15 Apr-30 Apr $3049 $4409 $5899 $5029 $6949
01 May-25 May $3449 $4959 $6879 $5609 $7989
26 May-30 Sep $3689 $5169 $7279 $5829 $8419
01 Oct-10 Oct $3339 $4889 $6799 $5529 $7899

* 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
15 Apr-30 Apr $2256 $3262 $4365 $3721 $5142
01 May-25 May $2552 $3669 $5090 $4150 $5911
26 May-30 Sep $2729 $3825 $5386 $4313 $6230
01 Oct-10 Oct $2470 $3617 $5031 $4091 $5845

* 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
15 Apr-30 Apr £1829 £2645 £3539 £3017 £4169
01 May-25 May £2069 £2975 £4127 £3365 £4793
26 May-30 Sep £2213 £3101 £4367 £3497 £5051
01 Oct-10 Oct £2003 £2933 £4079 £3317 £4739

* 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
15 Apr-30 Apr €2103 €3042 €4070 €3470 €4794
01 May-25 May €2379 €3421 €4746 €3870 €5512
26 May-30 Sep €2545 €3566 €5022 €4022 €5809
01 Oct-10 Oct €2303 €3373 €4691 €3815 €5450

* 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
15 Apr-30 Apr $2988 $4320 $5781 $4928 $6810
01 May-25 May $3380 $4859 $6741 $5496 $7829
26 May-30 Sep $3615 $5065 $7133 $5712 $8250
01 Oct-10 Oct $3272 $4791 $6663 $5418 $7741

* 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 Calgary to Banff

Upon landing in Calgary, you’ll be transferred to Banff, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

Day 2 Banff

Your Canadian vacation kicks into high gear with a guided 4.5 hour tour. You’ll visit Bow Falls (made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the 1954 film River of No Return) and Tunnel Mountain Drive, a stretch of road with unobstructed views of Mount Rundle, Cascade Mountain and Banff’s famous hoodoos (finger-like rock formations). The highlight of the tour will be a short gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, a favorite place of bighorn sheep.

Day 3 Banff to Lake Louise

The ride to Lake Louise will be highlighted by a visit to Banff and Yoho National Parks. Both parks, along with two others in the area, were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Beginning in Banff, you’ll visit Moraine Lake. Next, you’ll cross the Continental Divide into Yoho for visits to Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls, one of the largest in Canada, and the Kicking Horse River’s natural bridge. You’ll then arrive in Lake Louise and check into the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. From the hotel you’ll enjoy out-the-door access to one of the planet’s greatest alpine settings.

Day 4 Lake Louise to Jasper

Your tour continues north, following the Canadian Rockies along the Icefields Parkway, rated as one of the most scenic stretches of highway in the world. To maximize the experience, you’ll journey onto the Athabasca Glacier aboard a specially designed Ice Explorer bus. This massive ice flow is part of the Columbia Icefield, the largest nonpolar ice cap on the planet. The backdrop of mountains surrounding the glacier creates an incredibly dramatic setting. From here you’ll continue on to Jasper.

Day 5 Jasper

Today you’ll enjoy a guided tour through Jasper National Park, considered the most rugged of the region’s four parks. A boat cruise across Maligne Lake highlights the day. Maligne is the largest glacier-supplied lake in the Rockies and second largest in the world. Towering, snow-blanketed peaks surround the lake, making it an endless Kodak moment. Your 90-minute cruise will include a stop on Spirit Island, a small dot of land, for photo-taking purposes. Please note that the lake is usually not free of the thick winter ice till the end of May, so another Jasper tour is substituted for earlier departures.

Day 6 Jasper to Kamloops

You’ll travel west through the Canadian Rockies aboard a Rocky Mountaineer train. This memorable ride snakes in and around jagged, snow-powdered peaks and past glacial lakes and streams, highlighted by Mount Robson, the region’s highest mountain at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet). After crossing the Continental Divide you’ll enter British Columbia and begin a slow descent out of the mountains into Kamloops.

Day 7 Kamloops to Vancouver

Your Rocky Mountaineer train travels west out of Kamloops, following the Thompson River before turning south and entering the Fraser River Valley. Along the way you’ll pass Hell’s Gate, a narrow slot of rock that transforms the Fraser River into a rage of whitewater. You’ll reach Vancouver in the late afternoon, giving you time to tour Canada’s third largest city. A two-day “Hop-on Hop-off” bus pass will allow you to tour at your own pace. The bus accesses some of Vancouver’s most popular attractions including Chinatown, Stanley Park, Gastown, the Robson Street Shopping District and English Bay Beach.

Day 8 Vancouver Departure

Your tour ends upon checking out of your hotel.

This itinerary is also available in reverse on Mondays & Thursdays.

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