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First Passage to the West Classic

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Over 125 years ago, this route united Canada and helped define a nation. Travelling between the Pacific coast and Banff, you'll witness mountains and wilderness, much of it seemingly unchanged since the days of the first explorers.
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Highlights

Enjoy 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer as you journey from Vancouver to Banff via Kamloops in style.

Enjoy the views of the Canadian landscape which transforms from greenery to towering peaks to wilderness

Witness historic Craigellachie

Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon

Your journey starts in the urban oasis of Vancouver, from beautiful beach walks to award-winning restaurants, it’s suburban, urban – and a natural beauty.

You will then board the Rocky Mountaineer for a journey through the farmlands of the Fraser Valley. From fertile greenery, the landscape transforms to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains, until you travel along the shores of Kamloops Lake into the city of Kamloops. As your mountain adventure continues and you travel east along the South Thompson River, you'll witness historic Craigellachie.

You'll gaze in wonder at cascading waterfalls and at icy glaciers spilling over the lips of the peaks above, on your way to the charming alpine town of Banff. Here you’ll discover a delightful combination of rugged mountains, lush parks with postcard scenery, and wildlife you’ll need to see to believe.

 

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Included

2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service
1 night in Vancouver at Sheraton Wall Centre - 4*
1 night in Kamloops
1 night in Banff at Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa - 3*
Station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff
4 meals included - 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches
Vancouver Lookout
National Parks Pass

Vancouver to Banff

 

Itinerary

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SilverLeaf Service
Onboard Rocky Mountaineer

Picture yourself onboard the world’s leading luxury rail experience. From the moment you set foot onboard, experience hosts that will go above and beyond to make your journey as comfortable as it is unforgettable. The custom-designed glass-dome coaches provide you with panoramic views – or get a bit closer by stepping into the outdoor viewing area. See the sights by day, sleep in a hotel at night. With Rocky Mountaineer, you get the best of both worlds: maximum views, and maximum comfort.

SilverLeaf Service Inclusions:

  • Breakfast and lunch served in the comfort of your seat
  • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Gourmet sweet and savoury snacks
  • Reclining, comfortable pre-assigned seating
  • Attended by two Hosts, plus one culinary team member
  • Luggage handling
  • Small outdoor viewing platform
  • Custom-designed single-level dome
Onboard Rocky Mountaineer
Chef serving breakfast seatside in SilverLeaf coach.
Day 1
Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own.

Overnight in Vancouver at the Sheraton Wall Centre.

Vancouver
Gastown, Vancouver
Day 2
Rocky Mountaineer: Vancouver → Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior.

On today's journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River.

Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops.

Overnight in Kamloops*

*Upon check-in for your train departure you will receive a boarding pass which will indicate your Kamloops accommodation. Your accommodation in Kamloops will be of a moderate standard, but will include all the essential amenities to make your stay comfortable.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included whilst onboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Breakfast, Lunch
Rocky Mountaineer: Vancouver → Kamloops
SilverLeaf Service
Day 3
Rocky Mountaineer: Kamloops → Banff

Your journey continues Eastward to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta.

Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today's highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff.

Overnight in Banff at the Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included whilst onboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Breakfast, Lunch
Rocky Mountaineer: Kamloops → Banff
Banff
Day 4
Banff

Your journey ends upon checkout from your Banff hotel.

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Currency
Canadian Dollars
Rocky Mountaineer 2021 Package
Book now for 2021
3 nights
from AUD2,304
per person, twin share
Canada
Vancouver
Banff
Nature, Rail
Rail Packages
25 April 2021 - 03 October 2021

Hotel options

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Banff
Located in Banff National Park, the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa offers a mountain lodge hotel, a great steakhouse restaurant and a full service spa, all in one outstanding location. This ideal vacation spot is located on Banff Avenue, the main street in the town of Banff. Surrounded by mountains, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Vancouver
The Sheraton Wall Centre Downtown Vancouver Hotel is the perfect location for strolling scenic Robson Street and Yaletown or making connections in the nearby business and financial districts. Whatever your plans are, you'll find a feeling of welcome unlike any other at one of the best Vancouver hotels.

Optional Extras

Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service aboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Features of GoldLeaf Service:

  • Bi-level dome with seating above and dining below
  • Full glass-dome windows with panoramic views
  • Gourmet à la carte meals in the lower-level dining room
  • Reclining, comfortable pre-assigned seating with ample leg room
  • Attended by three to four Hosts plus a full culinary team
  • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Gourmet sweet and savoury snacks included
  • Large exclusive outdoor viewing platform
  • Engaging hosts with stories about historic sites, flora, fauna and wildlife
  • Luxurious hotel accomodations with premium room categories.

2021 Departures

  • April – 25,29
  • May - 2,3,6,9,10,13,16,17,20,23,27,30
  • June - 3,6,10,13,17,20,24,27
  • July - 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25,29
  • August - 1,5,8,12,15,19,22,23,26,29,30
  • September - 2,5,6,9,12,13,16,19,20,23,26,30
  • October - 3

Important notes

Please note that pricing is based on a “from price” which varies on each departure and is subject to change without notice. Please contact our friendly team for exact pricing, availability, and upgrade options.

We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means we may need to offer an alternative hotel of equivalent or better quality. Our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit.

Excluded

  • Transportation from Vancouver airport
  • Transportation from Banff
  • Meals, other than onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Activities, other than specified
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
  • Fuel surcharges
  • GST as applicable

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