TAKE IN THE BEAUTY OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES ON THIS 7 DAY JOURNEY THROUGH THE MAJESTIC SCENERY AND SIGHTS SPANNING TWO PROVINCES.
The majestic Canadian Rockies span nearly 69,500 square miles across two provinces. Along this great expanse are quiet alpine towns and breathtaking scenery. When combined with private, first-class accommodation aboard VIA Rail's Canadian, it makes for the perfect romantic getaway.
Start with a day at leisure to discover the iconic city of Vancouver. You will then board the renowned Canadian bound for your next destination, Jasper. Along your journey, you will be witness to the awe-inspiring sights of the Canadian Rockies, a truly spectacular vision.
Once in Jasper, you will have time to explore the beautiful town before taking a day excursion to the Columbia Icefield enroute to Lake Louise. Amidst scenery of majestic cascading mountains, you will spend the night at Lake Louise before continuing to your next destination, Banff, home to hot springs and the spectacular Banff National Park. With your two days of sightseeing, you will witness sights like the Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, and a unique gondola ride to the top of the Sulphur Mountains. Your exciting rail journey ends after your stay in Banff as you transfer to Calgary to make your way home. Well-planned sightseeing and ample time at your leisure complete this itinerary to create a truly memorable vacation by rail.
Itinerary is also available from Calgary to Vancouver based on your travel preference.
* Rail travel on VIA Rail Canada (1 night on train)
* Hotel accommodations for 5 nights
* 3 meals
* Vancouver Lookout
* Columbia Icefield excursion, including a ride on the Ice Explorer
* Glacier Skywalk
* Banff sightseeing tour, including Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Day 1 - Vancouver
Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver today and check-in to your hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you're centrally located to many of Vancouver's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2 - Depart for Jasper
Spend the day exploring Vancouver before you transfer from your hotel to Vancouver's Pacific Central station by taxi (included) this afternoon. Settle in to your Sleeper Plus accommodations on VIA Rail's Canadian, and prepare for your trip to the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight train. (D)
Day 3 - En Route to Jasper
As you awake this morning, you are met with awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies. Spend time enjoying panoramic views from the observation dome of the Skyline Car, or admire the passing scenery from one of the salons in the Park Car. Arrive in Jasper and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the town on your own. Jasper is full of things to see and do! Enjoy the hiking and bike paths, explore Jasper National Park, or ride the Jasper Tramway. Overnight Jasper. (B)
Day 4 - Jasper to Lake Louise
Today enjoy a scenic transfer by coach to Lake Louise. Your transfer doubles as a sightseeing excursion, as you'll pass some of the most stunning vistas during the ride. Travel along the Icefield Parkway and stop at the Columbia Icefield, where you'll venture by Ice Explorer onto the impressive Athabasca Glacier. After your excursion, continue the beautiful drive by coach to pristine Lake Louise. This area outside of Banff is picture-perfect; majestic mountains surround the eponymous lake and famous Chateau. Take time before dinner to snap pictures and get acquainted with the area. Overnight Lake Louise. (L)
Day 5 - Lake Louise to Banff
Enjoy your morning in Lake Louise before traveling east to Banff, the resort town known for its exciting ski areas, hot springs, and beautiful National Park. Today is yours to experience Banff at your leisure. Take advantage of the towns hiking and bike trails, soak in the hot springs, or enjoy some of your hotel's amenities such as a round of golf or spa treatment. Overnight Banff.
Day 6 - Banff
Today embark on a 3-hour tour of Banff and its most impressive sights. Highlights include the hoodoos, Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, the Bow River Valley, a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, and the Cave and Basin. Overnight Banff.
Day 7 - Transfer to Calgary
Here in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, your rail adventure comes to an end. You may elect to add additional nights to your itinerary in Banff, or a transfer to the Calgary Airport is included for flights scheduled after 1:00 pm.