Vancouver Return Trip

Four full days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer on two historic routes make this tour unforgettable. You’ll visit all of the highlights of the Canadian Rocky Mountains – from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the peaks of the Rockies, you will see the very best of Canada’s mountains, lakes, glaciers and waterfalls.

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.

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Travel Summary

  • Day 1: Vancouver Arrival - overnight in Vancouver
  • Day 2: Rocky Mountaineer Train from Vancouver to Kamloops - overnight in Kamloops
  • Day 3: Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Jasper - overnight in Jasper
  • Day 4: Sightseeing Tour from Jasper to Lake Louise including Columbia Icefields Excursion - overnight in Lake Louise
  • Day 5: Lake Louise to Banff: Mountains, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour - overnight in Banff
  • Day 6: Banff Sightseeing Tour including Gondola - overnight in Banff
  • Day 7: Rocky Mountaineer Train from Banff to Kamloops - overnight in Kamloops
  • Day 8: Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Vancouver - overnight in Vancouver
  • Day 9: Vancouver Departure
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Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver Arrival

Start your trip by arriving in Vancouver—Canada’s third largest city. Due to its cultural diversity and bustling arts scene, this west coast gem is home to a number of unique attractions. If your schedule permits, purchasing “Hop On Hop Off” bus passes is a great way to see the city at your leisure. You may also add a second night in Vancouver to your vacation package and receive complimentary Hop On Hop Off passes through Canada Rail Vacations! After a day of exploring popular destinations like Stanley Park, Granville Island and Gastown, you’ll soon realize why Vancouver is often called one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Spend tonight in your hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Day 2 - Rocky Mountaineer Train from Vancouver to Kamloops

Board the Rocky Mountaineer train in the morning and say goodbye to the coast! Your journey begins through the lush mountainsides of the Fraser Valley where you will travel alongside the mighty, salmon-filled waters of the Fraser River. This essential tour includes four full days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, famous for its exquisite quality, excellent service and spectacular vistas in all directions.

Travel through river canyons carved into some of Canada’s most glorious mountain ranges. Passing by geographic attractions like Hell’s Gate and through distinct ecological environments, you’ll eventually reach the drier habitat of the interior plateau. Spend tonight in your Kamloops hotel room.

Day 3 - Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Jasper

Depart from Kamloops in the morning and travel along the shore of the North Thompson River. Passing through charming farming communities, you’ll eventually reach the Rocky Mountain Trench— sometimes called the Valley of a Thousand Peaks.

There will be plenty of chances to spot wildlife and you’ll get an exclusive view of Pyramid Falls. Before your approach to Jasper, Mount Robson—the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies—will be there to greet you. Spend tonight in your Jasper hotel room.

Day 4 - Sightseeing Tour from Jasper to Lake Louise including Columbia Icefields Excursion

Today you’re riding along the most beautiful highway in Canada—the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include stops at the powerful Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefield, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. Pose for your new profile picture at one of these breathtaking locations.

The highlight of the day will be at the Athabasca Glacier where you will climb aboard the Ice Explorer—a specialized bus that travels directly on to the glacier. Relax and listen as your guide explains all about its natural wonders. Tonight, you’ll be sleeping in style in your room at the picturesque Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 5 - Lake Louise to Banff: Mountains, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour

Your motorcoach leaves in the morning and offers you a guided tour of the area between Lake Louise and Banff. Cross the Continental Divide, and pass through Yoho National Park, with sights such as Takakkaw Falls, Kicking Horse Pass, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge that spans across the Kicking Horse River. You will spend the next two nights in your hotel in the famously friendly mountain resort town of Banff.

Day 6 - Banff Sightseeing Tour including Gondola

Today you’ll be on a 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. The rest of the afternoon in Banff is yours to spend walking some local trails, playing golf or relaxing as you choose.

Day 7 - Rocky Mountaineer Train from Banff to Kamloops

Toast to being back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer! Once again, you’ll be passing by the snow-peaked mountains and crystal-clear waters that our country is famous for. This time highlights include; the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon and Rogers Pass.

A dramatic change of scenery will take place as you approach the ranchlands of the interior plateau. You’ll spend another night in your Kamloops hotel room.

Day 8 - Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Vancouver

You’re on your way back to the coast today. Dine on locally-sourced, gourmet meals as you wind through the changing scenery and take in that fresh mountain air. You’ll have spent four full days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train and we hope this last day is as magical as the rest have been. Arrive in Vancouver and spend the night in your downtown hotel room.

Day 9 - Vancouver Departure

Your vacation with us is complete upon checking out of your hotel room. The airport is a short taxi ride away. Thank you for travelling with Canada Rail Vacations, we hope to see you again.

What's Included

  • 4 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer
  • Yoho Park Tour from Lake Louise to Banff
  • Explore Banff tour including Gondola
  • *Complimentary Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver provided when an additional night in Vancouver is added to your vacation package
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Jasper, Kamloops & Banff
  • Gratuities/tip for onboard train staff
  • Independent Tour

Not Included

  • Transportation to/from Vancouver airport (available, please ask for details)
  • Meals, other than onboard train
  • Gratuities/tip for hotel and transfer staff
  • Canadian 5% sales tax

2023 Pricing - Canadian Dollars

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Hotel Upgrade:


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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Upgrade:


Additional +$300



Pricing Details:
  • Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
  • Prices are based on double occupancy. For single and triple sharing, please request a quote.
  • To qualify for any current Specials, please request a quote.
  • Upgrades to Premium hotel rooms (5 stars) and Private Tours/Transfers are available. Please request a quote.

Approximate Exchange Rates:

$1.00 CAD =

$0.74 USD

€0.69 EUR

£0.61 GBP

$1.07 AUD