Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West Highlights


7-day Independent Tour

First-class

The Tour

Our Gift to You:  Book with IRT and enjoy a free, one-way private limo airport transfer (U.S. dollar value +$140)  when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

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

Please note: this journey was formerly named  “Canadian Rockies Highlights.”


This is a fabulous introduction to the Canadian Rockies, including a two-day trip on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Lake Louise (or vice versa). 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 sharp climb over Roger’s Pass and the engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels. Visit the stunning glacial-fed aquamarine lakes of Lake Louise and the majesty of the natural bridge over Kicking Horse River.

Ride the the Banff Gondola, visit the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, and see the Rockies from a bird’s eye view on a Panoramic Helicopter Tour!

Overnight in fabulous hotels like the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, and the Fairmont Vancouver. Add an additional night in either Calgary or Vancouver to extend your vacation.

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“Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer lavished me with cozy nights at historic four-star hotels, gourmet meals and, most important, two days’ worth of panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies from the comfort of my double-decked Gold Leaf dome car.”

— Rachel M. Hardy, October, 2015

The Itinerary

Westbound

Day 1: Calgary Arrival
Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in “The Heart of the New West” independently.  Visit the Calgary Tower and take a beautiful walk on the city’s dedicated walking/running path. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 2: Summit Helicopter Tour, Calgary to Banff
Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Lake Louise. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. A trip on the Banff Gondola is included. Your tour ends on arrival in world famous Banff late this afternoon. Overnight in Banff.

Day 3: Banff to Lake Louise including Yoho National Park
A half-day tour this morning 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. Tour concludes with transfer to Lake Louise. While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of
the hotel. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 4: Lake Louise to Kamloops on board the Rocky Mountaineer
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey offers you a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranch lands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)

Day 5: Kamloops to Vancouver on board the Rocky Mountaineer
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 journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver. (B, L)

Day 6: Vancouver
Today, select your choice of one of four activity options: (1) a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore, (2) a five-hour guided cycling tour of Vancouver’s highlights, (3) a “Made in BC” Vancouver food tour on Granville Island, or (4) a two-hour “Sea Safari” along the Howe Sound coastline. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 7: Vacation Departure
Your vacation ends with check-out from your Vancouver hotel.

Eastbound

Day 1: Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend the rest of the day sightseeing independently. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver
Today, select your choice of one of four activity options: (1) a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore, (2) a five-hour guided cycling tour of Vancouver’s highlights, (3) a “Made in BC” Vancouver food tour on Granville Island, or (4) a two-hour “Sea Safari” along the Howe Sound coastline. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3: Vancouver-Kamloops on board the Rocky Mountaineer
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley through winding river canyons and pristine forests in 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 ends on arrival in Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)

Day 4: Kamloops-Lake Louise on board the Rocky Mountaineer
Your journey continues eastward to Alberta, offering you a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranch lands of the interior. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels, and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Lake Louise. (B, L)

Day 5: Lake Louise-Banff with Yoho National Park Tour
Enjoy the morning at your leisure in Lake Louise. A half-day tour (departs mid-afternoon) 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. The tour ends in Banff. Overnight in Banff.

Day 6: Banff-Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter Tour
Enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin with a sightseeing tour of Banff, including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. A trip on the Banff Gondola is included. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 7: Calgary Departure
Your vacation ends with check-out from your Calgary hotel.

2017 Dates:

Eastbound (from Vancouver)
April 23, 26, 29, 30
May 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31
June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
September 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30
October 4, 7, 8, 11

Westbound (from Calgary)
April 24, 27, 30
May 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28
October 1, 5, 8, 9, 12

2018 Dates:

Eastbound (from Vancouver)
April 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, 29
May 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30
June 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
September 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29
October 3, 6, 7, 10

Westbound (from Calgary)
April 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 30
May 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31
June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
September 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30
October 4, 7, 8, 11

The Prices

2017 Pricing:
Departure Date
Goldleaf
Service
GoldLeaf
Deluxe Service
April 29-May 27 $3,559 $4,079
May 28-June 28 $3,759 $4,279
July 1-8 $3,839 $4,399
July 12-Sept. 24 $3,719 $4,279
Sept. 27-Oct. 11 $3,599 $4,479

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

2018 Pricing:
Departure Date
Goldleaf
Service
GoldLeaf
Deluxe Service
Spring Shoulder Season (April) $3,699 – $4,399 $4,499 – $5,199
High Season (May – late September) $4,449 – $4,799 $5,249 – $5,649
Fall Shoulder Season (late Sept.-Oct.) $3,849 $4,649

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

Other

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

Prices are per person in US Dollars and do not include Canadian Goods & Services tax (5%).

Deposit Required:  20%

A price reduction will apply for the Panoramic Helicopter Tour in the event of inclement weather or if a guest chooses not to fly.

Please click here for an explanation of SilverLeaf, GoldLeaf and GoldLeaf Deluxe services.

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Legend for Meals: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

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The Highlights

Outstanding scenery of the Rockies of Canada enjoyed all by daylight from the train
Enjoying some of the best equipment on the rails: the dome cars of the Rocky Mountaineer. (Gold Leaf)
Full day of sightseeing in Vancouver (choose from four unique tour options)
Overnight stays in beautiful Lake Louise and Banff, as well as the cosmopolitan cities of Calgary and Vancouver
Delicious meals on board the train
Panoramic Helicopter Tour
Full day tour from Calgary to Banff (or vice versa) including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos
Spiral Tunnels, Lake Louise and more
IRT's Rachel Hardy aboard the Rocky Mountaineer on the observation platform, Gold Leaf dome service. IRT Photo courtesy of Rachel Hardy
IRT's Rachel Hardy aboard the Rocky Mountaineer on the observation platform, Gold Leaf dome service. IRT Photo courtesy of Rachel Hardy
The Rocky Mountaineer rounds a bend in the Coastal Mountains, heading to Vancouver. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy
The Rocky Mountaineer rounds a bend in the Coastal Mountains, heading to Vancouver. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy