Train Vancouver to Banff (7 days)

Ride the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train through the Canadian Rockies! On this historic Canadian Pacific Railway route to Banff National Park, you will see the very best of Canada’s landscapes: mountains, lakes, and waterfalls, from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the peaks of the Rocky Mountains . Conclude your tour with two nights in Banff, a mountain resort town rich in beauty, history, and adventure.

The world-famous Rocky Mountaineer is truly the trip of a lifetime. This luxury sightseeing train travels exclusively through the Canadian Rockies by daylight, slowing to highlight natural marvels. While indulging in hand-crafted, local cuisine, top-shelf beverages, and endless snacks and treats, you will listen to professional guides who will narrate Western Canada’s storied history and highlight unforgettable natural beauty. The Rocky Mountaineer stops overnight in the lake town of Kamloops so guests can sleep in a comfortable hotel and get ready for the rest of their adventure.

Travel Summary

  • Sep 17: Vancouver Arrival - overnight in Vancouver
  • Sep 18: Vancouver meetings and city tour - overnight in Vancouver
  • Sep 19: Rocky Mountaineer Train from Vancouver to Kamloops - overnight in Kamloops
  • Sep 20: Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Banff - overnight in Banff
  • Sep 21: Banff Sightseeing Tour including Gondola - overnight in Banff
  • Sep 22: Lake Louise tour with optional included activities - overnight in Banff
  • Sep 23: Banff to Calgary Transfer

Daily Itinerary

September 17 - Vancouver Arrival

Arrive in Vancouver, Canada, known for its cultural and linguistic diversity. This city is very lively and home to a bustling arts scene. You will find that there is no shortage of things to do and places to explore. Your private driver will be waiting for you to take you to the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, where you’ll spend the next two nights.

September 18 - Meetings and a city tour

We’ve got a board room for all of your needs today. Spend the morning in meetings, catered with an exclusive lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a three hour city tour to get to know Vancouver better. Dinner will be included in one of the city’s finest restaurants.

September 19 - Rocky Mountaineer Train from Vancouver to Kamloops

Climb aboard the Rocky Mountaineer and raise your glass as the train heads northeast out of Vancouver. Your journey across Canada has officially begun! Travel alongside the mighty waters of the salmon-rich Fraser River and pass the powerful rapids of Hell’s Gate.

Towards the end of today you’ll approach the drier grasslands of Kamloops, where you will be spending the night in your hotel. Dinner vouchers at a nearby restaurant are included for those who are still hungry after a day of riding the rails.

September 20 - Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Banff

As you travel east towards the province of Alberta, you are greeted by the Canadian Rockies. Rocky lakeshores, snow-capped mountain peaks and crisp glacial streams accompany you as you dine on locally-sourced, gourmet meals.

Learn about points of interest such as astoundingly high Kicking Horse Canyon and the Spiral Tunnels. End off today in the friendly mountain resort town of Banff where you will spend the next three nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, one of the finest in Canada.

September 21 - Banff Sightseeing Tour including Gondola

Today you’ll be on a 4.5-hour guided tour through the towering Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade and Norquay Mountains. Learn about the wind-shaped hoodoos and experience Surprise Corner along Tunnel Mountain Drive. Take a gentle gondola ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain for fantastic views, interpretive boardwalks and photo opportunities. Lunch is included atop the Banff Gondola, which offers one of the best views to enjoy a meal in Canada.

The rest of the afternoon in Banff is yours to spend shopping, walking some local trails, canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, playing golf or relaxing as you choose.

September 22 - Lake Louise Tour and Activities

This morning we will take a guided tour to Lake Louise. Some of the optional included activities at Lake Louise are: canoeing on the pristine lake; a guided horseback ride up the mountain for some iconic views; a guided hike along the lakeshore or ride the Lake Louise Gondola in search of wildlife.

After a lunch in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, we will continue with our guided tour to Moraine Lake and back to Banff, arriving mid-afternoon, with plenty of time to explore the town.

September 23 - Banff to Calgary Scenic Transfer

We’ll have four shuttle times running throughout the day to bring you back to Calgary Airport in time to catch your flight home. Enjoy the 1.5 hour scenic transfer to Calgary. We’d like to thank you for travelling with Canada Rail Vacations.

The Rocky Mountaineer Train Route:

Onboard The Rocky Mountaineer Train:

What's Included

  • 2 days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer in a private car in GoldLeaf Service
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • All transfers door to door for the duration of the program
  • Vancouver city tour, Banff tour with Gondola, Lake Louise tour
  • Lake Louise optional activities
  • Transfer from Banff to Calgary airport
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops & Banff
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
  • Canadian sales tax of 5%

Not Included

  • Flights to Vancouver or from Calgary
  • Banff afternoon optional activities
  • Dinner in Kamloops and dinner in Banff on the first night