Rocky Mountaineer: Grand Rail Circle

13-day Escorted Tour


The Tour

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.)

An epic trip of three rail routes fuses the sigh-triggering sights of the Rockies with one fun-filled night in Whistler, Canada’s fab resort town. Along the way, take overnights and sightseeing in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Ride the Banff Gondola, experience the Athabasca Glacier of the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, and enjoy four luxurious and exciting days on the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer. All told, visit seven cities in British Columbia and Alberta.

New for 2017: Itinerary extended from 11 days to 13 days! New additions to the existing itinerary include a full day in Lake Louise and a full day in Jasper, plus an extra day in Banff to explore Banff National Park. Call or email us for details.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver
Arrive Vancouver and spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Overnight Vancouver.Virtuoso IRT amenity: Complimentary limo airport-hotel transfer.

Day 2: Vancouver to Kamloops
Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops. 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. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)

Day 3: Kamloops to Banff
Your journey continues east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. 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 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. (B, L)

Day 4: Banff
This morning explore Banff on your own. After lunch, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park including Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5: Banff
Explore Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, historic museums, Lake Minnewanka or golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

Day 6: Banff to Lake Louise
A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders, including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 7: Lake Louise
Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains, or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8: Lake Louise to Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia Icefield, ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 9: Jasper
Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Jasper on your own. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 10: Jasper to Quesnel
Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer to Quesnel. Highlights include the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass, Moose Lake and the Fraser River. Overnight in Quesnel. (B, L)

Day 11: Quesnel to Whistler
Your journey continues south to Whistler. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Overnight in Whistler. (B, L)

Day 12: Whistler to Vancouver
This afternoon return to Vancouver on Rocky Mountaineer. Highlights include the Cheakamus Canyon, Mount Garibaldi, Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver.

Day 13: Vancouver
Your vacation ends with checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

2017 Dates:

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

The Prices

2017 Pricing: Departure Date
SilverLeaf Service
Goldleaf Service
Deluxe Service
April 30
May 7-21
May 28
June 4-Sept. 17 $5,439 $7,719 $8,679
Sept. 24 $5,279 $7,399 $8,319
Oct. 1 $4,639 $6,479 $7,279

Prices are per person. Prices are subject to change.


Book by March 31, 2017 and receive up to $450 in added value per couple!
Credit can be redeemed for extra hotel nights, meals, city sightseeing excursions, outdoor activities, and more. Blackout dates apply.

Tour priced in U.S. dollars. Prices are per person, double occupancy and do not include GST (2.5%) or fuel surcharge. Prices for singles or triples are available on request.

Deposit Required:  20%

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The Highlights

  • 5 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • Superb meals on Rocky Mountaineer: 1 afternoon snack, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches
  • Whistler Sea to Sky climb
  • North Vancouver, Banff and Jasper tours
  • Ice fields Parkway including Ice Explorer, Banff Gondola, Yoho Park tours
  • Station and hotel transfers + complimentary Virtuoso Limo arrival transfer in Vancouver
Guests enjoying drinks and a panoramic view inside the GoldLeaf dome car aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Guests enjoying drinks and a panoramic view inside the GoldLeaf dome car aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Canyon Bridge over the Fraser River
Canyon Bridge over the Fraser River
The aquamarine water of beautiful Lake Louise. IRT photo by Rachel Hardy.
The aquamarine water of beautiful Lake Louise. IRT photo by Rachel Hardy.
Seton Lake in British Columbia
Seton Lake in British Columbia