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 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, 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: Georgian Court Hotel, Vancouver (Silverleaf - Superior) / Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver (Goldleaf - Deluxe)
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
Your journey continues eastward to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again, you will experience ever-changing scenery as you 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, of course, the iconic glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies before reaching Banff
Next day Banff has activities for all, from taking a cruise on Lake Minnewanka relaxing in the hot springs, exploring the bustling town, to outdoor wildlife adventures.
Stay: Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa (Silverleaf - Superior) or Fairmont Banff Springs (Goldleaf - Deluxe)
Breakfast & Lunch included
A morning 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 awe-inspiring location.
Next day your private tour today will encompass the ultimate glacier exploration as you travel along the spectacular Icefields Parkway past sweeping glaciers, immense waterfalls and shimmering lakes. From walking on ancient ice at the Glacier Adventure (included), to standing on a glass platform almost one thousand feet in the air at the Glacier Skywalk (included), today's experiences will leave you with a special appreciation for this treasured region of the Rockies. Your interpretive driver guide will share stories and explain more about the geographical and historical significance of the region as you make your way to Athabasca Falls, the Weeping Wall, Bow Lake, and the Crowfoot Glacier.
Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Silverleaf - Superior) & (Goldleaf - Deluxe)
Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Overnight in Calgary.
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 Downton (Silverleaf - Superior) / Fairmont Palliser, Calgary (Goldleaf - Deluxe)
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 ten.
"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 - SilverLeaf from: £3,835 pp
High Season - SilverLeaf from: £4,605 pp
Low Season - GoldLeaf from: £5,045 pp
High Season - GoldLeaf from: £6,240 pp
Silverleaf service includes
Goldleaf Service includes