Rocky Mountaineer: Western Explorer


8-day Independent Tour

First-class

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.)


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 Summit 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-Lake Louise
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 Lake Louise. Overnight Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 6: Lake Louise-Banff
Explore Lake Louise at your leisure this morning. Afternoon half-day tour of Yoho National Park. View such wonders as Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning Kicking Horse River. See Spiral Tunnels. Overnight in Banff.

Day 7: Banff-Calgary
Full-day tour of Banff area: Bow Falls, Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, the Hoodoos. Summit helicopter “flightseeing” tour over the Rockies (12 minutes) included. Tour ends in Calgary. 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-Banff
Depart Calgary in the morning to Kananaskis. Summit helicopter “flightseeing” tour over the Rockies (12 minutes) included. Continue to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.

Day 3: Banff-Lake Louise
Half-day tour of Yoho National Park. View such wonders as Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning Kicking Horse River. See Spiral Tunnels. Afternoon at leisure, overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 4: Lake Louise-Jasper
Enjoy a motorcoach tour of Banff and Jasper via the Icefields Parkway and visit the Columbia Icefield. After an educational Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, have lunch on your own, then continue to Jasper. 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. (B, L)

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

2017 Dates:

Eastbound departures (Vancouver to Calgary):
April 17, 24, 27
May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
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):
April 15, 22, 25, 29
May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
September 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
October 3, 7, 10

The Prices

2017 Start Date
SilverLeaf Service
Goldleaf Service
GoldLeaf
Deluxe Service
April 15-24
$2,519
$3,439
$3,919
April 25-27
$2,639
$3,639
$4,199
April 29-May 27
$2,759
$3,919
$4,519
May 29-30 $2,999 $4,199 $4,839
June 1-July 4 $3,039 $4,279 $4,919
July 3-10 $3,119 $4,399 $5,039
July 13-Sept. 25 $3,039 $4,279 $4,919
Sept. 26-28 $2,959 $4,159 $4,799
Sept. 30-Oct.12 $2,599 $3,559 $4,119

All prices are person. Prices are subject to change.

Other

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.

Deposit Required:  20%

Tour is priced in U.S. dollars.

Prices are per person and do not include Canadian GST (2.5%) or surcharges. Prices for singles and triples are available on request. Please note all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard.


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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 Rocky Mountaineer runs along Seton Lake. (Photo: Rocky Mountaineer Railtours)
The Rocky Mountaineer runs along Seton Lake. (Photo: Rocky Mountaineer Railtours)
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.