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Rockies Express

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Experience how vast and majestic Canada is with a splendid rail journey aboard Rocky Mountaineer. Witness stunning landscapes, explore the resort town of Banff, ride an aerial gondola to reach a mountain peak, and cruise across Lake Minnewanka.
Canada
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Enjoy an unforgettable rail transfer from Vancouver to Banff via Rocky Mountaineer

Discover the beautiful resort town of Banff, set in the heart of the Canadian Rockies

Witness true wilderness and enjoy an unforgettable rail journey on board the magnificent Rocky Mountaineer. Travel from Vancouver to Kamloops, gliding past the breathtaking scenery in the Fraser River Valley and the Coastal Mountains. Follow the South Thompson River to the glittering Shuswap Lake and make your way through Craigellachie, the small settlement where the Last Spike was driven, completing the Canadian Pacific Railway. As you continue your journey to Banff via the Rogers Pass and Kicking Horse Pass, you will pass through spiral tunnels and along amazing glaciers. Discover Banff, a famous resort town known for its surreal lakes and majestic mountains. Visit the Hoodoos, Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead. Take a thrilling Banff Gondola ride to Sulphur Mountain and explore the rest of the town at your own pace. Finish your tour in the high-spirited city of Calgary.

2020 Travel Dates

  • 13, 17, 20, 24 & 27  April
  • 01, 04, 05, 08, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26 & 29  May
  • 01,  02, 05, 08, 09, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 &  30 June
  • 03, 06, 07, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 & 31 July
  • 03, 04, 07, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28 & 31 August
  • 01, 04, 07, 08, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25 & 28  September
  • 02, 05 & 09 October

Valid for sale until 30 April 2020.

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Included

Rocky Mountaineer train between Vancouver and Banff, SilverLeaf Service (Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service available)
2-night accommodation in a 3.5-star hotel, including provincial taxes
2 breakfasts and 2 lunches as per itinerary
Return transfers between rail depot and hotel in Kamloops
Transfer between rail depot and hotel in Banff
Scheduled coach transfer between Banff and Calgary
Morning sightseeing tour of Banff
Banff Gondola ride
Lake Minnewanka Cruise (Calgary departures only, 01 Jun - 07 Oct)
National Park fees

Itinerary

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Day 1
Vancouver - 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 - Banff (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, snowsheds and glistening glaciers. The Kicking Horse River leads you to Kicking Horse Pass, the Spiral Tunnels, then over the Continental Divide to Banff and Banff National Park. 

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Banff - Calgary (Coach)

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)

In the mid-afternoon, depart for Calgary on a scheduled coach transfer. Following the Trans-Canada Highway, 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 ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada. Arrive into Calgary late afternoon with drop-off at Calgary Airport or downtown hotel.

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Currency
Canadian Dollars
2021 - 2022 Departures Available
2 nights
from AUD4,389
per person, twin share
Canada
Vancouver (Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays)
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages
13 April - 9 October 2020

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