Rocky Mountaineer Rail & Coach Tour (6 Days / 5 Nights)
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or simply seeking awe-inspiring views, the Mountain Explorer journey promises an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Canada’s Rockies. The tour starts from either Calgary or Edmonton and combines a fully guided motorcoach tour with a mesmerizing 2-day Rocky Mountaineer train trip from Lake Louise to Vancouver.
- Day 1: Motorcoach Transfer from Calgary or Edmonton to Jasper
- Day 2 – 3: A fully-guided motorcoach tour in the Canadian Rockies, including Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise
- Day 4: Free day at your leisure in Lake Louise
- Day 5 – 6: Rocky Mountaineer 2-day train trip from Lake Louise to Vancouver
- Hotel: 5 nights of hotel accommodation
- Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches
- Luggage handling: Kamloops
- Rail station transfers: Lake Louise, Kamloops, and Vancouver
- Excursions/Activities**: Ice Explorer tour on Athabasca Glacier, Gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain / Swim in the Banff Upper Hot Springs
- Other: Toll fee & Park Pass
- Rail Service: GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf
*All Prices are in Canadian Dollars
2024 Tour Dates
|May||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|
Depart (Calgary airport): 11:00 am
Arrive in Jasper: 7:00 pm (Approximately)
Departure (Edmonton airport): 3:15 am
*Downtown Pick-ups start at 2:45 pm
Coach transfer from downtown hotels or the airport to Jasper. Travel through the rolling foothills of Alberta into the majestic Canadian Rockies. En route, take the Icefields Parkway, “one of the most beautiful highways in the world”. Overnight in Jasper.
Departure: 8:00 am
Arrival: 7:30 pm
Start your morning with a refreshing hike (optional) through the Maligne Canyon, a remarkable limestone gorge adorned with six narrow bridges and picturesque waterfalls. Continuing our journey south along the Icefield Parkway, often hailed as one of the most beautiful highways in the world, we will explore its must-see attractions, including Athabasca Falls, Peyto Lake, and Castle Mountain. At the Columbia Icefield, ride the “Ice Explorer”** on Athabasca Glacier or visit the Glacier Skywalk**. Overnight in Banff. [B]
Departure: 8:00 am
Prepare yourself for another exhilarating day of sightseeing and activities in Banff National Park. As we make our way to Lake Louise, we will pause at Johnston Canyon for a leisurely hike (optional) along the trail that guides us to the breathtaking Lower Falls. While at Lake Louise, you’ll find numerous viewpoints offering splendid photo opportunities of the majestic Victoria Glacier towering over the lake. In the afternoon, our adventure continues as we explore other notable attractions in 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 or Upper Hot Springs for a soothing soak in the hot, mineral-rich water. [B]
Make the most of a leisurely day to fully immerse yourself in the splendor of Lake Louise. Seize the opportunity to visit the stunning Lake Agnes, featuring a charming teahouse nestled at an elevation of 2134 meters. Alternatively, opt for a gondola ride up the Lake Louise Ski Resort, treating yourself to a panoramic view of Lake Louise and its surroundings. [B]
Departure: 8:20 am
Arrival: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Lake Louise Station at 8:30 am MT to travel from the Lake Louise to Kamloops, located in the heart of British Columbia’s 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, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, and Craigellachie where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. You will arrive in Kamloops between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm PT. Spend the evening exploring the city, or relaxing in your hotel. All hotels in Kamloops are of moderate standard: your hotel will be assigned post-booking. [B] [L]
Departure: 7:35 am
Arrival: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station at 7:35 am PT. On today’s journey west, 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. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. You will arrive in Vancouver between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm PT. [B] [L]
★★ For these optional activities, an additional fee will apply
★ Departure and arrival times may vary
[B] = Breakfast
[L] = Lunch
[D] = Dinner
Your tour includes 3 main components: Hotel accommodation, a Rocky Mountaineer Rail trip, and a Deluxe motorcoach tour. Tour cost is based on the choice of hotel stay (standard or deluxe), rail service (GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf), and room occupancy (Single, Double, Triple, or Quad).
Published rates are per person in Canadian dollars before tax.
Pent-up demand for 2023 Canadian vacations has been extremely high, and we highly recommend that you book your seats as early as possible
Airport pick-up is available in both Calgary and Edmonton. Additionally, we offer hotel pick-up from select downtown hotels in Calgary and Edmonton.
Standard hotels are mountain lodge-style while Premium Plus hotels are resort-style. The majority of our guests choose standard accommodation as these hotels are very clean and comfortable, and travelers will get their own private room and washroom. Travelers who book Premium Plus accommodation often do so because they want to stay at Chateau Lake Louise. If you want to book deluxe accommodation, be sure to book early as these hotels sell out quickly – availability is limited within 6 months of departure!
Gratuities are not included in the prices, except for onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. It is customary to tip for excellent service in Canada.
Please refer to the itinerary for Rocky Mountaineer info. As for the motorcoach tour, this depends on the day. If you are traveling from Vancouver to Jasper or Banff, it will be a minimum of 10 hours. However, every 2-3 hours, you get out of the bus for mini breaks. During the sightseeing days, you will spend little time on the bus as you will be walking/sightseeing/hiking & etc.
“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