Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway Circle


9-day Independent Tour

First-class

The Tour

Latest News: Book a 2018 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 8 days or more and you’ll receive $800 per couple in added value to use towards enhancing your rail adventure. Offer ends August 25, 2017. Blackout dates apply.

New for 2017: Sonora Resort, Canada’s premiere wilderness resort, is the perfect complement to your train journey. Add two (or more) pre- or post-nights at this all-inclusive lodge, accessible only by float plane or boat from Vancouver. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, experience a guided salmon-fishing outing, or go on a grizzly bear viewing tour. Call / e-mail us for details.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

This fantastic circular route starts and ends in Vancouver. In between, visit Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff.

Enjoy a four-day trip on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer. Enjoy gourmet meals on board while spotting Canadian wildlife from your seat. A host of knowledgeable and friendly attendants will keep you engaged with stories and facts about what you see outside your windows. They’ll also make sure that you never go thirsty with around-the-clock beverage service.

Experience the engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels and the beauty of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the stunning glacial-fed aquamarine lakes of Lake Louise and the majesty of the natural bridge over Kicking Horse River. Get an incredible view of Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 13,000 feet, as you cross the Continental Divide.

Ride the the Banff Gondola and tour the Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer (one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle).

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“The trip was relaxing as a whole, and the sights were heavenly. We don’t have glaciers or snow-capped mountains in our country!” 

— J. Co & Family, Manila, Philippines

The Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver to 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 River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the 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 and into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.  (B, L)

Day 3: Kamloops to Jasper
Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide.

Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends on arrival in the resort town of Jasper this evening. Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)

Day 4: Jasper to Lake Louise
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included).

Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 5: Lake Louise to Banff
A free morning at Lake Louise. Included is a one-hour guided lakeshore stroll. This afternoon, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff.

Day 6: Banff Sightseeing
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewaka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Banff.

Day 7: Banff to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior.

Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops.  (B, L)

Day 8: Kamloops to Vancouver
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.  (B, L)

Day 9: Vancouver Departure
Your vacation ends with check-out from your Vancouver hotel.

2017 Dates:

August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2, 5, 9

2018 Dates:

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

The Prices

2017 Departures
Goldleaf Service
GoldLeaf Deluxe Service
June 1-Sept. 25 $5,959  $6,599
Sept. 28  $5,479  $6,039
Oct. 2-9 $5,159 $5,719

 

2018 Pricing:
Departure Date
Goldleaf
Service
GoldLeaf
Deluxe Service
Spring & Fall Shoulder Season (April & Oct.) $5,799-$5,999 $6,699-$6,899
High Season (late April – September) $7,149-$$7,599 $8,099-$8,649

All prices are per person, double occupancy. Please contact us for single occupancy, triple occupancy, and child rates. Prices subject to change.

Other

Book any 2018 departure by August 25, 2017 and receive up to $800 in added value per couple! Credit can be redeemed for extra hotel nights, meals, city sightseeing excursions, outdoor activities, and more. Blackout dates apply.

New for 2017: Sonora Resort, Canada’s premiere wilderness resort, is the perfect complement to your train journey. Add two (or more) pre- or post-nights at this all-inclusive lodge, accessible only by float plane or boat from Vancouver. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, experience a guided salmon-fishing outing, or go on a grizzly bear viewing tour. Call / e-mail us for details.

Book your 2017 departure by by July 7, 2017, and receive a complimentary hotel night in either Vancouver or Calgary. Blackout dates apply.

Tour priced in U.S. dollars. Prices are per person, double occupancy and do not include GST (5%) or fuel surcharge. Prices for singles or triples are available on request.

Deposit Required:  20%

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on this and other of our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

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The Highlights

Four full days traveling on the Rocky Mountaineer through the breathtaking scenery of British Columbia and Alberta
Spectacular views from the train’s dome car and open-air observation platform (GoldLeaf only)
Traveling the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic drives, with a stop at the Columbia Icefield
Breathtaking Lake Louise
Half-day tour of Yoho National Park, including Emerald Lake and the Spiral Tunnels
Tasty meals in the lovely diner of the Rocky Mountaineer (GoldLeaf only)
Sightseeing in Banff including the Banff Gondola for fabulous views
Photographers love the large open-air vestibule on Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Photographers love the large open-air vestibule on Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Incredible service from GoldLeaf on board hosts. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Incredible service from GoldLeaf on board hosts. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Gourmet meals are served in the beautiful dining car -- on the first level of the GoldLeaf dome car.
Gourmet meals are served in the beautiful dining car -- on the first level of the GoldLeaf dome car.
The Rocky Mountaineer travels along one of Canada's scenic lakes. ©J.W. Hanback
The Rocky Mountaineer travels along one of Canada's scenic lakes. ©J.W. Hanback