Rockies Southern Rail Excursion
5 days, 4 nights Rocky Mountaineer Rail & Coach Tour
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.
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- Day 1 – 2: Rocky Mountaineer 2-day train trip from Vancouver to Lake Louise
- Day 3 – 4: Sightseeing in Banff and Jasper National Parks
- Day 5: Banff to Calgary by motorcoach
- Hotel: 4 nights of hotel accommodation
- Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches
- Luggage handling: Kamloops
- Rail station transfers: Lake Louise and Kamloops
- Excursions/Activities**: Banff Gondola ride, Ice Explorer tour, Glacier Skywalk, Johnston Canyon (some departures)
- Other: Toll fee & Park Pass
- Rail Service: GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf
*All Prices are in Canadian Dollars
2024 Tour Dates
|May||3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31|
|June||3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28|
|July||1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30|
|August||2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30|
|September||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 Banff [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
★★ Included in the tour package for bookings made after July 1st, 2023
★ Departure and arrival times may vary
[B] = Breakfast
[L] = Lunch
[D] = Dinner
- 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
- 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
Pent-up demand for 2023 Canadian vacations has been extremely high, and we highly recommend that you book your seats as early as possible
Hotel pick-up is available from select downtown hotels to the Rocky Mountaineer train station.
Standard hotels are mountain lodge-style while deluxe 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 deluxe 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.
This depends on the day. If you are travelling 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