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A journey on the Rocky Mountaineer is among the world's truly special rail experiences. You’ll start with Vancouver’s coastal charms, all sweeping parklands, creative neighbourhoods and pretty harbour views, before boarding the iconic glass-domed train and traversing through the Rockies. Highlights include the emerald blue expanse of Lake Louise and Banff’s impossibly beautiful peaks; you might even spot a grizzly bear or two. It’s all topped off with fine dining and included drinks and snacks throughout. You'll enjoy included tours of both the Banff and Yoho national parks, gondola rides and even a helicopter flight, finishing in the wild-west delights of Calgary. It's all knitted together with included transfers and stays in some of the region's finest hotels and luxury lodges.
You’ll begin with a chauffeured drive to the airport before your trip gets off to a relaxing start with VIP complimentary airport lounge access. Board your day flight to Vancouver where, upon arrival, a private driver will bring you to your city-centre hotel.
The next day, choose from a range of sightseeing options. Perhaps embark on a guided cycling tour – a superb way to take in the city – or explore Vancouver's acclaimed culinary scene on a walking tour of Granville Island in the company of a local expert. Alternatively, you might decide to leave the city behind, maybe with a trip out to the picturesque North Shore and Grouse Mountain. There's even the chance to get onto the water for a Zodiac tour of Howe Sound, a popular spot for humpbacks and orcas.
Stay: Sheraton Wall Centre (Silverleaf) or Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver (GoldLeaf)
After breakfast you’ll board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer, all glass-domed carriages and split-level dining carts where you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks. Pass the Coast and Cascade mountains, as well as the emblematic Hell's Gate in Fraser Canyon, as you slice between old-growth forests and lush farmlands, before reaching the arid BC interior as a gourmet lunch is served on board.
End by skirting Kamloops Lake to arrive into Kamloops, all hiking trails, cycling routes and ski runs, bizarre hoodoos looming in the distance.
Stay: Kamloops accommodation (SilverLeaf & GoldLeaf)
Breakfast & Lunch included
Today sees you journey to the azure, glacier-fed waters of Lake Louise. Your route brings you between mountain passes and wild ranchlands as you enjoy a sumptuous breakfast. Then, be sure to head to the outdoor viewing platforms situated at the end of each train car for more stunning views. Be reminded of a time gone by as you head through the famous Spiral Tunnels, historic for their part in the area's rail heritage, and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway took place.
Take in the spectacular Kicking Horse Canyon and glacial lakes as you approach the Rockies' dramatic peaks and winding rivers before arriving on the spectacular shores of Lake Louise, its mirrored surface framed by soaring, snow-dusted peaks.
Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (SilverLeaf) or Post Hotel & Spa (GoldLeaf)
Breakfast & Lunch included
Explore the doorstep delights of Lake Louise today and the dramatic Yoho National Park, for which we've included a tour. Explore stunning waterfalls and rivers such as the roaring Kicking Horse before marvelling at O'Hara's glacial alpine lakes, pine-lined forest trails and craggy cliffs, then hike or cycle the endless tracks circling the famous Emerald Lake. A stroll along the famous rocky bridge and old-growth forests brings your day of exploration to a wonderful conclusion.
Stay: Moose Hotel & Suites (SilverLeaf) or Rimrock Resort Hotel (GoldLeaf)
Today we’ve included a tour of Banff and its endless delights. Marvel at the spindling hoodoo rock formations, hike along Bow Falls' roaring cascade, and enjoy a picnic around the glacial Lake Minnewanka’s wintry frame. We’ve also included a ride on the Banff Gondola for extraordinary views of the valley, as well as an included helicopter ride which will see you soar over the Rockies at 2,300 metres above sea level – witness otherworldly glaciers, cascading waterfalls and giant grey zeniths.
You'll finish in cosmpolitan Calgary, steeped in wild-west culture, while staying at the landmark Fairmont Palliser in a sprawling, elegant suite.
Stay: Delta Calgary Downtown (SilverLeaf) or Fairmont Palliser (GoldLeaf)
After some time to explore Calgary’s Western brashness, from folk festivals and historic railways to provincial parks, enjoy a private transfer to the airport for to your overnight flight home, arriving on day seven.
"Ah, the Rocky Mountaineer. This multiple award-winning luxury rail experience has to be experienced to be believed. Panoramic cabin windows showcase Canada's most picturesque region along every twist and turn, while the gourmet food served throughout does an admirable job of distracting you from the sheer beauty outside. This is a journey that you will remember for a lifetime."
Low Season Silver Leaf 2021 from: £2,620 pp
High Season Silver Leaf 2021 from: £3,190 pp
Low Season Gold Leaf 2021 from: £3,165 pp
High Season Gold Leaf 2021 from: £3,870 pp
Silverleaf service includes
Goldleaf Service includes