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Best of the West (eastbound) 10 days from $4289CAD per person - Independent Tour

Vancouver, Victoria, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary. The names evoke images of beautiful cities, blue oceans, pristine lakes and towering mountains. This journey highlights some of the best of Canada’s West.

2019 Package Start Dates:
Starts Vancouver (Eastbound)
Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays
Apr 11 - Oct 07

Eastbound
Day Activities Overnight
1 Arrive in Victoria Victoria
2 Victoria city tour including Butchart Gardens Victoria
3 Whale watching tour. Motorcoach and ferry transfer to Vancouver Vancouver
4 Full day Vancouver Hop on Hop off city tour Vancouver
5 Rocky Mountaineer train to Kamloops Kamloops
6 Rocky Mountaineer train to Banff Banff
7 Banff tour including Banff Gondola. Banff
8 Scenic tour to Lake Louise Lake Louise
9 Transfer to Calgary Calgary
10 End of tour  

2019 Package Start Dates:

Starts Vancouver (Eastbound) Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays
Apr 11 15 18 22 25 29
May 2 3 6 9 10 13 16 17 20 23 24 27 30
Jun 3 6 10 13 17 20 24 27 28
Jul 1 4 5 8 11 12 15 18 19 22 25 26 29
Aug 1 2 5 8 9 12 15 16 19 22 23 26 29 30
Sep 2 5 6 9 12 13 16 19 20 23 26 30
Oct 3 7

Package Includes

• 2 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service
• 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
• 9 nights hotel accommodation
• Tour of Victoria including Butchart Gardens
• Whale watching tour in Victoria
• Coach and ferry transfer to Vancouver
• Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver
• Banff Tour including Banff Gondola
• Yoho National Park Tour from Banff to Lake Louise
• Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff
• Transfer to Calgary

Not Included

• Transportation to/from Vancouver or Calgary airport (available, please ask for details)
• Meals, other than onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• Canadian 5% sales tax

2019 Vacation Prices

Vacation start days Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
11 Apr-30 Apr $4289 $6699 $9809 $7359 $11119
01 May-23 May $5339 $7709 $11319 $8359 $12619
24 May-30 Sep $5879 $8009 $11919 $8659 $13219
01 Oct-07 Oct $5149 $7519 $11419 $8169 $12719

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $679.

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
11 Apr-30 Apr $3259 $5091 $7454 $5592 $8450
01 May-23 May $4057 $5858 $8602 $6352 $9590
24 May-30 Sep $4468 $6086 $9058 $6580 $10046
01 Oct-07 Oct $3913 $5714 $8678 $6208 $9666

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $516.

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
11 Apr-30 Apr £2530 £3952 £5787 £4341 £6560
01 May-23 May £3150 £4548 £6678 £4931 £7445
24 May-30 Sep £3468 £4725 £7032 £5108 £7799
01 Oct-07 Oct £3037 £4436 £6737 £4819 £7504

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional £400.

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
11 Apr-30 Apr €2873 €4488 €6572 €4930 €7449
01 May-23 May €3577 €5165 €7583 €5600 €8454
24 May-30 Sep €3938 €5366 €7985 €5801 €8856
01 Oct-07 Oct €3449 €5037 €7650 €5473 €8521

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional €454.

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
11 Apr-30 Apr $4460 $6966 $10201 $7653 $11563
01 May-23 May $5552 $8017 $11771 $8693 $13123
24 May-30 Sep $6114 $8329 $12395 $9005 $13747
01 Oct-07 Oct $5354 $7819 $11875 $8495 $13227

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $706.

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 Victoria arrival

Upon your arrival Victoria International Airport, independently enjoy the remainder of the day exploring this picturesque city. Go for a stroll from your downtown hotel and you'll notice Vancouver Island’s pleasing atmosphere, and Victoria’s quaint charm.  Overnight in Victoria.

Day 2 Victoria city tour and Butchart Gardens

Discover fascinating historical and cultural information on a motorcoach tour of Victoria. See Craigdarroch Castle, the Parliament Building on the Inner Harbour and learn all about this city's history. In the afternoon transfer to the world famous Butchart Gardens where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll and examine the fine examples of local and exotic botany.

Day 3 Victoria to Vancouver

In the morning, leave from Victoria harbour to journey on a 3.5 hour whale watching excursion.  This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a custom-built catamaran boat that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilarating, safe and enjoyable whale watching experience. Comments by a certified marine biologist and naturalist are provided. After that, travel onwards to Vancouver aboard a ferry.  Overnight in Vancouver in a downtown hotel for two nights.

Day 4 Vancouver city tour

Spend the day exploring Vancouver’s excellent attractions at your own pace with our Hop-on Hop-off city tour pass. Hightlights include areas 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.  

Day 5 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 6 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 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 Lake Louise

A full day tour to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. By early May, the snow melts allowing a scenic tour of Yoho National Park on the way there. Cross the Great Divide, enter Yoho and visit Takakkaw Falls, Kicking Horse Pass, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge that spans across the Kicking Horse River. The rest of the afternoon is to enjoy at Lake Louise.

Day 9 Lake Louise to Calgary

After a morning of leisure in Lake Louise enjoy a scenic four hour transfer from Lake Louise to Calgary in the afternoon.

Day 10 Calgary Departure

Your vacation concludes upon check-out from your Calgary hotel.  Thank you for travelling with CanadaRail.ca.

 

This itinerary is also available in reverse on Sundays, Wednesdays & Saturdays.

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