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Glittering Glaciers of the West

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Take in the majesty of the iconic Rockies onboard the glass-domed coach of Rocky Mountaineer, Canada's most scenic train ride, and undoubtedly, one of the world's most beautiful train journeys. This 5-day Western Canada experience also includes Ice Explorer ride, Glacier Skywalk, and Banff Gondola.
Canada
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Experience a scenic Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service  rail journey  between Vancouver and Lake Louise (upgrade to GoldLeaf Service available).

Discover the thrill of  Columbia Icefield Discovery Tour, Ice Explorer ride, Glacier Skywalk and Banff Gondola.

Sweeping vistas, luxurious cuisine, and world-class comfort - this Rocky Mountaineer experience fills your holiday with  nothing but thrills  and  excitement as you make your way across Western Canada. Rocky Mountaineer, the country's most scenic train ride, and undoubtedly, one of the world's most beautiful train journeys, will take you on an adventure of a lifetime starting in Vancouver and ending in Lake Louise, a charming  hamlet in Banff National Park known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake. Soak up the sights from your glass-dome coach or get closer to your surroundings in the  outdoor viewing area. Enjoy gourmet meals served seatside and listen as your onboard hosts entertain  you with stories. Rocky Mountaineer's onboard team is always ready to take care of your requests and ensure your comfort.

This 5-day package also includes Columbia Icefield Discovery Tour, Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier, Glacier Skywalk, sightseeing tour of Banff, and scenic Banff Gondola ride.

This tour departs from Vancouver on Mondays, Tuesdays and  Fridays.

VALID FOR SALE:  Now – 30 April 2020 

2020 DEPARTURES

  • 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26 & 29 May
  • 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 & 30 June
  • 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 & 31 July 
  • 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28 & 31 August
  •  1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25 & 28 September
  • 2, 5 & 9 October
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Included

4 nights in a 3.5 star accommodation including provincial taxes
Rocky Mountaineer journey in SilverLeaf Service between Vancouver and Lake Louise (upgrade to GoldLeaf Service available)
2 breakfasts and 3 lunches as per itinerary
Banff Gondola
Columbia Icefield Discovery Tour
Glacier Skywalk
Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier
National Park fees
Sightseeing tour of Banff
Scheduled transfer between Banff & Calgary

Itinerary

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Day 1
Vancouver to Kamloops (Rocky Mountaineer)

All aboard Rocky Mountaineer for the scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser River Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes to historic Kamloops.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 2
Kamloops to Lake Louise (Rocky Mountaineer)

Departing Kamloops, follow the South Thompson River to Shuswap Lake with its thousand miles of shoreline. Pass Craigellachie where the ‘last spike’ was driven, completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Enter Rogers Pass with its tunnels, snow-sheds and glistening Glaciers. The Kicking Horse River leads you to Kicking Horse Pass and the Spiral Tunnels.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Banff (Coach)

Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield that covers an area of nearly 325 sq km and reaches a depth of 320 m. Time allows for an Ice Explorer ride (included) on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 280 m over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. After, continue along the Icefield Parkway where stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes and the Crowfoot Glacier. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Return back down the Icefields Parkway for an overnight stay in Banff. Picnic lunch included today.

Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June.

Lunch
Day 4
Banff

This morning, tour the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind) & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead: an abandoned mining town and the relic of Banff’s industrial past. At the end of the tour you will be taken to the Banff Gondola for a breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an awe inspiring 360-degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Return to downtown Banff at your leisure (transfer not included).

Day 5
Banff - Calgary (Coach)

This morning is free for you to explore Banff before your scheduled coach to Calgary which departs midday. Follow the Trans Canada Highway and leave the Rocky Mountains to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometres and extend as far south as Mexico. This is a ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada. Arrive in Calgary mid-afternoon with drop-off at Calgary Airport or downtown hotel.

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Currency
Canadian Dollars
2021 - 2022 Departures Available
4 nights
from AUD6,659
per person, twin share
Canada
Vancouver (Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays)
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages
01 May - 09 October 2020

Optional Extras

Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service available.

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