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Northern Rockies At Leisure (Eastbound) By Rail

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Overview

Explore the northern Rockies at your leisure on this 10-night rail and coach tour. After a night in coastal Vancouver you’ll step onboard the Whistler Mountaineer to travel by train across the Coast Mountains to the fashionable resort of Whistler. Here you’ll join the Rocky Mountaineer Fraser Discovery Route for a two-day rail journey, crossing Deep Creek Ridge, one of the world’s highest railway bridges, and entering the North Cariboo region to stop at Quesnel for the night. Your train then crosses the Rocky Mountains, passing Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Rockies, and following the Yellowhead Pass to enter Alberta and the mountain resort of Jasper. The rest of the tour will be by deluxe motorcoach, driving along the Icefields Parkway with a stop at Athabasca Glacier on the way to Lake Louise, where you’ll stay in the world-famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Then it’s onto Yoho and Banff National Parks and onwards to Calgary, the Stampede City, where your tour will end.

Details

Day 1

Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver at Cascadia Hotel and Suites.

Day 2

Vancouver to Whistler
Travel onboard the Whistler 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 Whistler Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of this “Sea to Sky” region. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Shannon 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 at Delta Whistler Village Suites.
Breakfast included.

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 to 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 glacial-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.
Breakfast, Lunch included.

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 to the north by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains and to the south by the Cariboo Mountains. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and through the Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper.
Overnight in Jasper at Sawridge Hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch included.

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 at Sawridge Hotel.

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 at The Fairmont Chateau 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 at The Fairmont Chateau 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.
Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.
Overnight in Banff at Brewster’s Mountain Lodge.

Day 9

Free Day in Banff
Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs.
Overnight in Banff at Brewster’s Mountain Lodge.

Day 10

Banff to Calgary with Summit Helicopter Tour
Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 15-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Roc kies. Enjoy lunch at a local ranch and spend time exploring Kananaskis at your leisure before your afternoon transfer to Calgary.
Overnight in Calgary at International Hotel and Suites.

Day 11

Calgary Departure
Your holiday ends with check-out from your Calgary hotel.

What's Included

  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer RedLeaf Service
  • 3 hour Rocky Mountaineer Coast Classic Experience
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Jasper Tour
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
  • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
  • Summitt Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Calgary Tower
  • Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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