Rocky Mountaineer: Journey through the Clouds Explorer


8-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) 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.)

Please note: this journey was formerly named “Western Explorer.”


Experience the west! Travel one of the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer classic routes, starting from either Vancouver or Calgary, and explore the mountain towns of Jasper, Lake Louise,and Banff.

Enjoy a two-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.

Ride the the Banff Gondola, tour the Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer (one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle) and see the Rockies from a bird’s eye view on a Panoramic Helicopter Tour!

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The Itinerary

Eastbound:

Day 1: Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and overnight.

Day 2: Vancouver-Kamloops
Board Rocky Mountaineer in Vancouver. Full day on board the Rocky Mountaineer en route to Kamloops. View green fields of Fraser River valley, forests, winding river canyons, wildlife, rushing waters of Hell’s Gate, steep slopes and rock sheds along Thompson River. Overnight in Kamloops hotel. (B, L)

Day 3: Kamloops-Jasper
Board the Rocky Mountaineer for another full day on board. Continue north and east to Canadian Rockies and Alberta. Train climbs along North Thompson River through mountains toward Continental Divide. View Mt. Robson (at 12,972 feet, highest peak in Canadian Rockies), Pyramid Falls, Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)

Day 4: Jasper
Tour of Jasper National Park, a World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. See the area’s many natural attractions, rugged peaks and wildlife. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper

Day 5: Jasper-Banff
Enjoy a motorcoach tour along the Icefields Parkway and visit the Columbia Icefield. After an educational Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, continue to Bow Lake and Banff. Overnight in Banff.

Day 6: Banff-Lake Louise
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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Please note that 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 7: Lake Louise-Calgary
Full-day tour today includes Bow Falls, Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, the Hoodoos. Panoramic helicopter “flightseeing” tour over the Rockies (12 minutes) included. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 8: Calgary
Tour ends with checkout from your Calgary hotel
Westbound:

Day 1: Calgary
Arrive in Calgary and overnight.

Day 2: Calgary-Lake Louise with Panoramic Helicopter Tour
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. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in world famous Lake Louise late this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise

Day 3: Lake Louise-Banff
This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, 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. Please note that while departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs. Overnight in Banff.

Day 4: Banff-Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included).
Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 5: Jasper
Half-day tour of Jasper National Park, a World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. See the area’s many natural attractions, rugged peaks and wildlife. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 6: Jasper-Kamloops
Board Rocky Mountaineer in Jasper. Full day on board the Rocky Mountaineer en route to Kamloops. View Mt. Robson (at 12,972 feet, highest peak in Canadian Rockies), Pyramid Falls, Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)

Day 7: Kamloops-Vancouver
Board the Rocky Mountaineer for another full day on board. Continue west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. View rock sheds along the Thompson River and rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Valley. Overnight in Vancouver, (B, L)

Day 8:
Tour ends with checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

2017 Dates:

Eastbound departures (Vancouver to Calgary):
August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2, 5, 9, 12

Westbound departures (Calgary to Vancouver):
August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
September 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
October 3, 7, 10

2018 Dates:

Eastbound departures (Vancouver to Calgary):
April 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
May 2, 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, 8, 11

Westbound departures (Calgary to Vancouver):
April 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
May 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
June 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
August 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
September 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
October 2, 6, 9

The Prices

2017 Start Date
Goldleaf Service
GoldLeaf
Deluxe Service
July 13-Sept. 25 $4,279 $4,919
Sept. 26-28 $4,159 $4,799
Sept. 30-Oct.12 $3,559 $4,119

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) $3,999 – $4,099 $4,799-$4,949
High Season (late April – September) $4,899 – $5,549 $5,799 – $6,499
Fall Shoulder Season (late Sept. – October) $4,299 $5,199

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.

Deposit Required:  20%

Tour is priced in U.S. dollars.

Prices are per person and do not include Canadian GST (5%) or surcharges. Prices for singles and triples are available on request. Please note all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard.


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

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The Highlights

  • Two full days on board the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer, enjoying the scenery of the Canadian Rockies and spotting wildlife along the way
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer on Athabasca Glacier
  • Overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
  • Summit Helicopter Flightseeing tour
  • Jasper Sightseeing tour
  • A ride on the Banff Gondola, with exquisite views of the Rockies from the summit
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper included
The aquamarine water of beautiful Lake Louise. IRT photo by Rachel Hardy.
The aquamarine water of beautiful Lake Louise. IRT photo by Rachel Hardy.
A Rocky Mountaineer attendant in the brand-new GoldLeaf Dome Cars - soon to be released for use on every Rocky Mountaineer departure! IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
A Rocky Mountaineer attendant in the brand-new GoldLeaf Dome Cars - soon to be released for use on every Rocky Mountaineer departure! IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Photographers of all stripes love the open air viewing platform on the GoldLeaf Car. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Photographers of all stripes love the open air viewing platform on the GoldLeaf Car. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
An IRT traveler climbs aboard the Ice Explorer for a trip to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. Photo by Gary Campbell.
An IRT traveler climbs aboard the Ice Explorer for a trip to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. Photo by Gary Campbell.