Join us for an extraordinary and affordable escorted holiday through the Canadian Rockies to explore by road, rail, and water. Join your Tour Director for sightseeing in Calgary, Alberta-home of Fort Calgary, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Depart Calgary for Banff National Park for a full day at leisure to explore the magnificent park and its wildlife. You'll venture on to exquisite Lake Louise, reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Cross over three mountain passes amid snowcapped peaks and alpine lakes before reaching Columbia Icefield. Board the Columbia Ice Explorer to traverse the 750-foot thick ice. Arrive in Jasper for two nights in stunning Jasper National Park for an orientation of Canada's largest national park. Enjoy free time to explore the park with an eye out for bear, moose, caribou, and wolves! Board your train to embark over the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver, British Columbia, on VIA Rail's Canadian®. Take in the stunning scenery with train travel reminiscent of a bygone era. Relax in comfort in Sleeper Plus class vintage rail cars with domed observation cars for spectacular views of the Canadian wilderness and ranchlands from Jasper National Park to Vancouver. In Vancouver, enjoy sightseeing with your Tour Director in Chinatown, Gastown, and Stanley Park. Next, board the ferry across the spectacular Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island for sightseeing in Victoria, including the fabulous Butchart Gardens and totem poles of Thunderbird Park. Also enjoy a free day with optional activities, including a whale watching cruise. This value holiday in Canada is an explorer's dream-from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Northwest.

  • Highlights

    CALGARY:
    Sightseeing.

    BANFF NATIONAL PARK:
    Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Banff National Park.

    LAKE LOUISE:
    Visit the lake.

    COLUMBIA ICEFIELD:
    Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield.

    JASPER NATIONAL PARK:
    Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Jasper National Park.

    JASPER NATIONAL PARK-VANCOUVER:
    VIA RAIL Journey aboard VIA Rail's the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class.

    VANCOUVER:
    Sightseeing; Stanley Park.

    VICTORIA:
    Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens.

    TRANSPORTATION:
    On VIA Rail's Canadian- Private bedroom from Jasper to Vancouver in Sleeper Plus class; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; private, deluxe, airconditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

    HOTELS:
    Includes rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.

    MEALS:
    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary.

    COSMOSGO:
    Get our mobile app for trip information.

    MYACCOUNT:
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.

  • Experiences

    FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

    The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival? Take me there! The Calgary Stampede? Sign me up. The beauty of travel is having flex and freedom, but there are times (like festivals and events) when you simply have to go. That's why we've timed some of our trips perfectly to fit in with an unmissable event. Spice up the USA's Route 66 with cool cars and vintage motorcycles during the International Route 66 Mother Load festival. Head to Scotland to feel spine tingles as the lone bagpiper kicks off the Royal Military Tattoo atop Edinburgh Castle. Drink mulled red wine amongst the twinkling lights of the Christmas Markets in Germany on a Christmas Holiday package Tour. These are the cherries on the cake of already magical itineraries, where you can dial it up or down, as much or as little as you like.

     

    TRAIN JOURNEYS

    Are Train Journeys at the top of your check-it-out list? Our train experiences aren't the ‘all stations to Central' variety. No, no: our train rides are an event. Think more a thrilling journey on the Vistadome through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, a trip on the fabled City of New Orleans train through the American South. Or take a grand Swiss rail journey and weave through and over mountain ranges by train, including a stretch on the spectacular Glacier Express from Zermatt to glitzy St. Moritz, for a holiday you'll never forget.

     

  • What's Included

    • 2 breakfasts (B).
    • 1 dinner (D).
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  • Itinerary

    DAY - 1

    Location: CALGARY. - Welcome to Calgary! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

     

    DAY - 2

    Location: CALGARY-BANFF NATIONAL PARK. - The discovery of oil converted this cattleranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Sightseeing highlights downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.

     

    DAY - 3

    Location: BANFF NATIONAL PARK. - Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada's favorite resorts, and the national park is home to 53 species of mammals. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzlies, or wolves. Your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

     

    DAY - 4

    Location: BANFF NATIONAL PARK-LAKE LOUISE-COLUMBIA ICEFIELD-JASPER NATIONAL PARK. - First stop is Lake Louise, with its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as your motorcoach scales three mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 229 metres (750 feet thick). Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the area's unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights are in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.

     

    DAY - 5

    Location: JASPER NATIONAL PARK. - Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you'll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper's local charm. While exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies keep an eye out for native wildlife which includes grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves.

     

    DAY - 6

    Location: JASPER NATIONAL PARK-VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN. - Board a morning departure on VIA Rail's the Canadian, for the journey west across Canada's Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. Spend time in the Skyline car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travellers. The comfortable cabins come with bed turndown service, in-car shower access, and lots of little extras, such as a personal toiletry kit. (BR,D)

     

    DAY - 7

    Location: VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN- VANCOUVER. - Continue through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River, the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, and snowcapped Coast Mountains. Upon arrival in Vancouver, city sightseeing focuses on Vancouver's Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK. (CB)

     

    DAY - 8

    Location: VANCOUVER-FERRY CROSSING- VICTORIA. - Today, set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for their Mediterranean-like climate. Sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.

     

    DAY - 9

    Location: VICTORIA. - A day at leisure gives you the chance to discover this splendid city; including the Royal British Columbia Museum, shopping on Government Street, or a leisurely stroll around the harbor. Perhaps join the optional wildlife and whale-watching cruise on the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands for possible sightings of whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles.

     

    DAY - 10

    Location: VICTORIA-FERRY CROSSING- VANCOUVER. - Morning departure for Vancouver. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included. Please schedule flights after 1:30 pm.

     

    VIA RAIL AND THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
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