Rocky Mountaineer & Polar Bear in Churchill, Canada
Rocky Mountaineer & Polar Bear in Churchill, Canada
Calgary Skyline, Banff Helicopter Tour & Bow River
Calgary Skyline, Banff Helicopter Tour & Bow River
Kicking Horse River, Emerald Lake & Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise
Kicking Horse River, Emerald Lake & Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise
Icefields Parkway, Columbia Icefield & Athabasca Waterfall in Jasper
Icefields Parkway, Columbia Icefield & Athabasca Waterfall in Jasper
The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer
Skylines of Kamloops & Vancouver
Skylines of Kamloops & Vancouver
Wildlife Sightings & Experiences in Churchill
Wildlife Sightings & Experiences in Churchill

Rocky Mountaineer Journey through the Clouds Explorer & Polar Bear Experience

12 Nights from £8,269 Including Flights

Overview

Explore the very best of the Rockies by rail on this scenic adventure before seeing the magnificent polar bears in their natural habitat. Beginning in Calgary, the tour starts in style with a helicopter trip over the Rockies. You'll visit the national parks of Jasper, Yoho and Banff and stay in the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Afterwards, you’ll head out on the renowned Rocky Mountaineer to journey in style across the Rockies to Vancouver. From there you'll fly into Winnipeg and then onto the characterful northern community of Churchill. You will stay in one of the small local hotels for three nights, where you'll spend the days travelling from the town onto the Churchill Tundra to view the polar bears by the specially-designed Tundra Buggy. You'll enjoy a variety of different experiences including the Tundra Buggy adventure and activities such as dog-sledding, museum visits, cultural programmes and slide presentations before your unforgetable adventures comes to an end.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy a birds-eye view of the Rockies on the summit helicopter tour
  • Explore the stunning national parks of Banff, Yoho and Jasper
  • Ride on an Ice Explorer across the Athabasca Glacier
  • Experience the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train travelling across the Rockies from Jasper to Vancouver
  • Unique Tundra Buggy tours to spot polar bears and other wildlife, and enjoy talks from the guide about the area's geology & history
  • Visit the famous Itsanitaq Museum with the worlds best collection of Inuit exhibits
  • Dog-sledding excursion with local dog "musher"
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Day 1

Fly to Calgary

Arrive into Calgary and transfer independently to your hotel, spending the remainder of the day sightseeing in the ‘Heart of the New West’.

Silverleaf: Delta Calgary Downtown

Goldleaf: Fairmont Palliser, (Fairmont Room)

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Palliser, (Junior Suite)

Day 2

Calgary to Banff

Depart from Calgary this morning and take part in a full-day tour which ends in Banff. Head to Kananaskis where you’ll take a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the Rockies.* Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour which takes in Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. The tour ends in Banff in the late afternoon.

(Banff Gondola included)

Silverleaf: Banff Caribou Lodge

Goldleaf: Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Room)

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe Room)

Day 3

Banff to Lake Louise

You’ll embark on a half-day tour into Yoho National Park this morning, where you’ll explore the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and the Kicking Horse Bridge, complete with natural rock bridge. The tour concludes at Lake Louise where you’ll then have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the beauty of this magnificent location.

Overnight in Lake Louise

Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1pm, scheduled check-in time is not until 4pm. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Silverleaf: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room)

Goldleaf: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Lakeview Room)

Goldleaf Deluxe: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe Lakeview Room)

Day 4

Lake Louise to Jasper

Take a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway, where you’ll enjoy landmark attractions such as Bow Lake, the Athabasca Falls and the Columbia Icefield. At the Columbia Icefield**, the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle, you’ll ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier where you’ll learn more about the geological features. There’ll be time for lunch (not included) before arrival into Jasper in the late afternoon.

Silverleaf: The Crimson Jasper

Goldleaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe Room)

Day 5

Jasper

Today you will enjoy a scenic half day tour of Jasper National Park including the top natural attractions, snow-capped peaks and native wildlife. The rest of the day is free for you to explore more of this area at your own pace.

Silverleaf: The Crimson Jasper

Goldleaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe Room)

Day 6

Jasper to Kamloops

Journey to Kamloops today aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, heading into the interior of British Columbia and watching out for the dramatic scenery changes. Keep watch for Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls and the North Thompson River, among other natural wonders along the route.

Overnight in Kamloops (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 7

Kamloops to Vancouver

Head west towards Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean, past Fraser Valley and Thompson River. Marvel at the steep slopes and an rushing waters of Hall's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends upon arrival into Vancouver.

Silverleaf: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Goldleaf: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Waterfront, (Signature Harbour View Room)

Day 8

Fly to Winnipeg.

Overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel located at the Winnipeg Airport, or similar.

Day 9

Fly to Churchill

Early morning flight to Churchill with breakfast included onboard. Depart for town and area tour, and visit to Eskimo Museum. Evening slide presentation by local photographer. All meals are included.
Overnight Churchill hotel.

Day 10 & 11

Tundra Buggy

Transfer each day to the Tundra Buggy launch area. 2 Days spent in a Tundra Buggy with knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. All meals are included. Overnight Churchill hotel.

Day 12

Churchill & Winnipeg

Morning dogsledding and afternoon visit to Parks Canada Interpretive Center. Evening return flight to Winnipeg. All meals are included.
Overnight Four Points by Sheraton airport hotel or similar.

Day 13

Depart Winnipeg at leisure and fly home

 * Helicopter Tour on Day 2 is subject to weather conditions

** Columbria Icefields Discovery Centre opens 17th April 2020. For departures prior to this you will enjoy full-day sightseeing tour along the Icefields Parkway instead.



 

  •     Return transatlantic flights and internal flights within Canada
  •     2 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service with 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  •     12 nights hotel accommodation as listed above or similar
  •     Calgary Tower
  •     Calgary to Banff Tour
  •     Summit Helicopter Flightseeing
  •     Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  •     Icefields Parkway Tour**, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
  •     Jasper Tour
  •     Rail station transfers in Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
  •     Vancouver Lookout
  •     Meals are included as stated above in Churchill
  •     Full range of activities throughout the tour to include:
  •     Churchill and Area Tour: A guided bus tour of local and historical points of interest surrounding Churchill, including such attractions as Cape Merry, Port of Churchill and Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility (weather permitting).
  •     Dog Sledding: Hosted by a local resident and dog sledding expert, you will learn about the history associated with dog sledding in Northern Canada. Enjoy an exhilarating ride behind a strong team of huskies on a custom-made sled (or cart, weather permitting). Join the musher’s for hot chocolate and freshly made bannock after your ride and share their personal stories of their dog sledding adventures.
  •     Eskimo Museum: The museum contains one of Canada’s finest collections of Inuit carvings, kayaks and artifacts dating from pre- Dorset, Dorset, Thule, and modern Inuit times.
  •     Interpretive Transfer: During transfer from port of entry to your accommodations, receive guided interpretation of route-side points of interest from friendly and knowledgeable drivers.
  •     Interpretive-Guided Tundra Buggy Adventure: The best way to experience an intimate encounter with a wild polar bear is on an authentic Tundra Buggy. All of the Tundra Buggies are furnished with dual-pane frost-free windows and contain propane heating systems that closely resemble a cozy fireplace, with real flame (behind glass). Each day, we depart early and board the world famous Tundra Buggies looking for polar bears and other wildlife out on the tundra. You will enjoy picnic style lunches and refreshments while you are bear watching.
  •     Parks Canada Interpretive Centre: Walk back in time viewing detailed and exciting wildlife dioramas, fur trade exhibits. View a series of videos on the history, culture and wildlife of the area. You leave chock-full of natural and historical information from the Churchill region.
  •     Slide Presentation: Conducted by seasoned residents. Relax and soak-up years of northern experience communicated in enchanting stories and magnificent photography

What's Not Included

  •     Arrival transfer from Calgary airport to hotel and Vancouver hotel to airport transfer
  •     Meals unless stated.

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