golden Circle Via Whistler
Rocky Mountaineer Rail & Coach Tour (12 Days / 11 Nights)
- 5-day Rocky Mountaineer train trip
- 11 nights hotel accommodation
- 5 breakfasts & 4 lunches
- Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel, Jasper, Banff, and Kamloops
- Vancouver Lookout
- Jasper Highlights tour
- Icefields Parkway tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
- Yoho Park tour, Lake Louise to Banff
- Panoramic Helicopter Tour & Calgary Tower
- Luggage handling and National Parks Pass
BOOK / CALCALCULATE
- Round-trip Independent Rocky Mountaineer rail & motor coach tour from Vancouver.
- Tour departs from 1755 Cottrell St, Vancouver (Rocky Mountaineer train station; hotel pick-up available)
- Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
- Clientele: All ages, but mostly between 30 to 65 years
- To book this tour a deposit is required; to find out more click on “Terms & Conditions“
Please Note: Prices are per person in Canadian dollars
EASTBOUND (Vancouver to Calgary)
|May||1, 8, 15, 22, 29|
|June||5, 12, 19, 26|
|July||3, 1 ,17, 24, 31|
|August||7, 14, 21 ,28|
|September||4, 11, 18, 25|
– Child RATES available upon request
– Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars
– Rates do not include tax or service surcharges
ITINERARY & HOTEL ACCMMODATION
Day 1 (Tour starts from Vancouver)
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 (Vancouver to Whistler)
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler, renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your motorcoach transfer from downtown Vancouver, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. On arrival at the Whistler train station, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Whistler. [B]
Day 3 (Whistler to Quesnel)
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley, through the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacier-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer follows the banks of the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesnel. [B] [L]
Day 4 (Quesnel to Jasper)
Your journey continues eastwards today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel, the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River
north to the town of Prince George, then travels east through the forests of northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose.
Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench you are surrounded by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains to the north and the Cariboo Mountains to the south. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, through Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper. Overnight in Jasper. [B] [L]
Day 5 (Jasper Highlights Tour)
Jasper National Park is a World Heritage Site and Canada’s largest National Park. Today you will enjoy a short scenic tour including the many natural attractions, rugged peaks, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of the many creatures that call this mountain park home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 6 (Jasper to Lake Louise)
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 7 (Free Day in Lake Louise)
Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains, or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 8 (Lake Louise to 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. Overnight in Banff.
Day 9 (Free Day in Banff)
Explore Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, historic museums, Lake Minnewanka or golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.
Day 10 (Banff to Kamloops)
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops. [B] [L]
Day 11 (Kamloops to Vancouver)
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver. [B] [L]
Day 12 (Tour ends in Vancouver)
Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.
[B] = Breakfast
[L] = Lunch
– Vancouver: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (Fairmont Gallery Rom) – Jasper: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room) – Banff: Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Room) – Lake Louise: Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room)
– Vancouver: Hampton Inn & Suites – Jasper: Sawrige Inn (Outdoor view with balcony)– Banff: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa (Standard Room) – Lake Louise:Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room)
* Further information:
– Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars
– Rates do not include tax or fuel surcharges
– Child fares may be available upon request
** All accommodation in Kamloops and Quesnel is of moderate standard and cannot be upgraded.
Our tours are conducted in English only, by a professional tour director with more than 10 years of experience!
We recommend booking your tour as soon as your plans are confirmed, as departure dates are quite popular and can fill up quickly. Essentially, book early to avoid disappointment!
Key West Travel does not offer individual pick-ups as our tour guests would like to depart Vancouver as scheduled. Usually, the tour departs from Hyatt Regency Downtown Vancouver (655 Burrard Street).
Standard hotels are mountain lodge-style while premium hotels are resort-style. The majority of our guests choose standard accommodation as these hotels are very clean and comfortable, and travellers will get their own private room and washroom. Travellers who book premium accommodation often do so because they want to stay at Chateau Lake Louise. If you want to book premium accommodation, be sure to book early as these hotels sell out quickly – they usually aren’t available within 6 months of departure!
Gratuities are not included in the prices (unless indicated). While it is neither our place nor our wish to tell you how much to tip, gratuities in Canada are often given in recognition of service excellence.
“Excellent tour and saw amazing places and experienced lovely things. It met our needs of visiting the Rockies and was well priced for what it had offered. Well worth the money. Brad was very well spoken and knowledgeable with all the information he provided. He knew his information/history and provided us with all necessary information. Len was very friendly and professional one of the best drivers from a tour company we have experienced.”
Ronald & Amanda Mallia Swansea, NSW, Australia