Rockies Southern Rail Excursion

5 days, 4 nights Rocky Mountaineer Rail & Coach Tour (2024)

Vancouver → Kamloops  → Lake Louise →Banff → Calgary

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Rocky Mountaineer’s most scenic rail route as it winds through the challenging terrain of the Canadian Pacific Railway, passing through iconic landmarks like Rogers Pass and Spiral Tunnels. During your guided motor coach tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the must-see highlights of Banff and Lake Louise, and engage in thrilling activities that will make this journey an unforgettable adventure.

Book Early And Save Up to $600 Per Couple

  • Day 1 – 2: Rocky Mountaineer 2-day train trip from Vancouver to Lake Louise
  • Day 3 – 4: Sightseeing in Banff and Jasper National Park
  • Day 5: Banff to Calgary by motorcoach
  • Hotel: 4 nights of hotel accommodation
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunch
  • Luggage handling: Kamloops
  • Rail station transfers:  Lake Louise and Kamloops
  • Excursions/Activities: Banff Minnewanka Lake Cruise, Banff Gondola ride, Ice Explorer tour, Glacier Skywalk, Johnston Canyon (some departures)
  • Other: Toll fee & Park Pass
  • Rail Service: GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf


Premium +$5,809$7,669$5,639$5,289


Premium +$6,609$8,469$6,439$6,089
  • Banff (2 nights): Aspen Lodge or similar
  • Lake Louise: Lake Louise Inn (upgrade to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise available for an additional cost – subject to availability)
  • Kamloops: Hotels are assigned by Rocky Mountaineer
  • Banff (2 nights): The Rimrock Resort Hotel (Premium View Room)
  • Lake Louise: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room)
  • Kamloops: Hotels are assigned by Rocky Mountaineer


Departure Dates


3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31


3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28


1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30


2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30


2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30

Departure: 7:30 am
Arrival: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey 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. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. [B] [L]

Departure: 6:25 am
Arrival: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

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. Your rail journey ends this evening in Lake Louise. Overnight in Lake Louise. [B] [L]

Today, you have two options to choose from. You can join our guided Icefield Parkway excursion, which includes an exciting interpretive Ice Explorer tour on Athabasca Glacier and a visit to the breathtaking Glacier Skywalk. Alternatively, you can spend the day at your leisure, exploring the charming town of Lake Louise. Overnight in Lake Louise [B]

Departure: 8:30 am
Arrival: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing and activities in Banff National Park. We will start the day with a hike (optional) to the beautiful waterfalls of Johnston Canyon. At Lake Louise, you’ll have fantastic opportunities to capture stunning photos of Victoria Glacier and the lake as you stroll along the shores. In the afternoon, we will explore other highlights of the Rockies, including Moraine Lake, Banff Springs Hotel, and Bow Falls. Don’t forget to take advantage of the gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain for a breathtaking panoramic view of Banff town and its surrounding beauty Overnight in Banff. [B]

Departure:  Starting from 6:30 am (many departures) 
Arrival: Approximately 2 and a half hours

Leaving Banff, you’ll head east on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1), bidding farewell to the majestic peaks and alpine scenery. Calgary showcases the transition from the mountainous terrain to the rolling foothills and eventually the open prairies. The landscape becomes more expansive, with wide-open spaces and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. [B]

Enjoy free time in the heart of downtown Calgary.

Tour Variations for Day 5:

1. Extend your stay in Lake Louise/Banff. Extra accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. Flexible departure to Calgary.

2. Fly to your next destination from Calgary. 

* Optional activities

★Departure and arrival times may vary
[B] = Breakfast
[L] = Lunch
[D] = Dinner 

This comparison table offers you some insights into two of our best-selling tours: Rockies Southern Rail Excursion and First Passage to the West Discovery Calgary II


First Passage To The West Discovery Calgary II

Rockies Southern Rail Excursion


Tour Duration (without pre & post hotel)

6 Days, 5 Nights

5 Days, 4 Nights


Pre & Post Hotel


No (option to add )



 Rocky Mountaineer

 Rocky Mountaineer


Hotel stay (during the tour)

Day 2: Kamloops

Day 3 & 4: Lake Louise

Day 5 & 6: Banff

Day 7: Calgary

Day 1: Kamloops

 Day 2: Lake Louise

 Day 3 & 4: Banff


Bus Tour (Yoho National Park)

Half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park 

Yes: Option to extend your tour by one day and add Yoho National Park Tour


Bus Tour (Banff National Park)

Half-day tour

Full-day tour

Rockies Southern Rail Excursion is highly flexible and includes daily sightseeing