Essential Canadian Rockies from Vancouver

Brewster Travel Canada
2.3 . Disappointing
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
5 days
From: $ 2,729 $ 546 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Exquisite service and dramatic landscapes onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
  • Travel one of the most picturesque routes in the Rockies from Jasper to Banff
  • Ride an all-terrain Ice Explorer and step out on an ancient glacier
  • Stand on a glass platform suspended 918 feet above the Sunwapta Valley

Short Description

This adventure travels by luxury sightseeing motor coach and daylight train between Western Canada's two major cities: Vancouver and Calgary.

The metropolitan city of Vancouver, offers up views of the Pacific Ocean and Coastal Mountains, and an eclectic art and cultural scene. Board the Rocky Mountaineer sightseeing train headed east, with an overnight in Kamloops. This two-day rail journey offers informative commentary and unbeatable views from your comfortable seat. All meals are included on the train.

Arriving in Jasper, prepare to be amazed by spectacular scenery and glimpses of wildlife. Continue on to Jasper National Park and the famous Icefields Parkway, with a stop at the Columbia Icefield. Venture out onto the Athabasca glacier in an all-terrain Ice Explorer. Next up is the Glacier Skywalk interpretive centre, featuring fascinating views from a glass walkway perched high above a natural mountain ecosystem.

Continue to Banff, and explore this unique alpine townsite, home of Canada's first National Park. Conclude with a scenic drive through rolling foothills and golden prairies to Calgary.

Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Trip Type Vacation / Holiday Package
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Vancouver
End City Calgary

Trip Includes

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Jasper
  • Includes 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • Rockies Discovery Tour from Jasper to Banff: Includes lunch

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Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arriving in Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver, a modern city set on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Explore the landmark sights of this spectacular location including the historic architecture of Gastown, and the 1,000-acre urban rainforest at Stanley Park. Browse through artisan food and crafts at Granville Island Market, and take a stroll along the seawall for sweeping views of the harbour and Coast Mountain Range.

DAYS 2 & 3 – 'Rocky Mountaineer' to Kamloops and Jasper
All aboard the 'Rocky Mountaineer' for a two-day rail adventure. Enjoy picturesque views as the Rocky Mountaineer travels through the Pacific Coastal Mountains and Hell's Gate Canyon to Kamloops. After an overnight stay in Kamloops, continue west toward Jasper National Park. Travel through the spectacular Monashee and Cariboo mountain ranges. Look way up at the towering pinnacle of Mount Robson. Delicious meals and snacks are served on a board, with uninterrupted views steadily streaming by your large picture window. Upon arrival in Jasper, enjoy an evening at leisure in this eclectic mountain town.

DAY 4 – Jasper to Banff
Today, travel the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff, known as Canada’s most scenic mountain roadway. This route is home to over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls. At the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, ride an all-terrain Ice Explorer onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier. After a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk, continue along the Bow Valley Corridor to the resort town of Banff.

DAY 5 – Banff to Calgary
The morning is yours to explore this beautiful mountain town. An afternoon departure from Banff travels through the foothills and ranching country of Alberta to the Calgary Airport.
Essential Canadian Rockies is also available from Calgary, Alberta.

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Price Per Day: $ 546 per day
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Trip ID#:

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