West Coast Explorer
Rocky Mountaineer Rail & Coach Tour (5 Days / 4 Nights)
An excellent option for those who wish to start in Vancouver and finish their tour in Calgary. You begin with a picturesque rail tour from Vancouver to Jasper and continue to Lake Louise by bus. You also have the option of spending more time in Banff or Lake Louise before leaving for Calgary.
- 2-day Rocky Mountaineer train trip
- 4 nights hotel accommodation
- 2-day deluxe coach tour
- Rail transfers in Kamloops and Jasper
- Motorcoach transfer to downtown Calgary or airport
- 5 breakfasts & 2 lunches
- National Parks Pass & Toll Fee
- Rail station transfers in Kamloops
- Guided lakeshore excursion at Chateau Lake Louise
- Rocky Mountain information package
- Services of a tour director
ABOUT THIS TOUR
- One-way Rocky Mountaineer rail & deluxe motor coach tour from Vancouver to Calgary.
- Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
- Hotel Locations: Kamloops, Jasper, Banff (2 nights)
- Hotel Accommodation: Choice between standard or deluxe
- Clientele: All ages
- To book this tour a deposit is required
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
Deluxe Hotels in each destination
- Kamloops: Hotels are assigned by Rocky Mountaineer 4 weeks prior to departure
- Jasper: Forrest Park Hotel/Jasper Inn/Tonquin Inn or similar
- Banff (2 nights): The Rimrock Resort Hotel (Grandview Room/Premium View Room) ** Fairmont Banff Springs may be available at an additional cost cost
Standard Hotels in each destination
- Kamloops: Hotels are assigned by Rocky Mountaineer
- Jasper: Forrest Park Hotel/Jasper Inn/Tonquin Inn or similar
- Banff (2 nights): Aspen Lodge or similar
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Pent-up demand for 2023 Canadian vacations has been extremely high, and we highly recommend that you book your seats as early as possible
Individual pick-ups are not included in the tour, so we recommend taking a taxi to the
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 premium 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 (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.
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.
Day 1 (Vancouver to Kamloops – by Rocky Mountaineer Rail)
(Departs: 7:30 am, Arrives: 5:35 pm)*
Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the interior’s largest city, Kamloops. On today’s journey, you will see dramatic changes in scenery from the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coastal Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and snow sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into your overnight destination, Kamloops. [B] [L]
Day 2 (Kamloops to Jasper – by Rocky Mountaineer Rail)
(Departs: 8:10 am, Arrives: 6:10 pm)*
Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet), Pyramid Falls, as well as the climb over Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends upon arrival in the town of Jasper this evening. Overnight in Jasper. [B] [L]
Day 3 (Jasper to Banff – by Coach)
(Departs: 8:30 am, Arrives: 7:30 pm)*
Start the morning with a refreshing hike in Maligne Canyon, one of the world’s largest and deepest limestone gorges criss-crossed by 6 narrow bridges. Then head south on the Icefields Parkway to experience the thundering waters of Athabasca Falls, picturesque Peyto Lake, and majestic Castle Mountain. At the Columbia Icefield, ride the “Ice Explorer”** on Athabasca Glacier or visit the Glacier Skywalk*! Overnight in Banff. [B]
Day 4 (Banff National Park, Lake Louise – by Coach)
(Departs: 8:00 am, Arrives: 6:00 pm)*
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Banff National Park. Start your morning with a leisurely hike in Johnston Canyon and stroll along the shores of picturesque Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. In the afternoon, visit the world famous Banff Springs Hotel and Bow Falls. With your free time in Banff, you may also choose from optional activities such as soaking in the natural spa at the Upper Hot Springs* or taking a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain*. Overnight in Banff. [B]
Day 5 (Banff to Calgary – by Coach)
Motorcoach transfer from Banff to Calgary. Enjoy free time in the heart of downtown Calgary. [B]
Tour Variations for Day 5:
1. Extend your stay in Banff. Extra accommodation can be arranged at additional cost. Flexible departure to Calgary.
2. Fly to your next destination from Calgary.
* Times may vary, subject to rail traffic
** Optional activities
[B] = Breakfast
[L] = Lunch
GoldLeaf Rail Service
Relax and enjoy unparalleled panoramic views from a custom-designed, two level, glass-domed GoldLeaf coach. For more information about the GoldLeaf Service click HERE.
Silverleaf Rail Car
Take in the awe-inspiring scenery through the windows of a custom-designed, single-level dome coach. For more information about the SilverLeaf Service click HERE.
While you are on the tour, you have the chance to experience the unique beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Although optional, our mountain tour guides recommend following activities to enhance your Canadian Rockies experience:
– Columbia Ice Explorer Tour
– Glacier Skywalk
– Sulphur Mountain (Banff) Gondola Ride
– Canoeing on Lake Louise
– Upper Hot Springs
For more information on above activities (and their costs), click HERE.
“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